Banister to take part in NASCAR's Texas 500

Banister to take part in NASCAR's Texas 500

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister will serve as the honorary pace car driver for Sunday's Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

The Texas 500 is part of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup with 40 drivers competing including the Round of 8 championship contenders. The race is scheduled for a 1 p.m. CT start in Fort Worth. Banister will have a practice session in the morning.

"I am honored to be the honorary pace car driver for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway," Banister said. "NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup is coming down to the final weeks, and I am really looking forward to be a part of this exciting event."

Banister is the third member of the Rangers organization to serve as honorary pace car driver. Pitcher C.J. Wilson did so in 2010 and Derek Holland in 2014.

Banister just completed his second season as Rangers manager. He led them to a 95-67 record and a first-place finish in the American League West this season before losing to the Blue Jays in the AL Division Series. Texas has won two straight division titles under Banister.

Rangers beat

• Catcher Jose Trevino, who is the Rangers' No. 20 prospect according to, has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game on Saturday. Trevino is playing for the Surprise Saguaros and has a .256 average with two home runs and nine RBIs in nine games.

• Infielder Hanser Alberto is hitting .452 after seven games for Cibao in the Dominican Winter League. He led the league in hitting last winter.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.