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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Wood (No. 36 Holleran’s Performance Chevrolet) finished 17th at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park in May 2014 and 16th in August 2014.
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.
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.
Ron Norman (No. 30 Port of Tucson Toyota) is making his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut at Kern (CA) County Raceway Park.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.