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2018 Frontstretch Cup: Daytona 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 week, 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 DraftKings price. Competitors will then select one driver ranked from 1-20 and one driver from 21-40. They will then choose the two drivers they believe will either win the race of 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 ten-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 amount of times a driver can be picked throughout the season.

Without further ado, here are this week’s rankings.

Daytona 500 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Corey LaJoie Brad Keselowski Justin Marks
Amy Henderson Brad Keselowski AJ Allmendinger
Ava Ladner Kyle Busch Paul Menard
Bryan Gable Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman
Bryan Keith Brad Keselowski Paul Menard
Christian Koelle Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Michael McDowell
Clayton Caldwell Ryan Blaney David Ragan
Corey Brewer Joey Logano Paul Menard
Dan Greene Martin Truex Jr. Danica Patrick
Davey Segal Brad Keselowski Ty Dillon
Dustin Albino Brad Keselowski David Ragan
Frank Velat Brad Keselowski Kasey Kahne
Greg Davis Chase Elliott Darrell Wallace Jr.
John Haverlin Denny Hamlin Paul Menard
Joseph Wolkin Brad Keselowski AJ Allmendinger
Mark Howell Joey Logano Ryan Newman
Matt McLaughlin Chase Elliott Bubba Wallace
Michael Finley Brad Keselowski Paul Menard
Michael Massie Chase Elliott Paul Menard
Mike Neff Joey Logano Darrell Wallace Jr.
Tom Bowles Ryan Blaney Darrell Wallace Jr.
Vito Pugliese Austin Dillon Ryan Newman
Wesley Coburn Ryan Blaney Danica Patrick

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I like that new scoring system … :-)

Driver 1: Ryan Blaney in that not iconic #12 car
Driver 2: Danica Patirck


Why don’t they just forget the first 180 laps. Tell the drivers there’s twenty to go and have at it. It’ll probably take three hours to finish.

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