Friday, July 5, 2013

Final 2013 Coke Zero 400 Driver Ratings Following All Practices and Qualifying Sessions

Micah Roberts‘ Top-10 Driver Ratings 
Coke Zero 400
Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, July 6, 2013 -  4:46 p.m. PT

Rating    Driver     Odds       Practice 1   Practice 2    Qualified   Daytona 500*

 1. Matt Kenseth 8/1                 11th           DNP             2nd            37th 
Two-time Daytona 500 winner; led 228 of 392 laps during two restrictor plate races this season.
 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10/1         5th              8th             16th            2nd 
Two-time winner, the last in 2004; 12.9 average finish in past 20 starts is tops among all drivers.
 3. Tony Stewart 15/1               30th             16th            13th            41st 
Four-time winner, all coming during summer event, including last year; his time of year to roll.
 4. Clint Bowyer 15/1                  2nd           DNP              3rd            11th 
Career best of fourth twice; two-time winner on other restrictor-plate track at Talladega.
 5. Kyle Busch 12/1                   18th              7th              1st             34th  
2008 winner with two other second-place finishes; has eight top-five finishes on season.
 6. Carl Edwards 18/1                 3rd              9th              12th           33rd 
Two-time runner-up, the last in 2011; still looking for first plate win, but looks to be best of Fords.
 7. Jeff Gordon 15/1                  32nd             4th               23rd          20th 
Six-time winner, the last in 2005; no one has more restrictor plate wins in NASCAR history.
 8. Jimmie Johnson 12/1           10th           DNP              8th             1st 
Two time Daytona 500 winner; last driver to sweep season was Bobby Allison in 1982.
 9. Kevin Harvick 12/1               27th           DNP             26th           42nd
Two-time winner, the last in 2010; using winning Sprint Unlimited chassis this week.
10. Denny Hamlin 18/1               8th            DNP             24th           14th 
Career best of third in 2009; led three times for 33 laps in Daytona 500. Perfect spot to steal a win.

Note: Only 17 drivers participated in practice 2, due to some drivers choosing to avoid any possible volatile situation on the track preventing damage to their cars.

* Results from the February 24, 2013 Daytona 500. This will be the third restrictor-plate race of the season.

Odds courtesy of the LVH Super Book.

Micah Roberts, a former sports book director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. For more Roberts insights on the race, go to The Linemakers on or follow on Twitter: MicahRoberts7. 

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