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2017 Frontstretch Cup: AAA Texas 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: First Data 500

 

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner
Amy Henderson Kurt Busch Martin Truex, Jr. Denny Hamlin
Corey Brewer Denny Hamlin Martin Truex, Jr. Chase Elliott
Mark Howell Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney Chase Elliott
Dustin Albino Kurt Busch Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson
Dan Greene Ryan Blaney Martin Truex, Jr. Chase Elliott
Davey Segal Kevin Harvick Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr.
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Kyle Busch
Michael Massie Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin
Christian Koelle Kurt Busch Ryan Blaney Ryan Blaney
Jeff Wolfe Kurt Busch Kevin Harvick Denny Hamlin
Clayton Caldwell Martin Truex, Jr. Kevin Harvick Martin Truex, Jr.
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch Martin Truex, Jr. Kevin Harvick
John Haverlin Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick Martin Truex, Jr.

 


Results: Hollywood Casino 400

 

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Total Points
Amy Henderson Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson 12th 0
Corey Brewer Martin Truex, Jr. Martin Truex, Jr. Denny Hamlin 7th 1
Mark Howell Kyle Larson Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 11th 0
Dustin Albino Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Jimmie Johnson 12th 1
Dan Greene Chase Elliott Kyle Larson Denny Hamlin 7th 1
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Kyle Larson Kyle Larson 37th -3
Bryan Gable Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson 12th 0
Michael Massie Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Chase Elliott 27th -1
Christian Koelle Martin Truex, Jr. Brad Keselowski Brad Keselowski 4th 4
Jeff Wolfe Kyle Larson Chase Elliott Jimmie Johnson 12th 0
Frank Velat Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch Chase Elliott 27th 0
Clayton Caldwell Kyle Busch Martin Truex, Jr. Jimmie Johnson 12th 0
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson 12th 0

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Corey Brewer 71 33 5 14 22
Amy Henderson 68 -3 33 5 16 23
Davey Segal 61 -10 33 7 14 21
Bryan Gable 57 -14 30 6 11 19
Dustin Albino 57 -14 33 4 15 19
Michael Massie 51 -20 31 6 10 15
Mark Howell 48 -23 33 0 13 20
Dan Greene 48 -23 27 2 13 18
Clayton Caldwell 46 -15 32 2 11 17
Huston Ladner 41 -30 29 2 10 12
Jeff Wolfe 40 -31 30 4 9 15
Vito Pugliese 35 -36 20 4 6 11
Joseph Wolkin 33 -38 21 1 9 13
Frank Velat 28 -43 22 2 8 11
John Haverlin 18 -53 6 1 4 5
John Douglas 17 -54 7 0 5 5
Samarth Kanal 13 -58 10 2 2 4
Matteo Marcheschi 12 -59 4 2 2 2
Greg Davis 10 -61 12 0 4 7
Christian Koelle 5 -66 9 0 3 4
Michael Finley 3 -68 3 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 0 -71 1 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -1 -72 2 0 0 0
Tom Bowles -2 -73 2 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -74 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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