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The Monday Rundown: No Letup For Johnson, Keselowski

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sometimes, drivers start slow coming off a big championship run. Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards were slow out of the gate last year, and Edwards didn’t win a race the entire year. But if drivers are supposed to start slow following a championship run, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson didn’t get the memo.

Johnson has finished first and second in the season’s first two races, with Keselowski finishing third twice already.

If these two drivers keep it up, it could end up being them against everyone else for the championship this year.

Here Comes Edwards

Well, it turned out Carl Edwards was right. After an involvement in a wreck took him out of the Daytona 500, Edwards told a NASCAR on Fox interviewer that his team was going to Phoenix and would win the race.

Well, guess what? He was right! Edwards snapped a 70-race winless streak on Sunday, and the win was hardly a fluke. Edwards led 122 out of 316 laps on the way to taking the checkered flag.

How’s that for a prediction? Anyone know if Carl can predict winning lottery numbers?

There was plenty of talk during the offseason about Edwards and the 99 team having something to prove. It didn’t take long for them to back it up.

Carl Edwards is one of the sport’s biggest names. And when one of NASCAR’s most recognized drivers wins, it’s good for racing overall.