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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the GEICO 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 bonus: Win: +3; 2nd-5th: +2; 6th-10th: +1

High-Risk Drivers—Talladega I:
Michael McDowell
Danica Patrick
Michael Annett
Matt DiBenedetto
Josh Wise
Trevor Bayne
Brian Scott

This week’s predictions: GEICO 500

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: This week, to the dismay of millions, I am going with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Amelia.  Hopefully they’ll give me a bounce back and not wind up another victim of the Amy jinx.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Tony Stewart/Ty Dillon combo. Though Smoke would get the official victory.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor:
Kyle Larson. 
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Aric Almirola.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Denny Hamlin.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Matt Kenseth.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: Michael McDowell.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
I’ll go out on a limb and say Danica Patrick.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Martin Truex, Jr.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I’ll go with Logano.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Ryan Blaney. 
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
I’ll take Trevor Bayne in an upset.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Dale Jr. returns to victory lane this weekend.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor:
I’m going with Jamie McMurray today to claim his third Talladega win.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Danica Patrick.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Jimmie Johnson

Toyota Owners 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Mark Howell Carl Edwards 1st 5
Aaron Bearden Kyle Busch 2nd 3
Bryan Gable Kyle Busch 2nd 3
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Danny Peters Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Amy Henderson Denny Hamlin 6th 1
Clayton Caldwell Denny Hamlin 6th 1
Huston Ladner Matt Kenseth 7th 1
Jason Schultz Joey Logano 8th 1
Jeff Meyer Martin Truex, Jr. 9th 1
Dustin Albino Kurt Busch 10th 1
Sean Fesko Kurt Busch 10th 1
Vito Pugliese Brad Keselowski 11th 0
Tony Lumbis Brad Keselowski 11th 0
Joseph Wolkin Chase Elliott 12th 0
Dan Greene Tony Stewart 19th 0
Zach Catanzareti Tony Stewart 19th 0

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jeff Meyer 18 9 1 5 7
Bryan Gable 15 -3 8 0 4 7
Jeff Wolfe 15 -3 9 2 4 5
Dustin Albino 14 -4 8 2 3 5
Danny Peters 12 -6 9 1 4 6
Sean Fesko 11 -7 9 1 4 5
Tony Lumbis 9 -9 9 0 2 3
Jason Schultz 9 -9 8 0 3 6
Amy Henderson 8 -10 9 3 4 5
Huston Ladner 8 -10 9 0 2 4
Clayton Caldwell 8 -10 9 0 2 5
Aaron Bearden 7 -11 8 0 2 4
Dan Greene 6 -12 9 0 1 6
Jerry Jordan 4 -14 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 4 -14 3 0 2 2
Mark Howell 4 -14 9 1 2 4
Tom Bowles 3 -15 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -17 1 0 0 1
Phil Allaway 1 -17 7 1 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 0 -18 9 1 1 2
Vito Pugliese 0 -18 9 0 0 4
Matt Stallknecht -1 -19 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -20 3 0 0 0
Zach Catanzareti -2 -20 9 0 0 2

 

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3 comments

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    Last Night I had a dream: A black haired woman – that #10 car

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    The reason you suck at this is that you pick your favorites every week. And decent fantasy players know to go with head rather than heart. But FS writers don’t have brains, so I guess that would be impossible for the Joonyer-Blaney-Kenseth lovers!

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    And if Stewart-Dillon had won, it would have been the greatest travesty in racing history. Stewart can no longer race out of a paper bag. He is a rolling chicane on the track.