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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas

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: SpongeBob SquarePants 400

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Jimmie Johnson.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
I think I like Johnson this week. He’s got a solid track record at Kansas and has certainly been strong on the cookie cutters this year.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
After considering many options I’ll go with… Kevin Harvick.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: I’ll go with Martin Truex Jr.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My choice for Kansas is Jeff Gordon.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Joey Logano this weekend.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer:
Carl Edwards on his favorite track! 
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Edwards.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Gordon.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor:
Johnson.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
My Mom – isn’t the rain going to push the race to Sunday anyway? Fine, fine, her Mustang goes only so fast. Brad Keselowski.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: I’d like Johnson, please.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Cue up the Keebler Elves. Harvick returns to form.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer:
Kasey Kahne.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer:
Francesco Dracone. Oh… Wrong series? Well… Gordon, then.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Edwards… all day.
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor: I’m going to go with Ryan Newman. I’ve liked his form recently despite the issues. He’ll want to stick it to the man after losing Luke Lambert for six races.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Logano.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Harvick. It would stupid to pick against him, wouldn’t it?
Clayton Caldwell, Contributing Writer: Johnson.

GEICO 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Matt Stallknecht Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1st 5
Mike Neff Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1st 5
Brett Winningham Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1st 5
Aaron Bearden Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1st 5
Tony Lumbis Martin Truex Jr. 5th 3
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 8th 1
Greg Davis Kurt Busch 12th 0
Zach Catanzareti AJ Allmendinger 17th 0
Phil Allaway David Gilliland 20th 0
Matt McLaughlin Danica Patrick 21st -1
Danny Peters Danica Patrick 21st -1
Amy Henderson Casey Mears 28th -1
Mark Howell Clint Bowyer 30th -1
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 32nd -2
Toni Montgomery Joey Logano 33rd -2
Huston Ladner Greg Biffle 37th -2
Joseph Wolkin Landon Cassill 39th -2

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 26 10 5 6 7
Mike Neff 21 -5 10 2 6 7
Jeff Wolfe 19 -7 10 2 6 8
Brett Winningham 16 -10 8 2 4 6
Sean Fesko 16 -10 8 1 5 6
Huston Ladner 13 -13 9 2 4 6
Tom Bowles 11 -15 6 2 3 4
Danny Peters 10 -16 9 2 4 5
Matt McLaughlin 10 -16 9 2 4 4
Vito Pugliese 6 -20 8 0 3 5
Jeff Meyer 4 -22 10 1 1 4
Joseph Wolkin 4 -22 10 1 3 4
S.D. Grady 4 -22 6 0 2 4
Zach Catanzareti 4 -22 9 0 2 5
Aaron Bearden 3 -23 9 1 3 4
David Ifeguni 3 -23 1 0 1 1
Amy Henderson 2 -24 10 2 2 4
Phil Allaway 2 -24 4 0 1 1
Tony Lumbis 2 -24 10 0 2 4
Mark Howell 0 -26 10 0 1 4
Toni Montgomery -1 -27 10 0 3 3
Greg Davis -2 -28 9 0 0 3
Clayton Caldwell -3 -29 4 0 0 1

 

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About Amy Henderson

Amy Henderson
Amy is a 15-year veteran writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. Amy pens The Big 6 (Mondays) Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and Holding A Pretty Wheel (monthly - Fridays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits extend everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports.

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