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!
+5 – Win
+3 – Top 5
+1 – Top 10
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-40th
-3 – 41st-43rd
This week’s predictions: STP 500
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think I like Kurt Busch this week.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Denny Hamlin.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Joey Logano (and Ford) for the win, please.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Jimmie Johnson.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer: I’ll be really brave and take Johnson. Crazy, I know.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Give me Jeff Gordon.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Gordon.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I’ll go with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Ryan Newman is looking pretty good this season. Let’s see if he keeps his top-10 streak going.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: Carl Edwards!
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: After taking years to get his first Martinsville victory, Dale Jr. scores two in a row.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: I swear to God I am not trying to jinx him because I know I have been the kiss of death lately, but I am going to pick Johnson because I want to score some positive points and I think he will.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Johnson.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Are you drunk, Jeff Meyer? I’ll take Jr. to go back-to-back at Martinsville.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Busch and Lord help anyone who gets in his way.
S.D. Grady, Senior Writer: Gordon.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributing Writer: Gordon.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer: Johnson.
Auto Club 400
|Matt Stallknecht||Brad Keselowski||1st||5|
|Huston Ladner||Brad Keselowski||1st||5|
|Joseph Wolkin||Brad Keselowski||1st||5|
|Jeff Wolfe||Kevin Harvick||2nd||3|
|Matt McLaughlin||Kevin Harvick||2nd||3|
|Aaron Bearden||Kurt Busch||3rd||3|
|Sean Fesko||Kurt Busch||3rd||3|
|Zach Catanzareti||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||6th||1|
|Mike Neff||Joey Logano||7th||1|
|Danny Peters||Joey Logano||7th||1|
|Jeff Meyer||Martin Truex Jr.||8th||1|
|Amy Henderson||Jimmie Johnson||9th||1|
|Vito Pugliese||Jimmie Johnson||9th||1|
|Tony Lumbis||Jimmie Johnson||9th||1|
|Toni Montgomery||Kasey Kahne||17th||0|
|S.D. Grady||Jamie McMurray||21st||-1|
|Tom Bowles||Kyle Larson||26th||-1|
|Greg Davis||Kyle Larson||26th||-1|
|Mark Howell||Matt Kenseth||31st||-2|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
About the author
Amy is an 18-year veteran NASCAR writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found filling in from time to time on The Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and her monthly commentary Holding A Pretty Wheel (Thursdays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.
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