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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the 2015 Southern 500

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: Southern 500

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m probably crazy, but Paul Menard was fast in both practice sessions and is coming off an Xfinity win, so why not?
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor:
Denny Hamlin.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Kyle Busch.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager
: Kyle Busch.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Hmm. Jeff Gordon.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer:
Seem to recall Brad Keselowski was dominant in low-downforce race at Kentucky before self-inflicted problems, so we’ll go with him.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer:
Kyle Busch.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Jimmie Johnson.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
All right. Time for Harvick to get a win for once, and not another second.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer:
Matt Kenseth.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Happy Harvick.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Gordon.

Results: Irwin Tools Night Race

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Danny Peters Denny Hamlin 3rd 3
Joseph Wolkin Clint Bowyer 5th 3
Jerry Jordan Clint Bowyer 5th 3
Matt Stallknecht Brad Keselowski 6th 1
Zach Catanzareti Carl Edwards 7th 1
Amy Henderson Kyle Busch 8th 1
Matt McLaughlin Kyle Busch 8th 1
Sean Fesko Kyle Busch 8th 1
Mike Neff Kyle Busch 8th 1
Jeff Wolfe Kyle Busch 8th 1
Aaron Bearden Kyle Busch 8th 1
Mark Howell Kurt Busch 14th 0
Tony Lumbis Kurt Busch 14th 0
Toni Montgomery Jeff Gordon 20th 0
Greg Davis Jeff Gordon 20th 0
Phil Allaway Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 21st -1
Vito Pugliese Kyle Larson 41st -3
Clayton Caldwell Matt Kenseth 42nd -3

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 48 24 7 12 17
Mike Neff 45 -3 22 6 12 15
Jeff Wolfe 45 -3 22 5 13 18
Huston Ladner 33 -15 22 2 9 15
Aaron Bearden 33 -15 23 3 10 16
Matt McLaughlin 28 -20 23 3 8 13
Mark Howell 25 -23 24 1 8 12
Amy Henderson 23 -25 24 4 7 13
Vito Pugliese 20 -28 20 2 8 12
Danny Peters 20 -28 21 2 8 11
Brett Winningham 19 -29 14 2 5 7
Sean Fesko 18 -30 21 1 2 12
Tom Bowles 17 -31 17 3 5 9
Joseph Wolkin 16 -32 23 2 7 10
Zach Catanzareti 14 -34 20 0 5 11
Tony Lumbis 13 -35 24 1 5 10
Toni Montgomery 11 -37 24 3 6 10
Phil Allaway 6 -42 11 1 2 3
Jeff Meyer 5 -43 17 2 2 6
S.D. Grady 4 -44 6 0 2 4
Clayton Caldwell 3 -45 11 2 3 4
David Ifeguni 3 -45 1 0 1 1
Jerry Jordan 2 -46 9 0 1 4
Greg Davis 2 -46 23 1 3 10
Dan Greene -1 -49 1 0 0 0

 

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Mike Neff

As requested, since I missed the deadline for picks this week. Please give me Kurt Busch for the win tonight at Darlington

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