MICAH ROBERTS’ SPRINT CUP DRIVER RATINGS

MICAH ROBERTS’ SPRINT CUP DRIVER RATINGS

NASCAR All-Star Race

4:30 p.m. PDT today, Fox (5)

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Rating Driver Odds Practice Qualified Las Vegas* Texas*

1. Carl Edwards 7/1 2nd 4th 1st 3rd
Two top-five finishes in five starts; class of field on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011

2. Matt Kenseth 10/1 18th 13th 11th 1st
2004 winner with 6.6 average finish in last 10 races; using new chassis

3. Tony Stewart 12/1 13th 6th 2nd 12th
2009 winner with four straight top-five finishes; gets high mark for great Vegas run

4. Kyle Busch 7/1 1st 1st 38th 16th
Second-best average on 10-lap times in practice; using runner-up Phoenix chassis

5. Kasey Kahne 12/1 4th 7th 10th 21st
2008 winner who also won three points races at Charlotte; his best type of track

6. Kevin Harvick 10/1 11th 14th 17th 20th
2007 winner and 2006 runner-up; will use new chassis this week

7. Greg Biffle 12/1 5th 3rd 16th 4th
Runner-up in 2008 for his only top-five finish in seven starts; strong run at Texas

8. Clint Bowyer 12/1 3rd 2nd 15th 2nd
Only two appearances with average finish of 15th; using seventh-place Fontana car

9. Jimmie Johnson 7/1 7th 11th 16th 8th
Two-time winner, but not since 2006; leads active drivers with six Charlotte points wins

10. Marcos Ambrose 12/1** 5th DNQ 4th 6th
Second-best average finish on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; top average speeds in practice

Note: All-Star race format consists of 21 drivers with the race broken into four segments consisting of 50-, 20-, 20- and 10-lap runs. No points are awarded, but $1 million goes to the winner.

*Results from March 6 at Las Vegas and April 9 at Texas, the tracks most similar to Charlotte’s 1.5-mile high-banked facility on the 2011 schedule.

**Ambrose will have to qualify by finishing in the top two of the Sprint Showdown or by winning the fan vote.

Odds courtesy of Las Vegas Hilton Super Book

Micah Roberts, a former sports book director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. For more of Roberts’ insight and post-practice analysis on the race, go to VegasInsider.com.

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