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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Hellman’s 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—Talladega II
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Trevor Bayne
Casey Mears
Danica Patrick
AJ Allmendinger
Kasey Kahne

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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Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
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

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jeff Wolfe 45 31 5 14 19
Clayton Caldwell 44 -1 30 5 10 18
Tony Lumbis 43 -2 30 3 12 16
Bryan Gable 43 -2 26 3 13 19
Jeff Meyer 41 -4 28 1 13 17
Vito Pugliese 33 -12 31 3 8 19
Dustin Albino 33 -12 27 4 9 16
Huston Ladner 30 -15 27 1 8 15
Danny Peters 28 -17 27 3 10 16
Dan Greene 26 -19 31 1 8 17
Corey Brewer 23 -22 17 1 8 12
Mark Howell 21 -24 26 2 10 12
Sean Fesko 21 -24 30 2 8 13
Amy Henderson 19 -26 31 3 8 16
Jason Schultz 16 -29 16 1 5 9
Zach Catanzareti 12 -33 29 1 4 8
Aaron Bearden 12 -33 14 0 4 12
John Douglas 11 -34 3 1 3 3
Mike Neff 8 -37 10 0 4 6
Phil Allaway 5 -40 12 1 3 4
Jerry Jordan 4 -41 2 0 1 2
Tom Bowles 3 -42 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -44 1 0 0 1
Joseph Wolkin -1 -46 31 1 4 9
Matt Stallknecht -1 -46 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -47 3 0 0 0
Greg Davis -3 -48 5 0 0 1
Michael Finley -8 -53 6 0 0 0

 

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