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—Texas II
This week’s predictions: AAA Texas 500
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Jimmie Johnson because, A) It’s fall, and it’s Texas, and B) He’s the only driver locked in at Homestead-Miami Speedway, so if I jinx him, it’s not that big of a deal.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Martin Truex, Jr., because it sounds like a good name for an Old West sheriff.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: I know it’s not Phoenix International Raceway, but his back is against the wall and I say Kevin Harvick answers the pressure with a win again.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski crashes the chase party.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: Ryan Blaney, please!
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Carl Edwards.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Jimmie Johnson, please!
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Joey Logano.
Jeff Meyer, Retiree: Tony Stewart, please.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: Alex Bowman.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Kyle Busch to hoot ‘n’ holler in Victory Lane.
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer: Kevin Harvick is below the Chase cutoff and heading to an intermediate track. I smell another win in the works.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Kyle Busch, marching on to defend his throne at Homestead.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Kyle Larson.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Give me a Toyota… saaaaay, Martin Truex, Jr.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Matt Kenseth, please.
Goody’s Fast Relief 500
|Jeff Wolfe||Jimmie Johnson||1st||5|
|Vito Pugliese||Jimmie Johnson||1st||5|
|Amy Henderson||Denny Hamlin||3rd||3|
|Bryan Gable||Matt Kenseth||4th||3|
|Tony Lumbis||Kyle Busch||5th||3|
|Huston Ladner||Kyle Busch||5th||3|
|Sean Fesko||Jeff Gordon||6th||1|
|Aaron Bearden||Jeff Gordon||6th||1|
|Phil Allaway||Jamie McMurray||8th||1|
|Dustin Albino||Joey Logano||9th||1|
|Clayton Caldwell||Joey Logano||9th||1|
|Danny Peters||AJ Allmendinger||10th||1|
|Michael Finley||Kyle Larson*||14th||0|
|Corey Brewer||Kyle Larson*||14th||0|
|Dan Greene||Kevin Harvick||20th||0|
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||36th||-2|
|Zach Catanzareti||David Ragan||37th||-3|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
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