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.
Mike Bliss is another driver who has been an occasionally strong contender this year. He failed to qualify at Vegas, but finished in the low- to mid-30s in three of the four races he made.
Brendan Gaughan has qualified on time only once in his first five attempts this season. He clocked in 31st fastest at Atlanta, but was forced to take provisionals at Vegas, Phoenix, and Auto Club. He failed to make the show at Martinsville.
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.
Matt DiBenedetto failed to qualify for his first two starts, made the Phoenix race on time and started Auto Club and Martinsville with provisionals. His best finish came in his latest start, however, when he climbed from 43rd to 31st in the STP 500 at Martinsville.
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.
Brian Scott has made two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and he has been strong in both races. He finished on the lead lap in 13th at Vegas and was 27th at Auto Club.
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.
Alex Kennedy was the driver of choice for the No. 33 Joe Falk team on the two short, flat track races so far this year. He finished 38th at Phoenix and was 33rd at Martinsville.
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.
David Mayhew finishes second in Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race at Kern County Raceway Park.
Noah Gragson finishes third in Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race at Kern County Raceway Park.
James Bickford finishes fourth in Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race at Kern County Raceway Park.