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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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WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Mark HowellTony Stewart1st5
Zach CatanzaretiTony Stewart1st5
Vito PuglieseCarl Edwards4th3
Huston LadnerMartin Truex, Jr.5th3
Dan GreeneKyle Busch7th1
Tony LumbisKyle Busch7th1
Corey BrewerKurt Busch10th1
Danny PetersKurt Busch10th1
Jeff MeyerKyle Larson12th0
Jason SchultzJimmie Johnson13th0
Sean FeskoAJ Allmendinger14th0
Bryan GableAJ Allmendinger14th0
Clayton CaldwellJamie McMurray17th0
Amy HendersonChase Elliott21st-1
Jeff WolfeRicky Stenhouse, Jr.26th-1
Joseph WolkinClint Bowyer40th-3



 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Jeff Wolfe29163810
Bryan Gable29141811
Dustin Albino23-614259
Tony Lumbis21-816168
Jeff Meyer20-915168
Danny Peters20-915369
Vito Pugliese20-9162510
Clayton Caldwell19-1015147
Dan Greene18-11161410
Jason Schultz16-1314148
Huston Ladner14-1514047
Aaron Bearden12-1710035
Mark Howell12-1714246
Sean Fesko8-2116145
Zach Catanzareti6-2315125
Amy Henderson6-2316347
Phil Allaway6-2311134
Joseph Wolkin5-2416135
Jerry Jordan4-252012
Corey Brewer4-252012
Mike Neff3-265022
Tom Bowles3-262011
Summer Bedgood1-281001
Greg Davis0-292001
Matt Stallknecht-1-305003
Kevin Rutherford-2-313000
Michael Finley-2-311000


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