Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings

Micah Roberts’ sprint cup Driver Ratings

Tums Fast Relief 500

Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. today on ESPN (30)

Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualifying Practice 2 Practice 3

1. Denny Hamlin 3/1 2nd 1st 17th 8th
Native Virginian has won past two Martinsville races and three overall; 6.6 average finish

2. Jimmie Johnson 3/1 13th 19th 10th 6th
Six-time Martinsville winner, with track-best 5.4 average finish in 17 starts; using winning Loudon chassis

3. Jeff Gordon 6/1 8th 11th 13th 7th
Seven-time Martinsville winner, with last coming in 2005 sweep; 11 straight top-five finishes

4. Jeff Burton 20/1 19th 18th 6th 2nd
Native Virginian claimed 1997 Martinsville win; led five times for 140 laps in spring race

5. Tony Stewart 10/1 1st 6th 18th 35th
Two-time Martinsville winner, with last coming in spring of 2006; using Loudon chassis

6. Clint Bowyer 15/1 6th 17th 2nd 3rd
One of better flat track drivers; 12.8 average finish in nine Martinsville starts; debuts new car

7. Ryan Newman 30/1 25th 4th 12th 15th
Using chassis that has averaged a finish of 5.7 in past three Martinsville starts

8. Greg Biffle 50/1 4th 3rd 22nd 1st
No top-five finishes in 15 career Martinsville starts but fast in practice; using Loudon chassis

9. Kevin Harvick 12/1 28th 36th 3rd 5th
No top-five finishes in 18 Martinsville starts but had fastest average Happy Hour speeds; using Loudon chassis

10. Mark Martin 50/1 20th 21st 32nd 10th
Two-time Martinsville winner, with last coming in 2000; fourth-fastest average Happy Hour speeds

Note: Martinsville’s flat, 0.526-mile layout is unlike any other track on the circuit, but some crew chiefs use notes from their setups from Loudon, N.H.
Odds courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book.

Micah Roberts, a former race and sports book director, has been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1995. He writes for multiple publications covering all sports. He can be reached at MM.Roberts7Gmail.com. For more Roberts insight on the Martinsville race, log on to LVRJ.com/Motorsports.

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