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2018 Xfinity Season in Review: Tyler Reddick

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Tyler Reddick

CREW CHIEF: David Elenz

TEAM: JR Motorsports


WINS: Two (Daytona I and Miami)

LAPS LED:  184

TOP 5s: Seven (Only three more than in 2017 when he ran in 18 races)

TOP 10s: 20

POLES: None (Had two in 2017 as a part-time driver)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Beat Elliott Sadler in the closest finish in NASCAR history to win the season-opening race at Daytona … Had eight top tens in the last 12 races, including six in the seven-race playoffs … Delivered JR Motorsports its third Xfinity title and its second in a row … Was the first driver to ever win the first and last race of the season.

WHAT WENT WRONG: After his Daytona win, Reddick finished in the top five only once in the next 22 races … Experienced five DNFs in a 12-race stretch mid-season … Led 54 laps in the Texas playoff race but was passed on the last lap by Cole Custer and finished second.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Reddick will have his third home in as many years as he moves from JR Motorsports to Richard Childress Racing, where he’ll drive the No. 2 Chevrolet … Reddick will be the first Xfinity champion to defend his title since Chase Elliott in 2015.

2018 Cup Season in Review: Joey Logano

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Joey Logano

CREW CHIEF: Todd Gordon

TEAM: Team Penske


WINS: Three (Talladega I, Martinsville II and Miami)

LAPS LED: 934 (Most since 1,431 in 2015)

TOP 5s: 13 (Second fewest since 2014)

TOP 10s: 26 (Tied for second most in career)

POLES: One (Kansas II)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Delivered Team Penske its second Cup title, joining Brad Keselowski‘s title in 2012 … Earned Penske its sixth Talladega win since 2014 … Won the title after failing to make the playoffs in 2017 … Earned first Martinsville win after contact with Martin Truex Jr. on last lap allowed him to take the lead … Passed Truex with 11 laps to go in Miami and went on to win race and title … Miami win made Team Penske the only Cup team with a win on every active Cup track …

WHAT WENT WRONG: Suffered three DNFs (Daytona II, Watkins Glen and Phoenix II) … Led a race-high 100 laps at Kansas II but finished eighth … Had an 11-race stretch from the Coke 600 to the second Michigan race where he failed to finish in the top five.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Logano enters his seventh season with Penske, all of which have been spent with crew chief Todd Gordon. They are the second longest tenured driver-crew chief pairing in Cup. 2019 will represent the start of Logano’s second decade as a full-time Cup driver.

2018 Xfinity Season in Review: Cole Custer

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Cole Custer

CREW CHIEF: Jeff Meendering

TEAM: Stewart-Haas Racing

POINTS: Second

WINS: One (Texas II)

LAPS LED:  389 (Best through two seasons)

TOP 5s: 14 (Double amount from 2017)

TOP 10s: 26 (Up from 19 in 2017)

POLES: Six (Series-best)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Twenty top 10s in first 25 races of season … Five consecutive top fives from Charlotte I to Chicagoland) … Was only Ford driver in the Championship 4 … Made his first three Cup Series starts.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Didn’t win until race 31 of season. Previous win was 2017 season finale … Three DNFs for wrecks (Atlanta, Daytona II and Indianapolis) … Led race-high 95 laps in season finale at Miami, but finished second after he lost the lead following a longer green-flag run than the rest of the leaders in the final stage.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Will compete in a rare third full-time season in Xfinity with a new crew chief after Jeff Meendering joined Joe Gibbs Racing … Custer will have a full-time teammate in Chase Briscoe, who will drive the No. 98 Ford.

2018 Cup Season in Review: Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr.

CREW CHIEF: Cole Pearn

TEAM: Furniture Row Racing

POINTS: Second

WINS: Four (Auto Club Speedway, Kentucky, Pocono I and Sonoma)

LAPS LED: 1,016 (Down from 2,253 in 2017)

TOP 5s: 20 (Up from 19 in 2017)

TOP 10s: 21 (All but one was a top-five finish)


WHAT WENT RIGHT: Won at Sonoma to complete back-to-back road course victories … Won three consecutive poles at Phoenix I, Fontana and Martinsville I … Five top fives in the first six races … Won at Auto Club Speedway for first victory on a 2-mile oval … Advanced to championship four for third time in four years

WHAT WENT WRONG: Led the most laps at Richmond I, Las Vegas II and Richmond II without winning … Lost the lead in the final turn at the Charlotte Roval and Martinsville II due to contact with second-place car … Passed for lead on final lap at Daytona in July, finished second … Crashed on Lap 431 at Bristol II while running in second … Had five DNFs including in three of the four races in April … Ran out of gas on final lap at Watkins Glen while fighting for the lead, finished second … Winless in final 17 races.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: After five years and one championship with Furniture Row Racing, Truex and Pearn leave the now defunct team for Joe Gibbs Racing to compete in the No. 19. They’ll try for a bit of course correcting after a career-best season – with the obvious lack of a title – filled with so much disappointment.

2018 Xfinity Season in Review: Daniel Hemric

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Daniel Hemric

CREW CHIEF: Danny Stockman, 32 of 33 races; Andrew Dickeson served as crew chief at Texas II following a suspension for Stockman.

TEAM: Richard Childress Racing

POINTS: Third (Was fourth in 2017 as a rookie)

WINS: None (Finished second at Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas and Phoenix II)

LAPS LED:  440 (Career-best; last year was 70)

TOP 5s: 16 (Career-best; last year was seven)

TOP 10s: 23 (Career-best; last year was 16)

POLES: Four (Daytona I, Talladega, Dover II and Kansas)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: After finishing 26th at Daytona in the season opening race, Hemric climbed steadily in the points until he was second following Race 7 at Bristol. After that, he was in the top five in points every week except one … Finished second or third in 12 of the 33 races including three consecutive at Pocono, Michigan and Iowa during June.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Had difficultly sustaining momentum with five results outside the top 20 punctuating the season (Daytona I, Richmond I, Talladega, Bristol II, Las Vegas II) … Lost crew chief Danny Stockman for one race during the playoffs for an L1 penalty (car too low) following the Kansas race.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2019: Moves to the Cup series to compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 8 car for RCR.