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Dawkins, a former safety who spent the first 13 of his 16 NFL years in Philadelphia, will become only the eighth Eagle to have his number retired.

The Eagles retired No. 20 during a ceremony in the headhouse area of Lincoln Financial Field prior to their Sunday night game against the Giants. Dawkins will also be honored at halftime, when he will address the crowd.

Dawkins was excited to mingle with NASCAR personnel and give the command for drivers to start their engines.

“I want to give them a little juice before they get going,” he said.

Martin Truex Jr. had a Philadelphia Eagles paint scheme on helmet for the race.


LUG NUTS: Fans can visit to win an ultimate NASCAR experience that includes meeting Chase drivers Nov. 29 at Las Vegas. … Flyers forward Scott Hartnell was at the race. He had some time to kill with the NHL in the midst of an ongoing lockout. “We want a fair deal with the owners and they’re not willing to talk like that,” he said. Hartnell hasn’t decided if he’ll play overseas.