BROOKLYN, MI- Whether they call it “bags” or “corn holes,” NASCAR fans are throwing bags to pass the time between races at Michigan International Speedway this weekend.
And for a family, a trophy is at stake.
The Walker family traveled from Wisconsin to attend Firekeeper Casinos 400 and camp on the MIS infield. They used to compete with each other via mini golf, but the golf trophy has been re-perceived as the “2021 Michigan Bags Tournament” award.
Jalen Walker received the game with custom bags as a gift from his fiancée Emma Dillon. The board refers to NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick and Busch Light beer.
But when the bag tournament starts, “you will not be around,” Jalen’s father Jim Walker said, adding that the competition will be fierce.
For those camping in the infield at MIS, sacking is the most important way to pass the time and socialize if there is no race. The races, which are set for 20-22. August, brings NASCAR fans from Michigan and beyond.
And when fans travel, they bring the often customized game boards.
For campers Richard Schoo, Brandon Quillan and Alan Stepka, there are “many bag games and a lot of beer drinking.” They welcomed the neighbors to the campsite for a bag-throwing competition with their tailor-made illuminated boards.
Stepka built the boards because he wanted to play the game in the dark.
“We would not stop when the sun went down,” he said.
The trio calls the game bags and explains that there is a difference between corn hole and bags.
“Bag boards, they are a foot shorter than corn cave boards,” Schoo said. “Maishul you play with four bags, (with) bags you play with three.”
This is Chesterfield resident Bryan Piepenbrok’s fifth year returning to MIS and playing friendly cornhole games with his friends.
“It’s always good to get a hole of corn hole in,” Piepenbrok said.
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