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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.

 

IndyFDRanks

Big Machine Vodka 400 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Ava Ladner Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Bryan Gable Kyle Busch Ryan Newman
Bryan Keith Kyle Larson Jimmie Johnson
Christian Koelle Brad Keselowski Paul Menard
Clayton Caldwell Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Corey Brewer Kevin Harvick Daniel Suarez
Dan Greene Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson
Dustin Albino Martin Truex Jr. Aric Almirola
John Haverlin Brad Keselowski William Byron
Joseph Wolkin Kevin Harvick Paul Menard
Mark Howell Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson
Matt Mclaughlin Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Wesley Coburn Kyle Busch Ryan Newman
Zach Gillispie Kyle Busch Erik Jones

Standings following Darlington

Rank Change Writer/Guest Points Behind Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 Bryan Gable 1540 25 8 24 33 5
2 +1 Dustin Albino 1475 -65 25 9 20 30 6
3 +1 Michael Massie 1474 -66 25 5 18 31 4
4 -2 Wesley Coburn 1472 -68 25 5 18 29 5
5 +1 Matt Mclaughlin 1424 -116 25 5 22 30 7
6 -1 Corey Brewer 1417 -123 25 5 19 29 5
7 Mark Howell 1397 -143 25 2 17 26 4
8 +2 Clayton Caldwell 1366 -174 24 5 19 30 5
9 Amy Henderson 1360 -180 25 3 19 24 7
10 -2 Dan Greene 1350 -190 23 6 17 26 6
11 Davey Segal 1325 -215 25 6 18 27 9
12 Christian Koelle 1314 -226 24 2 12 28 4
13 Ava Ladner 1303 -237 22 7 19 23 5
14 Vito Pugliese 1270 -270 24 8 16 25 4
15 Bryan Keith 1212 -328 20 5 17 26 5
16 John Haverlin 1186 -354 21 4 13 22 3
17 Joseph Wolkin 1123 -417 22 4 12 22 6
18 Mike Neff 999 -541 18 4 14 19 3
19 Frank Velat 911 -629 17 1 10 17 4
20 Greg Davis 731 -809 13 2 10 14 4
21 Corey LaJoie 519 -1021 11 3 4 8 3
22 Tom Bowles 505 -1035 9 2 5 9
23 Drew Mongiello 347 -1193 7 2 5 5 3
24 +2 Zach Gillispie 57 -1483 1
25 -1 Michael Finley 39 -1501 1 1 1
26 -1 Rick Lunkenheimer 39 -1501 1 1 1

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DoninAjax

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.

DoninAjax

Still chuckling!!!!!!

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