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!
+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
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
This week’s predictions: Toyota Save Mart 350
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: My pick this week is Chase Elliott. His NXS road course numbers are pretty darn impressive, and he’s knocking on the door of Victory Lane.
Jeff Meyer, Semi-retired Contributor: Kyle Larson. He’s been knocking more than Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: Tony Stewart.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Kyle Busch. No particular reason. What wine pairs well with M&M’s?
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Clint Bowyer is back!
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Tony Stewart for the win in Wine Country, please.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: How about Martin Truex, Jr.?
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: Carl Edwards.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Kyle Busch–this place is special for him. Got him into the Chase last year, will break his mini bad luck streak this year.
Bryan Gable, Contributor: AJ Allmendinger has been a contender at Sonoma for the past few seasons. I’ll take him this week.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Kurt Busch.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take Jamie McMurray please. Very underrated road racer!
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: The ‘Dinger has to break his bad luck streak, right?
Jason Schultz, Contributor: Jimmie Johnson is always strong at Sonoma and nearly captured the victory last season, making him one to watch.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Kurt Busch.
Results: FireKeepers Casino 400
|Clayton Caldwell||Joey Logano||1st||5|
|Danny Peters||Joey Logano||1st||5|
|Bryan Gable||Chase Elliott||2nd||3|
|Vito Pugliese||Kyle Larson||3rd||3|
|Tony Lumbis||Kyle Larson||3rd||3|
|Jeff Wolfe||Brad Keselowski||4th||3|
|Jeff Meyer||Kevin Harvick||5th||3|
|Corey Brewer||Kevin Harvick||5th||3|
|Amy Henderson||Carl Edwards||6th||1|
|Jason Schultz||Carl Edwards||6th||1|
|Phil Allaway||Tony Stewart||7th||1|
|Greg Davis||Tony Stewart||7th||1|
|Zach Catanzareti||Austin Dillon||8th||1|
|Dustin Albino||Austin Dillon||8th||1|
|Dan Greene||Martin Truex, Jr.||12th||0|
|Aaron Bearden||Martin Truex, Jr.||12th||0|
|Sean Fesko||Matt Kenseth||14th||0|
|Joseph Wolkin||Trevor Bayne||15th||0|
|Mark Howell||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||39th||-3|
|Writer||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
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