NASCAR Draft Kit: 2022 Sleepers & Busts

NASCAR Draft Kit: 2022 Sleepers & Busts

This article is part of our NASCAR Draft Kit series.

Of all the articles that make up the NASCAR draft kit, this is probably the most important of all.  Surprise drivers in both the positive and negative sense can make or break fantasy racing seasons.  We all know what Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin can do, so there's little risk associated with those drivers, but it is the drivers that come out of nowhere to have huge seasons can take you to fantasy racing glory. Christopher Bell, William Byron and Tyler Reddick likely helped many to win their leagues last season.  While drivers like Ryan Newman, Cole Custer and Aric Almirola most likely ended your fantasy racing championship hopes by midseason. Identifying those drivers who will break out and have career seasons, and those who are headed in the other direction, for whatever reason, is the key in fantasy racing success.  Let's look at some of the drivers in 2022 that you should make every effort to get, and those who you should avoid at all costs.

Sleepers

1. Christopher Bell           
Car: 20                  
Owner: Joe Gibbs Racing                    
Manufacturer: Toyota

NASCAR Three-Year StatsRacesWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sRank
2020 NASCAR Cup Series36002720th
2021 NASCAR Cup Series361071612th
Three-Year Totals7210923 

The second-year Joe Gibbs Racing youngster took a big step last year in performance.  Bell grabbed his first-career Cup Series victory with a stunner on

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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