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July 16, 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final Dover race coming this Fall

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s upcoming retirement has prompted thousands of fans to look back on the career of one of NASCAR’s top ambassadors over the last two decades.

The 14-time winner of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award, Earnhardt’s lone victory at Dover International Speedway was a memorable one, as it came in the first NASCAR Cup Series race following the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

Earnhardt’s final appearance behind the wheel at the Monster Mile will be in the Oct. 1 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race.

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Dover Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Denis McGlynn issued the following statement following the April 25 announcement of Earnhardt’s retirement:

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 one more time on Oct. 1.”

DALE EARNHARDT JR. CAREER STATISTICS AT DOVER

Starts: 34

Wins: 1

Top 5 finishes: 7

Top 10 finishes: 12

Poles: 1

Laps Led: 451

 

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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.