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NASCAR Cup: Carl Edwards honored for sportsmanship

Carl Edwards (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Carl Edwards (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and Columbia, Mo., native, Carl Edwards, is one of nine recipients of 2017 Musial Awards presented by Maryville University and named for former St. Louis Cardinal, Stan Musial. The 2017 awards will be presented Nov. 18 at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis.

Musial Awards are awarded for sportsmanship, and Edwards was chosen as a recipient for his handling of a wreck in the 2016 Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway when he was one of four drivers vying for that year’s championship.

Edwards was the race leader late in last year’s season finale when he wrecked with Joey Logano as he blocked Logano after a restart in an attempt to maintain his lead. After the incident, Edwards visited Logano’s pit box and shook the hand of Logano’s crew chief, Todd Gordon.

“Instead of losing his cool, as other athletes might have done, Edwards took the high road and showed pure class,” read a statement from the St. Louis Sports Commission. “He walked over to Logano’s pit crew, shook hands with crew chief Todd Gordon, and wished the team good luck. It was a gesture of extraordinary sportsmanship lauded throughout NASCAR.
“Based on the character he has shown throughout his career, it was not a surprise Edwards would take such a gracious approach. Winner of NASCAR’s Busch Series in 2011 and holder of 28 Cup Series wins, the Columbia, Mo., native’s success on the track is equaled by the class, respect and humility he has personified over time.”

Edwards stepped away from NASCAR competition in January 2017. After stints in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series, Edwards made 445-career starts in the Cup Series between 2004 and 2016, posting 28 wins, 124 top-fives and 220 top-10 finishes. He began his Cup Series career with Roush Fenway Racing and finished it with Joe Gibbs Racing, switching teams in 2015.

Other 2017 Musial Awards recipients include Abbey D’Agostino; Michael Bidwill; Aliyah Charbonier; Matthew Garcia; Paul Mainieri; Dion Puthoff; Kaleb Carter and Carla Collins; and Krista Young, Levi Thompson and the Hawkeye Wave. Jackie Joyner-Kersee will receive the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship.

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