Erik Jones won’t call Cup Series win at Darlington ‘redemption

Nobody who attended the victory celebration on Sunday night would describe this as Erik Jones' "redemption."

not Dave Elenz, the crew chief. Nobody anticipated Jones' achievement at Darlington Raceway

where he was seen shaking his fist in front of a sea of confetti, given everything he has been through over the past 25 months.

Jones added, "I guess, probably, a lot of people counted me out. I just never looked at it that way, he subsequently said.

And yet, there he was on Sunday, triumphant, stealing the show as the first driver from outside the playoffs to ever win the opening Cup playoff race.

It comes exactly 55 years — to the day — after Richard “The King” Petty, the winningest driver in NASCAR Cup Series history, notched his one and only Southern 500 win.

I lived through a similar to story to him,” Logano said. “Not the complete same, but a similar story.