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May 14, 2008                                                                                                                                                                 

Jeff Gordon visits Dover International Speedway to dedicate the
Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA

DOVER, Del. — Just days before the May 30 – June 1, 2008 race weekend at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon visited the Monster Mile on Wednesday afternoon to participate in a dedication ceremony for the new 46-foot Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA.

Joined on stage by Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr., Donald Gagnon, president and COO of AAA Mid-Atlantic, and Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc., Gordon addressed the large crowd of over 300 people gathered together in front of the monument.

“It’s an amazing monument and it really symbolizes what this track is all about to the drivers and the fans,” said Gordon. “The Monster Mile brings out the monster in all of us. It’s a grueling, fast race track that is very, very tough.

“It’s also a pleasure to have my name etched on this monument four times,” said Gordon, a four-time Dover winner referring to the plaques on the base of the monument. “I’m hoping to add a fifth and sixth this year.”

Governor Minner spoke about what the Speedway means to both the city of Dover and the state of Delaware. “Dover International Speedway not only offers visitors great entertainment as a sporting destination, but also contributes to the state and local economy,” said Minner. “This monument is in such a great position. It’ll give visitors to the state a great opportunity to see the monument from the highway (Route 1) when visiting Delaware.”

The dedication ceremony concluded with Gordon unveiling the marquee plaque on the front portion of the monument’s base. The 4ft. high granite plaque includes a laser-engraved image of the monster and briefly describes the importance of the structure.

Following the ceremony, Gordon met with local and regional television stations and news reporters to discuss his thoughts about the capital improvements at Dover and the upcoming Dover race weekend. He also paused for a few moments to greet fans in attendance and personally thank them for coming to the dedication ceremony.

Crews at Dover will continue to work on the site of the monument and Victory Plaza in the coming days to put the finishing touches on the structure and surrounding areas. All construction is scheduled to be completed prior to the May 30 – June 1, 2008 race weekend.

Tickets are still available for the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 “Heluva Good! 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “AAA Insurance 200” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. — NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.



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