Richard Childress Racing drivers Austin Dillon and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Daniel Hemric are the biggest movers on the Las Vegas odds board prior to Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
After Dillon opened at 70-1 odds (meaning a bet of $100 would win $7,000, should AD win on Sunday) on Tuesday, he’s now a 30-1 favorite after leading both the opening practice Friday and the lone practice Saturday afternoon in Sin City. Dillon also qualified fourth for today’s race, and his 30-1 odds equal those of Jimmie Johnson and are better than Daniel Suarez, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman.
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Hemric is an even bigger move. Opening at 125-1 odds, the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet now is 70-1 — a huge jump for the rookie still looking for his first win in a NASCAR national series start. Hemric finished second to Dillon in both practices, and he qualified fifth. His Chevrolet and Dillon’s No. 3 ran the draft beautifully at Las Vegas, which utilizes both tapered spacers to target 550 horsepower and aero ducts to foster tighter racing.
Other notes on the pre-race odds updates:
• Kevin Harvick still is the race favorite, but dropped from 5-1 at open to 11-2.
• Clint Bowyer is one of the biggest fallers, going from 16-1 to 25-1.
• Despite qualifying eighth and posting the third-fastest time in final practice, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fell from 40-1 to 60-1.
• Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron plummeted, going from 66-1 to 100-1.
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