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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:
Harvick.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Kyle Larson.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Harvick.
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

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Matt McLaughlin Brad Keselowski 2nd 3
Matt Stallknecht Denny Hamlin 3rd 3
Aaron Bearden Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Vito Pugliese Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Mike Neff Kurt Busch 6th 1
Mark Howell Kyle Busch 7th 1
Tony Lumbis: Kyle Busch 7th 1
Sean Fesko Kyle Busch 7th 1
Toni Montgomery Jeff Gordon 16th 0
Huston Ladner Jeff Gordon 16th 0
Joseph Wolkin Jimmie Johnson 19th 0
Zach Catanzareti Matt Kenseth 21st -1
Amy Henderson Paul Menard 26th -1

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 51 25 7 13 18
Jeff Wolfe 48 -3 23 5 14 19
Mike Neff 46 -5 23 6 12 16
Aaron Bearden 36 -15 24 3 11 17
Huston Ladner 33 -18 23 2 9 15
Matt McLaughlin 31 -20 24 3 9 14
Mark Howell 26 -25 25 1 8 13
Vito Pugliese 23 -28 21 2 9 13
Amy Henderson 22 -29 25 4 7 13
Danny Peters 20 -31 21 2 8 11
Brett Winningham 19 -32 14 2 5 7
Sean Fesko 19 -32 22 1 2 13
Tom Bowles 17 -34 17 3 5 9
Joseph Wolkin 16 -35 24 2 7 10
Tony Lumbis 14 -37 25 1 5 11
Zach Catanzareti 13 -38 21 0 5 11
Toni Montgomery 11 -40 25 3 6 10
Phil Allaway 6 -45 11 1 2 3
Jeff Meyer 5 -46 17 2 2 6
S.D. Grady 4 -47 6 0 2 4
Clayton Caldwell 3 -48 11 2 3 4
David Ifeguni 3 -48 1 0 1 1
Jerry Jordan 2 -49 9 0 1 4
Greg Davis 2 -49 23 1 3 10
Dan Greene -1 -52 1 0 0 0

 

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