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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Axalta We Paint Winners 400 Staff Predictions

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 for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400!

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—Pocono I:
Michael McDowell
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Trevor Bayne
Josh Wise
Reed Sorenson
Landon Cassill
Danica Patrick

This week’s predictions: Axalta We Paint Winners 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Martin Truex, Jr. to go back-to-back. The No. 78 bunch has been their own worst enemy at times but there’s no denying they have speed to spare.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Carl Edwards.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor:
Larson, cuz he’s due.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
 Jamie Mac will get his first Pocono top 5 with a win Sunday.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Dale Jr. Toyota is hot right now but Earnhardt runs well at Pocono (see: 2014) and seems ready for a win if he can stay out of trouble.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Carl Edwards.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
No. 42 + 3 turns = 1 Cup victory for Kyle Larson.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
I’ll take Keselowski.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Joey Logano.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Since the track is in Long Pond, I’m picking Longano err… make that Logano.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Kurt Busch.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Looks like nobody has taken Jimmie Johnson yet, and the No. 48 express got back on track at Charlotte, so I’ll go with him.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Kyle Busch.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
 I’ll take Dale Jr., too.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Truex for me, too.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Kurt Busch. He has been one of the most consistent performers without a win 13 races into the season and Pocono has been a good track for him.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Chase Elliott.

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Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. 1st 5
Danny Peters Martin Truex, Jr. 1st 5
Phil Allaway Kevin Harvick 2nd 3
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Joseph Wolkin Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Tony Lumbis Denny Hamlin 4th 3
Vito Pugliese Chase Elliott 8th 1
Amy Henderson Joey Logano 9th 1
Clayton Caldwell Kyle Larson 13th 0
Dustin Albino Kyle Larson 13th 0
Mike Neff Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 14th 0
Mark Howell Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 15th 0
Zach Catanzareti AJ Allmendinger 16th 0
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 18th 0
Jeff Wolfe Ryan Blaney 20th 0
Michael Finley Kyle Busch 33rd -2
Sean Fesko Kyle Busch 33rd -2

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 28 11 1 7 10
Jeff Wolfe 24 -4 13 3 6 8
Dustin Albino 19 -7 12 2 4 7
Jeff Meyer 17 -11 12 1 5 7
Danny Peters 16 -12 12 2 5 7
Dan Greene 13 -15 13 1 3 8
Tony Lumbis 12 -16 13 0 4 5
Clayton Caldwell 11 -17 12 0 2 5
Vito Pugliese 11 -17 13 2 2 7
Huston Ladner 10 -18 12 0 3 5
Jason Schultz 10 -18 11 0 3 6
Mark Howell 10 -18 11 1 3 5
Aaron Bearden 9 -19 8 0 2 4
Sean Fesko 8 -20 13 1 4 5
Joseph Wolkin 7 -21 13 1 3 4
Amy Henderson 6 -22 13 3 4 6
Phil Allaway 5 -23 10 1 3 3
Jerry Jordan 4 -24 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -25 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -25 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -27 1 0 0 1
Zach Catanzareti 0 -28 12 0 1 3
Greg Davis -1 -29 1 0 0 0
Matt Stallknecht -1 -29 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -30 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -2 -30 1 0 0 0

 

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JohnDoe

The sixtime Champion strikes back

Ken

Kyle Busch was gyped out of the win yesterday, thanks to Mother Nature, so he’s probably royally peeved off. Look for him to get revenge today (or tomorrow).

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