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 drivers have jumped towards the surface of the board.
This year’s first race in an intermediate track comes with a brand-new rules bundle — learn more about that here and with it, plenty of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. begins 1-2 Sunday, and unusual exercise rates led to chances movement.
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One of the most notable:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award opened at 25-1 odds. He enters at 10-1, a terrific value. Nine drivers are listed at 10-1 or better.
??? Daniel Suarez showed plenty of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, along with his lineup reveals that. Suarez is one of the movers and sits at 25-1.
??? Clint Bowyer, the third SHR driver on the list, led both practice sessions and seemed to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third, though. He has gone from 16-1 chances to 8-1, the third highest in the area 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 strange didn’t go significantly, it’s well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — who has dominated at Atlanta the last five years — saw his chances as race favorite go from 4.5-1 to 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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