Based that off of the part where he said:
but he was on the brink of running in the top 10 all day
Gdovic had an average running position of 23rd in 2016 and never ran higher than 18th, his final finishing position, the entire day. Houff finished 15th, got the lucky dog twice, and in addition to the other loop data stats in the link from my last comment, Houff got some attention from a lot of folks from the race thread here on the sub as well as from the broadcasters during the race.
Hence why I said he was thinking of Houff and not Gdovic.