Erik Jones’ thrilling win in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway marked his first victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The victory drew praise from the NASCAR industry, notably from Jones’ longtime mentor and former team owner, Kyle Busch.
I’m proud of you @erik_jones. I knew the day I met you and then when you beat me at the snowball derby that you had so much talent. You’ve had to overcome a lot these past few years but you are a fighter. I’m proud of you and know your Dad is up there celebrating! 🍻 pic.twitter.com/DduSazOaeW
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) July 8, 2018
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) July 8, 2018
Wild night-driver who has been through a great deal to get here wins-congrats Erik Jones! Good to see you smiling! https://t.co/krqy44LxOT
— Steve O'Donnell (@odsteve) July 8, 2018
I might end up at @erik_jones house in a bit!!!!!! 😳😳 That a boy, pumped for him!!
— Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) July 8, 2018
— Michael Waltrip (@MW55) July 8, 2018
Nothing like your 1st win. Congrats @erik_jones
— Jeff Burton (@JeffBurton) July 8, 2018
— Jeb Burton (@JebBurtonRacing) July 8, 2018
— Ty Gibbs (@TyGibbs_) July 8, 2018
Yaaaaa Erik!!!!!! Kyle and I were screaming for u driving home!!! Way to go, we r so proud of u! Love seeing our KBM boys make it big time!!!!!!! 🏁🏁🏁🏁
— Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) July 8, 2018
Bubba Wallace also paid Jones a visit in Victory Lane to offer his congratulations in person at Daytona.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 8, 2018