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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the AAA Texas 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: 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

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
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

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 70 33 10 18 24
Mike Neff 49 -21 30 6 14 18
Aaron Bearden 46 -24 31 3 15 22
Jeff Wolfe 45 -25 31 5 15 21
Huston Ladner 40 -30 30 2 12 21
Matt McLaughlin 36 -34­ 31 4 11 16
Vito Pugliese 32 -38 27 3 12 17
Danny Peters 30 -40 29 3 11 16
Amy Henderson 26 -44 33 4 8 17
Mark Howell 26 -44 33 2 9 15
Zach Catanzareti 25 -45 29 0 9 17
Toni Montgomery 23 -47 33 4 10 16
Sean Fesko 23 -47 26 2 3 16
Tony Lumbis 21 -49 31 1 8 15
Tom Bowles 20 -50 20 4 6 11
Brett Winningham 19 -51 14 2 5 7
Joseph Wolkin 14 -56 32 2 8 13
Phil Allaway 8 -62 13 1 2 5
Greg Davis 5 -65 27 1 5 12
Jeff Meyer 5 -65 17 2 2 6
Jerry Jordan 4 -66 17 0 4 7
S.D. Grady 4 -66 6 0 2 4
David Ifeguni 3 -67 1 0 1 1
Dan Greene -1 -71 1 0 0 0
Clayton Caldwell -2 -72 15 2 3 4

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JohnDoe

I’m with Bad Brad. That #2 car – I know you know that, but maybe anyone else not … ;-)

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