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2017 Frontstretch Cup: Food City 500 Predictions

Welcome to our tenth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to tell you who the winner of each Cup race will be. Take a look to see who your favorite writers think will win it all (or at least score some points) this week!
Think you can out-prognosticate our staff?  Leave your picks in the comments and see how they stack up!

How we roll:
Each writer picks the drivers they they think will win the first two stages and the overall race.  We can’t pick the same driver two weeks in a row or more than four times in a season. The first two stages pay one bonus point, with three bonus points if someone can get all three winners correct.  Overall race points remain the same:

Prediction Scoring
+5 – Win
+3 – 2nd-5th
+1 – 6th-10th
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-36th
-3 – 37th-40th

This week’s predictions: Food City 500
Amy Henderson:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Corey Brewer:  Stage 1: Chase Elliott, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Erik Jones
Dan Greene:
Stage 1:  Chase Elliott, Stage 2:  Clint Bowyer, Race Winner:  Ryan Blaney
Mark Howell: Stage 1:  Kyle Busch, Stage 2:  Kevin Harvick, Race Winner:  Kyle Busch
Dustin Albino: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski Stage 2: Joey Logano Race winner: Matt Kenseth
Clayton Caldwell: Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Brad  Keselowski, Winner: Kyle Busch
Huston Ladner: Chase Elliott, Stage 2:  Joey Logano, Race Winner:  Clint Bowyer
Frank Velat: Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race winner: Kyle Busch
Michael Massie:
Stage 1: Brad Keselowski, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Ryan Blaney
Vito Pugliese: Stage 1: Ryan Blaney, Stage 2: Kyle Busch,  Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Bryan Gable:
 Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Joey Logano
Joseph Wolkin:
Stage 1: Brad Keselowski Stage 2: Chase Elliott Race Winner: Matt Kenseth
Greg Davis: Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Brad Kesolowski, Race Winner: Brad Kesolowski 
Jeff Wolfe:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Joey Logano, Race Winner: Denny Hamlin
Davey Segal:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Kyle Busch
Matteo Marcheschi:
Stage 1: Kyle Larson, Stage 2: Kyle Busch, Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson
Michael Finley: Stage 1: Kevin Harvick, Stage 2: Brad Keselowski, Race winner: David Ragan (thanks to a rain-out)

Results: O’Reilly Auto Parts  500

Writer Stage 1 Stage 2 Race Winner Winner Pick Finish Points
John Douglas Kyle Larson Brad Keselowski Kyle Larson 2nd 3
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick Martin Truex, Jr. Kevin Harvck 4th 3
Corey Brewer Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Kevin Harvick 4th 3
Frank Velat Kevin Harvick Brad Keselowski Kevin Harvick 4th 3
Greg Davis Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick 4th 3
Vito Pugliese Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski 6th 2
Amy Henderson Joey Logano Jimmie Johnson Brad Keselowski 6th 1
Clayton Caldwell Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Brad Keselowski 6th 1
Davey Segal Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Brad Keselowski 6th 1
Dustin Albino Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Marti Truex, Jr. 8th 1
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer 11th 0
Huston Ladner Kevin Harvick Ryan Blaney Kyle Busch 15h 1
Jeff Wolfe Ryan Blaney Joey Logano Kyle Busch 15th 1
Michael Massie Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Kyle Busch 15th 0
Matteo Marcheschi Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch 15th 0

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Mark Howell 16 7 0 5 5
Clayton Caldwell 16 7 1 2 5
Corey Brewer 15 -1 7 0 3 6
Dustin Albino 14 -2 7 1 3 5
Amy Henderson 13 -3 7 0 4 5
Jeff Wolfe 12 -4 7 2 3 3
Frank Velat 12 -4 7 1 3 4
John Douglas 11 -5 5 0 3 3
Michael Massie 10 -6 7 0 2 4
Davey Segal 10 -6 7 1 3 5
Huston Ladner 9 -7 7 1 2 3
Vito Pugliese 8 -8 6 1 1 2
Bryan Gable 7 -9 6 0 1 4
Dan Greene 5 -11 5 0 2 3
Michael Finley 4 -12 2 0 1 1
Greg Davis 4 -12 5 0 2 3
Joseph Wolkin 1 -15 4 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 0 -16 1 0 0 0
Tom Bowles 0 -16 1 0 0 0
Matteo Marcheschi 0 -16 1 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -1 -17 1 0 0 0
Danny Peters -3 -19 1 0 0 0

 

 

About the author

The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

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