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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Duck Commander 500 at Texas

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: Duck Commander 500

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: I have this weird feeling Jeff Gordon‘s going to take it. So I’ll go with him.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
I think I’ll go with Jimmie Johnson.  He’ll be looking for a boost after a terrible Martinsville showing.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Going out on a limb… Kevin Harvick.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Matt Kenseth.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I’ll go with Carl Edwards.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I think it’s the weekend Gordon breaks out for the first win of his final season.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer: I’ll take Brad “Follow me on Twitter at” @keselowski.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: I’ll take the 2009 winner of this race, Gordon.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer:
Harvick.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I’m going with Keselowski.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Joey Logano repeats at Texas this week.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer:
Edwards please.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
 Kenseth.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: I say Kurt Busch gets the win.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: You want to see the wheels fall off of Harvick? Yeah. I’m picking him.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Kasey Kahne? Eh, sure, why not?
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: May I have Harvick please?
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Harvick again.
S.D. Grady, Senior Writer:
Logano – he’s on a hot streak.
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor:
I’m picking Clint Bowyer for this weekend.  He’s going to get the new sponsor boost.

STP 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Matt Stallknecht Denny Hamlin 1st 5
Mark Howell Joey Logano 3rd 3
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 8th 1
Greg Davis Jeff Gordon 9th 1
Vito Pugliese Jeff Gordon 9th 1
S.D. Grady Jeff Gordon 9th 1
Clayton Caldwell Jeff Gordon 9th 1
Amy Henderson Kurt Busch 14th 0
Matt McLaughlin Kurt Busch 14th 0
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 17th 0
Joseph Wolkin Jimmie Johnson 35th -2
Aaron Bearden Jimmie Johnson 35th -2
Toni Montgomery Jimmie Johnson 35th -2
Huston Ladner Jimmie Johnson 35th -2
Brett Winningham Jimmie Johnson 35th -2
Tony Lumbis Dale Earnhardt Jr. 36th -2
Danny Peters Dale Earnhardt Jr. 36th -2
Mike Neff Dale Earnhardt Jr. 36th -2

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 24 6 4 5 6
Jeff Wolfe 14 -10 6 2 4 5
Mike Neff 13 -11 6 1 4 5
Danny Peters 10 -14 6 2 3 4
Jeff Meyer 6 -18 6 1 1 3
Huston Ladner 6 -18 5 1 2 3
Sean Fesko 6 -18 5 1 2 3
Tom Bowles 5 -19 4 1 2 2
Brett Winningham 5 -19 5 1 1 3
Matt McLaughlin 5 -19 5 1 2 2
Vito Pugliese 4 -20 6 0 2 4
Joseph Wolkin 3 -21 6 1 2 2
Zach Catanzaretti 3 -21 5 0 1 4
Phil Allaway 3 -21 2 0 1 1
David Ifeguni 3 -21 1 0 1 1
Tony Lumbis 2 -22 6 0 1 3
Amy Henderson 1 -23 6 1 1 3
Mark Howell 1 -23 6 0 1 3
Toni Montgomery -2 -26 6 0 2 2
S.D. Grady -2 -26 4 0 0 2
Greg Davis -2 -26 6 0 0 2
Clayton Caldwell -3 -27 4 0 0 1
Aaron Bearden -5 -27 6 0 1 2

 

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