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!
+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
|Aaron Bearden||Kyle Busch||1st||5|
|Phil Allaway||Kyle Busch||1st||5|
|Jeff Wolfe||Kurt Busch||2nd||3|
|Vito Pugliese||Kurt Busch||2nd||3|
|Mike Neff||Kurt Busch||2nd||3|
|Amy Henderson||Clint Bowyer||3rd||3|
|Tom Bowles||Kevin Harvick||4th||3|
|Huston Ladner||Kevin Harvick||4th||3|
|Tony Lumbis||Jamie McMurray||11th||0|
|Jerry Jordan||Tony Stewart||12th||0|
|Mark Howell||Jeff Gordon||16th||0|
|Matt McLaughlin||Jeff Gordon||16th||0|
|Clayton Caldwell||Jeff Gordon||16th||0|
|Brett Winningham||Brad Keselowski||19th||0|
|Matt Stallknecht||AJ Allmendinger||37th||-2|
|Sean Fesko||AJ Allmendinger||37th||-2|
|Joseph Wolkin||Casey Mears||38th||-2|
|Danny Peters||Carl Edwards||40th||-2|
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||40th||-2|
|Toni Montgomery||Martin Truex Jr.||42nd||-3|
|Greg Davis||Martin Truex Jr.||42nd||-3|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|