Saturday, October 15, 2016

Final Kansas Speedway Driver Ratings: 2016 Hollywood Casino 400

Kevin Harvick confirmed during Saturday's final Kansas practices why he was the pre-race favorite to win 
Micah Roberts' Sprint Cup Driver Ratings
Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 11:31 am PT

RATING  DRIVER    ODDS                    PRACTICE 1          QUALIFIED               PRACTICE 2         PRACTICE 3
 1. Kevin Harvick (7/2)                  9th               11th                  2nd                 13th
2013 winner, runner-up three of past five starts; fastest 10-consecutive lap average in practice 3.
 2. Matt Kenseth (12/1)                11th                1st                   5th                  1st
Two-time winner (2012, 2013), fourth in May. Led 153 laps last fall before being punted late.
 3. Denny Hamlin (15/1)               10th                7th                 11th                 20th 
2012 winner, runner-up last fall. Outstanding practices on long runs, strong contender to win.
 4. Kyle Busch (8/1)                      1st                2nd                   8th                  5th
Won May race, fifth and third in previous two; best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 2.
 5. Chase Elliott (10/1)                  5th               13th                   4th                  4th
Ninth in first Cup start at track in May. Quality final practice suggest he'll improve ninth in points.
 6. Carl Edwards (12/1)                 3rd                 3rd                 15th                12th 
2008 runner-up, 10.6 average in 18 starts. Third-best 10-consecutive lap average in practice 3.
 7. Martin Truex Jr. (7/2)                7th                4th                  16th                 7th
Led the most laps in two of past three Kansas races; two wins and most laps led on 1.5s in 2016.
 8. Kyle Larson (20/1)                   21st               24th                  3rd                 2nd
Runner-up in 2014, 12th or worse in his four other starts; strong all-around final two practices.
 9. Brad Keselowski (12/1)           32nd                8th                  21st                 9th 
2011 winner with 12.1 average fnish in 13 starts; two wins on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
10. Jimmie Johnson (5/1)               8th               21st                 25th                23rd
Didn't practice well, but has two 2016 wins on 1.5s and track-best 9.1 average with three wins.

Note: This will be the second race of the season at Kansas and ninth of 11 races on a 1.5-mile tracks this season. It's also the second of three Chase races in the Round of 12.

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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