Celebrate NASCAR Day With Michigan International Speedway On May 18

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Friday, May 18 is just around the corner and fans can celebrate NASCAR Day by proudly wearing their NASCAR Day pin, which can be purchased at Michigan International Speedway for only $5. All proceeds from the pin sales benefit the NASCAR Foundation. Michigan International Speedway has always prided itself on being the leader in NASCAR Day pin sales. Due to its overwhelming success of pin sales in 2006, MIS was able to donate $5,000 to the Great Lakes Burn Camp in Kalamazoo. "We have great pride in selling NASCAR Day pins," community and government relations manager Alisha Cottrell said. "Because of our fire crew and numerous other supporters, we were again able to lead the way in pin sales, which is important in raising money for our charitable endeavors." Another element has been added with this year's pin sales. Several non-profit organizations are taking advantage of NASCAR Day pin sales with the select organizations keeping half of the proceeds they sell with a minimum of 500 pins sold. "This is a nice opportunity for non-profits to get involved with NASCAR Day, sell pins, and make money for their organizations," Cottrell said. Although May 18 is the official NASCAR Day, MIS will hold its own kickoff celebration in conjunction with the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Race Days on Saturday, June 9 in downtown Brooklyn. The Race Days festival is a week long series of events that focuses on "Celebrating our Community in the Spirit of Racing." Several fan enhancement projects are currently under way. Grandstands in Turn One have been torn down and are being replaced. The new grandstands offer race fans premium seating and amazing sightlines of MIS' two-mile oval. The new seats are four inches wider than the seats in the old grandstands and will allow fans to have more leg room. All of the new seats are bench-style with seat backs. The new grandstands are also 10 rows higher than the old grandstands so fans who sit there will have breathtaking views of all the on-track action at MIS — including a fantastic view down pit road. The new seats will carry Michigan International Speedway's familiar and distinct yellow and red pattern. Traffic patterns for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race days are also being improved. The refined patterns will make traffic flow out the speedway faster following NEXTEL Cup races. MIS is in the process of enhancing tram stops and will purchase additional trams for guests with disabilities. Tickets for all MIS races, including the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Citizens Bank 400 on June 17 and the 3M Performance 400 on August 19, are on sale by calling the MIS Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010 or by visiting www.MISpeedway.com.

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