Midwesterners have a special way of helping each other out. That's why Michigan International Speedway jumped at the chance to assist the track promoters from Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, as they get ready for Wednesday's CarCash Mudsummer Classic presented by CNBC Prime's "The Profit."
Drivers, crews and fans anticipate the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway to be a night of intense and unique racing. But wait: This is the first time that any of NASCAR's top-three series has raced on dirt in more than 40 years.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will see series regulars including Matt Crafton, Jeb Burton and Ty Dillon, race each other on the wild and foreign, half-mile dirt racing surface that normally hosts sprint car racing.
"This is such an exciting event that it will truly make the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series even more phenomenal that it is," MIS president Roger Curtis said. "We are rooting for Eldora Speedway and the Mudsummer Classic to succeed. It's a win for our industry and we immediately knew we wanted to offer our support to help make the event as successful as it can be."
The last NASCAR national touring series event to race on dirt occurred in 1970 in Raleigh, N.C.
Eldora Speedway, owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, will use some MIS safety equipment and personnel to help make the "Mudsummer Classic" a safe and thrilling event. MIS is sending fire crews, fire suits, helmets, fire extinguishers, medical carts and other equipment to help ensure a safe and successful event.
"When our event was announced, MIS called that very day to offer any assistance they could - from ticket sellers to fire extinguishers. They have been as accommodating to us throughout this process as they are to their fans on race day. The enthusiasm and spirit of cooperation that Roger and his staff are second to none," said Roger Slack, general manager at Eldora Speedway.
MIS and Eldora have worked together before, creating joint ticket packages for race fans. With only a three-hour distance between them, it's safe to say the tracks share many of the same loyal fans.
For Curtis, it was an easy decision to work with Eldora on whatever they need, believing when successful NASCAR events are held, the industry thrives.
"It's important to work together in this industry – especially in our business," Curtis said. "When you're a steward of the sport like MIS and Eldora are, it's your job to help the industry to continue to progress. We know of no better way than to offer our support to Tony Stewart, Roger Slack and all our friends at Eldora Speedway. A rising tide floats all ships."
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2013 Michigan International Speedway Schedule
Friday, Aug. 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice and Qualifying
Saturday, Aug. 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Michigan National Guard 200
Sunday, Aug. 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400