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MIS NEWS: New name, same great event

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BROOKLYN, MICH. – The infield at Michigan International Speedway comes to life with the best wineries and breweries from across the state on May 18, 2013. The Michigan Wine and Beer Fest sponsored by Experience Jackson returns to the track under a new name, but still features the same great variety of wines and beers.

MIS President Roger Curtis helps to hang the banner displaying the new name and logo along US Highway 12 by the track: http://youtu.be/CNq2GMLePAs.

Michigan International Speedway, a 1,400-acre historic NASCAR racetrack in Southeastern Michigan's Lenawee and Jackson Counties, will host its fourth annual Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson on Saturday, May 18.

This event will once again feature the tastes and toasts of Michigan wineries, Michigan breweries and Michigan eateries in a unique setting — the state's only NASCAR Sprint Cup racetrack and the fastest track on the circuit.

"We are really excited to bring the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest back under a new name as the list of wineries and breweries continues to grow," Curtis said. "We had a fantastic event the past three years, and it has really grown into a can't-miss for wineries and breweries, and for people who like sampling and enjoying the state's wine and beer."

The festival will once again be held in the speedway's infield on Saturday, May 18. Entertainment will be featured throughout the day from the MIS stage. Other activities are also planned including wine, food and beer product vendors, tastings and displays.

Over 30 award-winning wineries from across the state of Michigan will be on hand showcasing more than 100 varieties of wine including, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and others. 

Beer will also return to the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson in 2013. About 25 popular brands of locally-brewed beers were featured at last year's event and are expected to return.

In addition to wine and beer sampling and seminars, the festival will include an on-site retail store with select wines available for purchase. Only a handful of festivals allow guests to walk away with having purchased the wines and beers they tasted and liked, and MIS is one of them!

Advance tickets for the Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson are $30. Each ticket includes $10 worth of tasting tokens per day.

This event is for guests 21 and older.

Stay on site! Weekend camping is also available for $35 (nonelectric sites) and $50 (electric sites) in the track's MISCamping.com Graves Farm Campground. Need an RV? A hassle-free camping option is available for the wine and brew fest at www.MIScamping.com.

Or stay nearby! Contact the Jackson County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.experiencejackson.com for a listing of convenient hotels, all with free shuttle service to and from the wine fest courtesy of Jackson Public Schools.

Tickets and details are available at www.MiWineandBeerFest.com or by calling 800-354-1010. Also, please visit our Twitter feed @MIWineBeerFest for information about the wine festival.   

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It's the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

Tickets are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.

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2013 Michigan International Speedway Schedule

Saturday, May 18             Michigan Wine and Beer Fest presented by Experience Jackson

Friday, June 14                  ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200 and Sprint Cup Qualifying
Saturday, June 15            NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250
Sunday, June 16               NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Friday, Aug. 16                  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice and Qualifying
Saturday, Aug. 17             NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Sunday, Aug. 18                NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400