Schultz Family Race to Vegas winners

Contest winners enjoy Sprint Cup banquet

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Thomas Schultz called it “the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced.”

Schultz, a longtime ticketholder at Michigan International Speedway, won the speedway’s Race to Vegas Contest last month and received the opportunity to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony last Friday in Las Vegas with track President Roger Curtis. The prize was an extension of the speedway’s Fan Appreciation program, launched earlier this season.

Schultz attended the ceremony with his wife Marty and son Thomas Jr. As a fan of NASCAR for over 50 years and ticketholder at MIS since the 1970’s, attending the banquet with his family and Curtis was the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Mr. Curtis and MIS went way out of their way for us. We couldn’t have been treated any better and as race fans it was truly the experience of a lifetime,” Schultz said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for their hospitality while we were in Las Vegas.”

Curtis personally enjoyed his time with the Schultz family, and having race fans sit alongside him at his table during the ceremony was special.

“We had a great time,” Curtis said. “Mr. Schultz and his family are special fans and to have them with me at the ceremony was just as exciting for me as it was for them. Race fans are why we are here so to be able to give three of them this experience seemed only fitting. As we look forward to the 2010 season, we hope all of our fans take home wonderful memories from our race weekends and contests that we do next year. Taking care of our fans is something I enjoy very much.”

Schultz and his family met and got autographs from NASCAR’s top drivers while at the banquet, including four-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Schultz also enjoyed having conversations with Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle and Mark Martin.

“Since we live close to Livonia and I’m retired from Ford Motor Co. I was always a fan of Jack Roush and his team,” Schultz said. “Mark Martin was a longtime driver for Roush and Greg Biffle currently drives for him so it was exciting to meet them. We even got an autograph from Jack Roush himself, which was great.”

Schultz was randomly selected as the Race to Vegas winner after renewing his tickets for the 2010 MIS race season. The promotion was a culmination of an ongoing fan appreciation program at MIS that gives guests experiential prizes. As a fan of NASCAR, Schultz enjoys his time at MIS every summer.

“My family and I have always enjoyed NASCAR and attending races at MIS,” he said. “I’ve been a fan since the 1950’s and have always made racing a big part of my life. Going to this awards ceremony was just another wonderful experience that my family and I have enjoyed in this sport over the years.”

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

Race fans that missed out on renewing tickets can leave a $30 goodwill deposit and ensure the best, guaranteed lowest prices in 2010. Deposits will be accepted through Jan. 5 only. After that, ticket prices will likely increase as demand goes up.

Customers can log onto www.MISpeedway.com or call 800-354-1010 to leave a deposit.

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