Julian Edelman to drive pace car at Loudon

July 07, 2014, Staff report,

Patriots wide receiver will lead drivers to green flag on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, TNT)

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will drive the pace car for the Camping World RV Sales 301 on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, TNT) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Edelman will lead the field to the green flag at the 1.058-mile track in Loudon, New Hampshire.

"As a punt returner in the NFL, I know all about teamwork, high-speeds and collisions on Sundays. But my goal on Sunday, July 13 will be to get those guys around the track safely before they drop the green flag for what is sure to be a highly-competitive race," Edelman said in a track news release. "I am honored to be chosen to drive the pace car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and I can't wait to take in my very first NASCAR race from what will certainly be the best seat in the house."

The 28-year-old has spent his entire five-year NFL career with the Patriots. Last season, he had a career year with 105 receptions, 1,056 receiving yards and six touchdowns (all career highs). In March, he signed a four-year contract to remain with New England.


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