KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 12, 2016) – Kansas Speedway announced today that Kansas City Royals catcher, and member of the 2015 World Series championship team, Drew Butera will be the honorary pace car driver for the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Last year, Butera made his post-season debut in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, working a 10-pitch walk in the eighth inning to extend the inning as the Kansas City Royals overcame a four-run deficit in the inning. He also was behind the plate for the final inning of the World Series, replacing Salvador Perez who had been lifted for a pinch runner.
Butera was drafted in 2005 by the New York Mets and made his Major League Baseball debut in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins. He’s also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. In addition to catching, Butera has made starts at first base, and also pitched in relief during his career.
He is the son of former Major Leaguer Sal Butera, who is currently a coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Tickets are currently on sale for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 16. The Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race will take center stage on Oct. 15, while the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship race will run on Oct. 14. Tickets can be purchased online at www.kansasspeedway.com or by calling 866.460.7223.
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