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2017 Frontstretch Cup: STP 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: STP 500
Amy Henderson:
Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Clint Bowyer, Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Corey Brewer: Stage 1: Martin Truex Jr, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Dan Greene:
Stage 1:  Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner:  Clint Bowyer
Mark Howell: Stage 1:  Denny Hamlin , Stage 2: Chase Elliott, Race Winner:  Kyle Busch
Dustin Albino: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Clayton Caldwell: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Denny Hamlin, Winner: Clint Bowyer
Joseph Wolkin: Stage 1: Joey Logano, Stage 2: Chase Elliott, Race Winner: Joey Logano
Huston Ladner: Stage 1:  Joey Logano, Stage 2: Denny Hamlin, Race Winner:  Kyle Busch
Frank Velat: Stage 1: Joey Logano, Stage 2: Martin Truex, Jr., Race Winner: Kyle Busch 
Michael Massie:
Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Bryan Gable: Stage 1: Martin Truex Jr., Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Greg Davis: Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Kurt Busch, Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jeff Wolfe:
Stage 1: Denny Hamlin, Stage 2: Denny Hamlin, Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Davey Segal:
Stage 1: Joey Logano, Stage 2: Jimmie Johnson, Race Winner: Joey Logano

Results: Auto Club 400

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Points
Vito Pugliese Kyle Larson Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Larson 1st 8
Frank Velat Kyle Larson Joey Logano Kyle Larson 1st 6
Davey Segal Kyle Larson Kyle Larson Kyle Larson 1st 6
Jeff Wolfe Denny Hamlin Brad Keselowski Kyle Larson 1st 5
Dustin Albino Denny Hamlin Jamie McMurray Kyle Larson 1st 5
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick Kyle Larson 1st 5
Greg Davis Kyle Larson Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer 3rd 4
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer 3rd 3
Amy Henderson Kyle Larson Kyle Larson Martin Truex, Jr. 4th 4
Corey Brewer Kyle Larson Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch 8th 2
Bryan Gable Denny Hamlin Kyle Larson Kyle Busch 8th 1
Clayton Caldwell Kyle Larson Martin Truex, Jr. Kevin Harvick 13th 2
Michael Massie Kyle Larson Martin Truex, Jr. Jimmie Johnson 21st 1

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Clayton Caldwell 14 5 1 2 3
Amy Henderson 13 -1 5 0 4 4
Dustin Albino 13 -1 5 1 3 4
Jeff Wolfe 12 -2 5 2 3 3
Mark Howell 12 -2 5 0 4 4
Michael Massie 11 -3 5 0 2 4
John Douglas 8 -6 4 0 2 2
Corey Brewer 8 -6 5 0 1 4
Bryan Gable 7 -7 5 0 1 4
Frank Velat 6 -8 5 1 1 2
Davey Segal 6 -8 5 1 2 3
Vito Pugliese 6 -8 5 1 1 1
Huston Ladner 5 -9 5 1 1 2
Michael Finley 4 -10 2 0 1 1
Greg Davis 3 -11 3 0 1 2
Dan Greene 1 -13 3 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 0 -14 1 0 0 0
Tom Bowles 0 -14 1 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -1 -15 1 0 0 0
Joseph Wolkin -3 -17 3 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -17 1 0 0 0

 

 

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