FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – NASCAR fans got an up close and personal look at their favorite driver's rig to haul the cars to the track at the haulers parade in Florence.
Hundreds of people turned out at the Florence Civic Center on Thursday evening to see the haulers before they traveled to Darlington for the big weekend of racing activities.
Many people, like Diane Munnerlyn found their favorite part of the activities. She says she got to experience what it's like to be in a NASCAR race.
"The simulator," she said. "That was neat, I've never been behind the wheel for the race, that's a good thing for the kids to do."
Munnerlyn was at the hauler parade with her 8-year-old grandson Hunter McGee. Munnerlyn and Grandma say they've wanted to attend the event in the past, and this year found the time in their schedules to make it happen.
"The big truck with the 48 on it," Hunter said when asked what his favorite part of the day was. "Because me and my grandma like it."
The hauler parade is a part of many activities planned for the weekend leading up to the big Southern 500 on Saturday night. Organizers of the parade say the event was started after Darlington Raceway lost 1 of its 2 races it used to host, as a way to support the tracks efforts to keep the Mothers Day weekend race.