Driver chances to win Sunday’s Dragon Power NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped substantially all weekend for many 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 course includes 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 exercise speeds led to odds 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 in 10-1, a great value. Nine drivers are listed at 10-1 or better.
??? Daniel Suarez showed lots of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, along with his lineup reflects that. Opening at 55-1 odds, Suarez now sits at 25-1 and is among the greatest movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the next SHR driver among the, led both practice sessions and appeared to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third, however. He has gone out of 16-1 odds to 8-1, the third greatest in the field behind Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
??? Ricky Stenhouse Jr., meanwhile, jumped from 66-1 odds to 20-1 following his No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang delivered a P2 qualifying position.
??? Although the odd didn’t move significantly, it is 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 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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