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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

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Jeff WolfeMartin Truex, Jr.1st5
Dan GreeneKyle Busch2nd3
Huston LadnerKyle Busch2nd3
Jeff MeyerChase Elliott3rd3
Bryan GableChase Elliott3rd`3
Mark HowellBrad Keselowski4th3
Corey BrewerMatt Kenseth5th3
Vito PuglieseJoey Logano6th1
Amy HendersonJimmie Johnson7th1
Clayton CaldwellJimmie Johnson7th1
Zach CatanzaretiJeff Gordon10th1
Tony LumbisKyle Larson25th-1
Joseph WolkinKyle Larson25th-1
Danny PetersKevin Harvick37th-3
Sean FeskoKevin Harvick37th-3



 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Clayton Caldwell482851018
Tony Lumbis46-22831216
Bryan Gable39-92621218
Jeff Wolfe37-112941217
Jeff Meyer37-112611215
Dustin Albino36-12254916
Dan Greene32-16291817
Vito Pugliese32-16293818
Danny Peters27-21253915
Huston Ladner22-26250613
Mark Howell20-28252911
Corey Brewer20-28151711
Amy Henderson18-30293815
Sean Fesko17-31282711
Jason Schultz16-3216159
Zach Catanzareti14-3427148
Aaron Bearden11-37120411
John Douglas11-373133
Mike Neff8-4010046
Phil Allaway5-4312134
Jerry Jordan4-442012
Tom Bowles3-452011
Joseph Wolkin2-4629149
Summer Bedgood1-471001
Matt Stallknecht-1-495003
Kevin Rutherford-2-503000
Greg Davis-3-515001
Michael Finley-8-566000


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    Another high risk – Ryan Blaney in that #21 car

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