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2017 Frontstretch Cup: GEICO 500 Predictions

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 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: GEICO 500

Amy Henderson: Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Stage 2: Brad Keselowski

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

Corey Brewer: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2: Ryan Blaney

Race Winner: Clint Bowyer

Dan Greene: Stage 1: Clint Bowyer

Stage 2: Martin Truex Jr.

Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Mark Howell: Stage 1: Jamie McMurray

Stage 2: Martin Truex Jr.

Race Winner: Clint Bowyer

Dustin Albino: Stage 1: Trevor Bayne

Stage 2: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Race Winner: Ryan Blaney

Clayton Caldwell: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2: Clint Bowyer

Race Winner: Trevor Bayne

Frank Velat: Stage 1: Martin Truex Jr.

Stage 2: Clint Bowyer

Race Winner: Kyle Larson

Michael Massie: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2: Kyle Busch

Winner: Chase Elliott

Huston Ladner: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2: Ryan Blaney

Race Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Bryan Gable: Stage 1: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2: Brad Keselowski

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Joseph Wolkin: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2: Joey Logano

Race Winner: Clint Bowyer

Jeff Wolfe: Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Stage 2: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Race Winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Zach Catanzareti: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2: Brad Keselowski

Race Winner: Chase Elliott

Davey Segal: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski

Stage 2: Clint Bowyer

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin

Matteo Marcheschi: Stage 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Stage 2: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Race Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Results: Toyota Owners 400

Writer                         Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Points
John Douglas Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Denny Hamlin 3rd 3
Vito Pugliese Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. Denny Hamlin 3rd 3
Mark Howell Clint Bowyer Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Amy Henderson Matt Kenseth Erik Jones Martin Truex Jr. 10th 2
Bryan Gable Martin Truex Jr. Clint Bowyer Martin Truex Jr. 10th 1
Dustin Albino Matt Kenseth Clint Bowyer Denny Hamlin 15th 1
Matteo Marcheschi Matt Kenseth Ryan Blaney Clint Bowyer 15th 1
Michael Massie Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer 15th 0
Frank Velat Matt Kenseth Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch 16th 1
Dan Greene Matt Kenseth Clint Bowyer Kyle Busch 16th 1
Corey Brewer Matt Kenseth Kevin Harvick Matt Kenseth 23rd 0
Joseph Wolkin Matt Kenseth Chase Elliott Chase Elliott 24th 0
Davey Segal Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson Chase Elliott 24th -1
Jeff Wolfe Matt Kenseth Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney 36th -2
Clayton Caldwell Matt Kenseth Joey Logano Ryan Blaney 36 -2

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Dustin Albino 18 9 1 4 6
Mark Howell 17 -1 9 0 6 6
Corey Brewer 15 -3 9 0 3 6
Amy Henderson 14 -4 9 0 4 6
John Douglas 14 -4 6 0 4 4
Clayton Caldwell 12 -6 9 1 2 5
Jeff Wolfe 12 -6 9 2 3 4
Huston Ladner 12 -6 8 1 3 4
Frank Velat 12 -6 9 1 3 4
Bryan Gable 12 -6 8 0 2 6
Vito Pugliese 9 -9 8 1 2 3
Davey Segal 8 -10 9 1 3 5
Michael Massie 8 -10 9 0 2 4
Matteo Marcheschi 7 -11 3 1 1 1
Dan Greene 4 -14 7 0 2 3
Joseph Wolkin 4 -14 6 0 2 2
Michael Finley 3 -15 3 0 1 1
Greg Davis 3 -15 5 0 2 3
Phil Allaway 0 -18 1 0 0 0
Tom Bowles 0 -18 1 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -1 -19 1 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -21 1 0 0 0

 

 

About the author

The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

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