Friday, July 1, 2011

Final Daytona Coke Zero 400 Driver Ratings Following Practice & Qualifying

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Coke Zero 400
Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 4:46 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1  Qualified  Daytona 500* Aaron’s 499*

 1. Kevin Harvick 8/1               9th           31st            42nd              5th       
Two-time winner including this race in 2010; using Talladega chassis that pushed Bowyer.                             
 2. Kurt Busch 10/1                 3rd           25th             5th               18th                   
Three-time runner-up; using winning Gatorade Duel car that finished fifth in Daytona 500.            
 3. Clint Bowyer 15/1               7th            3rd             17th              2nd  
13.2 average finish; using winning (2010) and runner-up (2011) chassis from Talladega.
 4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8/1       19th           6th             24th              4th        
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2004; using car that pushed Johnson to Talladega win.                        
 5. Jeff Gordon 12/1                  5th           4th             28th               3rd                                   
Six-time winner, the last coming in 2005. Leads all active drivers with 12 restrictor-plate wins.
 6. Jimmie Johnson 12/1         20th          8th             27th              1st      
2006 Daytona 500 winner with 16.6 average finish in 19 starts; using Talladega chassis.                            
 7. Jeff Burton 25/1                  8th           12th            36th              16th            
2000 winner, finished fifth in the race last year; using winning Gatorade Duel car this week.                       
 8. Carl Edwards 12/1             21st          14th            2nd                6th           
2011 Daytona 500 runner-up tied best finish from 2008; using Talladega chassis this week.                          
 9. Greg Biffle 30/1                 22nd          17th            35th              7th                                  
2003 winner during rookie campaign with three other top-five finishes; using Talladega chassis.
10. Mark Martin 30/1                6th           1st              10th              8th                    
No wins in 52 career starts with nine top-five finishes; teaming up with Gordon like at Talladega.               

* Results from the February 14, 2011 and April 17, 2011 races at Daytona and Talladega, the only two restrictor plate races of the season thus far.
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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