Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Good Sam Club 500
Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 11:16 pm (PDT)
Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Practice 2 Qualified Talladega 1*
1. Kevin Harvick 10/1 17th DNP 13th 5th
2010 winner with two additional plate race wins at Daytona; tandem racing w/Paul Menard
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12/1 21st 6th 6th 4th
Five-time winner, the last time in 2004, runner-up in 2009; tandem racing w/Jimmie Johnson
3. Jeff Gordon 12/1 4th 10th 5th 3rd
Six-time winner, the last in 2007, inches away from winning in April; tandem racing w/Mark Martin
4. Jimmie Johnson 12/1 22nd 5th 2nd 1st
Two-time winner, has never been so desperate for points in fall race; using winning car from April.
5. Clint Bowyer 20/1 13th DNP 3rd 2nd
2010 fall winner will be using teammate Paul Menard’s chassis; tandem racing w/Jeff Burton
6. Kurt Busch 12/1 12th 15th 14th 18th
No wins in any point plate races. Using winning Bud Shootout car; tandem racing w/Regan Smith.
7. Kyle Busch 12/1 26th 4th 34th 35th
2008 winner, his only top-five finish. Debuts new chassis; tandem racing w/Joey Logano.
8. Mark Martin 30/1 3rd 9th 1st 8th
Two-time winner, the last coming in 1997. Solid candidate because of owner and tandem partner.
9. David Ragan 20/1 15th 12th 8th 39th
Using winning Daytona chassis from July, also will have same driver (Kenseth) pushing him again.
10. Matt Kenseth 20/1 16th 11th 11th 36th
No top-10s since 2006, but is using same chassis that pushed Ragan to win at Daytona
* Results from the season’s first race held at Talladega on April 17, 2011. This is the fourth and final restrictor-plate race of the season.
Note: The fastest way around restrictor-plate races this season has been with drivers teaming up together forming a two-car draft train. Most drivers already know who they’ll be tandem racing with on Sunday.
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 VegasInsider.com or follow MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.