Saturday, October 8, 2011

Final Kansas Driver Ratings Following All Practices

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds      Practice 1   Qualified   Practice 2   Practice 3

 1. Jimmie Johnson 6/1          18th            19th           2nd            4th
2008 winner with a 9.1 average finish in 10 starts; looked like Johnson of old in practice.
 2. Jeff Gordon 7/1                   3rd            10th           7th            22nd
Won the first two races held and owns a track best 8.3 average finish in 10 starts.
 3. Kevin Harvick 12/1            32nd            14th          1st            30th  
Career best of third-place came last season; using runner-up Michigan chassis this week.
 4. Matt Kenseth 10/1               5th              4th          15th            3rd
Has finished seventh or better in three of last four; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice. 
 5. Greg Biffle 18/1                  12th             1st            5th           21st
Two-time winner, including last season, and has second best average finish at track (8.3).
 6. Carl Edwards 7/1               16th             2nd           3rd             6th
Has finished sixth or better in five of eight career starts; using seventh-place Pocono chassis.
 7. Kyle Busch 8/1                     8th             3rd            8th           13th
No top-five finishes in eight starts, but practiced well; using Chicagoland chassis this week.
 8. Clint Bowyer 30/1                2nd             24th         12th           1st
Runner-up in 2007; the Kansas native had second best 10-consecutive lap average in practice.
 9. Kurt Busch 8/1                   27th             17th          27th         29th
Didn’t practice very well, but his times were similar to when he dominated Kansas in June.
10. Tony Stewart 7/1               23rd            23rd          15th          24th
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2009; using stellar runner-up chassis from Las Vegas.

Note: This is the second race run at Kansas Speedway this season. The first race, held on June 5, was won by Brad Keselowski using a fuel mileage strategy. His teammate, Kurt Busch, dominated the race leading 152 laps but had to pit late for fuel and finished ninth. 
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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