Dover International Speedway, P.O. Box 843, Dover, DE 19903
1131 N. DuPont Hwy.(Route 13)
Dover, DE 19903
Phone: (302) 674-4600, (302) 857-3241
Tix Phone: (302) 734-RACE or (800) 441-RACE (7223)
Fax: (302) 672-0100 tickets; (302) 734-3124
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]
June 2014 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 117.724mph, started 1st
September 2014 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.541mph, started 6th
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 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 164.444mph, finished 2nd
September 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 162.933mph, finished 13th
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: 9 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Wins (active): 9 - 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): 25 - 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
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: 35, 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.)
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.(wgxa.tv), 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 DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(10-1-2014)
Jeff Gordon wins at Dover: #24-Jeff Gordon won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 5th at Dover, first at Dover since 2001 and and his 92nd career win. It is the 17th win at Dover for Hendrick Motorsports, the most for any team.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #42-Larson, #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer and #18-Busch.
Pole winner #4-Harvick led 223 of 400 laps but had a valve stem come off the left front tire on lap 252, causing it to go flat, doing some damage to the splitter. Harvick finished 13th down one lap.
Advancing to Chase "Contender Round" are: #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth, #31- Newman, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin & #5-Kahne.
Four drivers were eliminated from the Chase: #47-Allmendinger, #41-Busch, #16-Biffle and #43-Almirola.
There were only 10 lead changes among 7 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 130.541mph.
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 OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-28-2014)
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 Hauler Parade Cancelled: Due to today's [Thursday, Sept 25] ]steady downpour [in Dover, DE], this evening's hauler showcase at the Blue Hen Corporate Center and parade through Downtown Dover has unfortunately been cancelled.(Dover International Speedway)(9-25-2014)
Dignitaries named for Dover: Current and former professional athletes Brian Mitchell, Elena Delle Donne and Michael Carter-Williams will serve as dignitaries for both the Sept. 28, 2014 AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway. Other dignitaries for the Sept. 26-28, 2014 race weekend include Don Gagnon, CEO of Auto Club Partners, who will be the Honorary Starter for the Sunday race; and Deputy Attorney General Sean Lugg with Agent Aaron Bonniwell of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, who will serve as the Grand Marshal and Honorary Starter, respectively, for the Friday, Sept. 26 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.
Former NFL star Mitchell will serve as Grand Marshal for the Sept. 28 event as an ambassador for AAA. He spent his career playing for the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, and owns the second most all-purpose yards in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice. Generally considered one of the best kick and punt return players in the history of the league, Mitchell had 13 special teams touchdowns in his career, second on the all-time list. Mitchell won the Super Bowl with the Redskins in the 1991 season and is a member of the team's Ring of Fame.
A Wilmington, Del.-native, Delle Donne currently plays for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA and will be the Honorary Starter for the Sept. 27 race. After earning national recognition as the country's No. 1 women's college basketball recruit while at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delle Donne went on to enjoy a successful college career at the University of Delaware, before being drafted by the Sky as the second overall pick in the 2013 draft. Delle Donne won the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year award and in 2014 led the Sky to the WNBA championship series, losing to the Phoenix Mercury.
The Grand Marshal for the Saturday race will be Michael Carter-Williams, point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers. The 11th overall selection by the 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft, he burst onto the scene in his first career game with 22 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and nine steals - a feat only matched three other times in league history. The performance earned him the Eastern conference NBA Player of the Week award, and he would go on to earn NBA Rookie of the Month honors four times, eventually winning the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year award.
The Bandit Flight Team will fly two vintage Russian YAK 52s, a Chinese CJ-6 and a U.S. RV-8 will do the flyover for the Cup race.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 26-28 for the Sept. 28 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 26 "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 DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(9-25-2014)
The USO's Every Moment Counts Flag and USO Show Troupe to Kick Off the AAA 400 in Dover: This Sunday, Sept. 28, the USO's record-breaking Every Moment Counts flag will make its third tour stop at the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover International Speedway. The 80 foot by 120 foot flag has more than 115,000 signatures on it, which were gathered by the USO to show support and say thank you for troops and their families. Thanks to the support received from people in all fifty states and seven countries, the USO holds the Guinness World Records title for most signatures on a flag. The USO's Every Moment Counts flag will be suspended on cranes during the pre-race show while the USO Show Troupe performs patriotic songs and the Golden Knights parachute jumpers descend onto the track. The USO will also host a Military Village, presented by MAVTV American Real, this weekend in the Fan Zone.(Dover International Speedway)(9-24-2014)
Colt Ford to perform free concert at Dover: Race fans will have the opportunity to see a free concert from country music star Colt Ford on the Victory Plaza stage at 10:30am the morning of the Sept. 28 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, which is event No. 3 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the first "knockout race" of the new playoff format. Ford will bring his unique blend of country music and hip-hop to the Dover race weekend in support of his most recent album, "Thanks for Listening," released through his self-owned Average Joes Entertainment label. The album features collaborations with Keith Urban, "Duck Dynasty's" Boss Hog and Willie Robertson, Jerrod Niemann and others. Ford compares his unique style to the spoken-word songs of country greats like Tex Williams, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and C.W. McCall, and is able to seamlessly blend the world of country music and hip-hop, noting the similarity in that both are focused on storytelling and real-life experiences. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Speedway)(9-13-2014)
NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade returns to Dover on Thursday, Sept. 25: Dover International Speedway is pleased to announce a special kickoff to the Sept. 26-28, 2014 race weekend with the return of the popular NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. and begins at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover. 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 the Monster Mile on Route 113, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they depart at 6 p.m. on a parade route through Downtown Dover before heading to the track. The parade will once again create a can't-miss spectacle in the capitol of The First State. Approximately 40 brightly painted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver haulers, measuring approximately 80-feet in length, will make their way through town en route to the Speedway. The inaugural event in 2013 saw close to 10,000 attendees spread out across the entire parade route. After such a great turnout, Speedway and local officials agreed the event should return in 2014.
"Last year's event was a huge success, so it was only natural to bring it back," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "We are always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience, and being able to work with NASCAR and these hauler drivers to put on a great show makes our race weekend that much more exciting."
The showcase will kick off at 4 p.m. in the Blue Hen Corporate Center before departing on the parade route at 6 p.m. 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 6:45 p.m.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 26-28, 2014 for the Sept. 28 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 26 "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 DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(9-8-2014)
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 www.VetTix.org, 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 race dates to return in 2015: Rumblings out of a news conference with Brian France, NASCAR's chairman and CEO, last weekend in Daytona hinted one of Dover International Speedway's Sprint Cup dates could be in trouble. Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of the Delaware speedway, said yesterday the track will have its two dates next year [usually the first Sunday after Memorial day & last Sunday in September]. "I called [NASCAR president] Mike Helton [Tuesday]," McGlynn said, "and he told me we don't have anything to worry about." Attendance has been down at Dover's last two spring races, prompting McGlynn to stress that Dover's races are "still successful, just not as successful" as previously when the 135,000 seats were usually filled. "Some tracks have taken down significant numbers of grandstand seats," McGlynn said. "Their crowds are the same as a year ago, but it looks better. We widened our seats, reducing capacity to 112,000. [But] our track looks the same."(Philadelphia Daily News)(7-11-2014)
NASCAR discusses Dover track repair: Just before the halfway point of Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover, a piece of concrete came up from the track. #1-Jamie McMurray hit the concrete, causing front end splitter damage. The race was red flagged for more than 20 minutes while NASCAR repaired the track. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing talked to the media about it Sunday after Dover's race.
Q. Robin, a few drivers said over the radio that they saw problems with that this morning. Were any of those concerns brought to you or any of the NASCAR officials?
ROBIN PEMBERTON: We do a track walk after every race and in the morning, so at the time that had been a previous patch, but our staff, our crew didn't see anything wrong with it.
Q. I was just wondering if you could talk about the decision not to let the cars work under the red flag, especially Jamie.
ROBIN PEMBERTON: Yes. We've had issues of things like this in the past, and Martinsville comes to mind, some other things similar to that, and our policy is not to let them work on the car. You may remember when we had an equipment failure, broadcast equipment failure, sometime back, and that affected the entire field of race cars, and at that time we did red flag and we did allow the teams to fix the damage that was caused by that equipment failure. But that is our normal policy, to not allow teams to work on their cars.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about how the actual repair was made, the materials used?
ROBIN PEMBERTON: Yeah, our teams are -- we have equipment and we have product at every facility. Facilities keep it on hand. We do bring extras in case there is a need for it, but it is an epoxy type filler that we use, and it's basically the same filler that's used any time we make a repair at the track, whether it be asphalt or concrete.(NASCAR)(6-2-2012)
Fox's Artie Kempner to wave green flag at Dover: Wilmington [Delaware] resident Artie Kempner will take brief a break from directing FOX's telecast of Sunday's NASCAR race to wave the starting flag for the Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks. It's an appropriate honor for Kempner, the founding president of Autism Delaware who has been driven by son Ethan's life with autism. Kempner credited Dover Downs and FedEx for their enthusiasm in partnering with Autism Speaks, where he is a board member, and striving to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mark Rossi, Dover Downs vice president for sales and marketing, said there was a quest to create "something bigger than just a race." The link with Autism Speaks did just that, transforming it into a "lighthouse event" that draws attention toward an important cause.(Delaware News Journal)(6-1-2014)
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)
Dover names FedEx 400 grand marshals: Country music artist Luke Bryan and Joey Principe, a 17-year-old Delawarean with Asperger's Syndrome, have been announced as the grand marshals for the Sunday, June 1 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Bryan has quickly become one of Nashville's most sought after entertainers. His "That's My Kind of Night Tour" is currently playing across the U.S. and Canada, selling out all concerts to date. This summer, the tour will feature Bryan's first-ever stadium shows in four cities - Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. His previous tour performed for 1.3 million fans in 2013. Principe is a 17-year-old young man with a high functioning form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome. He is about to complete his junior year at Delcastle Technical High School in Newport, Del. in the Production & Imaging Department. He enjoys music and video games, and loves bowling with his friends from school. Principe has a 15-year-old sister, Samantha, who has autism. This marks the eighth straight year the Monster Mile is partnering with Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, to help raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout the weekend.(Dover Speedway)(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 www.ddperks.com/philly. 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)
Dover names Nationwide race sponsor: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety and Dover International Speedway have teamed up for the "Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket" NASCAR Nationwide Series race, set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Throughout the May 30-June 1, 2014 race weekend at the Monster Mile, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) will promote and educate fans on the importance of wearing a seat belt on every trip and the ramifications that come with failing to do so. The Click It or Ticket program, now 14 years old, is a national seat belt enforcement campaign aimed at saving lives by enforcing seat belt laws and ticketing motorists who fail to buckle up. OHS conducts year-round seat belt enforcement with state and local police agencies in Delaware, which is directed toward high crash locations and scheduled during times of the year when unrestrained crashes peak. This enforcement is coupled with several education and outreach activities throughout the state, including partnerships with schools, corporate agencies and little league organizations, as well as the "Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket" with Dover International Speedway.(Dover Speedway)(5-20-2014)
Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino to 'Light It Up Blue' for Autism Awareness Month: Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign, will participate by illuminating both the Monster Monument and hotel fašade in blue throughout the month of April. With both companies participating in this event, two of the most recognizable landmarks in Delaware will be lit up blue throughout the month of April. The Monster Monument in Victory Plaza is the largest sports monument in the country, a 46-foot tall fiberglass structure of the track's famous icon, Miles the Monster. On the opposite side of the property, the 500-room Dover Downs Hotel and Casino's beautiful fašade will display the blue lights.
The relationship between the Speedway and Autism Speaks dates back eight years, with the two organizations partnering on the track's spring race weekend to help raise funds and awareness for the cause. For the fourth straight year, the Monster Mile, Autism Speaks and FedEx will join forces for the June 1, 2014 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Light It Up Blue kicks off each April 2, which is also the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day, and is a unique global initiative that starts Autism Awareness Month. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part in Light It Up Blue. World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated annually on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.
Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.
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. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified and Asperger syndrome. For more information about Light It Up Blue, visit liub.autismspeaks.org.(4-2-2014)
Cassadee Pope performing concert at Dover: Fans will be treated to a free concert from knockout female vocalist Cassadee Pope leading into the Sunday, June 1, 2014 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Victory Plaza. "The Voice" season three champ will also sing the National Anthem to kick off the race at the Monster Mile. Since winning the NBC hit show, Pope successfully debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and in the top 10 on the all-genre Top Albums charts with her first solo album, FRAME BY FRAME, on Republic Nashville. With that, she became one of only two solo women in the past five years to top the country chart with a debut release. Pope recently joined an elite group of women upon selling more than 1 million downloads of her lead single, "Wasting All These Tears." Not since Taylor Swift in 2006 has a solo female country artist gone platinum on their debut single.(Dover International Speedway)(3-30-2014)
FedEx, Autism Speaks and Dover again join forces for "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks": For the fourth straight year, FedEx Corp. , Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway have joined forces, as FedEx will return as the title sponsor of the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The announcement of the renewed sponsorship is coupled with the news that for the third straight year, the Autism Speaks Day at the Races event will be part of the June 1 race. This unique event provides those on the autism spectrum, and their families, with the opportunity to attend a NASCAR race in a comfortable environment. The special ticket package provides seating in a sensory friendly area within the air-conditioned grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers great views of the race along the backstretch of the track; pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities; brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning; food and drink; and much more. Tickets for the Autism Speaks Day at the Races cost $88 for adults and $20 for children ages 14 and younger. The $88 price point is symbolic - an estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum, a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Autism Speaks.(Dover Speedway)(3-13-2014)
Third-Annual Dover vs. Pocono Softball Game April 30: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway take their yearly rivalry on to the field for the for the Third Annual Celebrity Softball Game, featuring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 30 at the home of the York Revolution in York, Pa. Kahne, driver of the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy SS, will captain Team Pocono, while McMuray, who pilots the #1 Ganassi Racing Chevy SS, will lead Team Dover. The softball series is currently tied at one game a piece, with Team Pocono coming from behind to win the inaugural game in 2012 and Team Dover evening the score with a walk-off victory last year. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night's baseball game. Tickets for the York Revolution game start at just $8, and all children ages 12 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear receive free admission. For tickets, call 717-801-4478 or visit www.YorkRevolution.com. In addition to Kahne and McMurray, the rosters from each team will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests.(Pocono Raceway)(3-9-2014)
Dover and Pocono Partner Up for Feb. 23rd Event Featuring Giveaways: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will help area NASCAR fans kick off the 2014 season with the second-annual Daytona 500 Watch Party at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia on Sunday, February 23, at 1:00 pm/et. One of the biggest events in the motorsports world will be broadcast on the 32-foot Sony High Definition television screen at the center of the NBC Sports Area venue. In addition to viewing "The Great American Race," fans in attendance can enter to win a number of great prizes, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets to both the June 1, 2014, race at the Monster Mile and the June 8, 2014, "Pocono 400" at The Tricky Triangle, as well as, some autographed NASCAR memorabilia. The first 60 fans to arrive will have their choice of a pair of tickets to either the Friday, May 30 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the Saturday June 7 "Pocono 200" ARCA Racing Series race.
The event begins at noon at XFINITY Live!, a dining and entertainment venue located in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The first-of-its-kind venue features more than a dozen restaurants and entertainment companies, including: Broad Street Bullies Pub, PBR Bar and Grill (Professional Bull Riders), Philly MarketPlace, Spectrum Grill, Victory Beer Hall and the NBC Sports Arena. XFINITY Live! is located at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19418.(Pocono Raceway)(2-12-2014)
Dover International Speedway boosts cell service: Dover International Speedway has upgraded cellphone service for fans at its NASCAR Sprint Cup races. The move is expected to help fans stay connected with the race on smartphones through social media websites or NASCAR's mobile app. Dover will hold Cup races on June 1 and Sept. 28, 2014. The track announced a partnership on Tuesday with American Tower Inc. that will have a Distributed Antenna System installed before Dover's 2014 spring race. The system will allow mobile devices to connect to one of its hundreds of antennas in the venue. The track will no longer have to rely on the external networks of the wireless carriers, which become overburdened on weekends when there was racing.(Associated Press)(12-18-2013)
Dover International Speedway announces race dates for 2014 season: Dover International Speedway officials announced the track's 2014 race dates, as two tripleheader NASCAR weekends will return to the track next year on May 30-June 1 and Sept. 26-28, 2014. The spring weekend at the Monster Mile will include the Friday, May 30 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Saturday, May 31 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sunday, June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. When NASCAR returns in the fall, it will feature the Friday, Sept. 26 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the Saturday, Sept. 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sunday, Sept. 28 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. For the third straight year, the track is offering fans discounted tickets for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as a part of its three-tier pricing program, as long as the fans commit to the track early. New this year, however, the deadlines for the best savings have been extended to allow more time to take advantage of the best possible prices the track will offer for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. For instance, fans that purchase their Sunday, June 1, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets by Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 can save nearly 50% in some seating sections as part of the track's Preferred Pricing Period. The Monster Mile is also introducing its all-new 2-Pack ticket package this year, allowing you to pair your Sunday race ticket with either a Friday or Saturday race ticket at a discounted price, giving you access to two great races at a reduced price. Junior tickets for ages 14 and younger will again be available for just $10 on Sunday races, featuring seating in all four turns and including seven alcohol- and tobacco-free sections. Friday and Saturday junior tickets are just $8 in all available seating sections. Tickets for the May 30-June 1, 2014 race weekend are now on sale, and fans can begin placing deposits for the Sept. 26-28, 2014 race weekend. Returning fans have the opportunity to reserve their same seats for 2014 race weekends. For tickets, to place a deposit or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(10-10-2013)
"Troops to the Track" Program to the AAA 400: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR continue the 2013 Troops to the Track TM program on Sunday, September 29th, by bringing service members based out of Dover Air Force Base's Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations to the AAA 400 at the Dover International Speedway. Their mission is to fulfill our Nation's sacred commitment of ensuring dignity, honor, and respect to our fallen and care, service, and support to their families. 2013 season of Troops to the Track, a program in which service members are treated to a daylong interactive at-track experience, which includes: a special invitation and recognition at the driver's pre-race meeting, a private tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pit road access during driver introductions / National Anthem and special seating in the grandstands (AFF)(9-28-2013)
Monster Monument in Victory Plaza now features a new 'Gen 6' Toyota: One of the most recognizable structures in all of motorsports today received a new addition, as the Monster Monument in Victory Plaza at Dover International Speedway now features a "Gen 6" Toyota Camry in the Monster's hand, just in time for the Sept. 27-29, 2013 NASCAR race weekend. One of the most unique features of the Monster Monument, since it was built in 2008, has been the full-sized stock car that rests in its right hand. The all-new Toyota Camry in the Monster's hand will make its official debut this race weekend, as Speedway officials and track partner Toyota felt the updated car's entrance to the sport in 2013 made this the perfect time. "The 'Gen 6' car has been met with a bevy of praise from our loyal fan base," said Mike Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "We're excited to work with a great partner like Toyota to update the car in Miles' hand to the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Camry. Not only does this give the Monument a new, updated look, it also refreshes one of the most popular photo destinations on all of NASCAR." In addition to the new car, a marquee plaque honoring NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson has been added to the Monument's base. Pearson won five times in only 16 attempts at the Monster Mile, finished in the top-five a total of 12 times and holds the track record for poles won with six.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 27-29, 2013 for the Sept. 29 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Sept. 28 "5-hour ENERGY 200 benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 27 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. More info and tickets at doverspeedway.com.(9-25-2013)
MAVTV American Real Military Village to debut at Dover: The Dover International Speedway FanZone is getting a big addition this fall, as the largest military expo in all of NASCAR, the MAVTV American Real Military Village, will make its debut at the Sept. 27-29, 2013 race weekend. Presented in conjunction with the USO and USO Delaware, the expo will feature a number of visual and interactive displays from various branches of the military. In addition, more than 100 members from several military branches will be on site to discuss their jobs in the military and the roles they play in protecting the freedom of our country. At more than 40,000 square feet, the scale of the Military Village is fitting for the Monster Mile, as Dover has long been a military town as home to the Dover Air Force Base, which includes the 436th Airlift Wing and 512th Airlift Wing. The Delaware National Guard also has a strong presence in the capital of the First State. The MAVTV American Real Military Village will be open in Dover International Speedway's FanZone throughout the entire fall race weekend. Located just outside Turn 4 of the track, the eight-acre FanZone is also home to numerous interactive displays, games, free sampling stations, driving simulators, live music and much more.(Dover Speedway)(9-21-2013)
New camping options now available at Dover: Race fans will have a new alternative to hotels when it comes to race weekend accommodations this fall at Dover International Speedway, with the addition of an all-new camping program for the Sept. 27-29, 2013 race weekend. All-inclusive Premium Camping introduces fans at the Monster Mile to a turnkey option that provides added convenience on race weekend, and includes a luxury tent; two comfortable cots with blankets and pillows; two shower passes per day; and a parking spot right at your campsite. Premium Camping costs $289 for the duration of the stay. The package also includes a Trackside Access pass for each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ticket on a customer's account, providing access to the frontstretch of the track on Sunday morning before the green flag waves.
Standard Tent Camping, available for just $100, provides fans with the option to bring their own tent and setup for race weekend at their leisure. A parking spot on-site is included, along with nearby restroom access. Showers are available for a nominal fee. The only ticket requirement for either package is one adult ticket for any of the weekend's three races.
Both Premium Camping and Tent Camping are located in Lot 9, in close proximity to the track's FanZone and Monster Monument in Victory Plaza. Fans that stay on-site can easily experience all the Monster Mile has to offer all weekend long, including free autograph sessions, driver question-and-answer sessions, the family friendly Monster FunZone, live music and more. To reserve your Premium Camping or Tent Camping spot for race weekend, call the Dover ticket office at 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(9-11-2013)
Hauler parade set for Dover: Dover International Speedway announced a special kickoff to the Sept. 27-29, 2013 race weekend with an all-new fan event, the NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade. The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4:00-6:00pmet at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover. Fans are invited to the Blue Hen Corporate Center, located at 655 S. Bay Road just four miles south of the Monster Mile on Route 113, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers before they take off at 6 p.m. on a parade route through Downtown Dover. The trucks will be lined up in order based on the current NASCAR point standings. The Hauler Showcase and Parade is free and open to the public. The parade will create quite a spectacle in the state capitol. Approximately 40 brightly painted NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver haulers, measuring approximately 80-feet in length, will make their way through town on their way to the Speedway.(Dover Speedway)(9-1-2013)
Free concert at Dover; National Anthem singers announced: Reigning ACM & CMA "Vocal Duo of the Year" Thompson Square will perform a free concert for race fans the morning of the Sunday, Sept. 29 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Victory Plaza. Husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson introduced themselves to the country music scene in a big way in 2011 with their self-titled album, as Billboard named the duo the No. 1 New Country Artist of 2011 and No. 6 All Genre New Artist of 2011. Thompson Square's new album, Just Feels Good, was released earlier this year and has spawned two hits to-date. The award-winning artists will also sing the National Anthem prior to the "AAA 400".
Nashville's hottest, rising female singer-songwriter Ann Marie will perform the "Star Spangled Banner" prior to the Friday, Sept. 27 "Drive Sober 150" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. She has opened for Darius Rucker, Josh Turner and a host of other country stars, and just released her debut single "Cowboy Up."
The following day, Kristin Moore, proud military spouse to Col. Rick Moore, Commander of the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, will sing the National Anthem to kick off the Saturday, Sept. 28 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.(Dover PR)(8-31-2013E)
Arnold recognized for dedication to safety at Dover International Speedway: Throughout the May 31-June 2, 2013 race weekend, Dover International Speedway employees and volunteers were cheering for their fellow teammate, Charlie Arnold. Arnold is not a NASCAR driver and didn't compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, but he was recognized for his unfailing work ethic and dedication by being named this year's ServiceMaster Clean Extra Mile Award recipient at the Monster Mile. Arnold joined the Monster Mile team in 2001 as an EMT-B, and has since completed his EMT certification and been promoted to lead EMT. A valuable and dedicated emergency associate for over 13 years, Arnold also brings his ministry practices to the track in form of morning prayer, homemade pre-race snacks and a helping hand whenever needed. Away from the track, Arnold serves as a volunteer firefighter, rescue swimmer, chaplain and EMS captain for Lewes Fire Department, in addition to owning Arnold's Power Wash, LLC. Prior accomplishments include being named "Firefighter of the Year" in Lewes, Del. and an Honorary Colonel for Cape Henlopen High School's Junior ROTC. Since its inception in 2010, the ServiceMaster Clean Extra Mile Award has recognized 36 track team members across the country. Award recipients have been key members of full-time track staff and dedicated volunteers selected by track management personnel.(Dover International Speedway)(6-26-2013)
Stricken former motorsports announcer heading home: Motorsports announcer and journalist Al Robinson, who suffered a massive stroke two years ago, is preparing to move back into his Waverly home thanks to a lot of help from friends and members of the racing community. Since May of 2011, Robinson has been living at the Elderwood Nursing Facility in Waverly. While his recovery has been long and arduous, he's now capable of living on his own. His house, however, needed to be updated for wheelchair access. Carol Houssock, who has been filling in for Robinson as co-announcer at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, has spearheaded a recent push to raise money to build handicap access throughout his house. Among the work needed to be done included plumbing and the construction of an entry ramp. Houssock raised $900 at last month's Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour event at Shangri-La II after appealing to race fans for help. Houssock, who is the Director of the Chemung County Volunteer Action Corps, was able to arrange a group from her program to build the access ramp at Robinson's house earlier this month. Robinson, who spent several years in public relations for a NASCAR series [and Dover International Speedway for years] and has been a longtime announcer at Watkins Glen International, is expected to move back home at the end of this month.(Elmira Star Gazette)(6-14-2013)
ACME Convenience Tent coming to Dover for race weekend: As part of an all-new, multi-year partnership between ACME Markets and Dover International Speedway, the popular grocery store chain will bring a convenience tent store to the track as an amenity for fans beginning with the May 29-June 2, 2013 NASCAR race weekend. The 2,500-square-foot tent store will provide fans coming to the Speedway for race weekend the convenience of not needing to pack or stock up on items prior to their trip, as just about anything they need or even forget to bring can be found in the convenience store. It will feature many items race fans could find in their local grocery store, including: meat, deli items, bakery items, fresh fruit and vegetables, chips, cookies, crackers, prepared foods, beverages, and more. The ACME Convenience Tent will be open from 7:00am - 10:00pm on Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 2, and is located just off the intersection of Leipsic Road and Persimmon Tree Lane, at the edge of RV Lot 10.(Dover PR)(5-30-2013)
Country music group Gloriana to play free concert at Dover: Race fans will be treated to a very special pre-race event, as country music group Gloriana will play a free concert for fans in Victory Plaza the morning of the June 2 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The award-winning trio will also perform the National Anthem for the day's race. Singer-songwriter Sara Haze, whose music has been featured in television shows such as "Safe Haven" and "The Hills," will be the opening act for Gloriana's morning concert. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 31-June 2, 2013 for the June 2 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the June 1 "5-hour ENERGY 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 31 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.(Dover Intl Speedway)(5-20-2013)
FedEx, Autism Speaks return as Dover race sponsor: For the third straight year, FedEx Corp. , Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway will team up, as FedEx will serve as the title sponsor for the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 2, 2013. The announcement of the renewed partnership is coupled with the news that for the second straight year, the Autism Speaks Day at the Races event will be part of the June 2 race. Last year, this was the first-ever opportunity for those on the autism spectrum and their families to attend a NASCAR race, with a special ticket package set in a sensory friendly area within the air-conditioned grandstands at the Monster Mile. The NASCAR Unites Track Walk, benefiting Autism Speaks and The NASCAR Foundation, will follow the Saturday, June 1 "5-hour ENERGY 200" Nationwide Series race. Fans will have the opportunity to walk a lap around the one-mile, concrete oval where the top drivers in the sport do battle all weekend long. Another returning aspect to help raise awareness for Autism Speaks throughout the weekend will be the Autism Speaks puzzle piece decals for drivers in all three national touring series to display on their cars throughout the weekend. In 2012, 47 drivers participated in this aspect of the weekend.(Dover Speedway)(4-5-2013)
Bowyer, Harvick leading celebrity softball game between Dover and Pocono: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will square off on the diamond for the second straight year as both tracks announced the return of the Second Annual Celebrity Softball Game, featuring Sprint Cup Series drivers Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick. The game will be played on Wednesday, April 24 at the home of the Harrisburg Senators in Harrisburg, Pa. Bowyer will captain Team Dover, while Harvick, will lead Team Pocono. In the inaugural game last year, Jeff Burton and the team from The Tricky Triangle narrowly defeated Carl Edwards and the Monster Mile after mounting a late comeback. Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to that night's baseball game. Tickets for the Senators game start at just $8, and all children ages 16 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear get a free Senators Hat and free passes to the Kids Play Area. For tickets, call 717-231-4444 or visit SenatorsBaseball.com. In addition to Bowyer and Harvick, the rosters from each team will be made up of members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities, and a few other special guests.(Dover Raceway)(3-12-2013)
Dover & Pocono team up for Daytona 500 Watch Party: Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway are bringing race fans together to kick-off the 2013 NASCAR season during the broadcast of the "Daytona 500" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race which will be shown on the 32-foot Sony High Definition screen at XFINITY Live! in Philadelphia on Sunday, February 24 beginning at 1:00pm/et. In addition to the on-track action that opens the race season, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to compete against each other in the all-new "NASCAR The Game: Inside Line," as well as win a number of great prizes by entering for drawings to win tickets to the June 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile or the June 9 "Pocono 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at The Tricky Triangle. The day's grand prize winner will receive an incredible VIP package that includes suite tickets to the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at both Dover and Pocono, as well as other upgrades for those trips to make the weekends a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Representatives from both tracks will also conduct trivia and other games during commercials and cautions with prizes such as copies of "NASCAR The Game: Inside Line" for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, various autographed NASCAR items, track merchandise and more. The first 60 fans to arrive will get a pair of tickets to either the Friday, May 31 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the Saturday, June 8 "Pocono 200" ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. XFINITY Live! is located at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 31-June 2, 2013 for the June 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the June 1 "5-hour ENERGY 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 31 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.
A week later, NASCAR's premier circuit visits Pocono Raceway for the June 7-9, 2013 "Pocono 400" race weekend, including the June 8 "Pocono 200" ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race and the June 9 "Pocono 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For tickets or more information, call 800-722-3929 or visit PoconoRaceway.com.(PR)(2-16-2013)
Dover unveils Flash Seats for 2013: Dover International Speedway announced that beginning with the 2013 season, it will offer its customers Flash Seats, an innovative, paperless ticketing system that gives ticket holders electronic venue access using nothing more than their credit card. Flash Seats is the electronic ticketing system of Dover International Speedway's ticket provider, Veritix, and includes a number of great benefits for fans. Flash Seats allows fans to conveniently swipe in on race day with no paper tickets, using a credit card; to easily transfer tickets to anyone electronically, anytime, anywhere, right up to the start of the event; and to eliminate lost and stolen ticket issues. Dover, the first NASCAR track to utilize Flash Seats, will offer the new ticketing option as a replacement for print-at-home tickets, and as an alternative for traditional track-printed tickets. Customers can select "Flash Seats" during the checkout process, at which point tickets will be applied to their credit card. On event day, all the customer will have to do is swipe their credit card to be scanned at the gate for entry.(Dover Speedway)(2-6-2013)
Dover qualifying moves to Friday: As NASCAR prepares to return to Dover International Speedway for the May 31-June 2 and Sept. 27-29, 2013 race weekends, the track has announced that Sprint Cup Series qualifying will return to its Friday afternoon time. For the past few years, the Sprint Cup Series has qualified on Saturday afternoon, just prior to the day's NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The move back to Friday will add more value to a Friday race ticket - the May 31 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sept. 27 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races - and will mark a return to a traditional Dover schedule, with qualifying now being held prior to the Friday races. In addition, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will practice once on Friday before qualifying, and then twice on Saturday prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.(Dover Speedway)(1-8-2013)
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