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
High-Risk Drivers—Charlotte II
This week’s predictions: Bank of America 500
Amy Henderson, Senior Editor: I think I like Matt Kenseth. He’s on the pole and he’s due for a W.
Dan Greene, Webmaster: Jamie Mac.
Tony Lumbis, Financial Manager: Jamie McMurray benefits from some home race motivation.
Jeff Wolfe, Senior Writer: Let’s go with Loooongaaano (otherwise known as Logano).
Mark Howell, Senior Writer: Kyle Busch for the win and the advance.
Clayton Caldwell, Contributor: I’ll take Amazing Chase from the Exact Same Place…..aka Chase Elliott.
Sean Fesko, Staff Writer: Kyle Busch.
Jeff Meyer, Retiree: I want Carl Edwards.
Vito Pugliese, Senior Writer: James Dennis Hamlin.
Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer: Trevor Bayne.
Danny Peters, Senior Writer: Jimmie Johnson for me please.
Huston Ladner, Senior Editor: I’ll ride with Edwards.
Dustin Albino, Contributor: Denny Hamlin.
Bryan Gable, Staff Writer: Kevin Harvick.
Aaron Bearden, Assistant Editor: I’ll snatch up Kenseth as well if no one just beat me to it.
Corey Brewer, Contributor: Kyle Busch.
Joseph Wolkin, Assistant Editor: Ryan Blaney.
|Jeff Wolfe||Jimmie Johnson||1st||5|
|Huston Ladner||Jimmie Johnson||1st||5|
|Sean Fesko||Brad Keselowski||7th||1|
|Vito Pugliese||Brad Keselowski||7th||1|
|Jeff Meyer||Tony Stewart||9th||1|
|Aaron Bearden||Danica Patrick*||11th||0|
|Tony Lumbis||Carl Edwards||12th||0|
|Amy Henderson||Martin Truex, Jr.||13th||0|
|Corey Brewer||Martin Truex, Jr.||13th||0|
|Bryan Gable||Denny Hamlin||30th||-1|
|Clayton Caldwell||Ryan Blaney*||31st||-2|
|Zach Catanzareti||Ryan Blaney*||31st||-2|
|Mark Howell||Joey Logano||36th||-2|
|Danny Peters||Joey Logano||36th||-2|
|Dan Greene||Kevin Harvick||38th||-3|
|Dustin Albino||Kevin Harvick||38th||-3|
|Joseph Wolkin||Alex Bowman||39th||-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.