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: AAA Texas 500
Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: I’m going to say Carl Edwards surprises and locks himself right into the Final Four.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think Joey Logano wins it. He’s not happy about his back being against the wall.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My pick is Brad Keselowski.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: I’ll take Keselowski.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: Jimmie Johnson.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Da Kes. (Keselowski)
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Been saying it all week: I think the driver “disgusted by the fans” wins. No. 22.
Jerry Jordan, Contributor: Kurt Busch.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Gotta make something happen. Give me Kurt Busch please.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Logano.
Sean Fesko, Contributor: Logano is glad Texas is the next race on the schedule. The No. 22 takes the win.
Vito Pugliese: Keselowski.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Keselowski.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Logano “has to” win so my guess is that he does. Then a bunch of people boo and throw crap at him, Logano gets all emotional and leaves NASCAR for a Hollywood career as a stunt driver starting at the Wheel of the 2016 Family Truckster in National Lampoon’s Vacation II. Poor Scruffy.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Logano.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Last year, and earlier in this Chase, Harvick won when it mattered most to advance. This time, I think he’s going to win to stop another competitor from advancing. I’m all in with Happy.
Results: Goody’s 500
|Tom Bowles||Jeff Gordon||1st||5|
|Mark Howell||Jeff Gordon||1st||5|
|Toni Montgomery||Jeff Gordon||1st||5|
|Matt Stallknecht||Jeff Gordon||1st||5|
|Sean Fesko||Jeff Gordon||1st||5|
|Vito Pugliese||Jeff Gordon||1st||5|
|Matt McLaughlin||Jeff Gordon||1st||5|
|Danny Peters||Denny Hamlin||3rd||3|
|Tony Lumbis||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||4th||3|
|Mike Neff||Kyle Busch||5th||3|
|Amy Henderson||Martin Truex Jr.||6th||1|
|Jeff Wolfe||Kevin Harvick||8th||1|
|Joseph Wolkin||Jimmie Johnson||11th||0|
|Zach Catanzareti||Brad Keselowski||32nd||-2|
|Huston Ladner||Brad Keselowski||32nd||-2|
|Jerry Jordan||Kurt Busch||34th||-2|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|