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: GEICO 500
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Casey Mears did right by me in Daytona. He’s underrated as a plate racer, too.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: It’s always a crapshoot on who is gong to win these plate races so I’ll go with… Kevin Harvick.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Can’t help but chuckle at all of you who are making picks out of a blind draw. I’ll take Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win in authoritative fashion, no luck or randomness necessary. Just for effect I’m gonna pick a full top 5: 1. Junior 2. Kenseth 3. Johnson 4. Ragan 5. Bowyer
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Lady Luck will smile graciously on Clint Bowyer this weekend.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Landon Cassill this weekend. He’s been outrunning those he needs to all year long, and had two great runs at Talladega last year.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: Carl Edwards.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team break through to get that win everyone is expecting them to get this year.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: AJ Allmendinger will end his hate for plate racing and get the win.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Joey Logano. I gave some absolute serious consideration to David Ragan.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Da Biff: Greg Biffle.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Dale Jr. Duh.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Picking a winner at a plate track is like trying to pick which fantail guppy lasts the longest in a piranha tank. Thus I’ll go off the grid and pick Danica Patrick to win. If nothing else the conspiracy theorists would have a field day with saying she got an oversize plate to help attract a new sponsor. Guppies are sentient beings and should not be fed to piranhas.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer: Earnhardt Jr.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer: Juuuuuuuuuuunyer. It’s been a long time, and he’s been close again in the last few years.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: I’m going with Kurt Busch (back2back)!
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor: Talladega is quite the toss-up. Assuming that he gets in the field, I’m going with David Gilliland. He’s got poles there in the past and that nice second behind Ragan.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Danica.
Toyota Owners 400
|Matt McLaughlin||Kurt Busch||1st||5|
|Jeff Wolfe||Kevin Harvick||2nd||3|
|Zach Catanzareti||Kevin Harvick||2nd||3|
|Huston Ladner||Jimmie Johnson||3rd||3|
|Brett Winningham||Jimmie Johnson||3rd||3|
|Joseph Wolkin||Jamie McMurray||4th||3|
|Sean Fesko||Jamie McMurray||4th||3|
|Mike Neff||Kyle Larson||12th||0|
|Toni Montgomery||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||14th||0|
|Matt Stallknecht||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||14th||0|
|Aaron Bearden||Brad Keselowski||17th||0|
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||19th||0|
|Tony Lumbis||Carl Edwards||19th||0|
|Amy Henderson||Denny Hamlin||22nd||-1|
|Mark Howell||Denny Hamlin||22nd||-1|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|