Driver odds to win Sunday’s Dragon Power NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have jumped substantially all weekend for several drivers — most notably, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four motorists have jumped toward the surface of the board.
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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 terrific value. Nine drivers are listed at 10-1 or greater.
??? Daniel Suarez showed plenty of speed in qualifying and practice in the No. 41 Ford, along with his lineup reflects that. Opening at 55-1 chances, Suarez is among the movers and now sits at 25-1.
??? Clint Bowyer, the next SHR driver among the, led both practice sessions and appeared to be the favorite to win the Busch Pole. He qualified third, however. He’s gone from 16-1 odds to 8-1, the third greatest 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.
??? Although the odd didn’t move significantly, it is well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — that has dominated at Atlanta the previous five years — saw his chances as race favorite move from 4.5-1 into 6-1 after his slow Friday.
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