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!
+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—Talladega II
This week’s predictions: Hellman’s 500
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: You know what, give me Casey Mears. I could use a few extra points and he’s a good plate racer. Oh, and he’s got little bit to prove, and he’s probably pretty pissed off, so that could add some speed…
Dan Greene, Webmaster: I’ll take Smoke; he’s got as good a chance as anybody.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Keselowski needs the win to stay alive and this has been his playground of late so I’ll go with him.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Chase Elliott for win number one.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: If there’s room for two, Amy, I’m joining the Casey Mears bandwagon this weekend.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Clint Bowyer.
Jeff Meyer, Retiree: Kevin Harvick, please.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Smoke. Taking Stewart for the win in his last appearance at ‘Dega.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: No. 11.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Danica Patrick.
John Douglas, Contributor: I’ll go with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Just a hunch.
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer: Joey Logano.
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor: I like underdog picks here at Talladega. I’m going with Landon Cassill.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Chase Elliott.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Jeffrey Earnhardt because YOLO.
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|Bryan Gable||Kevin Harvick||1st||5|
|Huston Ladner||Carl Edwards||2nd||3|
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||2nd||3|
|Jeff Wolfe||Joey Logano||3rd||3|
|Danny Peters||Jimmie Johnson||4th||3|
|Sean Fesko||Kyle Busch||5th||3|
|Corey Brewer||Kyle Busch||5th||3|
|Mark Howell||Kyle Busch||5th||3|
|Amy Henderson||Matt Kenseth||9th||1|
|Aaron Bearden||Matt Kenseth||9th||1|
|Joseph Wolkin||Ryan Blaney*||14th||0|
|Dustin Albino||Denny Hamlin||15th||0|
|Vito Pugliese||Denny Hamlin||15th||0|
|Zach Catanzareti||Trevor Bayne*||17th||0|
|Clayton Caldwell||Chase Elliott||31st||-2|
|Dan Greene||Jamie McMurray*||37th||-3|
|Tony Lumbis||Jamie McMurray*||37th||-3|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|