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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Ticket Guardian 500 Predictions

Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup, a year-long competition in which the Frontstretch staff and guests from around the NASCAR world attempt to predict the winner of each Cup race.

This season, we are joined by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie.

Think you can do better? Leave your picks in the comments.

How it works

Each week, Cup drivers will be ranked in order of their respective DraftKings price. With only 37 drivers on the Phoenix entry list, competitors will select one driver ranked from 1-18 and one driver from 19-37. They will choose the two drivers they believe will either win the race or finish well.

2018 Scoring System

Each driver will receive points on an inverted finishing position system. For example:

1st = 40
2nd = 39
3rd = 38
4th = 37
and so on.

There will be a five-point bonus for the winning driver.
There will be a 10-point bonus if both drivers finish first/second.
There will be a five-point deduction per driver for DNFs.

There will also be no limit to the number of times a driver can be picked throughout the season.

Without further ado, here are this week’s rankings.

Ticket Guardian 500 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Corey LaJoie Kevin Harvick Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Amy Henderson Kevin Harvick Daniel Suarez
Ava Ladner Martin Truex Jr. William Byron
Bryan Gable Chase Elliott Daniel Suarez
Bryan Keith Kyle Larson Paul Menard
Christian Koelle Kevin Harvick Daniel Suarez
Clayton Caldwell Jimmie Johnson Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Corey Brewer Denny Hamlin Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick Darrell Wallace Jr.
Davey Segal Kevin Harvick Paul Menard
Drew Mongiello Brad Keselowski Paul Menard
Dustin Albino Kevin Harvick William Byron
Frank Velat Kyle Busch Daniel Suarez
John Haverlin Kyle Busch Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Johnny Thomas Martin Truex Jr. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Joseph Wolkin Kevin Harvick Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Mark Howell Chase Elliott Daniel Suarez
Matt Mclaughlin Kevin Harvick Paul Menard
Michael Massie Martin Truex Jr. William Byron
Mike Neff Kyle Busch Ty Dillon
Tom Bowles Kevin Harvick Darrell Wallace Jr.
Vito Pugliese Kevin Harvick Daniel Suarez
Wesley Coburn Kevin Harvick AJ Allmendinger

Standings following Las Vegas

Writer/Guest Points Behind Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNFs
Corey Brewer 219 3 2 3 5
Bryan Gable 210 -9 3 1 3 5
Mark Howell 205 -14 3 1 3 4
John Haverlin 202 -17 3 1 3 4
Vito Pugliese 193 -26 3 1 2 5
Greg Davis 175 -44 3 3 3 1
Tom Bowles 172 -47 3 1 4
Ava Ladner 168 -51 3 1 2
Bryan Keith 166 -53 3 2 4 1
Mike Neff 162 -57 3 3 3
Clayton Caldwell 160 -59 3 1 4 1
Michael Massie 159 -60 3 4 1
Corey LaJoie 152 -67 3 3 1
Joseph Wolkin 150 -69 3 1 3 1
Amy Henderson 148 -71 3 2 3 1
Wesley Coburn 145 -74 3 1 2 1
Matt Mclaughlin 134 -85 3 2 3 1
Dustin Albino 133 -86 3 1 2 2 2
Frank Velat 133 -86 3 2 2 2
Christian Koelle 130 -89 3 3 1
Davey Segal 111 -108 3 1 3 2
Dan Greene 104 -115 3 1
Michael Finley 39 -180 1 1 1

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JohnDoe

And then they were three ;-) Driver 1 #4 Kevin Harvick
Driver 2 #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

SmarterThanYo

I guess you can play your game anyway you want, but it seems the contestants are using the same Driver 2 every week. It would be more fun to watch if you had a limit on how often you could use a driver, like Yahoo NASCAR Fantasy used to do.

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