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Edwards nearly stole Stewart's thunder

Originally Published: November 23, 2005
By Mark Ashenfelter | Special to ESPN.com

For Carl Edwards, the 2005 Nextel Cup campaign was something well beyond a dream come true. Even an eternal optimist like Edwards wasn't expecting four wins and a third-place points finish in his first full season.

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., this past season probably didn't stand a chance of going this poorly even in his worst preseason nightmares. Sure, he'd be adjusting to a new crew chief, despite winning six times in 2004, but how hard could that be for a driver who'd never finished worst ...

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