Saturday, March 26, 2011

Final Fontana Driver Rating Following All Practice Sessions: Auto Club 400

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings

Auto Club 400 @ Auto Club (California) Speedway
Sunday, Match 27, 2011 - 12:16 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver    Odds         Practice 1    Qualified    Practice 2    Practice 3

1. Carl Edwards 6/1               17th            18th           3rd             3rd
2008 winner with 9.2 average finish, second best; using new chassis this week.
2. Tony Stewart 10/1             13th             5th            6th             2nd
Won the fall race last year, first ever at Fontana; using same chassis this week.
3. Mark Martin 30/1             10th             5th            7th             4th
Sixth or better in last three starts, led in both 2010 races; top average speeds in Practice 3.
4. Kevin Harvick 12/1           28th            24th           1st             21st
Runner-up in 2010, seventh in the fall; using 2010 Vegas chassis that finished second.
5. Jeff Gordon 8/1                  26th           29th            5th             5th
Three-time winner with 10.9 average finish; 619 laps led is second best on track.
6. Kyle Busch 8/1                   31st            8th             4th             6th
2005 fall winner with 12.7 average finish in 13 starts; new car this week.
7. Clint Bowyer 20/1              15th           17th           20th            7th
Runner-up in the fall race; fast average speeds in final Practices. New car this week.
8. Matt Kenseth 20/1             9th            11th           11th            15th
Three-time winner, his most wins on any track ; using runner-up Texas chassis.
9. Denny Hamlin 10/1            2nd            2nd             2nd            12th
Fifth best average finish of 10.0 on 2-mile tracks in 2010; best finish of third in 2008.
10. Jimmie Johnson 7/2         20th          16th            12th            13th
Five-time winner with 5.3 average finish, both track records; debuts new car this week.

Note: This years race is 100 miles shorter than past Fontana spring races.

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 insights and post-practice analysis, go to

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