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2023 HighPoint.com 400 Sleeper Picks

By Hank Blaine

Pocono Raceway is prepared to bring another exhilarating Cup Series race this weekend. Also known as the “Tricky Triangle”, the superspeedway hosts drivers up the Pocono Mountains in Long Pond, PA. The 2.5-mile track features an asphalt triangle oval with each corner paying homage to other famous ovals. With a unique track layout, Nitrobetting looks forward to heated jousting between the drivers. Of course, we share a list of the race’s spiciest sleeper picks for the 2023 Pocono 400 (Highpoint.com 400).

A Closer Look at the top 2023 HighPoint.com 400 Sleeper Picks

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Daniel Suarez

  • 2023 HighPoint.com 400 Race Odds: +2,900

The 17th-ranked driver this season opens Nitrobetting’s sleeper picks list. The man from Mexico is in his seventh season in the prestigious NASCAR Cup Series and his third driving for Trackhouse Racing. Suarez made the papers after becoming the first Mexican-born driver to win a Cup Series race. He completed an impressive performance at Sonoma Raceway in June 2022, in his 195th start.

Suarez is the 2015 Xfinity Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year which he followed up by a championship-winning run in 2016. In 20 races this season, the 31-year-old collected 431 points and six top-ten finishes. He’s also produced a pair of top-five results with an average start of 15.15 and an average finish of 18.3. There’s reason to believe that Suarez can pressure the race leaders. Pocono Raceway offers a track layout that can play to his strengths. Moreover, if Trackhouse Racing Team prepares a reliable car for him this weekend, we might just find the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Rookie of the Year hanging with the top dogs.

Alex Bowman

  • 2023 HighPoint.com 400 Odds: +2,900

Another driver that made his way to this weekend’s hottest sleeper picks is Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman. The Arizona-born man is in his sixth full season with this team, stepping in for the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet after the 2017 campaign. Now, he races behind the wheel of the legendary No. 48 car following Jimmie Johnson’s retirement. Bowman holds seven NASCAR Cup Series wins, with his last one winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2022.

We’ve seen Bowman slide himself inside the top ten on six occasions this season. He also has three top-five finishes and a pole in 20 races. So far, he documents an average start of 16.176 and an improving average finish of 14.706. If he can produce a season-best performance or even clutch a podium finish this season, expect his 390 points to increase and move out of the 20th driver rank.

Austin Cindric

  • 2023 HighPoint.com 400 Race Odds: +10,000

Nine points behind Alex Bowman is Team Penske’s Austin Cindric. The man from Mooresville, North Carolina drives the No. 2 Team Penske Ford in the Cup Series. He leaped to the top division just last year and won the Daytona 500 in his first regular-season outing with the organization. The accolade also doubles as his first premier series victory. Cindric moved up to the Cup Series shortly after winning the Xfinity Series title in 2020. He earned five wins in the 2021 season, giving him a total of 13 career Xfinity series wins and a Championship 4 appearance.

The competition is tougher for the 24-year-old with Cup Series-level drivers surrounding him. However, he manages to stay afloat and is 22nd in the 2023 driver rankings with 381 points. He secured three top-ten finishes in 20 appearances, logging an average start of 16.2 and an average finish of 21.

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