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

World Series - Kansas City Royals v New York Mets - Game Five

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Wade Davis #17 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with Drew Butera #9 of the Kansas City Royals after defeating the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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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.