Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Carl Edwards Receives Stan Musial Award

Carl Edwards Receives Stan Musial Award

The Annual Ceremony Will Be Held Nov. 18

The Musial Awards is named after late St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer, Stan Musial. The award honors this year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and the biggest names in sports for their class and character. 

Carl Edwards Receives Stan Musial Award #NASCAR

Here is the awards committee description of Edward’s action at last year’s season Monster Energy NASCAR finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway which earned him the award.

“Last November at Homestead—Miami Speedway, Edwards was among four drivers in contention for NASCAR’s Cup Series championship. He led the season finale race with 10 laps to go. But as he tried to block competitor Joey Logano from passing him on a restart, the two drivers crashed, ending Edwards’ shot for his first Cup Series title.

“Instead of losing his cool, as other athletes might have done, Edwards took the high road and showed pure class. 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 that was 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.”

Logano ended up fourth in the race and second among the Championship 4 as Jimmie Johnson won his seventh Cup title in a remarkable finish.

In January 2017, Carl Edwards officially announced that he will not compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2017, calling a halt to a career that included 28 victories at NASCAR's top level, 10 Chase appearances and two second-place finishes in the series' championship point’s battle.

"Life is short," Edwards told a room full of media, sponsor representatives and other assorted team and NASCAR officials Wednesday. "You've got to do what your gut tells you."

Officially, his last victory came at Texas Motor Speedway in last year's AAA Texas 500. It was his fourth win at the 1.5-mile track and guaranteed Edwards a berth in the Championship 4.

Carl Edwards, right, walks off the track after a crash in NASCAR's 2016 Sprint Cup championship race in Homestead, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Joe Cavaretta / AP)

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Unknown said...

Glad to know,Carl will receive this award! Am a,St.LOUIS fan!And liked Carl as a driver!

NASCAR Race Mom said...

Hello Karen Raufeisen - Thanks for your comment.