Matt Kenseth’s spotter honored by National Motorsports Press Association

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Chris Osborne, spotter for Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suarez, has been named the recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Pocono Spirit Award for the first quarter.

The award is given quarterly and recognizes character and achievement in the face of adversity, as well as sportsmanship and contribution to motorsports.

Osborne and his family were injured in a Dec. 17 automobile accident when the vehicle Osborne was driving was struck head-on. Police cited the driver of the other car with driving while impaired, along with careless and reckless driving and having an open container in his vehicle.

Osborne suffered a compound fracture of his right leg that required nearly 25 screws. His wife broke nine ribs and also broke her right hip, shoulder and elbow. Osborne’s son suffered a partially collapsed lung, cracked sternum, concussion and broken nose.

Osborne missed the first five races, making his return at Martinsville Speedway.

Osborne received about 80 percent of the votes cast by NMPA members. NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson also received votes.