BRISTOL, TN- They call Bristol Motor Speedway the Last Great Colosseum. It has been a battlefield reserved for drivers to put the pedal to the metal, trying to claim their spot a top victory lane. The fire of engines will soon be replaced with the clash of pads, as Tennessee and Virginia Tech find out who will be the last gladiator standing.
“You’re either a Tennessee or Tech fan.”
“it’s never been done before.”
“It’s going to be an experience like no one else has had.”
The run from the tunnel to the scream of fans gets every players blood running for the fight to come.
“I mean, if you can’t get up for this game, it’s like, what kind of a player are you.”
But this experience will be unlike any other with the biggest college crowd ever on hand.
“Definitely going to be something that we remember long after us and say that we had the opportunity to be a part of.”
Thousands of players have run through the ‘T’ at Neyland and out of the tunnel at Lane Stadium, finding glory throughout the years. Many have since hung up their cleats, but would gladly strap on their pads one last time for this great battle.
“I would almost be willing to give up one of my children to play here.”
“I think it’s going to be exciting. I would have loved to play in it.”
“It would be something special. Obviously they’re making history.”
“Oh man, this would have been unreal.”
“I do wish I was there.”
“Definitely have a little bit of jealousy that I’m not a part of this game.”
“Would have been awesome, would have been awesome.”
Both teams enter 1-0. Neither will leave unscathed, but only one will be crowned the victor and both side are certain it will be their own holding the trophy high into the lights at Bristol.
“my guys are going to go out and handle business.”
“Think we’ll get it. Hopefully we will.”
“even though they’re the heavily favored team, that’s why the game is played.”