Royals’ catcher named pace car driver for Sprint Cup race at Kansas

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With the Kansas City Royals not taking part in the MLB postseason, Drew Butera has a lot of time on his hands.

He’ll fill some of it by being the honorary pace car driver for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

The track announced that Butera, a catcher for the defending World Series champions, will drive the car during the opening pace laps of the Hollywood Casino 400.

Butera, who has been in MLB since he was drafted in 2005, was behind the plate for the final inning of the World Series, which the Royals won in five games over the New York Mets.