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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond

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: Federated Auto Parts 400

Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Denny Hamlin. Remember what happened the last time he tore his ACL…
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:
I think I’ll go with Clint Bowyer.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor:
I’ll go with Kyle Busch.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I‘m picking Kevin Harvick to win at Richmond.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager
: I’m also buying into the ACL theory and saying Hamlin.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Oh hell, give me Logano.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer:
Gonna points race this weekend and go with Harvick since our standings get reduced back to zero next week anyhow, right? I’ve spent the summer experimenting with stuff like learning to spell “Keselowski” correctly and not snicker at players who choose Jeff Gordon so now I’m cleaning off my mantle for the Frontstretch Cup… which is hard since I’d don’t have a mantle… or a fireplace… or a living room.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Kurt for the Sweep.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer:
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Kyle Larson.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer:
Brad Keselowski for me.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Sliced Bread.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: JoLo.
Danny Peters:
Hamlin. Just like the last time he busted his ACL.
Jerry Jordan, Contributing Writer:  It was a toss-up for me between Danica Patrick and Timmy Hill, so I threw out those picks and decided to go with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Going with Tony Stewart in a huge upset win at Richmond. It won’t happen, but just imagine the storyline.

Results: Southern 500

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Matt McLaughlinBrad Keselowski2nd3
Matt StallknechtDenny Hamlin3rd3
Aaron BeardenKevin Harvick5th3
Jeff WolfeKevin Harvick5th3
Vito PuglieseKevin Harvick5th3
Mike NeffKurt Busch6th1
Mark HowellKyle Busch7th1
Tony Lumbis:Kyle Busch7th1
Sean FeskoKyle Busch7th1
Toni MontgomeryJeff Gordon16th0
Huston LadnerJeff Gordon16th0
Joseph WolkinJimmie Johnson19th0
Zach CatanzaretiMatt Kenseth21st-1
Amy HendersonPaul Menard26th-1


 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Matt Stallknecht512571318
Jeff Wolfe48-32351419
Mike Neff46-52361216
Aaron Bearden36-152431117
Huston Ladner33-18232915
Matt McLaughlin31-20243914
Mark Howell26-25251813
Vito Pugliese23-28212913
Amy Henderson22-29254713
Danny Peters20-31212811
Brett Winningham19-3214257
Sean Fesko19-32221213
Tom Bowles17-3417359
Joseph Wolkin16-35242710
Tony Lumbis14-37251511
Zach Catanzareti13-38210511
Toni Montgomery11-40253610
Phil Allaway6-4511123
Jeff Meyer5-4617226
S.D. Grady4-476024
Clayton Caldwell3-4811234
David Ifeguni3-481011
Jerry Jordan2-499014
Greg Davis2-49231310
Dan Greene-1-521000


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