Tim Hughes correctly picks Bayne to win Daytona 500

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Trevor Bayne celebrated his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in the Daytona 500 last Sunday and Tim Hughes of Green Bay, Wisc. is celebrating with him as the only fan who picked Bayne to win at Daytona in week one of Michigan International Speedway President Roger’s Curtis’ fantasy pick ‘em contest.

Hughes, who will receive a weekly prize from MIS, will be automatically entered for the grand prize drawing at the end of the season of four (4) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets (either June or August), four (4) Saturday tickets, four (4) pre-race pit passes, four (4) cold garage passes and access to Gatorade Victory Lane following the Sunday Sprint Cup Series race for the 2012 season at MIS.

“I picked Trevor Bayne as the Daytona 500 winner because of one main reason and that is respect,” Hughes said. “This kid is a throwback for me, in that he respects the fact that he is able to race in NASCAR at any level.

“He respects his competitors and listens to any advice they offer and openly seeks advice. He respects the commitment from the fans and realizes that he is in a position to be a role-model and does what he can to be an ambassador for OUR sport. This kid just gets it. After watching how he ran in Speedweeks and hearing the comments from all the drivers about how much of a sponge this kid was and is, I just had to pick him,” Hughes continued.

Curtis picked Kevin Harvick, who finished 42nd after suffering an engine failure early in the race.

Overall, week one of the contest saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the most popular pick of the weekend with 50 fans picking the Daytona 500 pole winner. Tony Stewart was the second-most picked driver with 44 selections.

“It’s unusual to see that happen to an Richard Childress Racing driver. I thought Harvick would contend, but it was great to see Trevor Bayne win in a Wood Brothers car. What a tremendous achievement for him and that team,” Curtis said. “Congratulations to Tim Hughes, who was the only one to pick Trevor for the Daytona 500. He must have had a premonition that none of us had. We had quite a few fans sign up this last week, so keep on making those picks every week.”

MIS is hosting its weekly NASCAR pick ‘em contest at MISpeedway.com/rogerpickem. Fans have the chance to make a weekly selection on who they think will win that weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Curtis also makes his selection on the website.

All picks for the contest must be entered one hour prior to the start of each race. The contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada. Fans may also make their selection each week by mailing a 3 x 5 card with their pick and race name to Michigan International Speedway, 12626 U.S. 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230. All cards must be postmarked prior to the event date.

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.

MIS’ Value Pricing ends on February 28. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are as low as $25. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.

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