2013 Season Preview: No. 7 Carl Edwards

As we count down to the 2013 Daytona 500, we're also counting down how we think the Chase will play out this season as predicted by Nick Bromberg, Jay Busbee, Jay Hart and Geoffrey Miller. So sit back, relax, and watch the 2013 Chase unfold before your very eyes. Though you should be warned, we picked this guy to win last year.

2012 Finish: 15th. Winless

2013 Predictions:
Bromberg: 9th
Busbee: 7th
Hart: 5th
Miller: 6th

Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig

When we last saw Edwards: When did we last see Edwards? When he won the Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen? When he was penalized for a restart violation while leading at Richmond? When he won the pole at Daytona? Or, maybe if you're an Edwards fan, you think back to the final race of 2011 and pretend that 2012 didn't happen.

Big Question for 2013: When will he get back to victory lane? Crazy to think that we're saying that about a driver who won nine races in 2008, but it's true. And also not unprecedented. After winning six races in 2007, Jeff Gordon went 47 races without a win before he won at Texas. But for Edwards, the streak is at astonishing 69 races.

Track most likely to win at: Homestead. Two wins and seven top 10s in nine races bodes well for Edwards' chances if he's in the thick of the championship hunt going into the final race. Of course, he did finish second in 2011, but we'll stop talking about that now. Promise.

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Track most likely to require a miracle to win at: Talladega just doesn't like Edwards. In 17 starts, his average finish is outside the top 20 and he's finished in the top five just once.

How Edwards could win the Chase: Just win, baby. In the four seasons since that 2008 season, Edwards has won three races -- two in 2010 and one in 2011. That's it.As you can see, we're banking on that to happen this year. Edwards and Jimmy Fennig may take a few races to learn each others' tendencies, but they are both too good in their respective positions and working with too good of equipment to make Edwards' slump much more prolonged than it is.

How Edwards couldn't: He and Fennig don't gel together and Edwards has yet another crew chief. The odds of that happening are pretty slim -- you have to think Jack Roush will stick together with the pair for a while. However, you had to think the odds of Edwards finishing 15th and being a non-factor last year were pretty slim too.

A Haiku:
Hey Clint, yes I do
Just need to win some races
And we'll make the Chase

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