James Finch will likely see his Phoenix Racing hauler unload for next year’s season-opening Daytona 500 and wonder if he’s stepped into a world akin to Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. Finch’s team, a single-car effort with more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series success than most in his position can lay claim to, won’t be dramatically more well-off than they were when the buzz of a new star driver buoyed the team in early 2012.

And if he’s lucky, the team will hold serve after a year with NASCAR’s most talented headcase.