The Harlem Globetrotters, the legendary basketball team that wows fans of all ages with its ball skills, trick shots, comedy and more, will return to Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 6, as part of the Monster Mile’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
The team will bring a series of performances titled the "Globetrotters Experience," a live 30-minute show which encapsulates the team’s one-of-a-kind basketball artistry, high-flying dunks and side-splitting court on-court antics, to Dover International Speedway’s 8-acre FanZone on Oct. 6 before that day’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race (2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN). The show times are set for 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race is the fourth race of the 10-race postseason schedule, the first race in the Round of 12, and also the 100th NASCAR Cup Series race in track history. Dover International Speedway will be just the 10th track in the United States to host 100 or more NASCAR Cup Series races.
The Globetrotters, first organized in 1926, perform more than 400 shows around the world each year with its distinctive red, white and blue uniforms. The exhibition team is known for its colorful personalities, audience interaction and supreme basketball skills. The Globetrotters also made multiple appearances around the Monster Mile on Sunday, May 5, but their on-court performances were canceled due to rain.
"We’re looking forward to welcoming the Harlem Globetrotters back to the Monster Mile and hope to see many families in the crowd when they perform their free shows in the FanZone on Oct. 6," said Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian.
In addition to the Harlem Globetrotters performances, Dover will host a string of planned events and celebrations during the Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend. In addition to the special gold Monster trophies given to the race winners, fans can also enjoy the following attractions:
- Winston Cup Mobile Museum (All weekend): Displays classic race cars, artifacts, photos and mementos from more than 30 years of NASCAR history. Winston (R.J. Reynolds) was the primary sponsor of the NASCAR Cup Series from 1971 through 2003.
- Bear Hollow Wood Carvers (Oct. 5-6): Skilled chainsaw artists create one-of-a-kind sculptures, both small and large. Auctions to be held throughout the weekend on selected works. TIMES: Saturday’s auction is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday’s auction is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
- Expanded Monster Mile Youth Nation (All weekend): A youth area designed for NASCAR fans age 12 and under. It’s free to explore on race weekend for the next generation of fans and features a wide variety of fun activities for kids to enjoy. Remember, youth tickets are free for Friday and Saturday races and start at just $10 for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
- Micro Wrestling Federation (Oct. 5-6): Shows feature high-flying action, body slams and leaps from the top rope. Formed in 2000, the Micro Wrestling Federation features an entire cast of athletes and performers under 5 feet tall. TIMES: Saturday show times are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday show times are 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The Oct. 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway also includes the "Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200" NASCAR Xfinity Series playoff race on Saturday, Oct. 5 and the "General Tire 126" K&N Pro Series East season finale on Friday, Oct. 4.