Dale Earnhardt Jr. Takes on Charles Barkley in Race

By: Pam Wright - May 19, 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took on former NBA star Charles Barkley in a go-kart race Friday. Unfortunately, fans are going to have to wait until June 8 to find out who crossed the finish line first.

The showdown between the legendary race car driver and Barkley will be televised on TNT’s Summer Series before the June 8 NASCAR race at Pocono.

“I was really surprised how nice a guy he was,” Earnhardt said about the interaction with the former basketball pro. “I really expected him to be a competitor. As a player, he was really fiery and aggressive, getting into scuffles. He was super nice. Really has an appreciation for our sport. Just a real nice guy to be around.”

Neither driver let on who came out the winner, but they shared about the experience on Twitter.

The idea for the race finds its roots on social media interactions between Earnhardt and Barkley. Barkley said in a tweet that he wanted to meet the driver, and Earnhardt replied on Twitter, “Heck, I wanna meet Charles!”

“We’ll just have to save the results for later,” Earnhardt said before using Barkley’s accent to add: “He wasn’t turrible.”

Do you think Barkley schooled Earnhardt Jr.?

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