Sixteen drivers and 20 spotters from NASCAR entertained hundreds of fans as they raced during the free 600 Festival Association Valvoline Little 600 go-kart race on May 19.
Racing for bragging rights only, the drivers competed fiercely, bump-drafting and trading paint, as they zoomed along the track at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville at speeds that topped 60 mph.
But the atmosphere was not as intense as the Coca-Cola 600, where they will be competing on May 24. When the drivers gathered after a dust-up in the first heat, which put Chase Elliott off the track after leading the race, there was laughter and teasing instead of arguments and recriminations.
Ultimately the victory went to Ryan Blaney for winning the drivers race, with Tyler Green, spotter for Aric Almirola, winning the Valvoline Little 600 Spotters’ Race.
As part of the family friendly event, the drivers signed autographs for fans between heats.
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