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 MM.Roberts7Gmail.com.