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Aaron’s 499

Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.

9 a.m. today, Fox (5); race starts at 9:16

Rating Driver Odds Practice 1* Practice 2 Daytona 500** Sprint***

1. Kevin Harvick 12/1 24th DNP 42nd 1st
2010 winner; strong at Daytona Speedweeks, winning Bud Duel and Sprint Unlimited

2. Matt Kenseth 10/1 6th DNP 37th 5th
Two-time winner, including last fall; led Daytona 500 four times for race-high 86 laps

3. Brad Keselowski 12/1 11th 1st 4th DNP
Won twice here: last spring and first Cup victory in 2009; new chassis tested at Daytona

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12/1 12th 23rd 2nd 8th
Five-time winner here but not since 2004; using runner-up chassis from Daytona 500

5. Jeff Gordon 12/1 9th 7th 20th 17th
Six-time winner has NASCAR record for restrictor-plate wins; led first 31 laps at Daytona

6. Kyle Busch 10/1 13th DNP 34th 16th
2008 winner was second and third in 2012; engine failed at Daytona like teammate Kenseth

7. Jimmie Johnson 12/1 8th 19th 1st 14th
Two-time winner; led final nine laps in Daytona 500 win; using Sprint Unlimited chassis

8. Kasey Kahne 12/1 10th 3rd 36th 7th
Third career top-five finish last spring; was 2006 runner-up; using Daytona 500 chassis

9. Carl Edwards 15/1 1st 10th 33rd 12th
Getting closer to joining several Roush teammates with his first restrictor-plate win

10. Joey Logano 30/1 4th 13th 19th 3rd
Has looked almost as good as teammate Keselowski; drafted well during Speedweeks

* Starting lineup based on Practice 1 speeds because qualifying was rained out.

** Results from Feb. 14 Daytona 500, a restrictor-plate race.

*** Results from season-opening Sprint Unlimited nonpoints race at Daytona.

Odds courtesy of LVH

Micah Roberts, a former sports book director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. For more Roberts insights on the race, go to The Linemakers on SportingNews.com or follow on Twitter: MicahRoberts7.

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