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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the 2016 Federated Auto Parts 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—Richmond II
Chris Buescher
Michael Annett
Brian Scott
Casey Mears
Danica Patrick
Austin Dillon
Regan Smith

This week’s predictions: Federated Auto Parts 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:  I’ll take Kyle Busch. Because he’s pretty good there and I need some points.
 Dan Greene, Webmaster: I’ll swing for the fences and go with Chris Buescher. He’ll be driving hard to make sure he stays in the top 30.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Last week’s pit road misfortunes motivate Harvick and team to recover and win at Richmond.
Jeff Meyer, Sorta-kinda Retired: Carl Edwards please.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I’ll go Kyle Larson for his second win. 
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Where there’s Smoke, there’s fire. My Richmond pick to win is Tony Stewart.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: Virginia native Denny Hamlin!
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Chase Elliott.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
I live or die by my pick in Jeff Gluck’s fantasy league this week. Come on, Matt Kenseth. Deliver me a Chase bid.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer:
Austin Dillon.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Going Denny Hamlin.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
Austin Dillon. Pretty solid driver to be high risk.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
No. 4.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Going with JoLo.
Michael Finley, Contributor:
Matt Kenseth on Saturday and both his and my Green Bay Packers on Sunday on the road against  Jacksonville.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Let’s go with Mr. Buescher.

Bojangles Southern 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Tony Lumbis Martin Truex, Jr. 1st 5
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick 2nd 3
Jeff Meyer Kevin Harvick 2nd 3
Mark Howell Kyle Larson 3rd 3
John Douglas Kyle Larson 3rd 3
Amy Henderson Denny Hamlin 4th 5
Danny Peters Denny Hamlin 4th 5
Dustin Albino Joey Logano 5th 3
Corey Brewer Joey Logano 5th 3
Clayton Caldwell Matt Kenseth 6th 1
Bryan Gable Matt Kenseth 6th 1
Aaron Bearden Brad Keselowski 9th 1
Mike Neff Chase Elliott 10th 1
Vito Pugliese Chase Elliott 10th 1
Joseph Wolkin Kyle Busch 11th 0
Huston Ladner Jeff Gordon 14th 0
Zach Catanzareti Chris Buescher* 17th 0
Sean Fesko Carl Edwards 19th 0
Greg Davis Clint Bowyer 22nd -1
Jeff Wolfe Tony Stewart 35th -2

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Tony Lumbis 41 24 3 10 14
Bryan Gable 33 -8 23 2 10 16
Jeff Meyer 33 -8 23 1 10 13
Clayton Caldwell 32 -9 24 2 7 14
Dustin Albino 32 -9 22 4 8 14
Dan Greene 27 -14 25 1 7 14
Danny Peters 27 -14 21 3 8 14
Jeff Wolfe 25 -16 25 3 9 13
Vito Pugliese 25 -16 25 2 7 15
Huston Ladner 17 -24 21 0 5 10
Sean Fesko 16 -25 24 2 6 9
Jason Schultz 16 -25 16 1 5 9
Zach Catanzareti 14 -27 23 1 4 7
Aaron Bearden 14 -27 11 0 4 11
Mark Howell 13 -28 21 2 6 8
Amy Henderson 13 -28 25 3 7 12
Corey Brewer 13 -28 11 1 4 8
John Douglas 6 -35 2 0 2 2
Phil Allaway 5 -36 12 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -37 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 4 -37 8 0 3 4
Tom Bowles 3 -38 2 0 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 3 -38 25 1 4 8
Summer Bedgood 1 -40 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -42 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -43 3 0 0 0
Greg Davis -3 -44 5 0 0 1
Michael Finley -5 -46 5 0 0 0

 

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JohnDoe

The Rocket Man has said “It’s doable” – and I believe it.

DoninAjax

With a lot of help from his friends.

Mr. Hand

Chris Buescher? Is it supposed to rain in Richmond tonight?

“What are you people,,,, on dope?”

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