Former Atlanta Brave player Chipper Jones spent Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway serving as the grand marshal for the Aaron’s 499. Jones made his rounds though the media center and was thrilled to be on hand for the race which his baseball career had prevented him from attending.
Jones described himself as a NASCAR enthusiast when he spoke earlier in the day.
“I was in the house for Richard Petty’s 200th win (July 4, 1984), and Ronald Reagan flew in on Air Force One,” he said during a media conference earlier in the day.
A.J. McCarron the quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide was also at the event as he served as the honorary pace car driver to start the race. Alabama’s National Championship win was celebrated on the car No. 55 driven by Michael Waltrip.