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Runaway leader Edwards in cruise control entering Daytona

Even Dave Blaney conceded the Busch Series championship is probably out of reach. Carl Edwards' monstrous 784-point advantage appears insurmountable, writes Rupen Fofaria.

Updated: July 6, 2007, 2:29 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Carl Edwards's lead in the NASCAR Busch Series standings has grown so large that the question to competitors is no longer how they plan to chisel away at the 784-point canyon.

"The championship is probably out of reach," said Dave Blaney, a somewhat surprising surrenderer given that he's ranked sixth in the standings with more than half of the season left to race. Then again, sixth place is still an astonishing 945 points off Edwards's blistering pace.

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