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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Quaker State 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—Kentucky
Matt DiBenedetto
Danica Patrick
Reed Sorenson
Josh Wise
Michael McDowell
Lando Cassill
Cole Whitt

This week’s predictions: Quaker State 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My pick this week is Kyle Busch. Joe Gibbs Racing has been crazy strong at the 1.5-milers this year, and with my luck lately, I need to turn things around.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
Trevor Bayne.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Martin Truex, Jr.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
Matt Kenseth.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Ryan Blaney.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Give me Cousin Carl for the win at Kentucky.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: KyBu.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer:
Because Hendrick hasn’t won in awhile- Chase Elliott.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Loey Jogano…er, Joey Logano.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Kevin Harvick has been solid, well, everywhere this year.  I’ll go with him.
Jeff Meyer, Can’t-Quite-Retiree:  
Kyle Larson. Bound to happen sooner or later!
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Carl Edwards, please.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
 I’ll go Brad Keselowski please.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Jimmie Johnson.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Joey Logano.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Martin Truex, Jr.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Brad Keselowski.

Coke Zero 400

 

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Jason Schultz Trevor Bayne 3rd 3
Clayton Caldwell Kyle Larson* 6th 2
Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson* 6th 2
Sean Fesko Austin Dillon 7th 1
Greg Davis Casey Mears 12th 0
Bryan Gable Denny Hamlin 17th 0
Amy Henderson Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 21st -1
Danny Peters Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 21st -1
Michael Finley Bobby Labonte 24th -1
Dan Greene Tony Stewart 26th -1
Jeff Wolfe Tony Stewart 26th -1
Vito Pugliese Matt Kenseth 28th -1
Aaron Bearden Matt Kenseth 28th -1
Dustin Albino Landon Cassill 31st -2
Corey Brewer Chase Elliott 32nd -2
Huston Ladner Jimmie Johnson 35th -2
Joseph Wolkin Brian Scott 37th -3
Mark Howell Kevin Harvick 39th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 29 15 1 8 11
Jeff Wolfe 28 -1 17 3 8 10
Clayton Caldwell 21 -8 16 1 4 8
Dustin Albino 21 -8 15 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 19 -10 17 2 5 10
Jason Schultz 19 -10 15 1 5 9
Dan Greene 17 -12 17 1 4 10
Huston Ladner 12 -17 15 0 4 7
Aaron Bearden 11 -18 11 0 3 5
Mark Howell 9 -20 15 2 4 6
Sean Fesko 9 -20 17 1 4 6
Zach Catanzareti 8 -21 16 1 2 5
Phil Allaway 6 -23 11 1 3 4
Amy Henderson 5 -24 17 3 4 7
Jerry Jordan 4 -25 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -26 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -26 2 0 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 2 -27 17 1 3 5
Corey Brewer 2 -27 3 0 1 2
Summer Bedgood 1 -28 1 0 0 1
Greg Davis 0 -29 3 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -30 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -31 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -3 -32 2 0 0 0

 

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