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!
+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:
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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|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|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|