Produces improved results in solid sophomore season competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Earns first top-10 result with a ninth-place finish in April at Phoenix International Raceway. Wins the Sprint Showdown qualifying event for the All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May to secure first NASCAR victory. Captures first top-five result with a fourth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August. Just two weeks later, posts another top-five result with a fifth-place showing at Michigan International Speedway. In all, records two top-five and seven top-10 finishes for the No. 77 team.