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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the New Hampshire 301

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—Loudon I
Eddie MacDonald
Landon Cassill
Michael Annett
Danica Patrick
Casey Mears
David Ragan
Paul Menard

This week’s predictions: New Hampshire 301

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Joey Logano this week-his teammate’s been red-hot, and now it’s his turn.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
I’ll take Danica Patrick. Some pretty solid pace here last year.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Smoke. 3 wins,1302 laps led at New Hampshire, and a special paint scheme. What’s not to like?
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager:
I’ll go with Danica Patrick.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
My pick is Bad Brad for win No. 3 in a row. Keselowski tends to run well in the Granite State.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Denny Hamlin.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Logano because he always seems to find a way to win there.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: I’ll take Matt Kenseth.  He’s been outstanding here since joining JGR.
Jeff Meyer, Can’t-Quite-Retiree:  
I’ll take Harvick. ‘Cuz I drink a lot of Busch beer.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: No. 11
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
I’m gonna take a risk and go David Ragan this weekend please.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Carl Edwards.
Michael Finley, Contributor:  Dale Ear-Oh, wait. I guess I’ll go with Alex Bowman. He’s had some strong runs this year in XFINITY and I think he can surprise some people on Sunday.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Matt Kenseth.

Quaker State 400

 

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Dustin Albino Brad Keselowski 1st 5
Clayton Caldwell Brad Keselowski 1st 5
Danny Peters Carl Edwards 2nd 3
Mark Howell Carl Edwards 2nd 3
Tony Lumbis Matt Kenseth 8th 1
Vito Pugliese Matt Kenseth 8th 1
Jeff Wolfe Kevin Harvick 9th 1
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick 9th 1
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. 10th 1
Corey Brewer Martin Truex, Jr. 10th 1
Zach Catanzareti Trevor Bayne 11th 0
Amy Henderson Kyle Busch 12th 0
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch 12th 0
Jeff Meyer Kyle Larson 19th 0
Greg Davis Chase Elliott 31st -2
Sean Fesko Jimmie Johnson 32nd -2
Joseph Wolkin Ryan Blaney 35th -2
Aaron Bearden Joey Logano 39th -3
Jason Schultz Joey Logano 39th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 30 16 1 8 12
Jeff Wolfe 29 -1 18 3 8 11
Clayton Caldwell 26 -4 17 2 5 9
Dustin Albino 26 -4 16 3 6 10
Danny Peters 23 -7 16 3 7 10
Tony Lumbis 22 -8 17 1 6 9
Jeff Meyer 20 -10 16 1 6 8
Vito Pugliese 20 -10 18 2 5 11
Dan Greene 18 -12 18 1 4 11
Jason Schultz 16 -14 16 1 5 9
Mark Howell 12 -18 16 2 5 7
Huston Ladner 12 -18 16 0 4 7
Aaron Bearden 8 -22 12 0 3 5
Zach Catanzareti 8 -22 17 1 2 5
Sean Fesko 7 -23 18 1 4 6
Phil Allaway 6 -24 11 1 3 4
Amy Henderson 5 -25 18 3 4 7
Jerry Jordan 4 -26 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -27 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -27 2 0 1 1
Corey Brewer 3 -27 4 0 1 3
Summer Bedgood 1 -29 1 0 0 1
Joseph Wolkin 0 -27 18 1 3 5
Matt Stallknecht -1 -31 5 0 0 3
Greg Davis -2 -32 4 0 0 1
Kevin Rutherford -2 -32 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -3 -33 2 0 0 0

 

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