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MICAH ROBERTS’ SPRINT CUP DRIVER RATINGS

MICAH ROBERTS‘ SPRINT CUP DRIVER RATINGS

NRA 500

Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas

4 p.m. today, Fox (5); race starts at 4:46 p.m.

Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Practice 2 Qualified Las Vegas*

1. Matt Kenseth 6/1 8th 34th 20th 1st
Two-time winner; five straight top-five finishes on track; track-best 8.2 average finish

2. Jimmie Johnson 6/1 3rd 33rd 7th 6th
Two-time winner, including last fall, with 9.3 average finish; great lap averages in Practice 2

3. Brad Keselowski 10/1 25th 10th 16th 3rd
Runner-up last fall, his lone top-10 finish; best 10 consecutive lap average in Practice 2

4. Kyle Busch 6/1 20th 2nd 1st 4th
Career best of third (three times), including last fall; won on last down-force track (Fontana)

5. Kasey Kahne 7/1 18th 32nd 14th 2nd
2006 winner; using chassis that led six times for race-high 114 laps at Las Vegas

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 15/1 2nd 38th 6th 7th
2000 winner, his first career win; using chassis that finished seventh at Texas last fall

7. Greg Biffle 7/1 9th 8th 35th 17th
Two-time winner, including last spring; on streak of nine straight top-10 finishes

8. Carl Edwards 10/1 6th 15th 9th 5th
Three-time winner; one of two drivers to place in top five at both Las Vegas and Fontana

9. Martin Truex Jr. 25/1 1st 5th 5th 8th
Ninth-place average in past three starts; top five 10 consecutive lap average in both practices

10. Paul Menard 75/1 12th 9th 19th 10th
Best 10 consecutive lap average in Practice 1; finish in top 10 at both Las Vegas and Fontana

* Results from the March 10 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas are a great barometer to use on how the new Gen-6 car might run at sister track of Texas. The March 24 race at Fontana, Calif., also can be referenced because it’s also a down-force track.

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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