Does this situation seem a bit familar to you?

Well it should because the NASCAR Sprint Cup points race involves Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, who squared off for the title in 2008.

While it wasn't the closest championship battle nor the most memorable, it pittied the best of stock car racing in about every way possible.

Ford's premier team in Roush-Fenway Racing was represented by Carl Edwards and his No. 99 AFLAC crew while Chevrolet had Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Lowe's comrades vying for the crown.

Ultimately, Johnson emerged as the winner with his third straight title while Edwards was left wondering how his nine-win season wasn't enough for the ultimate prize in NASCAR.

Since that year, the pride of El Cajon, CA has managed to win two additional Cup championships while Edwards' fortunes went to hell and back.

After struggling mightily in 2009 and saving face for Ford last year with two wins and a fourth-place points finish, it appears as if the Columbia, MO native has returned to his top form.

Edwards enters this Sunday evening's Coca-Cola 600 (Live 5 PM ET on FOX) as the points leader, a reign he's held since the April 9 race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Although he only has a victory to boot so far this year, he's parlayed his success in 2011 with consistency, an oft-used tactic to win the Holy Grail of NASCAR.

So far, he's compiled an average finish of 7.3, boosted by a five race streak of top-1 in which "Cousin Carl's" worst finish in that stretch was a seventh at Dover.

As for his series rival, it's been yet another solid start to a title defense.

Like Edwards, five-time series titlist Jimmie Johnson has a win, along with four top-fives and seven top-10's. Consistency seems to also be his main focus, as he's compiled an average finish of 9.4 in the first 11 races of the year.

Figuring their statistics thus far in 2011, it's no surprise that both drivers are atop the points standings, even with the new system in place that offers very little margin of error with every race.

Johnson's team has been streaky this year in terms of their finishes. Sure, their performances have been top notch but a caveat with "Five-Time" has been his car's lack of speed late in a race.

For instance, the May 15 running of the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks should have been in the bag for Johnson.

By far, he had the fastest car in the field and his six previous wins at Dover were enough reasons to believe it was another patented Johnson victory in the making.

Additionally, he led 207 of the 400 laps run that day, but his car's handling faded late as the sun peaked over the concrete arena.

To his defense, Edwards also came up short as well in his bid for the race win. However, it was due to pit strategy, which also did him during the prior race at Darlington.

What could possibly explain for Edwards' sudden re-emergence as a title contender?

Over the past year, Roush-Fenway sorted out their engine problems with their new FR-9 power plants, which have proven to be their "ace up their sleeves."

That extra bit of horsepower has allowed the No. 99 team to excel in the corners, particularly in the middle of a turn where momentum can be a pivotal factor for strong straightaway speeds.

Translation: expect the Roush-Fenway Racing teams to dominate at the intermediate, 1.5-mile circuits.

In that aspect, that seems to be the No. 48's shortcoming, as well as the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization.

Their cars haven't been able to keep up with the fast Ford fleet from Jack Roush, although the Nos. 48 and 88 Chevrolet Impala teams have shown flashes of brilliance to compete for wins at intermediate tracks.

So racing fans, who will emerge as the overall winner for this year's Sprint Cup title?

Will it be another season with Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 team pulling off another championship via a solid Chase campaign?

Or will Carl Edwards and his crew chief Bob Osborne finally defeat their nemesis at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November?

Time will only tell and perhaps by late summer, this season's NASCAR Sprint Cup championship may be more than just a two horse race.