“Everybody kept talking about (the Daytona 500) and I just tried to take the positive from it and move on,” he said. “I can’t thank my spotter and my crew chief and my team enough. They really humbled me and kept me focused. Matt pushed me to the finish line. The Roush Yates horsepower was great. Doug and Robert Yates back at the house, thanks for all the help. I thank the fans and Sprint. There’s not a better night to win. This is awesome.”
Ragan and Kenseth were able to take the green flag on the final GWC start lined up nose to tail, while many others jockeyed to find their drafting partner behind them.
Taking the lead, the Roush Fenway teammates were able to hold off the tandem of Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne, while two separate wrecks happened behind them on the final lap.
The win was a popular one, especially for Logano. He and Ragan raced legends cars as young drivers and have come up the ranks together.
“David and I grew up together,” Logano said. “Since I was 9 years old we've raced against each other. I went over to Victory Lane and congratulated him. He deserves it, for sure. I know how he felt after the (Daytona) 500 this year. I can only imagine how tough that's got to be, you know.”
The win was also a boost for Ragan at a time when questions linger about UPS’ future with Roush Fenway Racing. Currently in negotiations, team owner Jack Roush said he was hopeful UPS would resign and believe Ragan’s win proved he could get to Victory Lane.