2022 Federated Auto Parts 400 Sleeper Picks

By Rex

NASCAR brings motorsport action to Richmond, Virginia for the Cup Series weekend. The Richmond Raceway hosts the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sunday. With only three races to go before the Cup Series playoffs, it’s crunch time for the drivers.

Martin Truex Jr. is last year’s race winner and is the crowd favorite after winning the event in two of the last three years. However, as we check out other talents on the grid, Nitrobetting finds value picks in the midfield. Let’s take a look at the 2022 Federated Auto Parts 400 sleeper picks.

Top Sleeper Picks for the 2022 Federated Auto Parts 400

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Chris Buescher

  • 2022 Federated Auto Parts 400 Odds: +5000

Driving the No. 2 car for Team Penske is youngster Austin Cindric. Driving the No. 17 Ford Mustang for RFK Racing is 29-year-old Chris Buescher. In his eight-year run racing Nascar Cup Series events, the man from Prosper Texas got his first win at the 2016 Pennsylvania 400. Although his search for a second is ongoing, we’ve seen potential come from the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion. Buescher records 34 top-ten finishes in his Cup Series career, including one pole.

The RFK Racing driver ranks 25th with an average finish of 18.6 and an average start of 15.7 in the 2022 season. He finished 16th in the recent FireKeepers Casino 400 after starting in 19th place. Chris’ best finish on this calendar came by way of a second-place finish at Sonoma Raceway at the Toyota /Save Mart 350 and marks one of his four top-ten finishes of the season.

Justin Haley

  • 2022 Federated Auto Parts 400 Odds: +25000

One of the younger drivers on the grid, Justin Haley, makes his way to our sleeper picks list. He’s run 54 races in over four years in the NASCAR Cup Series and already registered a win and five top-ten finishes–all of which he did without taking pole position. His first win at the 2019 Coke Zero Sugar 400 excited everyone, although things have been average for the 23-year-old.

Nevertheless, the Kaulig Racing driver comes off a decent 17th place finish at the recent FireKeepers Casino 400. It’s been four races since his last seventh-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway and 11 races since taking third place at Goodyear 400. We’ve seen the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion go through ups and downs this season, and Haley at his best is incredible to watch.

Harrison Burton

  • 2022 Federated Auto Parts 400 Odds: +25000

Another young talent trying to make his mark in NASCAR is 21-year-old Harrison Burton. The Wood Brothers Racing driver is in his second year of racing in the NASCAR Cup Series, making his debut at the 2021 GEICO 500. Burton already holds two top-ten finishes in his career, both of which came in the 2022 season. He finished third at Goodyear 400 and scored a seventh-place finish at the Quaker State 400 six races after.

Despite underwhelming results in his last four appearances, Burton remains a solid sleeper pick here. He logs an average start of 22.3 and an average finish of 18.5, which puts him on the right track. There’s more potential to unlock here. The 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie of the year can apply pressure from behind and capitalize on opponent errors to secure his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series victory.

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