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 section 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!
+5 – Win
+3 – 2nd-5th
+1 – 6th-10th
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-36th
-3 – 37th-40th
High-Risk Drivers—Martinsville I:
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
This week’s predictions: STP 500
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Since I picked Jimmie Johnson last race (and I’m not complaining about it!) I can’t take him again. So, I’ll go with Denny Hamlin to cart the clock home. Via FedEx, of course.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Give me Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Wow. No one’s picked Johnson yet? Well, if he’s still available…
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: I’ll take Jimmie Johnson since I rarely ever do so.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Keselowski brings back the blue deuce magic at Martinsville.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Kurt Busch.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: Jamie McMurray.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Matt Kenseth, who won’t get suspended this time.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Joey Logano.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: No. 11 for me, please.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Matt Kenseth.
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor: I’m going to go with Kyle Busch this week. Hopefully, his performance will be enough to gain some positive points in the championship. I haven’t earned any yet this year.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Jamie McMurray.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: Ryan Newman.
Sean Fesko, Contributor: Harvick’s still available too. I’ll take him.
Michael Finley, Contributor: Water cooler Dale is my pick for this week. Now that he has some experience in the office, he should know a thing or two about paperclips.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Auto Club 400
|Amy Henderson||Jimmie Johnson||1st||5|
|Jeff Wolfe||Jimmie Johnson||1st||5|
|Greg Davis||Kevin Harvick||2nd||3|
|Dan Greene||Kevin Harvick||2nd||3|
|Jason Schultz||Denny Hamlin||3rd||3|
|Dustin Albino||Carl Edwards||7th||1|
|Bryan Gable||Carl Edwards||7th||1|
|Huston Ladner||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||11th||0|
|Clayton Caldwell||Brian Vickers||13th||0|
|Michael Finley||Ryan Newman||14th||0|
|Tony Lumbis||Matt Kenseth||19th||0|
|Vito Pugliese||Matt Kenseth||19th||0|
|Joseph Wolkin||Aric Almirola||21st||-1|
|Phil Allaway||Austin Dillon||24th||-1|
|Danny Peters||Kyle Busch||25th||-1|
|Sean Fesko||Kyle Busch||25th||-1|
|Aaron Bearden||Matt DiBenedetto||27th||-1|
|Jeff Meyer||Kurt Busch||30th||-1|
|Matt Stallknecht||Kurt Busch||30th||-1|
|Zach Catanzareti||Kyle Larson||39th||-3|
|Mark Howell||Kyle Larson||39th||-3|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
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