MIS introduces manufacturers’ trophy

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14:  Kyle Busch drives the #54 Monster Energy Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Will Schneekloth/Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 14: Kyle Busch drives the #54 Monster Energy Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Will Schneekloth/Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, Mich. — The world headquarters of General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are less than 80 miles from MIS and Toyota has a technical and design center in nearby Ann Arbor, making the two races here a sort of ‘home’ track for all three automakers.

When the Sprint Cup Series returns in August, the three manufacturers will be competing for even more.

MIS President Roger Curtis announced the creation of a manufacturers’ trophy, which will make its debut later this summer. The introduction of the Gen-6 car and its emphasis on restoring the ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ heritage was the inspiration.

“MIS is important, whether you’re headquartered here or not,” Curtis said. “This is the backyard of the manufacturers.”

The winning nameplate gets a trophy and the bragging rights that come with it until the series returns here and the three automaker and MIS each will contribute $10,000 to help young people in the state seeking careers in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math.

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