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Drivers lash back at ISC executive after Erik Jones scores one for youth

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Erik Jones dubs his first Cup Series win as "surreal" after emerging victorious at Daytona. He joins the desk after the race to break down his journey to victory lane.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Youth was served Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway, whose parent company’s president recently suggested youth (or the lack of it in victory lane) was hurting NASCAR attendance.

So when Erik Jones, 22, scored his inaugural win in the Cup Series -- two days after ISC’s John Saunders said the lack of success and “starpower” of younger drivers was partly responsible for a 10% drop in second-quarter crowds -- some drivers took notice.

“Definitely congrats to Erik and his team; they’ve been fighting hard to get to where they’re at, and always good to see a first‑time winner,” said Truex, who was teamed with Jones last season at Furniture Row Racing. “Now maybe ISC and those guys can be a little bit happier about things.”

Bubba Wallace, who put ISC tracks on blast Thursday by noting they have “a lot of boring stuff that we have that is the same thing that we could update to get more fans,” also waded into the fray on Twitter.