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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the Can-Am 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—Phoenix II
Brian Scott
Casey Mears
David Ragan
Paul Menard
Chris Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Trevor Bayne

This week’s predictions: Can-Am 500

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor:  It’s Phoenix, which means I’m going with Kevin Harvick.  Sorry about the jinx, Happy fans…
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Smoke, why not?
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Logano makes a statement heading to Homestead.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Edwards with a back to back and belly to belly!
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take Denny Hamlin, please.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Kurt Busch somehow ekes out the win.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer:
I will go with the No. 2.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: KuBu.
Jeff Meyer, Retiree: I go with Edwards on the back to back also please. 
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
Matt DiBenedetto.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Matt Kenseth. 
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer:
Joey Logano.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: No. 5 car.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Kyle Busch.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer:
Harvick too.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: I’ll take Kyle Busch.

AAA Texas 500

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Sean Fesko Carl Edwards 1st 5
Huston Ladner Joey Logano 2nd 3
Dan Greene Martin Truex, Jr. 3rd 3
Vito Pugliese Martin Truex, Jr. 3rd 3
Mark Howell Kyle Busch 5th 3
Dustin Albino Kyle Busch 5th 3
Tony Lumbis Kevin Harvick 6th 1
Bryan Gable Kevin Harvick 6th 1
Corey Brewer Matt Kenseth 7th 1
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson 11th 0
Danny Peters Jimmie Johnson 11th 0
Clayton Caldwell Ryan Blaney 12th 0
Zach Catanzareti Alex Bowman* 13th 0
Jeff Wolfe Brad Keselowski 14th 0
Joseph Wolkin Kyle Larson 15th 0
Jeff Meyer Tony Stewart 31st -2

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Bryan Gable 52 29 4 15 22
Jeff Wolfe 47 -5 34 6 15 20
Tony Lumbis 44 -8 33 3 13 18
Clayton Caldwell 42 -10 33 5 10 19
Vito Pugliese 41 -11 33 4 10 21
Jeff Meyer 38 -14 31 1 13 18
Dustin Albino 37 -15 29 4 10 18
Huston Ladner 36 -16 30 1 10 17
Danny Peters 32 -20 30 3 11 18
Dan Greene 27 -25 34 1 9 18
Sean Fesko 27 -25 33 3 9 15
Mark Howell 24 -28 28 2 11 13
Corey Brewer 22 -30 20 1 8 13
Amy Henderson 19 -33 34 3 9 17
Jason Schultz 16 -36 16 1 5 9
John Douglas 14 -38 4 1 4 4
Aaron Bearden 13 -39 15 0 4 13
Zach Catanzareti 9 -43 31 1 4 8
Mike Neff 8 -44 10 0 4 6
Phil Allaway 5 -47 14 1 3 5
Jerry Jordan 4 -48 2 0 1 2
Tom Bowles 3 -49 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -51 1 0 0 1
Matt Stallknecht -1 -53 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -54 3 0 0 0
Joseph Wolkin -3 -55 33 1 4 9
Greg Davis -5 -57 6 0 0 1
Michael Finley -8 -60 7 0 0 0

 

 

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JohnDoe

My pick ist that #11 car

DoninAjax

Logano? What if the loony toon in the 20 is behind him?

Tony Stewart’s Outlaw sprint car with Donny Schatz driving won the POINTS championship by 314 points over Kasey Kahne’s Daryn Pittman. Does anyone think they will push for a change to a chase system?

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