Driver odds to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped substantially all weekend for several drivers — most importantly, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four drivers have jumped towards the surface of the board.
This year’s first race in an intermediate course includes a brand-new rules package — learn more about this and with it, plenty of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 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 opened at 25-1 odds. He enters at 10-1, a terrific value. Nine drivers are better or recorded at 10-1.
??? Daniel Suarez showed lots of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, and his lineup reveals that. Suarez now sits in 25-1 and is one of the greatest movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the third SHR driver on the list, directed both practice sessions and appeared to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third. He has gone from 16-1 odds to 8-1, the next highest in the area 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 strange did not go significantly, it is worth noting that Kevin Harvick — who has dominated at Atlanta the previous five years — saw his chances as race favorite go from 4.5-1 to 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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