Saturday, October 17, 2015

Final Kansas Practice Notes & Driver Ratings

Jimmie Johnson has the look of a winner this week.
Micah Roberts' Top-10 Rated NASCAR Drivers
Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 11:31 am (PT)
Rating     Driver       Odds     Practice 1  Qualified   Practice 2  Practice 3
 1. Brad Keselowski 10/1          1st                1st                 1st               2nd
2011 winner with 12.5 career average finish; hasn't looked as good in practice all season.
 2. Matt Kenseth 7/1                  3rd               11th               2nd              4th
Two-time winner and in the most desperate of situations in Chase; almost has to win.
 3. Joey Logano 7/1                    18th             14th                3rd              5th 
He's in cruise control championship mode. He won this race last season and has nothing to lose.
 4. Kevin Harvick 9/2                  27th              4th                 9th             18th
2013 winner and finished second in two of his past three starts; second last week at Charlotte.
 5. Jimmie Johnson 8/1              7th              21st               12th              1st
Three-time winner, including May 9 race; fastest 10-consecutive lap average in final practice.
 6. Denny Hamlin 10/1              14th               5th                 8th              3rd
2012 winner; won Sept. 20 at Chicagoland, a 1.5-mile layout that is most similar to Kansas.
 7. Martin Truex Jr. 8/1               6th                7th                 6th             10th 
His team appears to have gained a second wind on season; led race high 95 laps in May 9 race.
 8. Kyle Busch 6/1                        10th               3rd               16th            24th
Career-best third-place last fall; 21.4 average; won at 1.5-mile Kentucky layout July 11 .
 9. Carl Edwards 10/1                   9th               2nd               22nd             6th 
10.8 average in 16 career starts; sixth or better in past four races on a 1.5-mile tracks.
10. Kurt Busch 8/1                         8th               9th                16th            16th
Career-best runner-up in 2013; 10th or better in past five 1.5-mile tracks, led 37 laps at Chicago.

Note: This is the ninth race of the season on a 1.5-mile layout and third of five in the Chase.

Odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book.

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

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