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. This post explains who had a misleading result this spring at Texas, and how good they truly were.
Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. had a great car this spring at Texas but finished an asterisk mark 37th. On lap 80 while he was running in 2nd he got into the wall hard which marked the end of his race. If he would’ve had an incident free race I’m confident he would’ve finished in the top five. In all the other races held at 1.5 mile tracks this year he’s finished in the top five.
Kyle Larson – This spring at Texas I thought Kyle Larson was a top five contender but he didn’t have an incident free race and finished a misleading 36th. On lap 127 while he was running in 4th he got into the wall hard which marked the end of his race. In Stage #1 which was before his demise he finished 5th.
Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski had a fast car this spring at Texas but finished a misleading 33rd after crashing. In the race he finished 8th in Stage #1, 7th in Stage #2 but on lap 179 which was the first lap of the final Stage he was caught up in a multi-car wreck that marked the end of his race. If his race would’ve been incident free I think it’s clear he was poised to finish in the top ten.