Samsung Mobile 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 4:46 pm (PDT)
Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Practice 2 Qualified Vegas 11*
1. Carl Edwards 9/2 15th 3rd 2nd 1st
Three-time Texas winner; no top-fives in 9 other races. Using new chassis this week.
2. Matt Kenseth 20/1 8th 16th 4th 11th
Since winning in 2002, has a track best 7.7 average finish; debuts new car this week.
3. Tony Stewart 12/1 2nd 12th 26th 2nd
2006 winner is using a chassis that never finished outside of top-10 in four 2010 starts.
4. Jimmie Johnson 6/1 7th 38th 6th 16th
2007 winner; average finish of 10.1 in 15 starts. Using runner-up Fontana car this week.
5. Clint Bowyer 25/1 9th 11th 3rd 15th
14.5 average finish in 10 starts, career best of 4th in 2008; new car this week.
6. Kevin Harvick 8/1 23rd 27th 29th 17th
12.4 average finish in 16 starts; using chassis that finished fourth twice at Pocono in 2010.
7. Greg Biffle 15/1 5th 30th 9th 28th
2005 winner; finished in the top-10 in last five Texas starts. Led 224 laps in the fall Texas race.
8. Juan Montoya 30/1 3rd 14th 14th 3rd
Fast average speeds in both practices; using third-place Las Vegas chassis this week.
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20/1 13th 13th 28th 8th
2000 winner, his first career Cup victory; third fastest 10 consecutive lap average in final practice.
10. Denny Hamlin 8/1 20th 7th 23rd 7th
Swept both races last season; leads all active drivers with an 8.8 average finish at Texas.
* Results from the March 6, 2011 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are relevant because similar set-ups are required for Texas.
Note: Only two scheduled practice sessions with qualifying held on Friday night.
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.
DRIVER QUOTES FROM FRIDAY AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
|Johnson using his runner-up Fontana chassis at Texas|
CLINT BOWYER ON QUALIFYING THIRD: “Actually, yesterday the air conditioner shorted out, ’bout burnt my head up (LAUGHS). Something happened, there was a little fire out of it. Real proud of Shane Wilson (crew chief) and all these guys on the Cheerios / Hamburger Chevrolet. Brought me a new hot rod. Fast. Looking forward to the race tomorrow night. I wasn’t expecting that in qualifying. Richard (Childress, team owner) came on the radio there and told me ‘Hey, Carl (Edwards) ran the outside, run right there in the middle. You need to try it.’ I did and it was a pretty good lap so pretty excited about it.”
“When I rolled down the back straightaway, I was surprised at how much sun was in turn three. Pretty excited about the lap. It was a good lap for us."
KYLE BUSCH THOUGHTS ON QUALIFYING 11TH: “It’s a far cry from where we were yesterday, but unfortunately it’s not going to be fast enough today to get us where we want to be, but overall we felt like the Interstate Batteries Camry was really good. We posted a good time. But apparently there are going to be guys that are going to go faster than us. Our draw hurt us a little bit. We weren’t fast yesterday, but we got a lot better today. Looking forward to the race. It’s great to be here in Texas in front of the hometown crowd with Interstate Batteries. I’m pumped about that.”
KASEY KAHNE ON STARTING 13TH AND HOW HE FEELS ABOUT SATURDAY'S RACE: “I just blew turn three. I actually had a really good lap going, I drove in too hard and gave up a lot of time. The car felt really good, the engine and everything felt really good. I just screwed up.”
“Hopefully practice was good enough today and we’ll be fast tomorrow — we’ll see.”
|Gordon has Dupont on the hood|
CARL EDWARDS ON WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO WIN SATURDAY: “We are going to have to keep doing what we have been doing. The car is good. We just got done with some qualifying trim runs and it seems pretty fast. Texas is fun. It is a fun place to race and they pay a ton if you win which is great (laughter). This afternoon we get to go for that shotgun which has definitely eluded us. We have been second in qualifying here but Bob and I want to win that shotgun so we can fight over it. I don’t know who would get it, me or him. That is the first step here, to qualify well and then 500 miles at night. It will be a little bit different racing in conditions we haven’t practiced in yet so that will be interesting. It is fun to race here. I am glad to go, ready to go, glad to be here.”
DENNY HAMLIN ON PRESSURE TO DO WELL THIS WEEK: “I’m pretty sure we’re going to run well. Finishing well is the part that we haven’t done as well this year as we’ve done in years past. It is so early and we are close to where we are last year. We’re not quite, because we won Martinsville last year at this point. For me, the panic level is not that high, but it is creeping there because ultimately it’s not about the number of points that you’re behind 10th at this point, it’s how many guys separate you from that. In my head, I know that we’re going to run well — I know that for a fact, it’s just whether we finish well is going to be the question mark. To do that, all the other aspects of the race team that we have to have together.”