Joey Logano enters the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season as the defending champion after his three-win 2018 campaign culminated in his first Cup Series title and the first driver championship for Ford Motor Company in 14 years. Logano produced a memorable title-clinching victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to not only secure the second MENCS crown for Team Penske, but also check the box for the organization’s first win at the only NASCAR track where it had yet to visit Victory Lane.

Logano’s 2018 season was the picture of consistency from the first green flag at Daytona in February. The No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/AAA/Autotrader Ford team secured three top-five and eight top-10 finishes before claiming its first victory at Talladega Superspeedway in April to reserve a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs. The Talladega victory also ended a nearly year-long winless drought for the 28 year-old Logano, his longest since joining Team Penske in 2013.

With a playoff berth secured, Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon spent the summer months exploring new setups and searching for race-winning speed on the 1.5-mile speedways which make up the majority of the MENCS season and playoff schedule. While the team faced its share of challenges along the way, the key learnings proved invaluable to its championship run. Despite a DNF at ISM Raceway in the penultimate event of the season, Logano and the No. 22 Ford crew scored more points than all other playoff contenders.