For those at Gillette Stadium on Thursday afternoon, the appearance of the a racing car outside the Pro Shop was an unusual site. Those curious as to why the #18 car was present would find their answer with a quick visit up to the Hall at Patriot Place where Kyle Busch was visiting during a stop in town.
“It's a neat place. Certainly a lot of history is involved in making this place but then putting it all together is something else,” Busch told reporters.
In the area due to the Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire on Sunday, NASCAR star took the chance to tour the Hall at Patriot Place, Gillette Stadium, and even meet a few members of the Patriot.
After touring the Hall and even nailing a field goal in the infamous game simulating Adam Vinatieri’s famous kick from the Patriots 2001 Divisional Playoff game against the Raiders, Busch went down to the field to meet a group of Patriots consisting of Rob Ninkovich, Julian Edelman, Nate Solder, Jerod Mayo, and Stephen Gostowski. On the field the players had a jersey exchange with Busch who gave the group of the players his racing jacket while Busch received a custom #18 Patriots jersey. Busch met with more players in a private locker room session shortly after.
Despite being a Denver Broncos fans, Busch was not worried about any potential backlash from NASCAR fans in Colorado for wearing his new custom Patriots jersey.
"It's all good. I've been a Broncos fan for a long time and it's always difficult when you see the Patriots and Broncos play each other because I like the Patriots too," Busch said. "Just look forward to seeing those guys go at it again this year."
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