Driver odds to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped considerably all weekend for many drivers — most notably, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four drivers have leapt towards the surface of the board.
This year’s first race on a intermediate course comes with a brand new rules package — know more about that here — and with it, plenty of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 1-2 Sunday, and odd exercise rates led to chances movement.
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One of the most noteworthy:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award since 2012, opened at 25-1 odds. He enters in 10-1, a terrific value for those who plunked down a bet on him until the weekend started. Nine drivers are listed at 10-1 or greater.
??? Daniel Suarez showed plenty of speed in qualifying and practice in the No. 41 Ford, and his line reflects that. Suarez currently sits at 25-1 and is one of the greatest movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the next SHR driver among the, directed both practice sessions and seemed 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 next greatest in the field behind Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
??? Ricky Stenhouse Jr., meanwhile, jumped from 66-1 odds to 20-1 after 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 mastered 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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