Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
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New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 10:46 am (PDT)
Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 Practice 3
1. Jimmie Johnson 5/1 24th 28th 9th 1st
Three-time winner, including last year; using eighth-place Richmond chassis. Killed it during Happy Hour.
2. Clint Bowyer 15/1 1st 12th 2nd 23rd
Two-time winner, including 2010; best 10 consecutive lap average in practice 2.
3. Tony Stewart 12/1 2nd 2nd 1st 22nd
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2005; second best 10 consecutive lap average in practice 2.
4. Denny Hamlin 6/1 10th 14th 6th 9th
2007 winner; leads all drivers with 7.6 average finish. Runner-up in two of last three NHMS races.
5. Jeff Gordon 8/1 13th 7th 4th 13th
Three-time winner, the last coming in 1998. 14 top-five finishes in 32 career starts.
6. Kyle Busch 8/1 19th 19th 12th 20th
2006 winner while driving for Hendrick Motorsports; using third-place Michigan car.
7. Ryan Newman 25/1 3rd 1st 14th 3rd
Two-time winner, site of where he won his first career race at in 2002; average finish of 13th.
8. Kurt Busch 10/1 6th 4th 20th 10th
Three-time winner has finished last six NHMS races 13th or better; debuts new car this week.
9. Kevin Harvick 8/1 12th 18th 10th 11th
2006 winner that finished fifth in both 2010 races; using winning Martinsville car this week.
10. Jeff Burton 30/1 17th 6th 7th 4th
Four-time winner, the most of any driver at NHMS. Had perhaps his best final practices of 2011.
Note: Phoenix and Richmond races can be useful data in handicapping New Hampshire. Although the each have different layouts, the one similarity is the relatively flat banking. Through the years, if a driver does well on one, he usually does well on all the others during the same season. Jeff Gordon won at Phoenix while Kyle Busch took Richmond.
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 or follow MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.