'Hoos hit NASCAR track to settle 'Who's fastest?' debate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- All preseason a debate raged on at the Virginia football practice facility of who was the Wahoos fastest player and Wednesday they found out who was fastest: behind the wheel.

The Cavaliers opened their Belk Bowl week activities at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where players and even Coach Bronco Mendenhall got a chance to go up to 160 miles per hour around the track.

"Making them left turns, burning rubber, it was a thrill," Virginia junior quarterback Bryce Perkins said, "Couple times I thought we were going to crash, had to send a quick prayer up."

"I think we hit like 175 MPH I would say," Virginia junior linebacker Jordan Mack said, "But you just don't know, you're just going fast, you're bracing for everything."

For some like senior H-Back Olamide Zaccheaus it was a last minute decision to hop in the car.

"You only live once," Zaccheaus said after his ride, "So I just wanted to go fast today and that's what we did."

But the question remained between Perkins and Zaccheaus of who was faster on the field and now the track.

"If I didn't play football, I'd be out here on the NASCAR track," Perkins said of a possible alternate career, "I was trying to take notes. He would switch from the inside to the outside of the track. So next time I get in a little miniature go-karting race I can definitely take that to the track."

"I'll give it to probably O," said Mack siding with Zaccheaus.

"I think I would just because I would be able to control the car and he's a little wild driver," Zaccheaus said, "So I'd be able to control the car, he'd probably crash."

But one driver says he has them both beat.

"Oh definitely me because they wouldn't know how to drive," senior safety Juan Thornhill said, "I'm a good driver, I know how to drive, you could put me on any type of racetrack and I'm going to win."

The Cavaliers will also help out a food bank and go on a Belk shopping spree as part of the lead to the Belk Bowl this Saturday at 12 p.m. on ABC16.

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