Saturday, August 6, 2011

Final Pocono Driver Ratings Following All Practice & Qualifying Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Good Sam RV Insurance 500
Pocono Raceway
Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1   Practice 2   Qualified   Pocono 1*

 1. Carl Edwards 8/1              4th               10th            4th           37th                       
Two-time winner; using winning Las Vegas and Darlington runner-up chassis this week.
 2. Jimmie Johnson 5/1         6th               17th            18th           4th                      
Two-time winner with 9.3 average finish; had best 10-consecutive lap average in practice.
 3. Jeff Gordon 5/1                25th              18th           31st           1st      
Five-time winner with 10.3 average finish in 37 starts; finished runner-up at Indy last week.                      
 4. Kurt Busch 10/1                2nd               15th            5th            2nd
Two-time winner and five time runner-up in 21 career starts; using new chassis this week.                           
 5. Denny Hamlin 4/1            39th               24th           6th            19th                          
Four-time winner; fastest in average lap times during final practice despite slow single laps.
 6. Kyle Busch 10/1                9th               11th           11th            3rd   
Three top-five finishes in 13 starts, including two of last three; using new chassis this week.                       
 7. Ryan Newman 30/1           1st                7th            12th           9th  
2003 winner with 13.1 average finish in 19 starts; using car that raced at Pocono and Kentucky.
 8. Kasey Kahne 30/1            15th               1st             2nd           12th                           
2008 winner with 16.3 average finish in 15 starts; last top-10 Pocono finish came in 2009
 9. Kevin Harvick 12/1            26th              3rd            10th            5th  
Has current streak of three straight top-five finishes at Pocono; using 11th-place Kansas chassis.
10. Matt Kenseth 15/1            11th              27th           20th           8th                             
Average finish of 14.1 in 23 starts; using car that finished sixth at Kansas and won at Dover.

* Results from the first Pocono race this season held on June 12, 2011.

Note: Last week’s Brickyard 400 can also be helpful because of the similar long straightaways and flat banking.
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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