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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Bojangles Southern 500

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—Darlington
Chris Buescher
Landon Cassill
AJ Allmendinger
Casey Mears
Reed Sorenson
Paul Menard
David Ragan

This week’s predictions: Bojangles Southern 500

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’ll take Denny Hamlin this week, just in case he can’t find enough bad luck on  his own.
 Dan Greene, Webmaster: I’ll Head for the Mountains of Busch… Beer with Kevin Harvick.
Mike Neff, Short Track Editor:
I’ll take Chase Elliott to finally seal the deal after his second runner-up run of his career last week.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Truex notches another one of NASCAR’s big ones for 2016. This team has been a little quiet of late and is due to find the front again.
Jeff Meyer, Sorta-kinda Retired: Give me Harvick!
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I’ll go with the No. 14 just because of the paint scheme.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:  
This is the week when Kyle Larson scores Cup win number two.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: I seem to recall the Tide Ride getting a memorable Darlington win with Ricky Craven.  Perhaps Matt Kenseth will get another.  I’ll take him.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take Matt Kenseth in the ‘Ole Tide Ride, please!
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Bobby Labonte in the 22. Or Logano. 
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Kad Breselowski…I mean, well, you know.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer:
Cousin Carl repeats!
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: I’ll go with Chase Elliott.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer:
I’ll take Clint Bowyer in an upset win for the ages!
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
Mr. C. Buescher.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
I will take the No. 11 too.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: The Grey Ghost / Jeff Gordon / DEJr / 88.
John Douglas, Contributor:
I can’t help but think Kyle Larson is about to go on a huge tear no one sees coming after his win last week. They say the first win is the hardest to get. Well last week was very bad news for the rest of the field if the saying holds true.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Give me Joey Logano.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
I’ll take Dale Jarrett in the No. 18 car. (Make that Kyle Busch)

 Pure Michigan 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Sean Fesko Kyle Larson 1st 5
Dustin Albino Kyle Larason 1st 5
Vito Puglise Chase Elliott 2nd 3
Clayton Caldwell Brad Keselowski 3rd 3
Corey Brewer Brad Keselowski 3rd 3
Tony Lumbis Ryan Blaney* 4th 5
Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney* 4th 5
Jeff Meyer Kevin Harvick 5th 3
Joseph Wolkin Jimmie Johnson 6th 1
Jeff Wolfe Carl Edwards 7th 1
Bryan Gable Joey Logano 10th 1
Danny Peters Joey Logano 10th 1
Amy Henderson Matt Kenseth 13th 0
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch 19th 0
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. 20th 0
Aaron Bearden Martin Truex, Jr. 20th 0

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Tony Lumbis 36 23 2 9 13
Bryan Gable 32 -4 22 2 10 15
Clayton Caldwell 31 -5 23 2 7 13
Jeff Meyer 30 -6 22 1 9 12
Dustin Albino 29 -7 21 4 7 13
Jeff Wolfe 27 -9 24 3 9 13
Dan Greene 24 -12 24 1 6 13
Danny Peters 24 -12 20 3 7 13
Vito Pugliese 24 -12 24 2 7 14
Huston Ladner 17 -19 20 0 5 10
Sean Fesko 16 -20 23 2 6 9
Jason Schultz 16 -20 16 1 5 9
Zach Catanzareti 14 -22 22 1 4 7
Aaron Bearden 13 -23 10 0 4 10
Mark Howell 10 -26 20 2 5 7
Amy Henderson 10 -26 24 3 6 11
Corey Brewer 10 -26 10 1 3 7
Phil Allaway 5 -31 12 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -32 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -33 7 0 3 3
Tom Bowles 3 -33 2 0 1 1
John Douglas 3 -33 1 0 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 3 -33 24 1 4 8
Summer Bedgood 1 -35 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -37 5 0 0 3
Greg Davis -2 -38 4 0 0 1
Kevin Rutherford -2 -38 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -5 -41 5 0 0 0

 

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JohnDoe

Another first time winner – that #3 car

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