Superspeedway: 1.0-mile concrete oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 9 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1,076 feet; Backstretch - 1,076 feet
Pit Stalls: 43; 15 feet wide x 32 feet long
Grandstands: 95,500 [was 113,000 in 2014; was 135,000 in 2009, will be 85,000 in 2016]
Track Websites & Social Media:
Dover International Speedway website
Monster Mile Youth Nation
Dover International Speedway - mobile
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
October 2016 Race Winner: #78-Martin Truex, Jr., 130.969mph, started 2nd
May 2016 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 109.348mph, started 10th
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
October 2016 Pole Winner: none, cancelled due to rain
May 2016 Pole Winner: none, rained out, set by practice speeds
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
Most Top 5s: 24 - Mark Martin
Most Top 5s (active): 17 - Matt Kenseth
Most Top 10s: 33 - Mark Martin
Most Top 10s (active): 24 - Matt Kenseth; 21 - Jimmie Johnson
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: Chevy, 37; Ford, 25; Dodge, 7; Pontiac, 6; Mercury, 6; Toyota, 4; Buick, 3; Plymouth, 2; Oldsmobile, 2
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.)
Dover International Speedway extending SAFER barriers: Dover International Speedway will extend SAFER barriers across the frontstretch and backstretch of the facility in preparation for the 2017 NASCAR season. Work will be complete on the project before the June 2-4, 2017, NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile, which includes the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 4. Facts on the project plans are listed below:
-- Approximately 1,800 feet of Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers will be added to the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval. Outside walls along the frontstretch and backstretch, including the gates for track entry, will now include SAFER barriers. With this project, all of the Monster Mile's outside walls will have SAFER barriers installed.
-- The installation company will be Smith Fence of Clearwater, Fla.
-- Construction will begin in March.
"Continued improvements to our facility, particularly in the areas of fan and driver safety, are of the utmost importance to us," said Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway. "The decision to add more SAFER barriers is a collaborative decision with NASCAR and various stakeholders and collectively we felt this is something that needed to be completed prior to NASCAR's return to the Monster Mile this spring."
Before the NASCAR tripleheader weekend in October 2016, Dover International Speedway added approximately 500 feet of SAFER barriers along the outside wall in Turn 2, under the walkover bridge, and along the outside wall of Turn 4 entering the frontstretch. "Dover has really done a great job in making the facility as safe as possible for us as drivers," said Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Ford Fusion for Team Penske. "The Monster Mile is an extremely fast track. For only being a one-mile track, the high-banked corners and concrete surface produce really high speeds and with that you increase the risk for heavier impacts. As a driver I really appreciate the investment in safety. The initiative to add 1,800 feet of SAFER barrier to completely cover the outside walls is another great step."
The June 2-4, 2017, NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, June 2 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, June 3.
The Monster Mile is also hosting a NASCAR tripleheader weekend from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 1, the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Sept. 30 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 29. For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(2-13-2017)
Autism Awareness Day at the Races set for Dover: Dover International Speedway is once again hosting a special event for families of children on the autism spectrum. On Sunday, June 4, during the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Autism Awareness Day at the Races will provide families with a sensory-friendly environment to enjoy 400 laps of North America's top motorsports series. The event, in its sixth consecutive year, is a joint effort between Dover International Speedway and Autism Delaware, supported by AAA Mid-Atlantic and Ollie's Bargain Outlet. The Autism Awareness Day at the Races ticket package will include seating in the enclosed grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers views of the backstretch as well as the highly-banked concrete turns. In five years, more than 3,000 people have participated in the program. Other highlights include pre-race appearances by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and personalities, information booths with items of interest to families affected by autism, a hot lunch buffet, non-alcoholic beverages and much more. Drivers will be announced closer to event day. As in years past, a reserved area near the grandstand seats will provide a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allowing 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 race or watch family friendly movies. Autism Delaware's service professionals will also be on hand to assist families as needed. Autism Awareness Day at the Races tickets cost $95 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under.(Dover International Speedway)(2-2-2017)
ISC reports 2016 earnings: International Speedway Corp. cited the impact of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart missing races as among the reasons for a decline in admission revenue last year at its tracks. International Speedway Corp. reported its fourth quarter and yearly earnings Thursday morning in a conference call with investor analysts. ISC reported that its fourth-quarter admissions revenue was down about 9.3 percent from the previous year. The track hosted Cup races at Darlington Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earnhardt missed all of those races. Gordon drove in only three of those events (Darlington, Richmond and Martinsville). Stewart competed in each event. For the year, admissions revenue was down about 5 percent for the company.
ISC announced on the call that three of its 19 Cup races sold out in 2016 - the Daytona 500, Watkins Glen and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. John Saunders, president of ISC, said that advance sales for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 were at comparable levels to last year's event at this time. ISC is "optimistic" the race will sell out again. Saunders also said that advance ticket sales for upcoming races at Auto Club Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway were "trending slightly ahead" compared to last year.
Saunders noted the impact on corporate sponsorship Monster Energy would have as new series sponsor for NASCAR's Cup Series. "It is important to note that 2016 was the last year of our revenue-included agreements between ISC and Sprint for various inventory and activation rights at ISC racetracks," Saunders said. "These agreements were negotiated in the mid-2000s, pre-recession. "While we currently expect to have similar agreements in place with Monster Energy, we anticipate the economics of the agreements will result in a reset for 2017."
In other items:
- Three of ISC's 20 Cup races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
- Three of ISC's 14 Xfinity races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
- For the full year, the average ticket price for a Cup event at an ISC track was $90.12, an increase of 5.4 percent. ISC officials cited Daytona's pricing as a reason for the increase.
- Also, Dover Motorsports Inc., issued its earnings report Thursday. Dover also reported lower admissions revenue. The company plans to spend about $300,000 during the first quarter of 2017 to remove portions of the grandstand. The company also announced that the closing of the sale of Nashville Superspeedway should take place in the second quarter of 2017.(NBC Sports)(1-27-2017)
'Right-sizing' at Dover continues with removal of unused seats: Dover International Speedway will have a cozier feel when the Monster Mile hosts the first of its 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events June 2-4 as "right-sizing" continued at the historic raceway. Construction crews have been working all week to remove seating in the top grandstand, but raceway officials say the work being seen by anyone driving by the track is merely the conclusion of the seat removal process that was started a couple of years ago. "This is a decision we made 2-3 years ago to downsize our facility," said Dover International Speedway President Michael Tatoian. "Our capacity will remain at 85,000. This is the right size for our current attendance." Capacity at Dover has dwindled since 2009, when the seating capacity was 135,000. That year, a seat-widening project decreased capacity to 113,000 and the numbers have continued to drop since. [Dover International Speedway President Michael] Tatoian said that talks were ongoing to revamp the area of the grandstand that is being taken down, but in the end, there was no good way to repurpose the area of the raceway. But going forward, he said the seating removal creates a better atmosphere for the fans and leaves open the possibility to create another unique space.(Delaware News Journal)(12-9-2016)
Truex, Jr. wins at Dover: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Citizen Soldier 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd win at Dover and 7th career win. Truex, dominated most of the race, leading 187 of the 400 laps and winning by more than 8 seconds. There were just 6 cars on the lead lap at the finish.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #24-Elliott, #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #3-Dillon, #11-Hamlin, and #88-Gordon.
A number of Chase drivers had problems:
#4-Harvick suffered a broken track bar mount early in the race and had to go to the garage for repairs. He finished 37th.
#42-Larson lost power to his car under the first caution. He then was penalized for too many crew members over the wall. He fell 3 laps down. Later he hit the wall and lost another lap. He finished 25th.
#1-McMurray lost an engine just before halfway. He finished 40th.
#48-Johnson led 89 laps but was penalized for a crew member over the wall too soon with just over 100 laps remaining. He finished 7th, 1 lap down.
#14-Stewart, #42-Larson, #1-McMurray, and #34-Buescher are the four drivers eliminated from the Chase.
There were 14 lead changes among 6 drivers and 4 cautions for 22 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 130.969mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(10-2-2016)
Joe Walsh named grand marshal for "Citizen Soldier 400" at Dover: Legendary musician Joe Walsh will serve as the grand marshal for the "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Grammy Award-winning 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has a career spanning four decades as a successful solo artist and a member of the Eagles, Barnstorm and James Gang. Walsh wrote "No Man's Land," an original song for the film "Citizen Soldier." Joining Walsh as dignitaries for the "Citizen Soldier 400" are: Honorary Pace Car Driver: Retired Maj. Gen Gus Hargett, the chief executive officer of the National Guard Association of the United States; Honorary Starter: Retired Staff Sgt. Colt Floyd of the Oklahoma National Guard. Floyd was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011; Welcoming Remarks: Bert Bedrosian, "Citizen Soldier" producer and partner at Strong Eagle Media. In addition, country music star Easton Corbin will sing the national anthem prior to the race and the traditional military flyover will be conducted by two F-16s from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.(Dover Speedway)(9-24-2016)
Dover partners with "Citizen Soldier" film as entitlement sponsor for Oct. 2 Cup race: "Citizen Soldier," a feature film using real footage that follows an Oklahoma National Guard unit during its deployment to Afghanistan will be the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2. The "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the first elimination race in the 16-driver 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs. Four drivers will see their championship dreams dashed after 400 grueling laps around the Monster Mile. The "Citizen Soldier 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the centerpiece of the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, which also includes free concerts, activities and experiences within our FanZone and Monster Mile Youth Nation areas, an interactive USO Military Village display, military flyovers, autograph sessions, fireworks and more. The Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekend also includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30, and the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1. For tickets or more information, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-29-2016)
Dover Motorsports announces agreement to sell Nashville Superspeedway: Dover Motorsports announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Nashville Superspeedway facility to an entity owned by Panattoni Development Company, an international commercial real estate development company specializing in industrial, office and build-to-suit projects. 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 $27.5 million in cash and the assumption by the purchaser of obligations of Dover Motorsports under certain Variable Rate Tax Exempt Infrastructure Revenue Bonds. Closing is subject to customary due diligence and closing conditions, including zoning approvals, and is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2017. (Dover International Speedway)(8-25-2016)
Dover extending SAFER barriers and increasing usable space in Cup garage: Dover International Speedway has started two construction projects which will add more than 500 feet of SAFER barriers around the track and increase usable space for NASCAR haulers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in time for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile, highlighted by the first elimination race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Facts on the recent construction are:
o Approximately 500 feet of Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers will be added to the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval. The outside wall in Turn 2, under the walkover bridge, and the outside wall of Turn 4, entering the frontstretch, will now include SAFER barriers. All of the SAFER barriers will be added to existing walls.
o The installation companies are Kent Construction of Smyrna, Del., and North Industrial Machine of Hartsville, SC.
o A 753-foot-long concrete wall separating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area from the existing harness racing track is being added. The 10-foot-high wall will stretch from the Infield Media Center to the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, removing the grass hill between the garage area and harness track that was in place.
o The new construction will allow for additional space for each NASCAR hauler to park in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, and will create a safer environment in the area.
o The installation company is Kent Construction of Smyrna, Del.
"We continue to improve our facility for all parties involved in NASCAR, including drivers, race teams and fans," Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian said. "Safety is always our top priority and the added SAFER barriers will certainly benefit our competitors. The renovations in the garage will also allow us greater opportunities for space flexibility in the coming years too." The Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30, the "Drive Sober 200" presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. For tickets or more information, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-20-2016)
Easton Corbin to perform concert before Dover race: Country music star Easton Corbin will perform a free concert at Dover International Speedway's Victory Plaza prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. Corbin will also sing the national anthem before the race, which will feature the first four driver eliminations of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Corbin's Victory Plaza concert will begin at 11:00am/et. Corbin, a Florida native, rocketed on the country music scene in 2010 with his self-titled debut album, which included the No. 1 hits "A Little More Country Than That," and "Roll With It." The two top releases made him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two singles reach No. 1.(Dover Speedway)(8-12-2016)
NASCAR will look at Dover SAFER barriers: Following this past weekend's action at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR will reevaluate its initial game plan for SAFER barriers at the one-mile track. While Dover made significant capital improvements to the venue - including an additional 479 feet of SAFER barrier - Tony Stewart and Jamie McMurray slammed into unprotected walls coming out of Turn 4 during a Friday practice crash after a rear gear failed on Danica Patrick's car and the drivers slid through the grease. NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O'Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that NASCAR won't be complacent when it comes to advancements in safety. "When we looked at SAFER barriers all being in place for this racing season, the plan had always been at both Dover and Indianapolis on the front stretch wall to not have that covered," O'Donnell said. "There was some logistics and reasoning behind that in terms of really narrowing the front stretch lane. SAFER barriers potentially were going to dump cars back out onto the front stretch and have a potential T-bone of a driver. And then there were challenges going into Turn 1. But obviously after we went through this weekend, we've got to look at what tweaks we can make, be able to install those and maybe look at how the front stretch could work those in."(Motorsport)(5-17-2016)
Matt Kenseth wins at Dover: #20-Matt Kenseth won the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 3rd win at Dover and 37th career win. Kenseth lead 48 of the 400 laps.
#42-Larson finished 2nd (which ties his career-best finish) followed by #24-Elliott (his career best), #5-Kahne, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #78-Truex, Jr., and #10-Bayne.
Pole sitter #4-Harvick dominated early in the race, leading 117 laps on the day, but finished 15th.
There was an 11 minute red flag for track cleanup with 46 laps to go. On a restart, #48-Johnson was leading but the car stuck in gear, causing #78-Truex, Jr to run into the back of him. The rest of the field, coming up to speed, piled into one another blocking the track. 18 cars were involved.
There were 19 lead changes among 10 drivers and 12 cautions for 65 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 109.348mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
JACOB Companies partners with Dover for Truck race name: JACOB Companies, a full-service general contractor that serves many states up and down the East Coast, has agreed to a multi-year deal to be the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Dover International Speedway, track officials announced today.The first event in the new partnership takes place this Friday, May 13, when the "JACOB Companies 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race takes the green flag at the Monster Mile. JACOB Companies, established in 2006, is licensed for construction management, design and building servicing the eastern sea board stretching from New England to Florida.(Dover International Speedway)(5-11-2016)
Many teams to run Autism decals at Dover: More than 40 drivers from across NASCAR's three premier national touring series will be showing their support for Autism Delaware's mission during the upcoming May 13-15 weekend at Dover International Speedway by displaying a special decal on their cars and trucks. Autism Delaware, a leader in the First State on autism awareness since its founding in 1998, is working with AAA Mid-Atlantic to raise funds and awareness during the May 15 "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile. This will be the 10th consecutive year that Dover International Speedway's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has had a tie-in with the cause of autism awareness. Earlier this year, in support of Autism Awareness Month in April, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza presented by Smithfield and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino were illuminated in blue light during the evening and night hours. The Monster Mile will also host Autism Awareness Day at the Races in its enclosed grandstand for the fifth straight year on Sunday, May 15. The event provides a sensory-friendly environment for children and families on the autism spectrum to enjoy the race. In total, 21 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 13 drivers from the NASCAR XFINITY Series and 13 drivers from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will display the Autism Delaware decal on their respective cars and trucks.(Dover Speedway)(5-10-2016)
Dover adding SAFER barrier UPDATE: ESPN's Bob Pockrass reports, "Dover International Speedway will replace the guard rails it had on the inside of Turn 3 with approximately 500 feet of SAFER Barrier by the time NASCAR visits for its May 13-15 race weekend. The steel-and-foam barrier is designed to absorb energy in a crash."(ESPN.com)(4-28-2016)
UPDATE: Dover International Speedway has completed two projects that extend SAFER barriers by almost 500 feet along the backstretch and into the entrance of Turn 3 and expand the pit stalls along pit road by 2 feet each. The work comes before the Monster Mile's latest NASCAR tripleheader weekend on May 13-15. New asphalt has also been added along the area behind pit road, from the entrance of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage down to the Start-Finish line. Facts on the recent construction are listed below:
" 479 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers were added to the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval.
" Seventy-eight feet of standard SAFER barriers were added to the existing inside backstretch wall and 401 feet of SAFER barriers were included in front of a new, steel post inside wall on a newly placed stretch of concrete in front of the grassy area at the entrance to Turn 3. The Monster Bridge near the Turn 3 entrance sits above the new construction area.
" The SAFER barriers are 40 inches high.
" Along the new stretch of wall, one foam block is placed every 5½ feet within the SAFER barrier to maximize safety from crash impacts.
" 190 cubic yards of concrete, 7-feet wide and 18 inches deep was added to the track.
" Along pit road, three pit stalls were eliminated, leaving space for 40 cars. Each pit stall was increased 2 feet in length, to 34 total feet. All stalls remain 16 feet wide.
" 550 feet of new asphalt was added between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage entrance and the Start-Finish line.
Dover agrees to deal with sports merchandise leader Fanatics: Dover International Speedway and Fanatics, the global leader in licensed sports merchandise, have reached a 10-year retail merchandising and e-commerce agreement, track officials announced. Fanatics, a multi-channel company which runs hundreds of online and offline stores for sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA), professional teams and collegiate properties, including all trackside merchandise operations for every NASCAR race, will manage all of the Monster Mile's retail locations. Fanatics will also manufacture apparel for Dover International Speedway, further enhancing the assortment both online and at the track. The Fanatics Trackside Superstore, in the Monster Mile's FanZone behind Turn 4, houses merchandise and souvenirs such as hats, T-shirts, jackets and more in a 60,000-square foot headquarters, approximately the size of 1½ football fields. The Trackside Superstore debuted in 2015 and will return for the May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekends in 2016.(dover Speedway)(5-10-2016)
Ollie's Bargain Outlet sponsoring Dover XFINITY race: Ollie's Bargain Outlet will be the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 14, Dover International Speedway. The "Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200" NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race will be the third of four Dash 4 Cash events on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule this season. Starting at 2 p.m. on May 14, two 40-lap Heat events will be run, followed by a 120-lap Main event. In addition to sponsoring the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200, Ollie's is also one of several supporters of the Monster Mile's Autism Awareness Day at the Races program, which provides children and families on the autism spectrum with a sensory-friendly environment to watch the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" on Sunday, May 15. Ollie's will be contributing toys, games, lounge items and more to the popular program. Ollie's Bargain Outlet has 208 retail locations in the eastern United States, including one store in Dover, Del.(Dover Speedway)(5-4-2016)
Trevor Jackson to perform national anthem at Dover: Trevor Jackson, Atlantic Records singer, songwriter, actor and dancer, will perform the national anthem before the green flag drops on the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15. Jackson, 19, most recently starred on the second season of the critically acclaimed ABC drama "American Crime." His previous television roles include stints on SyFy's "Eureka," CBS' "Criminal Minds," Disney Channel's "Let It Shine," and NBC's "Harry's Law." The Indiana native first drew praise for his performances with the traveling Tony Award-winning Broadway hit "The Lion King," where he portrayed Young Simba for three years.(Dover Speedway)(5-3-2016)
Dover removes three pit stalls: NASCAR drivers will find longer pit stalls when they compete at Dover International Speedway in two weeks. With NASCAR reducing the size of its Sprint Cup field from 43 to 40 cars, the track removed three stalls and increased the length of its stalls from 32 feet to 34 feet. The track was known for having some of the tightest stalls on the circuit.(ESPN.com)(5-1-2016)
Austin Dillon & Kasey Kahne to meet in Dover vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game: As part of their annual Team Dover vs. Team Pocono Celebrity Softball Game, Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway will go head-to-head for the fourth time on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, in Wilmington, Del. This event will feature NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne, along with Todd Bodine, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and current Fox Sports 1 analyst. The rosters from each team will be rounded out with members of national and local motorsports media, as well as other local media personalities. The 2016 Dover Vs. Pocono Celebrity Softball Game will be the fourth meeting between these two tracks, with "The Monster Mile" having won two of the three games against the "The Tricky Triangle."
Access to the celebrity softball game is free with a ticket to the May 3 matchup between the Blue Rocks and the visiting Frederick Keys. Reserve Box seats are $6 and Box/Upper Box seats are $7. Any fan who comes to the ticket window wearing NASCAR gear will also receive those special discounted prices. All children 12 and younger will receive free admission to the Blue Rocks' Fun Zone. For tickets to this special event, please call 1-302-888-BLUE or visit www.BlueRocks.com, using the promo codes POCONO and DOVER.
Gates for the softball game will open at 3:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 4:00 p.m. Following the softball game, time permitting, Dillon and Kahne will throw out the first pitch for that evening's 6:35 p.m. baseball game. Throughout the softball and baseball games, both tracks will be promoting and giving away tickets to their respective NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races being held on Sunday, May 15 (Dover) and Sunday, June 5 (Pocono).
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 13-15, 2016 and includes the Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 14 and the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. For race tickets or more information, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com. All dates, times and attendees are subject to change without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are sponsors of this promotional event.(4-18-2016)
Jason Jones to serve as grand marshal at Dover: Jason Jones, star of the hit TBS comedy "The Detour," will serve as the grand marshal for the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15. Jones, an actor and writer who first appeared on "The Daily Show" in 2005, became popular with critics and viewers alike with his many foreign trips for the show, including a trip to Iran for their elections in 2009 and Russia in 2014 for the Winter Olympics. Jones left "The Daily Show" in 2015 to begin work on "The Detour" on TBS, a comedy revolving around a family road trip that he created with his wife, Samantha Bee. Jones is a writer and executive producer for "The Detour" and also directed one episode. The "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the centerpiece of the May 13-15 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile. Dover International Speedway also plays host to a NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday, May 14, and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, May 13.(Dover International Speedway)(4-21-2016)
Jana Kramer in concert at Dover: Rising country music artist and actress Jana Kramer will perform a free concert at Dover International Speedway's Victory Plaza prior to the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. Kramer's show will begin at 10:00am Kramer's most recent album "Thirty One" came out in 2015 and features the hit "I Got the Boy" and latest single "Said No One Ever." Her self-titled debut album was released in 2012 and included the popular track "Why Ya Wanna." Kramer, 32, first hit the spotlight as a cast member on The CW's drama "One Tree Hill," where she played actress Alex Dupree. Kramer has also appeared on HBO's "Entourage" and NBC's "Friday Night Lights." Also in Victory Plaza, on Saturday, May 14, country music artists Sam Grow and Tom Dixon will appear for free concerts prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race.(Dover Speedway)(4-1-2016)
#43 Smithfield Ford placed in Monster Monument at Dover Victory Plaza: Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty and Aric Almirola, the driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, were among the guests at Dover International Speedway today as the new stock car for the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza presented by Smithfield was unveiled. Smithfield Foods has entered into a three-year deal with Dover International Speedway as presenting sponsor of the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, the 46-foot iconic statue that features a stock car in the structure's right hand. Officials from Smithfield, Autism Delaware and the Monster Mile unveiled a new "Petty Blue" #43 Smithfield Ford for assembled media and fans on Wednesday. The event also coincided with the start of "Autism Awareness Month" in April and precedes the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15.(Dover Speedway)(3-31-2016)
Dover to "Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness Month: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway will continue their support for autism awareness by participating in the global "Light It Up Blue" campaign, organized by Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, in April. Two of Delaware's most famous landmarks, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, as well as the Dover Downs Hotel, will be illuminated in blue light throughout April, coinciding with Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a summary term for a group of brain development disorders, characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest statistics show that 1 in 68 U.S. children have autism. Dover International Speedway has had a long relationship with autism awareness. The "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15, will mark the 10th consecutive year the Monster Mile's spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will have an autism awareness element within the entitlement sponsorship. Also on May 15, the track will host an Autism Awareness Day at the Races program for families and children on the autism spectrum for the fifth straight year. The package provides a sensory-friendly environment to watch the race, and also features pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities, seating in air-conditioned grandstands, presentations by educational speakers, food and beverage options, as well as a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allowing attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary.(Dover Speedway)(3-24-2015)
Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks to upgrade Dover's digital network: Dover International Speedway has reached an agreement with Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks to upgrade digital capabilities at the Monster Mile, track officials announced today. The deal includes plans for expanded Wi-Fi access in many areas of Speedway grounds, allowing fans to be better connected while on the property, as well as tighter security networks for customer transactions and improved operational efficiencies. Work is scheduled to be complete by the May 13-15 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway, featuring the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. Upon project completion, mobile apps will work more efficiently throughout the Speedway grounds, allowing guests to save money on their cellular data plans. In addition, transaction time at food and merchandise outlets will decrease, audio from all devices will be improved, and guests can feel secure about any online activity, thanks to a stronger security network.(Dover Speedway)(3-6-2016)
AAA moves sponsorship to May Dover race: AAA announced it will be the primary sponsor of the "AAA 400 Drive for Autism" at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15. The race is part of a three-year extension with the "Monster Mile," keeping the race in Dover through 2018 when the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary. "NASCAR is an important sport for us in reaching fans and potential consumers," said Berni Koch, CEO for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship with Dover International Speedway, while bringing much needed awareness to the autism community." AAA and Dover International Speedway jumped at the opportunity to move the AAA entitlement race to the spring to ensure that the tradition of driving awareness to the needs of the entire autism community was maintained for years to come. Dover International Speedway has had races tied to autism awareness for nine years. In addition to the race, AAA will also sponsor the "Drive for Autism" golf tournament on May 12 that raises funds for Autism Delaware. This race continues AAA and Dover International Speedway's partnership in NASCAR. For the past seven years, the AAA 400 took place at the track in the fall. AAA will still have a sponsorship presence for the Oct. 2 race, but will move its race entitlement to the spring. Along with a new name, the race will also have a new logo.
"We've had a special relationship with AAA for many years and we're excited to continue that partnership through 2018," said Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian. "The commitment to quality and the high level of customer service AAA displays on a daily basis are the same goals we strive for with all of our events. With the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on May 15, we'll come together again to support a cause critical to our entire community."
The full NASCAR weekend in Dover will also include a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13 and a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 14. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race will feature two 40-lap Dash 4 Cash heat races, followed by a 120-lap main event. Tickets are on sale at DoverSpeedway.com and 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(2-18-2016)
Dover partners with Delaware Office of Highway Safety for the "Drive Sober 200" XFINITY race: The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will once again be the primary sponsor for a Dover International Speedway event in 2016 with the "Drive Sober 200" NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1. This will be the third consecutive year the Office of Highway Safety has served as an entitlement sponsor for a NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Monster Mile. Previous NASCAR XFINITY Series sponsorships have included the "Buckle Up 200" presented by Click it or Ticket races on May 30, 2015 and May 31, 2014. Dover International Speedway will welcome two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2016 on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2. In the spring, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns on Sunday, May 15, preceded by the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Saturday, May 14 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, May 13.(Dover International Speedway)(12-17-2015)
Dover announces 2016 race dates: Dover International Speedway officials have announced that NASCAR will return to the Monster Mile in 2016 for two tripleheader weekends on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The May 13-15, 2016 weekend will feature a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13; a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, May 14; and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15. The Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016 weekend will feature a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30; a NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1; and the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2. The "AAA 400" on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 will again be the third race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and feature the first four eliminations in the 16-driver field. It will be the third straight year that the Monster Mile will host the first elimination race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff. Tickets are on sale now for the May 13-15 NASCAR tripleheader weekend and deposits of as low as 10% can be made on tickets for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 races.(Dover Speedway)(10-21-2015)
Harvick wins at Dover: #4-Kevin Harvick won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Dover and 31st career win. He dominated most of the race, leading 355 of the 400 laps.
Harvick had to win the race to advance to the Contender round of the Chase.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-McMurray, #43-Almirola, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Larson, and #22-Logano.
Drivers advancing to the Contender Round of the Chase: #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #19-Edwards, #78-Truex, #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#48-Johnson, who entered the race 5th in points, broke a rear axle seal early in the race. He had to go to the garage for repairs and lost 37 laps. He finished 42nd.
#1-McMurray finished 4th, but lost out on a Chase spot to #88-Earnhardt, Jr. They tied in points, but Earnhardt, Jr had the better finish during the Challenger round races (third place today).
McMurray, Johnson, Menard, and Bowyer have been eliminated from the Chase.
There were 14 lead changes among 3 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 119.870mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
See reset points for the Contender Round (Chase races 4-6) on the Contender Round Reset Points Standings page (pdf).(10-4-2015)
Dover launches Kids Club website: Dover International Speedway announced the launch of a new microsite, MonsterMileYouthNation.com, dedicated to its kids club Monster Mile Youth Nation, which was introduced earlier this year. Featuring interactive games, infographics and links to detailed information about racing at the Monster Mile, the new site aims to enhance the young fan's experience and educate the next generation on the sport of NASCAR. For a limited time, fans that visit MonsterMileYouthNation.com can also learn about an exclusive race weekend opportunity for the first 100 fans. Hint: Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and David Ragan are involved. Along with games and links, users will find details and updates on special member events, Monster Mile Youth Nation announcements and blog posts on the new site. Content will be updated regularly. Annual membership for Monster Mile Youth Nation costs $20.(Dover International Speedway)(9-3-2015)
Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 10th win at Dover and 74th career win. Johnson has now lead 2,999 laps at Dover.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #5-Kahne, #43-Almirola, #78-Truex, Jr., #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #15-Bowyer, and #24-Gordon.
The race ended on a green-white-checkered finish after a late caution with 2 laps to go.
Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 516, 44 points over #78-Truex, Jr.
Pole winner #11-Hamlin lead 118 laps on the day, but was caught in a late race accident and finished 21st.
There were 15 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 40X yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 119.547mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(5-31-2015)
FedEx, Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway renew sponsorship agreement: FedEx Corp., Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway announce their renewed collaboration for the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 31, 2015. This marks the fifth year the three have worked together to raise awareness for an important cause. With its return as title sponsor of the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks," FedEx continues to maintain a strong presence in NASCAR, including their primary sponsorship of the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry, driven by Denny Hamlin and fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing. FedEx, Autism Speaks and the Speedway are working to finalize additional elements of the race weekend, but announce the return of the popular Autism Speaks Day at the Races program. This special event returns for the fourth year and provides the opportunity for those on the autism spectrum and their families to attend a NASCAR race in a safe environment. The ticket package includes pre-race appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities; brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning; food and drink; seating in the air-conditioned grandstands at the Monster Mile, which offers great views of the race along the backstretch of the track; and much more. A reserved area near their seats provides a quiet zone, with muted lighting and sound, allows attendees to take a break from the race and crowds when necessary. The room includes comfortable seating, games, and video screens to help fans keep up with the races or watch family friendly movies. This marks the ninth straight year that Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, will partner with Dover International Speedway to help raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout the weekend. Autism Speaks will once again be represented by drivers in all three national touring series, who will feature decals on their cars throughout the weekend. This is something that has taken place in previous race weekends at Dover, with 67 drivers participating in 2014.(Dover International Speedway)(4-14-2015)
Lights coming to Dover track? UPDATE No Could night racing at Dover International Speedway become a reality? We have no idea, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. sure did spot something interesting on Thursday. Per Dale Earnhardt Jr's twitter (see image there): "I see foundations for light poles." There hasn't been any kind of announcement from the track to suggest that night racing is in Dover's immediate future.(FoxSports)
UPDATE: from a Dover International Speedway twitter: "We thought people would think that but didn't think you'd be first! It's actually for a new catch fence we're installing in 2015."(9-26-2014)
Dover to remove more seats? n 2001, Dover International Speedway completed an expansion of the grandstand that had been ongoing for 16 years. The result: 135,000 seats for NASCAR fans. But since the economy crashed in 2008, NASCAR tracks across the country have battled sagging attendance, a problem that has been all too apparent on TV broadcasts showing rows and rows of empty seats. In recent years, track officials have covered some of those empty sections with large banners. Now, Dover officials are considering removing some seats entirely. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment and Dover Motorsports Inc., said there is "serious consideration" of removing seats. In 2011, the track cut capacity from 135,000 to 113,000 by widening seats. Company officials would not say when a decision would be finalized. A lot of factors, like sight lines to the track and restroom placement, have to be taken into account.(in part from USA Today)(9-26-2014)
Dover Motorsports selling Nashville Superspeedway: Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Nashville Superspeedway facility to NeXovation, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Dover Motorsports and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Nashville Speedway U.S.A., Inc., will sell the Nashville Superspeedway facility along with some related equipment and assets for $27 million in cash and the assumption by NeXovation of obligations of Dover Motorsports under certain Variable Rate Tax Exempt Infrastructure Revenue Bonds. The Bonds are the obligation of the Sports Authority of the County of Wilson, Tennessee and were issued by the Sports Authority in 1999 in order to build certain infrastructure improvements benefiting the speedway. Debt service on the Bonds, which have a remaining principal balance of $18,800,000, is payable from property and sales taxes generated by the facility. Principal and interest on the Bonds are secured by a letter of credit provided by Dover Motorsports which will be replaced by a letter of credit provided by NeXovation. Commenting on the sale, Dover Motorsports CEO, Denis McGlynn said, "This is a great deal for all concerned insofar as we can transfer an under-utilized, high quality asset to NeXovation, who will create and implement a new business model and re-activate Nashville Superspeedway for the benefit of everyone in the area." Closing is expected to take place in the third quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions.(Dover Motorsports)(5-29-2014)