New England Patriots

LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - JULY 18: NFL wide receiver, Gunner Olszewski of the New England Patriots gives a thumbs up on stage during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2021 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

For members of the New England Patriots, their ‘summer vacations’ are coming to an end. With training camp starting next week, guys are making the most of the time before they need to report to Foxborough.

For wide receiver and All-Pro punt returner Gunner Olszewski, that included a trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Olszewski was invited to drive the pace car for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday.

However, inclement weather delayed the race, meaning Olszewski and the drivers had time to kill around the track. The good news was, he came prepared.

While waiting for the track to dry, Olszewski ended up playing catch with drivers Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie. The trio also ended up throwing the ball into the stands, playing catch with the fans.

That’s not all Olszewski was up to during the delay. He also held a press conference, signed a jersey for drivers, held the trophy lobster, and met Dale Earnhardt Jr., which he called ‘a dream come true.’

Olszewski wasn’t alone in representing the Patriots on Sunday. Center David Andrews was on hand as well.

Meanwhile, the Bruins had their own representative at the track. TD Garden anthem singer Todd Angilly was on hand, and sung the anthem for the race.

Aric Almirola won the rain-shortened race, which qualified him for the NASCAR playoffs.

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