Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup Driver Ratings

Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa.

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

Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualifying Practice 3 Practice 4

1. Jimmie Johnson 5/1 1st 6th 2nd 3rd

Two-time Pocono winner (swept 2004); finished in top 15 in 16 of 17 career races there

2. Kevin Harvick 10/1 11th 14th 3rd 7th

Using fourth-place chassis from June race; one of two with top fives at Indy and Pocono

3. Tony Stewart 10/1 5th 1st 26th 26th

Two-time Pocono winner; won from pole last year; using winning 2009 All-Star chassis

4. Denny Hamlin 9/2 2nd 3rd 22nd 14th

Four-time Pocono winner, including June race; not using same winning chassis

5. Jeff Gordon 8/1 7th 4th 1st 24th

Four-time Pocono winner with 10.7 average finish in 35 career starts; 16 top fives

6. Jeff Burton 15/1 20th 8th 4th 1st

Has been strongest in practices of both Pocono races and Indy

7. Mark Martin 25/1 17th 10th 8th 8th

Using chassis that led 10 laps and finished 11th last week; six-time Pocono runner-up

8. Juan P. Montoya 20/1 8th 2nd 19th 10th

Using chassis that finished eighth in June race; finished runner-up in this 2009 race

9. Ryan Newman 40/1 3rd 5th 20th 15th

Won at Pocono in 2003; has 13.4 average finish in 17 starts, including six top fives

10. Greg Biffle 18/1 10th 12th 5th 28th

Using car from last week at Indy that led 38 laps and finished third

Note: The one track similar to Pocono on the circuit is Indy because of its long straightaways and flat, sweeping turns.
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 Pocono race, log on to LVRJ.com/Motorsports.

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