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2018 Frontstretch Cup: STP 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 season, 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. With 38 drivers on the Martinsville entry list, competitors will select one driver ranked from 1-10 and one driver from 11-38. They will 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.

STP 500 picks

Writer/Guest Driver 1 Driver 2
Corey LaJoie Denny Hamlin Kasey Kahne
Amy Henderson Denny Hamlin Kurt Busch
Bryan Gable Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer
Bryan Keith Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer
Christian Koelle Kyle Busch AJ Allmendinger
Clayton Caldwell Denny Hamlin Clint Bowyer
Corey Brewer Martin Truex Jr. Daniel Suarez
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick Kurt Busch
Davey Segal Chase Elliott Ryan Blaney
Drew Mongiello Kyle Busch Kurt Busch
Dustin Albino Brad Keselowski Clint Bowyer
Frank Velat Kyle Busch Jamie McMurray
John Haverlin Brad Keselowski Ryan Blaney
Johnny Thomas Denny Hamlin Clint Bowyer
Joseph Wolkin Chase Elliott Austin Dillon
Mark Howell Denny Hamlin Kurt Busch
Matt Mclaughlin Kyle Busch Ryan Blaney
Michael Massie Denny Hamlin Kurt Busch
Mike Neff Denny Hamlin Austin Dillon
Rick Lunkenheimer Kyle Busch
Tom Bowles  Brad Keselowski David Ragan
Vito Pugliese Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer
Wesley Coburn Kyle Busch Clint Bowyer

Standings following Auto Club

Writer/Guest Points Behind Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF
Mark Howell 349 5 1 5 8
Bryan Gable 347 -2 5 1 5 8
John Haverlin 328 -21 5 1 5 6
Corey Brewer 314 -35 5 2 4 7
Vito Pugliese 311 -38 5 2 3 8
Ava Ladner 297 -52 5 3 4
Tom Bowles 297 -52 5 1 3 6
Michael Massie 296 -53 5 2 7 1
Amy Henderson 293 -56 5 1 4 6 1
Frank Velat 278 -71 5 4 6 2
Mike Neff 276 -73 5 5 5
Wesley Coburn 275 -74 5 1 3 4 1
Clayton Caldwell 271 -78 5 2 5 1
Dustin Albino 268 -81 5 2 3 4 2
Joseph Wolkin 267 -82 5 1 2 5 1
Christian Koelle 265 -84 5 1 1 6 1
Matt Mclaughlin 247 -102 5 1 4 5 2
Corey LaJoie 237 -112 5 1 1 4 1
Greg Davis 206 -143 4 3 4 2
Bryan Keith 189 -160 4 2 4 2
Davey Segal 189 -160 5 1 2 4 3
Dan Greene 162 -187 4 1 1 1 1
Johnny Thomas 106 -243 2 1 1
Drew Mongiello 61 -288 2 1
Michael Finley 39 -310 1 1 1

About the author

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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