Carl Edwards: It's His Sprint Cup to Lose

Ken ArmerSenior Writer INovember 14, 2011

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, makes a pit stop during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2011 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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While the Sprint Cup field may be narrowed down to Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards, chances are good that the fat lady has sung on this year's Chase.

Edwards has virtually been the man to beat since the Chase began, and the picture hasn't changed much.

Edwards could certainly be called Mr. Consistency this year, rarely having a bad race. Which is one reason why it is no doubt his Sprint Cup to lose. While Stewart is a great driver, he will have to do better than Edwards in every instance to ensure himself a title.

Problem for Stewart is he has only been consistent of late.

I know what you're thinking—three points isn't that much right? Stewart could easily still win the Sprint Cup. While that is a true observation, it would be overlooking the fact that Carl Edwards, regardless of who wins, runs well, or has problems, has always found himself atop the Chase standings. 

While it will almost certainly come down to qualifying position of who could be named the next Sprint Cup Champ, one thing is hard to ignore: with 18 top fives and 25 top-10s, Carl Edwards is sure to be near the front of the field come the final lap.

Stewart's numbers are strong, but not as insanely high as Edwards.

With as tight as the numbers are it would also be unwise to think Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski or even Jimmie Johnson could win the title, but with Carl Edwards sitting pretty at the top it is no doubt his Cup to lose.