Saturday, September 3, 2011

Final Atlanta Advocare 500 Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Advocare 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 4:46 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds      Practice 1   Practice 2   Qualified   Charlotte*

 1. Tony Stewart 10/1             14th            1st              20th         17th
Three-time winner; best 10 consecutive lap average in practice. Using Las Vegas chassis.
 2. Brad Keselowski 15/1         1st             4th             14th         19th        
Top overall performer in all practice session categories; hottest current driver last four weeks.                  
 3. Matt Kenseth 7/1               12th           12th              6th          14th
Eight top-five finishes in 22 career starts with 13.0 average; led most laps at Charlotte.
 4. Carl Edwards 6/1               15th            7th               7th         16th
Three-time winner with four other top-five finishes in 13 starts; using fifth-place Kansas car.
 5. Clint Bowyer 30/1                3rd            3rd               2nd         15th
Career best of sixth-place on four occasions in 10 starts; using eighth-place Michigan car.
 6. Kyle Busch 8/1                   19th            9th               3rd         32nd
2008 winner; chassis will make second start, the first was a runner-up finish at Pocono. 
 7. Jeff Gordon 10/1                27th            1st               5th          20th
Four-time winner with the last coming in 2003; 10.1 average finish over his last 20 starts.
 8. Jimmie Johnson 8/1            9th           33rd              17th         28th
Three-time winner with the last coming in 2007; using fourth-place Pocono chassis this week.
 9. Kurt Busch 13/1                 20th          11th               10th          4th
Three-time winner, including two of the last four; returns same car from Coca-Cola 600.
10. Kevin Harvick 15/1            26th          19th              21st          1st
Won 2001 event in third start of career; using his winning Coca-Cola 600 chassis this week.

* Results from the Coca-Cola 600 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, 2011, the last high banked 1.5-mile track ran at. Earlier races on the sister tracks of Las Vegas and Texas are also a good barometer to use for handicapping Sunday’s race.
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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