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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

WriterPickFinishing PositionPoints
Sean Fesko Carl Edwards1st5
Huston LadnerJoey Logano2nd3
Dan GreeneMartin Truex, Jr.3rd3
Vito PuglieseMartin Truex, Jr.3rd3
Mark HowellKyle Busch5th3
Dustin AlbinoKyle Busch5th3
Tony LumbisKevin Harvick6th1
Bryan GableKevin Harvick6th1
Corey BrewerMatt Kenseth7th1
Amy Henderson Jimmie Johnson11th0
Danny PetersJimmie Johnson11th0
Clayton CaldwellRyan Blaney12th0
Zach CatanzaretiAlex Bowman*13th0
Jeff WolfeBrad Keselowski14th0
Joseph WolkinKyle Larson15th0
Jeff MeyerTony Stewart31st-2



 WriterPointsBehindStartsWinsTop 5Top 10
Bryan Gable522941522
Jeff Wolfe47-53461520
Tony Lumbis44-83331318
Clayton Caldwell42-103351019
Vito Pugliese41-113341021
Jeff Meyer38-143111318
Dustin Albino37-152941018
Huston Ladner36-163011017
Danny Peters32-203031118
Dan Greene27-25341918
Sean Fesko27-25333915
Mark Howell24-282821113
Corey Brewer22-30201813
Amy Henderson19-33343917
Jason Schultz16-3616159
John Douglas14-384144
Aaron Bearden13-39150413
Zach Catanzareti9-4331148
Mike Neff8-4410046
Phil Allaway5-4714135
Jerry Jordan4-482012
Tom Bowles3-492011
Summer Bedgood1-511001
Matt Stallknecht-1-535003
Kevin Rutherford-2-543000
Joseph Wolkin-3-5533149
Greg Davis-5-576001
Michael Finley-8-607000



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    My pick ist that #11 car

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    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?