Saturday, October 29, 2011

Final Driver Ratings for Martinsville Tums Relief 500

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Tums Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 11:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds         Lineup*    Practice 1   2010**   2011**

 1. Jimmie Johnson 5/1           7th            3rd             5th         11th
Six-time winner, the last coming in 2009; using same chassis from spring race.
 2. Jeff Gordon 6/1                 10th           9th             20th         5th
Seven-time winner, the last coming in 2005; has 30 top-10 finishes in 37 starts.
 3. Kevin Harvick 6/1               5th           25th             3rd         1st
Using same car this week that won in spring race; the car also won at Richmond.
 4. Clint Bowyer 18/1              13th           2nd             38th        9th
Excellent practice Saturday; using New Hampshire chassis that ran out of fuel leading late.
 5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 18/1     9th            10th             7th         2nd
Nine top-five finishes in 23 starts; using same chassis that finished runner-up in spring.
 6. Kyle Busch 7/1                    6th          15th              4th         3rd
Six top-five finishes in 13 starts; using winning Michigan chassis from August.
 7. Denny Hamlin 6/1              11th          14th             1st        12th
Five-time winner on his home state track; finished sixth or better in last 9 of 10 races.
 8. Kurt Busch 30/1                  8th           11th            16th       16th
2002 winner with only one top-five since; using Keselowski chassis from Atlanta race.
 9. Juan Montoya 40/1            20th           8th              19th        4th
Finished fourth or better in two of last four starts; using New Hampshire chassis.
10. Tony Stewart 7/1               4th            32nd            24th      34th
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2006; using chassis from both New Hampshire races.

 * The starting lineup was set by points.
** Results from the last two Sprint Cup races run at Martinsville Speedway, October 24, 2010 and April 3, 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.

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