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Media predicts Carl Edwards to win Nationwide Series title in 2010

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards was the pick to win the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship in voting by the media on NASCARMedia.com.

Edwards was the "runaway favorite," according to NASCAR, outdistancing Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski.

"It's wonderful that the media picked me as the top contender, but that doesn't mean anything with the competition out there," Edwards said. "There are so many up-and-coming drivers like Brad Keselowski, or the breakthrough guy of this year. We don't know who it's going to be.

"In a way it’s fun to go in as a favorite and a veteran of the series, but it's a little nerve-wracking, too. I'm putting myself out there to get beat by someone that no one expects. I think that's pretty exciting and fun for the fans, too."

Penske's Justin Allgaier was forecast to finish third in the final standings, followed by Braun Racing's Jason Leffler in fourth. Roush Fenway's Colin Braun, one of five Raybestos Rookie contenders this season, was fifth.

The rest of the top 10: JR Motorsports' Kelly Bires in sixth, Rusty Wallace Racing's Brendan Gaughan in seventh, RWR's Steve Wallace in eighth, Roush Fenway's Paul Menard in ninth and first-year full-time driver Trevor Bayne of Diamond-Waltrip Racing in 10th.

Braun was chosen to capture the 2010 Raybestos Rookie honor over Roush Fenway teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., followed by Braun's Brian Scott, Phoenix Racing's James Buescher and Penske's Parker Kligerman.