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The Earnhardt Collection™, a signature series of homes designed by Kerry and René Earnhardt in collaboration with Schumacher Homes, earned two gold awards at the 2013 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. The event celebrates innovation, creativity, and excellence in architectural design.
The Earnhardt Collection™ earned the award for Best Architectural Design for its Blue Ridge floor plan. It also won the category of Best Special Promotion for its work in the Earnhardt Collection™ grand opening last year. The awards were presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council of the National Association of Home Builders.
“Congratulations to everyone involved with the Earnhardt Collection™,” said Kerry Earnhardt, older brother to JR Motorsports’ Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller. “Schumacher Homes and the Earnhardt brand run parallel with quality and success. René and I are very honored to be a part of the Schumacher team and proud of their recognition for excellence of the Blue Ridge design from our Earnhardt Collection™.”
The Blue Ridge model home in Asheville, N.C. is the first model of Schumacher’s Earnhardt Collection™. It features wood timber ceilings, stone architectural accents, an inviting outdoor kitchen, and a wall of windows to bring in natural light. These signature homes were designed with a focus on the love of the outdoors.
“These 22 homes were designed for relaxed, comfortable living in a home that feels like a family retreat,” said Paul Schumacher, owner and founder of Schumacher Homes. “Each home was inspired by the strength and beauty of the outdoors and represents the affordable, quality construction that’s made Schumacher Homes the largest custom homebuilder in America.”
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Blake Koch, driver of the SR² Motorsports Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will be doing plenty of driving prior to Daytona Speedweeks, but not the kind you may expect. Koch will take to the links of Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga. on Saturday, February 9 to support the family of Tripp Halstead, who was critically injured when a tree limb struck his head last October. Koch will be a part of the Team BOOM golf tournament, with 100% of all proceeds going to Bill and Stacy Halstead to be used to keep Stacy by Tripp's bedside constantly during his long recovery.
Three months after two-year-old Tripp Halstead was brain injured, from a tree limb falling on him in his hometown of Winder during a storm, he is still in the hospital, battling to recover. He is at Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. The Halstead family is hopeful that Tripp will be released next week, following a surgery to have a pump fixed within his stomach.
SR² Motorsports is based in Buford, Ga. The race team was quick to offer their support and have entered a team to play in the tournament. Joining Koch will be Jason Sciavicco, team owner, and Benny Gordon, general manager and crew chief. Koch is excited to participate in the tournament. He hopes that the tournament assists the Halstead family in Tripp's road to recovery.
"This is a really special cause," Koch said. "My heart goes out to Tripp and his family and I'm excited that the community is rallying together to help them. He's a great kid and I hope he's back to feeling 100% soon. For anyone that can't be in Georgia at the golf tournament, there is a Team BOOM website that also accepts donations for the family. Any amount of support, no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated and will make a huge difference in their lives."
SR² Motorsports will have a show car at the tournament. Koch and Gordon will be available to sign autographs.
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Type 1 Diabetes Driver Ryan Reed Teams Up with the American Diabetes Association for Drive to Stop DiabetesSM Awareness Campaign
Ryan’s Mission, founded by driver Ryan Reed, has announced collaboration with the American Diabetes Association for the Drive to Stop Diabetes SM awareness campaign.
Reed will compete in a number of NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Roush Fenway in 2013, driving the No. 16 Ford Mustang. Reed has type 1diabetes and his car will feature an American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes paint scheme, with his first race currently set for Richmond International Raceway on April 26, 2013.
Ryan, a Bakersfield, California native has been racing since the age of four and was diagnosed two years ago at age 17 with type 1 diabetes and was told he would never drive again. This was unacceptable to the young man who has become an advocate for diabetes awareness and had started his own foundation, RyansMission.org, to educate people on diabetes. Ryan continued to drive and had a successful 2012 season in the ARCA Racing Series, as well as select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events.
This unique collaboration with the Association to Drive to Stop Diabetes will use Ryan’s story as the voice. The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign will include awareness and educational efforts at all NASCAR Nationwide races this year, as well as at several off track health and wellness initiatives throughout 2013. The Drive to Stop Diabetes mobile movement will focus attention to educating the community on all types of diabetes. The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign, through RyansMission.org (501c3), will donate 100 percent of all net-proceeds to the Association.
“The American Diabetes Association is thrilled to collaborate with Roush Fenway Racing and Ryan’s Mission on the Drive to Stop Diabetes awareness campaign,” said Larry Hausner, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association. “As one of the nearly 26 million people living in the U.S. with diabetes, Ryan Reed is an inspiring individual and his voice is critical to spreading awareness and educating communities across the country about this disease.”
“Roush Fenway Racing has always been in the business of helping to facilitate the career of young drivers,” Eric Peterson, Operations Manager at Roush Fenway Racing said. “We have a robust driver development program and have identified Ryan as a potential young talent and we are looking forward to seeing how he performs on the track. If you look back over the past couple of years, we have been fortunate to have the opportunity to evaluate quite a few drivers behind the wheel of our cars and we are anxious to see what Ryan can do with this opportunity.”
“I see this as an opportunity to show my ability,” Ryan Reed stated. “Obviously my goal is to follow in the progression of many drivers that have started inside the Nationwide Series ranks and worked their way up to contend for the Sprint Cup. It will be a great opportunity and I intend to make the most of it.”
Fundly will be an associate sponsor on the No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford Mustang and will fully support the crowd-funding mission.
“Fundly is proud to partner with Ryan Reed on the Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign,” Tom Kramer, CMO, Fundly explained. “This man and this campaign are emblematic of everything Fundly stands for: coming together and unleashing our individual power to do good in our world. Go Ryan! The entire Fundly team is with you all the way to the finish! Ryan is another example of inspiring individuals using Fundly for Social Good. Ryan turned his diabetes diagnosis into an opportunity to raise awareness and raise money for a cure. As far as we know, he is one of the first NASCAR drivers to embrace crowdfunding for a cause. That puts him miles ahead in our book!"
“I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to not only be able to drive for the most winning NASCAR team as a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing,” Ryan said. “But I also have the opportunity to help other people by educating them and letting them know – life has no limits!”
For more information on Drive to Stop Diabetes please visit www.DriveToStopDiabetes.org, Facebook: Driver Ryan Reed Twitter: @driverRyanReed
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For the third consecutive year, FAS Lane Racing is proud to announce Terry Labonte will pilot the #32 C&J Energy Services Ford for the 55th Running of the Daytona 500.
C&J Energy Services, who has supported Labonte and FAS Lane Racing for the past two seasons, will renew their partnership for four more races during the 2013 season. Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Labonte and C&J Energy Services will compete at the restrictor plate races during the 2013 season.
This year’s Daytona 500 will mark Labonte’s 61st start at the famed 2-5-mile high-banked superspeedway, making him the driver with the most starts among all drivers in the history of the sport. He will pass Bill Elliott, who currently has 60 starts at Daytona International Speedway. Labonte made his first Daytona 500 start in 1979. Labonte is also the driver with the most top-10 finishes at Daytona International Speedway, with 26.
“We are very proud and excited to be associated with FAS Lane Racing and Terry Labonte,” commented Josh Comstock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of C&J Energy Services. “Like C&J, both FAS Lane and Terry have strong family values and a competitive spirit. Also like C&J, they generate more with a smaller asset base than most of their much larger competitors and deliver superior performance. This team truly exemplifies our slogan of “Competitive Horsepower”. We are looking forward to successful races together at the 2013 Daytona and Talladega events.“
“It is exciting for the FAS Lane Racing team to be heading to Daytona once again with Terry Labonte and have C&J Energy Services back with us for the third season,” said team owner Frank Stoddard. “Terry is calm and cool behind the wheel at these tracks, and I think his numbers speak for volumes. He has completed almost 90% of all laps he’s run at Daytona, so I am real happy he is behind the wheel of the #32. It is very important for our team to not only run competitive, but also finish the race and run all of the laps.
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“We had a great runs during last year’s Daytona 500 and July race, but we got spun out leading the race and recovered with a top 20 finish. I am very proud of the small, core group of guys that have worked extremely hard for this team to get these cars built and ready for the Daytona 500. It has been a challenging off-season and I am looking forward to a great performance on the track during Speedweeks.”
FAS Lane Racing is entering their third full season of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“Each year the program has gotten stronger and more consistent and the expectations are the precedent will continue for Daytona and the remainder of 2013,” said Stoddard. “Our restrictor plate program has been exciting to watch evolve and I am confident that this year we are more prepared and competitive than we have been in the past. I can’t wait to get to the track where we can get some track time and start seeing our hard work during the off season pay off.”
The running of the 55th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway will run Sunday February 24th at 1:00 p.m. ET. The race can be viewed LIVE nationally on FOX and heard on affiliated MRN radio stations and on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio 90.
Last November in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jeff Gordon notched NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory No. 87. This February 24 in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will attempt to win two consecutive in The Sunshine State as he begins his third decade in NASCAR's premier division.
The victory at Homestead allowed Gordon and the Drive To End Hunger team to carry momentum into the off-season. But with the introduction of NASCAR's Gen-6 (Generation 6) car models for the 2013 tour, there was not much "down" time since the team was busy preparing a fleet of new No. 24 Chevrolet SS's.
"To have a great finish like we had at Homestead and take that into the off-season was a big plus and a big positive for us," said Gordon. "It helped us stay energized through the off-season to get ready for this new season. No matter what changes occur - whether they're very little or big changes like we've had with the new car - the team can rally around that and it's a great boost. You need a lot of energy over the off-season.
"I don't think anybody is better than Hendrick Motorsports when it comes to adapting to new cars and being prepared. I feel very confident in the team - and our organization - to come out strong and remain strong throughout the year."
In 40 starts at Daytona, the all-time leader in restrictor-plate victories (12) has six wins, three poles, 12 top-fives and 19 top-10's. And a strong result in the season-opening Daytona 500 carries through an entire season, right?
"Not necessarily," said Gordon, a three-time winner of NASCAR's "Super Bowl" in 1997, 1999 and 2005. "We've won the 500 and the championship in the same season (in 1997), but we've also crashed out of the event but still won the championship (in 2001).
"We've also won our biggest race and not made the Chase (in 2005)."
With the new car, there are a lot of unknowns entering Speedweeks. With a new name and a new format, there are a lot unknowns ahead of the February 16 non-points event for pole winners from the 2012 season, The Sprint Unlimited.
"I'm excited about the Sprint Unlimited - it's going to be unique and different," said Gordon, whose 20 consecutive years with a pole is tied for most all-time with David Pearson. "I think it 's a really cool idea that has engaged the fans and given them a 'say' in what will happen during the event. From what I understand, we're not even going to know our starting positions until we show up for driver introductions. I think that's cool.
"The Sprint Unlimited also gives us a great opportunity for the drivers to understand what we're dealing with for the Budweiser Duels (qualifying races on Thursday) as well as the Daytona 500. I think the racing at Daytona will be extremely exciting, and the new car will push us to explore all options to see what might work in the draft - especially what might work with only two or three laps-to-go.
"If a driver can find an advantage in the draft, you can be sure it will be exploited in the final laps of the Daytona 500."
On the questionnaire he filled out for his driver bio David Mayhew listed “racing just about everything” under hobbies and other interests.
He wasn’t lying. His racing interest ranges from 1/10th-scale RC (radio-controlled) cars to NASCAR, in which he has been a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West since 2007. He has also made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts along the way.
Mayhew is making back-to-back trips from his home in Bakersfield, Calif., to Florida this winter to compete in both avenues of racing. He recently traveled to Orlando to compete in the Snowbird Nationals, which he termed as one of the biggest RC races in the world.
Now, Mayhew is preparing to head to Daytona International Speedway with his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West team to compete in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18 and 19. The non-points event will be held on a .4-mile oval on the backstretch at DIS.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition will be just one component of this first-time event that has been added to the Speedweeks menu at the “World Center of Racing.” The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models will have qualifying races and a 150-lap feature on Monday, Feb. 18 while the action on Tuesday, Feb. 19 will include a similar schedule of qualifying races and 150-lap races for both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
With a win in the 2012 season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Phoenix International Raceway, Mayhew secured the first locked-in spot in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. Drivers, who won touring series races and championships in 2012, secured locked-in positions for their respective features in the prestigious event. All others must qualify through the heat races.
“I’m really looking forward just to get back in the race car and turning some laps,” said Mayhew, who drives the No. 17 MMI Services/Ron’s Rear Ends Chevrolet for car owner Steve McGowan. “We’re not sure what to expect with the track, but I’m sure it will be good and fun to race on. Just being in Daytona is going to be a good experience.”
Mayhew has experienced success at nearly every level in which he has competed. He had a top-10 finish in his only race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and has a pole, two top-five and four top-10 finishes in 13 outings in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. As a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Mayhew has four wins, eight poles, 31 top-five and 49 top-10 finishes in 67 races. He finished second in the championship standings in 2010 and placed fifth last season.
James Franco, star of the Disney fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” which is scheduled for release on March 8, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 55th running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on FOX and will also be broadcasted on FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Franco will give the starting command, “Drivers start your engines,” in “The Great American Race.” He’ll also be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race.
“We’re excited to welcome James Franco and have him take part in the pre-race festivities for the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “In front of thousands of race fans and millions more watching on FOX, we’re looking forward to hearing James’ enthusiastic starting command to kick off the Daytona 500 and the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”
“Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.
Joe Roth produced “Oz The Great and Powerful,” with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire.
Franco will next be seen in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” His credits include “127 Hours,” in which he received a Best Actor Oscar® nomination, “ the “Spider-Man” trilogy, “Milk,” “Pineapple Express” and most recently “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”
Franco joins the prestigious list of previous Daytona 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton, Jane Lynch and MatthewMcConaughey.
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Toyota Care - the complimentary maintenance plan provided with the purchase or lease of every new Toyota - will be the primary sponsor on Kyle Busch's No. 51 Tundra for 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2013, beginning with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 22.
In just five seasons as a Toyota-powered driver, Busch has registered a remarkable 84 victories for the manufacturer across NASCAR's top three series, including their first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March of 2008. The Las Vegas native has contributed the most individual wins for Toyota in each of NASCAR's top three series, registering 20 of their 49 career Sprint Cup Series victories, 40 of their 74 Nationwide Series victories and 24 of their 99 Camping World Truck Series victories.
"Being a part of the Toyota Family -- as both a driver and a team owner -- I can attest to the outstanding service Toyota provides its customers and I look forward to promoting their Toyota Care maintenance plan in the Truck Series this season," Busch said. "The support that Toyota and Toyota Racing Development provides to its race teams is unparalleled and is one of the main reasons that we've been able to collect 18 wins over our first three seasons in the Truck Series."
"Toyota is proud of the relationship that exists with Kyle Busch Motorsports and we are pleased to continue that relationship into the 2013 season," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "Kyle is obviously an incredibly talented driver and it has been exciting to see him also excel as a team owner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. We're excited about 2013 and having Kyle continue to succeed as both a driver and owner."
In addition to the season-opening race, Busch is currently scheduled to drive the No. 51 Toyota Care Tundra at Kansas Speedway April 20, Charlotte Motor Speedway May 17, Dover International Speedway May 31, Kentucky Speedway June 27, Michigan International Speedway Aug. 17, Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 21, Chicagoland Speedway Sep. 13, Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 1 and in the Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 15.
"I'll be starting the season off with a triple at Daytona, which gives me the opportunity to try and collect three milestone wins for Toyota -- their 100th Truck Series win on Friday night, their 75th Nationwide Series win on Saturday and their 50th Sprint Cup Series win on Sunday," said Busch, the only driver in NASCAR history to sweep its top three series at a single venue in the same weekend. "I was able to get Toyota's first Cup Series victory back in 2008 and that was pretty special. Hopefully we can add a few milestone victories for them at Daytona to start the season and many more across all three series in the years to come."
Busch ranks first all-time among Truck Series drivers with a career driver rating of 119.3 and an average finishing position of 7.4. Additionally, the 27-year-old driver native ranks second in wins (30), fourth in laps led (4,330), tied for sixth in poles (12) and ninth in top five-finishes (62). "Rowdy" has visited victory lane in 28.8% of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 48.1%.
Rockingham Speedway President Andy Hillenburg announced today that the North Carolina Education Lottery will serve as title sponsor when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the legendary North Carolina oval on Sunday, April 14.
The "North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock Presented by Cheerwine" will be the third race on the 2013 Camping World Truck Series schedule, and Hillenburg hopes to build on a foundation laid last season, when Sprint Cup Series star Kasey Kahne came from the 36th and final starting spot to win the inaugural running of the race before a crowd of nearly 30,000 fans.
"We're thrilled to have our friends at the North Carolina Education Lottery join us for this historic event," said Hillenburg. "We learned a lot from last year's race, and the positive response we received from fans, competitors and the media was absolutely overwhelming. It'll be a tough bar to clear, but I'm confident that this year's `North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at The Rock Presented by Cheerwine' will be even better."
"The Education Lottery is glad to support one of the state's favorite pastimes, racing, at one of the state's great race tracks, the Rockingham Speedway," said Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. "We're a sales organization and just like other sales companies, we depend on marketing events to support our mission; raising money for education in North Carolina. Lottery players and racing fans alike enjoy the entertainment and excitement of racing. So with this partnership, we'll increase our sales and share with thousands of race fans the benefits the lottery provides to our state."
Leading candidates for Victory Lane on April 14 include defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher of Plano, Texas, along with former champions Ron Hornaday, Jr. and Todd Bodine and 2012 title contenders Timothy Peters and Ty Dillon. The Camping World Truck Series will be joined on the weekend card by the UARA-STARS Late Model and Frank Kimmel Street Stock Series', both of which will compete on Saturday, April 13. The Truck Series stars will practice Saturday, with qualifying at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the "North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Presented by Cheerwine" at 2 p.m. ET.
"Qualifying and racing on the same day gives fans a greater value for their race ticket," said Hillenburg. "It should make for an exciting day, since everyone will wake up on race morning wondering where their favorite driver will start later that afternoon."
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Michigan International Speedway is known for being at the forefront of enhancing the fan experience. In 2013, MIS will become the first track in NASCAR to offer free WiFi hotspots to fans.
The speedway will launch even more initiatives in 2013 aimed at making the experience at MIS enjoyable and memorable.
“Nothing can beat the live experiences, the sights, the feel and the smell of a race,” track president Roger Curtis said. “Now we’ve added part of the technology element that fans are accustomed to at home. Like viewers at home, fans at MIS will now be able to check their NASCAR fantasy league scores, tweet, facebook and text.”
Free WiFi hotspots will be available throughout the property this year. Available WiFi locations include the Budweiser Party Porch in turn four, Champion’s Club presented by CP Federal, Pit Patio, MISCamping.com APEX and MISCamping.com Turn 2 Retreat.
Additional WiFi hotspots will be explored and created in the coming years. Curtis added it would be difficult to launch hotspots across the entire 1,400-acre MIS in one swoop. So he’s starting in popular areas where fans gather and working his way out.
The free WiFi will be available to all cell phone carriers, though Sprint is always the preferred cell service at MIS.
Fans can now stay up to date on the latest happenings in NASCAR and set their fantasy line up right from the track. They can use the app, download interactive maps, even buy tickets – all using the free WiFi.
And since 20 percent of its fanbase comes from Canada, this will be a great opportunity for all of the international guests to stay in contact with their families back across the border.
Also new in 2013, MIS will have in-seat service to allow guests to purchase favorite snacks or beverages right from their seat. Auto racing isn’t baseball. There’s no logical halftime break in the action, and it’s not exactly quiet to take and relay orders or change.
So to make the process easier, the vendors will have the items printed on their shirts with prices. Guests can simply point to what they want – beer, water, soda, Gatorade and peanuts.
The service will start two hours prior to the race and will end with about 25 laps remaining. All sales are cash only.
Michigan International Speedway has invested more than $75 million into various capital improvement projects since 2006. A season after becoming the fastest track in NASCAR, MIS continues to enhance the experience for its fans.
Another process has already started and, while it may not be glamorous or a sexy improvement, the infield campers will see new bathroom facilities in 2013. In addition, three restroom facilities in the center grandstand will also be demolished and reconstructed. The facilities at B10, B13 and B14 will be expanded and feature upgrades.
The upgrades do not end there, as guests that use the restroom facilities at B6, B7 and B8 will find completely refurbished restroom areas.
Due to an overwhelming demand, APEX, the RV campground in Turn 3 is being expanded by 10 sites. The deluxe campground was a huge success as fans were able to enjoy the races from the Apex of Turn 3 while enjoying the comforts of their nearby RVs.
The MISCamping.com Tree Farm Campground is expanding by 26 new sites. All of the new campsites will be along the tree line, considered some of the best spots at MIS. The new campsites were made available when MIS redesigned its tram route to enhance the fan experience. The campground is located behind the Turn 3 grandstands off of M-50 Highway.