Prediction Row

The concept is simple - predict the winner of each Sprint Cup race. The reality of doing this is quite challenging!

Prediction Row is coordinated by Silky Meegan, working with club members and staff at The Villages Daily Sun. She receives the predictions from each competitor prior to every race. These predictions are sent to the Daily Sun for publication in the Sports section on the day of each Sprint Cup race. Following every race, Silky tallies the totals and notifies the competitors and the Daily Sun.

The rules have evolved over the years - the number of predictors has varied from as few as five to as many as 12 and the scoring methods have been tweaked. None the less, the competition has always been interesting.

We would be remiss if we didn't thank our friends in The Villages Daily Sun Sports Department for their support and cooperation over the years. We sincerely appreciate the recognition our club receives when our predictions are published on race days.

Since 2008, the Prediction Row competition has been won by the following champions:

2016

2016 Prediction Row Champion - Harry Scheiblin

Our Prediction Row competition continued to emphasize winning a Sprint Cup race. Standings were determined by wins, with points used as a tie breaker.

Six club members competed in the Spring Segment - races 1-13. They were Carol Angiolo, Darren Ivey, Tom Meyer, Lou Palmer, Dennis Passehl and Harry Scheiblin. Six more members competed in the Summer Segment - races 14-26. They were Steph Allen, Dan Gammon, Bill Garcia, Renetta Thompson, Mike Touchette and Bob Watson.

The Top 3 in each segment transferred into the Chase Segment - races 27-36. The competitors in the Chase Segment were Steph Allen, Carol Angiolo, Dan Gammon, Darren Ivey, Harry Scheiblin and Renetta Thompson.

A rookie predictor, Harry Scheiblin, led the way with three wins and his name has been added to the trophy. He can proudly display the traveling trophy and will defend his crown in 2017.

The final 2016 standings were:
3 wins, 352 points  Harry Scheiblin
2 wins, 319 points  Steph Allen
2 wins, 308 points  Darren Ivey
2 wins, 303 points  Carol Angiolo
1 win, 354 points  Renetta Thompson
1 win, 318 points  Dan Gammon

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2015

2015 Prediction Row Champion - Darren Ivey

NASCAR's emphasis on winning a Sprint Cup race was the model used for our scoring. Standings were determined by wins, with points used as a tie breaker.

Six club members competed in the Spring Segment - races 1-13. They were Dan Gammon, Kim Garcia, Darren Ivey, Tony Kennea, Jim Pappas and Lois Taylor. Six more members competed in the Summer Segment - races 14-26. They were Don Day, Tina Ivey, John Kitowicz, Dave Monahan, Wendy Touchette and Bob Woodsford.

The Top 3 in each segment transferred into the Chase Segment - races 27-36. The competitors in the Chase Segment were Don Day, Darren Ivey, Tina Ivey, Jim Pappas, Lois Taylor and Bob Woodsford.

For the first time in Prediction Row history, we had a husband and wife competing against each other, and they took it down to the wire. Darren Ivey earned the honor of having his name engraved on the traveling trophy. When accepting the trophy, Darren confidently declared that his name can be added as the 2016 champion.

The final 2015 standings were:
3 wins, 383 points  Darren Ivey
2 wins, 329 points  Tina Ivey
1 win, 333 points  Lois Taylor
1 win, 301 points  Bob Woodsford
1 win, 223 points  Don Day
0 wins, 263 points  Jim Pappas

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2014

2014 Prediction Row Champion - Shirley Birchwale

When NASCAR announced its emphasis on winning a Sprint Cup race, our competition followed suit. Standings were determined by wins with points used as a tie breaker.

Six club members competed in Segment One - races 1-13. They were John Angiolo, Syd Baker, Paul Barth, Gerry Greim, Barb Pappas and Janine Woodsford. Six more members competed in Segment Two - races 14-26. They were Mike Anderson, Shirley Birchwale, Mimi Carter, Tom Horrmann, David Vanderwall and Daryl Ware.

The Top 3 in each segment transferred into the Chase Segment - races 27-36. The competitors in the Chase Segment were Mike Anderson, John Angiolo, Syd Baker, Shirley Birchwale, David Vanderwall and Janine Woodsford.

Shirley Birchwale, a rookie predictor, prevailed over all others and now has her name engraved on the trophy. She can proudly display the traveling trophy accompanied by bragging rights until a new champion is crowned in 2015.

The final standings were:
3 wins, 356 points  Shirley Birchwale
2 wins, 384 points  John Angiolo
2 wins, 334 points  David Vanderwall
1 win, 356 points  Mike Anderson
1 win, 337 points  Janine Woodsford
0 wins, 302 points  Syd Baker

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2013

2013 Prediction Row Champion - Syd Baker

A new era of Prediction Row began with the awarding of the new, official Prediction Row traveling trophy.

Six club members competed in Segment One - races 1-13. They were Syd Baker, Gary Civiletti, Jerry Conkle, Gerry Hafer, Wayne Nolan and Alan Stone. Six more members competed in Segment Two - races 14-26. They were Mike Anderson, Jim Carter, Jim Dunaway, Corky Eck, Jon Neville and Wendy Touchette.

The Top 3 in each segment transferred into the Chase Segment - races 27-36. The competitors in the Chase Segment were Syd Baker, Jim Carter, Gary Civiletti, Jon Neville, Alan Stone and Wendy Touchette.

Syd Baker, the first predictor to win this prize, can proudly display this traveling trophy accompanied by official bragging rights until a new champion is crowned in 2014. The names of these previous champs are also inscribed on the trophy: "Big Dave" Bockman, Silky Meegan, Bill Tharp, Alan Stone and Wayne Nolan. We thank club Godfather, Dick Anderson, for donating this beautiful trophy from his private museum collection in Wildwood.

The final standings were:
416  Syd Baker
412  Alan Stone
371  Jon Neville
361  Gary Civiletti
354  Jim Carter
293  Wendy Touchette

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2012

2012 Prediction Row Champion - Wayne Nolan

Six club members competed in Segment One - races 1-13. They were Glen Carter, Gary Civiletti, Fred Coenen, Jerry Conkle, Bob Giles and Wendy Touchette. Six more members competed in Segment Two - races 14-26. They were Corky Eck, Jon Neville, Wayne Nolan, Matt Patterson, Connie Scalzitti and Alan Stone.

The Top 3 in each segment who transferred into the 10-race Chase Segment were Fred Coenen, Jerry Conkle, Corky Eck, Bob Giles, Jon Neville and Wayne Nolan.

As is often the case in stock car racing, the sprint to the finish was a shocker, with Wayne Nolan coming out of nowhere to overtake the leaders in the closing laps at Homestead.

On average, Nolan's picks during the ten Chase races finished tenth, while runner up Jerry Conkle racked up an 11.3 average and third-place finisher Bob Giles came in at an 11.4 average. During the Chase Segment, Jon Neville occupied the top spot seven of the ten weeks, but dropped to fourth as a result of Jimmy Johnson's final race problems. Neville's overall Chase average fell to 13.5 for the full ten races.

The final standings were:
354  Wayne Nolan
345  Jerry Conkle
335  Bob Giles
334  Jon Neville
317  Corky Eck
302  Fred Coenen

2011

2011 Prediction Row Champion - Alan Stone

The competition for 2011 was "spiced up" to enable more members to show their skills. The season was split into two 13-race segments. The Top 3 in each segment transferred into a 10-race Chase Segment - races 27-36, which coincides with the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Six club members competed in Segment One - races 1-13. They were Dave Bockman, Jim Carter, Gary Civiletti, Dave Colbert, Connie Scalzitti and Alan Stone. Six more members competed in Segment Two - races 14-26. They were Syd Baker, Glen Carter, Jerry Conkle, Jim Dunaway, Corky Eck and Wendy Touchette.

The Top 3 in each segment who transferred into the Chase Segment were Syd Baker, Jim Carter, Gary Civiletti, Jerry Conkle, Jim Dunaway and Alan Stone.

The competition was intense for the whole season and the excitement didn't diminish during the Chase Segment. Runner-up Jim Dunaway held the lead through nine Chase races only to suffer a fate similar to that of Carl Edwards in the Sprint Cup competition. In the tension-filled season finale at Homestead, Dunaway sat transfixed as eventual Cup winner Tony Stewart methodically ground his way to a win over Carl Edwards, watching his lead evaporate due to Alan Stone's selection of Tony Stewart as the winner.

The final standings were:
52  Alan Stone
51  Jim Dunaway
50  Jim Carter
48  Jerry Conkle
47  Gary Civiletti
45  Syd Baker

2010

2010 Prediction Row Champion - Bill Tharp

Six predictors competed for the entire 36-race Sprint Cup season. The participants were Syd Baker, Jerry Conkle, Silky Meegan, Connie Scalzitti, Bill Tharp and Bill Wilkie.

When the checkered flag waved at the season finale at Homestead, Bill Tharp was crowned the champion of season three.

The final standings were:
210  Bill Tharp
199  Bill Wilkie
187  Silky Meegan
185  Connie Scalzitti
166  Jerry Conkle
161  Syd Baker

2009

2009 Prediction Row Champion - Silky Meegan

In the second season of Prediction Row, there were eight club members who provided predictions for the entire 36-race season. They were Dave Bockman, Buster Burt, Glen Carter, Gerry Hafer, Silky Meegan, Harry Perret, Wendy Touchette and Linda Turecek.

At season's end, Silky Meegan was crowned the champion. She prevailed over her competition with some awesome statistics: 12 winners predicted and her predictions finished in the Top-10 26 times.

The final standings were:
281  Silky Meegan
266  Linda Turecek
251  Gerry Hafer
230  Glen Carter
227  Dave Bockman
215  Wendy Touchette
214  Harry Perret
204  Buster Burt

2008

2008 Prediction Row Champion - Dave Bockman

Larry Croom, representing The Villages Daily Sun, presented "Big Dave" Bockman with the top prize in the Prediction Row sweepstakes.

For this inaugural edition of Prediction Row, five members of the club were selected to submit weekly predictions for the outcome of Sprint Cup events. The point system was based on highest finishing positions among the drivers for whom predictions were made.

Participating club members were (in order of finish in the competition):
Dave Bockman
Rich Freed
Wendy Touchette
Glen Carter
Gerry Hafer