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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Toyota Save Mart 350

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—Sonoma:
Landon Cassill
Josh Wise
Michael Annett
David Ragan
Regan Smith
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

This week’s predictions: Toyota Save Mart 350

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My pick this week is Chase Elliott.  His NXS road course numbers are pretty darn impressive, and he’s knocking on the door of Victory Lane.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor:
Kyle Larson. He’s been knocking more than Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
Tony Stewart.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Kyle Busch. No particular reason. What wine pairs well with M&M’s?
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Clint Bowyer is back!
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Tony Stewart for the win in Wine Country, please.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: How about Martin Truex, Jr.?
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Carl Edwards.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Kyle Busch–this place is special for him. Got him into the Chase last year, will break his mini bad luck streak this year.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: AJ Allmendinger has been a contender at Sonoma for the past few seasons.  I’ll take him this week.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Kurt Busch.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
 I’ll take Jamie McMurray please. Very underrated road racer!
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: The ‘Dinger has to break his bad luck streak, right?
Jason Schultz, Contributor:  Jimmie Johnson is always strong at Sonoma and nearly captured the victory last season, making him one to watch.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Kurt Busch.

Results: FireKeepers Casino 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Clayton Caldwell Joey Logano 1st 5
Danny Peters Joey Logano 1st 5
Bryan Gable Chase Elliott 2nd 3
Vito Pugliese Kyle Larson 3rd 3
Tony Lumbis Kyle Larson 3rd 3
Jeff Wolfe Brad Keselowski 4th 3
Jeff Meyer Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Corey Brewer Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Amy Henderson Carl Edwards 6th 1
Jason Schultz Carl Edwards 6th 1
Phil Allaway Tony Stewart 7th 1
Greg Davis Tony Stewart 7th 1
Zach Catanzareti Austin Dillon 8th 1
Dustin Albino Austin Dillon 8th 1
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. 12th 0
Aaron Bearden Martin Truex, Jr. 12th 0
Sean Fesko Matt Kenseth 14th 0
Joseph Wolkin Trevor Bayne 15th 0
Mark Howell Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 39th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jeff Wolfe 30 15 3 8 10
Bryan Gable 29 -1 13 1 8 11
Dustin Albino 23 -7 14 2 5 9
Jeff Meyer 20 -10 14 1 6 8
Tony Lumbis 20 -10 15 1 6 7
Danny Peters 19 -11 14 3 6 8
Clayton Caldwell 19 -11 14 1 4 7
Dan Greene 17 -13 15 1 4 9
Vito Pugliese 17 -13 15 2 4 9
Jason Schultz 16 -14 13 1 4 8
Aaron Bearden 12 -18 10 0 3 5
Huston Ladner 11 -19 13 0 3 6
Sean Fesko 8 -22 15 1 4 5
Joseph Wolkin 8 -22 15 1 3 5
Amy Henderson 7 -23 15 3 4 7
Mark Howell 7 -23 13 1 3 5
Phil Allaway 6 -24 11 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -26 2 0 1 2
Corey Brewer 3 -27 1 0 1 1
Mike Neff 3 -27 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -27 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -29 1 0 0 1
Zach Catanzareti 1 -29 14 0 1 4
Greg Davis 0 -30 2 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -31 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -32 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -2 -32 1 0 0 0

 

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Carl D.

Jeff Wolfe… You lead the standings by a mere point…. Why would you blow it by taking Stenhouse? It’s not worth the three measly extra points, man. You should have taken Danica!

JohnDoe

The Dinger too

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