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Slugger Labbe, crew chief for the No. 33 Joe Falk team, has been suspended for three weeks for rules violations stemming from Auto Club Speedway. The team had an "unapproved truck trailer arm installation" according to a NASCAR press release.

The No. 33 finished 27th in the Auto Club 400 with Brian Scott behind the wheel, but they ran much better than that for most of the afternoon. Labbe’s loss will impact the team and negatively affect their fantasy handicap
Mar 26 - 11:40 AM

Sam Hornish Jr. has made eight previous starts at Martinsville, but his most recent effort came in fall 2012. He finished 13th in a third Penske Racing entry.

Hornish also missed the entire 2011 season and the spring 2012 event which means fantasy players have to go back to 2010 for a complete picture of his results. He finished 13th that spring, but sustained damage and finished 25th in the fall—four laps off the pace.
Mar 26 - 10:54 AM

Landon Cassill finished 19th in last fall’s Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. That result tied for his best-ever race with a fall effort in 2012.

Equally important, Cassill finished on the lead lap in the spring as well, which was the first time he was able to score back-to-back complete races on this track.
Mar 26 - 10:49 AM

Alex Bowman sustained damage in both Martinsville starts last year. He dropped 12 laps off the pace in March and was 10 down to the leader in October.

Drivers can lose a lap or two on short tracks and remain a decent value, but once they hit double-digits it is difficult to salvage any points. Bowman’s best finish last year was a 29th in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.
Mar 26 - 10:48 AM

Michael Annett has one year of experience at Martinsville in Cup and no other effort in NASCAR’s other series. A second season will increase his comfort level on the bullring.

In two starts, his best finish was a 24th last fall compared to a 31st in the spring. That rapid improvement makes him a fantasy driver to watch this week.
Mar 26 - 10:46 AM

Chase Elliott will make his Cup debut this week, but that does not mean he is lacking in short track experience. His last three starts in the XFINITY series at Richmond and Bristol combined resulted in a sweep of the top five in qualification and finishing results.

Elliott will be in equipment that rivals teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson—both of whom have eight Martinsville victories. What he does with that equipment remains to be seen, but a top-20 is not out of the question.
Mar 26 - 10:44 AM

John Wood (No. 36 Holleran’s Performance Chevrolet) finished 17th at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park in May 2014 and 16th in August 2014.

In three races, his average start at the track is 17, average finish is 17.7. Has three top 10s in 50 starts. Ranked seventh in last year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings.
Mar 25 - 9:32 PM

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking, Inc./61 Logistics LLC/BluLng.com Chevrolet) will be making his 131st K&N Pro Series West start in the season opener at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park.

He has earned one win at Mesa Marin in 2004. This will be his first race at Kern.
Mar 25 - 9:28 PM

The season opener at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park will be Jack Sellers' (No. 5 Med Active Chevrolet) 278th NASCAR K&N Pro Series West start.

His best race finish is seventh (accomplished six times).
Mar 25 - 9:24 PM

Ron Norman (No. 30 Port of Tucson Toyota) is making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park.

Crowned the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion at Tucson Speedway and was the NWAAS Arizona champion with two wins, five top fives and six top 10s.
Mar 25 - 9:20 PM

Hannah Newhouse (No. 46 Boise State/The Car Store/Rich Thompson Trucking Inc. Chevrolet) will be making her third K&N Pro Series West start.

Her best finish was sixth at New Mexico's NAPA Speedway on Sept. 29, 2012.
Mar 25 - 9:00 PM

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) finished last season ranked fourth with 11 top five and 12 top 10 finishes in 14 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts.

Finished third at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park on May 24, 2014 and second on May 30, 2014. Earned his career-best season finish, second, last May at Evergreen and Kern. Three top five and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N Pro Series East starts, including one top 10 in two Iowa starts for the East.
Mar 25 - 8:53 PM

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Service/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet) has eight wins, 43 top fives and 63 top 10s in 86 K&N Pro Series West starts.

Finished third in the final season standings last year. Finished third at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park last May. Has two top fives in three starts at the track. Was the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Won Late Model championship during Kern County’s inaugural NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with 15 wins in 22 starts.
Mar 25 - 8:51 PM

Thomas Martin (No. 11 Med Active Chevrolet) has competed in the K&N Pro Series West series since 2007, with his best finish being fifth (California's Stockton 99 Speedway on May 3, 2014; Kern on Aug. 30, 2014)

This will be his third time competing at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park. His average finish at Kern is 10th place.
Mar 25 - 8:46 PM

Justin Funkhouser (No. 15 Med Active Chevrolet) will be making his 30th K&N Pro Series West start in the season opening NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park.

His career best series finish was in his Kern debut Aug. 30, 2014 with a seventh place finish.
Mar 25 - 8:40 PM

Chris Eggleston (No. 99 NAPA Toyota Camry) has competed in four K&N Pro Series West races.

Earned his first NKNPS West finish at Colorado National last season. He has competed in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, earned his career best finish in his debut at Martinsville with an 11th place finish.
Mar 25 - 8:32 PM

Rich DeLong III (No. 84 Rodon Builders Chevrolet) has 16 career starts in the K&N Pro Series West and finished 8th last season.

Has a career best finish of 12th (Kern on May 24, 2014; Colorado National Raceway on July 26, 2014). Has an average finish of 18.3 in three career starts at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park.
Mar 25 - 8:30 PM

James Bickford (No. 6 Find the Cure Ford), the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner, registering one win, eight top five and 10 top 10 finishes.

His best finish at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park was in August of last year when he placed fourth. He placed sixth in the spring 2014 event. Recorded his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory at State Line on July 12, 2014.
Mar 25 - 8:28 PM

Alex Kennedy will make his second start of the season in the No. 33 Joel Falk / Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. His first attempt came two weeks ago at Phoenix where he finished 38th after taking a provisional to get into the show.

Flat tracks are supposed to be kind to road racers, and while that is not uniformly true, Kennedy scored a 28th at Pocono last year. He deserves attention this week and a possible start if he practices well.
Mar 25 - 6:14 PM

Cole Whitt has progressively improved in three Martinsville starts in the Cup series. He finished 35th in his fall 2013 debut, was 29th in this race last year, and 18th in the fall. Whitt finished on the lead lap in the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500.

Fantasy owners should not expect another top-20 out of Whitt, but neither should they be surprised if he finishes that well. A solid result in the top-30 would be enough to recommend starting him in games where he is appropriately priced.
Mar 25 - 5:57 PM


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