August 21, 2011 on ESPN
You Know? Pure Michigan 400 and VFW 200 Facts
Pure Michigan 400 Facts
ESPN college football analyst and former Heisman Trophy
winner at the University of Michigan, Desmond Howard,
will serve as the grand marshal for the Pure Michigan
400. Howard also played 11 NFL seasons most notably with
the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers (where he won
the Super Bowl MVP award). The recent College Football
Hall of Fame inductee will say the command to start engines
for the Pure Michigan 400.
Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally will
serve as the Pure Michigan 400 honorary starter. Ford
has the most Sprint Cup Series wins at MIS with 31. Chevrolet
is second with 19.
It is believed to be the first time a state brand like
Pure Michigan is featured as the title of NASCAR’s
premier stock car series.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their first appearance
at MIS in 15 years. The iconic Clydesdales will have a
public viewing on Wednesday in Lot 3 off of Brooklyn Highway
with gates opening at 5 p.m. They will also participate
in other activities throughout the weekend.
MIS is continuing a tradition of giving a fan the opportunity
to present a trophy on behalf of the race fans to the
Pure Michigan 400 winner. The presentation is awarded
to fans through the speedway’s Fan Appreciation
Program. The Fan Appreciation Program also hands out other
memorable race weekend experiences to various fans including
access to pre- and post-race ceremonies, pace car rides,
pit passes and more.
Proving once again MIS and NASCAR are the leaders in recognizing
its fans, speedway officials announced a new element to
the track’s popular and ever-growing Fan Appreciation
Program. “MIS ALL ACCESS” on Friday, Aug.
19 ensures fans get unprecedented access to the sport
of NASCAR – and its stars. Some of the superstars
of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series will participate in
an autograph session starting at 5 p.m. Participating
drivers include Dale Earnhardt Jr., five-time series champion
Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Michigan’s own Brad
Keselowski, former series champion Matt Kenseth, David
Ragan, David Reutimann, Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland
and former MIS winner Brian Vickers will participate in
the autograph session.
The speedway’s charitable arm, MIS Cares, will be
hosting its second Fish Your Bass Off Tournament on Thursday
at Jerry’s Pub on scenic Wampler’s Lake, just
minutes from the track. Festivities during the fund-raising
event will include bass weigh-in, question and answer
sessions with Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray, dinner and
drinks from a cash bar. The National Bass Anglers Association
will conduct the ever-popular weigh-in of bass announced
by popular commentator Mark Zona and professional bass
angler Kevin VanDam, both Michigan natives. The event
will be held from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
With only four races remaining in the "Race To The
Chase" the focus is intensifying in and around the
10th through 12th place positions in the NASCAR Sprint
Cup standings. After the season's 26th race in Richmond
on Sept. 10, the top 10 drivers in points qualify for
the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR's 10-race
"playoffs" that determine the series champion,
with two wild card positions rounding out the top-12 that
will make the Chase. Heading into MIS, Carl Edwards and
Kyle Busch are tied for the points lead with Denny Hamlin
(1 win, 12th in points) and Brad Keselowski (2 wins, 14th
in points) holding the two wild card spots thus far.
Michigan International Speedway has hosted a NASCAR race
every year since 1969. The Pure Michigan 400 will be the
85th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS.
Jack Roush needs one more victory to become the all-time
winningest car owner at Michigan. He is currently tied
with the Wood Brothers with 11 all-time Sprint Cup wins
as an owner. Roush is trying to get back into Gatorade
Victory Lane at MIS since his last win here in August
of 2008. Prior to that, Roush had posted a victory in
the Irish Hills for seven consecutive years.
Earnhardt Jr’s last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win
came at MIS in the June 2008 race. Although he has not
won a Cup race since, Earnhardt Jr. is one of the favorites
to win at MIS with six top-10 finishes in his last 11
Cup races in the Irish Hills.
Despite his recent strong showings, Jimmie Johnson has
yet to win a race in the Irish Hills in 19 Cup race appearances.
In fact, MIS is just one of four Sprint Cup Series tracks
overall that he has not won at in his brilliant career,
a list which also includes Chicagoland, Homestead-Miami
and Watkins Glen. MIS is the only track left on the list
that hosts two Sprint Cup race a year.
Rochester Hills, Mich. native Brad Keselowski will be
making his fifth career Sprint Cup Series start at MIS
in the Pure Michigan 400. Keselowski has momentum heading
into Michigan with a victory at Pocono two weeks ago and
a second-place finish at Watkins Glen on Monday.
VFW 200 Facts and Story Ideas
Rock band Rev
Theory will perform the Budweiser Acceleration post-race
concert after the Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 on
Saturday. The popular Saturday night concert in Lot 10
has always been a crowd staple and fan favorite at MIS
for nearly a decade. Rev Theory follows a long list of
spectacular concerts that have been held at MIS including
Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel
and Sick Puppies.
Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will be racing
in the VFW 200. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Mark Martin
will all pilot trucks in the race.
Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 18 with 7-year-old Brady
Reuter’s name on it. Reuter, from Hudson, Mich.,
was selected as the winner of the “Riding Shotgun
with Kyle Busch Motorsports” essay contest in early
August. Reuter’s name and picture will adorn the
area above the passenger side window of Kyle Busch’s
truck for the VFW 200 and he has the opportunity to attend
the race with three guests compliments of MIS.
In the second closest finish in MIS history (all series),
Johnny Benson finished second to Erik Darnell in the 2008
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The .005 margin
of victory is also the second closest finish under electronic
timing (.005) and the second closest in NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series history.
Two former winners of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
races at MIS are on the VFW 200 entry list. Colin Braun
(2009) and Brendan Gaughan (2003) have won truck races
in the Irish Hills. Braun’s victory came from the
12th starting position, which is the farthest back a Camping
World Truck Series driver has started and won an MIS race
Starr, who is entered in the VFW 200, is the only driver
to start every single Truck Series race at MIS. Starr
will be making his 12th career truck start at MIS, which
is a track record. He also holds the track record with
2,132 miles completed on the 2-mile oval.
Two former MIS winners are also in the VFW 200 field this
weekend. It’s just not in trucks. Parker Kligerman
and Justin Lofton are former winners of ARCA Racing Series
races at MIS. Lofton won an ARCA race in 2008 and Kligerman
followed with a victory in 2009.
Travis Kvapil is the only driver in Camping World Truck
Series history to win a race from the pole at MIS (2007).
Ricky Carmichael will be making his second Camping World
Truck Series start at MIS. The former motocross racer
finished 15th in his MIS debut in 2010.
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.
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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Pure Michigan
400 on Aug. 21 are as low as $30 while supplies last.
or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to
take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.
The ticket office is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday;
and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
As always, parking is free at MIS – and the track
allows coolers through the gates. Check the speedway’s
website for details.
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