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2018 Frontstretch Cup: O’Reilly Auto Parts 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 38 drivers on the Texas entry list, competitors will select one driver ranked from 1-10 and one driver from 11-38. 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.

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Corey LaJoie
Amy Henderson Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer
Ava Ladner Kyle Busch Kurt Busch
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick Erik Jones
Bryan Keith Kyle Busch Kurt Busch
Christian Koelle Ryan Blaney Kurt Busch
Clayton Caldwell Kyle Larson Kurt Busch
Corey Brewer Kevin Harvick Erik Jones
Dan Greene Kyle Larson Kurt Busch
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Aric Almirola
Drew Mongiello Kevin Harvick Aric Almirola
Dustin Albino Kyle Busch Kurt Busch
Mark Howell Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer
Matt Mclaughlin Kevin Harvick Kurt Busch
Michael Massie Kyle Busch Erik Jones
Mike Neff Denny Hamlin Kurt Busch
Vito Pugliese Brad Keselowski Kurt Busch
Wesley Coburn Martin Truex Jr. Clint Bowyer

Standings following Martinsville

Writer/Guest Points Behind Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
Bryan Gable 441 6 2 7 10
Mark Howell 408 -33 6 1 5 8
John Haverlin 397 -44 6 1 6 8
Corey Brewer 374 -67 6 2 5 8
Vito Pugliese 358 -83 6 3 5 10
Wesley Coburn 356 -85 6 2 5 6 1
Michael Massie 355 -86 6 2 7 1
Amy Henderson 352 -89 6 1 4 6 1
Clayton Caldwell 345 -96 6 1 3 7 1
Dustin Albino 344 -97 6 3 4 6 2
Christian Koelle 337 -104 6 1 2 8 1
Tom Bowles 336 -105 6 1 3 7
Frank Velat 332 -109 6 5 7 2
Matt Mclaughlin 324 -117 6 1 6 7 2
Mike Neff 316 -125 6 5 5
Joseph Wolkin 310 -131 6 1 2 6 1
Ava Ladner 297 -144 5 3 4
Corey LaJoie 283 -158 6 1 1 4 1
Bryan Keith 270 -171 5 1 4 6 2
Davey Segal 259 -182 6 1 3 6 3
Dan Greene 228 -213 5 1 2 2 1
Greg Davis 206 -235 4 3 4 2
Johnny Thomas 180 -333 3 1 2 2
Drew Mongiello 130 -311 3 1 1 1
Michael Finley 39 -402 1 1 1
Rick Lunkenheimer 39 -402 1  – 1 1

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JohnDoe

Driver 1: #18 Kyle Busch
Driver 2: #41 Kurt Busch

Phil

Driver 1: #22 Joey Logano
Driver 2: #41 Kurt Busch

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