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2018 Frontstretch Cup: First Data 500

Welcome to the 11th season of the Frontstretch Cup. It’s 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 section below.

How it works

Each week, Cup drivers will be ranked in order of their respective FanDuel price. With 40 drivers on the Martinsville entry list, competitors select one driver ranked from 1-10 and one driver from 11-40 (though only 39 appear on the FanDuel list). They then 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.

First Data 500 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Amy Henderson Clint Bowyer AJ Allmendinger
Bryan Gable Kyle Busch Ryan Newman
Christian Koelle Kyle Busch Alex Bowman
Corey Brewer Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie Chase Elliott AJ Allmendinger
Dan Greene Kyle Busch Aric Almirola
Davey Segal Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson
Dustin Albino Chase Elliott Jimmie Johnson
Joseph Wolkin Joey Logano Jimmie Johnson
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson
Matt Mclaughlin Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Michael Massie Denny Hamlin Jimmie Johnson
Mike Neff Clint Bowyer Jimmie Johnson
Wesley Coburn Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Zach Gillispie Kyle Busch Aric Almirola

Standings following Kansas:

Rank Change Writer/Guest Points Behind Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
1 Bryan Gable 1865 32 8 26 41 3
2 Corey Brewer 1812 -53 32 5 25 36 6
3 1 Dustin Albino 1793 -72 32 9 21 37 8
4 -1 Wesley Coburn 1789 -76 32 6 19 36 2
5 Michael Massie 1758 -107 31 5 21 36 6
6 Mark Howell 1754 -111 32 3 20 32 6
7 Dan Greene 1741 -124 30 7 20 33 7
8 Matt Mclaughlin 1733 -132 32 7 24 35 10
9 1 Amy Henderson 1703 -162 31 5 23 32 8
10 1 Davey Segal 1697 -168 32 7 22 35 11
11 1 Christian Koelle 1665 -200 31 3 14 34 5
12 -3 Clayton Caldwell 1665 -200 30 6 22 37 6
13 1 Joseph Wolkin 1581 -284 29 5 15 31 6
14 -1 Ava Ladner 1561 -304 26 7 21 28 5
15 Vito Pugliese 1551 -314 29 9 19 33 5
16 Bryan Keith 1455 -410 25 6 18 30 6
17 John Haverlin 1253 -612 22 5 14 23 3
18 Mike Neff 1220 -645 22 5 16 24 4
19 Frank Velat 1032 -833 19 1 10 20 4
20 Greg Davis 731 -1134 13 2 10 14 4
21 Corey LaJoie 678 -1187 14 3 5 11 3
22 Tom Bowles 543 -1322 10 2 5 10 1
23 1 Zach Gillispie 462 -1403 8 2 5 8 1
24 -1 Drew Mongiello 410 -1455 8 2 5 6 3
25 Michael Finley 207 -1658 5 1 1 4 2
26 Rick Lunkenheimer 39 -1826 1 1 1
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About Corey Brewer

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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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