Before NASCAR's announcement to add the No. 24 team into the Chase for the Sprint Cup field, the team's crew chief remained optimistic that justice would be served.
Alan Gustafson knew that "with less than seven laps" remaining in the race -- or when Clint Bowyer's spin ignited the final caution -- Jeff Gordon was in the Chase. Gustafson was aware of where his competition was in the field and where the No. 24 Chevy needed to finish.
"Even after the restart we were in -- and I was confused," Gustafson said. "I knew that after the restart the last two laps, I knew Joey (Logano, 25th at the time) was on the lap of the 38 (David Gilliland). So if we ran eighth, like we did, there was no way he could pass us. Then I looked down when we crossed the line and he went from 25th to 22nd and I was like, 'How did that happen?'
"It was so chaotic, I don't know who he passed until I got home and it was probably like three, four in the morning."
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