MICAH ROBERTS’ SPRINT CUP DRIVER RATINGS


MICAH ROBERTS’ SPRINT CUP DRIVER RATINGS

Sprint All-Star Race

At Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

5:30 p.m. today, FS1 (329); race begins at 6:16

Rating DriverOddsPractice 1Las Vegas*Texas*Kansas*

1. Brad Keselowski8/112th1st15th13th

Fastest 5- and 10-consecutive-lap averages in practice; won at Charlotte last fall; new chassis

2. Joey Logano8/115th4th1st4th

Runner-up in 2013; has consistently been the best on 1.5-mile tracks this season; new chassis

3. Jeff Gordon8/17th9th2nd1st

Three-time winner, the last in 2001, year of his last championship; using strong Texas chassis

4. Kevin Harvick5/14th41st42nd2nd

2007 winner; lots of speed on all the downforce tracks so far; using Fontana chassis

5. Jimmie Johnson5/114th6th25th9th

Four-time winner, including past two seasons; six-time Charlotte winner; using Michigan chassis

6. Kyle Busch10/18th11th3rd15th

Runner-up in 2010, fourth in 2012 and third last year; this type of race (segments) suits his style

7. Brian Vickers30/12nd13th4th14th

He’s been racing with the leaders on these type of tracks; very fast in Friday’s practice

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.10/11st2nd43rd5th

Won event as a rookie in 2000, none since; using runner-up Texas chassis from last fall

9. Denny Hamlin20/13rd12th13th18th

His 1.5-mile program drastically improved during practice in both race and qualifying setups

10. Kyle Larson30/1**1st19th5th12th

Topped Sprint Showdown practice at 194.105 mph, also faster than anyone in All-Star practice

Note: No points are awarded, but the winner receives $1 million. The race is 90 laps, broken into five segments (20, 20, 20, 20,10).

* Results from the 1.5-mile tracks raced on this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 9), Texas Motor Speedway (April 7) and Kansas Speedway (May 10). Among the three, Charlotte’s layout most resembles Texas.

** Larson’s inclusion was based on whether he finished first or second in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown qualifying race to gain entry into the All-Star Race. However, Larson finished sixth and failed to qualify.

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 post-practice analysis, visit the Linemakers on SportingNews.com or follow MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.

 

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