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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Coke Zero 400

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—Daytona II:
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Larson
Brian Scott
Josh Wise
Michael McDowell
Michael Annett
Cole Whitt

This week’s predictions: Coke Zero 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My pick is Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  He’s not on solid Chase ground yet, and a win would put him there. 
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
Kyle Larson.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Smoke. He’s riding high from the win and Daytona in the summer has been good to him in the past.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Brian Scott because why not?
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Kevin Harvick for the win, please.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Um, Jimmie Johnson?
Michael Finley, Contributor:  
Bobby Labonte.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Smoke ’em for two straight. 
Greg Davis, Senior Writer:
Casey Mears? No other reason than he has a pretty bad a$$ paint scheme this weekend for the 4th, and wayyyyy overdue for a win. And hey- its a plate track, anything can happen!
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Katt Menseth. I mean, Matt Kenseth.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Denny Hamlin.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I will take the 88 too.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
 Give me Larson please. Good HP under that hood and a lot of skill behind the wheel. I’ll take the risk.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Austin Dillon.
Jason Schultz, Contributor:  I’ll go with Trevor Bayne. Solid run at Talladega, along with his plate racing ability and improvements from Roush this season will make him a threat.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Chase Elliott. It’s only a matter of time.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Landon Cassill.

 

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Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Mark Howell Tony Stewart 1st 5
Zach Catanzareti Tony Stewart 1st 5
Vito Pugliese Carl Edwards 4th 3
Huston Ladner Martin Truex, Jr. 5th 3
Dan Greene Kyle Busch 7th 1
Tony Lumbis Kyle Busch 7th 1
Corey Brewer Kurt Busch 10th 1
Danny Peters Kurt Busch 10th 1
Jeff Meyer Kyle Larson 12th 0
Jason Schultz Jimmie Johnson 13th 0
Sean Fesko AJ Allmendinger 14th 0
Bryan Gable AJ Allmendinger 14th 0
Clayton Caldwell Jamie McMurray 17th 0
Amy Henderson Chase Elliott 21st -1
Jeff Wolfe Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 26th -1
Joseph Wolkin Clint Bowyer 40th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jeff Wolfe 29 16 3 8 10
Bryan Gable 29 14 1 8 11
Dustin Albino 23 -6 14 2 5 9
Tony Lumbis 21 -8 16 1 6 8
Jeff Meyer 20 -9 15 1 6 8
Danny Peters 20 -9 15 3 6 9
Vito Pugliese 20 -9 16 2 5 10
Clayton Caldwell 19 -10 15 1 4 7
Dan Greene 18 -11 16 1 4 10
Jason Schultz 16 -13 14 1 4 8
Huston Ladner 14 -15 14 0 4 7
Aaron Bearden 12 -17 10 0 3 5
Mark Howell 12 -17 14 2 4 6
Sean Fesko 8 -21 16 1 4 5
Zach Catanzareti 6 -23 15 1 2 5
Amy Henderson 6 -23 16 3 4 7
Phil Allaway 6 -23 11 1 3 4
Joseph Wolkin 5 -24 16 1 3 5
Jerry Jordan 4 -25 2 0 1 2
Corey Brewer 4 -25 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -26 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -26 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -28 1 0 0 1
Greg Davis 0 -29 2 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -30 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -31 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -2 -31 1 0 0 0

 

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