Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings


New England 300

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

11 a.m. Sunday; TV: NBCSP

Rating, Driver Odds Practoce 1 Qualified Practice 2 Practice 3

1. Carl Edwards 6-1 4th 1st 6th 4th

No wins (24 starts), but starts from pole; had fastest 10-consecutive-lap average in Practice 3

2. Kyle Larson 10-1 1st 6th 1st 1st

Finished third and second as rookie in 2014; he’s super-fast and has lot of momentum

3. Kevin Harvick 6-1 3rd 19th 9th 9th

2016 winner, 13.4 average; using stout chassis that won at Phoenix in March past two seasons

4. Kyle Busch 6-1 10th 12th 8th 8th

Two-time winner, last coming in 2015; second or better in four of last seven visits

5. Matt Kenseth 6-1 11th 8th 3rd 7th

Three-time winner, including last two visits; second-best 10-consecutive-lap average in Practice 2

6. Denny Hamlin 7-1 7th 5th 4th 2nd

Two-time winner, track-best 10.1 average finish; on run of nine straight top-10 finishes

7. Martin Truex Jr. 5-1 5th 2nd 2nd 6th

No wins (21 starts), but in great form now; fastest 10-consecutive-lap average in Practice 2

8. Chase Elliott 12-1 2nd 10th 5th 11th

Poor finish (34th) in July, but midsummer slump over after third place at Chicago last week

9. Joey Logano 15-1 13th 15th 14th 13th

Two-time winner, inlcuding first career Cup win in 2009; top-10s in last six on schedule

10. Jimmie Johnson 10-1 16th 4th 7th 5th

Three-time winner with 10.5 average finish in 29 starts; hasn’t won since March at Fontana

NOTE: The flat 1-mile layout of New Hampshire requires a similar setup to Phoenix and Richmond, which makes results from the combined past four races at those tracks this season a great handicapping tool for Sunday. The first New Hampshire race of the season was run on July 17.

Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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