Friday, July 9, 2010

Chicagoland Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions: 400

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings 400
Chicagoland Speedway
Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 4:49 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds       Practice 1  Practice 2  Qualifying   Coca-Cola 600*      

 1. Jimmie Johnson 7/2           5th               4th              2nd               37th
One of four tracks he’s never won at, but holds track record of 8.1 average finish.
 2. Jeff Gordon 8/1                  4th               8th              6th                 6th
Won 2006 Chicago race; 9.2 career average finish, runner-up in 2009
 3. Kasey Kahne 15/1             13th             15th            12th               12th
Top-12 finish on all four 1.5-mile tracks this year. Third-place at Chicago in 2009.
 4. Jamie McMurray 30/1        21st             2nd              1st                 2nd
Using chassis that finished runner-up from the pole at Darlington.
 5. Tony Stewart 20/1             22nd             12th            3rd                 15th
Two-time Chicago winner; 9.6 career average finish. Strong average speeds in practice.
 6. Kevin Harvick 12/1            15th              27th            27th               11th
Won the first two Chicago races; 8.7 career average finish. Top-12 finish on all four 1.5-mile tracks.
 7. Mark Martin 30/1               16th              16th            21st                4th
Won at Chicago last year; using chassis that finished fourth at Charlotte
 8. Kurt Busch 10/1                10th              18th            22nd               1st
Using chassis that finished third at Michigan. Career best of sixth in 2007.
 9. Kyle Busch 7/1                  31st              29th            33rd                3rd
Using chassis that he won with at Dover and finished third at Charlotte. Won 2008 Chicago race.
10. Denny Hamlin 6/1             32nd             35th            17th               18th
Career best finish of fifth last year. Using Chassis that he won with at Texas.                              
Note: Only two scheduled practice sessions run, followed by qualifying. First practice was the most telling and relative to how the teams will run in race conditions.

* Coca-Cola 600 results from Charlotte; the last 1.5-mile track raced on.

Odds courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book.

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