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'Grown Ups 2' stars to start Daytona engines

June 27, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

'Grown Ups 2' stars to start Daytona engines
Shaq joins Kevin James, Adam Sandler for the command at the Coke Zero 400

RELATED VIDEO: James, Sandler give a passionate command at Michigan in 2010

As they did before the premiere of 'Grown Ups' in June of 2010 at Michigan International Speedway, Kevin James and Adam Sandler will give the command to start engines on July 6 at Daytona International Speedway.

This time, they will be joined by 'Grown Ups 2' co-star and 15-time NBA all-star Shaquille O'Neal when they exclaim, "Drivers, start your engines!" before the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola.

James and Sandler combined a dance with the command at Michigan three years ago, and each has served as a grand marshal on other occasions.

Sandler previously performed the task twice at Michigan and once at Talladega Superspeedway. James has served as a grand marshal at Daytona twice before. He’s also paced the Toyota All-Star showdown and did a few test laps at Texas Motor Speedway.  In addition, the film’s producer, Jack Giarraputo, is chairman of the board of Fuel, a NASCAR management company.

“We’re pleased to welcome three of the stars of ‘Grown Ups 2’ and have them take part in the pre-race ceremonies for one of NASCAR’s most exciting nighttime races,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Combining Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Shaquille O’Neal, we’re expecting a boisterous and powerful starting command in front of thousands of race fans and millions more watching on TNT.”

In addition to given the command, the three men will be introduced at the driver's meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in the grand marshal cars before the 160-lap, 400-mile traditional Independence Day weekend race at the World Center of Racing.

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