Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings


Food City 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

10:15 a.m. today (KVVU-5)

Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 Practice 3

1. Kyle Busch 5-1 8th 5th 1st 5th

Five-time winner with 1,703 laps led in 21 starts best 10-consecutive lap average in Practice 2.

2. Carl Edwards 8-1 10th 1st 5th 4th

Three-time winner (2007, 2008, 2014) — one of the best since half-mile track repaved in 2007.

3. Denny Hamlin 10-1 1st 4th 18th 1st

2012 winner, third last fall 16.6 average finish, 578 laps led. Should be quick on long runs.

4. Joey Logano 6-1 19th 3rd 6th 12th

The top contender to derail the fast Joe Gibbs Toyotas. Won two of the past three at Bristol.

5. Matt Kenseth 8-1 11th 2nd 8th 10th

Four-time winner leads NASCAR loop data in driver rating, average run position, laps in top 15.

6. Jimmie Johnson 7-1 4th 6th 32nd 6th

Only one win (2010) in 28 starts (14.4 average) — fourth or better in six of past 10 starts.

7. Kevin Harvick 6-1 6th 7th 26th 7th

2005 winner under old layout runner-up last fall, his first top 5 there since 2008.

8. Kurt Busch 12-1 12th 26th 3rd 13th

Five-time winner but none since track repaved — only three top 5s since 2007.

9. Brad Keselowski 8-1 3rd 12th 28th 15th

Became 12th different driver to win back-to-back at Bristol in 2012 sixth last fall.

10. Martin Truex Jr. 15-1 2nd 8th 13th 3rd

Not his best track (20th or worse last five), but he also never had stellar Gibbs equipment.

Note: 88 of the 110 (80 percent) Bristol Cup races have been won from a top-10 start position, including eight of the past nine. Odds courtesy of the Westgate.

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