Driver chances to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped considerably all weekend for many drivers — most importantly, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four drivers have leapt towards the surface of the board.
This year’s first race on an intermediate course includes a brand new rules bundle — know more about this and with it, a lot of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. begins 1-2 Sunday, and odd practice rates led to chances movement.
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Among the most noteworthy:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award since 2012, opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday at 10-1, a terrific value. Nine drivers are recorded 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. Opening at 55-1 chances, Suarez currently sits in 25-1 and is one of the movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the next SHR driver on the list, led both practice sessions and appeared to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third. He’s gone from 16-1 chances 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 after his No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang delivered a P2 qualifying position.
??? Though the odd didn’t move significantly, it’s well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — that has mastered at Atlanta the last five years — watched his chances as race favorite go from 4.5-1 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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