Saturday, October 23, 2010

Final Martinsville Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Tums Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds   Practice 1  Qualifying  Practice 2  Practice 3

 1. Denny Hamlin 3/1          2nd               1st             17th             8th 
Native Virginian has won last two Martinsville races and three overall; 6.6 average finish.
 2. Jimmie Johnson 3/1     13th              19th            10th             6th 
Six-time winner with track best 5.4 average finish in 17 starts; using winning Loudon chassis.
 3. Jeff Gordon 6/1              8th              11th            13th             7th 
Seven time winner on track with last coming in 2005 sweep, 11 straight top-five finishes.
 4. Jeff Burton 20/1            19th              18th             6th              2nd 
Native Virginian claimed 1997 win; led five times for 140 laps in the spring race.
 5. Tony Stewart 10/1         1st                6th             18th             35th 
Two-time winner with the last coming in spring of 2006; using Loudon chassis this week.
 6. Clint Bowyer 15/1           6th               17th            2nd              3rd 
One of the better flat track drivers. 12.8 average finish in nine starts; debuts new car this week..
 7. Ryan Newman 30/1       25th              4th            12th              15th 
Using same chassis that has averaged a finish of 5.7 in last three Martinsville starts.
 8. Greg Biffle 50/1              4th               3rd             22nd             1st 
No top five finishes in 15 career Martinsville starts, but fast in practice; using Loudon chassis.
 9. Kevin Harvick 12/1        28th              36th            3rd               5th
No top five finishes in 18 starts, but had fastest average speeds during happy hour; using Loudon chassis.
10. Mark Martin 50/1          20th              21st            32nd            10th        
Two-time winner with the last coming in 2000; fourth fastest average speeds during happy hour.
Note: Martinsville’s flat 0.526-mile layout is unlike any other track on the circuit, but some crew chiefs do use notes from their Loudon, New Hampshire set-ups.

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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