Saturday, October 1, 2016

Final Dover Driver Ratings: 2016 Citizen Soldier 400

Jeff Gordon paced Junior's car with the fastest lap in Saturday's final practice at Dover. 
Micah Roberts' Sprint Cup Driver Ratings
Citizen Soldier 400
Dover International Speedway
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:14 am PT

RATING  DRIVER    ODDS                   PRACTICE 1         START POS.*          PRACTICE 2          DOVER '16**
 1. Kevin Harvick 5/1                   20th                6th                  8th                15th
Won last fall, his first at the track in 30 starts (14,2 avg.); he's using that same chassis this week.
 2. Chase Elliott 10/1                   6th                 9th                14th                  3rd
Hendrick cars look fast, his looks the best. Second-best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2.
 3. Kyle Larson 7/1                      1st                12th                 7th                  2nd
In five career Cup starts he's averaged a 6.2 finish, his best anywhere. Led 85 laps in May race.
 4. Matt Kenseth 7/1                    3rd                 4th                12th                  1st
Three-time winner with a 13th-place average finish in 35 starts. Led final 46 laps in May race.
 5. Jimmie Johnson 8/1                5th                 8th                19th                 25th
All-time best at Dover with 10 wins and 3,003 laps led in 29 starts. Last won there in 2015 spring.
 6. Brad Keselowski 15/1            19th                 1st               22nd                  6th
2012 win helped propel him to Sprint Cup title. Pole winner has won 13 of 93 races at Dover.
 7. Kyle Busch 7/1                      28th                3rd                18th                 30th
Two-time winner and runner-up last fall. Best 10-consecutive lap average during Practice 1.
 8. Carl Edwards 8/1                    2nd               10th                 9th                  28th
2007 winner, but no top-10s in last seven visits. Tied for ninth in points, 16-points in front of 13th.
 9. Martin Truex Jr. 6/1                10th                2nd                28th                  9th
Notched first career Cup win at Dover in 2007, a track the New Jersey native call his home track.
10. Jeff Gordon 60/1                    17th               18th                 1st                  DNP
Five wins in 46 starts, the last coming in fall of 2014. His best car since replacing Earnhardt Jr.

* Qualifying cancelled due to rain. Starting lineup set by owner points

** Results from the May 15, 2016 race at Dover which featured 19 lead changes among 10 drivers.

Odds courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Micah Roberts, a former sports book director, has been been setting NASCAR lines in Las Vegas since 1994. Follow on Twitter @MicahRoberts7

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