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Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings

Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings

Duck Commander 500 (4:30 p.m. Saturday, KVVU-5)

Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas

Rating Driver Odds Practice 1 Qualified Practice 2 Atlanta*

1. Jimmie Johnson 9-2 6th 11th 7th 1st

Track-best six-time winner, including last three, four of last five and five of last seven

2. Brad Keselowski 8-1 2nd 8th 14th 9th

Led 312 of 334 laps in fall Texas race; third best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2

3. Martin Truex Jr. 15-1 1st 3rd 1st 7th

An 8.5 average finish last season, 14.7 over 21 races; super-fast in both practice sessions

4. Joey Logano 7-1 3rd 2nd 5th 12th

Top five in four of past six starts, including 2014 win; runner-up at Las Vegas bodes well

5. Kevin Harvick 9-2 24th 22nd 11th 6th

No wins in 26 starts, six top-fives; one more runner-up and ties Johnson for 10th all-time

6. Matt Kenseth 8-1 11th 9th 22nd 19th

Two-time winner with track record-tying 13 top-five finishes in 26 starts; 9.4 average finish

7. Kurt Busch 15-1 25th 21st 6th 4th

2009 winner with 15.5 average finish in 26 starts; using pole-sitting chassis from Las Vegas

8. Austin Dillon 30-1 4th 10th 13th 11th

Just keeps plugging along with career year; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 15-1 26th 16th 17th 2nd

Won first career race here (2000), but none since in 26 starts; sixth or better past three starts

10. Carl Edwards 12-1 21st 1st 2nd 5th

Three-time winner, but none since sweep of 2008; finished fifth in fall last season

*Results from Feb. 28 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which is the most similar high-banked 1.5-mile track to Texas run in 2016 so far.

Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook

Micah Roberts, a former Las Vegas sports book director, has been setting NASCAR odds since 1994. Follow him @MicahRoberts7

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