Saturday, October 9, 2010

Final NASCAR Driver Ratings: California Pepsi Max 400

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Pepsi Max 400
California (Auto Club) Speedway
Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 12:16 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds   Practice 1  Qualifying  Practice 2  Practice 3

 1. Jimmie Johnson 2/1       9th              8th             23rd             1st 
Won last three fall Fontana races; five wins overall with 5.5 average finish in 15 starts.
 2. Greg Biffle 8/1                3rd              7th             1st               4th 
2005 winner with three other top-fives; was the most impressive of all during Saturday practices.
 3. Kevin Harvick 10/1         24th            21st           13th             5th 
Had best career finish in the spring as runner-up; using winning Michigan chassis this week.
 4. Jeff Gordon 8/1              21st            17th            5th              2nd 
Three career wins with an average finish of 11.0 in 20 starts; outstanding Saturday practices.
 5. Matt Kenseth 15/1          15th            3rd             2nd             10th 
Last win came at Fontana in spring of 2009, 64 races ago; three career wins with 9.1 average.
 6. Kyle Busch 12/1              4th             16th           14th             6th 
2005 winner while with Hendrick Motorsports; 10.8 average finish in 12 starts. Using Michigan car.
 7. Jamie McMurray 30/1     1st              1st             4th              3rd 
Great practices Saturday, but too inconsistent to be rated higher. 16.4 average finish in 14 starts.
 8. Denny Hamlin 15/1         18th            34th           6th               9th 
Struggled in last two Fontana starts; using winning chassis from Richmond this week.
 9. Carl Edwards 8/1            17th            20th           11th            20th 
2008 winner with a 7.2 average finish in 12 starts; using runner-up Atlanta chassis this week.
10. Tony Stewart 15/1          28th           22nd           10th            23rd            
One of only three tracks he has never won at; using sixth-place Michigan chassis this week.

Note: California Speedway is the sister track of Michigan Speedway with each having similar traits. The August 15 Michigan race is a good barometer to use for handicapping this weeks 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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