Asterisk Mark Report – 2022 Daytona 500
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was very competitive in the Daytona 500 but he was a victim caught up in the late carnage on lap 195. In the race, Stenhouse finished 4th in Stage #1, 5th in Stage #2, led 16 laps and was the leader on lap 189 before all the late cautions started to ensue. On lap 195 while running in the top five he was caught up in the late carnage.
Joey Logano – Joey Logano is one of the premiere performers at Daytona and he looked great in this year’s 500, but his afternoon wasn’t incident free. In the race, Logano finished 5th in Stage #1, 2nd in Stage #2 but then during the Stage #2 caution he pitted twice which put him back in traffic and then on lap 150 while he was running around 13th, he was caught up in a multi-car wreck that led to his 21st.
Chris Buescher – Chris Buescher looked great in the Daytona 500 but he finished an asterisk mark 16th. Late in the race, Buescher consistently ran in the top five and on lap 189 which was before all the late wildness ensued, he was running in 2nd. Then later on lap 195 while he was running around 6th, he was caught up in a late multi-car wreck.
Ross Chastain – In the Daytona 500, nobody had a shorter race than Ross Chastain and he finished 40th when the checkered flag waved. How good was Chastain? It’s hard to say but on lap 62 which was the very lap of his early demise, he was running in 9th.
Harrison Burton – Harrison Burton looked sporty in his first Daytona 500 but he finished 39th when the checkered flag waved. In the race, Burton led 3 laps and was running in 4th on lap 62, which was the very lap of his demise.
William Byron – William Byron likely had a great car in the Daytona 500 but he finished 38th when the checkered flag waved. In the race, Byron like many others were caught up in the early lap 62 “Big One.” On that very lap of his demise, Byron was running in 2nd.
Denny Hamlin – Denny Hamlin only has one DNF in the Daytona 500, and unfortunately it came in this year’s Great American Race. On lap 62 like many others in this post, Hamlin was caught up in the “Big One.” In the race, Hamlin started in 30th and had driven up to 5th on lap 62 at the time of his demise.
Tyler Reddick – Daytona has been a trouble spot for Reddick, but he did show potential in this year’s 500, but once again he walked away with an asterisk mark result (35th). On lap 150 he was running in 9th but then on that very lap he crashed which doomed him to a poor result.
Christopher Bell – Christopher Bell ran well during his short Daytona 500 this year, but he showed potential prior to his lap 62 demise. During the duration of his abbreviated afternoon, he consistently ran in the top ten and on the lap of his demise he was running in 7th.
Todd Gilliland – Todd Gilliland looked respectable in the Daytona 500 but he finished a clunker 33rd. In the race he finished 3rd in Stage #1, 10th in Stage #2, was running in 13th on lap 189, but then on lap 190 he was caught up in a multi-car accident that marked the end of his race.
Kyle Larson – Kyle Larson has a knack for finishing well in the Daytona 500 but then finishing poorly in the summer. In this year’s 500, it looked like he would notch another good finish but on lap 190 while running around 11th he was caught up in a multi-car wreck that doomed him to a 32nd. In both Stage #1 and #2 he finished 9th.
Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick looked poised to finish well in the Daytona 500, but he was a late victim of the carnage that ensued. On lap 189 he was running in 4th but then the very next lap he was swept up in a multi-car wreck that led to his 30th. In Stage #2 he finished 8th.
Erik Jones – Erik Jones ran pretty well in the Daytona 500, so don’t read into his 29th. In the race he had a 12.1 average running position, was running in 12th on lap 189 but then on lap 190 he was caught up in a multi-car wreck that doomed him to a poor result.
Austin Dillon – To be honest, I’m really not quite sure what happened to Austin Dillon in the Daytona 500 which caused him to finish 3 laps down in 25th. He never ran well, and he also wasn’t listed to be involved in any accidents. If anything, I would say attrition was certainly his friend. For the afternoon his average running position was 27.2.
Alex Bowman – Alex Bowman was another lap 62 victim like in many in this post, but that didn’t mark the end of his afternoon and he continued racing, despite the #48 being wounded. At the time of his involvement in that “Big One”, Bowman was running in 11th. When the checkered flag waved, Bowman finished 24th.