Saturday, October 30, 2010

Final Talladega Driver Ratings Following All Practices and Qualifying

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Amp Energy Juice 500
Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds   Practice 1  Practice 2   Qualifying   April 25*

 1. Kevin Harvick 5/1             31st          DNP              14th           1st 
Won two of the three plates races this season; using same car that won in April.
 2. Jamie McMurray 8/1         3rd           DNP              12th           2nd 
Won this race in 2009 and Daytona 500 this year. Using runner-up chassis from April.
 3. Jeff Burton 20/1               22nd           2nd                5th           32nd 
Led the most laps in April race; using the same chassis that finished sixth at Daytona in July.
 4. Juan Pablo Montoya 18/1 36th         DNP               1st            3rd 
Career best of second-place in 2008; using same ECR engine as Harvick and McMurray.
 5. Denny Hamlin 25/1           1st             4th                17th           4th 
Has led a lap in all nine career starts; using chassis that has started last three at Talladega.
 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10/1    10th           6th                 6th            13th 
Five wins with the last coming in 2004; using runner-up chassis from the Daytona 500.
 7. Clint Bowyer 20/1             16th          DNP               2nd            7th 
Using the powerful ECR engine inside his fourth-place Daytona 500 chassis this week.
 8. Kyle Busch 8/1                  2nd           15th               32nd           9th 
Won in spring of 2008, his only top five finish on track; has led a lap in last six starts.
 9. Kurt Busch 12/1                30th           3rd                 3rd             8th 
12.8 average finish in 19 starts, including third-place four times. Using same car from April.
10. Mark Martin 30/1              9th            1st                 30th            5th                    
Making 46th career start on track; two wins, the last coming in 1997. New chassis this week.
* Results from the Talladega Aaron’s 499.

Note: Talladega is one of two tracks that require teams to use restrictor plates accounting for four races on the 36 race schedule. This is an impound race with only two scheduled practices. Many teams chose not to run the final practice.

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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