Saturday, April 2, 2011

Final Martinsville Driver Ratings Following All Practice & Q Sessions: Goody's Fast Relief 500

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Goody’s Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds       Practice 1   Practice 2    Qualified    Fall ‘10*

 1. Denny Hamlin 4/1                8th              20th             5th          1st 
Native Virginian won four of the last six Martinsville races, including the last three in a row.
 2. Jimmie Johnson 4/1             9th              16th            17th          5th 
Six-time winner with 17 straight races within top-nine; using new chassis this week.
 3. Kyle Busch 8/1                    1st              23rd            11th         4th 
Finished career best fourth on four occasions; fastest average speeds in Practice 1.
 4. Kevin Harvick 8/1               3rd              30th              9th          3rd 
Career best finish of third last fall; using fourth place Phoenix chassis from February.
 5. Mark Martin 25/1               17th             13th             12th         2nd 
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2000. Strong 10-consecutive lap averages in practices.
 6. Jamie McMurray 25/1         5th              11th              1st         11th 
Career best of runner-up in 2004; had the top 10-consecutive lap average in final practice.
 7. Jeff Burton 15/1                  6th              17th             32nd        9th 
1997 winner; led 140 laps in the spring last year and then the most laps (134) in the fall.
 8. Jeff Gordon 8/1                  20th             2nd              21st         20th 
Seven-time winner who was on a run of 15 straight top-nine finishes until last fall.
 9. Ryan Newman 25/1           13th              6th               2nd         30th 
Three top-10 finishes in four starts for current team; has led 55 laps in last three races there.
10. Joey Logano 30/1              2nd              31st              4th          6th 
Wrecked primary car in Prac.2, back-up is the same car from last fall; finished runner-up in spring.                
* Results from the October 24, 2010 race at Martinsville Speedway.

Note: Only two scheduled practice sessions Friday with qualifying held on Saturday.

Alert: Tires may be an issue for all drivers on Sunday. Several complained about the tires coming apart and being good for only 12 to 15 laps. This could be a major player in Sunday's race and possibly help a newcomer crack the Johnson and Hamlin show.

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

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