Dover International Speedway – There’s nothing quite like it
Built from the ground up by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), Dover International Speedway continues to be one of the most unique venues on the NASCAR circuit. The facility is known for its concrete surface, severely banked corners and signature trophies, and is a favorite amongst fans and drivers alike.
Dover International Speedway, known as the world’s fastest one-mile concrete oval, has been hosting NASCAR events since it first opened with the inaugural running of the “Mason-Dixon 300” on July 6, 1969. With a unique blend of speeds in excess of 175 mph, and banking of nine degrees on its narrow straightaways and 24 degrees in its sweeping turns, Dover has earned the nickname the “Monster Mile” for its tough nature on both man and machine.
In the Monster Mile’s first two years of existence, it hosted just one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race per year. Since 1971, however, Dover has been home to a spring and fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, with the NASCAR Nationwide Series joining the schedule for an annual race in 1982, before becoming a twice-yearly event as well in 1986. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was added during the fall 2000 race weekend, and since then has been a Friday staple of the spring race weekend. The final series to run regularly in Dover, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, first appeared at the track to run a July 1998 race. It was later added as the annual Friday race of the fall weekend beginning in 2001.
Situated in the heart of the mid-Atlantic region, the fan friendly venue welcomes thousands of race fans to its 750-acre complex each year. Dover shares the property with full-service Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, giving race fans the complete vacation destination. Outside of Turn 4 stands the 46-foot-tall Monster Monument at Victory Plaza the larger-than-life sculpture of Dover’s signature icon Miles the Monster. The fiberglass structure attracts visitors to the track year round and has become a “must-see” stop for tourists coming to Delaware’s capital city. The track’s Monster Bridge, “The Most Exciting Seat in Sports ®,” is also one of the more unique structures in NASCAR, as the 56-seat enclosed bridge features seating directly above the track in the entrance to Turn 3 on the back straightaway.
In 2014, Dover will again play host to two tripleheader race weekends, beginning with the May 30-June 1 events, including the May 30 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the May 31 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the June 1 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. NASCAR returns in the fall for the Sept. 26-28 race weekend with the Sept. 26 “Drive Sober 150” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 28 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, which is event No. 3 and the first knockout race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
In addition to its NASCAR events, Dover was home to the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in 2012. Presented by Red Frog Events, Firefly took place in The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway and hosted 48 national musical acts from July 20-22, treating tens of thousands of festival-goers to a variety of music throughout its three days. The festival returned for a second year on June 21-23, 2013, growing to 72 national musical acts with attendance more than doubling.
Firefly is set to come back to The Woodlands on June 19-22, 2014, with more than 100 acts gracing seven stages, including the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Arctic Monkeys, The Lumineers, Pretty Lights, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Ziggy Marley and many more.
Visit Dover International Speedway this season — there’s nothing quite like it!