NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Jimmie Johnson will be starting from the rear of the field Sunday after the No. 48 Chevrolet failed post-qualifying inspection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jamie McMurray finished 10th in the STP 500 and jumped one position in the standings to 15th.
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.
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.
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.
Martin Truex Jr. kept his top-10 streak alive with a sixth-place finish in the STP 500.
Matt Crafton finishes second in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.