Friday, September 6, 2013

Final Richmond Driver Ratings Following all Practice and Qualifying Sessions

Micah Roberts‘ Top-10 Driver Ratings 
Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond Internationals Raceway
Saturday, September 7, 2013 -  7:46 p.m. ET

Rating    Driver     Odds       Practice 1   Practice 2     Qualified     Spring ‘13*

 1. Kyle Busch 5/1                     3rd             2nd               13th             24th 
Three-time winner, the last in 2012. Tops among active drivers with 6.5 average finish.
 2. Jeff Gordon 10/1                  5th             1st                 1st              11th 
Two-time winner, the last in 2000; finished 12th or better in 11 of 13 past starts there.
 3. Clint Bowyer 12/1                 2nd           12th                4th               2nd 
Two time winner, including last fall; using runner-up chassis from the April race.
 4. Denny Hamlin 12/1              17th          11th                6th             DNP 
Two-time winner, missed April race due to injury. Very fast on long runs during practices.
 5. Kasey Kahne 8/1                  8th             6th               18th              21st 
2005 winner; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 1 and second best in practice 2.
 6. Brad Keselowski 7/1             1st            27th               3rd              33rd  
Needs lots of help and a great run to make Chase; using fourth-place New Hampshire chassis.
 7. Kevin Harvick 12/1              10th            16th              17th              1st  
Three-time winner, including spring race, and he‘s using same winning chassis this week.
 8. Matt Kenseth 7/1                   4th             8th                5th               7th  
2002 winner with only three other top-5 finishes in 27 starts; looked very good in practice.
 9. Jimmie Johnson 7/1            11th           22nd              10th             12th 
Three-time winner; starts from rear after missing practices and qualifying - wife gave birth Friday.
10. Jeff Burton 100/1                19th            5th                19th              5th 
1998 winner on his home track; using third place-chassis from New Hampshire.

Note: Using results from this seasons previous events at Phoenix New Hampshire is a good handicapping tool to use for Richmond. The set-up requirements are similar at all three relatively flat tracks, and drivers that do well on one usually do well on the others during a season.

* Results from the April 27, 2013 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.

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.

Practice write-up will come later

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