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Carl Edwards to be Honored with ‘Pure Class’ Award

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Slightly under 1 year ago, Carl Edwards was 10 laps away from his first NASCAR Cup Series championship. He was leading in the 2016 season finale at Homestead late in the race. On a restart with 10 laps to go, he blocked a move by Joey Logano. Consequently, this ended with Edwards wrecked. As a result, his title hopes were over. Also, Edwards announced his retirement from NASCAR in January 2017. The former racing star is now 1 of 9 honorees of the Musial Awards.

These awards honor the greatest moments of sportsmanship and are held by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation. This awards ceremony is named after Stan Musial, a late St. Louis Cardinals Hall-of-Famer is known for his modesty. As a result of his well-known personality, Musial was known by fans simply as ‘Stan the Man.’

Why Edwards was Chosen

The St. Louis Sports Commission had the following to say about why Carl Edwards was chosen as a recipient. “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 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 2007 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.” Due to this moment of incredible selflessness, Edwards is being recognized by his home state.

The awards ceremony for the Musial Awards presented by Maryville University is a yearly event held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The historic Peabody Opera House in St. Louis is the venue. In conclusion, the 2017 ceremony will be held on November 18.