Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 10:19 am (PDT)
Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualifying Practice 2 Practice 3
1. Carl Edwards 8/1 1st 2nd 7th 6th
2008 winner with track best 6.5 average finish. Fastest average speeds in practice 2.
2. Jeff Burton 30/1 33rd 14th 2nd 1st
Runner-up in 2009 race; using same car that posted top five finishes at Atlanta and Dover.
3. Kyle Busch 8/1 2nd 33rd 1st 17th
Career best of eighth in 2009 race; using chassis that led final two practices at Texas.
4. Jeff Gordon 20/1 6th 11th 3rd 7th
Only track on tour he hasn’t won at; 9.5 average finish in 11 starts with 5 top five finishes
5. Denny Hamlin 5/1 30th 37th 6th 4th
Won this race in 2009, third two other times; using winning Texas chassis from two weeks ago.
6. Jamie McMurray 25/1 5th 3rd 8th 5th
Terrific practice sessions using winning chassis from Charlotte; career best of third in 2008.
7. Greg Biffle 8/1 23rd 27th 4th 9th
Won this race from 2004-06; Great practices despite losing primary car in Friday’s practice.
8. Jimmie Johnson 4/1 3rd 6th 11th 22nd
First time since 2005 he’ll have to race to win at Homestead; using Fontana car that finished third.
9. Kevin Harvick 7/1 31st 28th 19th 29th
Finished a series best second and third last two years using the COT; new car this week.
10. Martin Truex Jr. 40/1 9th 25th 22nd 3rd
11.8 average finish in five career starts; third best average speeds in practice 2.
Note: Since 1975, the first season of the current points system, only two drivers have overcome a deficit in the season finale to win the title -- Richard Petty in 1979 and Alan Kulwicki in 1992.
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.