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 MM.Roberts7Gmail.com.