Driver odds to win Sunday’s Dragon Power NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped substantially all weekend for several drivers — most notably, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four motorists have jumped toward the top of the board.
This year’s first race on an intermediate course comes with a brand-new rules bundle — know more about this and with it, plenty of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. begins 1-2 Sunday, and unusual practice speeds led to chances movement.
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One of the most noteworthy:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award because 2012, opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday at 10-1, a terrific value for those who plunked down a wager on him until the weekend started. Nine drivers are greater or listed at 10-1.
??? Daniel Suarez showed lots of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, and his line reveals that. Opening at 55-1 odds, Suarez is among the greatest movers and now sits at 25-1.
??? Clint Bowyer, the third SHR driver among the, led both practice sessions and seemed to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third. He has gone out of 16-1 odds to 8-1, the next highest in the field behind Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
??? Ricky Stenhouse Jr., meanwhile, jumped from 66-1 chances to 20-1 following his No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang delivered a P2 qualifying position.
??? Though the strange did not go significantly, it is well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — that has dominated at Atlanta the last five years — saw his odds as race favored go from 4.5-1 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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