Can Carl Edwards Comeback?

Misan AkuyaCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2009

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 25:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford waits in his car for the start of  practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 25, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Carl Edwards is currently 11th in the Sprint Cup series points standings 113 points behind leader Mark Martin.  He has assumed 0 wins, 7 top fives, and 11 top tens in the 2009 season.  This time in 2008 he had 6 wins, 12 top fives, 20 top tens, and was leading points.

It has been an off year for Roush Fenway racing.  Their 5 cars 9th, 11th, 14th, 23rd, and 30th in points. Roush started strong winning the first 2 races of the season including the rain shortened 2009 Daytona 500, but ever since then hasn't been able to reach victory lane.  This could easily become their worst season as an organization.

The question is can Carl Edwards comeback?

Picked by many (including myself) at the start of the season as the guy to dethrone Jimmie Johnson by picking up his first cup, Carl Edwards still knows how to flat get around a racetrack and is still fierce competitor who is willing to stuff his car into the fence to win a race.

His team is still the same group of guys from that dominant 2008 season.  His crew chief Bob Osbourne is the same quiet , calm , yet genius of a crew chief from that 2008 season.

He is still perhaps the best track at tracks like Dover, Auto Club, Texas, Lowes , and Homestead.

Even this season he has shown speed to win.  At Martinsvillie he had made his way to 3rd before cutting down a tire, at Texas he was running away with the lead within 30 to go until a caution fell, came into the pits 1st, came out 10th, and who could forget Talladega when he attempted to block Brad Keselowski and ended up cutting Keselowski off, and flipping on to the grandstand's catch fence.

Edwards knows what it is like to win races, but he doesn't know the feeling for winning a Sprint Cup championship and there are few drivers more determined to win take it all at season's end.

If Edwards can regain some of that magic and speed from 2008, better watch out.  This guy is hungry and one of the fiercest competitors in the Sprint Cup series.  Give him the cars and he will be a major threat.