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Let’s Go Karting: Hemric, Tifft Compete in Charity Go-Kart Races

The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Alsco 300 may not fire off until Saturday afternoon, but Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft kicked off Charlotte race week early with a couple of go-kart races at local karting hotspots, K1 Speed and GoPro Motorplex.

Daniel Hemric hit the go-kart track first on Monday night, racing in a charity event at K1 Speed in Concord, North Carolina, in which $1,000 would be donated to the winning driver’s charity. The event kicked off with an autograph session, during which Hemric came across a familiar young fan.

Hemric, competing for Pit Stops for Hope, raced up front for the majority of the event. Unfortunately, the go-kart Hemric was in had a problem, forcing the driver to switch karts during the race and not have a shot at the win.

Matt Tifft represented RCR at the fifth annual Little 600 at GoPro Motorplex on Tuesday night in Mooresville, North Carolina. Despite it being Tifft’s first time competing in the event and first time out at GoPro Motorplex in a long time, the driver led the field to green for the start of Heat Race 1.

Between Heat races and the main event, Tifft spent time signing for fans and consulting about how to best get around the course with Byron Daly, race engineer for Tifft’s No. 2 Xfinity Series team.

Tifft ended up coming home fifth in the Little 600 after avoiding a last-lap wreck with the leaders.

Catch Hemric and Tifft as the NASCAR Xfinity Series hits Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Alsco 300 on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. E.T. on FOX Sports 1.