BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Ready for some football? Bristol Motor Speedway will be in a couple of weeks. And former Virginia Tech special teamer Caleb Hurd can't wait.

Hurd is the current gas man for Denny Hamlin's No. 11 FedEx team starting second in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol. He wishes he could attend the Hokies game with Tennessee on Sept. 10 — dubbed the "Battle at Bristol" — but will be tied up with his race team at Richmond that night.

"They've been trying to do this for 20 years now," said Hurd, who played for Virginia Tech from 1996-99. "I was hoping they'd do when I was still in school, but couldn't make it work out. To see that it finally did happen, I was pumped."

Bristol officials said the track, which holds about 160,000 for a NASCAR race, can accommodate about 150,000 college football fans, which would surpass the sport's attendance record.

The track will host a second football game a week later with Western Carolina facing East Tennessee on Sept. 17.

It will take most of the three weeks, 19 days, to convert the track to football.

"Making the transition in just 19 days will be tight, but we're used to tackling big challenges," said Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager.

Hurd was a high school classmate of Shayne Graham, who went on to star as a placekicker at Virginia Tech and in the NFL.

Hurd is excited that his alma mater is part of the fun. He was a little known player who joked he was recruited as a placeholder, "which will never, ever be done again."

But Hurd was there as the Hokies and coach Frank Beamer built it's "Beamer Ball" reputation for blocked kicks, punt return and kickoff return TDs and other special team plays that changed the game's momentum into Tech's favor.

"That was the golden era and I got to be there for it," he said. "It was fun to be a part of."

Bristol officials will have their hands full with the changeover. Typically, a skeleton crew is left to break things down and padlock the track after last NASCAR hauler leaves. This time, the activity will just get going when the Sprint Cup race ends.

All areas of the track must be scrubbed. They'll be about 5,000 seats added to the infield, goal posts will be install, along with things like clocks and cameras necessary for a major college football game these days.

The first week will concentrate on building the field, the second week on the bowl and outside race campgrounds will be spruced up (adding about 130 light towers) and finishing touches done in the final week.

Plans call for the conversion to be complete on Sept. 8, two days before kickoff.

"As far as the crowd, football will probably be a lot more rowdy, just by nature," Hurd said. "We get to hear the crowd before the race starts here and you get that feeling a little bit and then obviously you block it out when the cars start running. It'll be awesome for it to the football game and hear what kind of noise this place can make."