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Mailing Address:
Dover International Speedway
PO Box 843
Dover, DE 19903

Physical Address:
1131 N. DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

Phone: (302) 883-6500
Ticket Phone: (800) 441-RACE (7223)

Track Specs:
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 Motorsports
Dover International Speedway - mobile
Monster Racing
Track Stats -

    Track Records & Stats

  • 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.)

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 92 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 15
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 26: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 27: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 53 of 92
  • Races won from the top 10: 70 of 92

Track News and Announcements

  • 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 honors Jeff Gordon: In a year filled with farewells and reminiscing, Jeff Gordon - and his entire racing family - was presented with a unique tribute to his remarkable racing career. On Friday, Dover International Speedway, as well as local elected officials, made special presentations to Gordon in advance of Sunday's "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup race in recognition of his contributions to the track and sport. Gordon, 44, a five-time Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner, received 90 miniature "Miles the Monster" trophies for himself, his crew and Hendrick Motorsports team members in North Carolina. Each trophy is inscribed with the individual's name, as well as the following quote from Hall of Fame professional football coach Vince Lombardi: "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." In addition to the trophies, Gordon received praise from Dover Motorsports Inc. CEO Denis McGlynn, as well as Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen, Delaware State Sen. Brian Bushweller and Delaware State Rep. William Carson. Christiansen named Gordon an honorary citizen of the City of Dover, while Bushweller and Carson read recognitions from the Delaware State Senate and Delaware State House of Representatives, respectively.(Dover Speedway)(10-3-2015)

  • Dover International Speedway prepares to honor Jeff Gordon:Through 92 victories, more than 225,000 laps completed, and four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, Jeff Gordon has served as a shining star for more than two decades, combining raw racing talent with Madison Avenue charm. Now, as that era nears its close, Dover International Speedway plans to honor Gordon's legendary career during activities surrounding the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series "AAA 400" on Sunday, Oct. 4. Gordon, 44, a five-time Dover NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner, announced earlier this year that 2015 would be his final full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He is planning to join Fox Sports as an analyst during its 2016 NASCAR broadcasts. A few special things are planned for Gordon, including a takeover of the 94-foot-tall scoring pylon, thanks to the help of Daktronics, the company that built and installed the pylon.
    On Lap 24 of the "AAA 400," the entire Daktronics scoring pylon will display the #24. Gordon has driven the #24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in all 789 of his career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including last September, when he earned his fifth career Dover victory. Gordon's connection with Monster Mile fans began early, as Delaware chemical giant DuPont served as the primary sponsor of his #24 car for several seasons. The iconic multi-colored paint job on both his Chevrolet and the fire suits of the #24 team's pit crew led to their designation as the "Rainbow Warriors." "We still consider him our hometown favorite due to his longtime relationship with Delaware-based DuPont," said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "He was and is a great champion, and he's earned every bit of the respect he enjoys today."
    Other events planned to honor Gordon during the upcoming race weekend include:
    " On Friday, Oct. 2, track and elected officials will make a special presentation to Gordon during his appearance in the Infield Media Center, in recognition of his contributions to the track and sport.
    " A "Thanks Jeff!" billboard will be displayed at Turn 2 of the Monster Mile.
    " The souvenir program and fan guide for the "AAA 400" will prominently feature Gordon on the cover.
    In addition to those weekend activities, Gordon is set to be honored in 2016 with a permanent plaque on the Miles the Monster statue behind the frontstretch grandstands in Victory Plaza and a fan event. The plaque will detail Gordon's achievements at the Monster Mile, as well as his entire NASCAR career. More information on 2016 plans will be shared during the offseason. For more race information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(9-29-2015)

  • Academy Award-nominee Rosie Perez to be grand marshal at Dover: Rosie Perez, an Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress and choreographer, has been named the grand marshal for the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 4. Perez will give the command for the drivers to start their engines in what will be event No. 3 in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Four of the 16 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be eliminated following the drop of the checkered flag at the Monster Mile. In addition, Diane Remy, the executive vice president of product and service distribution for AAA Mid-Atlantic, will serve as the honorary starter for the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup race, waving the green flag on the field.
    Prior to the start of the race, Sam Harris, the lead singer of alternative rock band X Ambassadors, will sing the national anthem. X Ambassadors, whose credits include the chart-topping single "Renegades," will perform a free concert in Dover International Speedway's Victory Plaza before the race.
    For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit

  • Dover launches Kids Club website: Dover International Speedway announced the launch of a new microsite,, 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 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)

  • NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade returns to Dover October 1: Dover International Speedway to announces a special kickoff to the Oct. 2-4, 2015 race weekend with the return of the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The showcase is set for Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in from 3:00-5:00pm, with a parade through downtown Dover to follow. The Hauler Showcase and Parade is free and open to the public. Fans are invited to the Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road, just four miles south of Dover International Speedway, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they depart at 5:00pm on the parade route through Downtown Dover before heading to parking at the track for race weekend. The inaugural event in 2013 saw close to 10,000 attendees spread out across the entire parade route. The event was rained out last year. After such a great turnout for the inaugural event, Speedway and local officials agreed the event should return for another year. At 5:00pm, haulers will start north on Bay Road, before making a left onto Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Court Street). They will then turn right onto Legislative Avenue in Downtown Dover, before turning left onto Loockerman Street, then right on South State Street. From there, the haulers will proceed to the track via Leipsic Road and arrive at approximately 5:45pm.(Dover Speedway)(8-27-2015)

  • X Ambassadors to sing National Anthem at Dover and perform free concert: The popular alternative band X Ambassadors will visit Dover International Speedway on Oct. 4 and perform a free concert before the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The race serves as race No. 3 in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and the first elimination race in NASCAR's playoff format. X Ambassadors lead singer Sam Harris will also perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the race. Tickets and more information about the Dover race weekend can be obtained by calling 800-441-RACE or visiting International Speedway)(8-23-2015)

  • 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)

  • Hisense sponsoring fall XFINITY race at Dover: Hisense announced it is continuing its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing as the primary sponsor of the #20 Toyota Camry driven by Denny Hamlin in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Dover International Speedway. In conjunction, the consumer electronics manufacturer has also announced it will sponsor the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 200 at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, October 3rd. The brand made these announcements after a successful first half of the season with a win by Denny Hamlin in the #20 Hisense Toyota Camry at Richmond, and entitlements at Atlanta and Charlotte.(Dover Speedway)(5-30-2015)

  • Dover removes seats, replaces catchfence during off-season: Race fans and competitors arriving in Dover for the May 29-31, 2015 race weekend may notice the addition, and subtraction, of a few things they saw when they last visited the Monster Mile. The Speedway's maintenance and operations departments, along with a bevy of outside contractors, have been busy preparing the property for the upcoming spring race weekend. The highlights include the installation of a $2.9 million safety catch fence that encircles the track's outside retaining walls, and the elimination of 17,500 seats in Turn 2 and Turn 3. Some of the least desirable seating from the areas furthest from the start-finish line were removed, paving the way for future improvements. The reduction of seating is part of a long-term process that will continue to allow the facility to evolve to meet the needs of fans. In between the 2014 race weekends in Dover, contractors began the installation of support structures for the new fence. The day after the fall 2014 race weekend, on Sept. 29, work began to complete the project. Demolition of the old fence began as the construction of the new fence occurred simultaneously. The new fence was installed by Smith Fence, a Florida-based contractor that has performed similar installations at other facilities on the NASCAR circuit. The project incorporates the most up-to-date technologies and stands at 21-feet tall, up from the original fence which stood at 15-feet tall. Fans in Dover may also notice the elimination of grandstand seating in the upper and lower sections of Turn 2, and the lower section of Turn 3, bringing the new capacity around the one-mile oval to 95,500. The reduction follows a trend in all professional sports venues and race tracks, as the Speedway explores ways to utilize the new-found footprint in different ways. The removal of seats occurred soon after the end of the 2014 motorsports season in Dover and was completed in April 2015. The area of the property outside of Turn 2, near the track's Gate 12 and the entrance to the walkover bridge to the infield, has been improved with new pavement, permanent landscaping and signage. The current plan is to remove the upper sections of Turn 3 after the fall 2015 NASCAR race weekend, which will bring the final seating capacity of the facility to approx. 85,000 seats.(Dover International Speedway)(5-29-2015)

  • Dover to dedicate POW/MIA National Chair of Honor "One Empty Seat": On Sunday, May 31, Dover International Speedway will dedicate a special POW/MIA memorial as part of their pre-race activities before the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The POW/MIA National Chair of Honor "One Empty Seat" is an initiative that was created to help recognize and honor the more than 92,000 American soldiers who are unaccounted for since World War I. These unoccupied seats are dedicated to the memory of the brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving our country. A commemorative stand and plaque are mounted in section 103, Row 1, of the Dover grandstands in front of the empty chair, describing its significance. Before the race, Colonel Len Gratteri with the Delaware National Guard will unveil this meaningful memorial in honor of his uncle, Private First Class John Straley, who has been missing in action since January 1964. The Rolling Thunder group will also participate in a ceremonial parade lap before that race that will include approx. 150 motorcycles. The effort to dedicate the chair at Dover International Speedway was spearheaded by Patrick J. Hughes, who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Hughes is a member of Rolling Thunder Inc. National Chapter. A mission of Rolling Thunder is the POW/MIA National Chair of Honor program, "One Empty Seat," which aims to place chairs in stadiums across the United States to pay respect to those service men and women who are still missing.(Dover International Speedway)(5-29-2015)

  • Many teams running Autism Speaks puzzle piece at Dover: Many NASCAR drivers will once again proudly display the Autism Speaks puzzle piece decal on their vehicles during the May 29-31, 2015 NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway. The weekend of events will be highlighted by the May 31 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota, will also include Autism Speaks artwork on his car's primary FedEx Cares paint scheme. Drivers in all three series - the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - will all show their support for the cause throughout the weekend. This marks the ninth straight year that the Monster Mile is partnering with Autism Speaks, and the fifth year in a row that FedEx has been involved as the entitlement partner of the FedEx400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, to help raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout the weekend. In total, 27 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 16 drivers from the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 20 drivers from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are participating. They include:
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Jamie McMurray - #1 Cessna Chevy
    Austin Dillon - #3 DOW Chevy
    Kevin Harvick - #4 DiTech Chevy
    Alex Bowman - #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy
    Sam Hornish Jr. - #9 Twisted Tea Ford
    Danica Patrick - #10 GoDaddy Chevy
    Denny Hamlin - #11 FedEx Freight/Autism Speaks Toyota
    Tony Stewart - #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevy
    Clint Bowyer - #15 AAA Insurance Toyota
    Greg Biffle - #16 Safety-Kleen Ford
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - #17 Ford Ecoboost Ford
    Kyle Busch - #18 Skittles Toyota
    Matt Kenseth - #20 Dollar General Toyota
    JJ Yeley - #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota
    Jeb Burton - #26 Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota
    Kurt Busch - #41 Haas Automation Chevy
    Kyle Larson - #42 Target Chevy
    Aric Almirola - #43 Smithfield Ford
    Michael Annett - #46 Pilot Flying J Chevy
    AJ Allmendinger - #47 SCOTT Products Chevy
    Justin Allgaier - #51 Fraternal Order of Eagles/AccuDoc Solutions Chevy
    David Ragan - #55 Aaron's Toyota
    Martin Truex Jr. - #78 Furniture Row Chevy
    Matt Dibenedetto - #83 Burger King Toyota

    Darrell Wallace Jr. - #6 Ford EcoBoost Ford
    Blake Koch - #8 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Toyota
    Cale Conley - #14 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Toyota
    Jeff Green - #19 TriStar Motorsports Toyota
    Eric McClure - #24 Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota
    John Wes Townley - #25 Zaxby's Chevy
    Brennan Poole - #42 DC Solar Chevy
    Dakoda Armstrong - #43 Winfield Ford
    David Starr - #44 Zachry Toyota
    Jeremy Clements - #51 South Electric, Repairable Vehicles Chevy
    Chris Buescher - #60 Roush Performance Ford
    Peyton Sellers - #97 VroomBrands Obaika Racing Chevy

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
    Ryan Ellis - #1 MAKE Motorsports Chevy
    Tyler Young - #2 Randco Industries/Young's Building Systems Chevy
    Erik Jones - #4 Special Olympics World Games Toyota
    John Wes Townley - #5 Zaxby's Chevy
    Norm Benning - #6 Norm Benning Racing Chevy
    Ray Black, Jr. - #7 Green Light Racing Chevy
    Korbin Forrister - #8 Green Light Racing Chevy
    John Hunter Nemechek - #8 SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Chevy
    Jennifer Jo Cobb - #10 POWMIA Chevy
    Ben Kennedy - #11 Local Motors Toyota
    Cameron Hayley - #13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota
    Daniel Hemric - #14 California Clean Power Chevy
    Timothy Peters - #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota
    Tyler Reddick - #19 Broken Bow Records Ford
    Ryan Blaney - #29 Cooper Standard Ford
    Travis Kvapil, - #50 Burnie Grill Chevy Burnie Grill Chevy
    Daniel Suarez - #51 Arris Toyota
    Justin Boston - #54 ROK Mobile Toyota
    Matt Crafton - #88 RipIt/Menards Toyota
    Johnny Sauter - #98 Smokey Moutain Herbal Snuff/Curb Records Toyota
    (Dover International Speedway)(5-27-2015)

  • Dover to host Track Walk to support The NASCAR Foundation and Autism Speaks: Dover International Speedway will once again host a track walk to benefit The NASCAR Foundation and Autism Speaks immediately following the "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 30, 2015. This fun event provides fans with the exclusive opportunity to raise money for two worthy organizations by walking or running the entire one-mile, concrete track. Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will participate in the walk and will be joined by his team. Fans of all ages can register now at Advance registration costs $20 for adults and $25 at the track on race weekend. Children ages 14 and younger can register for just $10. On-site registration will be held on Friday and Saturday at The NASCAR Foundation display in the FanZone, located just outside Turn 4 of the track. Participants will be placed in groups and led by PAWS for People and their dogs. Walkers will have the chance to interact with the dogs or even register, prior to the kick-off, to help walk the dogs (space is limited). PAWS for People (Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services) is a non-profit organization committed to providing therapeutic visits to any person in the community who would benefit from interaction with a well-trained, loving pet.(Dover Speedway)(5-7-2015)

  • Jerrod Niemann to perform concert before Dover race: Country music sensation Jerrod Niemann will hold a free concert in Victory Plaza before the Sunday, May 31 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. This concert is open to all fans. Niemann is best known for his 2013 platinum-certified No. 1 smash hit "Drink to That All Night" off his most recent album, "High Noon." Pop star Pitbull was also featured on an official remix of the song. His other standout tracks include the 2010 No. 1 platinum digital single "Lover, Lover," as well as the Top-5 Gold digital single "What You Want," both appearing on his label debut, "Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury." This album was named No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums debut chart, making it the only major label country debut to enter at No. 1 in 2010. It was also named one of the Top 10 Albums of 2010 by the New York Times. His 2012 sophomore record, titled "Free the Music," featured the Top 15 single "Shinin' On Me." Niemann has toured with the likes of Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban during his young career, and has also received award nominations from the CMA, CMT and the American Country Awards.(Dover Speedway)(4-19-2015)

  • Earnhardt Jr., Logano to participate 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 third time Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, N.J. This event will feature the two most recent winners of the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014) and Joey Logano (2015), 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, Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz, and a few other special guests. The softball series between the two tracks is currently tied at one game apiece. Pocono came from behind to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Dover evened the score with a walk-off victory two years ago. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to the April 21 matchup between the Thunder and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Individual tickets for the Trenton Thunder's baseball game start at just $11 and are currently on sale. All children ages 12 and younger will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, drink and bag of pretzels upon entrance. Additionally, it will be "1-Dollar Dog Night" for all fans, courtesy of Black Bear Franks. For tickets to this special event, please call 1-609-394-3300 or visit Gates for the softball game will open at 4 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Earnhardt and Logano will throw out the first pitch for that evening's 7 p.m. baseball game versus the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.(Pocono/Dover PR)(4-17-2015)

  • 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)

  • Dover track and hotel will again 'Light It Up Blue' for Autism Awareness Month: Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino are pleased to once again support Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign. The Monster Monument and hotel exterior will participate by both being illuminated in blue throughout the month of April. With both companies partaking in this event, this will mean that two of the most distinguishable landmarks in Delaware will be lit up blue during April. The Monster Monument, made of fiberglass and standing at 46-feet tall, is also known as Miles the Monster, the track's recognizable icon. Located in Victory Plaza, it is one of the largest fiberglass sports monument in the country. The 500-room hotel, Delaware's largest hotel, will also be lit by blue lights. The Speedway and Autism Speaks have maintained a strong relationship over the last nine years, with the two organizations coming together during the track's spring race weekend in order to assist in raising funds and awareness for the cause.
    Recognized every year on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) was originally implemented by the United Nations in 2007 to help educate society about autism and how this worldwide health issue is rising over time. WAAD helps spread knowledge across the globe of the effects of autism and distribute appropriate information regarding topics such as early diagnosis and intervention. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
    On a local level, Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino are proud to partner with Autism Delaware's Productive Opportunities for Work and Recreation Program (POW&R program) to provide employment opportunities for adults with autism spectrum disorders. A total of nine individuals on the autism spectrum are currently employed by Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway in a variety of capacities. Both companies have gained highly productive, reliable employees. To help support this vibrant partnership, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino donated office space to Autism Delaware in 2013. The office supports the POW&R program at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway as well as provides for a Kent County office for Autism Delaware. The office provides adult services, clinical services and family support. For more information about Light It Up Blue, visit

  • Dover and Pocono partner up for Annual Daytona 500 Race Party: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway invite race fans to kick off the 2015 NASCAR season at the third-annual Daytona 500 Race Party inside XFINITY Live! Philadelphia on Sunday, February 22, at 1:00pm/et. One of the biggest events in the motorsports world will be broadcast on multiple televisions at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Bar and Grill. In addition to viewing "The Great American Race," fans in attendance can enter to win a number of great prizes, including tickets to both the May 31, 2015, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile and the June 7, 2015, Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at The Tricky Triangle, as well as autographed NASCAR memorabilia. The Daytona 500 Race Party will be held at PBR Bar and Grill, located inside XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19418. Fans attending may arrive as early as 12:00pm/et.(Pocono Raceway/Dover Speedway)(2-9-2015)

  • Firefly and Stagecoach present Big Barrel Country Music Festival at Dover Speedway Big Barrel Country Music Festival will take place in 2015 from June 26-28 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, where the annual Firefly Music Festival is held. Hosted the weekend following Firefly, the festival will provide a similar world-class experience featuring headliners Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Additional artists include Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and over 40 more. Three-day general admission passes are $99. In addition to three days of country music's top performers, attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of attractions within the festival and campgrounds. Highlights include, but are not limited to, a large-scale Dance Hall, BBQ area, Saloon, marketplace with a variety of western goods and products, as well as a family-friendly area.(Dover Speedway)(12-21-2014)

  • Tatoian promoted to president of Dover International Speedway: Dover International Speedway announced the promotion of Michael Tatoian to the position of president, effective. Jan. 2, 2015. Tatoian retains his position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of parent company Dover Motorsports, Inc. Tatoian will continue to report to Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. Tatoian has worked to bring additional events to the Dover International Speedway schedule, including the popular Firefly Music Festival and the new Big Barrel Country Music Festival. Held on the Speedway's property since 2012, Firefly Music Festival is a four day event attracting 80,000 fans per day, and in three years has become one of the fastest growing, most successful music festival of all time according to various industry sources. Big Barrel Country Music Festival will bring some of the biggest names in country music to The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway for the three day event, June 26-28, 2015. Tatoian has more than 25 years of experience in professional sports ownership, management and operations. Prior to joining Dover Motorsports, Inc., Tatoian served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Victory Sports Group, LLC. In his role there, he oversaw the development and management of professional sports organizations, including minor league baseball, minor league hockey and arena football. Tatoian also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of United Sports Ventures, Inc., an umbrella sports company that owned and operated eight minor league teams. Tatoian is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. He and his wife Tammy reside in Middletown, Del.(Dover Speedway)(12-20-2014)

  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(, see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)

  • Dover International Speedway to install new catch fence for 2015 season: Dover International Speedway officials announced on Monday that the track will install a new catch fence that will be in place for the May 29-31, 2015 NASCAR race weekend. The process of removing the current fence began on Monday, Sept. 29, one day after the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, is scheduled for completion by Jan. 1, 2015. The new fence will be installed by Smith Fence, a Florida-based contractor that has performed similar installations at other facilities on the NASCAR circuit. The project will incorporate the most up-to-date technologies and stand at 21-feet tall, up from its current 15-feet. "Because the track is known as a self-clearing racetrack, with steep banking, we are fortunate to have never had a NASCAR vehicle become airborne and hit the catch fence," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "With that in mind, our current fence served us well. But as with anything at our facility, we've been looking for some time to update and improve it. With all of the new technologies and safety advances made in safety fencing, we wanted to do this right." Other improvements at the Speedway in recent years include the installation of SAFER barriers, the widening and lengthening of pit road, new fan care medical facilities and many fan experience improvements. Throughout the summer months, work was completed on drilling for the support structures that will hold the fence. Beginning this week after the completion of the track's 2014 season, demolition of the old fence began, with construction of the new fence occurring simultaneously.
    NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 29-31, 2015 for the May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 30 "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the May 29 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race; and again on Oct. 2-4, 2015 for the Oct. 4 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Oct. 3 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Oct. 2 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit International Speedway)(10-1-2014)

  • 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 International Speedway announces race dates for the 2015 season: Dover International Speedway officials have announced the track's 2015 race dates, as two tripleheader NASCAR weekends will return to the track on May 29-31 and Oct. 2-4, 2015. The spring weekend at Dover will include the Friday, May 29 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Saturday, May 30 "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sunday, June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The fall weekend brings the Oct. 2 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the Oct. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Oct. 4 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
    For the second straight year, the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will serve as the first "knockout race" in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The third event in the 10-race Chase, the "AAA 400" is the finale of the Challenger Round of the playoff format, and will see the championship field reduced from 16 to 12 drivers by day's end. The Speedway's three-tier pricing program will also return in 2015, offering fans reduced pricing on tickets as long as they commit to the track early. For instance, fans that purchase their Sunday, May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets by Dec. 1, 2015 can save nearly 50% in some seating sections as part of the track's Preferred Pricing Period. "We're pleased to welcome back NASCAR for its twice-annual trips to Dover in 2015," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "In addition, the return of our three-tier pricing program will give fans the opportunity to lock in their race tickets at a great value." Fans can begin placing deposits on tickets for both the May 29-31 and Oct. 2-4, 2015 race weekends. Returning fans have the opportunity to reserve their same seats for 2015 race weekends. For tickets, to place a deposit or for more information, call 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(8-26-2014)

  • Dover introduces Reward Our Troops Program: Dover International Speedway has announced its all-new Reward Our Troops program, a ticket donation initiative that provides individual ticket purchasers or businesses the opportunity to make a contribution toward sending an active member of the military, a Veteran or family members of our fallen heroes to a Sunday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile. Partnering with the Veteran Tickets Foundation, the Speedway will offer each person who purchases tickets to a Sunday race at the Monster Mile the chance to make a monetary donation of their choosing that will go toward a ticket in the Reward Our Troops Program. The Veteran Tickets Foundation will then distribute tickets through, free of charge, to the brave men and women that make up our military, and their families. In addition to individual ticket buyers, businesses will also have the opportunity to participate in three tiers - donating 10 tickets for $400, 25 tickets for $1,000 or 65 tickets for $2,600. Anyone that makes a donation will be eligible for a tax write-off, and will receive thank you notes from the military and photos from the event.(Dover Speedway)(8-6-2014)

  • 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)

  • Dunkin' Donuts named official coffee of Dover: Dover International Speedway and Dunkin' Donuts have announced a new partnership that names Dunkin' Donuts the official coffee of the track, beginning with the May 30-June 1, 2014 NASCAR race weekend at the Monster Mile. With DD Perks, Dunkin' Donuts guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin' Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin' Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin' Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free medium beverage of choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants. Additionally, throughout the year DD Perks members will receive exclusive, personalized, special offers to earn bonus points for specific food and beverage purchases. To enroll in DD Perks and for complete details about the program, visit As part of this partnership, Dunkin' Donuts will kick off race weekend with the chance for fans to earn an extra 50 points when they register for DD Perks using the promo code "DOVER." Fans can also sample Dunkin' Donuts coffee and have fun at the Dunkin' Donuts Photobooth and display in the FanZone, located just outside Turn 4 of the track throughout race weekend.(Dover Speedway)(5-28-2014)

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