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MIS president looking forward to another big year

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm •  Published: February 5, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — The track president of Michigan International Speedway is issuing a unique challenge to Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski.

The Michigan-born Keselowski has never won a Cup race at MIS, but president Roger Curtis has quite a prize in mind if he finally does.

"I have a deal with him, that when he wins a Cup race, he can design his own trophy, because he wants these really huge, giant trophies like they used to give in NASCAR," Curtis said. "I think he's going to win one of our two races this year."

Curtis was in Detroit on Tuesday, where top NASCAR officials took part in a panel discussion on the new Gen-6 race car, which is making its debut this year. The Sprint Cup season begins at Daytona later this month.

MIS will host races in June and August after an eventful 2012. The track was repaved before last season's races, and in June, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won there for his first Cup victory since 2008.

Keselowski's series championship gave Michigan racing officials another chance to brag.

"We've got a lot of momentum," Curtis said. "The Brad Keselowski story, the speeds that we had at MIS. People love the 200 mph-plus. I think that's still going to be there."

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