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Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings

Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

4 p.m. today (NBC, 3)

Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 Practice 3

1. Kyle Busch 6/1 21st 2nd 10th 1st

Led most laps on last two 1.5-mile tracks, winning at Kentucky. Should be best on long runs.

2. Kurt Busch 10/1 9th 6th 1st 2nd

2010 winner; third-best 10-consecutive lap average in practices 2 and 3. Using Kentucky chassis.

3. Denny Hamlin 10/1 17th 5th 7th 11th

Won All-Star race (Charlotte) in May and won on last 1.5-mile track to kick off Chase at Chicago.

4. Matt Kenseth 7/1 2nd 1st 22nd 25th

Two-time winner; top-five finishes on past three 1.5-mile tracks. Season leader with five wins.

5. Kevin Harvick 9/2 1st 11th 26th 12th

Three-time winner, including this race last season; using fifth-place Darlington chassis this week.

6. Carl Edwards 10/1 19th 8th 2nd 8th

Captured first career Charlotte win in May and has been fourth or better on past three 1.5s.

7. Jimmie Johnson 8/1 18th 7th 9th 13th

Seven-time winner; out of Chase, but had best 10-consecutive lap average in Practice 2.

8. Joey Logano 10/1 4th 3rd 5th 3rd

Leads active drivers with a 10.2 average finish in 13 starts. Sixth or better on five of seven 1.5s.

9. Brad Keselowski 10/1 14th 13th 6th 6th

2013 winner finished ninth or better on all seven 1.5s this year; should be just as competitive.

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20/1 7th 12th 8th 5th

No points-paying Charlotte wins in 31 starts, but showed great average speeds in practice.

Note: This is the eighth race on a 1.5-mile track this season and second of five in the Chase. Being the best on these tracks has traditionally been the gateway to a championship.

Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas.

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

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