Saturday, June 18, 2011

Final Driver Ratings for Heluva Good! 400 at Michigan

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400
Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, June 19, 2011 - 10:15 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1   Practice 2    Qualified    Fontana* 

 1. Jimmie Johnson 7/1        14th              4th              21st          2nd        
One of only five tracks Johnson has never won on; using Charlotte/Darlington chassis.
 2. Greg Biffle 12/1               17th              8th               7th          11th                                
Two-time winner, last coming in 2005. Three top-five finishes in last five Michigan starts.
 3. Kurt Busch  15/1               6th               9th              1st           17th                              
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2007; using Kansas chassis that led 152 of the 267 laps.
 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10/1    9th               5th              15th         12th                             
Site of his last win 107 races ago in 2008; using a brand new chassis this week.
 5. Matt Kenseth 10/1             8th             18th              3rd           4th                            
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2006; using dominating Charlotte chassis from May.  
 6. Carl Edwards 4/1             21st             21st             23rd          6th                               
Two-time winner who owns track best average finish of 6.3 in 13 starts; using Dover car.
 7. Kevin Harvick 10/1           3rd             24th              22nd         1st                                  
Won 2010 fall race; using same car that won on sister track of California in March.
 8. Clint Bowyer 25/1             13th             26th             27th         7th                               
Only two top-10 finishes in 10 career starts, but had fastest 10 consecutive lap practice average.   
 9. Jeff Gordon 10/1              29th             22nd            31st         18th                                   
Two-time winner with 11.4 average finish in 36 career starts; coming off big Pocono win.
10. Tony Stewart 12/1           25th             30th             6th           13th                                       
2000 winner with 11.8 average finish in 24 starts; using winning 2010 Fontana chassis.
* Results from the March 27, 2011 race at California Speedway, the sister track of Michigan. Both 2-mile tracks are very similar, although banked slightly different, with lots of room for drivers to maneuver.
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 or follow MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.

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