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Forget California Chrome and his quest to win the Triple Crown on June 7, the real race takes place the next day.

That’s when a showdown between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Charles Barkley will be shown. The two went head-to-head Friday in a race that will be shown on TNT’s Summer Series before the June 8 NASCAR race at Pocono. Neither driver was giving anything away, but they were blabbing about it on Twitter.

“I was really surprised how nice a guy he was,” Earnhardt said (via the Associated Press). “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.”

Sadly, these were just go-karts.

During a TNT broadcast after the Charlotte Bobcats were eliminated, Earnhardt’s name was mentioned and Barkley riffed that he’d always wanted to meet Junior. That prompted Junior to tweet, “Heck, I wanna meet Charles!” The race should be fun, but we really want to see these two guys play golf together.