CREW CHIEF: Paul Wolfe
TEAM: Team Penske
WINS: Three (Southern 500, Brickyard 400, Las Vegas II; matched 2017 win total)
LAPS LED: 705 (Down from 778 in 2017)
TOP 5s: 12 (Fewest since nine in 2015)
TOP 10s: 20 (Fewest since 20 in 2014)
POLES: None (Lowest since earning none in 2012, his championship year)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Won three consecutive races for the first time … Earned first two major wins of career with victories in Southern 500 and Brickyard 400, the former being Penske’s first Darlington win since 1975 and the latter Penske’s first Brickyard 400 win … Led a track-best 108 laps at Dover in the spring and finished sixth … Won multiple races for third straight year.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Crashed out of three of four restrictor-plate races … Led 29 laps on the Charlotte Roval before wrecking on a restart with five laps to go … Three DNFs in first 10 races … Eliminated from playoffs after Round of 12.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Will try to give Team Penske second consecutive Cup title and the second of his career … Will be ninth full-time season in Cup.