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 summer at Daytona, and how good they truly were.
Joey Logano – Joey Logano appeared to have a good car last summer at Daytona, but on lap 70 he was involved in a “Multi-car wreck” that marked the end of his race (Finished 35th). A few laps prior to wrecking he was running in 10th. In Stage #1 which concluded on lap 40 he finished 5th. If Logano had an incident free race I think it’s safe to assume he was a top ten contender. In the five Daytona races prior to that he had one win and four top 6 finishes.
Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick had a competitive car but finished 33rd after being involved in a wreck on lap 106 which led to his 33rd place DNF. One lap prior to his problem he was running in 5th. When Stage #2 ended on lap 80 he was in 6th. If his race would’ve been incident free I have no doubt he would’ve been a top ten contender.
Kurt Busch – Kurt Busch had a strong showing at Daytona last summer but finished a misleading 28th after wrecking with 8 laps to go. In the race he finished 8th in Stage #1 and 4th in Stage #2. At the time of his incident he was running in the mid-teens. If his race would’ve been incident free I think he would’ve been a top ten contender.
Ryan Blaney – I really liked Ryan Blaney’s performance last summer at Daytona. I think he was a top ten contender but he finished 26th after getting collected in a late wreck. In the race he finished 3rd in Stage #1 and 10th in Stage #2. Based on his resume in the race I think it’s clear he was top ten good.