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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.

BristolDKRanks

Food City 500 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Corey LaJoie Joey Logano Alex Bowman
Amy Henderson Kyle Busch Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ava Ladner Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer
Bryan Gable Kyle Busch Erik Jones
Bryan Keith Kyle Larson Clint Bowyer
Christian Koelle Joey Logano Clint Bowyer
Clayton Caldwell Brad Keselowski Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Corey Brewer Kyle Larson Erik Jones
Dan Greene Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Drew Mongiello Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Dustin Albino Kyle Larson Erik Jones
Frank Velat Brad Keselowski Erik Jones
Greg Davis Kyle Busch Alex Bowman
John Haverlin Kevin Harvick Erik Jones
Joseph Wolkin Brad Keselowski Erik Jones
Mark Howell Kyle Busch Kurt Busch
Matt Mclaughlin Brad Keselowski Ryan Blaney
Michael Massie Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Mike Neff Kyle Busch Kurt Busch
Tom Bowles Kyle Busch Erik Jones
Vito Pugliese Joey Logano Kurt Busch
Wesley Coburn Kyle Busch Kurt Busch

Standings following Texas

Writer/Guest Points Behind Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
Bryan Gable 514 7 2 9 12
Mark Howell 485 -29 7 2 6 10
Corey Brewer 450 -64 7 2 7 10
Michael Massie 437 -77 7 1 4 9 1
Amy Henderson 423 -91 7 1 6 7 1
Dustin Albino 423 -91 7 4 5 8 2
Christian Koelle 407 -107 7 1 3 10 1
John Haverlin 397 -117 6 1 6 8
Matt Mclaughlin 397 -117 7 1 7 9 2
Wesley Coburn 393 -121 7 2 5 7 2
Clayton Caldwell 379 -135 7 1 3 8 2
Ava Ladner 376 -138 6 1 4 6
Frank Velat 365 -149 7 5 8 3
Vito Pugliese 358 -156 7 3 5 11 1
Mike Neff 352 -162 7 5 6 1
Bryan Keith 349 -165 6 2 5 8 2
Tom Bowles 336 -178 6 1 3 7
Joseph Wolkin 310 -204 6 1 2 6 1
Davey Segal 308 -206 7 2 4 7 4
Corey LaJoie 283 -231 6 1 1 4 1
Dan Greene 262 -252 6 1 2 3 2
Greg Davis 206 -308 4 3 4 2
Johnny Thomas 180 -334 3 1 2 2
Drew Mongiello 173 -341 4 2 2 2
Michael Finley 39 -475 1 1 1
Rick Lunkenheimer 39 -475 1 1 1

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Driver 2: #12 Ryan Blaney

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