Saturday, September 4, 2010

Atlanta Driver Ratings Following All Practice & Qualifying Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Emory Healthcare 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 4:46 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1  Practice 2  Qualifying  Spring Results*

 1. Kasey Kahne 10/1              1st             6th               10th              4th 
His win in this 2009 race was his last to date; Two wins and four other top-fives in 12 starts.
 2. Kurt Busch 8/1                    2nd           24th              11th              1st 
Three-time Atlanta winner including this spring; using sixth-place Pocono chassis this week.
 3. Greg Biffle 12/1                   7th           10th              15th              8th 
Using same stout chassis that finished third at Indy and won the following week at Indy.
 4. Denny Hamlin 12/1             5th            14th              1st               21st 
Best average lap times during first practice; won on the similar track of Texas in April.
 5. Ryan Newman 40/1            9th             1st                2nd             17th 
Practiced the best he has all season prior to a race; had the best 10-lap average speeds.
 6. Carl Edwards 12/1             22nd           2nd               4th               39th 
Three-time Atlanta winner; runner-up at last 1.5-mile track run on at Chicago. New car this week.
 7. Matt Kenseth 18/1               6th           28th              29th              2nd 
Eight Atlanta top-five finishes including runner-up in the spring; Using new chassis this week.
 8. Tony Stewart 12/1               8th            9th                5th               13th  
Two time Atlanta winner; will be using same car that sat on the pole and finished second at Pocono.
 9. Kyle Busch 10/1                 19th           21st              3rd               25th 
2008 Atlanta winner; finished third at similar tracks of Texas and Charlotte earlier this year.
10. Jimmie Johnson 6/1          15th           7th                7th               12th 
Nothing stellar in practice; three-time Atlanta winner with a 10.8 average finish in 18 starts.

* Race results from March 7 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

Note: There were only two scheduled practices Saturday followed by qualifying. The first practice in race trim was the more important of the two.            

Odds courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book.

Micah Roberts, a former Race and Sports Book Director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. He currently writes for multiple publications covering all sports. He can be reached at

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