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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Combat Wounded Coalition 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—Indianapolis
Josh Wise
Landon Cassill
Patrick Carpentier
Michael McDowell
Reed Sorenson
Chris Buescher
Cole Whitt

This week’s predictions: New Hampshire 301

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My pick is Jimmie Johnson; I haven’t jinxed…er, picked him in a while.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: Matt Da Brat Kenseth.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Kurt Busch. But only because I can’t pick Jeff Gordon or Smoke.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Kyle Busch starts a new JGR streak.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Chase Elliott for his first Cup win. The future begins now.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski keeps it rolling at Indy.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
 Joey Logano.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Smoke!
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Carl Edwards, he’s overdue for a good run at the Brickyard.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
I’ll take Kevin Harvick please. 
Dustin Albino, Contributor:
Kevin Harvick.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Jeff Gordon!
Michael Finley, Contributor:  Tony Stewart. With just how much momentum he has, his last start at Indy should be one to remember.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Joey Logano was the runner up in this race a year ago, but he will finally kiss the bricks for Team Penske on Sunday.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Jeff Gordon—why not?

New Hampshire 301

 

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Bryan Gable Matt Kenseth 1st 5
Corey Brewer Matt Kenseth 1st 5
Dan Greene Tony Stewart 2nd 3
Amy Henderson Joey Logano 3rd 3
Jeff Wolfe Joey Logano 3rd 3
Jeff Meyer Kevin Harvick 4th 3
Vito Pugliese Denny Hamlin 9th 1
Danny Peters Denny Hamlin 9th 1
Tony Lumbis Danica Patrick 14th 0
Zach Catanzareti Danica Patrick 14th 0
Mark Howell Brad Keselowski 15th 0
Sean Fesko Carl Edwards 20th 0
Michael Finley Alex Bowman 26th -1
Clayton Caldwell David Ragan 30th -1
Joseph Wolkin Matt DiBenedetto 31st -2

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 35 17 2 9 13
Jeff Wolfe 32 -3 19 3 9 12
Dustin Albino 26 -9 16 3 6 10
Clayton Caldwell 25 -10 18 2 5 9
Danny Peters 24 -11 17 3 7 11
Jeff Meyer 23 -12 17 1 7 9
Tony Lumbis 22 -13 18 1 6 9
Vito Pugliese 21 -14 19 2 5 12
Dan Greene 21 -14 19 1 5 12
Jason Schultz 16 -19 16 1 5 9
Mark Howell 12 -23 17 2 5 7
Huston Ladner 12 -23 16 0 4 7
Amy Henderson 8 -27 19 3 5 8
Aaron Bearden 8 -27 12 0 3 5
Zach Catanzareti 8 -27 18 1 2 5
Corey Brewer 8 -27 5 1 2 4
Sean Fesko 7 -28 18 1 4 6
Phil Allaway 6 -29 11 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -31 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -32 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -32 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -34 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -36 5 0 0 3
Joseph Wolkin -2 -37 19 1 3 5
Greg Davis -2 -37 4 0 0 1
Kevin Rutherford -2 -37 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -4 -39 3 0 0 0

 

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