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Chipper Jones named grand marshal for NASCAR’s Talladega race

Apr 29, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Chipper Jones will serve as the grand marshal of NASCAR’s Aaron’s 499 this Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The former Atlanta Braves legendary third baseman, a former World Series champion, National League MVP and eight-time All-Star, retired at the end of the 2012 season.

Jones is an avid NASCAR fan, having grown up just outside Daytona International Speedway in Pierson, Fla.

“I have been a huge NASCAR fan my entire life,” he said. “I have met many people within the world of NASCAR as well as many dedicated, true fans of the sport. I know there are a lot of those fans who love Talladega. I’m really looking forward to getting the Aaron’s 499 started.”

Jones joins other pre-race dignitaries A.J. McCarron, the Alabama quarterback and race’s pace car driver, and Robin Meade, who will sing the National Anthem.

There’s been no word yet on whether McCarron’s girlfriend – Katherine Webb – will also be making an appearance in Talladega. Webb was famously introduced to the world stage by commentator Brent Musberger, during Alabama’s drubbing of Notre Dame in the NCAA BCS Championship Game this year.

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