Wednesday April 6th, 2016

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Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will serve as an honorary official for a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, reports NBC Sports’ Daniel McFadin.

Manning, who retired from the NFL in March after 18 seasons in the league, will join Dale Earnhardt Jr. at driving introductions and watch the race from his pit box.

“I’m thrilled to get a chance to watch Dale compete at Bristol Motor Speedway,” Manning said in a release. “I want to thank Nationwide for bringing me to one of the great NASCAR tracks to watch what I’m sure will be an exciting race in front of some of the most passionate fans in the sport.”

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In 2007, Manning waved the green flag at the Indianapolis 500.

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