Competes full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contending for the Rookie-of-the-Year title, while also running a limited NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign. Has strong debut in season-opening Daytona 500, finishing 15th in first restrictor-plate race. Garners attention by racing into the All-Star Race and capturing a seventh-place finish. Earns three top-15 finishes with a season-best result of 13th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Competes in a total of eight Nationwide Series races collecting four top-15 finishes with a best result of 11th at Darlington Raceway. Finishes a close second to Regan Smith in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year race.