Driver chances to win Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped considerably all weekend for several drivers — most importantly, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four drivers have leapt towards the top of the board.
This year’s first race on a intermediate course comes with a brand-new rules package — learn more about that here and with it, plenty of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 1-2 Sunday, and odd practice speeds led to chances 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 a terrific value. Nine drivers are listed at 10-1 or better.
??? Daniel Suarez showed plenty of speed in practice and qualifying in the No. 41 Ford, along with his line reflects that. Suarez currently sits at 25-1 and is among the movers.
??? Clint Bowyer, the third SHR driver among the, 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 after his No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang delivered a P2 qualifying position.
??? Though the strange didn’t move significantly, it’s well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — that has dominated at Atlanta the last five years — saw his chances as race favored go from 4.5-1 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.