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2018 Belk Bowl: Virginia Football heads to the Charlotte Motor Speedway

Hoos get things started in Charlotte with some fast action.

NCAA Football: Virginia at Georgia Tech Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Christmas is over, and Bowl Week is officially underway! The Virginia Cavaliers arrived in Charlotte on Christmas Day, checking into a very well decorated Westin hotel:

After a warm welcome from Belk Bowl Executive Director Will Webb, the Hoos got some sleep before kicking off a big week of action. The first stop on the Bowl Week tour?

The Charlotte Motor Speedway! Upon arrival, Coach Bronco Mendenhall received a spiffy new jacket as the team watched (and peep that sweet ride):

The players and coaches got their own chance to take a high-speed whirl around the track.

I guess you could say Bowl week is off to

After the 160mph ride, Coach Mendenhall was effusive with his praise of the high-octane trip around the track. It’s pretty clear he enjoyed himself.

Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins was nervous, but excited, to take the track:

Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus was less excited, but decided to give it a try because...YOLO.

The Cavaliers face off against South Carolina at noon on December 29. Stay with us all week for updates!