Welcome to our ninth year of staff predictions! Each week, our experts attempt to predict 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!
+5 – Win
+3 – 2nd-5th
+1 – 6th-10th
0 – 11th-20th
-1 – 21st-30th
-2 – 31st-36th
-3 – 37th-40th
This week’s predictions: Auto Club 400
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I’m going with Jimmie Johnson–Superman will hand Batman his ass on a platter.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Jimmie Johnson.
Matt Stallknecht, Senior Editor: Kurt Busch.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: My pick is Kyle Larson for his first career Cup win.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor: Kurt Busch.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: Matt DiBene-didgeridoo.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Matt Kenseth.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Kevin Harvick.
Zach Catanzareti, Contributor: LarSON!
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Aric Almirola.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Denny Hamlin.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Kyle Busch.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: Dale Jr.
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor: For this week, I’m going with Austin Dillon. He’s got the best average finish of the drivers still available and he’s got Big Mo on his side.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Kevin Harvick at his “home” track.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: Brian Vickers. Runs great here.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Sean Fesko, Contributor: Kyle Busch.
Michael Finley, Contributor: My pick, Ryan Newman has been quietly consistent at Auto Club. He isn’t a “sexy” pick like a Johnson or a Busch, but his five top 10s in the past six races there is best among all drivers.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Good Sam 400
|Amy Henderson||Kevin Harvick||1st||5|
|Michael Finley||Kevin Harvick||1st||5|
|Jeff Meyer||Carl Edwards||2nd||3|
|Jason Schultz||Kyle Busch||4th||3|
|Danny Peters||Kyle Busch||4th||3|
|Sean Fesko||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||5th||3|
|Bryan Gable||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||5th||3|
|Matt Stallknecht||Kurt Busch||6th||1|
|Vito Pugliese||Kurt Busch||6th||1|
|Zach Catanzareti||Austin Dillon||9th||1|
|Huston Ladner||Jimmie Johnson||11th||0|
|Aaron Bearden||Jimmie Johnson||11th||0|
|Dustin Albino||Martin Truex, Jr.||14th||0|
|Jeff Wolfe||Joey Logano||18th||0|
|Tony Lumbis||Matt DiBenedetto||20th||0|
|Greg Davis||Trevor Bayne||23rd||-1|
|Clayton Caldwell||Brad Keselowski||29th||-1|
|Dan Greene||Cole Whitt||36th||-2|
|Mark Howell||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||37th||-3|
|Joseph Wolkin||Paul Menard||38th||-3|
|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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