Welcome to our eighth 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!
+5 – Win
+3 – Top 5
+1 – Top 10
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-40th
-3 – 41st-43rd
This week’s predictions: Campingworld.com 500(k)
Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Harvick. Harvick. Harvick. Is there really any doubt?
Amy Henderson, Managing Editor: I’m going with Harvick. If the last couple of weeks mean anything, you might now want to avoid him like the plague. Fair warning.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Harvick – Is there really any other choice?
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Harvick.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My pick is Carl Edwards.
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: I’m going with Matt Kenseth, who is off to a decent start and has run well in the last two races at Phoenix.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer: I’ll take Jeff Gordon. He’s due for a good finish.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Give me Edwards again this week. He’s been in the hunt, and Phoenix is special for him; it was actually his first race ever on asphalt.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I’m going with Harvick.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Can’t bet against the Harv!
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer: Jimmie Johnson.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: Darkhorse… Martin Truex Jr.!
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Phoenix has been a popular place for breaking winless streaks and I say it happens with Kenseth.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: I’ll pick Earnhardt. Feels like he’s been the second-best fella here the last couple years.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: I’m going back to Earnhardt Jr. I did better with him.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Denny Hamlin? Yeah, why not.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: I realize you are the kiss of death, Amy, but I can’t pick against Harvick at Phoenix right now. He’s going to destroy them or blow up.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Despite the curse of Amy, I’m jumping on the Harvick bandwagon too. His record at PIR speaks for itself.
S.D. Grady, Senior Writer: Gordon, damnit!
Kevin Rutherford, Managing Editor: Kurt Thomas Busch.
|Matt Stallknecht||Kevin Harvick||1st||5|
|Jeff Wolfe||Kevin Harvick||1st||5|
|Brett Winningham||Kevin Harvick||1st||5|
|Jeff Meyer||Kevin Harvick||1st||5|
|Mike Neff||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||4th||3|
|Tom Bowles||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||4th||3|
|Vito Pugliese||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||4th||3|
|Danny Peters||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||4th||3|
|Joseph Wolkin||Denny Hamlin||5th||3|
|Greg Davis||Brad Keselowski||7th||1|
|Clayton Caldwell||Brad Keselowski||7th||1|
|Mark Howell||Kyle Larson||8th||1|
|Zach Catanzareti||Matt Kenseth||9th||1|
|Huston Ladner||Matt Kenseth||9th||1|
|Tony Lumbis||Joey Logano||10th||1|
|Phil Allaway||Kasey Kahne||17th||0|
|Matt McLaughlin||Jeff Gordon||18th||0|
|Sean Fesko||Jimmie Johnson||41st||-3|
|Amy Henderson||Jimmie Johnson||41st||-3|
|Toni Montgomery||Carl Edwards||42nd||-3|
|Aaron Bearden||Carl Edwards||42nd||-3|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
About the author
Amy is an 18-year veteran NASCAR writer and a five-time National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) writing award winner, including first place awards for both columns and race coverage. As well as serving as Photo Editor, Amy writes The Big 6 (Mondays) after every NASCAR Cup Series race. She can also be found filling in from time to time on The Frontstretch 5 (Wednesdays) and her monthly commentary Holding A Pretty Wheel (Thursdays). A New Hampshire native living in North Carolina, Amy’s work credits have extended everywhere from driver Kenny Wallace’s website to Athlon Sports. She can also be heard weekly as a panelist on the Hard Left Turn podcast that can be found on AccessWDUN.com's Around the Track page.
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