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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Auto Club 500 Predictions


Welcome to our 10th 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 two weeks in a row or 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: Auto Club 400
Amy Henderson:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Kyle Larson, Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
Corey Brewer: Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Denny Hamlin, Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Vito Pugliese:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Martin Truex Jr., Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Mark Howell: Stage 1:  Kevin Harvick, Stage 2:  Kyle Busch, Race Winner:  Clint Bowyer
Dustin Albino: Stage 1: Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Jamie McMurray, Race Winner: Kyle Larson 
Clayton Caldwell:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Martin Truex Jr., Race Winner: Kevin Harvick
Huston Ladner:
Stage 1: Kyle Busch, Stage 2: Kevin Harvick, Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Frank Velat: Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Joey Logano, Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Michael Massie:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Martin Truex Jr., Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Bryan Gable: Stage 1: Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Kyle Larson, Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Greg Davis: Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race Winner: Clint Bowyer 
Jeff Wolfe:
Stage 1: Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race Winner: Kyle Larson
Davey Segal:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Kyle Larson. Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Results: Camping World 500

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Points
Amy Henderson Joey Logano Ryan Blaney Kyle Larson 2nd 4
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick Chase Elliott Kyle Larson 2nd 4
Jeff Wolfe Joey Logano Ryan Blaney Kyle Larson 2nd 4
John Douglas Joey Logano Ryan Blaney Kyle Larson 2nd 4
Clayton Caldwell Ryan Blaney Chase Elliott Kyle Busch 3rd 4
Corey Brewer Joey Logano Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 6th 2
Dustin Albino Joey Logano Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick 6th 2
Michael Massie Joey Logano Kyle Larson Kevin Harvick 6th 2
Davey Segal Joey Logano Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick 6th 2
Bryan Gable Kyle Larson Joey Logano Kevin Harvick 6th 1
Vito Pugliese Joey Logano Chase Elliott Chase Elliott 12th 2
Huston Ladner Joey Logano Kyle Larson Chase Elliott 12th 1
Frank Velat Joey Logano Kyle Larson Chase Elliott 12th 1

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Clayton Caldwell 12 4 1 2 3
Michael Massie 10 -2 4 0 2 4
Amy Henderson 9 -3 4 0 3 3
Mark Howell 9 -3 4 0 3 3
Dustin Albino 8 -4 4 0 2 3
John Douglas 8 -4 4 0 2 2
Jeff Wolfe 7 -5 4 1 2 2
Corey Brewer 6 -6 4 0 1 3
Bryan Gable 6 -6 4 0 1 3
Michael Finley 4 -8 2 0 1 1
Dan Greene 1 -11 3 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 0 -12 1 0 0 0
Tom Bowles 0 -12 1 0 0 0
Frank Velat 0 -12 4 0 0 1
Huston Ladner 0 -12 4 0 0 1
Davey Segal 0 -12 4 0 1 2
Greg Davis -1 -13 2 0 0 1
Zach Catanzareti -1 -13 1 0 0 0
Vito Pugliese -2 -14 4 0 0 0
Joseph Wolkin -3 -15 3 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -15 1 0 0 0

 

 

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