DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Joe Gibbs has had the hottest hand in NASCAR this season. Now, after Erik Jones gritty, overnight victory at Darlington Raceway, the championship owner has four aces ready to contend for another title.
Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have each won four times this season. The weak spot seemed to be Jones, a talented young driver carefully brought along by Joe Gibbs Racing who had yet to truly take flight in the NASCAR Cup Series.
But with Busch charging up behind the 23-year-old Jones bumper, the youngster kept out in front to win the rain-delayed Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in the early morning hours Monday.