HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Carl Edwards became the early favorite to win NASCAR's championship with a strong showing in the final practice before Sunday's title-deciding finale.
Edwards was the fastest championship contender in the category that is the best indicator for race readiness. On pure speed, his Toyota was second fastest overall in Saturday's practice. Edwards was fifth on the chart for best 10 consecutive lap averages, and that's typically the clue as to who has a strong car.
"I couldn't have asked for a better practice than that," Edwards said. "We didn't have any problems."
Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and teammate Kyle Busch will...