Michigan International Speedway launches its new season this weekend. Track officials say they see signs of improved attendance this year.
Campers are already arriving at the MIS track near Jackson to watch qualifying races, and the main event: the 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday.
MIS spokesman Dennis Worden says the upswing in ticket sales and camping reservations may show that the economy is improving
“We’ve seen a rally great positive turn in the auto industry, Worden says. "They’re starting to turn things around, and that kind of affects us because a lot of people are going back to work and getting back into the factories and those are a lot of our direct ticket buyers.”
The MIS grandstand seats about 106,000 people; Worden says there are some tickets left.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has suspended lane closures in the area during race weekend to make access to the track easier.