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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Pure Michigan 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—Michigan II
Brian Scott
Alex Bowman
AJ Allmendinger
Casey Mears
Cole Whitt
Ryan Blaney
David Ragan

This week’s predictions: Pure Michigan 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Matt Kenseth.  He’s from Wisconsin, which is sort of near Michigan…
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Martin Truex, Jr. He was fast in practice and it’s hard to bet against Toyota this year.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Ryan Blaney. He’s been good at intermediate tracks but just needs to stay out of trouble to get the finish to go with it. I think it might happen this week.
Jeff Meyer, Sorta-kinda Retired: Kevin Harvick, please.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Going with Carl Edwards.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: I’ll take Joey Logano.  He and Team Penske have been a great combination in the Irish Hills.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
An old Roger Penske track…gotta go with a Roger Penske driver- Brad Keselowski.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Kyle Larson.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Martin Truex, Jr.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer:
Kyle Larson.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Chase Elliott for the win.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
Ryan Blaney.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
I’m picking Joey Logano. He was fast last time out at Michigan. His only redeeming quality is that he has a French Bulldog like we do.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Guess I’ll go with the Big M&M – Kyle Busch.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Brad Keselowski.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Jimmie Johnson.

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Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Tony Lumbis Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 2nd 3
John Douglas Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Denny Hamlin 3rd 3
Amy Henderson Carl Edwards 6th 1
Jeff Meyer Carl Edwards 6th 1
Aaron Bearden AJ Allmendinger* 9th 2
Clayton Caldwell Joey Logano 10th 1
Sean Fesko Joey Logano 10th 1
Joseph Wolkin Greg Biffle 16th 0
Mark Howell Greg Biffle 16th 0
Zach Catanzareti Kyle Larson 24th -1
Dan Greene Tony Stewart 30th -1
Jeff Wolfe Brad Keselowski 33rd -2
Danny Peters Brad Keselowski 33rd -2
Dustin Albino Matt Kenseth 37th -3
Vito Pugliese Matt Kenseth 37th -3
Bryan Gable Kurt Busch 38th -3
Mike Neff Kyle Busch 39th -3
Corey Brewer Kyle Busch 39th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 31 21 2 10 14
Tony Lumbis 31 22 2 8 12
Clayton Caldwell 28 -3 22 2 6 12
Jeff Meyer 27 -4 21 1 8 11
Jeff Wolfe 26 -5 23 3 9 12
Dustin Albino 24 -7 20 3 6 12
Dan Greene 24 -7 23 1 6 13
Danny Peters 23 -8 19 3 7 12
Vito Pugliese 21 -10 23 2 6 13
Huston Ladner 17 -14 19 0 5 10
Jason Schultz 16 -15 16 1 5 9
Aaron Bearden 13 -18 15 0 4 10
Sean Fesko 11 -20 22 1 5 8
Mark Howell 10 -21 20 2 5 7
Amy Henderson 10 -21 23 3 6 11
Zach Catanzareti 9 -22 21 1 3 6
Corey Brewer 7 -24 9 1 2 6
Phil Allaway 5 -26 12 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -27 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -28 7 0 3 3
Tom Bowles 3 -28 2 0 1 1
John Douglas 3 -28 1 0 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 2 -29 23 1 4 7
Summer Bedgood 1 -30 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -32 5 0 0 3
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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JohnDoe

My Pick for Michigan #42 Kyle Larson

JohnDoe

That was quite simple – wasn’t ist? ;-)

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