Saturday, November 12, 2011

Final Phoenix Driver Ratings Following All Practice and Q Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Kobalt Tools 500
Phoenix International Raceway (PIR)
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 12:16 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds      Practice 1   Practice 2   Qualified   Phoenix*

 1. Carl Edwards 6/1              34th             2nd             9th          28th
2010 winner with average finish of 13th in 14 starts; using eighth-place Loudon chassis.
 2. Tony Stewart 5/1               11th            36th            8th           7th
1999 winner, his first PIR Cup start, no wins since; using winning Loudon car from September.
 3. Kevin Harvick 12/1            23rd            10th           27th          4th
Swept 2006 season, has 13.8 average finish in 17 starts; using winning Charlotte chassis.
 4. Jeff Gordon 7/1                 38th            13th           23rd          1st
Two-time winner with an average finish of 10th in 25 starts that includes 10 top-5 finishes.
 5. Jimmie Johnson 8/1          33rd            12th           16th          3rd
Four-time winner, has finished fifth or better in 10 straight PIR races; using Loudon chassis.
 6. Kyle Busch 8/1                  40th              5th            34th         2nd
2005 winner with an average finish of 12.9 in 13 starts; only one top-5 since his win.
 7. Matt Kenseth 12/1              2nd             38th            1st         12th
2002 winner, looked to have one of the best cars in Friday’s practice; using Loudon chassis.
 8. Ryan Newman 20/1            5th             30th           30th          5th
2010 winner which started a current run of three straight top-5s; great Friday practice sessions.
 9. Kasey Kahne 15/1              8th             31st           10th          6th
Career best of fifth in his first PIR Cup start in 2004; best 10 consecutive lap average in practice.
10. Paul Menard 60/1              4th              1st            11th         17th
Had an excellent Friday practice making him a solid contender; using Las Vegas chassis.

* Results from the first Phoenix race of the season held on February 27, 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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