Saturday, October 26, 2013

Martinsville Final Driver Ratings Following All Practice Sessions

Micah Roberts‘ Top-10 Driver Ratings
Goody’s Headache Relief Shots 500
Martinsville Superspeedway
Sunday, October 27, 2013 -  11:16 a.m. PT

Rating    Driver     Odds       Practice 1    Qualified   Practice 2    Practice 3

 1. Jimmie Johnson 9/5             11th             2nd              9th               6th 
Eight-time winner, including the last two; using same chassis he won with in the spring race.
 2. Clint Bowyer 12/1                   1st              5th              5th              2nd 
Career-best runner-up in spring race; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 1.
 3. Kyle Busch 7/1                       2nd             3rd              2nd              4th 
Runner-up last fall and fifth in spring; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2.
 4. Jeff Gordon 6/1                      8th              9th             10th            10th 
Seven-time winner with 26 top-5 finishes and seventh-place average in 41 starts.
 5. Denny Hamlin 12/1                 3rd             1st              28th            17th
Four-time winner; would be rated higher, but hasn’t had a top-5 finish in past 20 races on season.
 6. Brad Keselowski 12/1             4th            11th             11th             8th 
Sixth-place last fall and in spring; had very good average speeds in final practices.
 7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 18/1         19th           12th              3rd              1st 
Runner-up in 2008 and 2011; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 3.
 8. Joey Logano 30/1                  12th             6th              1st               9th 
2010 runner-up, his only top-5 finish in nine starts; using Watkins Glen chassis.
 9. Kasey Kahne 10/1                 22nd           25th              7th              3rd 
2005 runner-up, third last fall and fourth in spring race; using same chassis from spring.
10. Matt Kenseth 10/1                  9th             4th               4th              5th
Only three top-5 finishes in 27 career starts, but led 96 laps in spring and practiced well.

Note: Johnson, Gordon and Hamlin have combined to win 15 of last 20 Martinsville races.

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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