Friday, May 20, 2016

Final 2016 Sprint All-Star Race Driver Ratings

Rain wiped out Friday's activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the lone scheduled Sprint All-Star practice session. So the final driver ratings heading into Saturday's qualifying are based largely on what happened on the four 1.5-mile tracks this season and current form. Kyle Busch is best in both categories.

Micah Roberts' Top-10 Rated NASCAR Drivers
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 6:00 pm (PT)   

Rating     Driver       Odds     Atlanta*  Las Vegas*   Texas*   Kansas*
 1. Kyle Busch 6/1                      3rd               4th              1st            1st
No All-Star wins, but only driver with top-five finishes on all four 1.5-mile tracks in 2016.
 2. Jimmie Johnson 11/2         1st               3rd              4th          17th
Event record four-time winner (2003, 2006, 2012-13); Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon had three.
 3. Kevin Harvick 11/2              6th               7th            10th           2nd
2007 winner, runner-up last season; using brand new chassis this week in 16th All-Star start.
 4. Matt Kenseth 8/1              19th              37th           11th           4th
2004 winner and active leader with a 6.1 average finish in 15 Sprint All-Star starts.
 5. Carl Edwards 10/1               5th              18th             7th          11th 
2011 winner and has 4.75 average (2015 win) finish during past four points races at Charlotte.
 6. Brad Keselowski 10/1        9th                1st            18th         10th
Led race-high 49 laps in 2015 event, won first two segments but ended up finishing ninth.
 7. Kurt Busch 12/1                    4th                9th             9th            3rd
2010 winner with 9.9 average finish, third in 2015; using brand new chassis this week.
 8. Joey Logano 8/1                 12th               2nd             3rd          38th
Runner-up in 2013 event, finished eighth last year matching his 8.6 career average.
 9. Martin Truex Jr. 10/1          7th              11th             6th          14th
Career-best runner-up in 2010. Led race-high 141 laps at Texas and 172 laps at Kansas.
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 12/1    2nd                8th            2nd          15th
Won as rookie during 2000 season; third-best in series with 8.1 average finish in 16 starts.

* Results from the four 1.5-mile tracks raced on this season at Atlanta (Feb. 28), Las Vegas (Mar. 6), Texas (Apr. 9) and Kansas (May 7). Atlanta and Texas races most comparatively to Charlotte. Friday's practice session cancelled due to rain.

Note: The Sprint All-Star race is a 113-lap non-points event run in three stages with the winner taking home $1 million. The first two segments are 50-laps and before the final 13-lap stage, a mandatory pit stop will occur for half the field determined in a random draw. Older tires will have track position, but fresh tires will have the speed.

Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports books.

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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