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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

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: Coke Zero 400

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: I’ll go with Jamie McMurray.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
Restrictor-plate race, so might as well pick one out of a hat. Casey Mears did right by me in the Daytona 500, so I’ll go with him again this week.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Going to go with Junior.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Dale Earnhardt Jr. It’s pointless to pick against him right now on plate tracks.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My Daytona pick is Jimmie Johnson.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
I’m going with David Ragan considering how strong he is at restrictor-plate tracks. Oh, and Michael Waltrip Racing kind of has a good history at the plate races, too.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Tony Stewart finally breaks back into the win column.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Carl Edwards. Call it a little experiment.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Ryan Newman.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Jerry Garcia… er, nope that won’t work. Earnhardt. So when does the Chase start and everyone have their scores reset to zero? I’ve got a couple wins so I’m in, right? 
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
@DaleJr
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: I’ll take Earnhardt Jr. – that trip he took down to Florida in his hauler will pay off when it comes time for the race on Sunday. Daytona’s a special place for him
Jerry Jordan, Contributing Writer: Stewart is also my pick for this week. I think I will pick him until he wins.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
Denny Hamlin.
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor: I’m going with Stewart for the win.  He’s got a good record at Daytona, no matter how much he hates restrictor-plate racing.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: Edwards o’ course!
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: McMurray.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: David Gilliland. He always seems to do something at these plate tracks.

Results: Toyota/SaveMart 350

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Aaron BeardenKyle Busch1st5
Phil AllawayKyle Busch1st5
Jeff WolfeKurt Busch2nd3
Vito PuglieseKurt Busch2nd3
Mike NeffKurt Busch2nd3
Amy HendersonClint Bowyer3rd3
Tom BowlesKevin Harvick4th3
Huston LadnerKevin Harvick4th3
Tony LumbisJamie McMurray11th0
Jerry JordanTony Stewart12th0
Mark HowellJeff Gordon16th0
Matt McLaughlinJeff Gordon16th0
Clayton CaldwellJeff Gordon16th0
Brett WinninghamBrad Keselowski19th0
Matt StallknechtAJ Allmendinger37th-2
Sean FeskoAJ Allmendinger37th-2
Joseph WolkinCasey Mears38th-2
Danny PetersCarl Edwards40th-2
Jeff MeyerCarl Edwards40th-2
Toni MontgomeryMartin Truex Jr.42nd-3
Greg DavisMartin Truex Jr.42nd-3

Standings

 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Jeff Wolfe361541013
Matt Stallknecht35-1166811
Mike Neff34-2164911
Huston Ladner24-12152710
Tom Bowles21-1512357
Vito Pugliese20-2612268
Brett Winningham20-1613257
Aaron Bearden20-16152710
Matt McLaughlin18-1815266
Sean Fesko18-1814169
Amy Henderson16-2016468
Joseph Wolkin13-2316257
Danny Peters11-2514257
Zach Catanzareti11-2513048
Phil Allaway9-277123
Mark Howell8-2816037
Jeff Meyer7-2915225
Tony Lumbis7-2916037
Clayton Caldwell6-308223
S.D. Grady4-326024
David Ifeguni3-331011
Toni Montgomery0-3616144
Greg Davis0-3615016
Jerry Jordan-1-372000