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The Bowyer-Edwards story only a small part of wild Nationwide season

The 2008 Nationwide Series season started with Carl Edwards vs. Clint Bowyer and ended that way, too. But there were some crazy twists and turns in between, writes Mark Ashenfelter.

Updated: November 20, 2008, 5:47 PM ET
By Mark Ashenfelter | ESPN.com

In February, it didn't take a genius to predict that any championship battle in the Nationwide Series would come down to Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer. Predicting the winner, however, was hardly a given.

Arguments were easy either way as it was hard to go wrong taking Edwards, who was looking to defend a title he won easily despite stumbling late in the 2007 season. And Bowyer was a trendy pick based on his previous prowess in the series.

Bowyer also turned out to ...

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