Micah Roberts' Sprint Cup driver ratings, Week of Aug. 18


Pure Michigan 400

Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.

10 a.m. today, ESPN (30); race starts at 10:16

Rating DriverOddsPractice 1QualifiedPractice 2Practice 3

1. Kevin Harvick12/17th15th1st11th

2010 winner; runner-up in June race; looks best among top cars

2. Kyle Busch8/13rd10th11th18th

2011 winner; fourth in June; has most consistent car among Gibbs team

3. Jimmie Johnson5/11st3rd3rd1st

No wins in 23 starts; wrecked primary car in final practice, using backup

4. Greg Biffle10/112th16th18th3rd

Four wins, including past two events; using new car that found speed in Practice 3

5. Kasey Kahne7/118th31st2nd9th

2006 winner; three-time runner-up; using third-place Brickyard 400 chassis

6. Carl Edwards12/15th19th8th21st

Two-time winner, the last in 2008; using eighth-place chassis from June race

7. J. Montoya60/12nd6th4th2nd

Was told he won’t be driving No. 42 in 2014, then has best practices of year

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.10/18th7th17th13th

Past two wins have come here; top 10 consecutive lap average in Practice 3

9. Joey Logano25/14th1st15th22nd

Placed ninth in June race, but led three times for 21 laps

10. Kurt Busch12/111th2nd6th4th

2007 winner; only Montoya looked better in final practices

Note: This is the second race of the season on Michigan’s 2-mile, D-shaped oval. Greg Biffle won the June 16 race.

Odds courtesy of LVH.

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


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