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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Pure Michigan 400

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: Pure Michigan 400

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Going with Brad Keselowski. Penske stays hot.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
I’ll take Dale Earnhardt Jr. He’s good at Michigan and at drafting.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor:
I’m gonna go out on a weird limb this week and pick David Ragan. He’s been deceptively fast lately, loves Michigan, and will have an advantage if drafting comes into play.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My pick for MIS is Martin Truex Jr.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager
: Matt Kenseth.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: How about Joey Logano?
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Kurt Busch.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: With the new rules package, who knows. A wayward vacationer in the Family Truckster might wander onto the track and win. But I’ll go with Keselowski because he’s complained about the rules package the most and Karma is a merry prankster. 
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Screw it: Kasey Kahne.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Keselowski for me as well!
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Brad K. at his home track.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer:
Clint Bowyer.
Mike Neff, Senior Editor:
As near as I can tell, the horse is still breathing. Give me Kyle Busch again.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
I’m going with Keselowski.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
OK, so I picked Tony Stewart last week and he finished last. Enough of that. Kevin Harvick this week.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Harvick will end his “long” winless streak.
Jerry Jordan, Contributing Writer:
Keselowski.

Results: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Amy Henderson Kyle Busch 2nd 3
Mark Howell Kyle Busch 2nd 3
Mike Neff Kyle Busch 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Kurt Busch 5th 3
Vito Pugliese Kurt Busch 5th 3
Toni Montgomery Brad Keselowski 7th 1
Matt Stallknecht Brad Keselowski 7th 1
Aaron Bearden Brad Keselowski 7th 1
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 8th 1
Matt McLaughlin Jimmie Johnson 10th 1
Tony Lumbis AJ Allmendinger 24th -1
Danny Peters AJ Allmendinger 24th -1
Sean Fesko AJ Allmendinger 24th -1
Joseph Wolkin AJ Allmendinger 24th -1
Brett Winningham AJ Allmendinger 24th -1
Greg Davis Jamie McMurray 40th -2
Phil Allaway Jamie McMurray 40th -2
Tom Bowles Jeff Gordon 41st -3
Jeff Wolfe Tony Stewart 43rd -3

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 47 22 7 12 16
Mike Neff 44 -3 20 6 12 14
Jeff Wolfe 41 -6 20 5 12 16
Huston Ladner 33 -14 21 2 9 15
Aaron Bearden 32 -15 21 3 10 15
Matt McLaughlin 26 -21 21 3 8 11
Vito Pugliese 22 -25 18 2 8 11
Mark Howell 22 -25 22 1 7 11
Amy Henderson 21 -26 22 4 7 11
Sean Fesko 20 -27 19 1 2 11
Brett Winningham 19 -28 14 2 5 7
Danny Peters 17 -30 20 2 7 10
Tom Bowles 16 -31 16 3 5 8
Joseph Wolkin 12 -35 21 2 6 8
Toni Montgomery 10 -37 22 3 6 9
Zach Catanzareti 10 -37 18 0 4 9
Tony Lumbis 8 -39 22 0 4 9
Phil Allaway 7 -40 10 1 2 3
Clayton Caldwell 6 -41 10 2 3 4
Jeff Meyer 5 -42 17 2 2 6
S.D. Grady 4 -43 6 0 2 4
David Ifeguni 3 -44 1 0 1 1
Greg Davis 1 -46 21 1 3 9
Dan Greene -1 -48 1 0 0 0
Jerry Jordan -2 -49 7 0 0 2

 

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    Here is my prediction. John Q skips tomorrow’s single file Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and doesn’t miss a thing.