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Carl Edwards Is Back In NASCAR Contender Shape

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NASCAR season is all about redemption for Carl Edwards and just two races into the year he is already getting it.

Last Sunday Edwards made his way back into Victory Lane when he won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, shifting his luck for the better after his runner-up finish in the points in 2011. Before Edwards could get back to his winning ways he still had a run in with the bad luck that followed him throughout 2012.

During the 2013 Daytona 500 and throughout all of Speedweeks, Edwards went through a bit of trouble in practice sessions, the Sprint Unlimited, the Budweiser Duel and the Daytona 500. In the course of two weekends Edwards had wrecked five cars and the 2013 Speedweeks were one of his worst.

Prior to the race at Phoenix, Edwards had not gone onto win a race since the 2011 season in the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On Sunday he ended a 70 race winless streak and officially ending his bad luck from the second place syndrome following the 2011 season.

As the 2013 season progresses Edwards is looking to make up for a disastrous 2012 season, one that left him out of the picture and unforgotten on a few occasions. During the first Richmond race last year he was close to capturing a win that could have helped to possibly save his season but a penalty on the restart took that all away.

With Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the next stop in the 2013 schedule it comes at a right time for Edwards following his win. Prior to the win at Phoenix, the next stop on the schedule was where his last win occurred. Not only has Edwards won at Las Vegas twice, in 2008 and 2011 but he also averages a 10.3 finish. He has average a top ten finish and an average running position of 12.0 and it allows him to continue his latest success.

Edwards is well on his way to get his redemption after falling victim to the second place syndrome. If Phoenix proved to be great for him there’s no telling what Las Vegas or even the remainder of the season will have in store for him.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy