Bledsoe Shaking, Nervous After 100-plus MPH Car Ride

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  1. titanbuoy

    titanbuoy medium rare ®

    I found this uncredited story on another board.

    Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe took a 100-plus mph ride around Texas Motor Speedway yesterday, completing a driving session on the 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth.

    "My hands aren't generally shaking when I am on the field, but I have adrenaline flowing right now," Bledsoe said after stepping out of his car following his laps. "To think about what these guys do when they have all those other cars out there when they are actually racing each other is pretty crazy. The track gets pretty small when you are going that fast."

    Four Dallas Cowboys players received hands-on instruction from former Cup champion Terry Labonte. Labonte, a life-long Cowboys fan, showed the driving line to Bledsoe, cornerback Terence Newman, center Andre Gurode and linebacker, Ryan Fowler. In addition, PGA Tour player Ben Crane participated in the session.

    "I like going fast. It is my one time to come out here and be faster than Terence Newman," said Bledsoe. "I don't know how fast we were going, but we were over the speed limit. I do know that."

    Newman, who spends his weekends covering some of the fastest receivers in the NFL, enjoyed the rush of speed behind the wheel.

    "I love speed and love to go fast," Newman said. "But this is something totally different from what I am used to doing; but I sure could get used to it. I had it floored a couple of times around the track."

    At 6-4, 312 pounds, Gurode takes on some of the biggest defensive linemen in the trenches every week. Sliding through the window to the driver's seat of his race car was his first challenge Tuesday night.

    "It was a great experience, but the hardest part was getting in (the car)," Gurode said. "But once I got in and situated, it was pretty cool. Just the power of the engine was amazing. I will take this as experience, and next year I think I will be ready for them [Bledsoe and Newman]. I have a Cadillac SDS, but after driving this car I need something else something with more horsepower."

    And what words of wisdom did Labonte have for the Cowboys before they climbed into the cars?

    "The bleachers are always on the right side," Labonte joked. "If at any point during your lap they are on your left side, you need to put your brake on and shut your eyes. But be careful out there, I don't want Coach Parcells calling me."

  2. PhiSlammaJamma

    PhiSlammaJamma Critical Possession

    And in other news, Cowboy fans are disappointed in the result.
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