Prediction Row

The concept is simple - predict the winner of each NASCAR Cup race. The reality of doing this is quite challenging!

Prediction Row is coordinated by Silky Meegan, working with club members and staff at The Villages Daily Sun. She receives the predictions from each competitor prior to every race. These predictions are sent to the Daily Sun for publication in the Sports section on the day of each NASCAR Cup race. Following every race, Silky tallies the totals and notifies the competitors and the Daily Sun.

The rules have evolved over the years - the number of predictors has varied from as few as five to as many as 12 and the scoring methods have been tweaked. None the less, the competition has always been interesting.

We would be remiss if we didn't thank our friends in The Villages Daily Sun Sports Department for their support and cooperation over the years. We sincerely appreciate the recognition our club receives when our predictions are published on race days.

Since 2008, the Prediction Row competition has been won by the following champions:

 

2017

2017 Prediction Row Champion - Jerry Conkle

The announcement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup also unveiled a change in scoring - the addition of segment points. Our Prediction Row continued to rank standings by wins. Points were used as a tie breaker.

Six club members competed in the Spring Segment - races 1-13. They were Art Fehrman, Gerry Greim, Joe Kavalauskas, Shel Larsen, Ernie Moretti and Lou Palmer. Six more members competed in the Summer Segment - races 14-26. They were Mark Chatterton, Jerry Conkle, Don Day, Carol Emms, Harry Scheiblin and Sonny Schwaber.

The Top 3 in each segment transferred into the Playoff Segment - races 27-36. The competitors in the Chase Segment were Mark Chatterton, Jerry Conkle, Don Day, Art Fehrman, Gerry Greim and Lou Palmer.

Jerry Conkle achieved Best of the Best status with four wins and more points than Gerry Greim. His name has been added to the traveling trophy which he will retain while he defends his crown in 2018.

The final 2017 standings were:
4 wins, 440 points  Jerry Conkle
4 wins, 362 points  Gerry Greim
3 wins, 403 points  Mark Chatterton
2 wins, 398 points  Don Day
0 wins, 411 points  Lou Palmer
0 wins, 404 points  Art Fehrman

Click Here to see complete season scoring.