Saturday, August 20, 2011

Final Pure Michigan 400 Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions

Micah Roberts Top 10 Driver Ratings
Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 10:16 am (PDT)

Rating    Driver     Odds     Practice 1   Qualified   Practice 2   Michigan*

 1. Matt Kenseth 12/1             1st               2nd            7th            2nd
Two-time winner with 9.5 average finish; using same chassis that won at Texas.
 2. Greg Biffle 20/1                 3rd              1st              4th           15th 
Two-time winner with 12.4 average finish; led the most laps in the first Michigan race.
 3. Jeff Gordon 8/1                 7th               9th             5th           17th 
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2001, with 11.6 average finish; 18 top-five finishes.
 4. Kyle Busch 8/1                 11th              17th           2nd            3rd
Two top-five finishes in 13 starts; using 10th-place Brickyard chassis this week.
 5. Jimmie Johnson 7/1         26th              19th           3rd           27th 
One of only five tracks yet to conquer; using third-place Kentucky chassis this week.
 6. Paul Menard 50/1             6th              11th           10th            4th
Fastest average speeds and 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2; using chassis from June.
 7. Mark Martin 50/1               4th               5th             1st             9th
Five-time winner, the last coming in 2009, with a 13.5 average finish in 51 starts.
 8. Denny Hamlin 8/1            12th               4th           11th            3rd
Two wins and a runner-up in last three starts; using brand new TRD engine this week.
 9. Kurt Busch 8/1                 13th              13th           6th            11th
Two-time winner, the last coming in 2007; using 10th-place Texas chassis this week.
10. Carl Edwards 7/1             28th              22nd          14th           5th
Two-time winner with track best 6.6 average finish; using fifth-place Kentucky chassis.

* Results from the first Michigan race of season held June 19, 2011.
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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