Saturday, May 28, 2011

Final Coca-Cola 600 Driver Ratings Following All Practice Session

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Coca-Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sunday, May 29, 2011 - 3:15 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1  Qualified  Practice 2  Practice 3  

 1. Carl Edwards 7/2               2nd            3rd           21st             13th                 
Using a brand new car; 13.1 average finish in 12 starts, won at Vegas, third at Texas.   
 2. Matt Kenseth 15/1             15th          19th          30th             16th                                      
2000 winner with four straight top-10’s at Charlotte; using winning Texas chassis.      
 3. Tony Stewart 15/1             23rd          22nd          9th               17th                               
2003 fall winner; using dominant runner-up Vegas chassis that led 163 laps.            
 4. Clint Bowyer 20/1               8th           10th          28th              21st                      
Best finish was runner-up in 2007; using runner-up Texas chassis that led 44 laps.                  
 5. Kasey Kahne 30/1              7th           17th           5th               14th                                
Three-time Charlotte winner, the last coming in 2008; strong in last weeks All-Star race.         
 6. Kyle Busch 7/1                  21st          21st          13th                4th                                      
No Cup Charlotte wins, but finished eighth or better in last seven starts; using Texas car. 
 7. Kurt Bush 30/1                   9th           26th           2nd                9th                                      
Won this race last season following his All-Star win. Had best practice of the season Saturday.
 8. Greg Biffle 15/1                 17th          15th          12th               7th                                                
Finished fifth in fall race last season; using fourth-place Texas chassis this week.
 9. Jimmie Johnson 7/1          3rd             6th           17th               26th                             
Six-time winner, the last coming in 2009; using 15th-place Darlington chassis this week.     
10. Jeff Burton 20/1                1st             5th           25th               5th                    
Three-time winner, the last coming in 2007; using a brand new chassis this week.

Note: The results from the 2011 races held at Las Vegas and Texas are great indicators to how the drivers might perform Sunday due to the similar size and banking of the tracks.
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

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