Somebody expain to me why Frankie Herr started kinda close to the front.
I think the handicapping system has changed from a season-long point or dollars-won average (I don't know which criterea they use on Saturdays) to one where only the last few weeks' finishes are used. That is a LOT better system but Frankie had some bad luck lately and his average for that period was low even though he is very close to the top in total points.
Perhaps Mike Gill will be along with a better explanation. I admit to not grasping the whole handicapping/penalizing/"ghost" points thing...
that handicapping is done by the cars average of the previous 4 races. Frankie had 2 dnfs in his last 4 races, so his average was pretty low, giving him a higher starting spot.
ghost points come in to play when a car misses a race. in that case a car is given 301 points for the race they missed to figure out their average. these points dont count for championship points, only for starting position. so if you miss a race, its almost like you got a win, and now you have a higher average and will be starting back further.