Bruins’ Chris Wagner to Drive the Pace Car at a NASCAR Event
BOSTON - Boston Bruins center Chris Wagner has bounced around the NHL a lot during his five year career. The 28 year old native of Walpole, Massachusetts played for the Anaheim Ducks, the Colorado Avalanche, and the New York Islanders before finally settling in back home and playing s67 of 82 games with the Bruins during the 2018-19 season.
His first year with the Bruins was a fruitful one that saw him play a small but pivotal role in the Bruins’ run for the Stanley Cup. He scored 12 goals during the regular season and added seven assists for a total of 19 points. His two most important goals came during the post-season, however. Wagner will definitely prove to be a crucial fixture on the Bruins going forward, but for now, he is enjoying the off-season and taking advantage of every opportunity afforded to him as one of the team’s young upstarts.
One such opportunity will come this Sunday in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stop at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race in New Hampshire is known as the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, and the event’s pace driver will be Wagner! Wagner, as a New England native and favorite, was offered the position of being the pace driver for Sunday’s race and he took it in a heartbeat. In his reaction, he said, “I’m very excited and honored to drive the pace car for the race on the 21st. It should be an awesome experience and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”
Pace car drivers are largely ceremonial entities who give the drivers of NASCAR races a few warm-up laps before they move aside and allow the race to begin. Wagner will undoubtedly be excellent for such a position. He will be joined by former Bruins Brad Park and Tim Schaller.