0

Fans get to see NASCAR up close

Paul Duty drives the M &M car simulator with his children Scarlett Duty, 6, and Samuel Duty 4 at the Race Time at Walmart display. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

Paul Duty drives the M &M car simulator with his children Scarlett Duty, 6, and Samuel Duty 4 at the Race Time at Walmart display. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

photo

Below, Paul Duty drives the M&M car simulator with his children Scarlett Duty, 6, and Samuel Duty, 4, at the Race Time at Walmart display. Right, Jordan Johnson, 3, got the chance to see Kyle Busch’s M&Ms car up close. (Staff Photos: Heather Middletons)

photo

Chad Deans laughed while trying to keep his car straight in the No. 99 car simulator at the Race Time at Walmart event. (Staff Photos: Heather Middleton)

photo

Several NASCAR vehicles were on display at the Race Time at Walmart on Friday.

photo

It’s tight quarters for drivers inside NASCAR vehicles.

photo

Jeff Green was on hand to sign autographs for fans at the Race Time at Walmart event.

photo

Left, Monster Energy drinks showed off where vehicles are stored for transport. Two cars are placed above a work space where extra car parts are kept. Right, autographed M&Ms took the driver’s seat in Kyle Busch’s M&M’s NASCAR.

photo

Several NASCAR vehicles were on display at the Race Time at Walmart Friday. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

photo

Autographed M & Ms took the driver’s seat in Kyle Busch’s M & Ms NASCAR. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

Jordan Johnson, 3, wanted to see “the candy car.”

His parents, Jason and Ashley Johnson, made his wishes come true with Race Time at Walmart Friday.

On display were several race cars, including Kyle Busch’s M&M car, trailers and driving simulators. Nationwide driver Jeff Green was on hand signing autographs for fans.

“This brings NASCAR to life and lets fans get to see the cars up close,” said Josh Salinas, event coordinator.

Vehicles on display are all retired cars that were used by the drivers on the tracks at one time, he said.

Simulators give fans a chance to “drive” cars on Atlanta Motor Speedway. Seats move and steering wheels shake with speed.

“This was really a neat opportunity to see the cars,” Jason said. After viewing the “candy car” the family headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway to get souvenirs for Jordan.

“He’s a little too young still to go to the races, but we wanted to go to the track and let him see it,” Jason said.

Walmart will be hosting two events Saturday at the Lovejoy store at 11465 Tara Blvd. from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and the Griffin store at 1569 North Expressway from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event is free to attend.