Friday, October 9, 2015

Final Charlotte Practice Notes & Driver Ratings: Busch Bros. look really good

Kurt Busch looks really, really good this week at Charlotte. Fastest in both of Friday's practices.
Micah Roberts' Top-10 Rated NASCAR Drivers
Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 4:16 pm (PT)
Rating     Driver       Odds                       Practice 1    Qualified            Practice 2         Practice 3
 1. Kyle Busch 6/1                         21st            2nd              10th              1st
Led most laps on last two 1.5-mile tracks, winning at Kentucky. Should be best on long runs.
 2. Kurt Busch 10/1                         9th            6th                 1st              2nd 
2010 winner; third best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2 and 3. Using Kentucky chassis.
 3. Denny Hamlin 10/1                17th            5th                7th             11th
Won All-Star race (Charlotte) in May and won on last 1.5-mile track to kick off Chase at Chicago.
 4. Matt Kenseth 7/1                     2nd            1st              22nd            25th
Two-time winner; top-five finishes on past three 1.5-mile tracks. Season leader with five wins.
 5. Kevin Harvick 9/2                      1st           11th             26th             12th
Three-time winner, including this race last season; using fifth-place Darlington chassis this week.
 6. Carl Edwards 10/1                   19th            8th               2nd               8th
Captured first career Charlotte win in May and has been fourth or better on past three 1.5s.
 7. Jimmie Johnson 8/1               18th            7th               9th             13th
Seven-time winner; out of Chase, but had best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2.
 8. Joey Logano 10/1                      4th             3rd               5th              3rd
Leads active drivers with a 10.2 average finish in 13 starts. Sixth or better on five of seven 1.5s.
 9. Brad Keselowski 10/1            14th          13th               6th              6th
2013 winner finished ninth or better on all seven 1.5s this year; should be just as competitive.
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20/1           7th          12th               8th              5th
No points paying Charlotte wins in 31 starts, but showed great average speeds in practice.

Note: This is the eighth race on a 1.5-mile track this season and second of five in the Chase. Being the best on these tracks has traditionally been the gateway to a championship.

Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book.

Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994. Follow him on twitter @MicahRoberts7

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