COMMENTARY | Officially rebranded from Penske Racing to Team Penske - now in line with the IndyCar Series team - the Sprint Cup Series duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are joined by third-generation driver Ryan Blaney, who will race full-time in the Camping World Truck Series for Keselowski as well as part-time in NASCAR's other top series. This threesome aims to give Roger Penske some of the same success he's seen in the IndyCar Series, winning the big races and multiple championships over the years to come.
Brad Keselowski - The 2012 Sprint Cup Series champ was unable to defend his title in 2013 - he failed to make the Chase. The 14th-place points finisher didn't win his first race of the season until the October race at Charlotte - also his only win - and picked up just 16 top 10 finishes on the season. His season went downhill during a two-race suspension for crew chief Paul Wolfe, and the ship never seemed to right itself after that; a 30th-place finish at Bristol in August and an engine problem at Atlanta, leading to a 35th-place finish, dropped him out of Chase contention. Wolfe and Keselowski are back together for 2014, a potent combination since winning the Nationwide Series title in 2010, and Miller Lite and the Wurth Group will grace the quarterpanels of the No. 2 Ford throughout the season.
Joey Logano - Logano's first season with Team Penske included a win at Michigan in August, 19 top 10 finishes, two poles and his first-ever berth in the Chase - all personal bests or tying personal bests. Like Keselowski, Logano lost his crew chief Todd Gordon to a suspension for two races near mid-season, but Logano took home a fifth-place finish from Charlotte during those two races. The No. 22 Ford will once again be one of the brightest cars on the track, donning Shell-Pennzoil yellow during much of the season.
Ryan Blaney - Blaney will be a busy young man this season, as the 20-year-old driver competes full-time in the Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing, part-time in the Nationwide Series for Team Penske and running at least two races for Team Penske in the Cup Series - a total of approximately 40 races. Blaney's NASCAR statistics have been impressive so far: two wins and 18 top 10 finishes in 31 Truck Series races and a win and 10 top 10 finishes in 16 Nationwide Series races. Blaney finished sixth in Truck Series points last year and won the series' Rookie of the Year honor in spite of tough competition from Jeb Burton and Darrell Wallace Jr. The future looks bright for Team Penske with Blaney on the team.
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