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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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—Chicago
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Trevor Bayne
Casey Mears
Danica Patrick
Austin Dillon
Regan Smith

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

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Clayton CaldwellDenny Hamlin1st5
Vito PuglieseDenny Hamlin1st5
Jeff WolfeKyle Larson2nd3
Tony LumbisKevin Harvick5th3
Danny PetersKevin Harvick5th3
Amy HendersonKyle Busch9th1
Huston LadnerJoey Logano10th1
Sean FeskoAustin Dillon*13th0
Zach CatanzaretiAustin Dillon*13th0
Dustin AlbinoChase Elliott19th0
Dan GreeneChris Buescher*24th-1
Joseph WolkinChris Buescher*24th-1
Jeff MeyerCarl Edwards32nd-2
Corey BrewerCarl Edwards32nd-2
Mark HowellTony Stewart33rd-2
Aaron BeardenMatt Kenseth38th-3
Michael FinleyMatt Kenseth38th-3

 

Standings

 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Tony Lumbis442531115
Clayton Caldwell37-7253815
Bryan Gable33-112321016
Dustin Albino32-12234814
Jeff Meyer31-132411013
Danny Peters30-14223915
Vito Pugliese30-14263816
Jeff Wolfe28-162631014
Dan Greene26-18261714
Huston Ladner18-26220511
Sean Fesko16-2825269
Jason Schultz16-2816159
Amy Henderson14-30263713
Zach Catanzareti14-3024147
Aaron Bearden11-33120411
Mark Howell11-3322268
Corey Brewer11-3312148
John Douglas6-382022
Phil Allaway5-3912134
Jerry Jordan4-402012
Mike Neff4-408034
Tom Bowles3-412011
Joseph Wolkin2-4226148
Summer Bedgood1-431001
Matt Stallknecht-1-455003
Kevin Rutherford-2-463000
Greg Davis-3-475001
Michael Finley-8-526000

 

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    Gibbs drivers will finish 1-2-3-4-5. First cars out of the race will be the 2 (courtesy of contact from the 20), then the 22 (also courtesy of contact from the 20).

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