Jason Witten to drive pace car Sunday

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will drive the official pace car to start Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Brett Bodine will guide Witten in the Chevrolet SS Official Pace Car, but the nine-time Pro Bowler does have some experience at the track, driving some Cup cars around the oval a few years ago.

"I'll be in town to cheer on Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team and raise awareness for their special March of Dimes paint scheme,” Witten said in a statement, “and it will be a cool experience to get behind the wheel before the drop of the green flag."

Witten is the first Dallas Cowboy to be honored at TMS and third local athlete. In 2010 Dallas Stars great Mike Modano was picked to drive the pace car, but rain forced the postponement of the Samsung Mobile 500. Former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson drove the pace car at the 2010 AAA Texas 500.

This isn’t Witten’s first dabble into NASCAR. He was the honorary starter for the 2010 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, which is close to his hometown of Elizabethton, Tenn.