Cowboys' Jason Witten to drive pace car at Texas

April 02, 2014,

Dallas tight end to become first NFL player to pace field in Fort Worth

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2014 Chevrolet SS Pace Car to lead the field for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Duck Commander 500 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Witten will be under the guidance of pace car driver Brett Bodine as he leads the 43-car field to the green flag.

"I'm honored to be asked to drive the pace car on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway," Witten said. "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 has spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Cowboys. He has earned All-Pro honors six times and has been voted to the Pro Bowl on nine occasions. Ranking second in NFL history for receptions by a tight end, Witten is also ranked third in receiving yardage.

Witten is not only the first NFL player to get the honor of driving the pace car at Texas, but he's also only the fourth celebrity/sports figure to do so. Actor Vince Vaughan was the first celebrity pace car driver at the 1.5-mile track, making his appearance for the Dickies 500 in 2007.

Other athletes who have been behing the wheel of the pace car at Texas include former Dallas Star Mike Modano, former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson and most recently WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Shawn Michaels.

Witten is required to participate in a mandatory on-track orientation before the race.

The Duck Commander 500 will take place at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, with coverage on FOX.