(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Goody’s Fast Relief 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—Martinsville II
Landon Cassill
Chris Buescher
Trevor Bayne
Casey Mears
Brian Scott
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola

This week’s predictions: Goody’s Fast Relief 500

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:  I’m going with Denny Hamlin…he’s so good at Martinsville it’s scary!
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Harvick. What’s that in your rear view mirror? It’s Happy Harvick!
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Kyle Busch steps out from the Invisible Cloak he wore at Talladega.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Jimmie Johnson for the win.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take the outside pole sitter please. (Joey Logano)
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Jeff Gordon–he’s back from the grave of retirement!
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: I’ll take that kid driving the No. 88 since it may be the last time I can before he vanishes into the fog once more.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
AJ Allmendinger.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Kyle Busch.
Michael Finley, Contributor:
Kyle Larson, who has nothing to lose.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
David Ragan qualified good so him.
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer:
Martinsville has been much less scary for Matt Kenseth since he went to JGR, so I’ll go with him.
Dustin Albino, Contributor:
Joey Logano.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer:
Jimmie Johnson.
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor:
I’m going with Jamie McMurray. He’s fast, has a good track record at Martinsville, finished second last year.  What’s not to like?
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Kyle Larson.

Hollywood Casino 400

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Bryan Gable Joey Logano1st5
Danny PetersDenny Hamlin3rd3
John DouglasRicky Stenhouse, Jr.5th3
Jeff MeyerKevin Harvick7th1
Mark HowellChase Elliott12th0
Corey BrewerChase Elliott12th0
Sean FeskoClint Bowyer18th0
Huston LadnerDanica Patrick*20th0
Phil AllawayLandon Cassill21st0
Dan Greene Tony Stewart32nd-2
Greg DavisTony Stewart32nd-2
Joseph WolkinJeffrey Earnhardt34th-2
Tony LumbisBrad Keselowski38th-3
Jeff WolfeBrad Keselowski38th-3
Amy HendersonCasey Mears*39th-3
Clayton CaldwellCasey Mears*39th-3



 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Bryan Gable482741420
Jeff Wolfe42-63251419
Jeff Meyer42-62911318
Clayton Caldwell41-73151018
Tony Lumbis40-83131216
Vito Pugliese33-15313819
Dustin Albino33-15274916
Danny Peters31-172831117
Huston Ladner30-18281815
Dan Greene24-24321817
Corey Brewer21-27181812
Mark Howell21-272721012
Sean Fesko21-27312813
Amy Henderson16-32323816
Jason Schultz16-3216159
John Douglas14-344144
Zach Catanzareti12-3629148
Aaron Bearden12-36140412
Mike Neff8-4010046
Phil Allaway4-4413134
Jerry Jordan4-442012
Tom Bowles3-452011
Summer Bedgood1-471001
Matt Stallknecht-1-495003
Kevin Rutherford-2-503000
Joseph Wolkin-3-5132149
Greg Davis-5-526001
Michael Finley-8-566000



Sign up for the Frontstretch Newsletter
I agree to have my personal information transfered to AWeber ( more information )
A daily email update (Monday through Friday) providing racing news, commentary, features, and information from Frontstretch.com
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.

The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

Support Frontstretch on Patreon

Check Also

Bubba Wallace on Richard Petty Motorsports Future: ‘We’ve Got Half The Puzzle’

During the 2020 season, Bubba Wallace and Richard Petty Motorsports have been one of the …

The Big 6: Questions Answered After the FireKeepers Casino 400

Who…should you be talking about after the race? Kevin Harvick had the strongest car all …


  1. Avatar

    My glassball says Jeff Gordon takes home his tenth Grandfather clock

  2. Avatar

    Kyle Busch takes it. Truex sacrifices and takes out Logano early. Edwards takes out Harvick, but is able to finish. Kenseth takes out Kurt, but is able to finish. And Dennis-the-menace takes out Johnson, but finishes.

    After all, it has to be an all-Toyota final, doesn’t it Brian!

  3. Avatar

    New rule: Retired Cup drivers will no longer be allowed to compete in Chase races. This is to give the upcoming young stars a chance to win and advance to the Championship. AKA, the “Jeff Gordon rule.”

    • Avatar

      Boy do you have intestinal fortitude! There are far more Jeff Gordon fans, than there are Kyle Busch fans. Despite what you have said to anyone who dares to disagree with you, Kyle will never have the fan base of Gordon. Nor will he ever get the level of respect that Gordon has. Oh, just to be clear, I have never been a Gordon fan myself.