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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Staff Predictions

Welcome to our eighth 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!

 Prediction Scoring
+5 – Win
+3 – Top 5
+1 – Top 10
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-40th
-3 – 41st-43rd

This week’s predictions: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

S.D. Grady, Senior Writer: Voting for Jeff Gordon.  A fast, handling track…
Amy Henderson, Managing Editor:
I’m going with Jeff Gordon.  Provided nobody tries to audition for Wreck-It Ralph using his car again this week he should have a good showing.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: I’ll take Brad Keselowski.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: “Bad Brad” will win the Battle of Atlanta.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Carl Edwards to get a win at the track where he won his first career Cup and XFINITY races.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer: My pick’s Kyle Larson. He didn’t have the Daytona experience he was expecting, but Atlanta offers a chance to get started with the rest of the season. Ganassi looks fast, and I expect that to last through Sunday.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Denny Hamlin (sticking with my all- Joe Gibbs Racing predictioins, also he had a win here in the last 3 attempts).
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: For Atlanta, Matt Kenseth.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: My vote is Jimmie Johnson. It’s been an age since he won.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Carl Edwards.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer: Brad Keselowski will be my pick.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: Picking Carl again. 1st win in Atlanta and now will be 1st Atlanta win with a new team!
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: I’ll go with Greg Biffle. I’m taking a chance that Roush Fenway has its act together again at the mile and a half tracks.
Zach Catanzaretti, Contributing Writer: Happy Harvick.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: I will also be going with Kevin Harvick.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributing Writer: Kasey Kahne.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Dale Jr.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Please give me Matt Kenseth for the win.
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor: Matt Kenseth.  I think he’ll break his winless streak whenever the race actually runs.

Daytona 500     

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Matt Stallknecht Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 3rd 3
Mike Neff Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 3rd 3
Toni Montgomery Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 3rd 3
David Ifeguni Dale Earnhardt, Jr 3rd 3
Tony Lumbis Denny Hamlin 4th 3
Amy Henderson Casey Mears 6th 1
Sean Fesko Martin Truex, Jr. 8th 1
Brett Winningham Martin Truex, Jr. 8th 1
Zach Catanzaretti Martin Truex, Jr. 8th 1
Greg Davis Carl Edwards 23rd -1
Vito Pugliese Carl Edwards 23rd -1
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 23rd -1
Danny Peters Jeff Gordon 33rd -2
Tom Bowles Matt Kenseth 35th -2
Mark Howell Matt Kenseth 35th -2
Clayton Caldwell Matt Kenseth 35th -2
Joseph Wolkin Brad Keselowski 41st -3
Jeff Wolfe Tony Stewart 42nd -3
Matt McLaughlin Tony Stewart 42nd -3
Aaron Bearden Tony Stewart 42nd -3

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 3 1 0 1 1
Mike Neff 3 1 0 1 1
Toni Montgomery 3 1 0 1 1
David Ifeguni 3 1 0 1 1
Tony Lumbis 3 1 0 1 1
Amy Henderson 1 -2 1 0 0 1
Sean Fesko 1 -2 1 0 0 1
Brett Winningham 1 -2 1 0 0 1
Zach Catanzaretti 1 -2 1 0 0 1
Greg Davis -1 -4 1 0 0 0
Vito Pugliese -1 -4 1 0 0 0
Jeff Meyer -1 -4 1 0 0 0
Danny Peters -2 -5 1 0 0 0
Tom Bowles -2 -5 1 0 0 0
Mark Howell -2 -5 1 0 0 0
Clayton Caldwell -2 -5 1 0 0 0
Joseph Wolkin -3 -6 1 0 0 0
Jeff Wolfe -3 -6 1 0 0 0
Matt McLaughlin -3 -6 1 0 0 0
Aaron Bearden -3 -6 1 0 0 0

 

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