Driver odds to win Sunday’s Dragon Power NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped considerably all weekend for several drivers — most notably, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four drivers have leapt toward the top of the board.
This year’s first race on a intermediate course 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 odd exercise speeds led to odds movement.
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Among the most noteworthy:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday at 10-1, a terrific value for those who plunked down a bet on him until the weekend began. Nine drivers are greater or recorded at 10-1.
??? Daniel Suarez showed lots of speed in qualifying and practice in the No. 41 Ford, along with his line reveals that. Suarez currently sits at 25-1 and is among the movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the next SHR driver on the list, directed both practice sessions and appeared to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third, though. He’s gone out of 16-1 odds to 8-1, the next greatest 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 odd did not move significantly, it’s well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — who has dominated at Atlanta the last five years — saw his chances as race favorite move from 4.5-1 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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