Friday, September 11, 2015

Final Richmond Driver Ratings following all practice sessions

Kyle Busch is the driver to beat Saturday night at Richmond.
Micah Roberts’ Top-10 Driver Ratings
Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond International Raceway  
Saturday, September 12, 2015 -  4:46 pm (PT)

 1. Kyle Busch 6/1                 5th         2nd           4th           DNP
His four wins and 7.3 average finish is a track best among active drivers. He can go all out.
 2. Kevin Harvick 9/2             4th         1st            6th            2nd 
Three-time winner with 10,7 average. Won on similar flat layouts at Phoenix in March.
 3. Brad Keselowski 5/1        3rd         9th            3rd           17th 
Won this race last fall. Best 10-consecutive laps average during final practice; great form.
 4. Kurt Busch 10/1              14th         5th           8th            1st 
Led 293 of the 400 laps in April for second Richmond win; he’s using same car this week.
 5. Matt Kenseth 8/1             11th       12th          2nd            7th 
His lone win came in 2002, but has finished seventh or better in five of past six starts.
 6. Joey Logano 6/1             10th        14th          1st             5th 
Won spring race last season and has been sixth or better in two starts since; he’s on roll.
 7. Carl Edwards 8/1              8th        31st           7th           19th 
2013 winner with 14th-place average in 22 starts; third-best 10-consecutive lap average.
 8. Jimmie Johnson 18/1      13th         3rd           9th            3rd 
Three-time winner, the last in 2008. Only two top-five finishes in past 12 starts on schedule.
 9. Kyle Larson 30/1               1st        17th          11th         12th 
It’s win or else miss the Chase, and his car fast came right off the hauler with the top speed.
10. Martin Truex Jr. 18/1        7th         6th           16th         10th 
Career-best fifth-place in 2008 and has 21st-place average, but practiced very well on Friday.

* Results from the April 26, 2015 at Richmond. Useful handicapping tip: review results from 2015 races at Phoenix and New Hampshire because the set-up requirements are similar. If good on one, they’ll be good on the other.

Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Micah Roberts is a former Las Vegas sports book director who has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994. Follow him on Twitter: MicahRoberts7

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