Race for the Chase: Carl Edwards // 13 Days ’til Daytona

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Carl Edwards — #99

  • Team: Roush Fenway Racing / Ford
  • Wins In 2013: 2
  • Last Year Chase Result: 13th
  • Carl’s 2013 In A Nutshell: Super Troopers (1981)

Police Chief Grady: Desperation is a stinky cologne.

Why Carl Edwards will not win the Chase in 2014: nscs_carl_edwards.png.main

Edwards has been in a bit of a tailspin over the past two years. Although this past year he did make the Chase, he still finished in dead last. A sign that whatever was wrong with him the year prior, has not changed. The king of backflips hasn’t done much differently over the offseason and the more time he spends in the booth attempting to be a decent announcer (he’s not), the worse he gets on the track. So maybe Edwards will make the chase this year and finish one place higher than last year (probably not).  Or he could just end up being a full time announcer (let’s hope not).

Why Carl Edwards will win the Chase in 2014: 

When he’s in a groove, he’s tough to beat.  In ‘08, he won 9 races and got second in the Chase.  3 years later, he finished second in the Chase again and everyone thought he was the next big thing.  There have been some hiccups along the way, but Edwards is going to be back this year and ready to go.  There were some positives from last year that are a sign of good things to come. For one the man had 4 poles, which aren’t always the best indicator, but it does show that he has a fast car and can drive it well, as long as he avoids piling up those DNFs.  If he can start this year like he did the last and make the Chase, there’s no telling just how high he’ll finish.  And heck, maybe he’ll get that first crown and have a back flip for the ages.

 

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