Race Weekend Central

2017 Frontstretch Cup: Alabama 500

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: Alabama 500

 

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner
Amy Henderson Brad Keselowski Michael McDowell Brad Keselowski
Corey Brewer Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski
Mark Howell Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dustin Albino Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Jamie McMurray Brad Keselowski
Clayton Caldwell Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brad Keselowski David Ragan
Davey Segal Denny Hamlin Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Bryan Gable Chase Elliott Denny Hamlin Brad Keselowski
Michael Massie Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Brad Keselowski
Huston Ladner Brad Keselowski Matt Kenseth Clint Bowyer
Christian Koelle Brad Keselowski Ryan Blaney Jamie McMurray
Vito Pugliese Brad Keselowski Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Joey Logano
Jeff Wolfe Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brad Keselowski
Frank Velat Brad Keselowski Jamie McMurray Kurt Busch

 


Results: Bank of America 500

 

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Total Points
Amy Henderson Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson 10th 1
Corey Brewer Denny Hamlin Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson 10th 1
Mark Howell Kyle Larson Brad Keselowski Chase Elliott 2nd 3
Dustin Albino Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick 3rd 3
Clayton Caldwell Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick 3rd 3
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. 1st 5
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Kevin Harvick 3rd 4
Michael Massie Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson 7th 1
Samarth Kanal Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch 29th 0
Dan Greene Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch Chase Elliott 2nd 3
Christian Koelle Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer Brad Keselowski 15th 0
John Haverlin Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Chase Elliott 2nd 4

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Davey Segal 62 30 7 14 19
Corey Brewer 59 -3 30 3 12 19
Amy Henderson 57 -5 30 3 14 21
Bryan Gable 47 -15 27 4 9 17
Mark Howell 46 -16 30 0 13 19
Dustin Albino 46 -16 30 2 13 17
Clayton Caldwell 45 -17 30 2 11 16
Dan Greene 44 -18 25 2 12 16
Huston Ladner 42 -20 27 2 10 12
Michael Massie 42 -20 28 4 8 13
Jeff Wolfe 34 -28 27 3 8 13
Joseph Wolkin 33 -29 21 1 9 13
Vito Pugliese 31 -31 19 4 5 10
Frank Velat 25 -37 19 2 7 9
John Haverlin 18 -44 6 1 4 5
John Douglas 17 -45 7 0 5 5
Samarth Kanal 13 -49 10 2 2 4
Matteo Marcheschi 12 -50 4 2 2 2
Greg Davis 10 -52 12 0 4 7
Christian Koelle 5 -57 6 0 2 3
Michael Finley 3 -59 3 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 0 -62 1 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -1 -63 2 0 0 0
Tom Bowles -2 -64 2 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -65 1 0 0 0

About the author

Amy is an 18-year veteran NASCAR writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found filling in from time to time on The Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and her monthly commentary Holding A Pretty Wheel (Thursdays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.

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