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Pure Michigan 400 Preview

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Ford recorded its 1,000th career win in NASCAR's top three series during the Quicken Loans 400.  Roush Fenway Racing's Greg Biffle recorded the milestone on June 16, the 110th anniversary of Ford Motor Company. The automaker has 33 career wins at their "home" track.

The 2013 Pure Michigan 400 will be the inaugural race of the MIS Manufacturer's Trophy. The award, inspired by the Stanley Cup, will recognize the winning manufacturer – Ford, Toyota or Chevrolet – after each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at MIS. Each manufacturer and MIS will donate $10,000 that will be given to a youth-related, STEM-related charity in Michigan. The trophy, featuring a sculpture similar to the Greek goddess of victory, Nike, and an architectural ode to the Detroit skyline, is expected to renew a fun "rivalry" between the automakers.

For the second year in a row, the NASCAR Foundation named MIS the "Track of the Year" for its charitable and community efforts. The NASCAR Foundation lauded "Track and Explore," a partnership with Adrian College that teaches area youth about nature and conservancy. The speedway was also cited for awarding $75,000 in 2012 to local charities through MIS Cares, the speedway's official platform.