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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron to drive the pace car at Talladega Speedway

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AJ McCarron is finally getting his moment in the spotlight.

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Even though Alabama’s quarterback won his second consecutive national title, it’s been Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel that has made the headlines for his appearances at NBA games and the Super Bowl.

But during Sunday’s NASCAR Aaron's 499 at Talladega Speedway, all eyes will be on McCarron as he drives the pace car and leads the Sprint Cup race for the first lap.

Gotta admit, that’s a pretty cool deal, especially for a guy like McCarron who grew up a NASCAR fan.

Michael Waltrip's No. 55 Aaron's Toyota will honor Alabama’s national title with a special themed car that notes back-to-back championships and says “Roll Tide” on the back.

This will be the fourth consecutive year Aaron’s has sponsored a car representing a national champion from the state of Alabama. It created Alabama-themed cars for the 2009, 2011 and now, 2012 championship teams and the 2010 Auburn national champions.

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