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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Pennsylvania 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
Brian Scott
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto
Danica Patrick
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola
Casey Mears

This week’s predictions: Pennsylvania 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My pick this week is Martin Truex, Jr.  He’s got the same car he dominated Charlotte with, so with a little luck, it should be a good day.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: I don’t get many gut feelings, but I’m going with Jeff Gordon.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Smoke. He runs well at Pocono usually and has a nice thank you sign at the tunnel exit.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Hamlin uses his old stomping ground to get his season back on track.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Paul Menard for a surprise win.
Jeff Meyer, Sorta-kinda Retired: Smoke for me please. 
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor:
 KyBu.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Truex, Jr., too. There; he’s done.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Chase Elliott.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
With how close he came to winning here last time we were here? Chase Elliott.
Dustin Albino, Contributor:
Carl Edwards.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Michael Finley, Contributor:  Jeff Gordon in his final start until his next.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Denny Hamlin.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
Kurt Busch.

Combat Wounded Coalition 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Tony Lumbis Kyle Busch 1st 5
Zach Catanzareti Matt Kenseth 2nd 3
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson 3rd 3
Clayton Caldwell Kevin Harvick 6th 1
Dustin Albino Kevin Harvick 6th 1
Huston Ladner Joey Logano 7th 1
Corey Brewer Joey Logano 7th 1
Jeff Wolfe Tony Stewart 11th 0
Michael Finley Tony Stewart 11th 0
Joseph Wolkin Jeff Gordon 13th 0
Sean Fesko Jeff Gordon 13th 0
Mark Howell Chase Elliott 15th 0
Dan Greene Kurt Busch 16th 0
Vito Pugliese Brad Keselowski 17th 0
Bryan Gable Carl Edwards 35th -2

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 33 18 2 9 13
Jeff Wolfe 32 -1 20 3 9 12
Dustin Albino 27 -6 17 3 6 11
Tony Lumbis 27 -6 19 2 7 10
Clayton Caldwell 26 -7 19 2 5 10
Danny Peters 24 -9 17 3 7 11
Jeff Meyer 23 -10 17 1 7 9
Vito Pugliese 21 -12 20 2 5 12
Dan Greene 21 -12 20 1 5 12
Jason Schultz 16 -17 16 1 5 9
Mark Howell 12 -21 18 2 5 7
Huston Ladner 13 -21 17 0 4 8
Amy Henderson 11 -22 20 3 6 9
Zach Catanzareti 11 -22 19 1 3 6
Corey Brewer 9 -24 6 1 2 5
Aaron Bearden 8 -25 12 0 3 5
Sean Fesko 7 -26 19 1 4 6
Phil Allaway 6 -27 11 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -29 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -32 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -30 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -32 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -34 5 0 0 3
Joseph Wolkin -2 -35 20 1 3 5
Greg Davis -2 -35 4 0 0 1
Kevin Rutherford -2 -35 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -4 -37 4 0 0 0

 

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