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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond

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: Toyota Owners’ 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’ll take hometown boy Denny Hamlin.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Going out on a limb here and saying… Kevin Harvick.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Hamlin will again prove that JGR’s short-track program is the real deal. He’s my pick for Richmond.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Jamie McMurray.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer:
Let’s take McMurray this week. He’s been strong on the flat tracks in 2015.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer:
Carl Edwards again.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Edwards shows the same short-track strength he had at Bristol and this time, closes the deal.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Harvick returns to Richmond victory lane.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor:
I will go with Junior. I don’t want to jinx him, but hey, Kurt Busch muddled through the curse of me, so…
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Jimmie Johnson.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Kyle Larson won at Millbridge Speedway Wednesday night. I think he rides that momentum to a win at Richmond.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Busch makes like Aerosmith and gets Back in the Saddle again. Insert your own air guitar solo here.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer:
Johnson.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer:
I’m going to go with my boy Brad Keselowski.

Food City 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Tom Bowles Matt Kenseth 1st 5
Huston Ladner Matt Kenseth 1st 5
S.D. Grady Jeff Gordon 3rd 3
Brett Winningham Jeff Gordon 3rd 3
Sean Fesko Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 4th 3
Toni Montgomery Kurt Busch 15th 0
Mike Neff Kurt Busch 15th 0
Mark Howell Dale Earnhardt Jr. 16th 0
Joseph Wolkin Carl Edwards 24th -1
Greg Davis Carl Edwards 24th -1
Vito Pugliese Carl Edwards 24th -1
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 24th -1
Matt Stallknecht Brad Keselowski 35th -2
Tony Lumbis Brad Keselowski 35th -2
Matt McLaughlin Brad Keselowski 35th -2
Danny Peters Brad Keselowski 35th -2
Amy Henderson Kasey Kahne 37th -2
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 38th -2
Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano 40th -2

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 21 8 4 5 6
Mike Neff 16 -5 8 1 5 6
Jeff Wolfe 15 -6 8 2 5 6
Sean Fesko 13 -8 7 1 4 5
Huston Ladner 12 -9 7 2 3 5
Danny Peters 11 -10 8 2 4 5
Tom Bowles 11 -10 6 2 3 4
Brett Winningham 8 -13 6 1 2 4
Jeff Meyer 6 -15 8 1 1 4
Vito Pugliese 6 -15 8 0 3 5
Matt McLaughlin 6 -15 7 1 3 3
Amy Henderson 4 -17 8 2 2 4
S.D. Grady 4 -17 6 0 2 4
Joseph Wolkin 3 -18 8 1 2 3
David Ifeguni 3 -18 1 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 2 -19 3 0 1 1
Mark Howell 2 -19 8 0 1 4
Toni Montgomery 1 -20 8 0 3 3
Zach Catanzaretti 1 -20 7 0 1 4
Tony Lumbis -1 -22 8 0 1 3
Greg Davis -2 -23 8 0 0 3
Aaron Bearden -2 -23 7 0 2 3
Clayton Caldwell -3 -24 4 0 0 1

 

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