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April 25, 2017

Dover International Speedway statement on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement

Dover Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Denis McGlynn has issued the following statement on the announcement of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement from racing after the conclusion of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates with an American flag after winning the “MBNA Cal Ripken 400” on Sept. 23, 2001, at Dover International Speedway.

“Always a fan favorite, Dale Earnhardt Jr. cemented his legacy here at the Monster Mile with his victory in the ‘MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400’ on Sept. 23, 2001. It was the first NASCAR event after the terrible tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, and 140,000 fans celebrated as Junior circled the track with a huge American flag during his victory lap. No one who witnessed that moment, coming less than one year after the death of his father, will ever forget it.

“A first-class ambassador for the sport, Earnhardt’s legions of fans filled grandstands throughout the country, and his recent emergence on social media has engaged a new generation of NASCAR fans. For all he has meant to the sport, everyone here at Dover International Speedway wishes him well in his retirement and looks forward to seeing him tackle the Monster Mile two more times on June 4 and Oct. 1.”

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Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also plays host to the Firefly Music Festival, produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice. For more information, visit www.DoverMotorsports.com.