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 jumped towards the surface of the board.
This year’s first race in a intermediate track comes with a brand-new rules package — learn more about that here and with it, a lot 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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One of the most noteworthy:
??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday a great value. 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 lineup reveals that. Suarez is one of the biggest movers and now sits in 25-1.
??? Clint Bowyer, the third SHR driver among the, 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 odds to 8-1, the third highest in the field behind Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.
??? Ricky Stenhouse Jr., meanwhile, jumped from 66-1 odds to 20-1 following his No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang delivered a P2 qualifying position.
??? Though the strange did not go significantly, it’s worth noting that Kevin Harvick — that has mastered at Atlanta the last five years — watched his odds as race favored go from 4.5-1 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.