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 this spring at Richmond, and how good they truly were.
Martin Truex Jr. – This spring at Richmond, Martin Truex Jr. had a phenomenal car. In our member exclusive PROS Rankings we have him ranked as having the 2nd best car, subjectively. Unfortunately, his race wasn’t incident free and he finished an asterisk mark 14th. Late in the race troubled surfaced for him. A slow pit stop with about 10 laps to go dropped him from 2nd to 9th, and then during a late caution with under 5 laps to go he pitted from 8th because his car was overheating. From the race it should be noted he led a race high 121 laps, had a 4th place average running position and earned the 4h best driver rating.
Ryan Newman – Ryan Newman had a good car this spring at Richmond, but finished a misleading 37th. With 34 laps to go while he was running around 10th he was involved in an accident that doomed him to his poor result. From the race it should be noted he finished just outside the top ten in Stage #1 and finished 7th in Stage #2.
Ryan Blaney – Ryan Blaney didn’t have a great car this spring at Richmond, but he wasn’t 22nd place bad. With 72 laps to go during a green flag pit cycle he had an uncontrolled tire and was penalized. Just prior to his problem he was running in 15th. His average running position for the evening was 16th.