Military Program

Salute our Military Fathers!


Across the country, millions of fathers are honored each June with cookouts, cards and family time. Yet there are thousands of families whose patriarch is currently stationed overseas and a growing population of veterans who have sacrificed time with their families in order to serve our country.

To celebrate these military fathers and their families, the VFW Foundation and NSK Corporation have joined forces to honor military fathers this Father’s Day at Michigan International Speedway® through a unique online contest.

Military fathers and their friends and family may visit to share their stories of dedication and commitment to our country. Together, the VFW Foundation and NSK Corporation will select 50 grand prize winners who will each receive a Salute to Military Fathers ticket package to the June 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good!® Sour Cream Dips 400 at MIS.

The contest will conclude on June 1, 2011 with winners being announced June 2. All winners will be posted at

Winners will include military fathers and their families along with active-duty and retired military personnel and their fathers. The program serves to honor recipients for their service and sacrifice to our country.

“We appreciate everything our military fathers have done for this country and it’s great when we have partners like the VFW Foundation and NSK Corporation who want to do something more for them,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “This contest allows military fathers to tell their stories about the perseverance and sacrifice they have made for their country, which also affects their wives and children. We look forward to hosting the winners here at MIS on Father’s Day!”

Along with the 50 grand prize winners and their guest, the VFW Foundation and NSK will host over 300 total guests as part of the Salute to Military Fathers program at MIS. Guests will enjoy complimentary pre-race hospitality, pit tours, celebrity appearances, pre-race ceremonies and grandstand tickets to the Heluva Good!® Sour Cream Dips 400.

To show their appreciation to military families, Miss Sprint Cup, David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing, and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and veteran Bud Moore are all scheduled to visit the Salute to Military Fathers hospitality tent.

The VFW Foundation returns for its third year as a proud supporter of the program at MIS. Salute to Military Fathers is an extension of the organization’s Return the Favor campaign, an awareness and fundraising campaign to honor, celebrate and support active-duty military members, veterans, and their families. To learn more, visit

“The VFW Foundation and the Return the Favor campaign could not be more excited to return to Michigan International Speedway and honor those fathers who have not only protected their families, but also our country,” said VFW Foundation Executive Director John Lowe. “If it were not for great partners like MIS and the NSK Corporation, this event would not be possible.”

NSK Corporation, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., partnered with MIS to launch the Military Friends and Family program in 2007. As the program grows, NSK continues to be a supporting sponsor.

“It’s been a pleasure to be able to offer a day of enjoyment and entertainment to military members and their families. Especially when they are NASCAR fans. The response we have gotten from previous attendees is amazing. We look forward to participating each year to provide a unique and enjoyable experience to those who deserve it most,” said Tony Martell, VP and GM of Aftermarket Business Unit, NSK Corporation.

MIS is also accepting photos of military fathers and their families for future use of the contest and other military initiatives by the speedway. Simply e-mail your photos to Photos submitted are for future use only and do not increase your chances of being selected as a winner of the Salute to Military Fathers Contest.

Heluva Good!, based in Sodus, NY, is returning for the second year as the title sponsor for the June NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS, the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400. Heluva Good! will make a donation to the VFW Foundation during Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies to support Salute to Military Fathers.

“Heluva Good! is proud to support military fathers and their families through the Salute to Military Fathers program,” said Chris Ross, vice president of marketing for Heluva Good!. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to honor those who serve our country during this Father’s Day weekend.”

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