Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings

New Hampshire 301

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire

10:30 a.m. Sunday; NBCSP, KRLV-AM (1340)

Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 Practice 3

1. Kyle Busch 5-1 3rd 2nd 7th 5th

Two-time winner, including last July; second-best 10-consecutive lap average in Practice 2

2. Carl Edwards 8-1 2nd 13th 1st 8th

No wins in 23 starts (13.2 avg.), but had best 10-consecutive lap average in Practices 1 and 2

3. Matt Kenseth 8-1 10th 18th 3rd 3rd

Two-time winner, including last fall; seventh at both similar tracks of Phoenix and Richmond

4. Denny Hamlin 8-1 5th 5th 2nd 2nd

Two-time winner (2007, 2012) with series-best 10.2 average finish; runner-up last fall

5. Kevin Harvick 5-1 21st 8th 4th 4th

2006 winner, third in two of past three starts; best 10-consecutive lap average in Practice 3

6. Brad Keselowski 6-1 11th 9th 8th 6th

2014 winner, runner-up last July and 2011 with 10.4 average finish; goes for third straight win

7. Martin Truex Jr. 15-1 1st 3rd 11th 13th

No wins in 20 starts, but awesome JGR equipment in 2016 makes him automatic contender

8. Kurt Busch 20-1 4th 4th 9th 15th

Three-time winner, none since 2008; last top-five was in 2010; top-10s at Phoenix, Richmond

9. Jimmie Johnson 8-1 15th 1st 14th 7th

Three-time winner, last in 2010; winless in 13 races since victory at Fontana in Week 5

10. Joey Logano 8-1 16th 6th 12th 18th

Site of first career win in 2009; also won in 2014 and then was fourth and third last year.

Note: Best handicapping strategy to begin with is review results from earlier races run at Phoenix and Richmond because both require similar setups to New Hampshire’s flat one-mile layout. Drivers good at one usually are as good on the other.

Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Micah Roberts, a former sports book director, has been been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. Follow @MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.

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