Friday, May 10, 2013

Final Darlington Driver Ratings: 2013 Bojangles Southern 500

Micah Roberts‘ Top-10 Driver Ratings 
Bojangles Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Saturday, May 11, 2013 -  4:05 p.m. PT

Rating    Driver     Odds         Practice 1    Practice 2       Qualified     Darlington ‘12*

 1. Kyle Busch 5/1                       6th              10th                3rd                4th 
2008 winner with a 15.5 average finish; gets high marks because power on 1.5-mile tracks.
 2. Jeff Gordon 12/1                  26th                8th                8th               35th 
Seven-time winner, including four straight Southern 500’s from 1995-98; making 700th career Cup start.
 3. Jimmie Johnson 6/1             16th              15th                2nd               1st 
Three-time winner, including last fall, with 9.1 average finish --second best among active drivers.
 4. Clint Bowyer 18/1                  2nd              19th                13th             11th 
Best finish of ninth of 2007, but had a strong showing in practices with good average speeds
 5. Brad Keselowski 12/1          22nd              31st               26th              15th 
Career best third-place in 2011 with a 9.3 average finish; using fourth-place Phoenix chassis.
 6. Martin Truex Jr. 12/1             7th                 9th                 5th               5th 
Had best career finish last season; 11.3 average finish one of his best; practiced very well.
 7. Greg Biffle 12/1                    10th                6th                 9th              12th 
Two-time winner, his only top5 finishes in 12 starts; using 10th-place Texas chassis.
 8. Carl Edwards 10/1                 5th                3rd                 17th              7th 
Two-time runner-up, 2008 and 2011, with 13.1 average finish; using Bristol chassis.
 9. Kurt Busch 40/1                    19th                1st                 1st               21st 
10th anniversary of memorable runner-up finish to Ricky Craven, which remains his best career finish.
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20/1        4th                11th                16th             17th  
Second best 10-consecutive lap average during practice 1; using sixth-place Bristol chassis.

* Because there are no other similar tracks to Darlington Raceway‘s 1.336-mile layout, results from race run last season (May 12, 2012) serve as the best reference.

Odds courtesy of the LVH Super Book.

Micah Roberts, a former sports book director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. For more Roberts insights on the race, go to The Linemakers on or follow on Twitter: MicahRoberts7. 

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