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.
Both results were marred by crash damage, but both also showed improvement over his qualification effort. Kennedy had to take a provisional in each race to start in the 40s. That meant he earned positive place differential points for fantasy owners.
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.
David Mayhew finishes second in Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race at Kern County Raceway Park.
He started the No. 17 MMI Service/Ron's Rear Ends/ Pour House Chevrolet fourth on the grid for the NAPA Auto Parts 150. Mayhew led the most laps (85) in the 160 lap race. He is currently second in the 2015 K&N Pro Series-West point standings.
Ryan Partridge finishes 13th in Saturday night's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West race at Kern County Raceway Park.
He started the No. 9 Eibach Spring/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford seventh on the grid for the NAPA Auto Parts 150. He completed 159 laps of the 160 lap race. He is currently 13th in the 2015 K&N Pro Series-West point standings.