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The 2011 Chase field is set ... sort of

Updated: November 29, 2010, 11:46 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Being picked to win the Sprint Cup championship the year after a strong finish may rank up there with being on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" or the John Madden NFL video game if recent trends hold true.

It's a curse.

Or at least a prerequisite to not winning the title.

In 2005, Carl Edwards finished 35 points behind champion Tony Stewart and was proclaimed the favorite to win the title the following season. He went winless and finished ...

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