Rusty Wallace Racing Experience gives thrills to fans at Mobile International Speedway

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IRVINGTON, Alabama — Ben Jackson learned a bit about what it’s like to be a NASCAR driver over the weekend, when he participated along with his brother-in-law and father-in-law in the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience.

The traveling event — which puts race fans into real race cars — came to Mobile International Speedway here Saturday.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Jackson said after driving some high-speed laps around the track. “I mean, it gives you a glimpse into the life of what one of these real NASCAR drivers goes through. I tell you what, it is not as easy as it looks. It’s pretty uncomfortable, but these cars can really get up and go.”

The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience takes its name from the retired NASCAR race car driver and former NASCAR Winston Cup champion who is currently a broadcaster on ESPN and co-host of the syndicated “NASCAR Angels” television program.

Each year, the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience travels to racing venues all over the country. More information is available on the official website,

“It’s all about having a good time today,” said Mobile racing promoter Tommy Praytor while race fans were thundering around the track. “Last weekend was all about competition Friday night and Saturday night. … and then we have a bunch of fans here today just having a good time.”

See our video report and a gallery of photographs from the event in Irvington.

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