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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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The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

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