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 Kansas, and how good they truly were.
Kyle Larson – Last fall at Kansas, Kyle Larson had a great car but finished an asterisk mark 39th. Performance wise he was a top five contender but his afternoon wasn’t incident free. In the race he started in 13th but drove up towards the front with relative ease. Around lap 60 while he was in third he began to develop engine issues and on lap 66 he was on pit with his hood up. A few laps later his engine blew up which marked the end of his race and led to his 39th place finish.
Matt Kenseth – Matt Kenseth was a top five contender last fall at Kansas but he finished a misleading 37th. Late in the race while he was running near the top five he was collected in the lap 198 “Big One.” Then on pit road too many men went over the wall to repair his car and the penalty for that marked the end of his race. Additionally it should be noted Kenseth finished 9th in Stage #1 and 3rd in Stage #2. Even with his early exit his average running position was 7th.
Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch had a great car last fall at Kansas but he finished a misleading 10th. That’s a respectable result, but he was really 2nd place good. Late in the race under green he pitted from 2nd and then a few laps later the caution came out which trapped him back in the running order. In the race Busch led a race high 112 laps.