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NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, August 15, 2010 on ESPN

 
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NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth previews the upcoming CARFAX race weekend in Dearborn

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Matt Kenseth made a special appearance at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. to promote the upcoming CARFAX 250 and 400 races at Michigan International Speedway on August 14 and 15. MIS President Roger Curtis and Ford North American Motorsports President Jamie Allison were also in attendance at the press conference. The Henry Ford Museum just began fundraising for a new $15-million permanent exhibit called "Racing in America," which is scheduled open at the museum in the next three to four years.

WATCH: Interviews with NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth, MIS President Roger Curtis and The Henry Ford's Christian W. Overland

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports LIVE from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn for a press conference regarding the upcoming CARFAX Race Weekend at Michigan International Speedway in August. Look for interviews with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, MIS President Roger Curtis and Christian W. Overland, The Henry Ford Museum's Vice President of Collections and Experience Design introduces plans for the new Racing in America permanent exhibit at the museum. Also, watch as the new Ford Fiesta pace car is unveiled for the CARFAX 400 at MIS.

WATCH: NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth and MIS President Roger Curtis address fans and the media at The Henry Ford

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports LIVE from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn for a press conference regarding the upcoming CARFAX Race Weekend at Michigan International Speedway in August. Look for remarks from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, MIS President Roger Curtis, Ford North American Motorsports President Jamie Allison. Also, watch as Chritian W. Overland, The Henry Ford Museum's Vice President of Collections and Experience Design introduces plans for the new Racing in America permanent exhibit at the museum.

PHOTOS: NASCAR Driver Matt Kenseth at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Matt Kenseth made a special appearance at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. to promote the upcoming CARFAX 250 and 400 races at Michigan International Speedway on August 14 and 15. MIS President Roger Curtis and Ford North American Motorsports President Jamie Allison were also in attendance at the press conference. The Henry Ford Museum just began fundraising for a new $15-million permanent exhibit called "Racing in America," which is scheduled open at the museum in the next three to four years.

MIS invites fans to drive their car on the track for three laps

Chuck Kaminskas and his younger brother Greg thought it was a great experience. “It was something very special. We will remember this forever,” the brothers from Royal Oak and Westland, Mich., respectively, said following their laps around Michigan International Speedway on Monday. That’s the memories many fans experienced during the first day of the Track Laps Program, which took place from noon until 1 p.m. on the speedway’s two-mile oval. MIS opened its race track for select dates in August and September, giving fans the opportunity to drive their personal vehicles on the track.

Saving Abel returning to MIS for post-race concert on Saturday

If fans couldn’t get enough great rock ‘n’ roll when Saving Abel performed at Michigan International Speedway in June, the popular band will return during the Show Me the CARFAX Race weekend on August 14-15 and rock the house again. Saving Abel will perform at the speedway’s Budweiser Acceleration Concert following the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 on Saturday, August 14.

NASCAR drivers confirmed for MIS Cares 'Fish Your Bass Off' tournament

Like race fans, many NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are also avid outdoorsman, making the MIS Cares “Fish Your Bass Off” Tournament the perfect destination before the Show Me the CARFAX race weekend. NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler, along with former champion Bobby Allison, will appear at the Fish Your Bass Off Tournament, which will take place on Thursday, August 12 at Jerry’s Pub & Restaurant on scenic Wampler’s Lake just minutes from the speedway.

NASCAR Nationwide Series practice open to the public on Aug. 12

With the new NASCAR Nationwide Series car making its debut at Michigan International Speedway next weekend, the speedway has decided to open the race track to the public for the new car’s practice sessions on Thursday, August 12. Best of all, it’s free! The practice sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The sessions will test the cars in preparation for the Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 race on Saturday, August 14 at MIS.

Tom Izzo to serve as honorary pace car driver

In his 15 years with the Spartans, Tom Izzo has done just about everything: four-time national coach of the year, six NCAA Final Four appearances and one basketball national championship. Now he can add pace car driver to his resume. The Michigan State University men’s basketball coach will drive the pace car for the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns Aug. 15.

NASCAR Nationwide drivers to participate in Thursday autograph session

When the staff at Michigan International Speedway decided the track should open its gates for fans to watch the new NASCAR Nationwide car practice for free on Thursday, drivers in the series reciprocated by volunteering for an autograph session. Some of the series brightest stars including Justin Allgaier, Chase Austin, Michael Annett, Trevor Bayne, Colin Braun, Shelby Howard, Brian Keselowski, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Tayler Malsam, Joe Nemechek, Danica Patrick, Robert Richardson Jr., Brian Scott, Morgan Shepherd and Ryan Truex are scheduled to participate in an autograph session from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Thursday underneath the Turn 1 grandstand.

One Night Stand with Kasey Kahne is Friday night!

Michigan International Speedway just launched a new fan hospitality option that finally satisfies the late-night, NASCAR fan searching for the ultimate party. And the best part? It’s free. Oh, and if you like to party with NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, then “Budweiser Acceleration ONE NIGHT STAND” is for you. The club is in the New Holland Fan Plaza at MIS, near the SPEED Stage.

PHOTOS: NASCAR Drivers Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. at Mobil One in Shelby Twp., MI

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was there when NASCAR drivers Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. appeared for a special meet-and-greet with the fans. Keselowski is currently ranked first in NASCAR Nationwide Series points. Hornish is currently ranked 28th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Mobil 1 Lube Express is located at 48156 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Twp., Mich.

CARFAX 400 co-grand marshals announced

Five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been named co-grand marshal for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield is the only professional boxer to win the heavyweight boxing title five times and is one of the greatest boxers in history. The former contestant of the first season of “Dancing with the Stars” has an impressive boxing record of 43 wins (28 by knock out), 10 losses and 2 draws.

PHOTOS: Kurt Busch's #2 NASCAR Showcar at the Country Market in Brooklyn, MI

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was there when Kurt Busch's #2 NASCAR showcar rolled into the Country Market grocery store. It is located at 11301 Brooklyn Road in Brooklyn, Mich. Kurt Busch will drive the #2 Miller Lite Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CARFAX 400 race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

WATCH: Exclusive interview with NASCAR driver Joey Logano and his fans

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Home Depot store in Jackson, Mich. Look for an exclusive interview with NASCAR driver Joey Logano. He will race in both the CARFAX 250 Nationwide Series race and in the CARFAX 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway this Weekend. You'll also hear from fans Jen and Randy Higgs of Mount Albert, Ontario and younger fan Brian from Adrian, Mich. About 750 fans waited in line for hours to meet and get autographs from the NASCAR driver.

PHOTOS: Press Conference with NASCAR Drivers Brad Keselowski and Trevor Bayne

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway when NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Trevor Bayne and NASCAR Sprint Cup/Nationwide Series Driver Brad Keselowski held a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Also in attendance were NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Joe Balash and NASCAR Competition and R&D Director Brett Bodine.

WATCH: Danica Patrick and Hot Wheels announce "Keys to Speed" promotion

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway when NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Danica Patrick and Mattel Vie President of Marketing Simon Waldron held a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Hot Wheels will release a new Danica Patrick model car that is scheduled to hit store shelves in September. In addition, special keys will be located inside various cars to give consumers a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes.

Joey Logano meets 750 fans at the Home Depot store in Jackson, MI

Joey Logano was born on May 24, 1990 in Middletown, Connecticut. He will drive the #20 Home Depot Toyota Camry in the CARFAX 400 and the #20 GameStop/Sport Clips Toyota Camry in the CARFAX 250 at MIS this weekend. The NASCAR driver made an appearance at the Home Depot store in Jackson, Mich. to meet and sign autographs for 750 fans.

WATCH: Press Conference with NASCAR Drivers Brad Keselowski and Trevor Bayne

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway when NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Trevor Bayne and NASCAR Sprint Cup/Nationwide Series Driver Brad Keselowski held a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Also in attendance were NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Joe Balash and NASCAR Competition and R&D Director Brett Bodine. Keselowski is currently leading in NASCAR Nationwide Series points.

PHOTOS: NASCAR drivers test the new Nationwide car at MIS

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway as NASCAR drivers were testing the new Nationwide car on Thursday morning. The new cars consist of the Chevrolet Impala, the Dodge Challenger, the Ford Mustang and the Toyota Camry. These cars were first tested in Daytona on July 2. Some say the new car looks more like the Sprint Cup car, but it drives like a truck.

Brad Keselowski wins the CARFAX 250 at MIS with Carl Edwards finishing close behind

The Rochester Hills native returned to victory lane for the second straight year in the CARFAX 250 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Brad Keselowski, 26, brought his No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge into the winner’s circle on Saturday afternoon. Keselowski started the race and won it from the pole. This was his eighth pole in 127 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and his first pole in four races at MIS.

PHOTOS: Roush Racing Open House and Autograph Signing in Livonia, MI

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo reports from the Roush Automotive Collection in Livonia, Mich. NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Colin Braun and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. signed autographs and met their fans. Jack Roush was not available due to his recent plane crash. However, his daughter, Susan, signed autographs at the event.

WATCH: Press Conference with CARFAX 250 Winner Brad Keselowski and Crew Chief

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway when NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Brad Keselowski started from the pole and won the CARFAX 250 race. Watch for remarks from him and crew chief Paul Wolfe. Keselowski also won the CARFAX 250 race at MIS in 2009.

PHOTOS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice Session at MIS

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers held their final practice session on Saturday afternoon. It began shortly after noon and lasted until about 1:20 p.m. The drivers already qualified for Sunday's CARFAX 400 race on Friday afternoon. Crews made final adjustments to their cars before the big race.

WATCH: Press Conference with Carl Edwards and Colin Braun after the CARFAX 250

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway when NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Brad Keselowski started from the pole and won the CARFAX 250 race. Watch for remarks from second-place finisher Carl Edwards and Colin Braun, who finished ninth. Find out what both drivers had to say about the race.

Kevin Harvick wins CARFAX 400 for first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at MIS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick and crew chief Gil Martin were joking on the radio about where Gatorade Victory Lane was located following Harvick’s victory in the CARFAX 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. “It’s been seven years since I’ve been in Victory Lane here, but my first in the Sprint Cup. I’m not sure how to even get there,” Harvick excitedly said over his radio.

PHOTOS: CARFAX 250 Pre-Race Ceremony, Race and Victory Lane

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the CARFAX 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 14, 2010. Look for photos of the pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions, the race itself, cars in the pit lane, cars in the garage, victory lane celebrations and the press conference thereafter. You'll see Brad Keselowski as he talks about his big victory.

PHOTOS: Hot Wheels and Danica Patrick announce "Keys to Speed" promotion

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway when NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Danica Patrick and Mattel Vie President of Marketing Simon Waldron held a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Hot Wheels will release a new Danica Patrick model car that is scheduled to hit store shelves in September. In addition, special keys will be located inside various cars to give consumers a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes.

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