Saturday, June 25, 2011

Final Sonoma Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Toyota/Save Mart 350
Infineon (Sonoma) Raceway
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 12:15 pm (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1   Qualified   Practice 2   Practice 3  

 1. Juan Pablo Montoya 7/1    23rd          17th            19th            4th 
2007 winner with track best 5.8 average finish; using winning 2010 Watkins Glen car.      
 2. Marcos Ambrose 4/1          9th             8th             12th          15th                              
Finished third and sixth last two seasons; gave away sure victory last season on mishap.
 3. Jamie McMurray 35/1         7th             2nd             1st            2nd                                
2004 runner-up; was the star in Saturday’s final practices, both single and average lap times. 
 4. Kurt Busch 15/1                  1st            11th             2nd           3rd  
Three top-five finishes in 10 career starts. Had his best combined road practice since 2006.     
 5. Jeff Gordon 7/1                  18th           13th            21st          10th        
Five-time winner with an additional four wins at Watkins Glen, but none since 2006.                         
 6. Tony Stewart 6/1                 8th            20th            25th          26th   
Two-time winner with four straight top-10 finishes; five additional road wins at Watkins Glen.
 7. Kevin Harvick 12/1              4th            26th            18th           8th                                
2007 runner-up and finished third last season. 2006 Watkins Glen winner; using new car.
 8. Clint Bowyer 50/1                14th           9th              3rd            5th                                    
12.6 average finish in five starts with a best of fourth-place twice; using 2010 road chassis.
 9. Kyle Busch 7/1                    11th          19th             4th            23rd                         
Swept the road races in 2008, but has no top-20’s at Sonoma since. Using new car this week.        
10. Brad Keselowski 100/1      19th           15th           13th           1st 
Had the best 10 consecutive average lap speeds in both of Saturday’s final practices. 
Note: Only two road courses are run per season, one at Sonoma and the other at Watkins Glen. Sonoma’s course is the more technical of the two.
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 or follow MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.

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