Driver odds to win Sunday’s Dragon Power 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 motorists have leapt towards the top of the board.
This year’s first race on an intermediate course comes with a brand-new rules package — learn more about this — and with it, plenty of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. begins 1-2 Sunday, and odd practice 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 Sunday in 10-1, a great value for people who plunked down a bet on him until the weekend began. Nine drivers are listed at 10-1 or greater.
??? Daniel Suarez showed plenty of speed in qualifying and practice in the No. 41 Ford, along with his line reveals that. Suarez now sits in 25-1 and is among the greatest movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the third SHR driver on the list, led both practice sessions and appeared to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third. He has gone out of 16-1 odds to 8-1, the next highest 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.
??? Though the strange didn’t go significantly, it’s well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — who has mastered at Atlanta the last five years — watched his odds as race favorite go from 4.5-1 to 6-1 after his slow Friday.