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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the AAA Texas 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—Texas II
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Landon Cassill
Regan Smith
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Trevor Bayne

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

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Jeff Wolfe Jimmie Johnson1st5
Vito PuglieseJimmie Johnson1st5
Amy HendersonDenny Hamlin3rd3
Bryan GableMatt Kenseth4th3
Tony LumbisKyle Busch5th3
Huston LadnerKyle Busch5th3
Sean FeskoJeff Gordon6th1
Aaron BeardenJeff Gordon6th1
Phil AllawayJamie McMurray8th1
Dustin Albino Joey Logano9th1
Clayton CaldwellJoey Logano9th1
Danny PetersAJ Allmendinger10th1
Michael FinleyKyle Larson*14th0
Corey BrewerKyle Larson*14th0
Dan GreeneKevin Harvick20th0
Jeff MeyerCarl Edwards36th-2
Zach CatanzaretiDavid Ragan37th-3



 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Bryan Gable512841521
Jeff Wolfe47-43361520
Tony Lumbis43-83231317
Clayton Caldwell42-93251019
Jeff Meyer40-113011318
Vito Pugliese38-13324920
Dustin Albino34-17284917
Huston Ladner33-18291916
Danny Peters32-192931118
Dan Greene24-27331817
Sean Fesko22-29322814
Corey Brewer21-30191812
Mark Howell21-302721012
Amy Henderson19-32333917
Jason Schultz16-3516159
John Douglas14-374144
Aaron Bearden13-38150413
Zach Catanzareti9-4230148
Mike Neff8-4310046
Phil Allaway5-4614135
Jerry Jordan4-472012
Tom Bowles3-482011
Summer Bedgood1-501001
Matt Stallknecht-1-525003
Kevin Rutherford-2-533000
Joseph Wolkin-3-5432149
Greg Davis-5-566001
Michael Finley-8-597000



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    Give me Cousin Carl, please. I think he’s worth to have a shot at the title.