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: FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks
Tom Bowles, Editor-In-Chief: Martin Truex Jr.
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: Jimmie Johnson. Because I have not jinxed him enough this year. I’m almost sorry for everyone else who picked him this week. Almost. But not quite.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Only pick here is Johnson.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Johnson.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: This the week when Truex Jr. finally visits Victory Lane. It’s time!
Joseph Wolkin, Senior Writer: Johnson.
Jeff Meyer, Senior Writer: Carl Edwards and Darian Grubb now that they have broken the ice.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Truex Jr.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributing Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Toni Montgomery, Senior Editor: Kenseth.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Brad Keselowski.
Matt McLaughlin, Senior Writer: Statistically, the smart money would be on No. 48, but given the penalty and the fact Jimmie and Chad have decided to use the rest of the regular season as a science fair project for the Chase I’ll put my money down on Kevin Harvick.
Brett Winningham, Contributing Writer: Harvick.
Aaron Bearden, Contributing Writer: Jeff Gordon, just to be different from all of the #BlameJJ people.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Truex Jr.
Sean Fesko, Contributing Writer: Gordon.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Johnson.
Mike Neff, Short Track Coordinator: Johnson.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributing Writer: Johnson.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Truex Jr.
Phil Allaway, Senior Editor: Pulling a Joker’s Wild move circa 1973. We’re going off the board and picking Greg Biffle. Past winner, but no one’s expecting him to swoop in right now.
Results: Coca-Cola 600
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||1st||5|
|Mark Howell||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||3rd||3|
|Vito Pugliese||Brad Keselowski||7th||1|
|Greg Davis||Denny Hamlin||8th||1|
|Tony Lumbis||Denny Hamlin||8th||1|
|Jeff Wolfe||Kevin Harvick||9th||1|
|Matt McLaughlin||Kevin Harvick||9th||1|
|Aaron Bearden||Kevin Harvick||9th||1|
|Matt Stallknecht||Kurt Busch||10th||1|
|Zach Catanzareti||Kurt Busch||10th||1|
|Sean Fesko||Kurt Busch||10th||1|
|Mike Neff||Kurt Busch||10th||1|
|Brett Winningham||Kyle Busch||11th||0|
|Tom Bowles||Kasey Kahne||12th||0|
|Huston Ladner||Joey Logano||13th||0|
|Toni Montgomery||Jeff Gordon||15th||0|
|Joseph Wolkin||Jeff Gordon||15th||0|
|Amy Henderson||Jimmie Johnson||40th||-2|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
About the author
Amy is an 20-year veteran NASCAR writer and a six-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 working on her bi-weekly columns Holding A Pretty Wheel (Tuesdays) and Only Yesterday (Wednesdays). A New Hampshire native whose heart is 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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