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 Phoenix, and how good they truly were.
Kurt Busch – Kurt Busch was a contender last fall at Phoenix but he finished a misleading 32nd. In the race he led 54 laps, finished 4th in Stage #1 but then around lap 135 under caution while he was leading he passed the pace car which was a huge penalty. He battled back, but with about 50 laps to go while he was running in the top five he wrecked which marked the end of his race.
Chase Elliott – Chase Elliott had a great car last fall at Phoenix but when the checkered flag waved he finished an asterisk mark 23rd. “Strength Wise” he was a top five contender but his race wasn’t incident free. Late in the race while he was running near 5th he was caught up in an accident. In the race he won Stage #1, finished 7th in Stage #2, had a 7th place average running position and led 16 laps.
Clint Bowyer – Clint Bowyer was a top ten contender last fall at Phoenix but he finished an asterisk mark 35th. On lap 133 while he was running in 7th he crashed which marked the end of his race. If his race would’ve been incident free I think he would’ve finished in the top ten.
Joey Logano – Last fall at Phoenix, Logano was already locked into the Homestead season finale and that resulted in a lack of effort from the #22 team. His team approached the weekend as a “Throw away race” and it showed on the track. He didn’t run well, and he wrecked (Finished 37th). I would urge you to just completely overlook that performance.