Jones is named an honorary race of­fi­cial

Waterloo Region Record - - Sports - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

DAY­TONA BEACH, FLA. — Newly elected Base­ball Hall of Famer Chip­per Jones will serve as an honorary race of­fi­cial for the Day­tona 500 on Sun­day.

Jones will be in­tro­duced at the driv­ers’ meet­ing, take a lap around Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in a pa­rade car and par­tic­i­pate in ques­tion-an­dan­swer ses­sions with fans.

Jones was voted into the Cooperstown class last month in his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity. The eight­time all-star and 1999 Na­tional League MVP led the At­lanta Braves to three World Se­ries ap­pear­ances.

Jones com­pletes a list of Day­tona 500 celebri­ties that in­cludes Academy Award win­ner Char­l­ize Theron (honorary starter), re­tired Na­tional Foot­ball League quar­ter­back Pey­ton Man­ning (honorary pace-car driver), re­tired NASCAR star Dale Earn­hardt Jr. (grand mar­shal), coun­try group Ras­cal Flatts (in­field con­cert) and Navy Band South­east (na­tional an­them).

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