2022 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Sleeper Picks

By Jeff Stinger

The favorites are getting a run for their money since the postseason took off. Drivers get set for this weekend’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. It marks the fourth race of the playoffs, with the last three winners coming out of nowhere in the Round of 16. Chris Buescher crossed the checkered flag first as a longshot pick, with non-playoff drivers dominating Victory Lane. With that, let’s take a closer look at the 2022 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 sleeper picks.

Top Sleeper Picks for the 2022 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500

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Chris Buescher

  • 2022 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Odds: +7400

A delayed pit call went in favor of Chris Buescher at Bristol on Saturday night and marked a third win for non-playoff drivers in the first round of the Cup Series. The 29-year-old stopped for just two tires on the last pit stop cycle of the night and darted his way to the top spot. He maintained the lead and snatched his second career Cup Series victory. Moreover, the No. 17 Ford Mustang RFK Racing driver is the 19th winner through the first 29 races of the 2022 campaign.

In 29 starts this season, the Texas native managed a victory and three top ten finishes. Despite leading for only 45 laps, Buescher brought exciting playoff moments and a sweet trophy to add to his collection. His recent win makes him a viable contender for the 2022 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 sleeper picks.

Chase Briscoe

  • 2022 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Odds: +7400

Chase Briscoe remains within the top ten of the NASCAR Cup Series standings. He already has a win to his name this season coming by way of the 2022 Ruoff Mortgage 500. Although he is yet to mix things up this weekend, we expect him to keep the race leaders on their toes.

Ranked ninth in the playoff standings, the No. 14 Ford Mustang driver Stewart-Haas Racing already collected nine points in the last three races. He’s led a total of 238 laps and has four stage wins coming into Texas Motor Speedway, making him a viable sleeper candidate.

Erik Jones

  • 2022 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Odds: +4900

Jones is another wild card that upset the favorites in the opening race of the playoffs. The 26-year-old snatched his third career win at Darlington during the 2022 Cook Out Southern 500. A wind sequence of events paved the way for Jones during the latter stages. He edges off Denny Hamlin and also marks his second Southern 500 victory. It’s clear that the Rookie of the Year across three NASCAR national series has an affinity for the 1.3-mile track and played it to his advantage.

The 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion is yet to claim his spot in the playoff rankings with only five points to his name. Nevertheless, his recent form gets him a nod from Nitrobetting and bettors in search of quality sleepers.

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