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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Bank of America 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—Charlotte II
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
Trevor Bayne
Casey Mears
Danica Patrick
Regan Smith

This week’s predictions: Bank of America 500

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:  I’m going with Martin Truex, Jr.  He brought the same car he had for the Coke 600 and Chicago.  Sorry, other 39 guys.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Kevin Harvick.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Carl Edwards has been quiet of late. That changes this weekend.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Jimmie Johnson – probably should have won last week. Hendrick engines looking stronger lately.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Joey Logano for the win.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take Ryan Blaney!
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Jeff Meyer, Retiree: Tony Stewart.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: Ryan Blaney.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: No. 22, please!
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Jimmie Johnson.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Kevin Harvick.
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer:
Denny Hamlin.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Danistar, as my man Pressdog says. She qualified 13th and she’s high risk, so why not?
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Martin Truex, Jr.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Alex Bowman for the win.

AAA 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Jeff Wolfe Martin Truex, Jr. 1st 5
Dan Greene Kyle Busch 2nd 3
Huston Ladner Kyle Busch 2nd 3
Jeff Meyer Chase Elliott 3rd 3
Bryan Gable Chase Elliott 3rd` 3
Mark Howell Brad Keselowski 4th 3
Corey Brewer Matt Kenseth 5th 3
Vito Pugliese Joey Logano 6th 1
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson 7th 1
Clayton Caldwell Jimmie Johnson 7th 1
Zach Catanzareti Jeff Gordon 10th 1
Tony Lumbis Kyle Larson 25th -1
Joseph Wolkin Kyle Larson 25th -1
Danny Peters Kevin Harvick 37th -3
Sean Fesko Kevin Harvick 37th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Clayton Caldwell 48 28 5 10 18
Tony Lumbis 46 -2 28 3 12 16
Bryan Gable 39 -9 26 2 12 18
Jeff Wolfe 37 -11 29 4 12 17
Jeff Meyer 37 -11 26 1 12 15
Dustin Albino 36 -12 25 4 9 16
Dan Greene 32 -16 29 1 8 17
Vito Pugliese 32 -16 29 3 8 18
Danny Peters 27 -21 25 3 9 15
Huston Ladner 22 -26 25 0 6 13
Mark Howell 20 -28 25 2 9 11
Corey Brewer 20 -28 15 1 7 11
Amy Henderson 18 -30 29 3 8 15
Sean Fesko 17 -31 28 2 7 11
Jason Schultz 16 -32 16 1 5 9
Zach Catanzareti 14 -34 27 1 4 8
Aaron Bearden 11 -37 12 0 4 11
John Douglas 11 -37 3 1 3 3
Mike Neff 8 -40 10 0 4 6
Phil Allaway 5 -43 12 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -44 2 0 1 2
Tom Bowles 3 -45 2 0 1 1
Joseph Wolkin 2 -46 29 1 4 9
Summer Bedgood 1 -47 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -49 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -50 3 0 0 0
Greg Davis -3 -51 5 0 0 1
Michael Finley -8 -56 6 0 0 0

2016

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JohnDoe

Another high risk – Ryan Blaney in that #21 car

Bill B

Shame on you Aaron. The last thing they need in North Carolina is more rain today. :)

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