Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Hampshire Sylvania 300 Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Sylvania 300
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1   Qualifying    Practice 2     Practice 3

 1. Tony Stewart 12/1            1st               3rd              1st              4th 
Two time NHMS winner; the last in 2005. Using runner-up chassis from June race.
 2. Jimmie Johnson 4/1         7th              25th             8th              3rd 
Three wins in 17 starts with a 9.0 average finish; using winning chassis from June.
 3. Clint Bowyer 12/1             20th             2nd              5th              6th 
2007 fall winner had fastest average speeds in both final practices; new car this week.
 4. Denny Hamlin 5/1            10th             22nd           16th             7th 
2007 spring winner has a track best 8.2 average finish in nine starts; new car this week.
 5. Jamie McMurray 30/1      12th             4th               3rd              1st 
Only one top-five finish in 15 career starts; best 10-lap average during second practice.
 6. Jeff Gordon 12/1              26th             17th            27th            2nd 
Three wins in 31 starts with 12.1 average finish; finished fourth in June race. New car this week.
 7. Kurt Busch 12/1               18th             12th             6th             19th 
Three-time winner at NHMS with five straight top-six finishes. Using new chassis this week.
 8. Juan Pablo Montoya 20/1 21st             5th             10th             5th 
Career best finish of third in this race last year; using same chassis from June race.
 9. Kyle Busch 5/1                  5th               9th             25th            21st 
2006 spring winner with 15.2 average finish; using new car this week. Poor final practices.
10. Kevin Harvick 10/1          19th              27th           24th            27th                                  
2006 fall winner using new chassis this week; consistent on similar tracks. Finished fifth in June.

Note: New Hampshire chassis set-up is similar to Richmond and Phoenix; those who do well on one should do the same on the others.

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

Post-Practice Write-up on New Hampshire coming soon

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