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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the 5-hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire

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: 5-hour Energy 301

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I say Kurt Busch ties the track wins record this weekend with his fourth.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor:
Meh, I’ll go with Joey Logano. He’s good here.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: This week’s race will be brought to you by the letter “L” for “Logano”, who’ll win, and for “lobster”, for what Joey will be lifting in Victory Lane (just one more).
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager
: I think Clint Bowyer has been showing just enough signs of life lately that he might pull this one off.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Let’s try Carl Edwards again. See what I can do to him this week.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
On board with the No. 2 express.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: The blue, er, black, er, white deuce seems the safe pick, but I’m going to color outside the lines with Matt Kenseth, whose car will likely be some shade of yellow.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
I’ll take Brad “Seriously, how did he lose at Kentucky?” Keselowski.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: At Loudon, you got to go with Team Penske. I’ll take the No. 2 of Brad Keselowski this week.
Jerry Jordan, Contributing Writer: Jeff Gordon.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
I’ll go with Logano.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Bowyer.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Although he may not win, I believe Aric Almirola will bring me home a strong result.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer:
Gotta go with Kevin Harvick.
Mike Neff, Senior Editor:
Please put me down for Kyle Busch. He will chop another 30 or so points off of his deficit this weekend.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributing Writer: No. 2.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Kyle Larson.

Results: Quaker State 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Toni Montgomery Kyle Busch 1st 5
Matt Stallknecht Joey Logano 2nd 3
Tony Lumbis Brad Keselowski 6th 1
Greg Davis Brad Keselowski 6th 1
Vito Pugliese Brad Keselowski 6th 1
Tom Bowles Jeff Gordon 7th 1
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 8th 1
Matt McLaughlin Kevin Harvick 8th 1
Aaron Bearden Kevin Harvick 8th 1
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson 9th 1
Huston Ladner Jimmie Johnson 9th 1
Danny Peters Jimmie Johnson 9th 1
Jerry Jordan Kurt Busch 10th 1
Sean Fesko Kurt Busch 10th 1
Zach Catanzareti Jamie McMurray 14th 0
Mark Howell Martin Truex, Jr. 17th 0

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 43 18 7 10 13
Jeff Wolfe 42 -1 17 5 11 15
Mike Neff 34 -9 16 4 9 11
Huston Ladner 26 -17 17 2 7 12
Aaron Bearden 26 -17 17 3 8 12
Matt McLaughlin 24 -19 17 3 7 8
Tom Bowles 22 -21 14 3 5 8
Vito Pugliese 21 -22 14 2 6 9
Brett Winningham 20 -23 13 2 5 7
Sean Fesko 19 -24 15 1 6 10
Amy Henderson 17 -26 18 4 6 9
Danny Peters 15 -28 16 2 6 9
Joseph Wolkin 13 -30 17 2 5 7
Mark Howell 11 -32 18 0 4 8
Zach Catanzareti 9 -34 15 0 4 8
Phil Allaway 9 -34 8 1 2 3
Tony Lumbis 8 -35 18 0 3 8
Clayton Caldwell 6 -37 8 2 2 3
Greg Davis 6 -37 17 1 2 8
Jeff Meyer 4 -39 16 2 2 5
S.D. Grady 4 -39 6 0 2 4
David Ifeguni 3 -40 1 0 1 1
Toni Montgomery 2 -41 18 2 5 5
Jerry Jordan 0 -43 4 0 0 1

 

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Mike Neff

I’d say I called that one pretty close.

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