Starts all 36 Cup Series races for the No. 77 team and makes significant improvements in his average starting position, average finishing position, laps completed and laps led. Earns seven top-15 finishes. Posts strong qualifying efforts throughout season highlighted by top-three starting spots at Phoenix (third) and Texas (second). Leads laps at Pocono, Talladega and Daytona for a NASCAR career-high 50 laps led over the course of the season. Drives a double-duty weekend in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving in both the Nationwide and Cup races, and completes every lap in both events.