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Carl Edwards the media favorite to win NASCAR Cup championship in 2010 [updated]

December 15, 2009 | 12:16 pm

2009 Pocono June NSCS racing action Jimmie Johnson Carl Edwards_thumb Carl Edwards was the media's pick to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2009. So much for experts. Edwards went 0-for-36 and finished 11th in the Chase.

In a previous post, Edwards was predicted to win the Cup championship in 2010 by the media. That poll won't be conducted until the NASCAR teams converge in Florida for the Daytona 500 in February.

In looking back at the media's picks, give us credit for predicting Jimmie Johnson would finish second. Even at the beginning of the season, it appears we in the NASCAR media were looking for something other Johnson to write about and cover.

The media also had Kyle Busch having a much better year than he did. Apparently those of us in the media were not taking Juan Pablo Montoya or Brian Vickers very seriously.

Go to Haddock in the Paddock for more on how the media's predictions reflected the actual outcome of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.

-- Tim Haddock

Photo: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet battles for position with Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Penn., in June. Edwards ended up with a second-place finish, his best showing of the year, while Johnson was seventh. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)