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      MIS President Roger Curtis previews June race weekend

      Denny Hamlin is the defending champion of the June race at MIS.

      Wednesday afternoon Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis spoke with NBC25 about the June Race Weekend (June 16-19).

      Among the many notable changes this season, the June weekend will feature a Nationwide Series race for the first time in track history.

      "We have a lot of fans in June that have never seen the Nationwide Series and vice-versa. We have a lot of fans in August who never have had an opportunity to see the truck race and those are both absolutely fantastic races. The last several years they've been great with some amazing finishes. I think everyone is pretty excited on their respective weekends to have a little bit of change of pace," says Curtis, who points out that the Camping World Truck Series race will no take place on August 20th.

      MIS donated several grandstands to Watkins Glen International, lowering the capacity at MIS to 160,000.

      Curtis was quick to point out that tickets are at their lowest price since 1998, a factor he hopes will encourage race fans to attend at least one of the race weekends.

      Curtis talks about why the Sprint Cup Series has been so competitive and tense so far this season: "It's almost a lot like hockey anymore that the players and even the owners, how much passion spills over, not only on the playing field, if you will the race track, but even in the garage area and pit row and places like that."

      Denny Hamlin is the defending champion of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, and his victory at MIS last June was his fifth in a ten-race stretch during the 2010 season.

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