Driver chances to win Sunday’s Dragon Power NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped substantially all weekend for many drivers — most importantly, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four drivers have jumped toward the surface of the board.
This year’s first race on a intermediate track comes with a brand-new rules bundle — learn more about that here — and with it, plenty of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 1-2 Sunday, and odd exercise speeds led to chances movement.
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Among the most notable:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award since 2012, opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday a great value. Nine drivers are better or recorded at 10-1.
??? Daniel Suarez showed plenty of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, and his line reflects that. Suarez is one of the 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. He has 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 chances to 20-1 following his No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang delivered a P2 qualifying position.
??? Though the odd did not go significantly, it is well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — who has mastered at Atlanta the previous five years — saw his odds as race favored move from 4.5-1 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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