Saturday, November 13, 2010

Final Phoenix Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Kobalt Tools 500K
Phoenix International Raceway
Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 12:19 pm (PDT)
Rating    Driver     Odds   Practice 1  Qualifying   Practice 2   Practice 3
  1. Carl Edwards 20/1         1st               1st               1st                1st
Career average finish of 12.8 in 12 starts with a best of fourth-place three times.
 2. Jeff Gordon 15/1           18th             22nd             2nd               3rd
2007 winner; average finish of 10.4 in 23 starts. Best average speed during happy hour.
 3. Kevin Harvick 12/1         9th              29th             10th               5th
Swept both 2006 races; finished 13th in spring. Using third-place Martinsville chassis.
 4. Denny Hamlin 9/2          27th             17th             14th              4th
Third-place finisher in four Phoenix races; using winning Richmond chassis from September.
 5. Jimmie Johnson 7/2      12th             21st             17th               7th
Four-time winner; using chassis that won this race last season and New Hampshire in June.
 6. Kurt Busch 15/1              7th              3rd                3rd              34th
2005 winner; 13.5 average finish in 15 starts. Using winning Atlanta chassis from March.
 7. Matt Kenseth 25/1         16th             15th              4th               24th
2002 winner finished sixth in the spring; using car that led 26 laps to finish seventh at Kansas.
 8. Greg Biffle 20/1             26th              4th               9th               10th
Two-time runner-up, last top five finish in spring of 2009. Using winning chassis from Kansas.
 9. Kyle Busch 4/1               4th                7th              20th             32nd
2005 winner, his only Phoenix top five in 11 starts. Using runner-up Charlotte car from October.
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr 60/1  22nd            31st              7th               2nd       
Two-time winner; great practices using fourth-place New Hampshire chassis from September.
Note: The September races at Richmond and New Hampshire are great barometers to use for Phoenix this week because of the similarities in distance and banking at each. The set-up notes from those teams that were successful are relatively fresh and still applicable.
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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