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2016 Frontstretch Cup: Staff Predictions for the FireKeepers Casino 400

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—Michigan I:
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael Annett
Josh Wise
Reed Sorenson
Landon Cassill
Cole Whitt

This week’s predictions: FireKeepers Casino 400

Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My pick this week is Carl Edwards.  Sorry, Cousin Carl fans…
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor:
I’ll take Kevin Harvick.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer:
A. Dillon…A is in “Austin”!
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Martin Truex, Jr.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor:
Trevor Bayne. YOLO. 
Phil Allaway, Newsletter Editor:
For this week, I’m going to press my luck and go with Tony Stewart.
Mark Howell, Senior Writer:
Dale Jr. for the win.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor:
Martin Truex, Jr.
Greg Davis, Senior Writer: Call me crazy… Going out on a huge limb here, but he’s been fast this weekend: Tony Stewart.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Kyle Larson.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Brad Keselowski.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Larson makes it two in a row for interim crew chiefs.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: Chase Elliott.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: I will go with Logano.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor:
 I’ll take Logano too. Roger Penske would love to win at Michigan!
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Matt Kenseth.
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Carl Edwards.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Austin Dillon
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Kevin Harvick.

Axalta We Paint Winners 400

 

Writer Pick Finishing Position Points
Tony Lumbis Kurt Busch 1st 5
Jason Schultz Kurt Busch 1st 5
Dan Greene Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2nd 3
Clayton Caldwell Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2nd 3
Aaron Bearden Brad Keselowski 3rd 3
Dustin Albino Chase Elliott 4th 3
Jeff Wolfe Joey Logano 5th 3
Vito Pugliese Joey Logano 5th 3
Huston Ladner Carl Edwards 8th 1
Joseph Wolkin Carl Edwards 8th 1
Jeff Meyer Kyle Larson 11th 0
Mark Howell Kyle Larson 11th 0
Zach Catanzareti Jamie McMurray 17th 0
Amy Henderson Martin Truex, Jr. 19th 0
Sean Fesko Martin Truex, Jr. 19th 0
Danny Peters Kyle Busch 31st -2
Bryan Gable Jimmie Johnson 35th -2

 

Standings

 Writer Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Jeff Wolfe 27 14 3 7 9
Bryan Gable 26 -1 12 1 7 10
Dustin Albino 22 -5 13 2 5 8
Jeff Meyer 17 -10 13 1 5 7
Dan Greene 17 -10 14 1 4 9
Tony Lumbis 17 -10 14 1 5 6
Jason Schultz 15 -12 12 1 4 7
Danny Peters 14 -13 13 2 5 7
Clayton Caldwell 14 -13 13 0 3 6
Vito Pugliese 14 -13 14 2 3 8
Aaron Bearden 12 -15 9 0 3 5
Huston Ladner 11 -16 13 0 3 6
Mark Howell 10 -16 12 1 3 5
Sean Fesko 8 -19 14 1 4 5
Joseph Wolkin 8 -19 14 1 3 5
Amy Henderson 6 -21 14 3 4 6
Phil Allaway 5 -22 10 1 3 3
Jerry Jordan 4 -23 2 0 1 2
Mike Neff 3 -24 5 0 2 2
Tom Bowles 3 -24 2 0 1 1
Summer Bedgood 1 -26 1 0 0 1
Zach Catanzareti 0 -27 13 0 1 3
Greg Davis -1 -28 1 0 0 0
Matt Stallknecht -1 -28 5 0 0 3
Kevin Rutherford -2 -29 3 0 0 0
Michael Finley -2 -30 1 0 0 0

 

About the author

The Frontstretch Staff is made up of a group of talented men and women spread out all over the United States and Canada. Residing in 15 states throughout the country, plus Ontario, and widely ranging in age, the staff showcases a wide variety of diverse opinions that will keep you coming back for more week in and week out.

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JohnDoe

My pick this week is that #21 car for the first win

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