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 motorists have jumped toward 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. begins 1-2 Sunday, and odd exercise rates led to odds movement.
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Among the most noteworthy:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award because 2012, opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday a terrific value for people who plunked down a bet on him before the weekend started. Nine drivers are recorded at 10-1 or better.
??? Daniel Suarez showed lots of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, and his line reveals that. Suarez is one of the biggest movers and sits in 25-1.
??? Clint Bowyer, the third SHR driver on the list, led both practice sessions and seemed to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third, though. He has gone out of 16-1 chances to 8-1, the third greatest in the field behind Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
??? Ricky Stenhouse Jr., meanwhile, jumped from 66-1 chances to 20-1 after his No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang delivered a P2 qualifying position.
??? Although the odd did not move 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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