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Carl Edwards to be honored with sportsmanship award

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52   //    19 Sep 2017, 02:33 IST
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Carl Edwards will be honored in November for his good sportsmanship at last year's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The NASCAR driver will be one of the people celebrated at the Musial Awards in St. Louis on Nov. 18.

Edwards was in a position to claim his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series title last November, but was wrecked by Joey Logano late in the race. Edwards was running second and tried to block Logano, who bumped him and the two spun out to cause a wreck that claimed six other cars with 10 laps remaining. 

Instead of getting upset following the race, Edwards walked over to Logano's pit box and shook hands with Logano's crew chief, Todd Gordon, and wished Logano's team good luck.

NASCAR is sometimes infamous for post-race encounters between angry drivers, but the gesture by Edwards was something lauded by the NASCAR community.

"That’s just a stand-up guy," Gordon told USA Today at the time. "I’ve (gained) a lot of respect for Carl today. I don’t know that there’s many guys who would do that."

The 38-year-old Edwards, who retired from NASCAR in January, finished fourth in last year's standings as Logano was second behind Jimmie Johnson. He said he tried his best in the final race of his career, which included 28 Cup Series wins. He also said the crash was "100-percent" on him.

"Highlighted by what happened at Homestead, but also beyond just that moment, it’s clear that Carl Edwards embodies the sportsmanship virtues we seek to celebrate at the Musial Awards," Frank Viverito, president of the St. Louis Sports Commission, said in a release. "He is very deserving of this honor, especially with an award that stands for integrity and civility in sports."

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