Jeff Gordon + Scouts

For most Cub Scouts, the closest thing to experiencing the thrill of NASCAR — short of attending a race — is the chance to build and race their own pinewood derby cars. Before last weekend’s NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, one lucky group of Atlanta-area Cub Scouts had the opportunity to do both.

Last Friday, as part of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s annual “Scout Day at the Races,” eight Cub Scouts from the Flint River Council met, “talked shop” and raced their pinewood derby cars with four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon.

Gordon’s meeting with the Cub Scouts aired as part of Fox Sports’ prerace coverage of the Kobalt Tools 500, which was held Sunday.

“It was a lot of fun for me to spend time with the Scouts and see how much energy and creativity they’ve put into building their race cars,” Gordon said. “I appreciate the work that Scouting does to create good citizens and future leaders. I salute the BSA as it begins its next century of service.”

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