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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Auto Club 400 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 37 drivers on the Auto Club entry list, competitors will select one driver ranked from 1-10 and one driver from 11-37. 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.

Auto Club 400 picks

Writer/GuestDriver 1Driver 2
Corey LaJoieKevin HarvickDavid Ragan
Amy HendersonKyle BuschAric Almirola
Ava LadnerKyle BuschKurt Busch
Bryan GableKyle LarsonKurt Busch
Christian KoelleDenny HamlinPaul Menard
Clayton CaldwellKyle LarsonKurt Busch
Corey BrewerKevin HarvickErik Jones
Davey SegalKevin HarvickKurt Busch
Drew MongielloKevin HarvickAric Almirola
Dustin AlbinoDenny HamlinKurt Busch
Frank VelatKyle LarsonErik Jones
Greg DavisJimmie JohnsonTrevor Bayne
John HaverlinKyle LarsonClint Bowyer
Johnny ThomasChase ElliottKurt Busch
Joseph WolkinDenny HamlinAJ Allmendinger
Mark HowellKyle LarsonErik Jones
Matt MclaughlinKyle LarsonAric Almirola
Michael MassieKyle LarsonErik Jones
Mike NeffBrad KeselowskiKurt Busch
Tom BowlesKyle BuschAric Almirola
Vito PuglieseKevin HarvickErik Jones
Wesley CoburnKyle BuschKurt Busch

Standings following Phoenix

Writer/GuestPointsBehindRacesWinsTop 5Top 10DNF
Bryan Gable2814147
Mark Howell276-54146
Corey Brewer274-74246
Vito Pugliese271-104237
John Haverlin259-224145
Ava Ladner232-49423
Tom Bowles230-514125
Amy Henderson226-5541351
Michael Massie223-584151
Corey LaJoie215-6641141
Joseph Wolkin213-6841241
Mike Neff212-69444
Wesley Coburn210-7141231
Christian Koelle208-7341151
Dustin Albino206-7542332
Clayton Caldwell205-764141
Frank Velat205-764342
Bryan Keith189-924242
Matt Mclaughlin179-10241342
Greg Davis175-1063331
Dan Greene162-11941111
Davey Segal156-12541243
Johnny Thomas54-227111
Michael Finley39-242111
Drew Mongiello26-25511
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About Corey Brewer

Corey Brewer made the move to Frontstretch to follow his dream of covering the sport of NASCAR. He is a die-hard motorsports fan and an avid player of daily fantasy sports.

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2 comments

  1. Kevin Harvick
    Clint Bowyer

  2. Driver 1 #18 Kyle Busch
    Driver 2 #14 Clint Bowyer