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2017 Frontstretch Cup: First Data 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 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: First Data 500

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner
Amy Henderson Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson
Corey Brewer Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Denny Hamlin
Mark Howell Kyle Larson Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dustin Albino Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Jimmie Johnson
Dan Greene Chase Elliott Kyle Larson Denny Hamlin
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Kyle Larson Kyle Larson
Bryan Gable Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson
Michael Massie Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Chase Elliott
Christian Koelle Martin Truex Jr. Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski
Jeff Wolfe Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Jimmie Johnson
Frank Velat Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Chase Elliott
Clayton Caldwell Kyle Busch Martin Truex Jr. Jimmie Johnson
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson

Results: Hollywood Casino 400

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Total Points
Amy Henderson Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. 1st 5
Corey Brewer Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. 1st 5
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney Jimmie Johnson 11th 0
Dustin Albino Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick Martin Truex Jr. 1st 5
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney 3rd 3
Davey Segal Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch Kyle Busch 10th 1
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. 1st 5
Michael Massie Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch Martin Truex Jr. 1st 5
Christian Koelle Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson 39th -3
Jeff Wolfe Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Blaney Kyle Busch 10th 1
Frank Velat Martin Truex Jr. Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Blaney 3rd 3

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Corey Brewer 70 32 5 14 21
Amy Henderson 68 -2 32 5 16 23
Davey Segal 64 -6 32 7 14 21
Bryan Gable 57 -13 29 6 11 19
Dustin Albino 56 -14 32 4 15 19
Michael Massie 52 -18 30 6 10 15
Mark Howell 48 -22 32 0 13 20
Dan Greene 47 -23 26 2 13 17
Clayton Caldwell 46 -24 31 2 11 17
Huston Ladner 41 -29 28 2 10 12
Jeff Wolfe 40 -30 29 4 9 15
Vito Pugliese 35 -35 20 4 6 11
Joseph Wolkin 33 -37 21 1 9 13
Frank Velat 28 -42 21 2 8 10
John Haverlin 18 -52 6 1 4 5
John Douglas 17 -53 7 0 5 5
Samarth Kanal 13 -57 10 2 2 4
Matteo Marcheschi 12 -58 4 2 2 2
Greg Davis 10 -60 12 0 4 7
Michael Finley 3 -67 3 0 1 1
Christian Koelle 1 -69 8 0 2 3
Phil Allaway 0 -70 1 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -1 -71 2 0 0 0
Tom Bowles -2 -72 2 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -73 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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