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NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES

MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, June 19, 2011 on TNT
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 :: Race Coverage on AmericaJR.com

NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski previews the upcoming racing season at MIS

Rochester Hills, Mich. native Brad Keselowski joined officials from Michigan International Speedway (MIS) for a special press conference inside the Troppo Restaurant in downtown Lansing. Keselowski is the driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the #22 Discount Tire Company/Ruby Tuesday Dodge Challenger in the Nationwide Series. MIS will hold race weekends on June 17 - 19 and August 19 - 21. In addition, RainEater was announced as sponsor of the ARCA race.

WATCH: Interviews with NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski and MIS President Roger Curtis

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Troppo Restaurant in downtown Lansing. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Brad Keselowski was brought in to discuss the upcoming race season at Michigan International Speedway. Two race weeks are scheduled--one for June and the other for August. Keselowski will now drive the #2 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Previously, he drove the #12 car. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native also gets a new crew chief, Paul Wolfe, a man who he has worked with in the past.

Hundreds show up to submit questions for NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne in Dearborn

It's been a crazy month for Trevor Bayne. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver won the Daytona 500 as the youngest driver ever at the age of 20 years and one day. It was the first race of the season with the Wood Brothers Racing team. Ever since, has been making special appearances all over the country to meet his fans. On Wednesday afternoon, he made a stop at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. Hundreds of people waited in line for as long as four hours to ask him a question at the free fan event.

WATCH: NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne answers questions from the fans

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from inside the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. for a FREE fan event with NASCAR Driver and Daytona 500 Winner Trevor Bayne. He responded to questions from auto racing fans. In addition, watch for remarks from Chris and Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers Racing Team and Jamie Allison, Ford's North American Motorsports President.

Jack Roush addresses the 10th Annual Detroit Science Center Gala

Roush Fenway Racing Founder and CEO Jack Roush was the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Detroit Science Center Gala last Friday. This year's theme was "Engineers in Motorsports." The gala was created to advance the understanding of science and technology education, to raise funds for all children to have access to the museum's exhibits and programs and to promote Michigan's diverse array of advanced sciences and technology enterprises.

WATCH: Exclusive Interview with Jack Roush, CEO of Roush Fenway Racing

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from the 10th Annual Detroit Science Center Gala. Watch for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the featured speaker, Roush Fenway Racing CEO Jack Roush. Find out how he thinks his drivers are doing this season. What does he think of racing in his backyard at Michigan International Speedway? Roush has done the flyover and he's waved the green flag...but would he sing the national anthem there? Find out what he thinks of the recovery of the Big Three.

Great Lakes Wine Fest to also offer great Beer!

If you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, then the Great Lakes Wine Fest with Beer presented by the Jackson County CVB at Michigan International Speedway is the place for you. In addition to hosting over 25 Michigan-based wineries on Saturday, May 21, the wine festival will feature representatives from some of the state’s finest brewing companies on that day.

Emerson Drive to perform post-race concert on June 18!

Emerson Drive with opening act Jacob Lyda will take the stage at Michigan International Speedway during the June race weekend for the Saturday-night post-race concert. Canadian contemporary country music group Emerson Drive will headline the always popular and free concert in the New Holland Fan Plaza on Saturday, June 18. The concert on the Jagermeister stage will begin approximately 30 minutes after the Alliance Truck Parts 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

PHOTOS: Brad Keselowski's #22 NASCAR Showcar at the Discount Tire in Taylor

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was there when the #22 Discount Tire showcar rolled into the Discount Tire store in Taylor, Mich. The showcar is expected to be there for a few more days. Brad Keselowski drives the #22 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The showcar and the trailer were parked in front of the store. Look for the Discount Tire car at MIS this June!

Great Lakes Wine Fest a hit with guests!

With the attendance of thousands of wine and beer fans, the Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by the Jackson County CVB proved to be a festive, fun event in its second year at Michigan International Speedway. The event, which featured nearly 50 Michigan-based wineries and breweries from around the state, saw guests receive memorable experiences in the backdrop of the NASCAR racetrack.

Hey bartender! Can I get another Bud?

Kevin Harvick probably won’t receive probation for his most recent stunt in Michigan on Tuesday. This time the driver of the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet served as a Budweiser bartender at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, Mich., during a special “Happy Hour” in support of MIS’ June 19 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.

WATCH: Interviews with ARCA Drivers Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher, Grant Enfinger & Joey Coulter

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Eighteen ARCA drivers tested on the track yesterday. Find out what their experience was like just before the heavy rain started. In this video, you'll hear from Ty Dillon (No. 41) and Chris Buescher (No. 17). Look for both of them to race in the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 ARCA race on Friday, June 17. You'll also hear from Grant Enfinger (No. 36) and Joey Coulter (No. 16).

WATCH: Interview with CP Federal Credit Union President & CEO John Crist

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo reports from Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. CP Federal Credit Union was announced as the presenting sponsor of the MIS Champions Club for the 2011 racing season. Watch for an interview with John Crist, President & CEO of the credit union.

Heavy rain shortens ARCA testing at MIS; New sponsor for Champions Club

It was heavy showers that put the red flag on ARCA testing on Wednesday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Eighteen ARCA drivers had the opportunity to go 25-55 laps around the 2-mile oval track. They were in town to practice for the upcoming RainEater Wiper Blades 200 race, which is scheduled for Friday, June 17. Jackson, Mich.-based CP Federal Credit Union was announced as the presenting sponsor of the MIS Champions Club for 2011. The Champions Club is a great way to watch the races in a more luxurious fashion.

Capital improvement projects nearing completion as 2011 race season approaches at MIS

Construction crews around the Michigan International Speedway facility are working tirelessly in an effort to complete nearly $3 million worth of capital improvement projects before the June 17-19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend. Despite the unusual Michigan weather this spring, tremendous progress has been made in many areas of the speedway, most notably the redesign of the infield scoreboard and new tram road/stop on the south side of the facility.

Through good times or even tragedy, camping at MIS brings friends and family closer together

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.

Downtown Brooklyn to Host Race Fest on June 16

The Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce will officially kick off race season in Southeastern Michigan by hosting the annual Brooklyn-Irish Hills Race Fest presented by Country Market on Thursday, June 16, on the square in downtown Brooklyn, Mich. The free day-long festival from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. will feature a variety of fun and interactive activities for fans, families and community members, including live music, show cars, an autograph session with ARCA Series drivers, a beer garden, food and tons of giveaways.

Value of a Saturday ticket at MIS just got better

If seeing the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 and post-race concert featuring Emerson Drive and Jacob Lyda weren’t enough to fill your plate on Saturday, June 18 at Michigan International Speedway, try adding Sprint Cup Series qualifying to the mix. That’s exactly what will take place at MIS on June 18 with qualifying for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series taking place that day, as well as the Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 at 3:30 p.m., followed by the post-race concert.

Could Dale Jr break his streak at MIS?

With two laps to go, Brad Keselowski didn’t even know he was in the lead. The Rochester Hills native held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, picking up his first win of the year. Keselowski led the final nine laps of the 267-lap STP 400, conserving just enough fuel to hold off Earnhardt and snap a 75-race winless streak. He said he didn't realize he was leading the race until he looked at the track's leaderboard and saw his car number at the top.

NASCAR Race Fans To Benefit From Verizon Wireless Network Boost at MIS

Verizon Wireless has activated a temporary cell site to improve its voice and data network around the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn and to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans attending races and related events at the speedway this summer. The company has deployed a COLT (Cell on Light Truck) to boost capacity in the area surrounding the racetrack. A COLT is a fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a specific location—and works especially well in dense areas with large crowds.

PHOTOS: Four NASCAR Showcars and Simulators at Wal-Mart in Saline, MI

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was at Wal-Mart on Michigan Ave. in Saline, MI for the #18 m&m's showcar, #2 Miller Lite showcar, #4 Oreo's showcar and the #33 Cheerios showcar rolled into the garden center. Kyle Busch drives the #18 and Brad Keselowski drives the #14 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Meanwhile, Tony Stewart drives the #4 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Clint Bowyer drives the #33 in the Sprint Cup Series. There were four NASCAR simulators on site for fans to enjoy.

PHOTOS: NASCAR Simulator and WTKA 1050 AM at LaFontaine Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep in Saline, MI

AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo was at the LaFontaine Chrysler, Dodge & Keep in Saline, MI for three NASCAR simulators and a LIVE broadcast with WTKA 1050 AM. The UAW Dodge tent was set up in the parking lot of the car dealership. WTKA's Big Show with Jeff Defran, Jeff Radford, Jim Stark and Al Fellhauer did their show LIVE from the event. LaFontaine is located at 900 W. Michigan Ave. in Saline, Mich.

PHOTOS: Roush Automotive Collection Open House in Livonia, MI

AmericaJR.com's Gloria Rzucidlo was at the Roush Automotive Collection in Livonia, MI for the open house and driver autograph session. Five NASCAR drivers were on hand including team owner Jack Roush and his daughter Susan Roush-McClenaghan. Sprint Cup Series drivers Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, David Ragan and Nationwide Series drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne were all in attendance.

Carl Edwards win the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at MIS

Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse continued their recent NASCAR Nationwide supremacy and Roush-Fenway Racing sustained its own Ford ascendancy at Michigan International Speedway on Friday in the 20th annual Alliance Truck Parts 250. Edwards passed Stenhouse with eight laps remaining and went on to his fourth Nationwide victory this season in the last 10 races. Stenhouse finished second as the pair registered their second one-two finish over the last three races.

Denny Hamlin wins Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at MIS

Denny Hamlin’s declaration this time last year was clear, simple and undeniable: “All we do is win.” That bold proclamation came after he captured the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway last June, his fifth of what would be a total of eight triumphs in 2010. It was also his second victory in a row and fourth in the previous eight races. But Hamlin’s bravado this season has been relegated to the back seat with no victories; his mantra more like, “All we do is come close.”

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