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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

 

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Bryan GableMatt Kenseth1st5
Corey BrewerMatt Kenseth1st5
Dan GreeneTony Stewart2nd3
Amy HendersonJoey Logano3rd3
Jeff WolfeJoey Logano3rd3
Jeff MeyerKevin Harvick4th3
Vito PuglieseDenny Hamlin9th1
Danny PetersDenny Hamlin9th1
Tony LumbisDanica Patrick14th0
Zach CatanzaretiDanica Patrick14th0
Mark HowellBrad Keselowski15th0
Sean FeskoCarl Edwards20th0
Michael FinleyAlex Bowman26th-1
Clayton CaldwellDavid Ragan30th-1
Joseph WolkinMatt DiBenedetto31st-2

 

Standings

 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Bryan Gable35172913
Jeff Wolfe32-3193912
Dustin Albino26-9163610
Clayton Caldwell25-1018259
Danny Peters24-11173711
Jeff Meyer23-1217179
Tony Lumbis22-1318169
Vito Pugliese21-14192512
Dan Greene21-14191512
Jason Schultz16-1916159
Mark Howell12-2317257
Huston Ladner12-2316047
Amy Henderson8-2719358
Aaron Bearden8-2712035
Zach Catanzareti8-2718125
Corey Brewer8-275124
Sean Fesko7-2818146
Phil Allaway6-2911134
Jerry Jordan4-312012
Mike Neff3-325022
Tom Bowles3-322011
Summer Bedgood1-341001
Matt Stallknecht-1-365003
Joseph Wolkin-2-3719135
Greg Davis-2-374001
Kevin Rutherford-2-373000
Michael Finley-4-393000