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Race weekend returns to Michigan International Speedway after two years

Michigan International Speedway race weekend
Michigan International Speedway race weekend
Posted at 11:28 AM, Aug 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-21 13:41:47-04

BROOKLYN, Mich. — It’s race weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Organizers are ready for fans to get back to the track for the first time since 2019.

“We’re excited to have people back," said Speedway President Rick Brenner. “So much of what we do centers around our guests and our fans when they come. You know last year it was great to run a couple races and get the schedule in, but it just wasn’t the same without our fans and we’re super excited to have them come.”

Michigan International Speedway race weekend

According to Brenner, things will feel the same as they did two years ago. Some activities include face painting, balloon artists and jugglers.

“There will be Frisbee dogs, strolling interactive performers, stilt walkers and aerial acts,” Brenner said. “One of my favorites is the ZOOperstars. We've got bingo. We've got live music. We've got a concert on Saturday night for folks. We've got dueling pianos in our infield so there's a little something for everybody.”

You might want to leave the cash at home though.

“What fans will find that will be a little different is we’re going cashless here this year. There will be a cashless setup for folks,” Brenner said.

Fans enjoying themselves at MIS

Drivers like Kyle Busch and Michigan native Brad Kesolowski are ready for Sunday.

“We’ve been so close, I know we’ve got a number of thirds.” Kesolowski said. “I don’t know how many top fives. Probably more than I count on. It really stinks finishing that well and not getting the win. I would tell you it would be a huge weight off my shoulders for sure if we could punch through.”

“They put on a good event,” Busch said. “They’ve got light night concerts and fireworks and stuff that go off. But we just come in on Sunday and we run our race and we go back out. So, it’s going to be a quick day of us possibly with no weather in the forecast. It’s all about everybody to put on a good show for the fans.”

Michigan International Speedway race weekend

The forecast does call for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-80s on Sunday.

The fans are looking forward to the weekend-long event.

Jonesville resident Jacob Rickwalt says he is there as part of a cleaning crew for a local boy scout troop.

“We all enjoy coming out here. We just like racing. We are all passionate about racing. My favorite racer is Austin Dillon. It’s just been crazy to meet new people from all over down south,” Rickwalt said.

Michigan International Speedway race weekend

MIS officials will be mandating that everyone wear a face mask indoors. They will also continue to monitor state health department protocols.

Tickets are still available.

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