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2015 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Quicken Loans Racing for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

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: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Jimmie Johnson goes back-to-back.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My pick is Kyle Busch for the win.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: I’ll take Kevin Harvick. I know, boring….
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Harv. Ick.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor:
Jamie McMurray for the shocker.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Johnson.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: 
Brad Keselowski for me, please.
Jerry Jordan, Contributor: Kurt Busch.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Harvick is going to get wrecked or have a mechanical issue. I’ll take the guy who has a copy of his notes handy. Give me Kurt Busch for the win.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Joey Logano.
Sean Fesko, Contributor: Although I think someone will punt him, Harvick.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Keselowski.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer:
Harvick “needed” to win at Dover and he did. This week he “needs” to win at Phoenix, so he will.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Carl Edwards.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Keselowski, because I feel like everyone else is going to pick Harvick.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Going with Harvick, his numbers at Phoenix just are hard to argue with.

Results: AAA Texas 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Zach Catanzareti Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Mark Howell Brad Keselowski 2nd 3
Toni Montgomery Brad Keselowski 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Brad Keselowski 2nd 3
Vito Pugliese Brad Keselowski 2nd 3
Tony Lumbis: Brad Keselowski 2nd 3
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 3rd 3
Aaron Bearden Kevin Harvick 3rd 3
Tom Bowles Carl Edwards 5th 3
Jerry Jordan Kurt Busch 7th 1
Mike Neff Kurt Busch 7th 1
Amy Henderson Joey Logano 40th -2
Danny Peters Joey Logano 40th -2
Matt Stallknecht Joey Logano 40th -2
Sean Fesko Joey Logano 40th -2
Matt McLaughlin Joey Logano 40th -2
Joseph Wolkin Joey Logano 40th -2

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Matt Stallknecht 68 34 10 18 24
Mike Neff 50 -18 31 6 14 19
Aaron Bearden 49 -19 32 3 16 23
Jeff Wolfe 48 -20 32 5 16 22
Huston Ladner 43 -25 31 2 13 22
Vito Pugliese 35 -33 28 3 13 18
Matt McLaughlin 34 -34­ 32 4 11 16
Zach Catanzareti 30 -38 30 1 10 18
Mark Howell 28 -40 34 2 9 15
Danny Peters 28 -40 30 3 11 16
Toni Montgomery 26 -42 34 4 11 17
Amy Henderson 24 -44 34 4 8 17
Tony Lumbis 24 -44 32 1 9 16
Tom Bowles 23 -45 21 4 7 12
Sean Fesko 21 -47 27 2 3 16
Brett Winningham 19 -49 14 2 5 7
Joseph Wolkin 12 -56 33 2 8 13
Phil Allaway 8 -60 13 1 2 5
Greg Davis 5 -63 27 1 5 12
Jeff Meyer 5 -63 17 2 2 6
Jerry Jordan 5 -63 18 0 4 8
S.D. Grady 4 -64 6 0 2 4
David Ifeguni 3 -65 1 0 1 1
Dan Greene -1 -69 1 0 0 0
Clayton Caldwell -2 -70 15 2 3 4

 

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JohnDoe

My glass ball says ironically that #20 car will end some guys’ shot at the title

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