Every week in NASCAR there’s drivers who have problems in the race and walk away with an asterisk mark result. Understanding misleading finishes and knowing how good drivers truly were can help give you the edge on your competition. Many fantasy racers just look at results and assume that’s how good drivers were. This post explains who had a misleading result last fall at Phoenix, and how good they truly were.
Matt Kenseth – You’ve seen his name in every asterisk mark report in 2017, and that weekly tradition continues at Phoenix. Last fall at Phoenix Matt Kenseth had a great car and if a late caution didn’t come out with two laps to go he would’ve raced his way to victory lane and competed for the championship. Instead the late caution with two laps to go brought him back to the field and led to him getting wrecked (Finished 21st).
Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. had a great car last fall at Phoenix but when you look at his base stats of starting 40th and finishing 40th you would’ve never known it. Performance wise his team thought he was a top five contender and there’s probably a lot of truth to that. He was able to drive up thru the field with ease and on lap 67 he was up to 10th. Then on lap 82 the caution came out during the pit cycle and at that time he was on pit road which dropped him down a lap. His team didn’t do any service and then the next time by when pit road was open he passed the pace car which was a one lap penalty which now put him two laps down. He was getting close to bouncing back from that but with 57 laps to go when he was running in 19th (one lap down) he wrecked.