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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

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Jeff WolfeJimmie Johnson1st5
Huston LadnerJimmie Johnson1st5
Sean FeskoBrad Keselowski7th1
Vito PuglieseBrad Keselowski7th1
Jeff MeyerTony Stewart9th1
Aaron BeardenDanica Patrick*11th0
Tony LumbisCarl Edwards12th0
Amy HendersonMartin Truex, Jr.13th0
Corey BrewerMartin Truex, Jr.13th0
Bryan GableDenny Hamlin30th-1
Clayton CaldwellRyan Blaney*31st-2
Zach CatanzaretiRyan Blaney*31st-2
Mark HowellJoey Logano36th-2
Danny PetersJoey Logano36th-2
Dan GreeneKevin Harvick38th-3
Dustin AlbinoKevin Harvick38th-3
Joseph WolkinAlex Bowman39th-3



 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Clayton Caldwell462951018
Tony Lumbis462931216
Jeff Wolfe42-43951318
Bryan Gable38-82521218
Jeff Meyer38-82711216
Vito Pugliese33-13303819
Dustin Albino33-13264916
Dan Greene29-17301817
Huston Ladner27-19261714
Danny Peters25-21263915
Corey Brewer20-26161711
Mark Howell18-28262911
Amy Henderson18-28303815
Sean Fesko18-28292712
Jason Schultz16-3016159
Zach Catanzareti12-3428148
Aaron Bearden11-35130411
John Douglas11-353133
Mike Neff8-3810046
Phil Allaway5-4112134
Jerry Jordan4-422012
Tom Bowles3-432011
Summer Bedgood1-451001
Joseph Wolkin-1-4730149
Matt Stallknecht-1-475003
Kevin Rutherford-2-483000
Greg Davis-3-495001
Michael Finley-8-546000


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Amy is a 15-year veteran writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. Amy pens The Big 6 (Mondays) Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and Holding A Pretty Wheel (monthly - Fridays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits extend everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports.

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

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    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.