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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

This season, we are joined by 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 Indianapolis 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.


Big Machine Vodka 400 picks

Writer/GuestDriver 1Driver 2
Ava LadnerKyle BuschRyan Blaney
Bryan GableKyle BuschRyan Newman
Bryan KeithKyle LarsonJimmie Johnson
Christian KoelleBrad KeselowskiPaul Menard
Clayton CaldwellKyle BuschRyan Blaney
Corey BrewerKevin HarvickDaniel Suarez
Dan GreeneKyle BuschJimmie Johnson
Davey SegalKyle BuschJimmie Johnson
Dustin AlbinoMartin Truex Jr.Aric Almirola
John HaverlinBrad KeselowskiWilliam Byron
Joseph WolkinKevin HarvickPaul Menard
Mark HowellKurt BuschJimmie Johnson
Matt MclaughlinKyle BuschRyan Blaney
Wesley CoburnKyle BuschRyan Newman
Zach GillispieKyle BuschErik Jones

Standings following Darlington

RankChangeWriter/GuestPointsBehindRacesWinsTop 5Top 10DNF
1Bryan Gable154025824335
2+1Dustin Albino1475-6525920306
3+1Michael Massie1474-6625518314
4-2Wesley Coburn1472-6825518295
5+1Matt Mclaughlin1424-11625522307
6-1Corey Brewer1417-12325519295
7Mark Howell1397-14325217264
8+2Clayton Caldwell1366-17424519305
9Amy Henderson1360-18025319247
10-2Dan Greene1350-19023617266
11Davey Segal1325-21525618279
12Christian Koelle1314-22624212284
13Ava Ladner1303-23722719235
14Vito Pugliese1270-27024816254
15Bryan Keith1212-32820517265
16John Haverlin1186-35421413223
17Joseph Wolkin1123-41722412226
18Mike Neff999-54118414193
19Frank Velat911-62917110174
20Greg Davis731-80913210144
21Corey LaJoie519-1021113483
22Tom Bowles505-10359259
23Drew Mongiello347-119372553
24+2Zach Gillispie57-14831
25-1Michael Finley39-1501111
26-1Rick Lunkenheimer39-1501111
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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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    Martin Truex Jr. (starting third) and Daniel Suarez (20th) will have to drop to the rear for the start of the Brickyard 400 and each had his car chief ejected for failing prerace tech three times. Suarez’s car failed four times, which will be a 10-point penalty.

    Competition cautions (nudge nudge wink wink for more NBCSn commercial breaks) lat lap 10 and 30.