Maurice “Moe” Clark was ecstatic beyond belief when he first saw his new and improved infield bus.
“The bus looks so great. This is amazing and I’m so thankful for all of this,” Clark said.
Clark was the recipient of a Michigan International Speedway Extreme Bus Makeover, which was unveiled to Clark on Thursday during infield camper lineup for the CARFAX 400 race weekend.
MIS President Roger Curtis ran into Clark during infield camper lineup for the June LifeLock 400 race weekend. After careful examination, Curtis and the staff at MIS decided to give Clark a bus makeover.
“The inside of the bus looked like Donald Trump’s condo, so we decided that the outside of the bus needed to look like the inside. Because the outside had a lot of work to do,” Curtis said during the unveiling today.
Previously called “The Bucksnort Lodge,” the yellow and black eyesore serves its purpose during its biannual treks to Michigan International Speedway’s infield. The bus leaked oil and smoked a little on the road, but it sleeps six and has all the comforts of home.
Clark and his wife have been attending races in MIS’ infield for the past six years. Every year, twice a year, they make the 320-mile round-trip journey to MIS from Yale, in the “thumb” of Michigan.
What once used to deliver children to school, is now a home away from home of sorts for the couple and some of their friends. They camp in it, hunt in it, attend NASCAR races in it, and fix it up when money allows.
“Yeah, it’s ugly. But we forget about how ugly it is because we have a really good time in it when we come to MIS,” Clark said.
So two weeks ago, Clark and his bus made the trek down to MIS for a much needed makeover. Over a two week period, MIS staff members Tim Lamb, Jesus Salvador, Randy Titler, Dustin Gilbert and Jamie Nichols (amongst many others) turned the old Bucksnort Lodge into a truly remarkable bus on wheels. A good paint job and many decals later, the bus turned into the newly-named “Promise Keeper.” The name was created because Curtis kept his promise to Clark back in June that he would do this for him.
“This is unbelievable. I can’t thank you Roger and all the people at MIS that made this possible,” Clark said.
The bus will now be proudly displayed amongst all the other infield campers, who are in town celebrating the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ to the Irish Hills.
“This is going to be a great weekend,” Clark said. “I love racing and coming to MIS. This is truly a wonderful place to watch the best racing in the country.”
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