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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Food City 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 39 drivers on the Bristol entry list, competitors will select one driver ranked from 1-10 and one driver from 11-39. 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.

Food City 500 picks

Writer/GuestDriver 1Driver 2
Corey LaJoieJoey LoganoAlex Bowman
Amy HendersonKyle BuschRicky Stenhouse Jr.
Ava LadnerKyle BuschClint Bowyer
Bryan GableKyle BuschErik Jones
Bryan KeithKyle LarsonClint Bowyer
Christian KoelleJoey LoganoClint Bowyer
Clayton CaldwellBrad KeselowskiRicky Stenhouse Jr.
Corey BrewerKyle LarsonErik Jones
Dan GreeneKyle BuschClint Bowyer
Davey SegalKyle BuschRyan Blaney
Drew MongielloKyle BuschRyan Blaney
Dustin AlbinoKyle LarsonErik Jones
Frank VelatBrad KeselowskiErik Jones
Greg DavisKyle BuschAlex Bowman
John HaverlinKevin HarvickErik Jones
Joseph WolkinBrad KeselowskiErik Jones
Mark HowellKyle BuschKurt Busch
Matt MclaughlinBrad KeselowskiRyan Blaney
Michael MassieKyle BuschRyan Blaney
Mike NeffKyle BuschKurt Busch
Tom BowlesKyle BuschErik Jones
Vito PuglieseJoey LoganoKurt Busch
Wesley CoburnKyle BuschKurt Busch

Standings following Texas

Writer/GuestPointsBehindRacesWinsTop 5Top 10DNF
Bryan Gable51472912
Mark Howell485-2972610
Corey Brewer450-6472710
Michael Massie437-7771491
Amy Henderson423-9171671
Dustin Albino423-9174582
Christian Koelle407-107713101
John Haverlin397-1176168
Matt Mclaughlin397-11771792
Wesley Coburn393-12172572
Clayton Caldwell379-13571382
Ava Ladner376-1386146
Frank Velat365-1497583
Vito Pugliese358-156735111
Mike Neff352-1627561
Bryan Keith349-16562582
Tom Bowles336-1786137
Joseph Wolkin310-20461261
Davey Segal308-20672474
Corey LaJoie283-23161141
Dan Greene262-25261232
Greg Davis206-3084342
Johnny Thomas180-3343122
Drew Mongiello173-3414222
Michael Finley39-475111
Rick Lunkenheimer39-475111
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    Driver 1: #11 Denny Hamlin
    Driver 2: #12 Ryan Blaney