NASCAR News: MIS Events, 2018 Cup Schedule and More

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Michigan International Speedway

The June 18th, FireKeeper’s Casino 400 is fast approaching. Fans still have a chance to grab tickets to the race weekend activities at Michigan International Speedway. In a historic announcement. MIS President Rick Brenner revealed that for the first time the pre-race parade lap will include a circuit through speedway infield.

“One of the greatest elements in NASCAR is the accessibility of the drivers to the fans. This is another great opportunity for us to bring the drivers closer just minutes before they take the green flag,” Brenner said. “Between the added entertainment and now the driver parade lap, the infield is going to be the go-to campground for our guests.”

Joey Logano waves to fans during the parade lap.

The Michigan International Speedway parade lap will begin at the pre-race stage at the start/finish line on the front stretch. The trucks will continue around the track and will get close to the inside wall on the backstretch.

The trucks will take a sharp left turn into the infield in Turn 3. Then the drivers will continue through the infield before exiting in Turn 4. Fans are invited to line the route to cheer on their favorite driver up close.

Limited campsites remain in the MISCAMPING.com Infield Campground starting at $200. You can camp all week for one price in our other campgrounds starting at $165. Visit mispeedway.com to get your campsite.

Tickets for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race start at $35. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Children 12 and under are free on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, tickets for children 12 and under 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.

MIS Celebrates Richard Petty’s 80th Birthday

Fans can also take advantage of several special offers. You can get a free round of golf from Treetops. Free food. Or have a special meet and greet with either Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson or Danica Patrick. Call 800-354-1010 or visit www.mispeedway.com to purchase tickets.

 2018 NASCAR Schedule Changes

NASCAR recently announced sweeping changes to the lineup of tracks that make up the playoffs. Next season, the final regular season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be contested at iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Playoffs Round of 16 kicks off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

“The Brickyard 400 has been one of NASCAR’s premier events for 25 years. We’re thrilled the race is moving to one of the most important dates on the NASCAR calendar,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS president. “Our fans will love the excitement that comes with crowning a regular season champion at The Racing Capital of the World, and the cooler temperatures of early September will make the race more enjoyable for everyone.”

 

NASCAR has added a second short track to the playoff slate. The historic ¾-mile Richmond International Raceway hosts the second playoff race for the first time. Charlotte Motor Speedway serves as the first cutoff race, with an intriguing twist – and turn. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race on the road course oval at Charlotte. This marks the first time the playoffs will see a road-course layout. With Charlotte moving to the cutoff of the Round of 16, Dover International Speedway now hosts the first race of the Round of 12 – another playoff first.

In other changes for 2018, Richmond’s spring race returns to Saturday night. The spring tripleheader at Dover moves to the first week in May. “Fan feedback was a major driver in developing these schedules. We worked very closely with the industry to set the stage for an exciting 2018 season,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, and chief racing development officer. “This season has delivered more dramatic moments to fans. With the adjustments to the 2018 schedules we’re in a great position to build upon that success.”

2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

2/11 Daytona International Speedway (Clash / Daytona 500 Qualifying)
2/15 Daytona International Speedway (Duel)
2/18 Daytona 500
2/25 Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/4 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/11 Phoenix International Raceway
3/18 Auto Club Speedway
3/25 Martinsville Speedway
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway
4/15 Bristol Motor Speedway
4/21 Richmond International Raceway
4/29 Talladega Superspeedway
5/6 Dover International Speedway
5/12 Kansas Speedway
5/19 Charlotte Motor Speedway (Monster Energy All-Star Race)
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/3 Pocono Raceway
6/10 Michigan International Speedway
6/24 Sonoma Raceway
7/1 Chicagoland Speedway
7/7 Daytona International Speedway
7/14 Kentucky Speedway
7/22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/29 Pocono Raceway
8/5 Watkins Glen International
8/12 Michigan International Speedway
8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway
9/2 Darlington Raceway
9/9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Playoffs Start
9/16 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
9/22 Richmond International Raceway
9/30 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/7 Dover International Speedway
10/14 Talladega Superspeedway
10/21 Kansas Speedway
10/28 Martinsville Speedway
11/4 Texas Motor Speedway
11/11 Phoenix International Raceway
11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway

Harvick Crew Chief Fined

Kevin Harvick’s missing lug nut discovered after the conclusion of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway cost crew chief Rodney Childers. He was fined $10,000 by NASCAR for the infraction noted during the post-race inspection. Fortunately, Harvick was not penalized any driver points and remains fourth in the season-long standings.

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