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Micah Roberts’ NASCAR Sprint Cup driver ratings


Kobalt 400

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Race starts at 12:30 p.m. today on Fox (5)

Rating DriverOddsPractice 1QualifiedPractice 2Practice 3

1. Jimmie Johnson6/19th9th1st1st

LVMS record holder with four wins and 9.2 average finish; using brand new chassis.

2. Kevin Harvick9/210th18th3rd5th

Runner-up in 2010; led most laps on 1.5 tracks in 2014. Best 10-lap average in practice 2.

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.8/116th4th5th8th

LVMS record 15 starts with no wins and three second-place finishes, including last season.

4. Joey Logano8/16th2nd4th2nd

Career-best fourth place last season; fourth last week; two wins on 1.5-mile tracks in 2014.

5. Jeff Gordon7/12nd1st*14th14th

2001 winner; only driver to start all 18 LVMS events; using backup chassis after wreck.

6. Matt Kenseth8/112th6th10th7th

Three-time winner, the last in 2013; led twice at Atlanta last week and finished fifth.

7. Carl Edwards10/17th14th12th21st

Two-time winner with LVMS 9.2 average, including fifth or better past four starts.

8. Brad Keselowski8/13rd11th13th9th

2014 winner, third in 2013; doesn’t appear as strong on 1.5s as in 2014, when he won three.

9. Kasey Kahne12/113th3rd15th15th

Two-time runner-up; using sixth-place Brickyard chassis from 2014 that led 70 laps.

10. Denny Hamlin15/111th19th7th16th

Career-best third place in 2007; was contender last week at Atlanta before wrecking.

*Gordon will start from the rear after wrecking primary car in practice and switching to backup.

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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