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Smith sees similarities between drivers, Bears

Bears coach Lovie Smith, grand marshal for the USG Sheetrock 400, sees similar traits in his players and Nextel Cup drivers: "We all like to play fast."

Updated: July 11, 2007, 3:36 PM ET
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Chicagoland Speedway has drafted Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith to be grand marshal for the NASCAR Nextel Cup USG Sheetrock 400 on July 15.

"It's a great honor to be the grand marshal for this year's NASCAR event at Chicagoland Speedway," Smith said in a release. "I think our football team and NASCAR drivers have a common trait: We all like to play fast.

"I look forward to watching some of the best drivers in the world compete for the checkered flag. It will be an exciting afternoon."

Smith, ...

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