Saturday, June 4, 2011

Final Kansas Driver Ratings Following Practices and Qualifying

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
STP 400
Kansas Speedway
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 10:15 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1  Practice 2    Qualified    Fontana* 

 1. Greg Biffle 8/1                  1st               15th           14th         11th   
Two-time winner with an 8.1 average finish; best 10 consecutive lap average in practice.           
 2. Matt Kenseth 12/1            12th             19th           21st          4th    
Third best 10 consecutive lap average in practice; using winning Dover chassis.                       
 3. Jeff Gordon 12/1               5th               2nd           22nd         18th                      
Two-time winner with an 8.5 average finish; second best 10 consecutive lap practice average.
 4. Carl Edwards 9/2              2nd               8th            7th            6th                      
12.3 average finish in seven starts, runner-up in 2008. Using brand new chassis this week.
 5. Jimmie Johnson 7/1         14th              22nd         31st          2nd                        
2008 winner with a 9.3 average finish in nine starts. Using a brand new chassis this week.
 6. Kurt Busch 30/1                15th              35th          1st           17th                          
Only one top-10 finish in 10 career starts. Debuts brand new chassis this week.
 7. Kevin Harvick 10/1            26th             28th          10th          1st    
His only top-five finish came last season with third-place; using exact same car this week.                       
 8. Tony Stewart 12/1             4th               30th          13th         13th  
Two-time winner with a 12.3 average finish in 10 starts; using his Texas car this week.                       
 9. Clint Bowyer 20/1              31st             12th           27th         7th                           
Native of Emporia, Kansas; finished runner-up in 2007. Debuts brand new chassis this week.
10. Kyle Busch 8/1                 19th              7th            3rd           3rd                       
Not his best track with 23.9 average finish in seven starts. Using new chassis this week.

* Results from the March 27, 2011 race at California Speedway. Although a half-mile larger than Kansas, the banking and width of the two tracks make them very similar.
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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