John Krasinski is going to be grand marshal for a NASCAR race

“NASCAR is not a joke, Jim.’’ —Dwight Schrute, probably.

–John Salangsang / AP

Newton native, actor, and your pretend boyfriend John Krasinski has been named the grand marshal for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

‘What does that even mean?’ you ask. Essentially, he will be the person commanding drivers in the 43-car field in one of the biggest single-day sporting events in Texas.

Krasinski — who stars as a Navy SEAL in Michael Bay’s thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, due out in January — will be joined at the NASCAR event by members of the CIA annex security team who are represented in the movie. 13 Hours is adapted from a book written by Boston University professor Mitchell Zuckoff.

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“It’s a huge honor to be asked to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal,’’ Krasinski said in a statement. “I am really excited to be going to NASCAR and seeing Jeff Gordon race for one of his last outings.’’

The race takes place on Sunday, November 8 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

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