Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup driver ratings


Auto Club 400

Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.

Noon today, Fox (5); race starts at 12:16 p.m.

Rating DriverOddsPractice 1QualifiedPractice 2Practice 3

1. Kevin Harvick7/212th2nd9th3rd

2011 winner; on record-setting run of finishing first or second in past seven starts

2. Kurt Busch15/11st1st1st1st

2003 winner, third in 2014; fastest 10-consecutive lap average in Saturday practices

3. Jimmie Johnson6/15th14th2nd5th

Five-time winner, the last in 2010; site of first career victory by El Cajon, Calif., native

4. Brad Keselowski8/14th8th7th9th

Best finish in six starts has been 18th, but had strong average speeds in final practices

5. Kasey Kahne12/115th19th12th13th

2006 winner with 16th-place average finish; should be very good on longer runs

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.8/16th17th21st10th

No wins in 22 starts, second twice; had similar look to teammate Kahne in practices

7. Joey Logano8/116th13th14th8th

Was expecting more power during practice like he showed at Atlanta and Las Vegas

8. Denny Hamlin20/12nd6th16th17th

Career-best third place in 2008; looks similar to Atlanta, where he ran great until wreck

9. Martin Truex Jr.15/13rd12th6th6th

Sixth place at Atlanta and runner-up finish at Las Vegas say he’s a live ‘dog

10. Jeff Gordon8/19th7th19th22nd

Three-time winner; runner-up three times since last win at track in 2004

Note: This season’s races at Atlanta and Las Vegas are a great barometer because Fontana’s two-mile layout requires similar horsepower and because it’s a down-force track. 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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