Carl Edwards And The Second Place Syndrome
Last Year the No. 99 car was dominating the Cup standings all season long until the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale when Carl Edwards lost the title to Tony Stewart.
Ever since losing the Cup title to Stewart in a tiebreaker, Edwards has not been the competitive racer he was last year. In the 2011 season Edwards scored his first and only win of the season at Las Vegas. He stayed on top posting top ten and top five finishes.
Entering the 2012 season it was expected that the second place finisher would suffer a set back the following season, as it has been seen with several drivers the past few years. Edwards continued his good run heading into this year’s Daytona 500 by winning the pole. Ever since winning the pole Edwards has been a bit quiet but trying to avoid the second place syndrome.
One of Edward’s biggest set backs was in Bristol when he only ran less than half of the race and finishing 39th. The Food City 500 has been his poorest finish to date. In the following races he has been fighting his way back to the top.
With eight races into the season Edwards is ninth in the points with two top-five finishes and five top tens. He managed to go up two spots in the standings with a ninth place finish at Kansas.
The spotlight may have shifted from Edwards being the top driver over at Roush Fenway Racing but the road for him to improve continues or the second place syndrome continues.
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