Driver chances to win Sunday’s Monster Energy 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 towards the top of the board.
This year’s first race in an intermediate track includes a brand new rules package — know more about that here — and with it, a lot of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 1-2 Sunday, and odd exercise speeds led to odds movement.
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Among the most notable:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday a great value for people who plunked down a bet on him until the weekend began. Nine drivers are recorded at 10-1 or better.
??? Daniel Suarez showed plenty of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, and his lineup reveals that. Suarez currently sits in 25-1 and is among the greatest movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the next SHR driver on the list, directed both practice sessions and seemed to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third, though. He has gone out of 16-1 odds to 8-1, the next greatest 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.
??? Although the odd didn’t move significantly, it’s worth noting that Kevin Harvick — who has dominated at Atlanta the previous five years — saw his odds as race favored move from 4.5-1 to 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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