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Michigan: You Might Flip Over The Driver Rating's Recommended Top Pick

We've heard it for years: Michigan is a Roush track.

And according to NASCAR's driver rating, that's true. Roush drivers make up three of the top four spots in the pre-race driver rating formula, which is like racing's version of the NFL's quarterback rating.

Carl Edwards leads all drivers, with Greg Biffle (third) and Matt Kenseth (fourth) also among the top picks.

Jimmie Johnson breaks up the trio in second place, and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. (sixth) and Jeff Gordon (eighth) are also in the top 10.

Among the surprises: None of the three Richard Childress Racing drivers are in the top 15.

Carfax 400 Pre-Race
For point-paying races in current and past four years, at this track.
Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, August 15, 2010

Driver Rating
Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
Number of Races: 11
Rank	Car	Driver      Avg Finish	High	AVG DRIVER RATING
1	99	Carl Edwards	6.3	137.8	111.2
2	48	Jimmie Johnson	14.0	131.2	110.7
3	16	Greg Biffle	12.1	135.5	102.8
4	17	Matt Kenseth	11.2	139.7	101.2
5	2	Kurt Busch	18.0	140.7	99.5
6	88	D Earnhardt Jr.	9.9	121.5	98.6
7	11	Denny Hamlin	11.9	145.5	98.4
8	24	Jeff Gordon	14.6	125.7	97.9
9	14	Tony Stewart	10.0	136.1	95.7
10	83	Brian Vickers	15.2	126.8	93.6
11	18	Kyle Busch	17.7	130.3	91.2
12	5	Mark Martin	18.4	113.7	86.9
13	9	Kasey Kahne	17.4	122.9	84.9
14	20	Joey Logano	14.0	101.9	83.5
15	56	M Truex Jr.	17.4	129.2	79.9
16	29	Kevin Harvick	14.5	96.2	78.7
17	6	David Ragan	18.4	106.1	77.7
18	31	Jeff Burton	18.7	106.2	75.2
19	83	Casey Mears	17.0	109.9	75.1
20	33	Clint Bowyer	21.2	101.5	72.8
21	39	Ryan Newman	23.0	101.6	71.0
22	00	David Reutimann	19.0	88.5	70.5
23	1	Jamie McMurray	18.0	83.2	69.8
24	42	Juan Montoya	24.3	112.0	68.9
25	19	Elliott Sadler	20.2	98.2	68.9
26	77	Sam Hornish Jr.	20.8	84.5	65.6
27	12	Brad Keselowski	25.5	68.4	61.6
28	43	AJ Allmendinger	25.0	85.6	61.2
29	55	Michael Waltrip	23.1	91.6	61.0
30	10	P Carpentier	27.0	68.9	60.7
31	38	Travis Kvapil	23.7	74.1	57.0
32	7	Robby Gordon	27.3	69.2	56.9
33	71	Bobby Labonte	26.4	87.7	56.7
34	26	David Stremme	27.0	80.8	54.1
35	43	Reed Sorenson	24.6	95.4	53.9
36	66	Scott Riggs	23.1	77.4	53.6
37	09	Mike Bliss	34.0	75.9	53.3
38	87	Joe Nemechek	29.0	98.5	52.7
39	98	Paul Menard	23.9	72.4	52.3
40	78	Regan Smith	28.0	58.6	50.6
41	66	Dave Blaney	30.1	93.9	50.5
42	46	J.J. Yeley	35.0	63.2	50.5
43	21	Bill Elliott	23.6	73.1	50.3
44	37	David Gilliland	30.4	64.5	48.1
45	47	Marcos Ambrose	31.0	72.4	46.6
46	70	Johnny Sauter	27.5	51.0	45.6
47	82	Scott Speed	33.0	47.9	42.8
48	34	John Andretti	30.6	52.0	41.2
49	37	Tony Raines	35.4	54.2	40.4
50	00	M McDowell	37.0	30.4	30.4
51	4	Mike Wallace	43.0	29.8	29.8
52	64	Todd Bodine	42.0	29.6	29.6
53	09	Landon Cassill	38.0	29.4	29.4
54	34	Kevin Conway	40.0	29.0	29.0
55	13	Max Papis	39.0	28.4	27.9
56	74	Derrike Cope	38.5	30.3	27.6
57	45	Chad McCumbee	41.0	24.9	24.9