Micah Roberts’ SPRINT CUP Driver Ratings
Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
11 a.m. PDT today, ESPN (30)
Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 Practice 3
1. Jimmie Johnson 6/1 18th 19th 2nd 4th
2008 winner with a 9.1 average finish in 10 starts; looked like Johnson of old in practice.
2. Jeff Gordon 7/1 3rd 10th 7th 22nd
Won the first two races held and owns a track-best 8.1 average finish in 10 starts.
3. Kevin Harvick 12/1 32nd 14th 1st 30th
Career best of third place came last season; using runner-up Michigan chassis this week.
4. Matt Kenseth 10/1 5th 4th 15th 3rd
Seventh or better in three of last four; best 10-consecutive lap average during practice.
5. Greg Biffle 18/1 12th 1st 5th 21st
Two-time winner, including last season, and has second-best average finish at track (8.3).
6. Carl Edwards 7/1 16th 2nd 3rd 6th
Finished sixth or better in five of eight career starts; using seventh-place Pocono chassis.
7. Kyle Busch 8/1 8th 3rd 8th 13th
No top-five finishes in eight starts, but practiced well; using Chicagoland chassis.
8. Clint Bowyer 30/1 2nd 24th 12th 1st
Runner-up in 2007; Kansas native had second-best 10-consecutive lap average in practice.
9. Kurt Busch 8/1 27th 17th 27th 29th
Didn’t practice very well, but times were similar to when he dominated Kansas in June.
10. Tony Stewart 7/1 23rd 23rd 15th 24th
Two-time winner, last coming in 2009; using stellar runner-up chassis from Las Vegas.
Note: This is the second race at Kansas Speedway this season. The June 5 race was won by Brad Keselowski using a fuel mileage strategy. Teammate Kurt Busch dominated, leading 152 laps, but had to pit late for fuel and finished ninth.
Odds courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book.
Micah Roberts, a former race and sports director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. For more Roberts insights and post-practice analysis on the race, go to VegasInsider.com or follow MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.