Micah Roberts’ Sprint Cup Driver Ratings


Sylvania 300

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

11 a.m. today, ESPN (30); race starts at 11:16

Rating DriverOddsPractice 1QualifiedPractice 2Practice 3

1. Brad Keselowski7/21st1st1st2nd

Won July NHMS race and is using the same chassis this week; dominated practices

2. Jeff Gordon6/19th13th8th1st

Last of three NHMS wins in 1998, but has 9.8 average finish in past 20 starts

3. Kevin Harvick6/115th3rd4th3rd

2006 winner; using runner-up Coca-Cola 600 chassis; won at Phoenix in March

4. Brian Vickers60/111th12th3rd18th

2012 winner; great lap speeds in practices show Toyota has drastically improved

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr12/13rd11th20th5th

No wins in 30 career starts but competitive; solid average practice speeds; new chassis

6. Jimmie Johnson8/129th6th13th6th

Three-time winner, the last in 2010; 10.5 average finish in 25 starts; using new chassis

7. Joey Logano8/16th7th14th4th

First career win at NHMS in 2009; high marks from Richmond win and fourth at Phoenix

8. Denny Hamlin15/113th4th15th19th

Two-time winner, including 2012 when predicted win; should have top-five speed

9. Clint Bowyer25/121st14th7th23rd

First career win at NHMS in 2007, also won in 2010; sixth in July race, third at Richmond

10. Kurt Busch25/114th15th6th14th

Three-time winner, the last in 2008; good average speeds in Practice 2; new chassis

Note: Flat tracks such as Phoenix and Richmond are a great comparative tool for race at New Hampshire. Keselowski has won the past two: July 13 at New Hampshire and Sept. 6 at Richmond.

Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas

Micah Roberts, a former race and sports book director in Las Vegas, 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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