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: Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard
Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Jeff Gordon.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’ll take Jimmie Johnson. Based on the way my picks have done this year, he’s now screwed. You’re welcome.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Denny Hamlin.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My Indy pick is Kyle Busch.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Going out on a limb with the other Hoosier, Ryan Newman.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Let’s try Busch again. I’m either going to jinx him yet or make a massive comeback in the office pool. One or the other.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Matt Kenseth.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Gonna go outside the box and predict a long-shot win for Gordon at Indy. My guess is Gordon has had this one circled on his calendar since he announced his retirement and NASCAR would dearly love to see him win it. (So yeah, despite my prediction, I’ll be the first to holler it was a setup if Gordon wins.)
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: I’m taking Dale Earnhardt Jr. just because I can.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: My head says no, but my heart says yes… Have to go with Gordon this week at The ‘Yard in an upset victory.
Jerry Jordan, Contributing Writer: Tony Stewart.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I’m going with Jimmie J.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Joey Logano.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Kurt Busch will find his inner Indy 500 speed and get the win.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Johnson.
Mike Neff, Senior Editor: Going to keep riding this horse. Don’t forget he’s been second two of the last three years. Give me Kyle Busch.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Kevin Harvick.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Going out on a limb and saying Harvick.
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor: I’m going to go with Jamie McMurray for No. 2.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Not that it’s very likely, but I’d like to see Tony Stewart get his mojo back and win at Indy.
Results: 5-hour Energy 301
|Mike Neff||Kyle Busch||1st||5|
|Huston Ladner||Brad Keselowski||2nd||3|
|Aaron Bearden||Brad Keselowski||2nd||3|
|Greg Davis||Brad Keselowski||2nd||3|
|Clayton Caldwell||Brad Keselowski||2nd||3|
|Sean Fesko||Kevin Harvick||3rd||3|
|Matt Stallknecht||Joey Logano||4th||3|
|Mark Howell||Joey Logano||4th||3|
|Danny Peters||Joey Logano||4th||3|
|Matt McLaughlin||Matt Kenseth||6th||1|
|Toni Montgomery||Carl Edwards||7th||1|
|Jerry Jordan||Jeff Gordon||9th||1|
|Amy Henderson||Kurt Busch||10th||1|
|Zach Catanzareti||Aric Almirola||15th||0|
|Joseph Wolkin||Kyle Larson||31st||-2|
|Tony Lumbis||Clint Bowyer||34th||-2|
|Vito Pugliese||Clint Bowyer||34th||-2|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|