Asterisk Mark Report – LA Clash (2022)
Tyler Reddick – Tyler Reddick had a hot rod last year in the Clash and his car might’ve just been the best, but he finished an asterisk mark 21st. In the race, Reddick led his Heat Race start to finish (25 laps led) and then in the main event, Reddick led 51 of the 53 laps he completed until he broke his transaxle while leading on lap 54. In terms of Green Flag Speed (Speed Cheat Sheet), Reddick ranked #1 for the afternoon. If Reddick’s race would’ve been incident free, I think there’s no question he was poised to be a factor.
Justin Haley – Justin Haley looked great in last year’s Clash, until Kyle Larson crashed him on lap 115 while they were battling for 3rd which marked the end of his race and led to his 19th. Despite his early demise, Haley still earned the 4th best driver rating. In terms of speed stats, Haley had the 4th best Green Flag Speed and the 7th best Total Speed Ranking. If Haley’s race would’ve been incident free, I think he clearly looked like a top five contender. In his Heat Race leading up to the Clash, Haley led start to finish.
Chase Briscoe – Chase Briscoe appeared to have one of the best cars in last year’s Clash but he finished a misleading 22nd. In Briscoe’s Heat Race he started 7th and finished 2nd, and then in the Clash, Briscoe’s race came to an early conclusion during the lap 54 caution while running in 4th (Started 6th). Although his afternoon was short, Briscoe did field the fastest car on the track over the first quarter of the race.