Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pocono Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions: Sunoco Red Cross Penn 500

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500
Pocono Raceway
Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1    Qualifying    Practice 3     Practice 4

 1. Jimmie Johnson 5/1           1st               6th             2nd             3rd
Two-time Pocono winner (swept 2004); Finished in top-15 in 16 of 17 career races.
 2. Kevin Harvick 10/1           11th             14th            3rd             7th
Using fourth-place chassis from June race; one of two drivers with top-5s at Indy and Pocono.        
 3. Tony Stewart 10/1             5th               1st            26th            26th
Two-time Pocono winner; won from pole last year. Using winning 2009 All-Star chassis this week.
 4. Denny Hamlin 9/2             2nd               3rd            22nd           14th
Four-time Pocono winner, including June’s race, however, not using the same chassis this week.
 5. Jeff Gordon 8/1                 7th               4th             1st              24th
Four-time Pocono winner with a 10.7 average finish in 35 career starts; 16 top-fives.
 6. Jeff Burton 15/1                20th              8th            4th               1st  
Has collectively been the strongest in the combined practices of both Pocono races and Indy.
 7. Mark Martin 25/1              17th             10th           8th               8th      
Using same chassis that led 10 laps finishing 11th last week at Indy. Six time runner-up at Pocono.
 8. Juan Pablo Montoya 20/1  8th              2nd            19th            10th
Using same chassis that finished eighth in June’s race. Finished runner-up in this 2009 race.
 9. Ryan Newman 40/1          3rd               5th             20th            15th          
Won at Pocono in 2003; Has a 13.4 average finish in 17 career starts, including six top-fives.
10. Greg Biffle 18/1               10th             12th            5th              28th  
Using same fast car from last week at Indy that led 38 laps and finished third.
Note: The one track similar to Pocono on the circuit is Indy because of the long straightaways and flat, sweeping turns each possess.

Odds courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book.

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