Saturday, August 13, 2011

Final Watkins Glen Driver Ratings Following All Practice and Qualifying Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
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Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1   Practice 2   Qualified   Sonoma*

 1. Juan Pablo Montoya 7/1    2nd             15th            5th           22nd     
2010 winner finished sixth or better last three seasons; using winning chassis from last year.      
 2. Marcos Ambrose 7/2        13th              1st             3rd            5th
No finish worse than third in three career starts on track; had best practices overall.
 3. Kyle Busch 8/1                   1st              16th            1st           11th
2008 winner with five straight top 10 finishes; using 11th-place chassis from Sonoma.
 4. Kurt Busch 8/1                  17th              2nd           27th           1st
2010 runner-up was his best career finish; using winning Sonoma chassis from June.
 5. Jeff Gordon 8/1                  7th              23rd          17th           2nd
Four-time winner, the last coming in 2001. Holds NASCAR record with nine road course wins
 6. Tony Stewart 7/1               18th             32nd           7th           39th
Five-time winner, the first in 2002 and the last coming in 2009; finished seventh in 2010.
 7. Carl Edwards 18/1             16th              3rd            8th            3rd
Best finish of third in 2009; on streak of five straight top-10s. Using Sonoma chassis this week.
 8. Clint Bowyer 40/1               20th             7th             19th          4th
Best finish of ninth in 2009; had a good practice and is using fourth-place Sonoma chassis.
 9. Jimmie Johnson 10/1         23rd             8th             4th            7th     
One of only five tracks to not win at during Cup career; using car that last ran at Sonoma.
10. Brad Keselowski 75/1        5th               4th            12th          10th  
One of the best in practice and looks to have same equipment as Kurt Busch; new car this week.

* Results from the June 26, 2011 race at Infineon Raceway, the only other road course race of season in the Sprint Cup series.
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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