The mini-game is mostly luck-based. Each player has to pick a name from a list of competitors for a race (randomized). Generally, the better a machine's name, the better the chance that player will win the race. When played in a board game, the player in last place picks their machine first, with the player in first place picking last; in Free Play mode, the players pick their machine in a random order. Players who choose early gain an advantage, and vice versa.
After everyone has chosen their machine, the players race. There is nothing players can do at this point; it is all up to chance. Players get eliminated throughout the race through various misfortunes, such as engine blowouts or collisions with Bullet Bills. Eventually, one player is left; that player is declared the winner.
Some examples of names for the machines include: