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!
+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
This week’s predictions: Federated Auto Parts 400
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’ll take Brad Keselowski this week. JJ has a better average at Chicago but can’t close the deal. Kes will close it and slam the door.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Denny Hamlin for the repeat win.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: I’ll take Kyle Larson. He had a chance for the win here back in his rookie year. Now that they have the confidence that they can seal the deal, I think they will do so this weekend.
Mike Neff, Short Track Editor: Please put me down for the 2015 Sprint Cup Champion to kick off his title defense in style. No. 18 – Kyle Busch.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: I’m picking the on-track class of Hendrick Motorsports – Chase Elliott.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My pick for Chicagoland is Joey Logano. He got to drive a Model T in Michigan this past week; he’ll be thrilled to get behind the wheel of a newer Ford that’s just a tad faster.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take Martin Truex, Jr. please. He’s had the fastest car pretty much all year. Time for them to roll off some victories.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Kyle Busch.
John Douglas, Contributor: I’m going with Truex. I think his team is in the best position to go out, knock off a quick win, and work on Round 2 performance with the other two Round 1 races.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Denny Hamlin.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Pencil me in for Matt Kenseth.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: Since McMurray has had some gutsy comments lately, I’ll bite and choose him.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: No. 4, please.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Have Knaus and JJ been laying in the weeds? Time to find out. Jimmie Johnson.
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer: I’ll take Kevin Harvick.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Brad Keselowski.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: I’m going with Matt Kenseth.
Federated Auto Parts 400
|Clayton Caldwell||Denny Hamlin||1st||5|
|Vito Pugliese||Denny Hamlin||1st||5|
|Jeff Wolfe||Kyle Larson||2nd||3|
|Tony Lumbis||Kevin Harvick||5th||3|
|Danny Peters||Kevin Harvick||5th||3|
|Amy Henderson||Kyle Busch||9th||1|
|Huston Ladner||Joey Logano||10th||1|
|Sean Fesko||Austin Dillon*||13th||0|
|Zach Catanzareti||Austin Dillon*||13th||0|
|Dustin Albino||Chase Elliott||19th||0|
|Dan Greene||Chris Buescher*||24th||-1|
|Joseph Wolkin||Chris Buescher*||24th||-1|
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||32nd||-2|
|Corey Brewer||Carl Edwards||32nd||-2|
|Mark Howell||Tony Stewart||33rd||-2|
|Aaron Bearden||Matt Kenseth||38th||-3|
|Michael Finley||Matt Kenseth||38th||-3|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
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