HAMPTON, Ga. (AP)—Chad Ochocinco turned to NASCAR on June 30 in his ongoing search for thrills away from the football field.
Ochocinco was strapped in for the ride as Jeff Burton drove his No. 31 car around Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 30. Burton estimated he reached speeds of 150 to 160 miles per hour with Ochocinco.
|SEARCHING FOR THRILLS—Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Burton pose for a photo in victory lane after their high-speed laps in Burton’s car at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 30. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)
That seemed to satisfy Ochocinco, who climbed out and said “That was nice. That was real nice.”
Before the laps, Ochocinco said he made sure Burton was ready to push the Chevrolet.
“I asked him to let loose,” Ochocinco said. “Please don’t waste my time. Step on the gas.”
Ochocinco, the six-time Pro Bowl receiver, is making the most of his extended time away from football during the NFL lockout. He took the ride with Burton about six weeks after visiting the Professional Bull Riders circuit near Atlanta to ride a 1,500-pound bull for 1.5 seconds.
He also has had a soccer tryout with Sporting Kansas City of the MLS and last year was one of the final four contestants in Dancing With the Stars.
Next? Ochocinco said he plans to wrestle an alligator in Florida.
“If you’re not nervous, you’re not living,” he said. “I’m willing to try everything once.”