Crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, when asked what the win meant to him, said, "I've wanted this worse than any win I've ever gotten."
Starting and stopping the race under the kinds of weather conditions the field faced wasn't something that Ratcliff was necessarily excited about in the hours leading up to the initial start of the race.
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"So thankfully once we did get going in the later two-thirds part of the race it did go green, I think we were able to make some good adjustments, thought ahead and had what we needed to work on the car. I wish we would have had one more stop. I think we underestimated the track changing there at the end, the last 140 laps."
With the high volume of on-track wrecks, how did Ratcliff manage to make the calls to keep his driver at the front of the field?
"But with the new format, to get a win under our belt and we can look at the season a little differently now, knowing that we're in the Chase, so I'm really excited. These guys have been working hard. Everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing has been working hard, and I think that shows. I think we've turned the corner, and we've got a great season ahead of us."
The No. 20 Dollar General team now has a Chase berth, so yes, they do have a great season ahead of them. As hard as they've been working, perhaps the rest of the field would do well to double their efforts, too. Ratcliff and Kenseth will no doubt strive to win the coveted Sprint Cup again.