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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - NASCAR is coming to Michigan International Speedway this weekend. Race weekend kicks off on Friday and wraps up on Sunday with the Premier Quicken Loans 400 race.
"Last year, we had a record at 203 miles per hour for the poll. Would not surprise me especially with the cool temperatures we're going to have to see a record again," said Roger Curtis, president of MIS.
Curtis says the track is the fastest in the country and new this year is a the family-friendly carnival. But he says the race isn't even the best part of it all. "There's just something special about the fans here. There's just so much comradery, whether you're camping or even if you just come for the day and you're tailgating. You always come with a group of friends, but you leave with more friends than you came with."
The Rufie family has been busing here from Wisconsin for 10 years. "We're pretty much race car fan friendly. We like them all, but our favorite is Dale Junior. And Carl Edwards," said Duane Rufie.
They get to a few races a year. Rufie says he can't argue with Curtis. They love NASCAR, but they come back every year to MIS for the friends they've made.
"It's awesome. It's not just about the race. It's about the people also."
Race officials say they expect as many as 100,000 fans to fill the stands.
MIS hosts two NASCAR races every year. Curtis says the economic impact on the surrounding community of those races is the same as a Superbowl.
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