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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

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—Watkins Glen
Michael McDowell
Landon Cassill
Danica Patrick
Casey Mears
Aric Almirola
David Ragan
Paul Menard

This week’s predictions: Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Kyle Busch this week. As always, I apologize in advance for that. Sorry, Rowdy fans.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Simon Pagenaud. Crap, wrong week….I guess I’ll stick with the 22 team. Give me Logano.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Martin Truex, Jr. He just extended his contract; as a thank you to Barney Visser, he’ll win the race.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Casey Mears taps into his Indy roots and has a solid day at the road course.
Jeff Meyer, Sorta-kinda Retired: I’m going with Jeff Gordon! That would be so cool.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Had some Nature’s Bakery bars at Pocono on Sunday and Monday. Loved them. So picking Danica Patrick.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Brad Keselowski.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
I’ll take A.J. Allmendinger please!
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Kyle Larson.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer:
Tony Stewart.
Mike Neff, Short Tracks Editor: Joey Logano, please.
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor: I noticed a Neon Warrior in the High-risk group.  I suppose you don’t remember that Paul Menard ran a full season of Trans-Am before moving to the then-Busch Series and made his Cup debut at Watkins Glen. If it’s not obvious, I’m going with the sideburned Menard this week.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer:  I’ll take No. 2.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
AJ Allmendinger.

Pennsylvania 400

 

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Dan Greene Tony Stewart 5th 3
Jeff Meyer Tony Stewart 5th 3
Tony Lumbis Denny Hamlin 7th 1
Joseph Wolkin Denny Hamlin 7th 1
Dustin Albino Carl Edwards 8th 1
Corey Brewer Carl Edwards 8th 1
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch 9th 1
Danny Peters Kurt Busch 10th 1
Vito Pugliese Austin Dillon 13th 0
Sean Fesko Matt Kenseth 17th 0
Zach Catanzareti Jeff Gordon 27th -1
Michael Finley Jeff Gordon 27th -1
Bryan Gable Chase Elliott 33rd -2
Clayton Caldwell Chase Elliott 33rd -2
Mark Howell Paul Menard 35th -2
Amy Henderson Martin Truex, Jr. 38th -3
Jeff Wolfe Martin Truex, Jr. 38th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 31 19 2 9 13
Jeff Wolfe 29 -2 21 3 9 12
Dustin Albino 28 -3 18 3 6 12
Tony Lumbis 28 -3 20 2 7 11
Jeff Meyer 26 -5 18 1 8 10
Danny Peters 25 -6 18 3 7 12
Dan Greene 24 -7 21 1 6 13
Clayton Caldwell 24 -7 20 2 5 10
Vito Pugliese 21 -10 21 2 5 12
Jason Schultz 16 -15 16 1 5 9
Huston Ladner 14 -17 18 0 4 9
Mark Howell 10 -21 19 2 5 7
Zach Catanzareti 10 -21 20 1 3 6
Corey Brewer 10 -21 7 1 2 6
Amy Henderson 8 -23 21 3 6 9
Aaron Bearden 8 -23 12 0 3 5
Sean Fesko 7 -24 20 1 4 6
Phil Allaway 6 -25 11 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -27 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -28 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -28 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -30 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -32 5 0 0 3
Joseph Wolkin -1 -32 21 1 3 6
Greg Davis -2 -33 4 0 0 1
Kevin Rutherford -2 -33 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -5 -36 5 0 0 0

 

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