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Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings


Coca-Cola 600

At Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

3 p.m. today, Fox (5); race starts at 3:15

Rating DriverOddsPractice 1QualifiedPractice 2Practice 3

1. Kurt Busch7/119th14th1st1st

2010 winner; continued smoking speeds from All-Star week into final practices Saturday

2. Jimmie Johnson6/12nd13th3rd11th

Seven-time winner; needs 10 laps led to be fourth driver with 1,000 in Coca-Cola 600s

3. Kevin Harvick3/14th8th30th10th

Three-time winner; worst practice of season, but using chassis that won twice in 2014

4. Matt Kenseth15/116th1st2nd5th

Two-time winner with 13.6 average finish; best candidate to get non-Chevy a win

5. Joey Logano7/120th2nd10th13th

Active leader with 10th-place average in 12 starts; 179 laps led on 1.5-mile tracks in 2015

6. Brad Keselowski7/16th6th5th8th

2013 fall winner; three wins on 1.5-mile tracks in 2014, but hasn’t done much this year

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.15/111th15th11th24th

Winless in 30 career starts; using fourth-place Vegas chassis that swept Pocono in 2014

8. Kasey Kahne20/13rd33rd9th2nd

Four-time winner with 11.4 average finish; using eighth-place Texas chassis

9. Carl Edwards20/11st3rd27th9th

No wins, but second-best average finish (11.2) among active drivers; Gibbs cars are fast

10. Martin Truex Jr.20/114th10th16th6th

No top-fives in 19 starts, but ninth or better on all four 1.5-mile tracks in 2015

Note: Fifth of 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks this year. Major difference here is it’s the longest race of the year with three climate changes (day, dusk, night) and none of the practice sessions was run at dusk or night. Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas

Micah Roberts, a former race and sports book director, has been setting NASCAR odds since 1995. For more post-practice analysis, visit the Linemakers on SportingNews.com or follow MicahRoberts7 on Twitter.

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