FireKeepers Casino 400 Recap

With June in the rearview mirror, the track prepares for August


The FireKeepers Casino 400 weekend just ended, but preparations are already underway for August at NASCAR’s fastest racetrack.

It’s about 10 weeks until the Careers for Veterans 200 presented by the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation on August 27 and the Pure Michigan 400 on August 28. And track officials just can’t wait.

“What an amazing weekend,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “We saw great racing in all three series, we had near-perfect weather and we even got to make some cool memories with our guests late into the night at Keloorah. It is hard for me to pick one favorite memory. Now, we are excited to welcome everybody back in August for another weekend in the Irish Hills.”

Joey Logano held off rookie sensation Chase Elliott to win the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday. Logano kept his car straight as other cars were sideways coming out of turns throughout the day, a product of NASCAR’s new aero package, to claim his second victory at Michigan International Speedway.

Hometown favorite Brad Keselowski finished fourth.

The victory also meant Ford Performance won the coveted Michigan Heritage for the second time since its inception in 2013. The Michigan Heritage rewards the winning manufacturer after every race. Logano was the winner both times.

The FireKeepers Casino 400 featured 14 lead changes among eight drivers, with the margin of victory less than a second. It was the debut of NASCAR’s aero package at the two-mile track featuring lower downforce and less sideforce. Drivers and fans were entertained by the new package, especially restarts.

The Menards 250 presented by Valvoline saw Daniel Suarez secure his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory Saturday. And he did it by passing his mentor, Kyle Busch at the start-finish line as the two drivers took the white flag. They staged an epic battle through turns one and two before Suarez powered his way to the front and the victory.

Suarez became the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race.

Brandon Jones used pit strategy and maybe a bit of luck to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Corrigan Oil 200 on Friday evening. He was able to just hold off rookie Chase Briscoe to secure the win Friday.

But the activities were not limited to the on-track action. Guests also enjoyed Keloorah music festival behind Turn Three on Friday and Saturday. Fans danced to music by GROUPLOVE, Third Eye Blind, Fitz and the Tantrums, Andy Grammer, The Neighbourhood, Elle King, as well as Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.

Keloorah also featured paint ball, go karts, a mobile arcade and plenty of Michigan craft beers.

With everything from camping to tailgating, hospitality options, expanded NASCAR, track and driver merchandise options at the Fanatics superstore and a cool Kids Zone for the little NASCAR fans, there were plenty of activities for everyone at MIS.

The attention shifts to the Pure Michigan 400 and the Careers for Veterans 200 on August 28. The action on the track is sure to be just as intense as it was in June.

The NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series returns to Michigan International Speedway on August 27 will see the 20-minute caution clock at MIS for the first time.

Keloorah also returns in August with a lineup of country music featuring Chase Rice, Chase Bryant, Kip Moore and Tim Dugger and more to be announced.  

Keep the party going after Keloorah at Nightcap in the M-50 Campground. The spring-break style event includes deejay parties with paint and foam. And no quiet hours until 3 a.m.

Michigan International Speedway continues to keep ticket prices low for August. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $44, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. You can camp all week long for one price, starting at $155.

The track also continues its junior pricing program where kids 13-16 are half price in reserve seats.

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