Carl Edwards: The "Jimmie Johnson" of the Nationwide Series
Just when it seems like Carl Edwards is going to have a bad day and a Nationwide regular may have a chance to win—let alone gain some points—the breaks begin to swing his way.
In Saturday's race, Edwards was running up front when a tire began to go down. As Edwards dropped down the order, he attempted to get to the inside of the track and hit pit road.
For those who missed it, his tire came off and he spun.
Did he hit anything? No.
Did he damage his car? No.
Did he go a lap down? Sure, but that didn't matter.
Being a lap down for Edwards is like worrying about where Matt Kenseth starts every weekend.
As the race turned green for a number of laps, Edwards kept up with the leaders to remain the first car a lap down.
Each time teammate Greg Biffle put another car a lap down, Edwards was there to make up the position.
Once Biffle pitted, Edwards was all but secured the Lucky Dog spot.
When Edwards hit pit road, he was caught speeding.
The rules for NASCAR mandate that a driver speeding must do a pass-through penalty on pit road—something that probably would have put Edwards a second lap down, ending his chances of a top-10 finish.
However, as always, Edwards received yet another break.
This time it came when teammate David Ragan would get collected in the wall, bringing out another caution.
If a driver hasn't served his penalty, he simply goes to the tail end of the longest line.
Here is where I think NASCAR needs to re-think a rule. If a driver was going to be forced to do a pass-through penalty (essentially losing a lap) under green, why should they not be penalized a lap during caution?
Sure, starting at the tail end of the longest line is a bit of a disadvantage, but not when you are Edwards.
Within laps, Edwards was back up competing for a top-five finish.
Were the breaks over for Edwards? No.
With four laps to go, Edwards appeared to be headed towards a third place finish—at best.
Edwards was more than two seconds behind race leader Biffle, and at least one second behind second-place Jason Leffler.
The caution bunched the field back up and Edwards restarted third with a green-white-checkered to finish the race.
Need another break Edwards?
How about Lefler running out of gas as they take the green flag?
On the final lap, Edwards couldn't reach his teammates bumper, but he did bring home a runner-up finish.
Sounds an awful lot like Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe's team in the Cup Series...doesn't it?
Johnson is infamous for having problems, and battling through the field for a top-five finish—or a win.
How many times have we seen him spin, yet hit nothing?
It's aggravating as a NASCAR fan to watch the same things each and every weekend.
Please NASCAR, bring back the Nationwide Series. Bring back the series that used to be one of the—if not the—most exciting series to watch week in and week out.
I, for one, am tired of watching Edwards, Kyle Busch, and the other Cup regulars dominate the races.
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