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2018 Frontstretch Cup: GEICO 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 FanDuel price. With 40 drivers on the Talladega entry list, competitors select one driver ranked from 1-10 and one driver from 11-40. They 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.

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GEICO 500 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Corey LaJoie Brad Keselowski Matt DiBenedetto
Amy Henderson Brad Keselowski David Ragan
Ava Ladner Brad Keselowski Paul Menard
Bryan Gable Joey Logano Paul Menard
Bryan Keith Brad Keselowski Aric Almirola
Christian Koelle Joey Logano David Ragan
Clayton Caldwell Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ryan Blaney
Corey Brewer Joey Logano Kyle Larson
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick Aric Almirola
Davey Segal Brad Keselowski Jamie McMurray
Dustin Albino Brad Keselowski Brendan Gaughan
Frank Velat Brad Keselowski Matt DiBenedetto
Greg Davis Jimmie Johnson Darrell Wallace Jr.
John Haverlin Brad Keselowski Jamie McMurray
Joseph Wolkin Brad Keselowski David Ragan
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick Kyle Larson
Matt Mclaughlin Brad Keselowski Ryan Blaney
Michael Massie Joey Logano Aric Almirola
Mike Neff Joey Logano Aric Almirola
Vito Pugliese Chase Elliott Aric Almirola
Wesley Coburn Brad Keselowski Ryan Blaney

Standings following Richmond

Rank Change Writer/Guest Points Behind Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 Bryan Gable 644 0 9 3 11 15
2 Mark Howell 622 -22 9 4 8 12
3 Amy Henderson 582 -62 9 3 9 11 1
4 Corey Brewer 561 -83 9 2 8 12
5 +1 Dustin Albino 554 -90 9 5 7 11 2
6 -1 Michael Massie 545 -99 9 2 6 11 2
7 +2 Ava Ladner 531 -113 8 3 6 10
8 Wesley Coburn 530 -114 9 4 7 9 2
9 -2 Christian Koelle 522 -122 9 1 3 13 1
10 John Haverlin 495 -149 8 1 6 11
11 +1 Bryan Keith 490 -154 8 3 7 11 2
12 -1 Clayton Caldwell 489 -155 9 1 5 10 2
13 +1 Mike Neff 485 -159 9 2 7 8 1
14 -1 Vito Pugliese 473 -171 9 4 6 13 1
15 -2 Matt Mclaughlin 468 -176 9 1 7 10 3
16 Frank Velat 465 -179 9 1 6 9 3
17 +1 Davey Segal 427 -217 9 4 6 9 5
18 +1 Corey LaJoie 415 -229 8 2 3 7 1
19 +1 Joseph Wolkin 404 -240 8 1 3 7 1
20 +1 Dan Greene 404 -240 8 2 4 6 2
21 -4 Tom Bowles 396 -248 7 2 4 8
22 Greg Davis 287 -357 5 1 5 6 2
23 Drew Mongiello 219 -425 5 1 3 3 3
24 +1 Michael Finley 39 -605 1 1 1
25 +1 Rick Lunkenheimer 39 -605 1 1 1

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JohnDoe

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

Ricardo

Well played!

SmarterThanYo

You FS folks are funny. During the week, you write all this supposedly hard edge stuff about how NASCAR needs to make massive changes to help the underdogs. But when you play your little game, you go with the over-dogs. If you were betting on a horse race, you’d all courageously bet $2 on the favorite to show (for a return of approximately $2.20). LMAO!

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