Earnhardt, this year's Daytona 500 winner and a longtime Redskins fan, tweeted a month ago that perhaps Griffin could be grand marshal at the race at Richmond International Raceway.
Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier then asked Earnhardt if Griffin could drive the pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag. "Of course he can," Earnhardt tweeted back.
The raceway said Wednesday that Griffin would go through some pace-car training with Earnhardt and spend time this weekend with Joe Gibbs, the
"This will be great for fans of both sports," Earnhardt tweeted Wednesday. Griffin, in turn, tweeted that he was "honored to have the opportunity."