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Sadie Robertson, who finished runner-up in last year’s “Dancing With The Stars” competition and one of the stars of A&E’s reality hit show “Duck Dynasty,” has been named the Honorary Starter for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 9, at Texas Motor Speedway. 

>She will have the honor of waving the green flag from the starter’s stand for the 40-car field in the first Saturday night race of the Sprint Cup season that will be televised live on FOX (6:30 p.m. CT). Robertson was a fan favorite on “Dancing With The Stars” as she advanced to the finals with partner Mark Ballas before finishing runner-up to actor Alfonso Ribeiro and partner Witney Carson. See Sadie’s DWTS dance finale here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSQgTYWahjQ

Sadie will be one of several members of the Robertson clan or associated with Duck Commander that will be in honorary positions for NASCAR’s third-highest paying race. 

Those include:

  • Jase Robertson and 12-year-old Rowdy Robertson, the recently adopted son of Willie and Korie who is from Texas, as the tandem that will provide the most famous words in motorsports in their role as co-Grand Marshals.
  • Uncle Si will spice up driver introductions as he will announce the top-10 starting lineup for the Duck Commander 500 while his brother and family patriarch, Phil, will deliver the invocation.
  • Justin Martin, a Duck Commander employee and “Duck Dynasty” co-star, will drive one of the pace cars and lead the field to the green flag.
  • Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck/Buck Commander, will culminate the day by helping present the Duck Commander 500 trophy to the race winner in Sunoco Victory Lane. 

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