NEWS: NASCAR XFINITY Series race at MIS named Menards 250 presented by Valvoline

BROOKLYN, Mich. (March 14, 2016) — Michigan International Speedway (MIS) officials are proud to partner with Menards ® and Valvoline™ to bring fans the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11

While Valvoline has had a presence in NASCAR for years, this marks the first time the organization has sponsored a race at NASCAR’s fastest track. As title sponsor, Valvoline will help to market the Menards brand and its involvement as the official motor oil of the stores through television, radio, print and social mediums on a nationwide scale.

“Throughout our history, Valvoline has aligned with teams, drivers and racing series that embody our brand dedication to keep moving, innovating and providing quality consumer experiences across multiple platforms,” said Jamal Muashsher, Valvoline Global Brands, director of marketing. ""Our sponsorship of the XFINITY Series and Menards 250 adds to this commitment, and we are proud to align with both Menards and the storied Michigan International Speedway ahead of the June event.”   

“Valvoline and Menards have both had a long-standing involvement in NASCAR, and we are excited they have decided to join our team,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “It makes the partnership even better when you can find organizations who share a similar passion for NASCAR and the guest experience. I am excited that the NASCAR XFINITY race at Michigan International Speedway will be called the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline.”

Race fans have made Menards their stop for all of their tailgating supplies before coming to the track. Now, those same fans can get the best motor oil for their vehicles at Menards.

Each year about 385,000 people visit MIS, generating an economic impact of more than $414 million. Nearly 60 percent of the guests on race weekends come from outside Michigan, making MIS the largest welcome center in the state.

Located in Brooklyn, Michigan, a town of about 1,200, MIS is one of only 23 facilities in the world to hold such an event. The racetrack seats more than 72,000 people in its grandstands, with tens of thousands of others in the infield, suites and campgrounds that will all be introduced to the Valvoline and Menards brands in June.

Ticket prices will remain low at MIS for the Menards 250 presented by Valvoline in 2016. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR XFINITY race start at $40, with children 12 and under free in all sections, ensuring families a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. In addition, children 13-16 years old can purchase a ticket for half price.

Fans can also purchase tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12 beginning at $44, with children 12 and under free in all sections.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, MIS 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.

Valvoline is a leading worldwide producer and distributor of premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. It ranks as the #2 quick-lube chain and #3 passenger car motor oil brand in the United States. The brand operates and franchises nearly 1,050 Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM centers in the United States. It also markets ValvolineTM lubricants and automotive chemicals; MaxLifeTM lubricants created for higher-mileage engines, SynPowerTM synthetic motor oil; and ZerexTM antifreeze. Key customers include: retail auto parts stores and mass merchandisers who sell to consumers; installers, such as car dealers, repair shops and quick lubes; commercial fleets; and distributors. For more information, please visit Valvoline.com.

With 297 stores in 14 Midwestern states, Menards has the tools, materials and supplies for all your home improvement needs whether you just need a light bulb or a can of paint to building a deck or new home. Menards is known throughout the home improvement industry as the place to Save BIG Money!  Menards does things  right - the company’s strength and success can be seen in the well-stocked and maintained stores, the lowest prices in town and the way guests are always treated like family in a hometown hardware store atmosphere.

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2016 Michigan International Speedway Schedule


Friday, June 10        Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Sprint Cup Qualifying
Saturday, June 11  NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards 250 presented by Valvoline
Sunday, June 12     NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400

July 15-17                  Faster Horses Festival

Friday, Aug. 26        NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice and Qualifying
Saturday, Aug. 27   NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation
Sunday, Aug. 28      NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400

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