Micah Roberts' Sprint Cup Driver Ratings, Feb. 24


Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

9 a.m. today, Fox (5)

RATING, DRIVER, ODDS, TEST*, UNLIMITED, BUD DUEL, BEST PRACTICE**

1. Kevin Harvick 10/1 2nd 1st 1st 12th 2007 winner; looks to have best understanding of how to maneuver new Gen-6 car

2. Matt Kenseth 8/1 1st 5th 5th 5th Two-time winner, including in 2012; no worse than third in past three Daytona point races

3. Kyle Busch 10/1 3rd 16th 1st 3rd Won 2008 summer race; seven top-five finishes in final 10 races of last season

4. Kasey Kahne 15/1 15th 7th 2nd 1st 2010 summer runner-up; best 500 finish: seventh (in ’07, ’08); car looked great in Duels

5. Greg Biffle 18/1 1st 2nd 2nd 5th Won 2003 summer race; using chassis that finished third in last season’s Daytona 500

6. Jeff Gordon 15/1 8th 17th 12th 2nd Three-time Daytona 500 winner; NASCAR-best 12 restrictor-plate wins

7. Jeff Burton 30/1 1st DNP 8th 2nd One plate win: Daytona, 2000; using successful chassis Clint Bowyer drove while with RCR

8. Tony Stewart 12/1 5th 4th 6th 1st Has done it all at Daytona except win 500; won summer race for the fourth time in July

9. Denny Hamlin 12/1 1st 15th 20th 6th Fourth in 2012 Daytona 500; best Daytona finish was third in summer of 2009

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12/1 4th 8th 9th 3rd Won 2004 Daytona 500; runner-up in two of past three Daytona 500s; using new chassis

* Best performance among the six preseason test sessions held Jan. 10-12 at Daytona.

** Best performance in any of the seven Daytona 500 practice sessions.

Odds courtesy of the LVH.

Micah Roberts, a former race and sports book director in Las Vegas, has been setting NASCAR odds since 1995. For more post-practice analysis, visit The Linemakers on Sporting News.com or follow @MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.

 

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