SHR puts Austin Dillon as interim driver of No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Michigan

Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing just announced that Austin

10/12/2012 | Photo cStreeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR

10/12/2012 | Photo cStreeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR

Dillon will be the interim driver of the No. 14, Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway. Dillon is the current NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader with two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan including last June when he finished a career best 11th.

Zipadelli spoke to the media via a Teleconference on how Dillon was chosen:

“We went down through the list and saw who is available and who had track time, who was doing double duty and was willing to try to work out a schedule that would work for both sides.  He has a strong relationship with Bass Pro Shop, and a big part of how we go through this is making sure that our partners are happy with what we’re doing as far as who we’re putting in the car and who will represent their brands in the way they want it represented.”


Then, Austin Dillon spoke:

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity that’s presented itself here at Stewart-Haas.  I just want to thank all the parties at RCR and Stewart-Haas for giving me this opportunity to let me go out there in a premier ride in the Cup series.  Like I said, we’ve had a great relationship with Bass Pro Shops and looking forward to representing them and Mobil 1 this weekend.

It’s a great opportunity for me.  We’re really focused on the Nationwide Championship as well, and we’re going to give both parties a great opportunity at a win this weekend.  We’re going to go out there and try to run strong.”


SHR will evaluate each race as it comes and do the best job they can with putting someone in it they feel will do a good job for Stewart-Haas and all of their partners.

            “We will probably know more next week,” said Zipadelli.  ”Tony has a doctor’s appointment Wednesday just to go over things, and at that point we’ll have a lot better idea of what we’re doing.  But for right now it will probably be a week-by-week decision as far as who is in the car.”

SHR is hoping to work with one or two drivers so that it will give them some consistency and build some communication between the crew and the driver.

Asked if there was any hesitation for having an RCR guy in SHR’s & Hendrick’s equipment  about possibly learning about what you all have so you might be competing against him down the road, Zipadelli replied, “We’re going to put a blindfold on him, and right before he backs out of the garage we’ll take it off.  (Laughing).  Then he won’t be able to look.”

Zipadelli continues, “No – I mean, yes, it will probably be difficult at times, but I think it’s a one-shot deal for right here right now. We’ll see where that goes.  We’ll see how it all works.  We’ve got to be guarded, and the same with him.  He’s got to come over here and trust that we can put something in the car that he can drive.  And same time he can come over here and tell us all the things they’re doing too.  So I think on both sides we’ll be respectful of each other, and do the best job we can.  I think it will be fine. Besides that, he won’t be there that much anyway.”

Source: NASCAR Media /Transcripts

Free WiFi hotspots returning for Pure Michigan 400 weekend

If you’ve been to a race, you’ve experienced the agony, the defeat, the injustice, the annoyance of all… no cell phone signal.

Last June, Michigan International Speedway provided free WiFi hotspots for its fans during the Quicken Loans 400 weekend, and to no surprise, the fans overwhelmingly approved this littlest enhancement, so the free WiFi hotspots will be returning for the Pure Michigan 400 weekend.

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These hotspots were the first of its kind on the NASCAR circuit. They are located at the Budweiser Party Porch at turn four, Champion’s Club presented by CP Federal Credit Union, Pit Patio, APEX and Turn 2 Retreat.

Track president Roger Curtis said that fans had provided positive feedback throughout the weekend back in June. “It gives everyone at the track a chance to stay updated and connected. We are happy to improve the technology for our fans to increase their enjoyment at the track,” said Curtis.

And check this out: The free WiFi will be available once again to fans & no matter who their cell phone carriers are.


Special Father’s Day surprise announced at Michigan by Richard Petty Motorsports, sponsor Eckrich

L to R: Sarah Davis, Operation Homefront; Kyle Petty, co-founder Victory Junction; Cydney Mowery, mother of Jarrett Correll; Joel Correll, Jarrett's father and veteran Marine; Jarrett Correll, Victory Junction camper; Aric Almirola, driver of the No.43 Eckrich Ford; and "The King" Richard Petty, NASCAR Hall of Famer and co-owner, Richard Petty Motorsports.Photo courtesy of Richard Petty Motorsports

L to R: Sarah Davis, Operation Homefront; Kyle Petty, co-founder Victory Junction; Cydney Mowery, mother of Jarrett Correll; Joel Correll, Jarrett’s father and veteran Marine; Jarrett Correll, Victory Junction camper; Aric Almirola, driver of the No.43 Eckrich Ford; and “The King” Richard Petty, NASCAR Hall of Famer and co-owner, Richard Petty Motorsports.Photo courtesy of Richard Petty Motorsports

Joel Correll, a United States Marine Corps veteran, and his 15-year son, Jarrett, who lives with cystic fibrosis, received a Father’s Day surprise of a lifetime today at Michigan International Speedway. Joel and Jarrett Correll, along with Jarrett’s mother, were on a VIP tour of the track – or at least that’s what they thought – when Aric Almirola, “The King” Richard Petty and representatives from Operation Homefront and Victory Junction surprised the family with an experience they will not soon forget.

As part of the “tour,” the family was brought to the facility’s media center to listen to a press conference involving Almirola and NASCAR Hall of Famer, Petty. In the middle of the press conference, Almirola called the family to the front. The driver of the famed No. 43 announced that Eckrich, part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, would be providing Jarrett with a week at Victory Junction, a camp founded by the Petty family that hosts children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

But, the surprises weren’t over yet. “The King” then offered Joel and his son Eckrich crew uniforms and asked them to be a part of the race team on Sunday as special guests of the team, Eckrich and Operation Homefront. Petty and Almirola also informed Joel and Jarrett that they would have their names on the No. 43 Eckrich Ford on Sunday to honor them and help celebrate Father’s Day.

This Father’s Day surprise was a part of “Operation Inspiration,” a campaign launched by Eckrich and Operation Homefront earlier this year to help honor, thank and support the military families who inspire their fellow Americans.

“This is a big surprise for us, something we didn’t expect,” said Jarrett after the surprise. “I love going to camp, it’s a place where I can feel like myself. I never expected anyone to honor us like this, but it’s pretty cool. This will be a great Father’s Day.

Eckrich is providing additional assistance to military families by donating up to $250,000 to Operation Homefront this year through the contribution of five cents from the purchase of specially-marked packages from May 1 through July 4.

“When we first heard about Victory Junction through the Petty family, we knew we wanted to help send a child from a military family there,” said Chuck Gitkin, vice president, marketing, innovation and R&D for the John Morrell Food Group. “The camp has touched so many lives and inspired us, just like Joel, Jarrett and his mother have. We’re honored to give them this Father’s Day experience because it’s well deserved for all of their sacrifice.”

Source: RPM Press Release

NASCAR’s No. 1 Chase seed heats up at Michigan

quickenloans_400The race for the No. 1 Chase seed has started between Jimmie Johnson’s Pocono victory and Matt Kenseth‘s advantage of three early victories. Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnsson has stretched his standings lead to 51 points after his third win this season.

Each victory is worth three bonus points when the standings are reset following the Sept. 7 event at Richmond International Raceway.

The scene now shifts to Michigan International Speedway, where Kenseth has won and Johnson has not. Michigan is one of five on which Johnson has yet to win. Johnson’s best finish, a second, came in the track’s second event of 2011. He finished fifth last June.

Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle won for the third time at Michigan last August, coming off a strong second place finish at Pocono on Sunday. Maybe we’ll see a repeat win?

Roush Industries is located just east of Michigan International Speedway so it’s probably not coincidence that Roush Fenway Racing’s drivers have excelled at the two-mile facility. RFR has won 22 times at its “home” track – tops in all three NASCAR national series – including a record 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup victories. Two-time Michigan winner Carl Edwards remains second in series points.


Tony Stewart.
Current point standings is proof that points and positions of first, fourth and seventh have boosted the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion from 21st to 13th place in just three races. Stewart’s only Michigan victory came in June 2000. This is the point in the season where Stewart “comes to life.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt’s dramatic victory that snapped a four-year winless streak. He cooled off in April and May, failing to post a top-five finish, but appears ready to rebound. Earnhardt scored a solid, third-place finish on Sunday and is currently fourth in the standings.

Tune in for pre-race coverage beginning on Sunday, June 16th at 12:00pm/et on TNT. Race coverage begins right at 1:00pm with the green flag scheduled at approximately 1:16pm.

By the way, Happy Father’s Day, too!

NOTES/STATS: NASCAR Sprint Cup, Camping World Truck Series’ head to Michigan


Race #: 23 of 36
Track Size: 2-miles
NSCS Practice(s): 12:30 p.m. ET Friday on SPEED; 8:30 a.m. / 11 a.m. ET Saturday on SPEED
NSCS Qualifying: 4 p.m. ET Friday on SPEED
Race Coverage: Noon ET Sunday on ESPN
Banking/Corners: 18 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Race Length: 200 laps / 400 miles

Qualifying/Race Data
2011 pole winner: Greg Biffle, Ford (190.345 mph, 37.826 sec., 08-19-11)
2011 race winner: Kyle Busch, Toyota (150.898 mph, 2:41:26, 08-21-11)
Track qualifying record: Marcos Ambrose, Ford (203.241 mph, 35.426 sec., 06-17-12
Track race record: Dale Jarrett, Ford (173.997 mph, 2:17:56, 08-13-99)

The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan is going to be an exciting race behind the scenes as well as on track. A third-place finish at Watkins Glen International has placed Jimmie Johnson in the championship lead for the ninth consecutive season. The Pure Michigan 400 is giving four top competitors the opportunity to clinch a top-10 spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup – Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Greg Biffle, who trails Johnson by a single point, was the only one of the current four failing to make the Chase a year ago.

Remember Michigan is the track where Dale Earnhardt Jr. snapped a winless streak of 143 races (June). Earnhardt is one of four drivers ranked in the top 10 entering Sunday’s race with multiple victories at the 2.0-mile superspeedway. Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin also have two victories apiece. Michigan is one of five NASCAR tracks at which Johnson has yet to win.

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan going into the Pure Michigan 400 on August 19.

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
·         Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 12.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 15.2

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·         Two wins, five top fives, seven top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.8

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
·         Four top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 14.7

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 16.5

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
·         Five wins, 18 top fives, 31 top 10s
·         Average finish of 13.6

Kasey Kahne (11th in points) and Ryan Newman (13th) are provisional holders of the two “wild card” spots. Kahne won Michigan’s spring race in 2006. Newman is a two-time Michigan winner. Two-time Michigan winner Ryan Newman displaced Jeff Gordon in the No. 2 “wild card” spot with four races remaining in the regular season.

Mark Martin’s five wins are the most at Michigan by an entered driver. Martin, driver of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, last won in June 2009. He’s due for another win.


NCWTS Practice(s): 2 p.m. ET Friday on SPEED
NCWTS Qualifying: 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday on SPEED
NCWTS Race Coverage: Noon ET Saturday on SPEED
2011 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2011 Pole: Matt Crafton
Track Layout: 2 Miles
Length: 100 Laps, 200 Miles

Joining the NSCS this weekend at Michigan is the NCWTS. As the NCWTS heads into town this weekend, all eyes are on James Buescher and his Turner Motorsports team. Buescher is the only driver that has collected more than one NCWTS win this year, with all of his three victories (Kansas, Kentucky, Chicago) coming at a 1.5-mile track. The driver has collected each of those three wins with the same chassis in which he will race this weekend at MIS. On top of three wins, Buescher has earned six top-five and seven top-10 finishes, currently sitting third in the championship point standings only 15 points out of the lead.

Only 35 points separate the top-six drivers with Red Horse Racing’s Timothy Peters leading the field over Ty Dillon, James Buescher, Justin Lofton, Matt Crafton and Parker Kligerman. Peters heads Dillon by eight points. The battle for fifth position between Crafton and Kligerman is the closest for the contenders, with only two points separating them.

After starting his season with Brad Keselowski Racing, Parker Kligerman will begin the second half of the season this weekend at Michigan with a new team, Red Horse Racing. Kligerman joins the stacked driver lineup of Timothy Peters and Todd Bodine.

Other entry notes:

No. 2-Tim George, driver of the Applebee’s Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing
No. 7-Parker Kligerman, first start in the Red Horse Racing Toyota
No. 14-Brennan Newberry, returns driving the NTS/Iron Clad Performance Chevrolet
No. 18-Kurt Busch, first start driving the Shore Lodge Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
No. 29-Brad Keselowski, driver of the Cooper Standard Ram for BKR

Camping World Truck drivers Justin Lofton and Jason White participated in July 30th test (along with 27 Sprint Cup teams).

As on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tires at Michigan.


Source: NASCARMedia

FOUR YEARS LATER: Will Earnhardt Jr. capture another Father’s Day weekend win at MIS?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Lifelock 400 at the Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2008 Photo credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The date: June 15, 2008

This is a date that Junior Nation hasn’t forgotten. June 15, 2008 marked Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points win, a year almost to the exact day, June 13, 2007, when Junior announced he had signed a five-year contract with Hendrick Motorsports, replacing Kyle Busch. Earnhardt expressed that his decision was based entirely on his desires to achieve his career goal of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, and he would not be able to achieve that goal while driving for DEI. Earnhardt Jr. said that unless he could gain majority ownership of DEI, he was not confident in the organization’s ability to field the level of equipment that would allow him to be competitive enough to win the title. Along with leaving DEI, the new contract also meant leaving behind the familiar #8, moving into the #88, and disconnecting from his long-time sponsor, Budweiser.

This win at MIS allowed Junior to break his 76-race winless streak by stretching his fuel mileage to allow him to win under a caution on the last lap of a green-white-checkered.

Just recently at Pocono Raceway, Earnhardt Jr. posted his 11th top-10 finish, one fewer than his entire 2011 total and is on track to reach 28 top 10s – a career best (21, in 2003 and 2004).

Yes, this win was a special win, but not just for Hendrick Motorsports, but for ALL Father’s in NASCAR Nation. Earnhardt Jr.’s win came seven years after the death of his father, NASCAR Champion and great, Dale Earnhardt. Reflecting on Father’s Day, Earnhardt Jr. said, “It’s special. You know, my daddy, he meant a lot to me. There’s a lot of people that I look up to that just happen to be great fathers themselves, role models for their sons. It means a lot to me to do well on Father’s Day. It’s a special day for my family, special for my sister. She’s very, very happy at home and in tears on the telephone, so it means a lot to her. I’m glad she’s as happy as she could possibly be today under circumstances. And it makes me feel good. I know I can’t tell my father happy Father’s Day, but I get the opportunity to wish it upon all of the other fathers out there, and I genuinely mean that when I say it, because that’s what today is all about. It’s for all of the fathers out there.”

Do you think Dale Earnhardt Jr. will repeat after a four-year lapse this Father’s Day weekend at MIS? We’ll see.

Also to note, the No. 3 RCR car will return to the track at MIS this weekend, driven by Austin Dillon with sponsor American Ethanol on board.

Michigan International Speedway to hold open Goodyear Tire test

Newly repaved MIS 2 mile oval. Photo courtesy of MIS.

Five drivers, Jeff Gordon (2 wins), Matt Kenseth (2 wins) and Kyle Busch (1 win) – also including Brad Keselowski and Juan Pablo Montoya – are scheduled to test repaved Michigan International Speedway this Tuesday (April 3) and Wednesday (April 4). The Goodyear Tire Test is open to the general public.

The track will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for fans to watch the test free of charge. Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstands through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. The restroom facilities will be open, but the concession stands will be closed.

This was the fourth repave project, which cost $7 Million, at MIS  was completed back in October. The track was built in 1968, and was repaved back in 1977, 1986 and 1995.

Crews smoothed out all of the dips and bumps that occurred over time, making MIS now as smooth as $7 Million silk.

With the use of data points by the engineers, they were able to duplicate all points of the original pavement. MIS has always had variable banking in its 18-degree turns. Variable banking allows cars to carry more speed through the turns, enabling drivers to run multiple lines around the racetrack. A smoother surface usually means more grip with the tires, and more grip means better handling of the cars so drivers feel good about passing and driving high lines.

Besides completion of the two-mile oval, the 1.5-mile road course inside the oval was also paved. During the latest project, 22,000 tons of asphalt was placed on the surface, enough to construct about 5 ½ miles of a two-lane county road. The track was paved in two layers with each layer 1 ½ inches thick for a total of three inches. Therefore, the track is now approximately 2 ¼ inches higher than it was previously.

Get the low down for Michigan International Speedway

Last week at Pocono, Jeff Gordon tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison and Hall of Fame nominee Darrell Waltrip for third on the all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins list at 84.

For the last seven races at Michigan International Speedway’s there has been a new winner in each of those races. Many of those varied winners came from different teams. The seven different drivers who have won the last seven races have represented six different teams.

Only Hendrick Motorsports have repeated in the last seven Michigan events –Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2008 and Mark Martin in 2009. With that said, Earnhardt Jr. winless drought has reached 107 races, but Earnhardt Jr. placed his No. 88 Chevrolet in the top 10 for the third consecutive race. Will Michigan International Speedway be the track to stop his winless streak?

Heading into Michigan this weekend marks the end of a couple of stories that have been ongoing: First, the probation period between Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch has ended as of June 15th; Second, Trevor Bayne returns to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the first time since Talladega in April.

Also, this Sunday marks Father’s Day. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Dad’s out there a very happy Father’s Day!!

Michigan International Speedway
Race # 15 of 36 (6-19-11)
Track Size: 2 miles
·     Race Length: 400 miles
·     Banking/Corners: 18 degrees
·     Banking/Frontstretch: 12 degrees
·     Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

Qualifying History

2010 pole winner: Kurt Busch, 189.984 mph, 37.898 seconds

2010 race winner: Denny Hamlin, 156.386 mph, 7-13-10)

Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (194.232 mph, 37.069 seconds, (6-18-05)

Track race record: Dale Jarrett (173.997 mph, 6-13-99)

Greg Biffle (No. 16 RED CROSS Ford)
·         Two wins, seven top fives, 10 top 10s

Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)
·         Two wins, three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Snickers Toyota)
·         One top five, three top 10s

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
·         One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles

Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford)
·         Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, 18 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)
·         One win, four top fives, six top 10s

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
·         One win, three top fives, seven top 10s

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s / KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, seven top 10s

Kasey Kahne (No. 4 Red Bull Toyota)
·         One win, six top fives, six top 10s; two poles

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford)
·         Two wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s

Brian Vickers (No. 83 Red Bull Toyota)
·         One win, two top fives, seven top 10s; three poles

The Top 10 Following Race 14 of 36

Driver                  Points

1. Carl Edwards          492

2. Jimmie Johnson        486

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.    482

4. Kevin Harvick         481

5. Kyle Busch            461

6. Kurt Busch            457

7. Matt Kenseth          448

8. Clint Bowyer          419

9. Tony Stewart          417

10. Ryan Newman          417


·         Michigan International Speedway sits on more than 1,400 acres in the “Irish Hills” of Southeastern Michigan. Ground-breaking took place on Sept. 28, 1967.

·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan was held June 15, 1969.

·         The track was known as Michigan Speedway during the time Roger Penske was the primary owner (1996-99).


·         There have been 83 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Michigan International Speedway since the first race there in 1969. Other than 1973, which had just one race, there have been two races each season since 1969.
·         The first race was 500 miles in length; the second was scheduled for 600. The track was re-measured to 2.04 miles for the last race in 1970 and both races in 1971 – with the race distance being 402 miles. All other races have been scheduled for 400 miles.
·         Donnie Allison won the first pole.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was won by Cale Yarborough.
·         There have been 40 different pole winners, led by David Pearson, with 10.
·         33 different drivers have won races, led by David Pearson (nine); 18 have more than one victory there.
·         The race winner has started from the pole 16 times, the most productive starting position. Brian Vickers was the last driver to win from the pole the fall race of 2009.
·         65 of 83 races have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 46 from the first four spots.
·         The deepest in the field a race winner has started was 32nd, by Mark Martin in the 2009 June race.
·         The Wood Brothers and Roush Fenway Racing both have 11 wins, more than any other car owners.
·         Among active drivers, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth average a top-10 finish. Edwards, who has two Michigan wins, has an average finish of 6.3. Edwards’ first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start came at Michigan. Kenseth, who also has two victories, has an average finish of 9.8.

K-Automotive Motorsports switching from Dodge to Chevy

Graphic courtesy of K-Automotive Motorsports

K-Automotive Motorsports is happy to announce that Brian Keselowski will be back on the track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup No.92 Chevrolet, at Michigan International Speedway, on Sunday, June 19, 2011.

Keselowski said in a recent statement: “Making the decision to leave Dodge and go with another manufacturer was a hard decision to make but as an owner I need to think of what is best for the team & the company and it’s what I need to do to try and make races to keep racing and pay the bills, so that is why I’ve made the switch. While I am not happy about parting ways with Dodge, I am looking forward to our new venture with Chevy. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to work with Dodge again but for right now, Chevy is the way we’ve chosen to go & I’m hopeful this will benefit all involved”.

K-Automotive Motorsports is also happy to announce the return of Melling Engine Parts as a proud sponsor for Keselowski’s No.92 Chevrolet at Michigan International Speedway. The Melling’s family have a long history in NASCAR starting when owner, Harry Melling of Melling Tool, sponsored Benny Parsons in 1979. The team began in 1982 with driver Bill Elliott by sponsoring Elloitt’s #9 Ford that season. Throughout the years the Melling’s have endured the ups and downs of racing with various drivers and sponsors and ultimately closed it’s doors on their No.92 race team during the 2003 season and sold their shop to Arnold Motorsports.

Source: K-Automitve PR

Michigan International Speedway improving tunnel for better access

MIS working on making the tunnel easier for fan access. Photo courtesy of

Michigan International Speedway is getting their tunnel up to code by widening and reshaping the extension that was done in 2009, which has to be much wider than the existing tunnel.
Work to be completed includes widening of the previous six-foot wide tunnel under the track to 11 feet throughout the entire 450-foot-long stretch from the infield to behind the center grandstands. The previous tunnel popped up in the middle of the tri-oval (the grass section inside the track), making it impossible for fans to use while race cars were on the track.
Crews are  also reshaping the tunnel so it’s easier for fans to navigate. There will be a new entry gate on the grandstand side of the track. The new slope of the tunnel will not be as steep, making it easier for fans to walk.
Keep up with Michigan International Speedway via Twitter @MISpeedway or on Facebook at Race fans can join MIS Mobile Fan Club by texting MISCLUB to 69050 on a Sprint Smartphone or other mobile device. Standard text message rates may apply.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on June 19 and NSCS 400 on August 21 are now on sale and as low as $30. Visit or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.