June 19, 2011 on TNT
good times or even tragedy, camping at MIS brings friends
and family closer together
campsites, including the MISCamping.com Infield, still
available for MIS’ June and August race weekends
credit: Matthew Dunn
Dunn, a Sandusky, Ohio, police officer, was killed in
the line of duty on March 19, 2011. Andrew is holding
his son, Caleb (right), at MIS.
Mich. -- Whether it is the strengthening of a
family bond, or friendships coming together to pay tribute
to a fallen member of their community, camping at Michigan
International Speedway isn’t just about the racing,
but about the relationships that are made along the way.
Every June and August, race weekends at MIS bring out
thousands of campers who enjoy a weekend (or sometimes
week) of spending time with family and friends in the
great outdoors of the Irish Hills of Michigan.
In the case of Diane Stauder and her husband William,
of Huron, Ohio, the memories and relationships they have
made by camping at the Irish Hills speedway is something
they cherish very much. The Stauder’s have been
camping and attending races at MIS for nearly 30 years,
eventually bringing their children and grandchildren into
the fold in what is now truly a family vacation for them
“Camping at MIS has given us so many memories over
the years,” Diane Stauder said. “Each campground
has a unique experience and different atmosphere. We have
been camping in the MISCamping.com Brooklyn Trails Campground
for many years and now with our son and daughter coming
with us and bringing the grandkids along, it really is
a family event for us. Racing has been a part of our lives
for a long time and we look forward to camping at MIS
It is these memories and relationships that make camping
what it is at MIS – a vacation away from home with
family and friends that gives lasting memories for each
person every time they visit. It is a mission that MIS
strives to accomplish for its camping guests as well.
“Our goal is to give our campers wonderful memories
with their family and friends that they will cherish for
a lifetime,” track President Roger Curtis said.
“Whether you want to have a party in the infield
with your friends or vacation in one of our family campgrounds,
we have something for everyone here at MIS.”
Diane Stauder agrees.
“We started out camping at the races so many years
ago. It’s funny because we started out with just
a tent all those years ago, then upgraded to a pop-up
trailer, then a mid-size RV. Now we’ve graduated
to a full-size RV and have the kids and grandkids come
with us. It truly is a family affair with something for
everyone. The camping experience at MIS is like none other,”
Camping at MIS isn’t just about families, but also
about the friendships that many campers at the speedway
have created while attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
weekends. For many, those friendships are maintained throughout
the entire calendar year with the expectation that they
see each other twice a year on race weekends at MIS.
“We’ve made so many friends camping at MIS,”
Diane continued. “We’ve camped next to friends
of ours from Canada for a long time and look forward to
seeing them every year. It’s like a reunion every
summer. We also have friends who live in the same Huron/Sandusky
area of Ohio who come up to the track as well. We never
get to spend a great deal of time with them during the
year here, so taking time to make memories with them at
MIS is something we look forward to.”
With the Stauder’s maintaining close ties with their
family and friends at the racetrack and at home, news
travels fast among their group, whether it positive or
tragic. Another camping family the Stauder’s know
from Sandusky suffered a personal tragedy back on March
19, 2011, when the family’s son, a police officer,
was tragically killed in the Sandusky, Ohio area while
in the line of duty. It was the first time a Sandusky
police officer had been killed while on duty in more than
a century and the first by gunfire.
The officer, Andrew Dunn, camped at MIS in August with
his family on several occasions, including with his father
and fellow police officer Matthew Dunn, who has been a
ticketholder and camper at the speedway for many years
and serves on the track’s Fan Advisory Board.
Matthew Dunn still plans on attending the August race
at MIS this season if for nothing more than to continue
a tradition he, his son and other family members and friends
have done for years.
“Andrew had been attending races at MIS with me
since he was 11 years old and we’re going to camp
at this year’s August race to honor him and carry
on the traditions that my family, and Andrew, have built
over the years in the Irish Hills of Michigan. He was
a big race fan and a wonderful son. We miss him dearly,”
Matthew Dunn said.
The Stauder’s and others who know the family well
and camp with them at MIS are planning a get together
during the August race weekend to pay tribute to one of
Sandusky’s fallen heroes and a friend to many in
the MISCamping.com Brooklyn Trails Campground.
“It was a very tragic and well publicized story
in our area,” Diane said. “I know there is
about 40-50 people from our area who camp at MIS for the
races and we all know each other pretty well. He was so
young at 30 years old and was a race fan who love going
to MIS. We want to all come together during the August
race weekend and pay tribute to this family’s son.”
It is the bonding of a camping group like this one that
brings fans together for just a few days a year at MIS,
to not only enjoy themselves, but also help each other
through tragic moments as well.
“We are a close knit group,” Diane said. “We
look forward to not only seeing our friends this summer,
but to also come together for remembrance of this family’s
son. We can’t wait to get there.”
With campsites still available for the 2011 season at
MIS, there are still opportunities for fans to take advantage
of great prices on camping at MIS and make their own memories.
“I remember many years ago, we would have the kids
go out and collect cans to save up enough money from the
deposits to make our camping trip to MIS. Even today,
the prices are still affordable, especially since you
get the campsite for the entire weekend or race week if
you choose to,” Diane said.
Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan,
Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a
venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away
and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s
the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for
race fans and drivers alike.
Campsites, including in the MISCamping.com infield, for
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips
400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are currently
available. Visit MISpeedway.com,
or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to
take advantage of great pricing on camping or tickets
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