Mega movie star Adam Sandler will return home on July 19 when he serves as the special 25th Anniversary Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sandler, a native of Manchester, N.H., will star in this summer's action comedy "Pixels", which will hit theaters July 24.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials made the Sandler announcement on Wednesday night in front of fans and media at the speedway's 25th anniversary event with New Englander and Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano. Sandler will participate in driver introductions on the Magic Mile frontstretch and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers meeting prior to giving the command for drivers to start their engines, moments before the running of the New Hampshire 301.

Commenting on the announcement, Sandler said, "When I was a little kid in New Hampshire, I used to watch NASCAR with my dad and brother and we looooved it. I know my dad would be baffled that I'm getting this honor and I'll be thinking of him when I'm saying those words! Great to be home! Always!" 

Adam Sandler, who hails from Manchester and graduated from Central High School, has enjoyed phenomenal success as an actor, writer, producer and musician. 

This year, Sandler will star in and produce two films for Sony Pictures: "Pixels", for director Chris Columbus, starring alongside Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Kevin James, and "Hotel Transylvania 2", where he will once again lend his voice to Dracula.

The New Hampshire 301 will be live on NBC Sports Network starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19.