MIS Cares, Jerry’s Pub launch ‘The Qualifier’


It’s hard to reel in the big one when you don’t even make the show.

In fishing, as in NASCAR, you have to qualify if you want to win.

Due to the overwhelming success of Fish Your Bass Off, Michigan International Speedway’s annual August fishing tournament benefitting MIS Cares, organizers at MIS and Jerry’s Pub have launched “The Qualifier.”

“For two weekends a year, this area comes alive with awesome NASCAR racing and fishing at Jerry’s Pub!” speedway President Roger Curtis said. “We have a great time with all the anglers and drivers who participate in Fish Your Bass Off, so we decided to extend the tournament to June for more teams to participate.”

The Qualifier fishing tournament will be held Thursday, June 14 at Jerry’s Pub on Wamplers Lake. The top-three fishing teams from The Qualifier will automatically gain entry into Fish Your Bass Off on Thursday, Aug. 16.

But that’s not all: The top-three angling teams will also win $500 for first place; $350 for second; and $150 for third.

Twenty-six teams of two are welcomed to join The Qualifier. Entry fee is $100 per team.

Besides anglers, the event from 5 to 8 p.m. is open to the public. Activities at Jerry’s Pub include a tiki bar party with live music by Fat Mouth Charlie, BBQ samples, show cars and a meet and greet with some of the ARCA Racing Series drivers.

The Qualifier in June is open to the public.

To buy your ticket to attend the weigh-in/dinner/auction for Fish Your Bass Off in August, please call the MIS ticket office 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at (517) 592-1178. Tickets are $40.

To fish, please visit http://bit.ly/JtaD9s and download the entry form.

MIS Cares, a 501© (3) non-profit entity under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation, focuses on raising funds for various local charitable causes the speedway supports. MIS Cares in 2011 alone awarded $75,000 in cash donations to local charities through its grant program. Another $50,000 was awarded through sponsorships and tickets those groups raffle off, also to raise money.

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