Friday, August 26, 2011

Final Driver Ratings For IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
IRWIN Tools Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 4:46 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1   Practice 2   Qualified   Bristol 1*

 1. Carl Edwards 8/1               1st              1st              2nd           2nd    
Two-time winner with 12.5 average finish in 14 starts; using fifth-place Michigan car.      
 2. Kyle Busch 5/2                  20th            10th            23rd          1st
Five-time winner, including last four of five; using winning chassis from March race.
 3. Matt Kenseth 15/1             3rd              31st            3rd            4th
Two-time winner with 10.8 average in last 20 starts; using eighth-place Pocono chassis.
 4. Jimmie Johnson 5/1          26th             9th             13th           3rd
2010 winner with four top-10 finishes in last five starts; using same Bristol car from March.
 5. Mark Martin 30/1                2nd             19th            5th           12th  
Two-time winner with 13.1 average finish in 45 career starts; using runner-up Dover car.
 6. Jeff Gordon 12/1               10th             23rd            4th           14th
Five-time  winner, the last coming in 2002; leads active drivers with 2,440 laps led at Bristol.
 7. Ryan Newman 30/1            7th             39th            1st            10th
Only one top-five finish, but 10th or better in five of last six starts; using fifth-place Darlington car.
 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr 30/1       6th              29th           22nd          11th
2004 winner with 11.5 average finish in 22 starts; using runner-up Kansas chassis.
 9. Brad Keselowski 25/1         4th              5th              8th           18th
Had the fastest 10-consecutive average lap times in Practice 1; using Pocono chassis.
10. Kurt Busch 10/1                13th            12th            10th           7th
Five-time winner, the last coming in 2006; using runner-up Pocono chassis this week.

Note: Since Bristol was repaved in 2007, it gave the track multiple grooves making the half-mile track run similar to the one-mile Dover layout.

* Results from the first Bristol race of season held March 20, 2011.
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.

Bristol Starting Lineup

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