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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Sprint All-Star Race

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

This week’s predictions: Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race

Because the All-Star Race is a non-points paying event, we’ve got a little different system.  Our writers chose the drivers they thought would grab the three transfer spots from the Sprint Showdown into the All-Star Race, the fan votes and the All-Star trophy.  Pick limits do not apply.  Each correct pick is worth one point, and if anyone gets all six correct, it will be worth a total of 10 bonus points.  No points will be lost this week!

 

Writer Showdown Transfer Picks (3) Fan Vote Winner Picks (2) All-Star Winner
Amy Henderson Chase Elliott

Ryan Blaney

Austin Dillon

Matt DiBenedetto

Danica Patrick

Kyle Busch
Clayton Caldwell Chase Elliott

Kyle Larson

Ryan Blaney

Danica Patrick

Matt DiBenedetto

Brad Keselowski
Tony Lumbis Ryan Blaney

Chase Elliott

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Danica Patrick

Matt DiBenedetto

Carl Edwards
Dan Greene Chase Elliott

Ryan Blaney

Austin Dillon

Matt DiBenedetto

Danica Patrick

Kevin Harvick
Joseph Wolkin Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Chase Elliott

Austin Dillon

Matt DiBenedetto

Danica Patrick

Jimmie Johnson
Jason Schultz Chase Elliott

Austin Dillon

Kyle Larson

Matt DiBenedetto

Danica Patrick

Carl Edwards
Dustin Albino Chase Elliott

Austin Dillon

Kyle Larson

Danica Patrick

Matt DiBenedetto

Kevin Harvick
Sean Fesko Chase Elliott

Austin Dillon

Kyle Larson

Matt DiBenedetto

Danica Patrick

Brad Keselowski
Vito Pugliese Ryan Blaney

Austin Dillon

AJ Allmendinger

Danica Patrick Jimmie Johnson
Mark Howell Ricky Stehouse, Jr.

Kyle Larson

AJ Allmendinger

Danica Patrick

Ryan Blaney

Matt Kenseth
Greg Davis Austin Dillon

AJ Allmendinger

Chase Elliott

Matt DiBenedetto Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Aaron Bearden Kyle Larson

Chase Elliott

Ryan Blaney

Danica Patrick

Matt DiBendetto

Jimmie Johnson

AAA 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Bryan Gable Matt Kenseth 1st 5
Vito Pugliese Matt Kenseth 1st 5
Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson 2nd 3
Mark Howell Chase Elliottt 3rd 3
Dan Greene Kurt Busch 5th 3
Jeff Wolfe Kurt Busch 5th 3
Sean Fesko Kevin Harvick 15th 0
Michael Finley Kevin Harvick 15th 0
Mike Neff Joey Logano 22nd -1
Clayton Caldwell Brian Scott 24th -1
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson 25th -1
Dustin Albino Jimmie Johnson 25th -1
Huston Ladner Carl Edwards 28th -1
Jason Schultz Carl Edwards 28th -1
Joseph Wolkin Kyle Busch 30th -1
Tony Lumbis Matt DiBenedetto 40th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jeff Wolfe 24 12 3 6 8
Bryan Gable 23 -1 10 1 6 9
Dustin Albino 17 -7 11 2 4 7
Jeff Meyer 17 -7 11 1 5 7
Danny Peters 11 -13 11 1 4 6
Clayton Caldwell 9 -15 11 0 2 5
Vito Pugliese 9 -15 12 2 2 6
Sean Fesko 8 -16 12 1 4 5
Jason Schultz 8 -16 11 0 3 6
Huston Ladner 7 -14 11 0 2 4
Tony Lumbis 7 -14 12 0 3 4
Aaron Bearden 7 -14 8 0 2 4
Mark Howell 7 -14 10 1 3 5
Dan Greene 7 -14 12 0 2 7
Amy Henderson 4 -20 12 3 4 5
Jerry Jordan 4 -20 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -21 4 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -21 2 0 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 2 -22 12 1 2 3
Phil Allaway 2 -22 9 1 2 2
Summer Bedgood 1 -23 1 0 0 1
Zach Catanzareti 0 -24 11 0 1 3
Greg Davis -1 -25 1 0 0 0
Matt Stallknecht -1 -25 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -26 3 0 0 0

 

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The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.