Superspeedway: 1.0-mile concrete oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 9 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
Pit Stalls: 43; 15 feet wide x 32 feet long
Grandstands: 95,500 [was 113,000 in 2014; was 135,000 in 2009, will be 85,000 in 2016]
Track Websites & Social Media:
Dover International Speedway website
Monster Mile Youth Nation
Dover International Speedway - mobile
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
May 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 119.547mph, started 14th
October 2015 Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 119.870mph, started 15th
Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, 132.719, 9/17/1997
Slowest Race Record: Mark Martin, 97.042mph, 6/6/2004
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 4 months, 21 days, 5/31/1992
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 0 month, 29 days, 6/1/2008
May 2015 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 160.121mph, finished 21st
October 2015 Pole Winner: none, cancelled due to rain
Track Qualifying Record: Brad Keselowski, 164.444mph, 5/30/2014
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kyle Petty, started 37th, 6/1995
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 4 months, and 24 days, 6/2/2012
Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 0 days, 6/04/1995
Most Wins: 10 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Wins (active): 10 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Poles: 6 - David Pearson
Most Poles (active): 4 - Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 24 - Mark Martin
Most Top 5s (active): 18 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 33 - Mark Martin
Most Top 10s (active): 26 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 29 - twice, most recently 5/18/1986
Fewest Lead Changes: 3 - 10/17/1971
Most Leaders: 13, three times, most recently, 10/2/2011
Fewest Leaders: 3 - five times, most recently 5/16/1982
Most Cautions: 16 - 9/19/1993
Fewest Cautions: 0 - 6/6/1971
Most Caution Laps: 103, 9/19/1993
Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 6/6/1971
Most on a lead lap: 21, 6/4/2006
Fewest on a lead lap: 1, 11 times, most recently 9/15/1991
Most Running at the Finish: 40, 9/21/2008, 9/28/2014 & 10/4/2015
Fewest Running at the Finish: 13, 5/17/1981
Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 381, Jeff Gordon, 6/3/2001
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 491 [of 500], Richard Petty, 9/15/1974
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3, Tony Stewart, 6/2/2013
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37, Chevy; 25, Ford
Closest Margin of Victory: 0.080 Seconds - 9/25/2005
Greatest Margin of Victory: 22.071 Seconds - 6/6/1999
(Margins of Victory under electronic timing since 1993.)
Trevor Jackson to perform national anthem at Dover: Trevor Jackson, Atlantic Records singer, songwriter, actor and dancer, will perform the national anthem before the green flag drops on the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15. Jackson, 19, most recently starred on the second season of the critically acclaimed ABC drama "American Crime." His previous television roles include stints on SyFy's "Eureka," CBS' "Criminal Minds," Disney Channel's "Let It Shine," and NBC's "Harry's Law." The Indiana native first drew praise for his performances with the traveling Tony Award-winning Broadway hit "The Lion King," where he portrayed Young Simba for three years.(Dover Speedway)(5-3-2016)
Dover removes three pit stalls: NASCAR drivers will find longer pit stalls when they compete at Dover International Speedway in two weeks. With NASCAR reducing the size of its Sprint Cup field from 43 to 40 cars, the track removed three stalls and increased the length of its stalls from 32 feet to 34 feet. The track was known for having some of the tightest stalls on the circuit.(ESPN.com)(5-1-2016)
Dover adding SAFER barrier: ESPN's Bob Pockrass reports, "Dover International Speedway will replace the guard rails it had on the inside of Turn 3 with approximately 500 feet of SAFER Barrier by the time NASCAR visits for its May 13-15 race weekend. The steel-and-foam barrier is designed to absorb energy in a crash."(ESPN.com)(4-28-2016)
Austin Dillon & Kasey Kahne to meet in Dover vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game: As part of their annual Team Dover vs. Team Pocono Celebrity Softball Game, Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will go head-to-head for the fourth time on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, in Wilmington, Del. This event will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne, along with Todd Bodine, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and current Fox Sports 1 analyst. The rosters from each team will be rounded out with members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities. The 2016 Dover Vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game will be the fourth meeting between these two tracks, with "The Monster Mile" having won two of the three games against the "The Tricky Triangle."
Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to the May 3 matchup between the Blue Rocks and the visiting Frederick Keys. Reserve Box seats are $6 and Box/Upper Box seats are $7. Any fan who comes to the ticket window wearing NASCAR gear will also receive those special discounted prices. All children 12 and younger will receive free admission to the Blue Rocks' Fun Zone. For tickets to this special event, please call 1-302-888-BLUE or visit www.BlueRocks.com, using the promo codes POCONO and DOVER.
Gates for the softball game will open at 3:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:00 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Dillon and Kahne will throw out the first pitch for that evening's 6:35 p.m. baseball game. Throughout the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their respective NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races being held on Sunday, May 15 (Dover) and Sunday, June 5 (Pocono).
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 13-15, 2016 and includes the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 14 and the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. For race tickets or more information, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com. All dates, times and attendees are subject to change without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are sponsors of this promotional event.(4-18-2016)
Jason Jones to serve as grand marshal at Dover: Jason Jones, star of the hit TBS comedy "The Detour," will serve as the grand marshal for the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15. Jones, an actor and writer who first appeared on "The Daily Show" in 2005, became popular with critics and viewers alike with his many foreign trips for the show, including a trip to Iran for their elections in 2009 and Russia in 2014 for the Winter Olympics. Jones left "The Daily Show" in 2015 to begin work on "The Detour" on TBS, a comedy revolving around a family road trip that he created with his wife, Samantha Bee. Jones is a writer and executive producer for "The Detour" and also directed one episode. The "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the centerpiece of the May 13-15 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile. Dover International Speedway also plays host to a NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 14, and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, May 13.(Dover International Speedway)(4-21-2016)
Jana Kramer in concert at Dover: Rising country music artist and actress Jana Kramer will perform a free concert at Dover International Speedway's Victory Plaza prior to the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. Kramer's show will begin at 10:00am Kramer's most recent album "Thirty One" came out in 2015 and features the hit "I Got the Boy" and latest single "Said No One Ever." Her self-titled debut album was released in 2012 and included the popular track "Why Ya Wanna." Kramer, 32, first hit the spotlight as a cast member on The CW's drama "One Tree Hill," where she played actress Alex Dupree. Kramer has also appeared on HBO's "Entourage" and NBC's "Friday Night Lights." Also in Victory Plaza, on Saturday, May 14, country music artists Sam Grow and Tom Dixon will appear for free concerts prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race.(Dover Speedway)(4-1-2016)
#43 Smithfield Ford placed in Monster Monument at Dover Victory Plaza: Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty and Aric Almirola, the driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, were among the guests at Dover International Speedway today as the new stock car for the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza presented by Smithfield was unveiled. Smithfield Foods has entered into a three-year deal with Dover International Speedway as presenting sponsor of the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, the 46-foot iconic statue that features a stock car in the structure's right hand. Officials from Smithfield, Autism Delaware and the Monster Mile unveiled a new "Petty Blue" #43 Smithfield Ford for assembled media and fans on Wednesday. The event also coincided with the start of "Autism Awareness Month" in April and precedes the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15.(Dover Speedway)(3-31-2016)
Dover to "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness Month: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway will continue their support for autism awareness by participating in the global "Light It Up Blue" campaign, organized by Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, in April. Two of Delaware's most famous landmarks, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, as well as the Dover Downs Hotel, will be illuminated in blue light throughout April, coinciding with Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a summary term for a group of brain development disorders, characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest statistics show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have autism. Dover International Speedway has had a long relationship with autism awareness. The "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15, will mark the 10th consecutive year the Monster Mile's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will have an autism awareness element within the entitlement sponsorship. Also on May 15, the track will host an Autism Awareness Day at the Races program for families and children on the autism spectrum for the fifth straight year. The package provides a sensory-friendly environment to watch the race, and also features pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities, seating in air-conditioned grandstands, presentations by educational speakers, food and beverage options, as well as a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allowing attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary.(Dover Speedway)(3-24-2015)
Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks to upgrade Dover's digital network: Dover International Speedway has reached an agreement with Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks to upgrade digital capabilities at the Monster Mile, track officials announced today. The deal includes plans for expanded Wi-Fi access in many areas of Speedway grounds, allowing fans to be better connected while on the property, as well as tighter security networks for customer transactions and improved operational efficiencies. Work is scheduled to be complete by the May 13-15 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway, featuring the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. Upon project completion, mobile apps will work more efficiently throughout the Speedway grounds, allowing guests to save money on their cellular data plans. In addition, transaction time at food and merchandise outlets will decrease, audio from all devices will be improved, and guests can feel secure about any online activity, thanks to a stronger security network.(Dover Speedway)(3-6-2016)
AAA moves sponsorship to May Dover race: AAA announced it will be the primary sponsor of the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15. The race is part of a three-year extension with the "Monster Mile," keeping the race in Dover through 2018 when the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. "NASCAR is an important sport for us in reaching fans and potential consumers," said Berni Koch, CEO for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with Dover International Speedway, while bringing much needed awareness to the autism community." AAA and Dover International Speedway jumped at the opportunity to move the AAA entitlement race to the spring to ensure that the tradition of driving awareness to the needs of the entire autism community was maintained for years to come. Dover International Speedway has had races tied to autism awareness for nine years. In addition to the race, AAA will also sponsor the "Drive for Autism" golf tournament on May 12 that raises funds for Autism Delaware. This race continues AAA and Dover International Speedway's partnership in NASCAR. For the past seven years, the AAA 400 took place at the track in the fall. AAA will still have a sponsorship presence for the Oct. 2 race, but will move its race entitlement to the spring. Along with a new name, the race will also have a new logo.
"We've had a special relationship with AAA for many years and we're excited to continue that partnership through 2018," said Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian. "The commitment to quality and the high level of customer service AAA displays on a daily basis are the same goals we strive for with all of our events. With the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on May 15, we'll come together again to support a cause critical to our entire community."
The full NASCAR weekend in Dover will also include a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13 and a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 14. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race will feature two 40-lap Dash 4 Cash heat races, followed by a 120-lap main event. Tickets are on sale at DoverSpeedway.com and 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(2-18-2016)
Dover partners with Delaware Office of Highway Safety for the "Drive Sober 200" XFINITY race: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will once again be the primary sponsor for a Dover International Speedway event in 2016 with the "Drive Sober 200" NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1. This will be the third consecutive year the Office of Highway Safety has served as an entitlement sponsor for a NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Monster Mile. Previous NASCAR XFINITY Series sponsorships have included the "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click it or Ticket races on May 30, 2015 and May 31, 2014. Dover International Speedway will welcome two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2016 on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2. In the spring, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns on Sunday, May 15, preceded by the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, May 14 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, May 13.(Dover International Speedway)(12-17-2015)
Dover announces 2016 race dates: Dover International Speedway officials have announced that NASCAR will return to the Monster Mile in 2016 for two tripleheader weekends on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The May 13-15, 2016 weekend will feature a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13; a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 14; and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. The Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016 weekend will feature a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30; a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1; and the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. The "AAA 400" on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 will again be the third race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and feature the first four eliminations in the 16-driver field. It will be the third straight year that the Monster Mile will host the first elimination race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff. Tickets are on sale now for the May 13-15 NASCAR tripleheader weekend and deposits of as low as 10% can be made on tickets for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 races.(Dover Speedway)(10-21-2015)
Harvick wins at Dover: #4-Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Dover and 31st career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 355 of the 400 laps.
Harvick had to win the race to advance to the Contender round of the Chase.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-McMurray, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Larson, and #22-Logano.
Drivers advancing to the Contender Round of the Chase: #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#48-Johnson, who entered the race 5th in points, broke a rear axle seal early in the race. He had to go to the garage for repairs and lost 37 laps. He finished 42nd.
#1-McMurray finished 4th, but lost out on a Chase spot to #88-Earnhardt, Jr. They tied in points, but Earnhardt, Jr had the better finish during the Challenger round races (third place today).
McMurray, Johnson, Menard, and Bowyer have been eliminated from the Chase.
There were 14 lead changes among 3 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 119.870mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
See reset points for the Contender Round (Chase races 4-6) on the Contender Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-4-2015)
Dover launches Kids Club website: Dover International Speedway announced the launch of a new microsite, MonsterMileYouthNation.com, dedicated to its kids club Monster Mile Youth Nation, which was introduced earlier this year. Featuring interactive games, infographics and links to detailed information about racing at the Monster Mile, the new site aims to enhance the young fan's experience and educate the next generation on the sport of NASCAR. For a limited time, fans that visit MonsterMileYouthNation.com can also learn about an exclusive race weekend opportunity for the first 100 fans. Hint: Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and David Ragan are involved. Along with games and links, users will find details and updates on special member events, Monster Mile Youth Nation announcements and blog posts on the new site. Content will be updated regularly. Annual membership for Monster Mile Youth Nation costs $20.(Dover International Speedway)(9-3-2015)
Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 10th win at Dover and 74th career win. Johnson has now lead 2,999 laps at Dover.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #5-Kahne, #43-Almirola, #78-Truex, Jr., #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #15-Bowyer, and #24-Gordon.
The race ended on a green-white-checkered finish after a late caution with 2 laps to go.
Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 516, 44 points over #78-Truex, Jr.
Pole winner #11-Hamlin lead 118 laps on the day, but was caught in a late race accident and finished 21st.
There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 40X yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 119.547mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(5-31-2015)
FedEx, Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway renew sponsorship agreement: FedEx Corp., Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway announce their renewed collaboration for the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 31, 2015. This marks the fifth year the three have worked together to raise awareness for an important cause. With its return as title sponsor of the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks," FedEx continues to maintain a strong presence in NASCAR, including their primary sponsorship of the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry, driven by Denny Hamlin and fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing. FedEx, Autism Speaks and the Speedway are working to finalize additional elements of the race weekend, but announce the return of the popular Autism Speaks Day at the Races program. This special event returns for the fourth year and provides the opportunity for those on the autism spectrum and their families to attend a NASCAR race in a safe environment. The ticket package includes pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities; brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning; food and drink; seating in the air-conditioned grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers great views of the race along the backstretch of the track; and much more. A reserved area near their seats provides a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allows attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary. The room includes comfortable seating, games, and video screens to help fans keep up with the races or watch family friendly movies. This marks the ninth straight year that Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, will partner with Dover International Speedway to help raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout the weekend. Autism Speaks will once again be represented by drivers in all three national touring series, who will feature decals on their cars throughout the weekend. This is something that has taken place in previous race weekends at Dover, with 67 drivers participating in 2014.(Dover International Speedway)(4-14-2015)
Lights coming to Dover track? UPDATE No Could night racing at Dover International Speedway become a reality? We have no idea, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. sure did spot something interesting on Thursday. Per Dale Earnhardt Jr's twitter (see image there): "I see foundations for light poles." There hasn't been any kind of announcement from the track to suggest that night racing is in Dover's immediate future.(FoxSports)
UPDATE: from a Dover International Speedway twitter: "We thought people would think that but didn't think you'd be first! It's actually for a new catch fence we're installing in 2015."(9-26-2014)
Dover to remove more seats? n 2001, Dover International Speedway completed an expansion of the grandstand that had been ongoing for 16 years. The result: 135,000 seats for NASCAR fans. But since the economy crashed in 2008, NASCAR tracks across the country have battled sagging attendance, a problem that has been all too apparent on TV broadcasts showing rows and rows of empty seats. In recent years, track officials have covered some of those empty sections with large banners. Now, Dover officials are considering removing some seats entirely. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment and Dover Motorsports Inc., said there is "serious consideration" of removing seats. In 2011, the track cut capacity from 135,000 to 113,000 by widening seats. Company officials would not say when a decision would be finalized. A lot of factors, like sight lines to the track and restroom placement, have to be taken into account.(in part from USA Today)(9-26-2014)
Dover Motorsports selling Nashville Superspeedway: Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Nashville Superspeedway facility to NeXovation, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Dover Motorsports and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nashville Speedway U.S.A., Inc., will sell the Nashville Superspeedway facility along with some related equipment and assets for $27 million in cash and the assumption by NeXovation of obligations of Dover Motorsports under certain Variable Rate Tax Exempt Infrastructure Revenue Bonds. The Bonds are the obligation of the Sports Authority of the County of Wilson, Tennessee and were issued by the Sports Authority in 1999 in order to build certain infrastructure improvements benefiting the speedway. Debt service on the Bonds, which have a remaining principal balance of $18,800,000, is payable from property and sales taxes generated by the facility. Principal and interest on the Bonds are secured by a letter of credit provided by Dover Motorsports which will be replaced by a letter of credit provided by NeXovation. Commenting on the sale, Dover Motorsports CEO, Denis McGlynn said, "This is a great deal for all concerned insofar as we can transfer an under-utilized, high quality asset to NeXovation, who will create and implement a new business model and re-activate Nashville Superspeedway for the benefit of everyone in the area." Closing is expected to take place in the third quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions.(Dover Motorsports)(5-29-2014)
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