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 VegasInsider.com.
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