Cowboys TE Jason Witten to drive pace car Sunday at Texas

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Even though Texas Motor Speedway has hosted NASCAR since 1997, it had never given the honor of driving the pace car to a member of the region’s most famous sports franchise, the Dallas Cowboys.

But that’s going to change on Sunday, as the Cowboys’ tight end, Jason Witten, will lead the field to the green flag for the Sprint Cup Series’ Duck Commander 500 in a Chevrolet SS.

He will undergo an on-track orientation session on race morning. The green flag is scheduled to drop for the race at 3 p.m. ET.

Witten, one of the top TEs in the National Football League, is not the first pro athlete from the Dallas/Fort Worth region to take on this duty.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher and sports car team owner C.J. Wilson did it in 2010 after helping the Texas Rangers reach the World Series that year.

Additionally, Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano was asked in 2010, but the race he was scheduled to work was postponed due to rain.

“I’m honored to be asked to drive the pace car on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway,” Witten said in a TMS statement. “I’ll be in town to cheer on Denny Hamlin and the #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 and Hamlin share a partnership with the March of Dimes organization, which works to improve the health of mothers and their newborn children. Hamlin’s main sponsor, FedEx, is one of the organization’s biggest corporate backers.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

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MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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