Friday, October 15, 2010

Charlotte Bank Of America 500 Final Driver Ratings Following All Practices

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 4:46 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds   Practice 1  Qualifying  Practice 2  Practice 3

 1. Kyle Busch 9/1                3rd              6th             25th             7th
4.5 average in last six Charlotte starts; best 10 consecutive lap average speeds during final practice.                
 2. Kurt Busch 9/1               22nd            15th             4th              3rd 
Won the All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte in May, also won at Atlanta in March.      
 3. Kasey Kahne 15/1          11th            25th             1st              4th 
Three wins in last nine Charlotte starts, the last in 2008; 11.6 average finish in 13 starts.      
 4. Greg Biffle 15/1              18th            22nd             3rd             10th 
Using new chassis; had best 10 consecutive lap average speeds during second practice.      
 5. Jimmie Johnson 3/1       12th            10th             15th            17th 
Had worst combined practice speeds on a 1.5-mile track this season; 6 wins at Charlotte.      
 6. Carl Edwards 9/1            19th            2nd              13th             1st 
Using new chassis; had top average speeds for entire final practice. Finished 16th in May.    
 7. Jeff Gordon 12/1             33rd            1st              32nd            27th 
Struggled in practice; five-time winner who starts from pole. Average finish of 15.4 in 35 starts.
 8. Jamie McMurray 30/1     13th            27th             28th             5th  
Won first career race at Charlotte in 2002; using chassis with two top-five finishes in 2010.        
 9. Tony Stewart 12/1            6th             29th            17th             32nd 
Using same chassis that won at Atlanta last month; average finish of 13.4 in 23 starts.        
10. Mark Martin 35/1             4th              5th             12th             11th 
Four time winner making his 52nd Charlotte start; using new car this week.        
Note: Charlotte’s 1.5-mile high banked speedway is similar to it’s sister tracks of Las Vegas, Atlanta and Texas. Atlanta’s September 5 race is the best barometer to use in handicapping this week’s race.  

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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