Dale Earnhardt was nearing the start/finish line, but at the last minute, Dolores came out of nowhere and passed him on the outside track, winning the race for her fans.
It was a car cry from your typical NASCAR race where driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominates the track.
Locally, this style is known as NASCRAB racing.
And, it wasn't a green flag that dropped. The five crabs qualifying for the first heat at Shanna Key Irish Pub were uncovered and sprayed with water to get their engines revving as they headed toward the outer circle drawn on a plastic tablecloth, vying for the win.
Local Realtor Donna Windle wanted to find a unique "Key West" way to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Key West and decided to race crabs, "like places used to do on the island," she said.
A light bulb went off in her head when she glanced at her "crabitate," the crate her pet crabs call home. She was searching for a way to help Habitat -- and NASCRAB was formed.
"It is for a good cause," she said last week between heats. "It's a win-win situation for all of us."
Anna Symington, spokeswoman for Habitat, couldn't be happier with the monies being donated.
"It is an incredible Habitat booster," she said. "The monies that come in support our mission, to alleviate sub-standard housing in the Keys."
One of the programs that it benefits is A Brush with Kindness, geared toward assisting the elderly who desperately need help in repairing their homes, Symington said. "It improves their quality of life," she added.
Lining up behind Dale and Dolores were Mercedes, Bruce and Herman. But on this particular night, Dolores was the hot ticket, winning most of the races.
"I'm for Dale," one of the enthusiastic fans in the crowd yelled. "He won last week, so I went with him again this week."
Bob Cerkleski plopped down $5 for the second heat of the night: $3 for Herman and $2 for Mercedes. This race, however, was not meant to be -- Dolores was the quickest to the start/finish line.
Last week Windle raised $100. "It is catching on," she said, blowing her whistle to let the patrons know a race was coming up.
Here is how it works. Participants donate $1 for a crab of choice. The winner, or winners, of the race split half the money raised, with the remaining half going to Habitat. She also gets businesses to donate gift certificates so she can give back to the crowd.
Suzanne Salter was on the sidelines cheering for her favorite crab: Dolores. She also brought her granddaughter Delaney Smith, 8, to the races after stumbling across NASCRAB the week before.
"This is awesome," she said. "It is so Key West."
NASCRAB races happen on Thursday nights from 6-7:30 p.m. at Shanna Key Irish Pub Grill, 1900 Flagler Ave. Habitat for Humanity is at 402 Applerouth Lane and can be reached by calling 305-294-9006.