Las Vegas odds: Stewart-Haas Racing drivers jump up board


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 importantly, three of Stewart-Haas Racing’s four motorists have leapt towards the top of the board.

This year’s first race on an intermediate course comes with a brand new rules bundle — learn more about that here — and with it, a lot of learnings. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. begins 1-2 Sunday, and unusual exercise rates led to chances movement.

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One of the most notable:

??? Aric Almirola, who won his first Busch Pole Award because 2012, opened at 25-1 odds. He enters Sunday a great value for those who plunked down a wager on him before the weekend began. 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 line reflects that. Opening at 55-1 chances, Suarez sits at 25-1 and is one of the movers.

??? Clint Bowyer, the next 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 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.

??? Though the strange didn’t go significantly, it’s well worth noting that Kevin Harvick — who 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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