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 year at Martinsville, and how good they truly were.
Joey Logano – Joey Logano was top five good last fall at Martinsville, but finished an asterisk mark 24th. With 13 laps to go while he was running in 3rd Kyle Busch got into him which caused a flat tire. A few laps later he spun out which doomed him to his poor finish. In the race Logano started on the pole, had a 4th place average running position and led 59 laps.
Chase Elliott – Chase Elliott had a great car last fall at Martinsville. “Performance Wise” I think he had the second best car but late in the race while he was leading Denny Hamlin wrecked him which led to his 27th place finish. In the race Elliott led 123 laps and had a 4th place average running position.
AJ Allmendinger – Martinsville ranks as one of AJ Allmendinger’s best tracks, but last fall he didn’t have an incident free race. He qualified in 27th and on lap 88 while he was in 22nd he spun and got damage after contact with Danica Patrick. While his team was repairing his car the Caution Clock expired and it marked the end of his race dooming him to a 40th place finish. It’s hard to say just how good he would’ve been if he didn’t have problems because he’s typically at his best closing out races here. In 6 of the 7 Martinsville races prior to last fall he finished in the top 11.