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Frontstretch Cup 2015: Staff Predictions for the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix

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: Campingworld.com 500(k)

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Harvick. Harvick. Harvick. Is there really any doubt?
Amy Henderson, Managing Editor:
I’m going with Harvick. If the last couple of weeks mean anything, you might now want to avoid him like the plague.  Fair warning.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Harvick – Is there really any other choice?
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Harvick.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My pick is Carl Edwards.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Matt Kenseth, who is off to a decent start and has run well in the last two races at Phoenix.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer: I’ll take Jeff Gordon. He’s due for a good finish.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Give me Edwards again this week. He’s been in the hunt, and Phoenix is special for him; it was actually his first race ever on asphalt.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I’m going with Harvick.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Can’t bet against the Harv!
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer:
Jimmie Johnson.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: Darkhorse… Martin Truex Jr.!
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Phoenix has been a popular place for breaking winless streaks and I say it happens with Kenseth.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: I’ll pick Earnhardt. Feels like he’s been the second-best fella here the last couple years.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: I’m going back to Earnhardt Jr. I did better with him.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Denny Hamlin? Yeah, why not.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: I realize you are the kiss of death, Amy, but I can’t pick against Harvick at Phoenix right now. He’s going to destroy them or blow up.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Despite the curse of Amy, I’m jumping on the Harvick bandwagon too. His record at PIR speaks for itself.
S.D. Grady, Senior Writer:
Gordon, damnit!
Kevin Rutherford, Managing Editor: Kurt Thomas Busch.

Kobalt 400

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Matt StallknechtKevin Harvick1st5
Jeff WolfeKevin Harvick1st5
Brett WinninghamKevin Harvick1st5
Jeff MeyerKevin Harvick1st5
Mike NeffDale Earnhardt Jr.4th3
Tom BowlesDale Earnhardt Jr.4th3
Vito PuglieseDale Earnhardt Jr.4th3
Danny PetersDale Earnhardt Jr.4th3
Joseph WolkinDenny Hamlin5th3
Greg DavisBrad Keselowski7th1
Clayton CaldwellBrad Keselowski7th1
Mark HowellKyle Larson8th1
Zach CatanzaretiMatt Kenseth9th1
Huston LadnerMatt Kenseth9th1
Tony LumbisJoey Logano10th1
Phil AllawayKasey Kahne17th0
Matt McLaughlinJeff Gordon18th0
Sean FeskoJimmie Johnson41st-3
Amy HendersonJimmie Johnson41st-3
Toni MontgomeryCarl Edwards42nd-3
Aaron BeardenCarl Edwards42nd-3

Standings

 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Mike Neff93033
Matt Stallknecht93123
Brett Winningham7-23113
Danny Peters6-33122
Jeff Wolfe5-43122
Zach Catanzaretti5-43013
Vito Pugliese5-43022
Huston Ladner4-52012
Jeff Meyer4-53111
Toni Montgomery3-63022
Phil Allaway3-62011
Tony Lumbis3-63012
David Ifeguni3-61011
Tom Bowles1-82011
Mark Howell0-93002
Joseph Wolkin0-93011
Clayton Caldwell-1-103001
Greg Davis-2-113001
Sean Fesko-2-113001
S.D. Grady-3-121000
Matt McLaughlin-3-122000
Amy Henderson-5-143001
Aaron Bearden-7-163000