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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Toyota Owners 400

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!

Prediction Scoring
+5 – Win
+3 – 2nd-5th
+1 – 6th-10th
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-36th
-3 – 37th-40th
*High-risk bonus: Win: +3; 2nd-5th: +2; 6th-10th: +1

High-Risk Drivers — Richmond I:
Michael McDowell
Danica Patrick
Michael Annett
Matt DiBenedetto
Josh Wise
Regan Smith
Landon Cassill

This week’s predictions: Toyota Owners 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Denny Hamlin this week.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Cousin Carl makes it two in a row.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor:
Martin Truex, Jr.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Brad Keselowski.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Smoke.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Rowdy Busch.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: I’ll welcome Smoke back with a pick.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Chase Elliott.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Joey Logano.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
Matt Kenseth.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Kurt Busch.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
I’ll take Hamlin too.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Kurt Busch.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Kyle Busch.

Food City 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 1st 5
Joseph Wolkin Carl Edwards 1st 5
Dustin Albino Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2nd 3
Clayton Caldwell Kurt Busch 3rd 3
Bryan Gable Kurt Busch 3rd 3
Tony Lumbis Trevor Bayne* 5th 5
Jason Schultz Kevin Harvick 7th 1
Zach Catanzareti Clint Bowyer 8th 1
Dan Greene Joey Logano 10th 1
Danny Peters Joey Logano 10th 1
Mark Howell Martin Truex, Jr. 14th 0
Jeff Wolfe Brad Keselowski 18th 0
Huston Ladner Brad Keselowski 18th 0
Michael Finley Jimmie Johnson 23rd -1
Phil Allaway Casey Mears* 24th -1
Vito Pugliese Matt Kenseth 36th -2
Amy Henderson Kyle Busch 38th -3
Sean Fesko Kyle Busch 38th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jeff Meyer 17 8 1 5 6
Dustin Albino 13 -4 7 2 3 4
Bryan Gable 12 -5 7 0 3 6
Jeff Wolfe 12 -5 8 2 3 4
Sean Fesko 10 -7 8 1 4 4
Tony Lumbis 9 -8 8 0 2 3
Danny Peters 9 -8 8 1 3 5
Jason Schultz 8 -9 7 0 3 5
Amy Henderson 7 -10 8 3 4 4
Huston Ladner 7 -10 8 0 2 3
Clayton Caldwell 7 -10 8 0 2 4
Dan Greene 6 -11 8 0 1 6
Jerry Jordan 4 -13 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 4 -13 3 0 2 2
Aaron Bearden 4 -13 7 0 1 3
Tom Bowles 3 -14 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -16 1 0 0 1
Phil Allaway 1 -16 7 1 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 0 -18 8 1 1 2
Vito Pugliese 0 -17 8 0 0 4
Matt Stallknecht -1 -18 5 0 0 3
Mark Howell -1 -18 8 0 1 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -19 3 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -2 -19 8 0 0 2

 

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4 comments

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    No one has the obvious pick? But me – that #48 car

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    Wonder how far you have to go back to find a race where no one picked JJ for the win.