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Chris Fontaine will not be in the lineup for the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.

He is one of the ‘go-or-go-homers’ required to qualify on speed. He ran a 33rd fastest lap. This was not good enough to make the 36-truck field.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 05:25:00 PM

Regan Smith has been a super substitute in the early part of the 2015 season. Driving in relief for Kurt Busch he finished 16th at Daytona, 17th at Atlanta, and 16th at Vegas. Last week, he was pressed into service again for Kyle Larson and finished 16th at Martinsville.

The 2015 season is being marked by the need for substitute drivers with Kurt Busch’s suspension, Kyle Busch’s injury, and Brian Vickers’ medical condition. One does not know when Smith might return to the cockpit, but if he does it will be extremely valuable for fantasy owners to be aware of his record.
Apr 1 - 10:38 AM

Michael McDowell has made only three attempts in the No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Ford, but he has been a surprisingly good value most weeks. His average finish of 29th puts him ahead of one third of the teams competing.

McDowell’s best finish was a 27th at Atlanta and his worst was a 31st at Daytona. That narrow range of results makes him predictable, which is one of the best traits a driver can have in fantasy games.
Apr 1 - 10:28 AM

The No. 31 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) has been penalized for rules infractions discovered as a result of NASCAR’s post-event tire audit conducted following the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway.

Crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined a total of $125,000, suspended from the next six NSCS Championship races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, and been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. James Bender, team tire technician, and Philip Surgen, team engineer, have been suspended from the next six NSCS Championship races. Driver Ryan Newman and car owner Richard Childress each have been penalized with the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver and championship car owner points.
Mar 31 - 6:23 PM

Kyle Larson was released from the hospital Monday night and is awaiting the results of his tests before receiving medical clearance to return to the seat of his No. 42 Chevrolet, according to NBC’s Nate Ryan.

All reports from the hospital indicated that Larson was feeling fine and nothing was being found. Medical mysteries can be difficult to process and without the identification of a cause, NASCAR could be reluctant to allow him to compete. Stay tuned to see how this impacts the fantasy game.
Mar 31 - 4:06 PM

Chris Buescher has had a remarkable start to the 2015 season driving in relief of David Ragan in Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 car. He finished 20th at Auto Club and was 24th at Martinsville in back-to-back weekends.

In many ways, Buescher has been much more valuable to fantasy players than Ragan was in the first five weeks of the season. His low salary cap and part time status make him attractive to fantasy owners and will encourage several more starts if he continues to get the call in this ride.
Mar 31 - 2:58 PM

The Wood Bros. make only selected starts with their No. 21 Ford. Ryan Blaney was not a particularly good value at Daytona in February, but he finished 19th and only one lap off the pace at Las Vegas, which allowed fantasy owners to stretch their salary caps.

More than half of the Wood Bros.’ attempts come on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and Blaney is showing signs of being as good as or better than Trevor Bayne was in this ride in the past several years. Keep him on the radar screen.
Mar 31 - 2:56 PM

Crash damage and a 38th-place finish contributed to a disappointing debut for Chase Elliott at Martinsville. He was running at the end of the race, but 73 laps off the pace in 38th.

The entire Hendrick Motorsports organization struggled in the STP 500 at times, however, and Elliott simply proved to not be immune to those problems. Elliott should be a better value in three weeks at Richmond, which is scheduled to be his second start in the Cup series.
Mar 31 - 2:30 PM

Jamie McMurray finished 10th in the STP 500 and jumped one position in the standings to 15th.

McMurray has been slowly advancing up the grid and while points are not the primary concern with NASCAR’s win-and-in Chase formula, it is a good gauge of how well a driver and team is running. This was McMurray’s third result of 11th or better in the first six races of 2015.
Mar 29 - 8:52 PM

Jeff Gordon incurred a penalty during his final pit stop and was forced to restart the race at the end of the lead lap with 35 laps remaining. He made a valiant charge through the pack and finished ninth in the STP 500.

Gordon was leading when the final caution flag waved for debris on the frontstretch. He was being caught by Matt Kenseth at the time and would have had a fierce battle, but a top-five finish would have elevated him to Chase contention. As the points currently stand, he is in a three-way battle for 16th on the charts, but trails Danica Patrick by a tie-breaker.
Mar 29 - 8:46 PM

Kevin Harvick’s streak of top-two finishes came to an end at Martinsville. He ran that well in his last eight races, but failed to crack the top five in Sunday’s STP 500. He finished eighth.

Harvick challenged for the victory much of the afternoon and led the most laps at 154. Considering that Martinsville is his third-worst track in terms of average finishes, he had a much better performance than his statistics would indicate and remains the hottest driver on the circuit.
Mar 29 - 8:40 PM

Danica Patrick earned the fifth top-10 of her career and came within one position of matching her best-ever finish when she crossed under the checkers seventh for the STP 500.

Patrick ran sixth for a while and even flirted with the top five in the closing laps. She had an error-free pit stop at the end and generally ran a flawless race. This was Patrick’s best Martinsville finish and puts her on fantasy owners’ radar screens for the next short, flat track race.
Mar 29 - 8:36 PM

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