Fans Gear Up For Race Weekend at MIS

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Although most of the festivities won't kick off until Friday, that didn't stop some of the most die-hard of racing fans from starting to line up days ago to get into the infield at Michigan International Speedway.

Rows and rows of RVs and campers started lining up as early as last Friday, according to Sammie Lukaskiewicz, senior director of communications at MIS.

"We'll have 2,700 motor-coach sites in our infield," she said. "We are the largest campground in the state on race weekends."

Amy Temple was one of those fans who didn't waste any time getting her wheels rolling to get to the race track.

"We got here Sunday afternoon and the gates were not open so we camped out at the gate and had us a nice little gathering at the gate," Temple said.

"Hearing the race cars right now, that is music to my ears."

Paul Matlock who has been coming to races for the past 25 years was one of several fans with an impressive campsite set-up, something he said has been a work in progress.

"Here we are, we just kind of kept assembling and try to grow it a little each year," he said. "It's a good time out here, you can't beat it."

But beyond the rows and rows of waiting fans, Lukaskiewicz said race weekends are all about family.

"NASCAR is a family sport and many of the drivers are generational," she said. "Their kids are driving, they drove because their dads are driving so it's something that has carried on for families."

Other weekend activities include autograph sessions with drivers, a carnival, a DJ on Friday and live music on Saturday.

MIS also has an app for Android and iPhone users to use to purchase tickets, view a map of the venue and even find the nearest bathroom and ATM.

Fans enjoy some cold drinks while waiting for the gates of the infield at MIS to open Thursday.

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