Saturday, October 31, 2015

Final Martinsville Practice Notes & Driver Ratings: 2015 Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks like a good candidate to win Martinsville Chase race for second straight year.
Micah Roberts' Top-10 Rated NASCAR Drivers
Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Martinsville Speedway         
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 10:28 am (PT)      
Rating     Driver       Odds                 Practice 1              Qualified         Practice 2          Practice 3  
 1. Jimmie Johnson 6/1            25th                21st              9th              1st
Eight-time winner, including seven of last 18; best 10-consecutive lap average in Practice 3.
 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12/1       24th               22nd             1st               5th
Won for first time last fall after 30 starts; best 10-consecutive lap average in Practice 2.
 3. Denny Hamlin 6/1                12th                10th              5th              9th   
Five-time winner, including March race. 10 top-five finishes in 19 starts; native Virginian.
 4. Kyle Busch 12/1                       8th                  6th              6th             26th  
2012 runner-up with eight top-five finishes in 20 starts; should be very fast on long runs.
 5. Jeff Gordon 6/1                       2nd                  5th            16th            12th
Eight-time winner; 28 top-fives in 45 starts -- track best 6.8 average finish. Final start on track.
 6. Joey Logano 6/1                       1st                   1st              4th              7th
Looking to win fourth straight race on schedule; led 108 laps in March -- third straight top-five.  
 7. Kevin Harvick 6/1                    4th                12th            13th             2nd  
2011 winner with 16th-place average finish; best 10-consecutive lap average in Practice 1.
 8. Martin Truex Jr. 20/1            13th                 2nd             2nd             8th
Only two top-five finishes in 19 starts (22.2 average), but looked outstanding in all practices.
 9. Ryan Newman 100/1            18th                 7th              3rd             13th
2012 winner, third-place last fall, 15,4 average in 27 starts; looked strong in practices.
10. Brad Keselowski 12/1           3rd                11th            18th             3rd
Career-best runner-up in March race -- led 18 laps, 14th-place place average in 11 starts.

This is first race of three races in the Eliminator Round of Chase. Eight drivers currently eligible to win the Sprint Cup.

Note: 95 of the 133 (71,4%) Martinsville Sprint Cup races have been won from a top-10 starting position.

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

Martinsville Odds to win & Video of Roberts talking about who should win

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