National Tailgating League coming to MIS

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The National Tailgating League (The NTL) presented by Budweiser will make its next stop on the 2010 NTL NASCAR Tour at Michigan International Speedway for the Show Me the CARFAX race weekend, August 13-15. 

Located in the New Holland Fan Plaza at MIS, The NTL will bring fans a laid back tailgating environment to socialize with fellow fans while competing for cash and race-related prizes in a combination of Cornhole and Monkey Ball (similar to Ladder Golf) tournaments.

Also located inside The NTL footprint is the Budweiser Port-A-Party, offering a hometown bar atmosphere with televisions, barstool seating and Budweiser products for purchase.

The NTL will host a total of seven tournaments over three days, including six Cornhole tournaments and – for the first time – an official NTL-sanctioned Monkey Ball tournament. 

The highlight of the MIS event is the Saturday evening Cornhole tournament under the lights. Scheduled for 9:30 pm, the tournament will keep the party rocking in the New Holland Fan Plaza following the Saving Abel concert.

The single-elimination tournaments are open to anyone age 21 or over with a paid $10 team entry fee.  One dollar of each individual $5 entry fee will be donated to MIS Cares, the charitable arm of Michigan International Speedway. Each tournament holds 32 teams of two, and sign ups are on a first come, first serve basis. Players can compete in multiple tournaments, but winning teams will be split up for all remaining tournaments.

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“MIS is shaping up to be a huge event for us,” said Todd Hirschfeld, founder of The National Tailgating League.  “With MIS being so focused on camping and enhancing the fan experience, it was a natural fit for us to put MIS on our 2010 NASCAR Tour. 

“We’ve seen all those Cornhole boards set up throughout the campgrounds and parking lots at MIS, and the fans here are talented, there’s no doubt.  Now we’re challenging you to come out to The NTL and show us what you’ve got!”

Camping at MIS has been a long-time tradition, spanning more than 40 years. With nearly 9,000 campsites, MIS is the largest registered campground in the state of Michigan. Combine that with the fact that MIS is home to the largest, single-day paid admission sporting event in the state, and the track offers the perfect location for the NTL’s first stop in the “Great Lakes State”.

About Michigan International Speedway: 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.

Sprint Cup Series tickets for the CARFAX 400 on August 15 are as low as $25.  Visit or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2010 events at MIS. 

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About The National Tailgating League: The National Tailgating League (The NTL) was established in 2009 to provide an “event before the event” where sports fans can participate and compete in cornhole, ladder golf and washer toss. All participants compete for cash and race related prizes. Presenting sponsor of The NTL, Budweiser, has been on board since inception providing a destination for pre- and post-event tailgating. The NTL will host events in 10 different NASCAR markets in 2010, doubling its presence from 2009.
The NTL continues to find innovative ways to incorporate everyone’s tailgating interests by adding other events such as a BBQ ribs demonstration and contest, crowning King of the Grill. Future aspirations also include a college football tour. Even if fans are not interested in the tailgating games, the competition is fierce and fun to watch from the Budweiser Porta Party…always serving cold Budweiser and broadcasting pre-race TV and sports of interest.
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