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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Good Sam 500

Welcome to our ninth 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!
How we roll:

Each driver can be picked only twice each week.  We can’t pick the same driver two weeks in a row.  And if anyone is daring enough to pick from a pool of higher-risk drivers… well, he or she reaps some serious bonus points!
Prediction Scoring
+5 – Win
+3 – 2nd-5th
+1 – 6th-10th
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-36th
-3 – 37th-40th

High-Risk Drivers—Phoenix:
Trevor Bayne
Cole Whitt
Michael McDowell
Brian Scott
Landon Cassill
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael Annett

This week’s predictions: Good Sam 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Kevin Harvick, which is sure to jinx him terribly for whoever else takes him…
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer:
Joey Logano.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Kurt Busch.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for the win. An added prediction: he’ll propose to Danica in Victory Lane.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor:
Carl Edwards.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: #BoomConfetti…JimmieJohnson.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Matt DiBenedetto.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Paul Menard.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: Austin Dilly.
Jason Schultz, Contributor:
Kyle Busch.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Kyle Busch.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Jimmie Johnson.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Martin Truex, Jr.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Trevor Bayne (because why not?)
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
Brad Keselowski.
Bryan Gable, Contributor:
I’ll take Dale Jr.
Sean Fesko, Contributor: Dale Jr.
Michael Finley, Contributor: Kevin Harvick.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Kurt Busch.

Kobalt 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Dustin Albino Brad Keselowski 1st 5
Bryan Gable Joey Logano 2nd 3
Sean Fesko Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Mike Neff Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Jeff Wolfe Kyle Busch 4th 3
Aaron Bearden Kyle Busch 4th 3
Danny Peters Kevin Harvick 7th 1
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick 7th 1
Matt Stallknecht Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8th 1
Joseph Wolkin Kurt Busch 9th 1
Vito Pugliese Kurt Busch 9th 1
Huston Ladner Kasey Kahne 10th 1
Jeff Meyer Martin Truex, Jr. 11th 0
Clayton Caldwell Ryan Newman 13th 0
Zach Catanzareti Paul Menard 15th 0
Mark Howell Carl Edwards 18th 0
Tony Lumbis Carl Edwards 18th 0
Phil Allaway Denny Hamlin 19th 0
Michael Finley Aric Almirola 24th -1
Kevin Rutherford Aric Almirola 24th -1
Amy Henderson Matt Kenseth 37th -3
Jason Schultz Matt Kenseth 37th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Sean Fesko 11 2 1 3 3
Dustin Albino 10 -1 2 2 2 2
Jeff Meyer 6 -5 3 0 2 2
Danny Peters 6 -5 3 1 1 2
Huston Ladner 4 -7 3 0 1 2
Mark Howell 4 -7 3 0 1 2
Jerry Jordan 4 -7 2 0 1 2
Jeff Wolfe 4 -7 3 0 1 2
Mike Neff 4 -7 3 0 2 2
Bryan Gable 4 -7 3 0 1 2
Dan Greene 3 -8 3 0 0 3
Tom Bowles 3 -8 2 0 1 1
Aaron Bearden 3 -8 3 0 1 1
Matt Stallknecht 2 -9 2 0 0 2
Clayton Caldwell 1 -10 3 0 0 1
Tony Lumbis 1 -10 3 0 0 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -10 1 0 0 1
Amy Henderson 0 -11 3 1 1 1
Jason Schultz 0 -11 2 0 1 1
Zach Catanzareti 0 -11 3 0 0 0
Vito Pugliese 0 -11 3 0 0 2
Joseph Wolkin -1 -12 3 0 0 1
Kevin Rutherford -2 -13 3 0 0 0
Phil Allaway -2 -13 3 0 0 0

 

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JohnDoe

Not the obviously “Where did he came from” but #21 Ryan Blaney for the second time

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