Saturday, March 19, 2011

Final Bristol Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions: Jeff Byrd 500

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Jeff Byrd 500
Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating     Driver      Odds            Practice 1    Qualified    Practice 2    Practice 3

1. Denny Hamlin 7/1                    23rd           25th          10th             3rd
Fastest 10 consecutive lap average in final practice; finished sixth or better in five of 10 starts.
2. Tony Stewart 10/1                    9th            13th           1st               5th
2001 winner; using his Bristol and Dover chassis from 2010 that scored two top-10 finishes.
3. Mark Martin 30/1                  11th            9th            3rd               1st
Two-time winner with average finish of 13.2. Top 10 consecutive lap average in practice 2.
4. Jamie McMurray 25/1          12th           24th            4th               6th
Tied career best with third in the fall 2010 race; using winning Charlotte chassis from 2010.
5. Kyle Busch 7/2                       7th            12th           26th             24th
Four-time winner, including three of the last four; using fouth-place Martinsville car from 2010.
6. Carl Edwards 7/1                    1st              1st            17th             33rd
Two-time winner, but no top fives since 2008 win. Using his winning Homestead chassis.
7. Kurt Busch 10/1                    17th            20th            5th              10th
Five-time winner, hasn't finished worse than 15th since 2007. Using Homestead chassis.
8. Kevin Harvick 12/1              15th            15th           12th             18th
2005 winner with four runner-up finishes. Using Richmond and Loudon chassis from 2010.
9. Jeff Gordon 12/1                  21st             7th             27th              7th
Five-time winner -- last came in 2002 -- with 11.7 average finish; finished 11th and 14th in 2010.
10. Jimmie Johnson 7/1            2nd              6th             13th             23rd
Won this race last season, his first Bristol win; using runner-up Kansas chassis from 2010.

Drivers just missing the cut: David Reutimann, Greg Biffle and Joey Logano.
Note: Final Practice was the only session to use the new right side tire compound that will be used on race day.

Odds courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book

Micah Roberts, a former race and sports Director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. For more Roberts insights and post-practice analysis on the race, go to Practice Page

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