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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

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Jeff Wolfe Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Matt Stallknecht Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Joseph Wolkin Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Vito Pugliese Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Mike Neff Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Clayton Caldwell Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Matt McLaughlin Kevin Harvick 2nd 3
Brett Winningham Kevin Harvick 2nd 1
Tom Bowles Martin Truex Jr. 6th 1
Mark Howell Martin Truex Jr. 6th 1
Tony Lumbis Martin Truex Jr. 6th 1
Greg Davis Martin Truex Jr. 6th 1
Danny Peters Martin Truex Jr. 6th 1
Aaron Bearden Jeff Gordon 10th 1
Sean Fesko Jeff Gordon 10th 1
Huston Ladner Brad Keselowski 12th 0
Phil Allaway Greg Biffle 17th 0
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 19th 0
Zach Catanzareti Matt Kenseth 39th -2
Toni Montgomery Matt Kenseth 39th -2

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 34 13 6 7 10
Mike Neff 32 -2 13 4 8 10
Jeff Wolfe 29 -5 12 3 8 11
Sean Fesko 21 -13 11 1 6 9
Brett Winningham 20 -14 11 2 5 7
Tom Bowles 18 -16 9 3 4 6
Matt McLaughlin 18 -16 12 2 6 6
Huston Ladner 15 -19 12 2 4 7
Danny Peters 14 -20 11 2 5 7
Joseph Wolkin 14 -20 13 2 5 6
Vito Pugliese 12 -20 10 1 4 6
Amy Henderson 11 -21 13 4 4 6
Jeff Meyer 9 -25 13 2 2 5
Mark Howell 9 -25 13 0 3 7
Aaron Bearden 9 -25 12 1 4 7
Clayton Caldwell 8 -26 6 2 2 3
Zach Catanzareti 8 -26 12 0 3 7
Tony Lumbis 4 -30 13 0 2 6
S.D. Grady 4 -30 6 0 2 4
Phil Allaway 4 -30 6 0 1 2
David Ifeguni 3 -31 1 0 1 1
Toni Montgomery 3 -31 13 1 4 4
Greg Davis 0 -34 12 0 0 5

 

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