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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma

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: My heart says Jeff Gordon. My “you know he’s waking up someday” meter says Tony Stewart. But my head – and the reality this car is light years better than anyone, no matter the track these days – says Kevin Harvick.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
If he can stop peeing in the Luck Fairy’s Cheerios for a few days, I like Clint Bowyer and his 9.2 average finish for this one.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Going with Burt Kusch… err… make that Kurt Busch.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: AJ Allmendinger.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: This is the week when Gordon turns his frown upside down! I’m going with the No. 24 to win.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Casey Mears.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
This week I’m going to jinx… or, uh, pick Jamie McMurray.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Martin Truex Jr.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Harvick.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Gordon. Cue up the Boss, because I’m counting on a miracle to come through.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
I’m going to say that Kyle Busch scores the victory and fuels the “can he make the Chase” debate.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Going with Truex Jr. this week!
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: The ‘Dinger has two chances to make the Chase. He does it this week.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer:
Kurt Busch.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: I’ll take Kurt Busch, thank you very much.
Jerry Jordan, Contributing Writer: Sadly, I am not attending the race this week but I am picking Stewart for the win. Yeah, I know, it’s a long shot.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
I’m going to go with Carl Edwards.
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor: I’m going with Kyle Busch. He’s a past winner at Sonoma and should be strong, provided that no one puts him in the tires.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributing Writer: No. 24.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: I got Edwards … of (road) course!

Results: Quicken Loans 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Vito Pugliese Kurt Busch 1st 5
Matt Stallknecht Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2nd 3
Aaron Bearden Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2nd 3
Greg Davis Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Matt Kenseth 4th 3
Tony Lumbis Joey Logano 5th 3
Joseph Wolkin Paul Menard 8th 1
Tom Bowles Kyle Larson 17th 0
Toni Montgomery Jimmie Johnson 19th 0
Matt McLaughlin Jimmie Johnson 19th 0
Jerry Jordan Jeff Gordon 21st -1
Amy Henderson Kevin Harvick 29th -1
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 29th -1
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick 29th -1
Sean Fesko Kevin Harvick 29th -1
Mike Neff Kevin Harvick 29th -1
Danny Peters Kevin Harvick 29th -1

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 37 15 6 8 11
Jeff Wolfe 33 -4 14 4 9 12
Mike Neff 31 -6 15 4 8 10
Huston Ladner 21 -16 14 2 6 9
Sean Fesko 20 -17 13 1 6 9
Brett Winningham 20 -17 12 2 5 7
Tom Bowles 18 -19 11 3 4 6
Matt McLaughlin 18 -19 14 2 6 6
Vito Pugliese 17 -20 11 2 5 7
Aaron Bearden 15 -22 14 1 6 9
Joseph Wolkin 15 -22 15 2 5 7
Amy Henderson 13 -24 15 4 5 7
Danny Peters 13 -24 13 2 5 7
Zach Catanzareti 11 -26 13 0 4 8
Jeff Meyer 9 -28 14 2 2 5
Mark Howell 8 -29 15 0 3 7
Tony Lumbis 7 -30 15 0 3 7
Clayton Caldwell 6 -31 7 2 2 3
S.D. Grady 4 -33 6 0 2 4
Phil Allaway 4 -33 6 0 1 2
David Ifeguni 3 -34 1 0 1 1
Toni Montgomery 3 -34 15 1 4 4
Greg Davis 3 -34 14 0 1 6
Jerry Jordan -1 -36 1 0 0 0

 

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