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 New Hampshire, and how good they truly were.
Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. finished 5th last fall at New Hampshire, but that’s an asterisk mark result. “Performance Wise” I thought he had the best car (PROS Rankings). He won Stage #1, should’ve won Stage #2 and led 112 laps. During the final lap of the second Stage while he was leading he was caught up in an accident that gave him minor damage and cost him a lot of track position. His car was so strong he battled back and still managed to finish in the top five.
Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick didn’t have a stellar car last fall at New Hampshire, but he certainly wasn’t 36th place bad. During the final lap of Stage #2 he was involved in a multi-car accident that marked the end of his race. At the time he was running in the low-double digits just outside the top ten. In Stage #1 he finished 10th. If he would’ve had an incident free race I think he would’ve rallied for a top ten. In 5 of the 6 New Hampshire races prior to that he finished in the top five.