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About the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA

The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA, is dedicated to all race fans who understand and appreciate the unique aspects of the “Monster Mile” and who make Dover International Speedway their destination for motorsports events each year.

Built in 2008, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA, stands 46-feet tall and holds a full-scale stock car in the monster’s right hand. The base of the monument pays tribute to race winners at Dover International Speedway and features dedications to legendary drivers who are recognized for their special accomplishments earned on the high banks of the Monster Mile.

With guidance from Dover officials, architectural firm Becker Morgan made a concept a reality during the summer of 2007 when they designed a 3D model of “Miles the Monster” bursting out of the ground carrying with him a full-sized car. The structure, named the Monster Monument, would be featured in the newly developed Victory Plaza area that was announced as part of Phase II of the “Monster Makeover,” a multi-year capital improvement project at Dover International Speedway.

In August 2007, contractor ACI Composites, based in Lancaster, Pa., was awarded the Monster Monument construction project. After creating a miniature version of the monster from clay, the design team, braving the elements, worked throughout the winter months to build the full-sized structure in the driveway of their factory. From connecting the inner support beams, to wrapping and carving the structure out of foam, the team had the entire monster built by the end of April 2008.

The monster was later taken apart over the course of several days and loaded onto six flatbed trucks for transportation to its permanent home outside of Turn 4 at the Speedway. Once on site in Dover, the ACI Composites team was able to stick to its original plan of assembling the monster on its base in one day.

Crews continued to work throughout the month of May 2008 to give Miles the Monster his traditional gray color and rock solid look. From ladders to lifts, crews worked on every inch of the monument to make sure that the entire structure looked identical to Dover’s signature icon. This included the addition of a fiberglass coat that gives the monster its concrete texture. Once completed, the final piece – a full-scale NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car – was mounted in the monster’s hand.

On May 14, 2008, four-time NASCAR champion, and four-time Dover winner, Jeff Gordon participated in a dedication ceremony for the new Monster Monument in front of 300 assembled guests and fans on Victory Plaza in front of the monster. Gordon, along with local dignitaries and track officials unveiled the marquee plaque on the front of the monument’s base.

The new monument was first seen by thousands of race fans during the June 2008 race weekend. Seven-time Dover winner Bobby Allison was presented with the first marquee driver plaque on the base of the monument during a special ceremony held for the NASCAR legend. The monument was a centerpiece for many of the fan activities at the track throughout the event weekend, and continues to attract many curious tourists in The First State on a daily basis.

 

 

Links:

Press release: One monster of a structure: The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza planned for Dover International Speedway

Press release: Dover International Speedway and AAA Mid-Atlantic announce seven-year partnership extension that includes the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza

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

News release: Seven-time Dover winner Bobby Allison honored with a marquee plaque on the Monster Monument

Press release: Dedication ceremony fit for “The King”: Richard Petty to be honored with a marquee plaque on the Monster Monument on Sept. 20, 2008