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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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: Coca-Cola 600

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: I’m going Kasey Kahne.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
I think I’ll go with Jimmie Johnson. While we haven’t seen much out of him at Charlotte yet, he probably has that golden horseshoe somewhere up his… sleeve.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
After complete and full evaluation of what took place during the All-Star Race at Charlotte Saturday night, I’m going with… Kevin Harvick.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Kurt Busch.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I’m going with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Jeff Gordon to win one more time.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer:
Carl Edwards for me until he wins! 
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Denny Hamlin for the May Charlotte sweep.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Have to pick Busch.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor:
Sign me up for Gordon also.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Joey Logano.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Going way out on a limb here with Harvick. If my picks are boring so’s the racing lately and at least it doesn’t take four hours to read them.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer:
Going to go with Kyle Busch!
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer:
Harvick. I know, I know, crazy pick.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Was going to go with Kes, but since he’s a new father today (and knowing first hand what that’s like the first week and not sleeping), I’m going to go with Hamlin.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Kurt Busch gets his second win of the season.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski.

Sprint All-Star Race

Writer Transfer #1 Transfer #2 Fan Vote Winner All-Star Winner Bonus points
Amy Henderson Martin Truex Jr. Paul Menard Danica Patrick Kevin Harvick 1
Brett Winningham Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. Danica Patrick Jimmie Johnson 1
Jeff Wolfe Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. Danica Patrick Kasey Kahne 1
Mark Howell Martin Truex Jr. Clint Bowyer Danica Patrick Jeff Gordon 2
Zach Catanzareti Martin Truex Jr. Clint Bowyer Danica Patrick Kasey Kahne 2
Tom Bowles Martin Truex Jr. Paul Menard Danica Patrick Kasey Kahne 1
Aaron Bearden Martin Truex Jr. Paul Menard Danica Patrick Jimmie Johnson 1
Matt Stallknecht Martin Truex Jr. David Ragan Danica Patrick Kurt Busch 1
Matt McLaughlin Martin Truex, Jr. Chase Elliott Danica Patrick Kevin Harvick 1
Joseph Wolkin Martin Truex Jr. Greg Biffle Danica Patrick Kurt Busch 2
Sean Fesko Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Josh Wise Jimmie Johnson 0
Mike Neff Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. Austin Dillon Jimmie Johnson 0
Tony Lumbis Paul Menard Kyle Larson Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Harvick 0
Huston Ladner Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Danica Patrick Jimmie Johnson 1
Clayton Caldwell Martin Truex Jr. Paul Menard Danica Patrick Kevin Harvick 1
Toni Montgomery Martin Truex Jr. Chase Elliott Danica Patrick Jimmie Johnson 1
Kevin Rutherford Clint Bowyer Chase Elliott Danica Patrick Denny Hamlin 3
Phil Allaway Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Danica Patrick Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 28 11 5 6 8
Mike Neff 26 -2 11 3 7 8
Jeff Wolfe 23 -5 11 2 7 9
Sean Fesko 19 -9 9 1 6 7
Brett Winningham 17 -11 9 2 4 6
Tom Bowles 17 -11 7 3 4 5
Huston Ladner 15 -13 10 2 4 7
Matt McLaughlin 14 -14 10 2 5 5
Danny Peters 13 -15 10 2 5 6
Joseph Wolkin 9 -19 11 1 4 5
Zach Catanzareti 9 -19 10 0 3 6
Amy Henderson 8 -20 11 3 3 5
Aaron Bearden 7 -21 10 1 4 5
Vito Pugliese 6 -22 8 0 3 5
Toni Montgomery 5 -23 11 1 4 4
Mark Howell 5 -23 11 0 2 5
Jeff Meyer 4 -24 11 1 1 4
S.D. Grady 4 -24 6 0 2 4
Phil Allaway 4 -24 5 0 1 2
David Ifeguni 3 -25 1 0 1 1
Clayton Caldwell 3 -25 5 1 1 2
Tony Lumbis 2 -26 11 0 2 4
Greg Davis -2 -30 10 0 0 3

 

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Bill B

FYI Administrator, this article is still showing/linking to the all-star race predictions.

Beth Lunkenheimer

Hi Bill, it looks like we’ve got Coca-Cola 600 predictions in the text, a table with the All-Star Race results and points for the season. Are you seeing something different on your end?

Mike Neff

I missed the deadline so I doubt I’ll be able to get credit for my prediction but I am taking Kurt Busch for the win in the 600. I know the Toyota teams have been showing strength but the 4 and 41 have been really strong.

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