|The No. 99 was out early Sunday|
It appears he may have been wrong.
Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing team battled Tony Stewart to the bitter end last season, ending the 36-race championship chase in a dead-heat tie for the title. Stewart prevailed in a tiebreaker -- five wins to one – making Edwards the most successful non-champion in the history of the sport and establishing him as a preseason favorite to claim the 2012 Sprint Cup.
In the aftermath of Sunday’s Fed Ex 400 at Dover International Speedway, Edwards finds himself outside the Top 10 in points and fading fast. After a mediocre, 19th-place qualifying effort, Edwards ran mid-pack for 160 laps Sunday before cutting a tire and clouting the Turn One wall en route to a 26th-place finish.
|Edwards is now 12th in points|
It’s all so eerily familiar.
In 2009, Edwards seemed primed for a title run after finishing second to Jimmie Johnson the previous season. He failed to deliver on that promise, however, finishing a disappointing 11th in the championship standings.
There is still time to right the ship, but with the 2012 regular season now half complete, it’s beginning to look like déjà vu, all over again.
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