during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 10, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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 Phoenix, and how good they truly were.

Paul Menard – Paul Menard didn’t have an incident free race this spring at Phoenix and finished an asterisk mark 36th. On lap 191 while he was running in 24th he backed his car into the wall which marked the end of his race. If his afternoon would’ve been incident free I think a result in the low to mid-twenties was likely.

Jamie McMurray – Jamie McMurray didn’t have an incident free race this spring at Phoenix and finished 26th. I’ll note he performed better than his result. In the race his average running position was 14th and in both Stage #1 and Stage #2 he finished just short of the top ten. I’ll note he wasn’t at his best late in the race, and then with 29 laps to go he made an unexpected pit stop. If he didn’t have problems at the end I would say he was likely poised to finish in the high-teens. 

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