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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Daytona 500

Welcome to our tenth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week!

Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your picks in the comments and see how they stack up!

How we roll:
Each writer picks the drivers they they think will win the first two stages and the overall race.  We can’t pick the same driver to win stage three more than four times in a season. The first two stages pay one bonus point, with three bonus points if someone can get all three winners correct.  Overall race points remain the same.

Prediction Scoring
+5 – Win
+3 – 2nd-5th
+1 – 6th-10th
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-36th
-3 – 37th-40th

This week’s predictions: Daytona 500

Amy Henderson, Photography & Social Media: Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race win: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Corey Brewer, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Austin Dillon, Race Winner: Joey Logano
Dan Greene, Webmaster:
Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Clint Bowyer, Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer:
Stage 1: Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race Win: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Michael Finley, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Stage 2: Kurt Busch, Race Win: Landon Cassill
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Stage 3: Brad Keselowski
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stage 2: Clint Bowyer, Race Winner: Clint Bowyer
Dustin Albino, Assistant Editor:
Stage 1: Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Winner: Clint Bowyer
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Clayton Caldwell, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Jamie McMurray,  Race Winner: Chase Elliott
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Denny Hamlin, Winner: Clint Bowyer
Frank Velat, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Matt Kenseth, Stage 2: Joey Logano, Race win: Brad Keselowski 
Michael Massie, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stage 2: Matt Kenseth, Winner: Aric Almirola 
Greg Davis, Senior Writer:
Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race Win: Clint Bowyer
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stage 2: Joey Logano, Winner: Clint Bowyer
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stage 2: Denny Hamlin, Winner: Chase Elliott
Davey Segal, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Zach Catanzareti, Assistant Editor:
Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Race Winner: Jamie McMurray
John Douglas, Staff Writer:
Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Joey Logano, Race Winner: Brad Keselowski
Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief:
Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Race Winner: Austin Dillon
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor:
Stage 1: Kevin Harvick, Stage 2: Clint Bowyer, Race Winner: Landon Cassill

PICK FOR THE WIN SUMMARY: 

Clint Bowyer 5

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3

Brad Keselowski 3

Landon Cassill 2

Chase Elliott 2

Aric Almirola 1

Kyle Busch 1

Austin Dillon 1

Kevin Harvick 1

Joey Logano 1

Jamie McMurray 1

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