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Sunday, August 21, 2011 on ESPN

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First phase of MIS repave project complete

When the checkered flag dropped at the end of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19, the green flag was waved for Phase 1 of the Michigan International Speedway Track Repaving Project. After just 30 days, pit road has now been repaved thus completing Phase 1 of the project. Here are a few highlights from Phase 1 of the track repave...

Rev Theory to headline August Budweiser Acceleration Concert

Race fans will be able to rock the house during the Pure Michigan 400 race weekend at Michigan International Speedway, as the popular rock band Rev Theory is slated to headline the Budweiser Acceleration Concert. Rev Theory and four other bands will perform at the speedway’s Budweiser Acceleration Concert following the conclusion of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 on Saturday, August 20.

‘MIS ALL ACCESS’ features autograph session with NASCAR stars, garage tours, pace car rides

Proving once again Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR are the leaders in recognizing its fans, speedway officials have 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.

Fore! NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer hits the links with MIS fans

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer doesn’t claim to be a great golfer, but he certainly had a lot of fun trying with Michigan International Speedway race fans on Thursday. Bowyer, who drives the No. 33 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, golfed with MIS race fans and participated in a question and answer session at the track’s Pure Michigan 400 Media Day at Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Thursday.

MIS plays host to inaugural “Fight Night for the Troops” event to benefit the VFW Foundation

On Friday, August 19 at the Budweiser Acceleration Club at Michigan International Speedway, the VFW Foundation will hold its first-ever “Fight Night for the Troops” event benefiting its Return the Favor campaign, which supports the military assistance programs of the VFW. The event will feature live amateur boxing sanctioned by USA Boxing, Inc. and organized by Bob Kerr Boxing Club. It will be hosted by Former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Larry Holmes.

Burning Rubber and a Few Calories: NASCAR Drivers to Set the Pace for Fans at Michigan Coca-Cola Family Track Walk

Imagine being on the track, lined up alongside some of the top drivers in NASCAR. As the green flag waves, you accelerate down the frontstretch before heading into Turn 1. Seems far-fetched, right? Maybe not, if you’re traveling at four miles per hour. On August 21 at Michigan International Speedway, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano will turn laps at a much slower pace than usual, as they hit the racetrack on foot alongside fans for the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk.

WATCH: IndyCar/NASCAR Driver Danica Patrick speaks about COPD and her racing season at The Henry Ford in Dearborn with interviews's Jason Rzucidlo reports from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. IndyCar/NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Danica Patrick address a group of 200 fans at a free event on Monday inside the museum's Anderson Theatre. The topic was COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She also discussed her season this year, past races on Detroit's Belle Isle and at Michigan International Speedway. In addition, watch for interviews with attendees Charlene Skonieczry from Farmington, MI; David Stralow from McBain, MI; and Brenda Kaleto from Dearborn, MI.

Danica Patrick discusses COPD, racing season at The Henry Ford By Jason Rzucidlo

IndyCar/NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Danica Patrick spoke to a group of 200 fans at a free event on Monday inside the Henry Ford Museum's Anderson Theatre. The topic was COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patrick said she lost her grandmother to the disease. She also discussed her season this year along with past races on Detroit's Belle Isle and at Michigan International Speedway. In addition, the driver hopes the race will return to the island in the middle of the Detroit River for 2012.

MIS concessions offers variety and convenience for race fans

Michigan International Speedway and Americrown, the racetrack’s food and beverage provider, have menu offerings and other services to enhance the fan experience during the upcoming August 19-21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 race weekend. Guests can visit the Irish Hills Escape tent in the New Holland Fan Plaza to get their hands on food unique to MIS and the Irish Hills of Michigan. With special help from Americrown’s Executive Chef, Frank Marrara, race fans will be able to enjoy any of the following offerings...

First-timer at MIS? Let us help!

A NASCAR race is more than a sporting event. It’s a vacation, an experience, a way of life. Some fans, especially first-timers, may need a little help to make the most of the thrill and understand the sport. So for fans visiting Michigan International Speedway for the first time during the August 19-21 Pure Michigan 400 race weekend, having a fellow race fan give friendly advice when you arrive could be extremely beneficial. That’s exactly what the track’s new “MIS Rookie Pit Stop” program is designed to do.

Desmond Howard to serve as Pure Michigan 400 Grand Marshal

Famous for his Heisman pose, stopping for a few pictures shouldn’t be a problem for the Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal. Desmond Howard, the former Heisman Trophy-winning University of Michigan football star and current ESPN college football analyst, will serve as grand marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 21. “He’s given college football fans excitement throughout his career so it will be great to host a superstar like Desmond Howard at Michigan International Speedway and show him how exciting NASCAR is,” MIS President Roger Curtis said.

MIS Cares to host second “Fish Your Bass Off” Tournament on Aug. 18

What better way to kick off a race weekend in the Irish Hills then by fishing your bass off! Michigan International Speedway’s non-profit arm, MIS Cares, will host the second annual “Fish Your Bass Off” tournament at Jerry’s Pub & Restaurant on scenic Wampler’s Lake just minutes from the Irish Hills speedway. The tournament is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, August 18. At 5 p.m., 13 teams of four, with two anglers per boat, will take to the waters of Wamplers Lake for three hours of bass fishing.

Jimmie Johnson to visit with MIS Kids Club members

This one is for the kids! MIS Kids Club members will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive Q&A Session with the five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, Aug. 21. The MIS Kids Club event will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the MIS Cares Kids Zone in the New Holland Fan Plaza. Registration tables will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. to scan MIS Kids Club membership cards, as well as sign up new members.

Hudson Mich.’s Brady Reuter will be “Riding Shotgun with Kyle Busch Motorsports” at MIS

Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) is pleased to announce that 7-year-old Brady Reuter from Hudson, Mich. has been selected as the winner of the “Riding Shotgun with Kyle Busch Motorsports” essay contest for Michigan International Speedway. Reuter’s name and picture will adorn the area above the passenger side window of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Traxxas Tundra for the VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday, Aug. 20 and he will have the opportunity to attend the race with three guests compliments of Michigan International Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers headline Budweiser Acceleration Club August lineup

Fans who have not yet purchased a Budweiser Acceleration Club ticket for the August 19-21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 race weekend may want to consider it. NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer, along with Pure Michigan 400 grand marshal Desmond Howard, will headline Michigan International Speedway’s Budweiser Acceleration Club hospitality lineup on Sunday, August 21.

President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, will serve as honorary starter

Ford Motor Company’s President and CEO Alan Mulally will wave the green flag as honorary starter for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. As racing returns to the Irish Hills in the backyard of the auto industry, Mulally is excited to represent his company and the state of Michigan. “I am looking forward to representing the entire Ford team by waving the green flag at the start of the Pure Michigan 400," said Mulally.

Budweiser Clydesdales to visit MIS for first time in 15 years

Majestic. Powerful. Graceful. They are the Budweiser Clydesdales. For more than 75 years, the Budweiser Clydesdales have embodied the Budweiser brand heritage, serving faithfully as ambassadors of the Great American Lager, and icons of American industry. With their tremendous brand appeal to race fans, Budweiser is offering a special, once-in-a-lifetime chance to view the Clydesdales up-close-and-personal with a free viewing party on Wednesday at Michigan International Speedway.

Did You Know? Pure Michigan 400 and VFW 200 Facts

Current 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.

PHOTOS: Home Depot #20 and Kwikset #9 NASCAR showcars in Livonia, MI's Gloria Rzucidlo was there when the #20 Home Depot and the #9 Kwikset showcars rolled into the Home Depot store in Livonia, Mich. The showcars were on hand for one day only. Joey Logano drives the #20 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Marcos Ambrose drives the #9 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The showcars and the trailers were both parked in front of the store.

PHOTOS: Roush Automotive Collection Open House and Autograph Session's Gloria Rzucidlo was at the Roush Automotive Collection in Livonia, MI for the open house and driver autograph session. Three race car drivers were on hand including team owner Jack Roush, his daughter, Susan Roush-McClenaghan and his son, Jack Roush Jr. Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan was also in attendance.

Kevin Harvick earns MIS trifecta with VFW 200 victory

Kevin Harvick drove his way around a series of late-race crashes to find Gatorade Victory Lane on Saturday during the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick became the first driver to win in all three major NASCAR series events at MIS with victories in the Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. It was also his second straight win in the Truck Series this season and 11th in his 111th series start.

Kyle Busch wins Pure Michigan 400

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch really wanted a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan International Speedway. After six years racing on the circuit and 13 Sprint Cup Series race starts in the Irish Hills, Busch finally got his wish by taking the checkered flag for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday. “Awesome!” Busch responded as if at a loss for words.

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