AJ McCarron to drive Talladega pace car

AJ McCarron will once again be the man everyone is chasing this weekend.

Alabama's two-time national championship-winning quarterback will drive the pace car before NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, leading the field before Sunday's Aaron's 499. He'll be driving around the track in a special Ford Mustang GT.

McCarron said he has watched races at Talladega and has "always had a passion to get up to speed on the track." Sunday, he'll get his chance to show some speed out there.

It's a pretty cool deal for McCarron. I've never been to a race at Talladega, but I've driven by during one -- ironically, it was after an Alabama-Tennessee game -- and I swear I felt my car shake from a combination of the cars and the roar of the crowd. It really is an awesome sight to see, so I can only imagine what it would be like to be there in person.

There will be more Bama love on the track Sunday with Michael Waltrip's No. 55 Aaron's Toyota sporting an Alabama national championship paint scheme.