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 Richmond, and how good they truly were.
Martin Truex Jr. – Last fall at Richmond, Martin Truex Jr. was the class of the field and looked like a lock to win but he finished an asterisk mark 20th. In the race he was dominate and led 198 laps, but then with 4 laps to go Derrike Cope brought out the caution. During that caution Truex Jr. was beat off pit road by Larson, and then shortly after the restart Denny Hamlin wrecked him which doomed him to his poor result.
Clint Bowyer – Clint Bowyer was a top ten contender last fall at Richmond but he finished a misleading 24th. His race was far from incident free. His first issue happened when he got a pit penalty during the first Stage stops when he was running in 3rd. Later he damaged his car during the ambulance fiasco when coming to pit road while running in 7th. That led to timely repairs which dropped him back in the running order. Then near the end with 32 laps to go during green flag pit stops he got a pit penalty for having an uncontrolled tire and after that you could stick a fork in him. If he didn’t have problems I thought he had a great chance to finish in the top ten.