Friday, September 10, 2010

Richmond Driver Ratings Following All Practice & Qualifying Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Air Guard 400
Richmond International Raceway
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 4:46 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1  Practice 2  Qualifying  Spring Results*

 1. Jeff Gordon 12/1              19th            16th             22nd              2nd 
Finished in top-four on similar tracks of Phoenix, Richmond and New Hampshire this year.
 2. Carl Edwards 15/1            4th               1st              1st                5th
Terrific practices using same fifth-place chassis from spring; Roush team hard charging.
 3. Jimmie Johnson 6/1         1st              21st             11th              10th 
Three-time Richmond winner; using same car from May 1 race, broke slump last week.
 4. Kyle Busch 7/2                 15th            36th             32nd              1st 
Won two of last three at Richmond; nine top-five finishes in 11 career starts.
 5. Kevin Harvick 12/1           10th             8th              20th              3rd  
2006 winner; using same chassis that had top-five finishes at New Hampshire and Richmond.  
 6. Clint Bowyer 25/1              1st             12th              4th               12th 
Using fourth-place Bristol car; only two career wins have come on the similar tracks of New Hampshire and Richmond.
 7. Ryan Newman 30/1           2nd            14th             23rd              8th 
2003 winner with an average finish of 11.4 in 17 starts. Won on similar Phoenix track in April.
 8. Tony Stewart 12/1             25th            6th              15th              23rd 
Three-time winner at Richmond with four runner-up finishes; using same car from May race.
 9. Denny Hamlin 5/1             21st            22nd            14th              11th 
Home town driver won this race last year; has career average finish of 8.8 in nine Richmond starts.
10. Juan Pablo Montoya 25/1 3rd             4th               2nd                6th 
One of the most outstanding drivers during Friday’s practice; Using Martinsville chassis this week.
* Race results from May 1 Richmond race

Note: There were only two scheduled practices Friday 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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