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!
+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 — Dover I:
This week’s predictions: AAA 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Jimmie Johnson this week. I don’t love his starting spot, but he’s ridiculously good at the Monster Mile.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Way to go out on a limb, Amy. I guess I’ll take Joey Logano.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Burt Kusch … I mean Kurt Busch.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Carl Edwards.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Matt DiBenedetto.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Kurt Busch.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: 42 Larson 42 Larson 42!
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Kyle Busch.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: The No. 48.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take a risk here and go Brian Scott. RPM is good here!
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Michael Finley, Contributor: Kevin Harvick.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Matt Kenseth.
|Jeff Wolfe||Kyle Busch||1st||5|
|Vito Pugliese||Kyle Busch||1st||5|
|Joseph Wolkin||Kurt Busch||3rd||3|
|Tony Lumbis||Matt Kenseth||4th||3|
|Dustin Albino||Matt Kenseth||4th||3|
|Bryan Gable||Chase Elliott||9th||1|
|Huston Ladner||Carl Edwards||11th||0|
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||11th||0|
|Amy Henderson||Martin Truex, Jr.||14th||0|
|Danny Peters||Martin Truex, Jr.||14th||0|
|Dan Greene||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||15th||0|
|Jason Schultz||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||15th||0|
|Sean Fesko||Jimmie Johnson||17th||0|
|Clayton Caldwell||Jimmie Johnson||17th||0|
|Phil Allaway||Kyle Larson||35th||-2|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
About the author
Amy is an 18-year veteran NASCAR writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found filling in from time to time on The Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and her monthly commentary Holding A Pretty Wheel (Thursdays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.