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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Food City 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—Bristol I:
Michael McDowell
Cole Whitt
Casey Mears
Michael Annett
Matt DiBenedetto
Trevor Bayne
Landon Cassill

This week’s predictions: Food City 500
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Kyle Busch for three in a row.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Martin Truex, Jr. for me, please. 
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor:
Carl Edwards.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Trevor Bayne.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Joey Logano.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: Clint Bowyer. Good recent Bristol runs for that team.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
I seem to jinx everyone I pick this year, but maybe that will change this weekend. I’m going with Carl Edwards.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Kevin Harvick.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Joey Logano.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Brad Keselowski.
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor:
I’m feeling greedy today.  I’ll take Casey Mears.  Germain Racing has shown speed at Bristol in the past.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
Kurt Busch.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Kyle Busch!!!
Michael Finley, Contributor:  I’m going to go with Jimmie Johnson this week. He’s had more points scored in the past 10 races at Bristol than anybody else, more top 10s than anyone, and he already has two wins this season.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Kurt Busch.

Duck Commander 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Jeff Wolfe Kyle Busch 1st 5
Jeff Meyer Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Joey Logano 3rd 3
Clayton Caldwell Joey Logano 3rd 3
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson 4th 3
Danny Peters Jimmie Johnson 4th 3
Vito Pugliese Martin Truex, Jr. 6th 1
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. 3th 1
Jason Schultz Carl Edwards 7th 1
Aaron Bearden Kevin Harvick 10th 1
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick 10th 1
Tony Lumbis Matt Kenseth 11th 0
Sean Fesko Matt Kenseth 11th 0
Phil Allaway Denny Hamlin 12th 0
Mark Howell Jamie McMurray 13th 0
Zach Catanzareti Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 16th 0
Joseph Wolkin Brad Keselowski 18th 0
Dustin Albino Brad Keselowski 18th 0
Matt Stallknecht Brian Vickers 37th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Sean Fesko 13 7 1 4 4
Jeff Meyer 12 -1 7 0 4 5
Jeff Wolfe 12 -1 7 2 3 4
Dustin Albino 10 -3 6 2 2 3
Amy Henderson 10 -3 7 3 4 4
Bryan Gable 9 -4 6 0 2 5
Danny Peters 8 -5 7 1 3 4
Jason Schultz 7 -6 6 0 3 4
Huston Ladner 7 -6 7 0 2 3
Dan Greene 5 -8 7 0 1 5
Jerry Jordan 4 -9 2 0 1 2
Tony Lumbis 4 -9 7 0 1 2
Mike Neff 4 -9 3 0 2 2
Aaron Bearden 4 -9 7 0 1 3
Clayton Caldwell 4 -9 7 0 1 3
Tom Bowles 3 -10 2 0 1 1
Phil Allaway 2 -11 6 1 1 1
Vito Pugliese 2 -11 7 0 0 4
Summer Bedgood 1 -12 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -14 5 0 0 3
Mark Howell -1 -14 7 0 1 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -15 3 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -3 -16 7 0 0 1
Joseph Wolkin -5 -18 0 0 0 1

 

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