C.J. Wilson to drive pace car at TMS

Texas Motor Speedway announced that Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson will drive the official pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag at Sunday's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

It's a rare honor for Wilson, who helped the Rangers reach their first World Series. Usually, honored race guests ride along in the official pace car or drive a secondary pace vehicle. NASCAR granted special permission to TMS to let Wilson drive the lead pace car.

The only previous celebrity to drive the lead pace car at TMS was actor Vince Vaughn, who did it for the November 2007 Sprint Cup race.

The AAA Texas 500 is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT Sunday and will be televised on ESPN.