It’s just around the corner, June 16th thru June 18th at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). NASCAR makes its first stop in the Irish Hills at the circuit’s fastest track. The Firekeeper’s Casino 400 is set to go with a 3 pm start time. MIS is not just our home track, it’s the home track for Ford and Chevrolet. With both manufacturer’s corporate offices located in the greater Detroit area, MIS is special. Every team, every driver wants to win at Michigan. You want to own your own backyard!
Michigan International Speedway has a reputation for being a fan favorite. This year will be no exception with a host of activities going on at the track all weekend. Fans love stage racing! Restarts at MIS are always exciting. The introduction of stage racing at NASCAR events means more restarts and exciting sprints for championship points. Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race features two 60 lap stages and an 80-lap sprint to the checkered flag. The NASCAR XFINITY Series runs in two 30 lap stages with a 65-lap run to the finish.
Fan Friendly Events
MIS has added week-long entertainment to all the campgrounds and to the race weekend with special programming and performances throughout the New Holland Fan Plaza. “Our vision is to create layers of reasons for people to attend race weeks at Michigan International Speedway,” track President Rick Brenner said. “Between camping, the fan plaza, free concerts and the best racing in the world, this summer at MIS is one you can’t miss.” Fans check out www.mispeedway.com and view all the entertainment options planned for the June race weekend at MIS.
Here is a list of this year’s in-campground entertainment.
Gathering Places – The track has created a place in each campground for friends and family to gather.
Lighted Nature Trail – Fans trail walk includes music in the MISCamping.com Graves Campground.
Fitness Program – The track is offering fitness classes to those who don’t want to miss a workout.
Kids Activities – All the kids can get their face painted, be tricked by a magician or listen to music by a DJ.
Tournaments – Fans can reign supreme in the bingo, euchre or corn hole tournaments.
Church Service – Every campground will have a non-denominational service on Sunday morning.
Movie – Grab your popcorn and enjoy the movie on the big screen.
Dueling Pianos – Watch as two dynamic piano players entertain the crowd.
Roving Music – The music will come to you as the stage drives through the campgrounds.
Gorillas – A life-size gorilla will be roaming the campground to greet the guests.
Ice Cream Truck – Cool down with some sweet treats.
Hypnotist – Be entertained as your friends are hypnotized to impress the audience.
Pedal Bar – Grab your drink and friends to hop on the pedal bar going through the infield.
Visit the Community – Transport guests into town to experience local businesses and entertainment.
Late Night Party – Be sprayed by paint and foam listening to the DJ until 3 a.m. in the M-50 Campground.
Concerts – There will be musical performances all weekend long throughout the campgrounds.
Entertainment scheduled for the New Holland fan Plaza.
Gorillas – A life-sized gorilla will be roaming the fan plaza.
Strolling Street Performers – Variety of acts including stilt walkers, jugglers, fire acts, fire eating will be strolling.
Wood Carver – Checkout what can be created from your basic wood log.
Monster Energy Bike Show – Mark Burnett’s freestyle motocross show will perform stunts.
Go-Karts – Drive like the pros in a special go-kart course.
Race to the Stage – Local bands can win a chance to perform on the two stages in the fan plaza.
Fans can attend the Saturday concert in Turn 3 FREE with a Sunday admission ticket, MISCamping.com Infield or MISCamping.com APEX wristband. Multi-platinum and gold certification Candlebox along with Skid Row, best known for “I Remember You” and “18 and Life” will entertain the crowds on June 17. Limited campsites remain in the Infield starting at $200. You can camp all week for one price in our other campgrounds starting at $165. Tickets for the Firekeeper’s Casino 400 race start at $30. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats.
Bring the Kids
Children 12 and under are free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, children 12 and under tickets start at $15. Children 12 and under can attend three days of NASCAR action for just $15, ensuring families a weekend of fun at affordable prices.
Pie with Petty
Don’t forget the special event celebrating Richard Petty’s 80th birthday. Pie with Petty is just $80 and gives fans a once in a lifetime chance to sit down with the King for pie and conversation. Grand Traverse Pie Company and Smithfield Foods combined talents for a special Bacon Apple Pie to honor Richard Petty. Click on this “Pie for Petty” link for additional details. Call the speedway at 800-354-1010 or visit www.mispeedway.com to purchase tickets.
The Lasco Press is providing live coverage of events all weekend. Look to the Lasco Press for continuing NASCAR race reports and event coverage.