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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Bank of America 500 Predictions

Welcome to our 10th year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 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: Bank of America 500

 

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner
Amy Henderson Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Larson
Corey Brewer Denny Hamlin Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Larson
Mark Howell Kyle Larson Brad Keselowski Chase Elliott
Dustin Albino Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick
Clayton Caldwell Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Kevin Harvick
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr.
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick
Michael Massie Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson
Samarth Kanal Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Busch Chase Elliott
Christian Koelle Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer Brad Keselowski
John Haverlin Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Chase Elliott

 


Results: Apache Warrior 400

 

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Total Points
Amy Henderson Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Corey Brewer Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. 4th 3
Mark Howell Martin Truex, Jr. Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Dustin Albino Kyle Busch Kyle Larson Chase Elliott 2nd 4
Clayton Caldwell Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Larson 5th 3
Bryan Gable Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Larson 5th 3
Jeff Wolfe Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth 11th 0
Michael Massie Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Busch Kurt Busch 20th 0
Samarth Kanal Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth 11th 0
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Christian Koelle Martin Truex, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 7th 1
Huston Ladner Martin Truex, Jr. Ryan Blaney Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Corey Brewer 58 29 3 12 18
Davey Segal 57 -1 29 6 13 18
Amy Henderson 56 -2 29 3 14 20
Bryan Gable 43 -15 26 4 8 16
Mark Howell 43 -15 29 0 12 18
Dustin Albino 43 -15 29 2 12 16
Clayton Caldwell 42 -16 29 2 10 15
Huston Ladner 42 -16 27 2 10 12
Dan Greene 41 -17 24 2 11 15
Michael Massie 41 -17 27 4 8 12
Jeff Wolfe 34 -24 27 3 8 13
Joseph Wolkin 33 -25 21 1 9 13
Vito Pugliese 31 -24 19 4 5 10
Frank Velat 25 -33 19 2 7 9
John Douglas 17 -41 7 0 5 5
John Haverlin 14 -44 5 1 3 4
Samarth Kanal 13 -45 9 2 2 4
Matteo Marcheschi 12 -46 4 2 2 2
Greg Davis 10 -48 12 0 4 7
Christian Koelle 5 -53 5 0 2 3
Michael Finley 3 -55 3 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 0 -58 1 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -1 -59 2 0 0 0
Tom Bowles -2 -60 2 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -61 1 0 0 0

 

 

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Mack

My prediction; cars spaced out at least 2 seconds apart with little passing all night. The Toyotas occupy 3 of the top 5 with Larson and Kez round out a chevy and a Ford. Danica has an altercation with a back marker and bitches and moans all night about it. Basically to sum it up a very long and boring night as usual at Charlotte.

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