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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Hollywood Casino 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—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 think I like Matt Kenseth. He’s on the pole and he’s due for a W.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Jamie Mac.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Jamie McMurray benefits from some home race motivation.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Let’s go with Loooongaaano (otherwise known as Logano).
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Kyle Busch for the win and the advance.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take Amazing Chase from the Exact Same Place…..aka Chase Elliott.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Kyle Busch.
Jeff Meyer, Retiree: I want Carl Edwards.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: James Dennis Hamlin.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: Trevor Bayne.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Jimmie Johnson for me please.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: I’ll ride with Edwards.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Denny Hamlin.
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer:
Kevin Harvick.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
I’ll snatch up Kenseth as well if no one just beat me to it.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Kyle Busch.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Ryan Blaney.

AAA 400

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Jeff Wolfe Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Huston Ladner Jimmie Johnson 1st 5
Sean Fesko Brad Keselowski 7th 1
Vito Pugliese Brad Keselowski 7th 1
Jeff Meyer Tony Stewart 9th 1
Aaron Bearden Danica Patrick* 11th 0
Tony Lumbis Carl Edwards 12th 0
Amy Henderson Martin Truex, Jr. 13th 0
Corey Brewer Martin Truex, Jr. 13th 0
Bryan Gable Denny Hamlin 30th -1
Clayton Caldwell Ryan Blaney* 31st -2
Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney* 31st -2
Mark Howell Joey Logano 36th -2
Danny Peters Joey Logano 36th -2
Dan Greene Kevin Harvick 38th -3
Dustin Albino Kevin Harvick 38th -3
Joseph Wolkin Alex Bowman 39th -3

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Clayton Caldwell 46 29 5 10 18
Tony Lumbis 46 29 3 12 16
Jeff Wolfe 42 -4 39 5 13 18
Bryan Gable 38 -8 25 2 12 18
Jeff Meyer 38 -8 27 1 12 16
Vito Pugliese 33 -13 30 3 8 19
Dustin Albino 33 -13 26 4 9 16
Dan Greene 29 -17 30 1 8 17
Huston Ladner 27 -19 26 1 7 14
Danny Peters 25 -21 26 3 9 15
Corey Brewer 20 -26 16 1 7 11
Mark Howell 18 -28 26 2 9 11
Amy Henderson 18 -28 30 3 8 15
Sean Fesko 18 -28 29 2 7 12
Jason Schultz 16 -30 16 1 5 9
Zach Catanzareti 12 -34 28 1 4 8
Aaron Bearden 11 -35 13 0 4 11
John Douglas 11 -35 3 1 3 3
Mike Neff 8 -38 10 0 4 6
Phil Allaway 5 -41 12 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -42 2 0 1 2
Tom Bowles 3 -43 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -45 1 0 0 1
Joseph Wolkin -1 -47 30 1 4 9
Matt Stallknecht -1 -47 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -48 3 0 0 0
Greg Davis -3 -49 5 0 0 1
Michael Finley -8 -54 6 0 0 0

 

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JohnDoe

Joe Gibbs Racing strikes back – my pick is that #20 car

Ken

A 1-2-3-4-5-sweep for Toyota. Give this one to Mr. Edwards, with PeeWee Busch second, followed by Truex, Kenseth and Hamlin, who recovers from a major incident he causes within the first five laps that takes out Harvick and Logano.

kb

I can picture it, and it would not surprise!

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