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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan

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:

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Kyle Larson.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
It’s hard to vote against Kevin Harvick… so I’m not going to. Happy for the W.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
HAR VICK (no relation to Michael).
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: I’ll take Dale Jr. for the victory.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Harvick.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Paul Menard.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Joey Logano.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Jimmie Johnson.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Matt Kenseth.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Nose thoroughly pinched in hand I have to go with Johnson this week. Michigan is an aerodynamic track. Chad knows all the tricks. Hell he invented all the tricks. Maybe we ought to be trying to pick what the TV ratings will be?
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
I’ll throw a bone to JR Nation and pick Dale. He’s been money at Michigan in recent years, and if he wins I can finally yell a well-earned “Dale Yeah!”
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Earnhardt Jr. for his second victory on the season.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Harvick’s finished second the last four races here. It’s time to head to victory lane.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: No. 41 all day long.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: I think the No. 4 of Harvick heads back to Victory Lane.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Harvick for me, please.
Jerry Jordan, Contributing Writer:
Jeff Gordon.

Results: FedEx 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Jeff Wolfe Martin Truex Jr. 1st 5
Amy Henderson Kevin Harvick 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Zach Catanzareti Joey Logano 4th 3
Aaron Bearden Kurt Busch 5th 3
Matt Stallknecht Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11th 0
Toni Montgomery Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11th 0
Matt McLaughlin Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11th 0
Mike Neff Dale Earnhardt Jr. 11th 0
Mark Howell Kasey Kahne 13th 0
Tom Bowles Jeff Gordon 14th 0
Tony Lumbis Jeff Gordon 14th 0
Brett Winningham Jeff Gordon 14th 0
Sean Fesko Jeff Gordon 14th 0
Vito Pugliese Jeff Gordon 14th 0
Danny Peters Jeff Gordon 14th 0
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 15th 0
Greg Davis Carl Edwards 15th 0
Joseph Wolkin Brad Keselowski 17th 0
Clayton Caldwell Ryan Newman 39th -2

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 34 14 6 7 10
Jeff Wolfe 34 13 4 9 12
Mike Neff 32 -2 14 4 8 10
Sean Fesko 21 -13 12 1 6 9
Brett Winningham 20 -14 12 2 5 7
Tom Bowles 18 -16 10 3 4 6
Matt McLaughlin 18 -16 13 2 6 6
Huston Ladner 18 -16 13 2 5 8
Danny Peters 14 -20 12 2 5 7
Joseph Wolkin 14 -20 14 2 5 6
Amy Henderson 14 -20 14 4 5 7
Vito Pugliese 12 -22 11 1 4 6
Aaron Bearden 12 -22 13 1 5 8
Zach Catanzareti 11 -23 13 0 4 8
Jeff Meyer 9 -25 14 2 2 5
Mark Howell 9 -25 14 0 3 7
Clayton Caldwell 6 -28 7 2 2 3
Tony Lumbis 4 -30 14 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 14 1 4 4
Greg Davis 0 -34 13 0 0 5

 

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