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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono

Welcome to our eighth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to foresee the future and 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:

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Jeff Gordon.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
I think I’ll go with Kevin Harvick this week.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
I say Martin Truex Jr. finally gets one.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: A Hendrick engine will go to victory lane this weekend. That’s pretty much a near certainty. It’s just a question of who. I’ll go with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I’m going out on a shaky limb and giving the nod this week to Kasey Kahne.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer:
Carl Edwards, for the first leg of a Pocono sweep!
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Jeff Gordon.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Picking someone a bit different: Pocono winner Joey Logano.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor:
I will take Dale Jr.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Jimmie Johnson.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Earnhardt Jr. won them both last year, so we’ll see if you can pull off a three-peat.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer:
Gordon!
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer:
I’m going with Kurt Busch. Chevrolet has had a bit of a stronghold on Pocono recently outside of Brad Keselowski’s debris miss last summer, and Kurt’s been strong at the Tricky Triangle in the past.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: I’m going with Edwards again this week!
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Gordon punches his ticket to the Chase.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Gordon.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: JUNIOR!!!!
Clayton Caldwell, Contributing Writer: As Larry Mac would say Ryyyyyaann Neeewwwman.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Mark Martin! Just kidding… Gordon.

Results: FedEx 400

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Amy HendersonJimmie Johnson1st5
Jeff Wolfe Jimmie Johnson1st5
Matt StallknechtJimmie Johnson1st5
Joseph WolkinJimmie Johnson1st5
Vito PuglieseJimmie Johnson1st5
Mike NeffJimmie Johnson1st5
Clayton CaldwellJimmie Johnson1st5
Matt McLaughlinKevin Harvick2nd3
Brett WinninghamKevin Harvick2nd1
Tom BowlesMartin Truex Jr.6th1
Mark HowellMartin Truex Jr.6th1
Tony LumbisMartin Truex Jr.6th1
Greg DavisMartin Truex Jr.6th1
Danny PetersMartin Truex Jr.6th1
Aaron BeardenJeff Gordon10th1
Sean FeskoJeff Gordon10th1
Huston LadnerBrad Keselowski12th0
Phil AllawayGreg Biffle17th0
Jeff MeyerCarl Edwards19th0
Zach CatanzaretiMatt Kenseth39th-2
Toni MontgomeryMatt Kenseth39th-2

Standings

 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Matt Stallknecht34136710
Mike Neff32-2134810
Jeff Wolfe29-5123811
Sean Fesko21-1311169
Brett Winningham20-1411257
Tom Bowles18-169346
Matt McLaughlin18-1612266
Huston Ladner15-1912247
Danny Peters14-2011257
Joseph Wolkin14-2013256
Vito Pugliese12-2010146
Amy Henderson11-2113446
Jeff Meyer9-2513225
Mark Howell9-2513037
Aaron Bearden9-2512147
Clayton Caldwell8-266223
Zach Catanzareti8-2612037
Tony Lumbis4-3013026
S.D. Grady4-306024
Phil Allaway4-306012
David Ifeguni3-311011
Toni Montgomery3-3113144
Greg Davis0-3412005

 

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