MIS President and the King heading to Las Vegas
Michigan International Speedway continues to push the envelope to new levels to reward its fans. In its annual Race to Vegas promotion, track president Roger Curtis selected Dan Hoyt among thousands of renewal ticket holders to join him in Las Vegas for Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series banquet.
The surprised winner was not sure how to react when he received a call from Curtis. After a few moments of shock from the surprise, Hoyt could not wait to answer yes.
“Oh my gosh, of course I want to come,” Hoyt said. “I cannot say no to that. It is going to be awesome.”
After a brief moment of telling his co-workers, Hoyt returned his attention to the matter at hand. He couldn’t believe he was actually the renewal customer that Curtis selected to travel to Vegas as a guest of Michigan International Speedway.
You can watch Curtis make the call to inform Hoyt that he will be going to Vegas here: bit.ly/1bV680M.
Hoyt could not believe what he was hearing. As a racing fan, he always dreamed of getting closer to the action and began to tell Curtis his story.
And that is when the next surprise happened. But this time it was Curtis who was in disbelief and not Hoyt.
On race weekends, Hoyt and his group have created a mini-city called the Michigan Infield. But the group’s love of racing does not stop just during the two NASCAR weekends at MIS. They are active on Twitter and Facebook all year to promote racing.
The group has an appointed leader, whom they refer to as the King of the Infield.
During the Quicken Loans 400 race weekend, Curtis dressed as Elvis Pressley, the King to visit the MIScamping.com Infield. The past two seasons, “The King” has challenged the King of the Infield to a game of cornhole.
Hoyt knew exactly who he wanted to bring to Vegas. He wanted to bring the King with him.
“I got to bring the King,” Hoyt said. “I cannot go by myself without the King.”
The Race to Vegas contest is an extension of the speedway’s Fan Appreciation Program, which provides experiential prizes to fans throughout the year, including race weekends. Since its inception in 2009, the program has given away thousands of prizes to lucky winners on a random basis.
Hoyt from Winter Springs, Fla., has been coming to MIS since 1992. He camps in the MISCamping.com Infield where he has two sites that are located outside of Turn 2.
This is the fifth time Michigan International Speedway has hosted a fan at the banquet.
“All of us at MIS recognize how important the fans are to our sport: they make the sport,” Curtis said. “We love providing our fans with unique once in a lifetime experiences. There is no better experience than taking fans to Las Vegas celebrate the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. We love creating lasting memories for our fans, and I am certain we will create some with Dan and the King!”
Hoyt will receive round-trip airfare to Las Vegas and hotel accommodations at the famed Wynn Hotel, along with a seat at the banquet. He will also attend the NASCAR NMPA Awards Luncheon and NASCAR After the Lap events – all exclusive events in Las Vegas.
Hoyt follows former winners Thomas Schultz of Plymouth, Mich., (2009 winner), Vic Loomis of East Lansing, Mich., (2010), Brian Reid of Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada, (2011) and Kristine Oard of Farwell, Mich., (2012) who all traveled back from Las Vegas with many exciting memories to share.