In 2011, all eyes were on Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart. They were both vying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title and heading into the Homestead-Miami finale; it was still anyone’s game. At the end of the race, the points were tied, and Stewart walked away with the Championship thanks to his multiple wins.
After losing the title to a tie-breaker, Cousin Carl seemed to lose his momentum in 2012. Last season, he recorded no wins and didn’t even qualify for the Chase. At the end of 2012, Edwards was sitting 15th in points with no wins and only three top-10s.
After 14 races in 2013, Edwards has recorded one win, almost doubled his top-5 finishes, and has finished every race on the schedule. Edwards is currently ranked second in points standings, 51 points behind Jimmie Johnson and with an average finish of 10.5 this season, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Looking through various racing sites such as NASCAR.com, ESPN.com, and SportsIllistrated.com, there are articles galore that say Johnson is well on his way to his sixth Championship or that Matt Kenseth is the hottest driver on the track. What the media and fellow teams are failing to see, it that Carl Edwards is right there, in the middle of it all.
As the series makes its way into the summer months, Edwards is heating up at well. In the last five races, he has recorded three top-10s and one pole. He has also held his position as second in points; 18 points ahead of third place Clint Bowyer.
While eyes are watching Johnson, Kenseth, Harvick and Stewart, Edwards is riding high is second place, just waiting for his turn to sneak up on his unsuspecting competitors and claim another victory, or two. Don’t be surprised to see him in the running for the Championship towards the end of the season. After a disastrous 2012, he is bound and determined to reclaim his rightful spot on top, and this time, walk away with the trophy. Heads up everyone, Cousin Carl is coming, and he shows no signs of slowing down.