NASCAR Racing Returns to MIS with Doubleheader in August Minus Fans

There will be a double dose of NASCAR Cup racing, four races in all, at Michigan International Speedway in early August, but fans will be relegated to watching the action on television due to COVID-19.
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NASCAR racing returns to Michigan International Speedway Aug. 7-9 with a Cup Series doubleheader and two other races, minus fans in the grandstands. // Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

There will be a double dose of NASCAR Cup racing, four races in all, at Michigan International Speedway in early August, but fans will be relegated to watching the action on television due to COVID-19.

After cancelling its June NASCAR race due to the coronavirus pandemic, the stock cars will be returning to MIS in Brooklyn’s Irish Hills near Jackson for a doubleheader of Cup Series races Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9.

It marks just the second time that NASCAR will run Cup Series races on consecutive days at the same track.  The first occurred two weeks ago at Pocono Raceway. That twin bill, however, was planned.

The Saturday race, on which the green flag will drop at 4 p.m., will be the postponed FireKeepers Casino 400. The Sunday race, which starts at 4:30 p.m., will be the scheduled Consumers Energy 400.

The weekend slate also will consist of a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. and the ARCA Menards Series VizCom 200 Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. The VizCom 200 was originally scheduled for June. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race that was scheduled for June in Michigan will been realigned to a future date on NASCAR’s 2020 schedule.

“The return of NASCAR racing at Michigan International Speedway is an important step in the reemergence of professional sports to our state,” says Rick Brenner, president of MIS. “The opportunity to host four races over the course of one weekend, including a pair of Cup events on successive days, is something that we look forward to and that we feel a tremendous amount of responsibility. We appreciate the patience and support from all of our fans, and we look forward to seeing them back in 2021.”

All four races will be televised nationally and also will air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90.

Ticketholders for both 2020 NASCAR races at the speedway automatically will receive a credit for the full amount of their purchase, plus an additional 20 percent of the total amount paid in their account within the next 7-10 days. The credit can be applied to a future race event in 2020 or 2021 at a NASCAR-owned track, subject to availability. For additional ticketholder options and more information, please visit here. If a refund is preferred, forms are due Aug. 7.

In Related News: Grand Rapids printing solutions provider VizCom Media is the name sponsor of the ARCA Menards Series race to be run at MIS on Aug. 9 at 1 p.m.

In addition to being the race sponsor, VizCom Media has been the official signage provider for MIS for the past year.

“We are excited to welcome VizCom as the entitlement partner for our upcoming ARCA Menards Series race,” says Rick Brenner, president of MIS. “We take pride in creating business-to-business opportunities for our partners, and it’s great to work with a company that shares the same philosophy. VizCom is well-known as a leader in the signage industry statewide, and this reputation has allowed them to expand their footprint to other parts of the Midwest.”

VizCom President Scott Benton says, “VizCom is thrilled to be the title sponsor for the ARCA Menards Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The team at MIS has been fantastic to work with – very organized and cooperative while giving VizCom the opportunity to feel truly involved in the production of putting on a professional race. We hope this is just the beginning of a great partnership for years to come.”

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