Witten will drive pace car at NASCAR race

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Jason Witten is going to get behind the wheel Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

He’s not going to race, but he’s going to do the next best thing – drive the pace car for the green flag at the Duck Commander 500.

“I’m honored to be asked to drive the pace car,” the Cowboys veteran tight end said in a statement provided by TMS. “I’ll be in town to cheer on Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx team and raise awareness for their special March of Dimes paint scheme, and it will be a cool experience to get behind the wheel before the drop of the green flag.”

Witten is the first Cowboys player to drive the pace car at TMS. Only one other DFW pro athlete has driven the pace car at TMS: C.J. Wilson did it after the Texas Rangers’ World Series appearance in 2011. Former Dallas Stars great Mike Modano was asked in 2010, but his chance was rained out.

Witten can’t just hop in the car, however.

He’ll get a track orientation at 9 a.m., and he’ll drive under the guidance of former NASCAR driver Brett Bodine.

The pace car is a Chevy SS, and it will lead the field to green for the start of the race. Green flag time is 2 p.m. Sunday.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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