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Michigan International Speedway

Benny Parsons won 21 career races, including the 1973 NASCAR championship and the 1975 Daytona 500
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If you live anywhere near Brooklyn, Michigan, you're probably seeing a lot more RV traffic. It's race weekend at the Michigan International Speedway and NASCAR's top drivers will be in town racing for the Firekeepers Casino 400. In honor of the big race, we take the time to tell the story of one of the sport's all-time great drivers and personalities: Benny Parsons. In an unlikely underdog story, Parsons went from a Detroit taxi driver to a NASCAR champion before lung cancer claimed his life...

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You may see fewer Confederate flags at next month’s NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. A spokesman for the race track in Brooklyn says they want events at the track to be “the most fan-friendly and welcoming environments”.

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Michigan school children will soon study nature at a place many people might find surprising: Michigan International Speedway. The auto racing track hosts crowds in excess of 100 thousand when NASCAR comes to Brooklyn twice each summer. But Adrian College biology professor Jeff Lake says the other 50 weeks of the year, the track's campgrounds are ideal for exploring the ecosystems of the Irish Hills. "This gives kids a real good opportunity to come out and interact with local flora and local...

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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his first Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

About 100 people will start their engines, at the Michigan International Speedway this week. But it wont be for a race. The MIS is lending its track to the U.S. Department of Transportation to test vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems. Connected vehicle technology allows cars to communicate with other cars and the road . Devices installed in a car warn a driver that a crash is imminent or that theyre about to run a red light. The DOT has recruited about 100 people to take part in the...