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)
Dover International Speedway to prepare holiday dinner for Dover Air Force Base troops: For the eighth consecutive year, Dover International Speedway will organize and host a holiday dinner for the troops at Dover Air Force Base on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Base. Each year, the Speedway's hospitality and concessions department and volunteers cook and prepare approximately 30 turkeys; 15 to 20 hams; 100 pounds each of green beans, corn and yams; 50 pounds of cranberry sauce; 10 gallons of gravy; and assorted desserts. They then deliver it to the Base and serve it to the troops. Many Air Force reservists are still on active duty from the war in Afghanistan, and make up a large portion of personnel on the Base while the full-time active duty troops are overseas. The dinner will serve approximately 300 troops at the Base this year. "The Dover Air Force Base is such a huge part of our community here in Dover, and the men and women stationed there give up so much to protect our country's freedom, including time away from home during the holiday season" said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "The holiday dinner put on by our food and beverage department is just one way we can give back to them this time of year and thank them for all they do." Much of the food and funding for the event is donated in advance, and Dover International Speedway is asking that anyone interested in contributing any of the items mentioned above, or in making a monetary donation.(more info at Dover International Speedway)(12-16-2012)
Little to no damage to tracks from hurricane UPDATE: Racetracks that play host to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy do not report significant damage from the storm as of Tuesday morning. Dover International Speedway, which is less than 10 miles west from Delaware Bay and 45 miles northwest of Rehobeth Beach, Del., did not sustain any significant damage, track spokesman Gary Camp said Tuesday morning. Pocono Raceway, which is 100 miles west of New York City and about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was without power Tuesday morning but only lost one of the steeples that towers above its grandstands, according to a tweet from track president Brandon Igdalsky. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, about 80 miles northwest of Boston and 50 miles west northwest of Portsmouth, reported no damage and no loss of power.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
UPDATE: Watkins Glen, a road course that covers more than 1,800 acres in upstate New York that is 250 miles northwest of New York City, suffered more than an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, according to track president Michael Printup. Part of victory lane was ripped apart, eight billboards were blown down, grandstand signage destroyed and building trim was damaged. Trees also were blown down by winds estimated at 60 miles an hour.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
Craft Brew Pub at Dover for race weekend: Dover International Speedway is teaming up with the Fordham and Dominion Brewing Co. to present the first-ever Craft Brew Pub at the Monster Mile during the Sept. 28-30, 2012 NASCAR race weekend. The Craft Brew Pub will offer race fans a new variety of local, fresh brews during their time at the Monster Mile with four featured, and locally brewed, beers on tap, including Fordham's Helles Lager and Copperhead Ale, and Dominion's Octoberfest and Oak Barrel Stout. To learn more about the featured beers for race weekend, as well as all of the others the breweries have to offer, visit www.FordhamBrewing.com or www.OldDominion.com. This new offering will be set in a comfortable, tented area in Victory Plaza, near the Monster Monument, presented by AAA. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout race weekend. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway Sept. 28-30, 2012, for tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(9-25-2012)
Dover to offer on-site tent camping options: Dover International Speedway will offer race fans the option of tent camping for the Sept. 28-30, 2012 NASCAR race weekend. Non self-contained RVs, also known as pop-ups, will also now be permitted. Designed as an affordable, convenient alternative for race weekend accommodations, these options are available in reserved RV Lot 9. Spots cost $100 for the duration of your stay and must be purchased in advance of race weekend. To take advantage of this, customers must have two Friday or Saturday tickets, and two Sunday race tickets. Each location includes parking for one vehicle, and additional vehicles can park in a nearby lot for the duration of their stay for $30. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Load-in can begin on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8 a.m. To secure your spot, call the ticket office at 800-441-RACE.(Dover Speedway)(9-14-2012)
Lonestar in concert/ perform National Anthem at Dover: Multi-platinum country music quartet Lonestar will give a free concert for race fans on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. The band will then head inside the track where they'll perform the National Anthem prior to the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Best known for its 1999 smash-hit single, "Amazed," Lonestar has enjoyed two decades of success that include 10 No. 1 country hit songs, including the aforementioned "Amazed," as well as 2001's "I'm Already There" and 2004's "Mr. Mom." The group's unique blend of strong melodies and rich vocals has helped it amass RIAA certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since 1995. Lonestar is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by releasing a new album titled "Life As We Know It" supported by the current single "The Countdown" now at radio. The original lineup includes lead singer and piano player Richie McDonald, Michael Britt (lead guitar, backing vocals), Keech Rainwater (drums) and Dean Sams (keyboards/backing vocals).(Dover Speedway)(9-12-2012)
Eagles Legend Brian Dawkins to Serve as "AAA 400" Grand Marshal: Philadelphia Eagles legend and fan favorite, Brian Dawkins, will be honored as the Grand Marshal of the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, on September 30 at the Dover International Speedway. The former Pro Bowl safety will say the most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers start your engines," to bring 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines to life before heading to Philadelphia where the Eagles will retire Dawkins' No. 20 during the nationally televised Sunday night showdown against the New York Giants.
AAA teamed up with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 and Brian Dawkins was selected to personify AAA's reputation of reliable protection. In April 2012, Dawkins announced his retirement, as a Philadelphia Eagle, after 16 NFL seasons, 13 of which were with the Eagles. The planned activities for September 30 will serve as the re-launch of the brand ambassador and endorsement relationship between Dawkins and AAA.
Dawkins will tackle a full day of festivities as he attends his first ever NASCAR race. His day will start at Dover International Speedway as a guest of AAA Mid-Atlantic, the track and Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). AAA Mid-Atlantic is the Official Travel, Roadside Assistance and Insurance Partner of MWR and Dover International Speedway. Additionally, AAA sponsors Martin Truex, Jr.'s #56 and the entire Michael Waltrip Racing team. During the AAA 400, Truex will be wearing a specially designed helmet to honor Dawkins 16-year NFL career. Before the race, Dawkins will tour the garage area, meet with Truex, Jr. and his crew, be introduced at the drivers' meeting, have an opportunity to interact with fans and take a lap around the Monster Mile prior to the green flag.
AAA and their sports marketing agency of record, Aquarius Sports & Entertainment, began planning the events for September 30 upon the release of the 2012 NFL schedule and the decision by the Eagles organization to retire Dawkins' jersey on the same day as the AAA 400. The close proximity of Dover International Speedway and Lincoln Financial Field provides the opportunity to leverage AAA's assets as part of the AAA 400 entitlement, Michael Waltrip Racing and Philadelphia Eagles sponsorships and endorsement relationship with Dawkins.
"I'm excited to be honored by the Philadelphia Eagles organization and have the opportunity to partner, once again, with AAA," Dawkins said "The ability to have this all done in such a unique way by tying in AAA's racing partnerships to begin the day is really something special. I have never been a Grand Marshal at a NASCAR race and I am looking forward to giving the 'start your engines' command at the AAA 400."(Dover International Speedway)(9-7-2012)
Dover announces 2013 Sprint Cup dates: Dover International Speedway officials today announced its 2013 NASCAR race dates. Two tripleheaders of racing action will return to the Monster Mile on May 31-June 2, and Sept. 27-29, 2013. New next season, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying will return to its traditional Friday afternoon time on the schedule as it precedes that afternoon's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the spring and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in the fall. Both race weekends will again feature three days of action, including the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the spring; and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the fall. In addition, the Monster Mile's three-tier pricing program will return, rewarding fans with the lowest prices from the track and encouraging fans to buy early and save.
The Monster Mile will again offer $10 junior tickets on Sundays for ages 14 and younger, which features seating in all four turns in 2013. That includes seven alcohol- and tobacco-free sections. For Friday and Saturday races, junior tickets are just $8 in all available seating sections. Also returning in 2013 is the "Design-it-Yourself" payment plan. Tickets for the May 31-June 2, 2013 race weekend are currently on sale. Fans can begin placing deposits on tickets for the Sept. 27-29, 2013 race weekend during Dover's Sept. 28-30, 2012 race weekend. Returning fans have the opportunity to renew their same seats for the 2013 race weekends. For tickets or to place a deposit, call 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway), so far five 2013 dates have been announced, Daytona 500, Phoenix and Dover, see more info on the 2013 Schedule News page. The next season's Sprint Cup schedule is usually announced in late August / mid September range.(8-7-2012)
Danica Patrick added to Monster Mile Club at Dover: Danica Patrick, driver of the GoDaddy.com Chevy in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, will appear for a question-and-answer session in the Monster Mile Club at 11 a.m. before the Sept. 30 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Joining Patrick on the schedule for the morning's Q&A sessions are two-time Dover winner Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford, and three-time winner at the Monster Mile Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevy. The Monster Mile Club opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a continental breakfast. Trackside Access begins at 8:30 a.m. with the hosted question-and-answer sessions with Patrick, Kenseth and Newman following later in the morning. An all-you-can-eat lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until the start of the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 2 p.m., at which point the Monster Mile Club will close.(Dover Speedway)(8-4-2012)
RIDE DAY on June 4th at the Monster Mile: The racing action doesn't need to stop after the "FedEx 400, benefiting Autism Speaks" at Dover International Speedway this coming weekend. Monster Racing will be hosting its 17th Annual RIDE DAY on June 4th at the Monster Mile! Fans and Thrill Seekers can experience what it's like to tame the fastest one mile track in NASCAR, as a passenger in one of Monster Racings authentic stock cars. Feel the g-force as you take the green flag for 4 Hot Laps, around the 24 degree banked, 1 mile concrete oval! Check in for the Monster Racing Ride Day will be at Gate 12 (Walkover Bridge) June 4th at 8 am (race schedule permitting). Riders must be at least 14 years of age with parental consent. Tickets to Ride are just $99.00 per person. Classes are forming now for the 2012 Season to DRIVE or RIDE! Call 1-800-GO-TO-WIN or visit www.monsterracing.com.(Monster Racing Excitement)(6-1-2012)
NASCAR teams join together to support Autism Speaks at Dover: In what has become tradition at Dover International Speedway in the six years the track has partnered with Autism Speaks, drivers will again help create autism awareness during the June 1-3, 2012 race weekend by showing their support with a decal on their respective cars. Drivers across all three series have stepped up to raise awareness for the cause during the Dover race weekend by featuring a decal of the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo on their cars in all three of the June 1 Camping World Truck Series race, the June 2 Nationwide Series race and the June 3 Sprint Cup Series race. In addition, David Gilliland, driver of the #38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports, will feature a special Autism Speaks paint scheme on his car to show his support for the cause during Sunday's race. Altogether, 15 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, 16 from the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 13 from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are participating. They include: #2-Brad Keselowski, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #14-Tony Stewart, #16-Greg Biffle, #22-A.J. Allmendinger, #27-Paul Menard, #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton, #34-David Ragan, #38-David Gilliland, #39-Ryan Newman, #43-Aric Almirola, #56-Martin Truex Jr., #78-Regan Smith, #99-Carl Edwards. For the rest of the list of NNS & CWTS drivers, see Doverspeedway.com. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on June 1-3, 2012. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-29-2012)
New and Improved In-Venue Broadcast Service Coming to Dover: With another exciting season of racing underway, Dover International Speedway and FanVision Entertainment, LLC, announced a special offer for Monster Mile fans that will enhance the at-track companion viewing experience, while saving fans money. The FanVision Team-Up promotion offers attendees of the Dover races the chance to rent one FanVision controller at the regular weekend price of $59.99, and get a second controller for ½ off a savings of $29.99! Both controllers come with a set of racing headphones for listening to the radio scanners, MRN and other in-device sources. To team up with a friend and save, fans simply need to visit any of 11 FanVision or Racing Electronics kiosks or trailers around Dover International Speedway to get their Team-Up Card and rent their FanVision controllers. Additional promotional information is available at these locations. A map of locations can be found at fanvision.com/nascar/event/fedex-400.(DIS)(5-29-2012)
Nationwide ticket holders can get on track at Dover: After a highly successful inaugural event in 2011, 5-hour ENERGY and Dover International Speedway are again providing fans with the opportunity to get a close-up look at the Monster Mile with the June 2, 2012 "5-hour ENERGY Open Track" session. On Saturday, June 2 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. ticket holders for that day's "5-hour ENERGY 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race will have the chance to enter the track at Gate 18 and roam the frontstretch of the Monster Mile. In addition, Clint Bowyer, new driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, and his team owner Michael Waltrip will participate in a free question-and-answer session for fans in attendance. The 5-hour ENERGY show car will also be on display on the track for photo opportunities. All fans must have their June 2 "5-hour ENERGY 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series tickets with them, which will be scanned upon entry to and exit from the track, to permit reentrance for the race later in the day.(Dover Speedway)(5-14-2012)
May 15 celebrity softball game between Dover and Pocono: The celebrity softball game between Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway is set for Tuesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. at Campbell's Field, home of the Camden Riversharks. The rosters for each team have been announced, with Carl Edwards captaining Team Dover and Jeff Burton at the helm for Team Pocono. Tickets to the game are free with the purchase of a ticket to that evening's 7:05 p.m. baseball game between the Camden Riversharks and Lancaster Barnstormers. Children ages 16 and younger that wear their NASCAR gear get in free. In addition, the United Way of Camden County offers free admission for any child that wears the uniform of the little league team they play for to the game. Edwards and Burton will be joined on their respective teams by members of the local media and the tracks they are representing. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Cale Gale, as well as Nationwide Series driver Donnie Neuenberger, will play alongside Edwards with Team Dover. ARCA driver Brandon McReynolds, son of NASCAR on Fox analyst Larry McReynolds, and Ron Karkovice, former Major League Baseball catcher and current bench coach for the Camden Riversharks, will support Burton with Team Pocono.(Dover Speedway)(5-13-2012)
Sunoco Helps Drive Out Hunger at Dover Speedway: Sunoco, Inc. is holding a major food drive for Philabundance and the Food Bank of Delaware at the Dover International Speedway from June 1 to June 3 during the upcoming NASCAR race weekend. Sunoco's food drive comes during a time when hunger relief organizations are seeing a record number of people coming to them for food. Throughout the weekend, NASCAR fans are encouraged to donate food and monetary donations to volunteers located at various locations on Speedway grounds. Each day of the race weekend, Sunoco is raffling off a $100 gas gift card for those who donate. Donations will be equally split between Philabundance and the Food Bank of Delaware. "We are excited to partner with Philabundance and the Food Bank of Delaware in this major effort to collect food and raise awareness for hunger relief in the Delaware valley," said Ruth Clauser, president of the Sunoco Foundation. "With tens of thousands of fans expected to visit Dover International Speedway for three separate race days June 1 through June 3, we hope to raise a significant amount of food supplies."(Dover PR)(5-8-2012)
Kris Allen to sing national anthem at Dover: RCA recording artist Kris Allen, the season 8 winner of "American Idol," will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the June 3 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Since skyrocketing to stardom when winning "American Idol" in 2009, Kris Allen has enjoyed five singles on the Billboard charts. His self-titled debut album featured his hit single, "Live Like We're Dying," which has a combined digital sales of more than 1.7 million. His second brand new album, "Thank You Camellia," is slated for release on May 22, 2012 on 19 Recordings/RCA Records, and features the hit lead single "The Vision of Love."(Dover Speedway)(5-5-2012)
NASCAR Unites Track Walk and Sunoco Free Fuel 5k Run at Dover June 2: Dover International Speedway will host The NASCAR Unites Track Walk and Sunoco Free Fuel 5k Run, benefiting Autism Speaks and The NASCAR Foundation, on June 2, 2012, after the "5-hour ENERGY 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Participants will have the unique opportunity to walk or run around the concrete oval at Dover International Speedway, all while raising money for The NASCAR Foundation and Autism Speaks. Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota, will be on hand to meet with fans, and other NASCAR celebrities will be announced as they are confirmed. Fans of all ages can register either online at NASCAR.COM/Unites, or at the track on race weekend by visiting The NASCAR Foundation display in the FanZone, located just outside Turn 4 of the track. Registration costs just $11 for the walk, as well as for the 5K run. All participants, including online registrants, must stop by the registration booth at The NASCAR Foundation display on race weekend to sign waivers and pick up their free event t-shirts.(Dover PR)(4-30-2012)
Autism Speaks Day at the Races creates first-ever autism friendly NASCAR race: As part of their ever-growing partnership, Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway have announced Autism Speaks Day at the Races, a sensory friendly NASCAR event in Dover for the June 3, 2012 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The all-inclusive event marks the first-ever autism friendly NASCAR race, and gives families an opportunity to experience a NASCAR race in an environment specifically designed for the enjoyment of children with autism. Autism Speaks Day at the Races will be held in Dover's air-conditioned grandstand, offering a great view of the Monster Mile from the backstretch, and will feature brief presentations by educational speakers in the morning, special appearances by NASCAR personalities, food and drink, and much more.
In addition, the area will offer a dedicated quiet zone, set inside special rooms within the air-conditioned grandstands, where parents can bring their kids to get away from the crowd if necessary. The quiet zone will be sensory friendly, with muted lighting in a calmer environment, while also featuring video screens to keep up with the action on the track. Autism Speaks Day at the Races is just another addition to the now six-year partnership between Autism Speaks and the Monster Mile. Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, helping to raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout race weekend.
The program will kick off with doors opening at 9:30 a.m., followed by brief presentations on "Living on the Spectrum," "Autism Speaks in the Community," a science briefing, a presentation by Autism Delaware and more at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., a hot lunch buffet and non-alcoholic drinks will be served, followed by the green flag for the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 1 p.m. Additional speakers and NASCAR personalities are being confirmed, and will be announced at DoverSpeedway.com.
While parental supervision is required, volunteers from Autism Speaks as well as the Alpha Xi Delta sorority at the University of Delaware will be on hand for assistance. Tickets for Autism Speaks Day at the Races cost $88 for adults and $20 for children ages 14 and younger. The $88 price point is symbolic, as recent studies have shown that one in 88 children are diagnosed with autism by age eight, according to the CDC. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.
To purchase tickets to Autism Speaks Day at the Races, call 800-441-RACE or visit MonsterMileOffers.com/AutismSpeaks.
Tickets are on sale for the June 3 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the June 2 "5-hour ENERGY 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the June 1 "Lucas Oil 200" NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. For more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(4-23-2012)
OneMain Financial returns as title sponsor of fall Nationwide race at Dover: OneMain Financial and Dover International Speedway have announced a renewed partnership for 2012 with OneMain Financial returning as the title sponsor of the fall NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Monster Mile, the Sept. 29, 2012 "OneMain Financial 200." This will be the second straight year OneMain Financial will sponsor the fall NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover. The company's NASCAR presence continues to grow, as it is the primary sponsor of the Richard Childress Racing #2 OneMain Financial Chevy, driven by Elliott Sadler, in the Nationwide Series again this year. Sadler has already piloted the car to Victory Lane twice this season, winning at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3 and Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17. The Sept. 29 "OneMain Financial 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race is part of another triple-header NASCAR weekend at the Monster Mile that also includes the Sept. 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and the Sept. 30 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.(Dover Speedway)(4-3-2012)
Breakfast with the Bagman ticket option at Dover: Dover International Speedway has created a special, all-inclusive "Breakfast with the Bagman" package, featuring Delaware's own Mike Bagley, for the Sunday, June 3 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The $99 option includes a ticket to the race in sections 202-204, an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast buffet, a souvenir program, and a question-and-answer session with Bagley. And you never know who else may pop in to say hello, too! Bagley is an on-air turn announcer with the Motor Racing Network (MRN), and also serves as host of The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The breakfast and question-and-answer session will be held in the Rollins Center ballroom in the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m., and Bagley will arrive at 8 a.m. Ticket holders that already have purchased tickets to the June 3 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race may add the package to their ticket for only $29. The deadline to purchase the package is May 18, 2012.(Dover)(3-31-2012)
FedEx and Autism Speaks return to Sprint Cup race at Dover: FedEx Corp., Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway announced that FedEx will return as the title sponsor for the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, the June 3, 2012 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks." This is the second straight year FedEx has been the title sponsor for the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. It's also the sixth straight year that the Monster Mile will partner with Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, helping to raise funds and awareness for the cause throughout race weekend. Also returning this year will be the Autism Speaks puzzle piece decals for drivers to display on their cars during the June 1-3, 2012 NASCAR race weekend. In 2011, approximately 65 drivers across all three national touring series participated to help generate awareness for Autism Speaks.(Dover)(3-13-2012)
Dover International Speedway announces seat-widening plan to begin in 2012: In an ongoing effort to provide fans with the most exciting and enjoyable race experience in NASCAR, Dover International Speedway is pleased to announce a seat-widening plan for the tracks grandstands beginning in 2012. The multi-year process, which will take place throughout the entire outdoor grandstands, will begin in all seating sections located in Turns 2 and 3. Additional widening of seats toward Turns 1 and 4 and the frontstretch will begin after the conclusion of the 2012 season. When the process is complete, all seats will have increased from 18 to 22 in size throughout the venue. Year to year, were always exploring ways to improve the experience for fans who attend our races at the Monster Mile, said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. Because many seats have already been renewed by our most loyal fans, we dont want to displace them in an effort to make this change in one fell swoop. Well do our best to widen seats this year, and complete the process by 2014. By widening our seats we are responding to suggestions from our fans and allowing them to enjoy the race in a far more comfortable setting. When the process is complete by 2014, Dovers new seating capacity will be 113,000. Dovers race weekends in 2012 are June 1-3, 2012 and Sept. 28-30, 2012. For more information or tickets, call 800-441-RACE or click here.(Dover Intl Speedway)(12-30-2011)
Dover International Speedway to present Cressona Fire Company a trophy: Dover International Speedway is set to present Cressona Fire Company No. 1 in Cressona, Pa. with its very own Miles the Monster trophy on Saturday, Dec. 10 after the group was declared the winner of the Firehouse Challenge contest at the Speedway during the Oct. 2 AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Along with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the Monster Mile challenged fire companies to see who could get the largest group of firefighters to attend the NFFF Firefighter Appreciation event at the race. The winner receives an exact model of the unique Miles the Monster trophy to display at their firehouse for one year. The monster trophy is the same award that winners of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races receive after a victory in Dover. Dover International Speedway has partnered with the NFFF for four years to create a special hospitality event for firefighters and their families prior to each falls NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The trophy contest is the newest addition to the partnership, and to date the Monster Mile has donated $305,899 to the NFFF. The Cressona Fire Company was able to gather 35 participants, winning the contest, and will be presented with their trophy in a day-long celebration beginning with a 2 p.m. parade through Cressona, Pa. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade will begin at the Cressona Mall and travel through town, ending at the firehouse at 59 S. Second St., Cressona, Pa. 17929, where the Company will be awarded the trophy by Dover International Speedway. More than 45 vehicles, led by Dovers official pace vehicle, will participate in the parade. The Monster Mile will host the Firehouse Challenge again at next years AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, set for Sept. 30, 2012. Tickets for that race, as well as the rest of the June 1-3, 2012 and Sept. 28-2012 race weekends, are now on sale. For more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(12-6-2011)
ServiceMaster Clean Extra Mile Award presented to Dover Track Services Leader: ServiceMaster Clean announced the selection of Jesse Cobb as the tracks 2011 recipient of the ServiceMaster Clean Extra Mile Award. Cobb, crew chief of the Turn 4 fire rescue team at Dover International Speedway, is the second Dover International Speedway team member to be awarded with the honor. The Extra Mile Award program was created last year by ServiceMaster Clean to recognize the efforts of track service personnel whose contributions often go unnoticed, but are vital to the success of the event. The recipient can be any member of the track staff that works in a service-oriented position. Track management personnel select the winner. Cobb received special awards and recognition this past weekend at Dover, prior to the waving of the green flag for the AAA 400. Cobb was a natural choice at Dover. He is in his 36th year of service at The Monster Mile. He joined the track services team in 1975 as a track firefighter while working full-time for Delaware Area Regional Transit (DART). Since that time he has worked his way through the ranks to crew chief of the Turn 4 Fire Truck at Dover International Speedway. Since his retirement from DART, Cobb has also worked part time for the Speedway where he routinely staffs weekly events and assists with track preparations prior to a major event. Cobb is also the primary driver for Dovers ServiceMaster Clean jet dryer when it goes on the road to assist at other facilities. Cobb was joined by his wife, Ronna, and son, Aaron, for the award presentation on Sunday. Each award winners name is engraved on a plaque that will be displayed at the track where the individual works or volunteers. A personal plaque is also presented to recipients during their tracks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend. ServiceMaster Clean is in its third season as the official sponsor of caution periods at the 19 International Speedway Corp. (ISC) and Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) tracks and Dover International Speedway.(ServiceMaster/DIS)(10-5-2011)
Delaware raises tolls for race? no: The state of Delaware didnt pass on the opportunity to cash in on race weekend [for the races at Dover International Speedway] by raising the tolls on Highway 1, the main road to the speedway from Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. Tolls usually are $1, but raised to $2 on race weekend.(Augusta Chronicle), note: looking at Delaware DOT and EzPass info, tolls on Highway 1 for passenger vehicle are raised every weekend by $1.00 from 7:00pm/et Fridays to 11:00pm/et on Sundays since Oct 2007 and not just raised for the race weekend.(10-3-2011)
Kurt Busch wins at Dover: #22-Kurt Busch won the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 24th career win and 2nd of of the season.
#48-Johnson finished 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #4-Kahne, #17-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #43-Allmendinger, #33-Bowyer, #9-Ambrose and #29-Harvick.
Pole sitter #56-Truex Jr. had some tire problems and finished 30th.
#29-Harvick and #99-Edwards are tied in the Chase Points lead, with #14-Stewart and #22-Busch 9 points behind in 3rd.
There were 24lead changes among 13 drivers and 10 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 83,000 down from 88,000 last year.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN2, Monday, October 3 at 12:30am/et;
SPEED, Wednesday, October 5 at 12:00pm/et
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Dover Race Results/Awards page.
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.
For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-2-2011)
Traffic tips for Dover: DelDOT has established several traffic and parking precautions to ensure that race fans have a safe trip to Dover International Speedway for the triple header beginning Friday, Sept. 30. On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Dover International Speedway's main entrance will be closed to southbound traffic when stadium parking is filled. Once the race is finished, Leipsic Road will be closed to through traffic to allow immediate exit onto Route 13. On Saturday and Sunday there will be designated routes for cars to follow.
DelDOT is also offering a park and ride service from two locations on Sunday. Buses will be available to take fans from the Christiana Mall to the speedway for $12 round trip. Seating is limited to the first 800 people. Another bus service will bring fans from the Blue Hen Corporate Center, 655 South Bay Road. Service for both routes begins at 8 a.m.
The Smyrna Rest Area, 10 miles north of the speeyway, is open 24 hours and provides a place for fans with RVs to stay. The rest area is located off exit 119.
Updates on traffic and parking can be found at www.twitter.com/delawaredot, www.DelDOT.gov or by listening to 1380 AM.(Dover Post)(10-1-2011)
Melora Hardin to sing National Anthem at Dover: Melora Hardin, best known for her role as Jan Levinson on the hit NBC series "The Office," will sing the National Anthem prior to the running of the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Oct. 2 at Dover International Speedway. Hardin's impressive career spans a variety of mediums, including numerous television series, films, live concerts and music albums. She also just made her directorial debut with the feature film "You," currently available on DVD. Hardin's performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" adds to a list of entertaining events surrounding the Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011 race weekend.(Dover Speedway)(9-23-2011)
Tracks spared hurricane damage: Hurricane Irene proved to be more than a hindrance to several NASCAR tracks over the weekend, but officials at Richmond, New Hampshire and Dover expect upcoming race weekends to go off without a hitch. Although Richmond International Raceway suffered no major damage, as of Monday morning the area around the track remained without electricity. Richmond is scheduled to host the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series event on Sept. 9, followed by the Wonderful Pistachios 400 on Sept. 10. Turner said track officials are confident the facility will be ready to host the more than 90,000 fans expected to attend each evening. In three weeks, the series travels to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. According to NHMS director of communications Kristen Costa, the facility had minimal damage. At Dover, senior director of communications Gary Camp said track officials had enough lead time to stow important items. "We had no damage here at the track, fortunately," Camp said.(NASCAR.com)(8-30-2011)
Dover expands junior seating options for race weekend: In an effort to make the sport of NASCAR and Dover International Speedway more accessible to young fans, the Monster Mile has expanded its junior ticketing options for its fall 2011 race weekend. Fans now have more seating areas to choose from when taking advantage of the $8 junior tickets for the Sept. 30 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and Oct. 1 "OneMain Financial 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and $10 junior tickets for the Oct. 2 "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Junior seating for the Oct. 2 race has been expanded to include Turn 2 and Turn 3 at the Monster Mile, in sections 137-144, rows 1-15, and sections 194-207, rows 1-15. The available seating areas include seven alcohol- and tobacco-free sections. For the Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 races, junior seating is available in all sections of Dover International Speedway. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011 race weekend, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Speedway)(8-14-2011)
Segway Tours now being offered at Dover: For more than two years now, Dover International Speedway has offered fans a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the Monster Mile through its "Explore the Monster" facility tours. Well, that intimate experience is about to be enhanced with the addition of Segways to create the "SegZone Monster Mile Experience." SegZone Tours, a Delaware-based company, will begin operating tours of Dover International Speedway on their eco-friendly, battery operated, and totally wireless two-wheel Personal Transporter, known as a Segway. The guided tour includes stops at the Monster Monument in Victory Plaza, presented by AAA; Sunoco Victory Lane, where fans can get pictures on the same stage that drivers like Jimmie Johnson and most recently Matt Kenseth have accepted their monster trophy; the frontstrech of the track as well as pit road; the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage; the Monster Bridge, overlooking Turn 3 of the track; the Infield Media Center; and more. All tours will be led by a Dover International Speedway tour guide, and each participant will be given an earphone to hear the tour guide while traveling on the Segways. Tours will last approximately two hours and 15 minutes. For pricing and reservations, visit SegZoneTours.com to book online or call 877-318-7747. Cash or credit cards are accepted, and participants must register in advance. Tours are conducted most Wednesdays, as well as some Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.(Dover PR)(7-24-2011)
2012 Dover spring race moves back to early June: Dover International Speedway officials announced that the Monster Mile will return to its traditional spring NASCAR race dates at the track, June 1-3, 2012. The fall race weekend will be held on Sept. 28-30, 2012, and will again be part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Also keeping with the tradition of being the best value in motorsports, Dover International Speedway plans to unveil a new pricing strategy in the coming weeks for its 2012 events that will offer race fans a level of value not seen at the Monster Mile in more than a decade. The spring weekend will feature the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, while the fall weekend will carry the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Tickets for the June 1-3, 2012 race weekend will go on sale to the public on July 5, 2011.(Dover Speedway)(6-22-2011)
OneMain Financial to sponsor fall Nationwide race at Dover: CitiFinancial - soon to be OneMain Financial - announced that it will be the title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race to be held at Dover International Speedway on October 1. "The OneMain Financial 200" will be held at The Monster Mile, as the track is otherwise known, and is one of the key races down the stretch of the NNS season leading to the championship. This sponsorship will be an integral part of the re-branding initiative as US CitiFinancial branches begin operating as OneMain Financial this summer. When CitiFinancial becomes OneMain Financial, customers and NASCAR fans alike can continue to depend on the same local service and support for their borrowing needs.(DIS)(5-15-2011)
USO to present the large military display at Dover: At a time when national pride is the highest its been in nearly a decade and patriotism has moved back to the forefront of American consciousness, Dover International Speedway is bringing something special to the FanZone for its May 13-15, 2011 race weekend, as the USO is set to present the Military Expo Village, the largest military display to ever be featured at a NASCAR track. The scale of the exhibit is only fitting for the Monster Mile, since Dover has long been a military town as home to the Dover Air Force Base including the 436th Airlift Wing and 512th Airlift Wing that provide continued support to the ongoing military efforts in the Middle East. The Delaware National Guard also has a strong presence in the capital of the First State.
The base may be best known for having the largest military mortuary in the Department of Defense, which has been used for the processing of the dignified transfers of military personnel killed in both war and peacetime. In addition, DAFB processes a large volume of military cargo, and its workforce consists of approximately 6,400 military personnel, broken down into 3,900 active duty, 1,500 reservists and 1,000 civilians. It also supports approximately 5,100 military family members.
The USO village will feature more than a dozen visual and interactive displays, including a replica foxhole display that fully shows the living conditions for a soldier currently deployed overseas. The foxhole setup is designed with all the items a soldier would have to create their living quarters.
Other highlights of the expo include a mini C-17 Globemaster III from the 512th Airlift Wing that will give a scaled-down idea of one of the planes operated out of Dover Air Force Base; a number of military vehicles from the Delaware National Guard, such as a Phoenix satellite truck and a Hummer with a large weapon turret attached; two helicopters, including one celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation; and a climate-controlled museum with displays from the United States Marine Corps and the Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
The United States Coast Guard will display one of its communications vehicles used for natural disasters and homeland security matters, while the Seabees the construction battalion of the United States Navy will have a few of its own specialized vehicles on hand, including a tractor trailer, bulldozer and Humvee. Representatives from Dovers own Air Mobility Command Museum are set to display an exhibit featuring a jet engine, and a Navy SEAL team mentor will be available to answer questions for those interested in the elite unit.
The USO Military Expo Village will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 13; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14; and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in the FanZone at Dover International Speedway.
Race weekend returns to the Monster Mile May 13-15 with the Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, 5-hour ENERGY 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(5-12-2011)
NASCAR teams in all three national series unite to support Autism Speaks: For the fifth consecutive year, Dover International Speedway has joined forces with Autism Speaks to create awareness for the special cause through the entitlement of the Monster Miles spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, titled the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. The NASCAR community has embraced the messaging of Autism Speaks, and throughout the May 13-15, 2011 race weekend in Dover, 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cares, 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series cars and 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series trucks will sport the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece logo as a sign of support for the nations leading autism science and advocacy organization. Participating Sprint Cup Series drivers and teams include:
#1-Jamie McMurray, #2-Brad Keselowski, #4-Kasey Kahne, #6-David Ragan, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #11-Denny Hamlin, #13-Casey Mears, #14-Tony Stewart, #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Matt Kenseth, #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Joey Logano, #22-Kurt Busch, #27-Paul Menard, #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton, #33-Clint Bowyer, #34-David Gilliland, #38-Travis Kvapil, #39-Ryan Newman, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #43-AJ Allmendinger, #46-J.J. Yeley, #56-Martin Truex Jr., #60-Mike Skinner, #66-Michael McDowell, #81-Scott Riggs, #83-Brian Vickers and #99-Carl Edwards. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on May 13-15, 2011. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(4-12-2011)
Frankies Monster Mile Café to open NASCAR weekend: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will introduce race fans to a Tuscan-style café with the flavor and atmosphere of its Frankie's Wine Bar and Italian Restaurant during the May 13-15 NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway. Frankie's Monster Mile Café will offer race fans a variety of new menu options in an al fresco setting. The public is invited to the Friday grand opening event at 7 p.m., which will feature renowned pastry chef and Delawares King of Cakes Dana Herbert. Herbert will craft custom replica cakes of Miles the Monster, one to remain on display and one to be sliced and served on Friday evening. Chef Herbert, owner/operator of Desserts by Dana in New Castle, Del., is the winner of TLCs 2011 season of Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, hosted by Buddy Valastro. Herbert will be available for autographs. More info at Doverspeedway.com.(5-10-2011)
Ticket holders can get on the track for free on Saturday at Dover: Interested in getting up close and personal with the Monster Mile prior to the May 14 "5-hour ENERGY 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway? Well the race's title sponsor is providing just that opportunity as it is set to host the "5-hour ENERGY Open Track" session. From 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, NASCAR Nationwide Series race ticket holders will have the chance to enter the track at Gate 18 and roam pit road and the frontstretch of the Monster Mile, with a few special bonuses planned as well.(Dover Speedway)(5-9-2011)
Miss Willie Brown to sing National Anthem at Dover: A&M/Octone Records' new country music duo Miss Willie Brown will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, May 15 at Dover International Speedway. Miss Willie Brown released their first major label EP in March, produced by award-winning producer Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and George Strait), and will wrap up the 30-city JAGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR with Dierks Bentley on May 13 in Norfolk, Va. In addition to performing the "Star Spangled Banner," Miss Willie Brown is scheduled to entertain race fans with one of their original songs during pre-race activities.(Dover Raceway)(5-8-2011)
FedEx Corp to sponsor Dover race; support Autism Speaks: FedEx Corp., Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway announced that the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2011 will be named the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. As part of the race sponsorship, and to help increase public awareness of autism and raise funds for continued research, there will be opportunities for fans to show their support through special ticket packages and unique race-weekend experiences. In addition, FedEx will make a donation of $100,000 to Autism Speaks if Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Toyota Camry, wins the race. The FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks marks the first time they have sponsored a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
Fans are encouraged to show their support for Autism Speaks by taking advantage of the following opportunities.
Special FedEx 400 Race Charity Ticket Package: The package, priced at $111, offers two tickets (regularly priced at $84 each) to the May 15 event with proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks. Supplies are limited and fans are encouraged to visit www.DoverSpeedway.com/FedEx400 or call the Dover ticket office at 800-441-RACE and mention FedEx 111.
Race Weekend Experience Auctions: The premier package is highlighted by the opportunity to wave the green flag to start the Cup race after joining the Sprint Cup drivers on stage for driver introductions. The package also includes two all-access pit passes, a garage tour, overnight accommodations in the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, luxury suite passes, and a green flag signed by the starting lineup of the race. A second package features two seats in the unique Monster Bridge. Proceeds from the auction go to Autism Speaks. Visit DoverSpeedway.com and click on the Autism Speaks button to place a bid.
Support Autism Speaks Directly: Fans can text autism to 25383 to donate $10 instantly. Standard messaging charges apply and the donation will appear as a charge on your cell phone bill. In addition, donation locations will also be set up during the race weekend for those fans interested in donating on-site to Autism Speaks.(FedEx)(4-22-2011)
Martin to appear in Dover's Monster Mile Club: Mark Martin will be the special guest of a hosted question and answer session in the Monster Mile Club at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 15, 2011. The Monster Mile Club, an all-inclusive hospitality option including driver appearances, an opportunity to walk on the track before the race, and unlimited food with beverages, is available for $99 and can be added on to any Sunday race ticket. The Monster Mile Club opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 15 with a continental breakfast. Trackside tours begin at 8:30 a.m. and the hosted question-and-answer session with Martin will follow later in the morning, at approximately 10:15 a.m. An all-you-can]eat lunch will be served at 11 a.m. prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 1 p.m. Monster Mile Club ticket holders will also receive a souvenir gift and a race program.(Dover Speedway)(4-16-2011)
Breakfast with the Bagman ticket option at Dover: Dover International Speedway has created a special, all-inclusive "Breakfast with the Bagman" package, featuring Delaware's own Mike Bagley, for the Sunday, May 15, 2011 Sprint Cup Series event. The $99 option includes a ticket to the race in sections 202-204, an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast buffet, a souvenir program, and a question-and-answer session with Bagley and friends. Bagley is an on-air turn announcer with MRN radio, and also serves as co-host of The Morning Drive on Sirius XM NASCAR radio. He has strong ties to the area, growing up in Milford, Del., approx. 15 miles south of Dover International Speedway. Bagley served for a short time as a PA announcer on race weekend in Dover, and went on to join MRN in 1992. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(3-6-2011)
Bully Hill Vineyards to sponsor the April Truck Series race at Nashville: Nashville Superspeedway and Bully Hill Vineyards have entered into a new partnership agreement that names the Hammondsport, N.Y.-based vineyard and winery the official wine of Nashville Superspeedway, and title sponsor of the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on April 22, 2011. New for 2011, tickets for the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 start at just $25 for adults and only $10 for juniors 14 and under. A Friday ticket also includes NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice and qualifying, and two NASCAR Nationwide Series practice sessions. A special NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session is also scheduled for Friday, April 22. NASCAR returns to Nashville Superspeedway in 2011 with two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series-NASCAR Nationwide Series doubleheaders on April 22-23 and July 22-23. For more information, call 1-866-RACE-TIX or visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com.
Lucas Oil to sponsor Truck Series races at Dover and Nashville: Lucas Oil, Dover International Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway have entered into a new partnership agreement that names the manufacturer of problem solving additives and high performance lubricants as title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at both Dover Motorsports, Inc. facilities. The Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 13 will kickoff the May 13-15, 2011 NASCAR tripleheader at the Monster Mile in Dover, Del. The Lucas Deep Clean 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, July 22 will be held under the lights at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn. as part of a NASCAR doubleheader on July 22-23, 2011.
Tickets are now on sale for NASCARs return to the Monster Mile on May 13-15, 2011. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.
NASCAR returns to Nashville Superspeedway on April 22-23, 2011. To purchase tickets, call 1-866-RACE-TIX or visit NashvilleSuperspeedway.com.(Dover Motorsports PR)(2-12-2011)
Dover moves Sprint Cup qualifying to Saturday: With a goal of adding more value to a Saturday race ticket, Dover International Speedway will move NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying to Saturdays for the 2011 season. The new qualifying session will split NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday morning and a 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race in the afternoon during both May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011 race weekends. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying will be begin at 12:10 pm/et on Saturday, May 14 and at 1:40 pm/et on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. Fans at the track on Fridays will get to see nearly five hours of practice between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. A Friday ticket will also include admission to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying and the Lucas Oil 200 race on May 13, or NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying and the season finale race on Sept. 30.
New for 2011, Dover has increased the age and reduced the price of junior tickets for those 14 years old and under to just $8 for Friday and Saturday events. The $8 ticket applies to both general admission and reserved seating sections for NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events. Special youth and family ticket packages are available for Sunday as well. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)
Dover introduces "Dover Insider Tips" series: For first-time fans, a trip to Dover International Speedway can be sensory overload. The full-throttle experience of a race weekend at the Monster Mile can be as intense as the racing on the track. There's so much to see and do from the time fans set foot on the property that they don't always get to take advantage of everything that the venue has to offer. "Dover Insider Tips," a new series on DoverSpeedway.com, will give race fans insider access to new developments at the track, and advice on everything from purchasing tickets, parking, and who to contact at the track if they encounter a problem on race weekend. The idea for the series stems from two fan council meetings in 2010 where two groups of Dover fans met at the track to candidly discuss their experience with Speedway officials. The groups requested more year-round information about the track and more in-depth information about existing programs at the Speedway for fans. Fans can log on to DoverSpeedway.com every Thursday to read about a new topic(Dover PR)(1-7-2011)
Dover tickets on sale Monday: After seven seasons of serving as race #2 in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup," Dover International Speedway will move to race #3 in the 10-race championship playoff format in 2011. Historically one of the biggest hurdles for any championship contender, the Monster Mile will host the "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Oct. 2, 2011, together with the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Oct. 1, 2011, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season finale on Sept. 30, 2011. Tickets will go on sale this Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at 8 a.m. and can be ordered by calling 1-800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com. New for 2011, Dover has created a variety of family value packages in seven alcohol- and tobacco-free sections. Family value packages start at just $99 and include one adult ticket and one junior ticket (14 and under) for the Oct. 2, 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, a Racing Electronics scanner with an adapter and two headsets, two hot dogs and two Pepsi products.(Dover PR)(12-10-2010)
Dover announces reduced junior ticket prices: Continuing its initiative of making NASCAR events at the Monster Mile more family friendly and affordable, Dover International Speedway has reduced the price of junior tickets for those 14 years old and under to just $8 for Friday and Saturday NASCAR events in 2011. Friday events include the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on May 13, 2011 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Sept. 30, 2011. Saturday events include both NASCAR Nationwide Series races on May 14 and Oct. 1, 2011. The $8 ticket applies to both general admission and reserved seating sections. A Friday race ticket includes admission to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series or NASCAR K&N Pro Series East qualifying and race, NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice and qualifying. A Saturday race ticket includes NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying and race, and two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice sessions.
As previously announced, Dover has also created a total of seven alcohol- and tobacco-free family sections and will feature special Family Value packages including one adult ticket and one junior ticket, a Racing Electronics scanner and two headsets, two hot dogs and two Pepsi products. Family value package prices range from $99 to $139 and represent savings of $75 to $115 depending on the seat location. $10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series junior tickets are available for Sunday races in sections 143 and 144 for both the May 15 and Oct. 2, 2011 events, with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket in those sections. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on May 13-15 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(12-7-2010)
Dover profits down for Chase weekend: Dover International Speedway saw attendance drop 16% for its Sprint Cup weekend last month but only a 3-4% decline in overall profits thanks to lower expenses, an increase in corporate spending and an increase in broadcast revenue, Dover Motorsports Senior Vice President Tim Horne said Thursday. The company reported adjusted earnings of $2.3 million for the first nine months of 2010, down 34% compared to $3.5 million in 2009. Those earnings don't include the write-downs of the value of Memphis, which was shut down last year, and Gateway, which is being shut down at the end of this year. Including those write-downs, Dover has lost $2.9 million in the first nine months of 2010, more than double the loss of $1.3 million in the first nine months of 2009. The company is trying to sell both race tracks, and is considering an auction for Memphis, Dover Motorsports CEO Denis McGlynn said. Overall, for the period of July-August - the Dover Cup weekend in June, the Gateway Nationwide/Truck weekend in July and the Nashville Truck weekend in August - admissions revenues were down 21% from $11.2 million to $8.9 million. For the year, Dover reported revenues down 19 percent from $23.1 million to $18.8 million. Overall revenues through Sept. 30 have been down 8.5% from $66.8 million to $61.2 million. As far as non-Cup events, Gateway, which combined its summer Nationwide and Camping World Truck series events into one weekend this year, saw its July profits decrease a little more than $100,000. The Nashville Truck race from August was down about $500,000 due to lack of a title sponsor and attendance declines, Horne said.(Scene Daily)(10-29-2010)
Dover Downs, Dover Motorsports call off merger: Bowing to pressure from minority shareholders, Dover Downs and Dover Motorsports have called off their planned merger. Henry Tippie, chairman of the board of both companies, said in a statement on Wednesday that it became apparent the proposed deal would not gain the approval it needed from minority shareholders.
"While we believe that combining the two companies would have benefited both organizations, we have agreed to a mutual termination of our merger agreement," he said. Dover Downs operates a casino, hotel and horse racing operation. Dover Motorsports offers NASCAR racing. Because one person -- Tippie -- controls voting rights for more than 50 percent of the stock of both companies, their legal counsel suggested that a majority of minority shareholders would be needed to complete the deal. But minority shareholders on the NASCAR racing side said the deal undervalued the company. Some large minority shareholders like GAMCO Investors and Marathon Partners have argued that selling the company would reap a better return. An analyst affiliated with GAMCO even said it might make sense to close Dover International Speedway and move the two annual NASCAR races to Las Vegas and Chicago. The companies were one before they split eight years ago. Despite the separate corporations, they share many of the same executives and boards. As part of the deal, Motorsports shareholders would have received just over half a share of Dover Downs Gaming stock for each of their own shares. Both companies have struggled lately, with competition squeezing the gambling operations, and lower attendance dogging the racing company. Dover Motorsports has had disappointing results from the acquisitions of other racetracks, including one in St. Louis, which it will stop using for NASCAR in 2011. Dover Motorsports also owns Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee.(Delaware News Journal)(10-18-2010)
Grand Touring Vodka "Official & Exclusive Vodka" at Dover: Dover International Speedway and Grand Touring (GT) Vodka have entered into a multi-year agreement that names GT Vodka as the "Official & Exclusive Vodka" of Dover International Speedway. The agreement includes extensive signage at the Monster Mile that will also place GT Vodka's logo on the entire length of the inside of the pit road wall. In addition to its new partnership with Dover, GT Vodka is also in its first year as a sponsor with JR Motorsports that has featured primary sponsorship of the #88 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Race fans at the Monster Mile on Sept. 24-26, 2010 will have the opportunity to visit the GT Vodka interactive display in the FanZone and take their picture with the #88 show car. Fans can also get a taste of the product by visiting one of several locations around the facility that will now serve GT Vodka, including inside of the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino adjacent to the Speedway.(Dover PR)(9-24-2010)
Drivers to introduce themselves during pre-race for the AAA 400: Dover will spruce up its pre-race driver introductions by inviting all 43 starting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to introduce themselves on stage before the start of the race. Pre-race ceremonies on the frontstretch stage begin at 11:30 a.m. with driver introductions scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Each driver will introduce themselves and announce what car they'll be driving, commencing with the driver starting in the 43rd position. The top-10 starters will introduce themselves and a military veteran who has recently returned home from overseas. The USO Delaware is helping to choose the 10 members of the military.(Dover PR)(9-23-2010)
Sunoco renews Dover agreement: Dover International Speedway and Sunoco have extended their existing partnership to include naming rights for the Monster Mile's Victory Lane, now known as Sunoco Victory Lane. Winning drivers in all three NASCAR series racing at the one-mile, high-banked oval this weekend will pull into a brand new Sunoco Victory Lane after conquering the monster. The 10-year agreement also names Sunoco as the "Official Fuel of Dover International Speedway." As part of this designation, Sunoco will have prominent signage surrounding Victory Lane including the Philadelphia-based company's familiar yellow, blue and red colors. The display will also feature a canopy-like structure that showcases their recognizable diamond logo on the checkered patterned floor. Future plans call for the addition of a small seating area near Victory Lane for VIPs, guests and race fans.(Dover PR)(9-23-2010)
National Anthem singer named for Dover: Southern pop artist Jessie James will sing the national anthem prior to the start of the AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 26. James recent single and upcoming album title, Boys in the Summer, was featured on the Billboard charts in several categories this summer, and shell also entertain fans with her hit song during pre-race for the AAA 400. James performance adds to the growing list of entertainment for fans surrounding three days of NASCAR events at the Monster Mile this September. For a full list of fan attractions, visit DoverSpeedway.com and click the Sept. 24-26 race weekend fan activities and attractions link. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on Sept. 24-26, 2010. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(9-16-2010)
Dover to host two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2011: With the release of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar by NASCAR, Dover International Speedway has solidified its event dates for next season. The Monster Mile will host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on May 13-15, 2011, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011. The Oct. 2, 2011 race at the Monster Mile will be the third race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Dover has hosted a Chase race every season since the inception of the playoff format in 2004.
Tickets for the May 13-15, 2011 race weekend will go on sale to the public on Oct. 11, 2011, and tickets for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011 will be available to the public on Dec. 13, 2010. Returning fans still have the opportunity to renew their same seats for the fall 2011 race weekend until Nov. 4, 2010. The renewal deadline for the spring 2011 events has passed.
Dover International Speedway continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special three-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, new-for-2011 family and junior pricing, and a variety of payment plans. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on Sept. 24-26, 2010. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(8-19-2010)
Commemorative casino chip for September NASCAR race at Dover: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in conjunction with sister company Dover Motorsports, will release the inaugural, limited edition Monster Mile commemorative casino chip for the upcoming Sept. 24-26, 2010, NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway. The $5 commemorative chip is the first in a planned series to be designed for each subsequent NASCAR race weekend at the speedway. The $5 chips can only be purchased at the casino table games area of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and only 5,000 chips are being produced. The chip depicts Miles the Monster, Dover International Speedway's signature icon. The concrete monster is spawned from the track's nickname, "The Monster Mile," and is also featured on the winner's trophy, tickets, memorabilia, and of course, the 46-foot-tall Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. The first Monster Mile casino chip will be available for sale beginning Wednesday, Sept. 22, only at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.(Dover PR)(8-14-2010)
Hershey's donates $19,800 to Autism Speaks: Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes, the Official Flavored Milk and Milkshakes of Dover International Speedway®, presented Autism Speaks, the nations largest autism science and advocacy organization, with a donation of $19,800 during a press event held today before the start of the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes. Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes are a new line of single-serve milk and milkshakes that are produced by HP Hood LLC under license from The Hershey Company. The $19,800 donation to Autism Speaks is the result of a challenge that Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes delivered to Trevor Bayne, #99 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver for Michael Waltrip Racing. Hershey's Milk and Milkshakes offered to donate $99 to Autism Speaks for every lap completed by the #99 car during the Heluva Good! 200 on Saturday, May 15, at Dover International Speedway. Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes is one of the sponsors of Baynes car at Dover.(Dover International Speedway)(5-16-2010)
Enjoy a Heluva Good! Roast Beef Sandwich at Dover: During the weekend of May 1416, 2010 race fans can spice up their experience at Dovers Monster Mile with the Heluva Good! Roast Beef Sandwich, available exclusively at the Garden Café at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino as a special menu item to celebrate the Heluva Good! 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The Heluva Good! Roast Beef Sandwich is served on a toasted ciabatta roll, and features the big, bold flavors of thinly sliced roast beef topped with roasted red peppers, crispy fried onions, and garnished with the savory taste of Heluva Good! Garlic & Parmesan Dip.(Dover International Speedway)(5-16-2010)
DelDOT's traffic information for NASCAR fans: The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) welcomes fans to Dover for the 2010 NASCAR Race Series at the Dover International Speedway beginning on Friday, May 14 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200; Saturday, May 15 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series 200; and Sunday, May 16 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400. At both of the Route 1 and I-95 Toll Plazas, additional lanes will be open in expectation of traffic congestion. Extra toll operators will be working at the Route 1 Toll Plaza in Dover on Monday, May 17 to assist recreational vehicles leaving the speedway. DelDOT's Transportation Management Center (TMC) staff in coordination with the City of Dover Police and Delaware State Police will monitor traffic in and around the Dover vicinity to ensure safe travel for motorists. For more info and traffic news, see doverspeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-13-2010)
Lifelong fan to attend Dover race 42nd straight year: On Sunday, when Jack Hoenstine of Queen, Pa., sits in the grandstands off Turn 4 at Dover International Speedway watching the Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEYS Milk & Milkshakes, he will be attending a NASCAR race at the storied track for the 42nd straight year. In fact, since his initial visit to the Monster Mile in 1969, Hoenstine, a retired truck driver, has not missed a single NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover. Ive been to the 300 milers, the 500 milers, and now the 400 milers, the 78-year old retired truck driver said. Theyve got a horse race track there at Dover, but I go for the gas burners, not the hay burners. Hoenstine has seen it all at the track known as The Monster Mile. There was the caution-free race in 1971, and a wreck-filled one a decade later with only 13 cars running at the checkered flag. Hoenstine watched long-time short track driver Jody Ridley get his only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in a Junie Donlavey car (his only Cup win as an owner in 863 tries) and 52 year-old Harry Gant win in 1992. Harry would run that track really high, Hoenstine remembered.
The most memorable Dover race, he says, was a controversial Richard Petty win in the Delaware 500 in September, 1975. Seven of the Kings 200 victories were at the high-banked track, including his 199th win. What made this race special was Petty came from six laps behind to catch Benny Parsons. Controversy erupted when Buddy Arrington, who had just purchased his car hauler from Petty Enterprises, parked his Plymouth in the upper groove of Turn 3, bringing out a caution enabling Petty to finally get on the lead lap. In addition to attending both NASCAR race weekends at Dover, Hoenstine still travels to a dozen NASCAR events each year. Last weekend, he celebrated an incredible streak of 60 consecutive years attending NASCAR races at Darlington Raceway. Additionally, since attending Charlotte Motor Speedways 1964 spring race (known as the World 600), Hoenstine has been to the Coca-Cola 600 every year. The sport is taking notice of this iron fans incredible devotion. Hoenstine is featured in the new NASCAR Library Collection book, The Weekend Starts on Wednesday: True Stories of Remarkable NASCAR Fans by Andrew Giangola, and was the subject of a special fan profile on ESPNs NASCAR Now that aired on Saturday, May 8. In addition to Hoenstine, more than 30 remarkable NASCAR fans are profiled in The Weekend Starts on Wednesday from a Lexington, NC, man whos been to every single Daytona 500 to a male nurse with a fear of heights who braved the elements to bring the Sprint Cup flag to the top of Mt. Everest. A critically acclaimed work of wit and feeling, the NASCAR Library Collection book The Weekend Starts on Wednesday is a vivid commentary on the love affair millions of fans have for a great American sport.(Dover International Speedway)(5-13-2010)
Richard Petty named grand marshal for Autism Speaks: A familiar face at the Monster Mile will say the four most famous words in motorsports - "Gentleman, start your engines" - to bring 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines to life on Sunday, May 16 at Dover International Speedway. Richard Petty, a seven-time winner at the Monster Mile and owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, will be the grand marshal for the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY'S Milk & Milkshakes" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Just days before being inducted into the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, "The King" will celebrate the grand occasion at Dover by participating as the grand marshal and by taking part in a free question-and-answer session for all fans on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. Allen Bestwick, host of ESPN's coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will moderate the special Q&A session.(Dover PR)(5-11-2010)
Jimmie Johnson ticket package at Dover: Race fans that haven't locked in their seats yet for the May 16, 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway can now take advantage of a great deal named for one great driver. The $48 Jimmie Johnson package, presented by 92.5 XTU, includes a specially priced ticket to the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY'S Milk & Milkshakes" race on Sunday, May 16 and admission to an exclusive question-and-answer session with Johnson in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 29. Johnson will be the special guest of a Q&A session at World Café Live, located at 3025 Walnut St. in Philadelphia, on Thursday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at the popular live music venue, and lunch specials will be available prior to the Johnson event. The exclusive April 29 event is only available to fans that purchase the $48 Johnson package. With the purchase of this package, loyal fans of the #48 team will be able to sit amongst fellow fans in designated Jimmie Johnson sections in the grandstands at Dover. Space is limited, so fans are encouraged to order soon. For more information about the $48 Jimmie Johnson package, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com/XTU. The deadline to purchase this package is Sunday, April 25, 2010.(Dover PR)(4-13-2010)
Dover race will be "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's": For the fourth straight year, Dover International Speedways Spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will create awareness for a very worthy cause. Dover announced the May 16, 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event will be called the Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEYS Milk & Milkshakes. The unique partnership between Dover, Autism Speaks and HERSHEYS Milk & Milkshakes will provide a platform for Autism Speaks message of public awareness and education about autism to the masses at the track in Dover and to those watching the race nationally on FOX.(Dover PR)(1-27-2010)
Dover tickets for fall races on sale Monday: The major storyline surrounding the 2010 NASCAR season will be which driver will step up and challenge four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Hendrick Motorsports team. A slew of drivers have aspirations of being the one to put an end to Johnson's four year reign as series champion, and if they're going to do so, they'll have to beat him at one of his best tracks - Dover International Speedway - where he completed the season sweep in 2009. Race fans can reserve great seats beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 for the Sept. 26, 2010 "AAA 400," race No. 2 in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup," the Sept. 25, 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and the Sept. 24 "Sunoco 150" NASCAR Camping World Series race. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Dover ticket office at 800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com. "AAA 400" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race tickets start at just $55, and a new $35 junior ticket is available for kids 11 and under in the alcohol- and tobacco-free Family Seating Section. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including a $25 discount on three-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover PR)(12-12-2009)
Tickets on sale for Dover's May races: Race fans can reserve great seats for the May 14-16, 2010 race weekend at Dover International Speedway, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, as tickets are currently on sale. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Dover ticket office at 800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com. Tickets for Dover's "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" weekend, Sept. 24-26, 2010, will go on sale to the public on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. Returning fans still have the opportunity to renew their same seats for the September 2010 race weekend until Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009. Dover International Speedway continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special three-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans.(Dover International Speedway)(11-10-2009)
Dover Motorsports writes down value of Memphis track: Without its NASCAR and National Hot Rod Association events, Memphis Motorsports Park, which was going to be sold for $10 million before the potential buyer couldn't secure financing, has dropped in value by $7.478 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Dover Motorsports, which announced Friday it was closing the Memphis facility that included a .75-mile oval where NASCAR conducted one Camping World Truck and one Nationwide series race a year, noted the write-down in its third quarter results. Dover had been listing the value of the Memphis track as $10 million, so with the write-down it now lists the facility's value without its NASCAR and NHRA events as $2.522 million. Dover also noted that its NASCAR weekend in September saw lower attendance, sponsorships and corporate spending as a result of the weak economy and poor weather. For the first nine months of 2009 - which is virtually Dover's entire racing season with the exception of the Memphis Nationwide race - Dover has recorded a net loss of $1.324 million compared with a net profit in 2008 of $6.398 million.(SceneDaily)(11-3-2009)
Dover Motorsports shuts down Memphis track: Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced that it was ceasing all operations at Memphis Motorsports Park and that it would not be promoting any events in Memphis in 2010. As previously announced, the Memphis facility had been under an agreement of sale to Gulf Coast Entertainment but Gulf Coast was unable to secure financing. "This was a difficult decision for us, but one that ultimately was dictated by economics," said Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Motorsports. "We greatly appreciate the many years of dedication shown by our Memphis employees and their efforts to make Memphis such a great destination for the racing community - from racing fans and drivers to sponsors, team owners and sanctioning bodies. For all concerned, including the Memphis community, it is truly sad to see Memphis Motorsports Park taken off the racing schedule. NASCAR has approved the realignment of our NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events from Memphis Motorsports Park to our Nashville and Gateway facilities."
The realigned events and dates are as follows:
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nashville Superspeedway, April 2, 2010, (together with NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 3, 2010)
NASCAR Nationwide Series, Gateway International Raceway, October 23, 2010.(Dover Motorsports PR)(10-30-2009)
ISC, SMI looked to jointly purchase Dover in 2007: Speedway Motorsports Inc. and International Speedway Corp. formed an alliance two years ago to look into the possible purchase of Dover International Speedway, according to a letter from Dover Motorsports Inc. general counsel to one of its shareholders. The letter was sent last month to Mario Cibelli, managing member of Marathon Partners, which owns 16.3 percent of the company's common stock (but only 1.5 percent of voting stock) and a harsh critic of Dover management who wants the company to be sold. In a filing Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Cibelli asks for a forum on issues pertaining to Dover Motorsports shareholders, and the letter is posted on the forum project's Web site. Dover general counsel Klaus M. Belohoubek writes in the letter that Cibelli's actions might have thwarted the potential sale by driving down the asking price. A Dover spokesman said the company had no comment but did confirm the authenticity of the letter. The letter states that on May 2, 2007, Dover Motorsports Chairman Henry Tippie, Belohoubek and other Dover Motorsports executives met with SMI Chairman Bruton Smith and now-ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy in an airplane hangar in Dallas to entertain an offer to acquire Dover.(SceneDaily)(10-10-2009)
Truex Jr. donates 100 Dover tickets to fans in need: #1- Martin Truex Jr., always a fan favorite at the Monster Mile, has purchased 100 tickets to the AAA 400 Sprint Cup Series race for select fans who were unable to renew their September race tickets due to hardships brought on by the economic downturn or other unforeseen circumstances. Loyal Dover International Speedway ticket holders were contacted and told of Truex's special donation of tickets to the upcoming "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" race. The list was compiled from letters or personal stories shared by fans during the ticket renewal period for the Sept. 25-27 race weekend. "When we heard that Dover had a list of fans who wanted to come to the race but couldn't for one reason or another, we decided to take care of them," said Truex, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. "The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation is always looking for new ways to help those in need in the NASCAR community, and we felt this was a great way to support fans who wanted to be at the race in Dover. Dover obviously has a special place in my heart."(Dover PR)(9-23-2009)
National Tailgating League to hold "Monster" cornhole tournament at Dover: The National Tailgating League (The NTL), a newly formed organization created to sanction and execute organized tailgating games including Cornhole, Ladder Golf and Washer Toss competitions, will ho;d the first ever Monster Mile Cornhole tournament in conjunction with next months Sept. 25-27, 2009 NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway. The doubles Cornhole tournaments will take place in the FanZone at Dover International Speedway and will be open to all race fans and the general public. The NTL, which held its inaugural event during the May race weekend at Lowes Motor Speedway, put on a massive Cornhole tournament recently in Bristol, Tenn., as hundreds of tailgaters faced off for various race-related prizes and thousands of dollars in cash. Because of the success of those inaugural events, NTL Founder and President Todd Hirschfeld is bringing this tailgating phenomenon to Dover, a market with a high concentration of NASCAR fans and tailgating enthusiasts. In addition to the $2,500 purse for Sundays main event tournament, participants in Saturdays amateur Cornhole tournaments will compete for race-related experiences such as suite passes, autographed items, and Monster Racing driving experiences in Dover. Interested race fans and gamers that want to participate in one of the NTL doubles Cornhole tournaments during the Dover weekend can reserve a spot by signing up today at www.TheNTL.com or can visit the tournament site starting as early as Friday, Sept. 25. Each of the five weekend tournaments will hold up to 64 teams of two, and sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis.(DIS)(9-22-2009)
Dover announces 2010 race dates: Historically, Dover International Speedways spring race dates depend on where the Memorial Day holiday falls [since 1987, from 1974 thru 1986 May 14-21 range was the date of the 1st race]. Through the years its varied between late-May or early June, and because Memorial Day comes late in 2010, Dover International Speedways spring race weekend has been moved to May 14-16, 2010, three weeks earlier than this years dates to accommodate a busy spring NASCAR schedule. Tickets for the May 14-16, 2010 tripleheader weekend featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009. Fans that have already renewed their seats and have questions or concerns about the date change are encouraged to call the Dover ticket office at 800-441-RACE for more information. Dover is traditionally the first stop for NASCAR in the Northeast and it will continue to be that way in 2010, said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. With Memorial Day falling on May 31 next year, June becomes very crowded and we felt it was better to make this one-time move and preserve our position as the first race in the Northeast. Our dates will return to the slot after Memorial Day in 2011. Dovers fall Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekend remains unchanged and is scheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2010. Tickets for the Sept. 24-26, 2010 races will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. Great seats remain for this years fall race at the Monster Mile coming Sept. 25-27. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Speedway)(9-1-2009)
AAA sponsoring Dover's fall race: AAA Mid-Atlantic and Dover International Speedway announce a new race name for the upcoming Sept. 27, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event: the "AAA 400." The Wilmington, Del.-based organization provides automotive, travel, personal insurance and financial services, and has approximately four million AAA members in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. With this new agreement in place, AAA Mid-Atlantic solidifies its relationship with Dover International Speedway through 2015, and will serve as the title sponsor of September's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for six years, beginning with the Sept. 27, 2009 event.(Dover PR)(8-19-2009)
- Delaware passes a sports-betting bill: The Delware state legislature has passed a sports-betting bill, making Delaware the only state in the East where wagering on sports will be legal. Nevada, Oregon and Montana are the only other states that offer sports wagering. Delaware hopes to have the betting system in place in time for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway in September. This means NASCAR fans will be able to place bets on their favorite drivers. Martha, Im putting $10 on Tony Stewart to win. How bout yall? $10 on Jeff Gordon to win?
Well do everything they do in Vegas except straight bets on one team over another, Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said. He added that point spreads are needed to legally be a lottery. Well be the only state east of Montana where fans will be able to bet legally. We should be able to attract a whole new demographic that we dont get from slots.()(6-11-2009)
- Autisic teen to sing at Dover: Huguenot's Larry Oliveri has had to overcome several obstacles in his life and has had to cope with difficult challenges, but his God-given gift of song has helped him soar to new heights. Larry, now 17, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. A student at Bishop Patrick V. Ahern High School at the Seton Foundation for Learning in Graniteville, where he's developing his melodic singing voice -- especially in the opera genre -- Larry has performed in several school productions. Now his parents, Vivian and Paul, have given us an update on their eldest son. Larry has been tapped to sing "God Bless America" at the Dover International Speedway on Sunday. This race, the "Autism Speaks 400," is sponsored by the nationally known organization of the same name. In fact, the organization has invited the entire family -- including Larry's brothers, Paul Jr., 15, and Christopher, 8 -- to join them in their hospitality suite. In conversation with a neighbor about the upcoming Dover event, Larry said, "Autism never sounded so good!"(Staten Island Live), Larry Oliveri also gave the command to start engines and was the grand marshal.(5-31-2009)
- Dover Is Latest Addition To ServiceMaster Clean Yellow Flag Program: Dover International Speedway is the latest addition to the ServiceMaster Clean Yellow Flag program. ServiceMaster Clean will have official and exclusive sponsorship of the Yellow Flag known as ServiceMaster Clean Caution periods at The Monster Mile for both racing weekends in 2009 and beyond. When there is a problem on the track, the ServiceMaster Clean Yellow Flag will wave, and the companys familiar yellow trucks will be dispatched to clean the track. The cleaning and drying vehicles and equipment at the Monster Mile this weekend will feature the ServiceMaster Clean logo and colors. In racing, a yellow flag means its time to clean up the track. Debris removal and track drying must be done quickly and professionally in order to get back to racing. In homes and businesses across North America, a yellow ServiceMaster Clean van means cleaning and restoration is being done quickly and professionally by Americas number one cleaning team. Earlier this year, ServiceMaster Clean became the first-ever official sponsor of the caution period during races at International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and Speedway Motorsports Incorporated (SMI) race tracks. The multi-year agreement now includes Dover and all 19 ISC and SMI race tracks around the country. Including Dover, those racetracks feature 33 Sprint Cup, 26 Nationwide and 18 Camping World Truck Series races and hundreds of other racing events during the season. The multi-year agreement is not limited to what happens on the track, but also includes hospitality events for franchise owners, the right to create and sell promotional merchandise and a host of other marketing opportunities designed to generate consistent visibility. The ServiceMaster Clean motorsports program also includes national coverage on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Performance Racing Network (PRN), With more than 4,500 franchise locations around the world, ServiceMaster Clean serves customers through a global network of franchises that provide janitorial services, commercial carpet cleaning, hard surface floor care, residential carpet cleaning and upholstery, and disaster restoration services. The company has been a market leader more than 60 years. For more information, visit us at www.servicemasterclean.com.(5-30-2009)
- NASCAR teams in all three series to sport Autism Speaks logo at Dover: Since the title of the Sunday, May 31, 2009 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway was announced, the NASCAR community has come together to offer their support for a great cause. Drivers and teams in all three of NASCARs national series have answered the call to sport the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece logo on their vehicles as a sign of support for the nations leading autism science and advocacy organization. Race fans at the track and watching at home will see a variety of NASCAR cars and trucks with the very recognizable logo on their vehicles. 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams entered in the Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese on May 31, six NASCAR Nationwide Series teams entered in the Heluva Good! 200 on May 30, and nine teams entered in the AAA Insurance 200 on May 29 have volunteered to carry the logo throughout the race weekend.
Participating Sprint Cup drivers and teams include: #07-Mears, #9-Kahne, #13-Papis, #14-Stewart, #19-Sadler, #26-McMurray, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #33-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #43-Sorenson, #44-Allmendinger, #78-Smith, #96-Labonte and #98-Menard.
From the Nationwide Series: #15-Annett, #24-McClure, #28-KWallace, #29-Bowyer, #49-Davis, and #89-Shepherd.
From the Camping World Truck Series: #1-Benson, #9-Papis, #10-Buescher, #11-Bell, #14-Crawford, #16-Scott, #24-Starr, #25-Cook and #30-Bodine.
Bobby Labonte and David Starr have taken their support to the next level. Both will sport Autism Speaks signature puzzle piece logo, Its time to listen, phrase and website address AutismSpeaks.org on their quarter panels. Starr will also feature the same messaging proudly on his hood. Fans wanting to support Autism Speaks and wear the colors of the organization are encouraged to purchase a limited-edition Autism Speaks 400 collectible pin. Pins will be available at Dover International Speedway souvenir locations at the track on race weekend. The pin retails for $7 and a portion of all sales will benefit Autism Speaks. Great seats still remain for the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend at the Monster Mile. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-29-2009)
- Pit Road, Frontstretch Wall Improvements Make Debut At The Monster Mile: Pit road at Dover International Speedway historically has been one of the most difficult, not to mention tightest, on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. No longer.
During the winter, the track made major improvements to pit road. They include installation of a SAFER barrier supported by a new 1,592-foot concrete wall that wraps from Turn 4 down the frontstretch to near Turn 1. The new pit wall is 432 feet longer than the previous steel boilerplate wall. Also eliminated was the grass strip on the frontstretch. That allowed the wall to be placed closer to the track creating four additional feet of room to the width of passing on pit road. By lengthening the pit wall, the track was able to reconfigure the 43 pit stalls and make them longer in size. The pit boxes are 32 feet long compared with the previous 28-foot measurements. Thanks to the elimination of some grass in the infield of Turn 4, new apron space was created between Turns 3 and 4 to allow more room for cars to slow down as they approach the pit road entrance. This also created a new entrance for track emergency service vehicles to enter the speedway from the infield near the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage.(NASCAR PR)(5-29-2009)
- Its a Heluva Good! Race Weekend at Dover International Speedway: The spring race weekend at Dover International Speedway will prove to be a Heluva Good! weekend for racing fans as the Heluva Good! 200 Nationwide Series race and the Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese Sprint Cup Series race will be run at the Monster Mile on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 respectively. Heluva Good!, a leading producer of real sour cream dips and naturally aged cheese, teamed up with Dover International Speedway and Autism Speaks for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover, now known as the Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese. Throughout the race weekend, the trio of partners will work together to educate and increase public awareness of autism. Heluva Good! will also serve as the title sponsor of the second annual Heluva Good! 200 after announcing their continued sponsorship of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover through 2010. Heluva Good! is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Autism Speaks 400, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to help generate awareness for this important cause, said Chris Ross, vice president of marketing for Heluva Good!. We are excited to expand our track sponsorship and marketing programs with Dover International Speedway and build upon the success of our 2008 initiatives. The Heluva Good! brand is built on bold flavors and personality, which complement the characteristics of NASCARs passionate fan base. As the Official Dip and Cheese of Dover International Speedway, Heluva Good! will distribute samples of its Jalapeño Cheddar Dip, which spices up any tailgate party or summer barbecue, in the tracks FanZone display area all weekend. Fans will also be able to enjoy the Heluva Good! Monster Burger, a special menu item featuring Heluva Good! Jalapeño Cheddar Dip and Heluva Good! American Cheese during the course of the weekend at Dover Downs Hotel & Casinos Garden Café. Heluva Good! also gave away ticket packages to consumers for the race weekend through several consumer promotions. For information on where to buy Heluva Good! products, visit www.HeluvaGood.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-27-2009)
- Dover and Pepsi extend relationship: Dover International Speedway and Pepsi Bottling Ventures announced a new seven-year agreement that reaffirms Pepsi as the Official and Exclusive Soft Drink & Bottled Water of Dover International Speedway. Dovers relationship with Pepsi Bottling Ventures spans many years, and Pepsi products have become a staple amongst thirsty race fans at the Monster Mile. Pepsis involvement blankets the sport of NASCAR, from being on the hood of Jeff Gordons #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy, to its partnership with Dover, and the two partners regularly work together to offer fans special promotions leading up to the event weekends at the Monster Mile. Fans will be able to purchase Pepsi products including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, Aquafina and AMP Energy at the dozens of concessions stands located around the one-mile, concrete oval. Pepsi products are also served on the property adjacent to the track at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Great seats still remain for the May 29-31 NASCAR race weekend at Dover International. For more information, or to purchase race tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-26-2009)
- Dovers pit road wall renovation project is done: A long winters work has finally reached completion as construction crews at Dover International Speedway recently bolted the SAFER barrier into place to complete the renovation of the new pit wall. With the steel tubing secured and the foam blocks installed, the new, longer and safer pit wall is ready for action when NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on May 29-31, 2009. The new improvements are expected to impact the competition on the track and pit road, and add another exciting element that will keep drivers guessing and fans cheering.
The SAFER barrier (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) is supported by a new 1,592 ft. concrete wall that wraps from Turn 4 down the frontstretch to near Turn 1. The new pit wall is 432 ft. longer than the previous steel boilerplate wall. The SAFER barrier consists of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks, and reduces the force of the initial impact of a crash. SAFER barriers are currently in place in all four turns at the track and on the inside retaining walls of the one-mile, concrete oval.
Since the project began in December 2008, much has changed to the original landscape of pit road. Crews first removed the existing 1,160 ft. steel boilerplate wall, working backwards from Turn 1 to Turn 4. After digging a trench the length of pit road, drainage was installed, and concrete was poured to create a foundation for the new concrete wall to stabilize the additional 40 in. of concrete that stands vertically above the ground.
Also by eliminating the grass strip on the frontstretch, crews were able to place the new wall closer to the apron of the track which created four additional feet of room to the width of the passing lane on pit road. With the additional length of the pit wall, track officials were able to reconfigure the 43 pit stalls and make them longer in size allowing more room for cars to enter and exit their stalls. They are now 32 ft. long, compared to 28 ft. The new space also reduces the likelihood of cars getting boxed in by cars while pitting, which should improve the race off pit road and on-track competition. Seven stalls now sit directly in front of grandstand sections 116-126 in Turn 4, and feature a concrete inside retaining wall from behind which crews will work.
By eliminating some of the grass in the infield of Turn 4, new apron space was created between Turns 3 and 4 to allow more room for the cars to slow down as they approach the entrance to pit road. This also created a new entrance for track emergency service vehicles to enter the Speedway from the infield near the NASCAR Nationwide Series garage. Great seats are still available for NASCARs return to the Monster Mile on May 29-31. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(5-20-2009)
- Dover race in June gets title name: Dover International Speedway, Autism Speaks and Heluva Good! have teamed up for the upcoming May 31, 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, now known as the Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese. Throughout the race weekend, the trio of partners will work together to educate and increase public awareness of autism. Dover, FOX Sports and the NASCAR community will again embrace the message of Autism Speaks by featuring the organizations puzzle piece logo on the tracks retaining walls, limited-edition souvenir merchandise, and during the broadcast of the Autism Speaks 400, presented by Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips & Cheese. Fans at the track on race weekend can donate to Autism Speaks by purchasing a limited-edition souvenir event pin. The pin retails for $7 and will be available at track souvenir stands throughout the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend. Great seats still remain for the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend at Dover International Speedway. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-7-2009)
- No more infield tickets or parking at Dover: on the Dover International Speedway website: "Infield tickets and Infield parking are no longer available," referring to the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race on May 31.(Delaware News Journal)
AND Dover International Speedway which has been hosting NASCAR races since 1969, has closed its infield to fan parking. The decision wasnt necessarily based on the current state of the economy however, but the lack of fan interest according to the track.
As we evaluated the attendance in that area, year-to-year, it continued to decrease and didn't make sense from a business perspective to continue to operate it, said Gary Camp, Director of Public Relations at Dover. Every year, the numbers were essentially cut in half from the prior year. Around 100 customers paid to park in the infield for the Sept. 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Fans can experience a race for much less by purchasing a grandstand seat to the event. And the view from the grandstands is certainly much better.(NASCAR Examiner)(4-16-2009)
- Hotel Options for Dover: Dover International Speedway has been meeting regularly with local hotel operators and tourism officials to create a list of participating "fan friendly" hotel options for race fans. To participate in the new program, participating hotel operators have reduced minimum-night-stay requirements and created fan friendly room rates. The track previously included a large list of all hotels in the area on its website and in its fan guide. With this new policy, the Speedway will only actively help to promote properties that are making a sincere effort to put race fans first. More than fifteen hotels have agreed to participate so far, and more are expected to be added soon. A list of hotels is available online at DoverSpeedway.com/track/hotels. Ticket office representatives can also provide fans with the list of participating hotels by calling 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway PR)(3-29-2009)
- Dover not lowering Tix prices: Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said Wednesday that Dover will not be among the many race tracks on the NASCAR circuit that will be slashing ticket prices this year in an effort to address the woeful economy. "We approached the issue of ticket pricing last year and came up with some package discounts for our customers," McGlynn said. "If a race fan buys a ticket for Friday, Saturday and our Sunday races, then they get a discount. We have several different packages available. We have tried to add more value to the overall experience [at Dover] so that race fans get more of their money's worth." Ticket prices for a Sprint Cup Series race at Dover range from $50-$96. The cheapest ticket is located in the indoor grandstand on the backstretch while the most expensive are on the highest rows of the front straightaway. Dover has a seating capacity of 140,000 but hasn't sold out a NASCAR event since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Dover officials have tried to ease the price of the ticket by adding several all-inclusive packages that include amenities such as food and transportation to and from the track. "The ticket price is not necessarily the single thing that customers use to determine whether they're coming or not," McGlynn said. "It's what the area's hotels are doing to them and what the restaurants are doing to them. That's really where the stress needs to be eased." It's not uncommon for hotels in the Dover area to nearly double rates and to demand up to four-night stay minimums for NASCAR weekends.
That is a common practice in hosting cities throughout the 36-event Sprint Cup season.(Delaware News Journal)(1-16-2009)
- Dover to widen, lengthen pit road: Phase three of Dover International Speedway's "Monster Makeover" is currently underway. Construction crews in Dover have already removed the existing front stretch pit wall and preparations are underway to install a longer, SAFER wall in time for the May 29-31, 2009 NASCAR race weekend. The end result will be a wider, safer pit road, and one additional pit stall. Construction began in mid-December 2008 as crews removed the existing 1160 ft. inside steel retaining wall that separated pit road from the apron and concrete racing surface. The demolition makes way for a new 1592 ft. concrete wall that will be fully equipped with SAFER barrier. The new inside retaining wall will be 432 ft. longer than the previous configuration and will be extended further into Turn 4, allowing the track to add a 43rd pit stall for competitors. The wall will also be set nearly five feet closer to the track apron, eliminating all grass on the frontstretch, while providing more space in the drive lane of pit road. A large plot of grass will also be removed in Turn 4 to make way for the new entrance to pit road.(Dover Speedway PR)(1-8-2009)
- Dover pit road to be fixed: Dover International Speedway is set to announce Thursday that it is adding a 43rd pit stall and widening pit road by tearing down the current retaining wall and replacing it with one that includes a SAFER barrier. Construction began roughly three weeks ago. Previously, the track had only 42 pit stalls forcing the last two cars in the field to share a stall until another competitor fell out of the race and a narrow pit road that caused many incidents over the years. Now, pit road will extend further into Turn 4 allowing for the extra stall while expanding toward the track's frontstretch apron by nearly five feet. The old steel wall caused many in the stands to hold their breath after seeing drivers bash into the barrier from accidents started out of Turn 4 or at the start of the frontstretch. The new wall means that all grass along the frontstretch will be eliminated, as well as a section of grass in Turn 4. The pit road changes are the third phase of what the track is calling its "Monster Makeover." Previously, the so-called Monster Mile revamped its fan zone including the addition of a 46-foot-tall Monster Monument added a new skybox complex and refurbished its media center.(SceneDaily)(1-7-2009)
- Dover Sept 2009 tix on sale: Tickets for Dover International Speedways Sept. 2527, 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend go on sale on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. Tickets can be reserved by phone by calling 800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com. Great seats are available for all three days of the NASCAR tripleheader at the Monster Mile, including the Sept. 27, 2009 Sprint Cup Series race, the Sept. 26, 2009 Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 25, 2009 Sunoco 150 NASCAR Camping World Series race. Fans planning to spend the weekend at the track can save $25 by purchasing a special three-day ticket package for either the Sept. 25-27, 2009 race weekend, or the May 29-31, 2009 race weekend, on sale now. Dover International Speedway continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special three-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(12-13-2008)
- May 2009 Tix for Dover on sale Oct 13th: Beginning on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 at 8am/et, fans can secure their seats for the May 31, 2009 Sprint Cup Series race, May 30, 2009 "Heluva Good! 200" Nationwide Series race and the May 29, 2008 "AAA Insurance 200" Truck Series races at Dover International Speedway by calling 800-441-RACE or going online at DoverSpeedway.com. By ordering early, fans can reap the benefits of improved seat selection, better ticket availability, and with winter right around the corner, the perfect holiday gift for any NASCAR fan. Tickets for Dover's second annual race weekend, Sept. 25-27, 2009, will go on sale Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. Returning fans will have the opportunity to renew their same seats for the September 2009 race weekend until Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. Dover International Speedway continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special three-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(10-12-2008)
- Over 500 supporters of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to attend Dover race: What started as an opportunity for supporters of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to attend a NASCAR event together has blossomed into a large gathering for one very worthy cause. Since being introduced earlier this summer, the partnership between the NFFF and Dover International Speedway has garnered much attention through a special offer that will attract over 500 people associated with the firefighting community. Supporters of the NFFF are coming to Dover to enjoy race day on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 and to honor the nearly 100 firefighters who lose their lives each year in the line of duty. Every day, the over one-million firefighters around the country respond to calls to keep citizens safe. At the races in Dover, over 250 fire and EMS crews work to keep drivers, crews and all the fans in attendance out of harms way.
The offer includes a ticket to the Sept. 21, 2008 Camping World RV 400 presented by AAA NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, admission to a pre-race, NFFF hospitality area, and a trackside tour of the Monster Mile. Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 AT&T Mobility Chevy, has volunteered his time and will participate in a special question-and-answer session in the NFFF hospitality tent on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 21. As part of pre-race activities, a ceremonial lap around the track will feature several fire trucks carrying survivor families of loved ones lost in the line of duty in 2006. A portion of proceeds from the sale of a special firefighter Miles the Monster t-shirt and substantial contributions from sponsors, including Holmatro, Volunteer Firemans Insurance Services, Kidde Fire Fighting and PBI Performance Products, will make the donation of more than $27,000 possible. Plans are currently being made to grow the program for next years Sept. 27, 2009 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on Sept. 19-21, 2008. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(PR - firehero.org)(9-17-2008)
- Sept Dover Cup race gets a sponsor: The world's largest retailer of recreational vehicles and the world's fastest one-mile oval have entered into a multi-year agreement that includes entitlement for the upcoming Sept. 21, 2008 Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, now known as the "Camping World RV 400." The new partnership expands Camping World's increased involvement in NASCAR to include one of the toughest and most unpredictable races in the 10-race championship playoffs. Dover's partnership with Camping World includes the addition of a 6,400 sq. foot store in the newly developed FanZone display area at the Speedway on race weekend. The new store will feature a variety of products and services also offered at over 100 Camping World retail locations across the country. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway this September for three days of championship-fueled action including the Sept. 21, 2008 "Camping World RV 400" Sprint Cup Series race, Sept. 20, 2008 "RoadLoans.com 200" Nationwide Series race, and the Sept.20 "Sunoco 150" NASCAR Camping World Series race. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS PR)(8-11-2008)
- Attendence off at Dover: The crowd was an estimated 25,000 short of a sellout in the Spring Cup race at Dover International Speedway. The speedway seats about 140,000. Nine fan-less sections each in Turns 2 and 3 were covered with advertising banners. Rising gas prices and food prices are seen as the reasons for the smallest crowd in years.(Philadelphia Daily News)(6-2-2008)
- Special Start/Finish Line at Dover: Autism Speaks, the nation's leading non-profit organization dedicated to autism
is championing an effort and encouraging race fans to cheer for a special goal at this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at the Dover International Speedway. This goal will extend far beyond the racecars crossing the finish line by bringing the NASCAR community a unique "Goal Line" dedicated to Autism Speaks. In a first-of-its-kind, the proverbial black and white checkered finish line has been transformed into a symbolic paint scheme featuring the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece logo alternating across the grid, forming the new "Goal Line" of the race. The puzzle piece, which symbolizes Autism Speaks and the missing piece of the autism puzzle, will commemorate the longstanding efforts of Autism
Speaks and its dedication towards changing the future for all those who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.(PR)(5-31-2008)
- Bruton looking at Dover? Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith said on Tuesday that, based on conversations he has had with Dover officials, the track is "more or less for sale." Smith's company, Speedway Motorsports Inc., owns six NASCAR tracks and is buying another in Sparta, Ky., for a reported $78 million. Dover Motorsports Inc. president and CEO Denis McGlynn would not speak in detail about the Delaware track's status. "I can never read [Smith's] mind," McGlynn said Wednesday. "These situations can be somewhat frustrating as a publicly held company. We don't, and cannot, comment on acquisitions. We are not allowed to speculate." McGlynn insists that moving one or both of the track's dates to another venue wouldn't make sense. "Under any circumstance, whether we remain the way we are or are sold, the markets don't change," McGlynn said. "We're the only track in NASCAR that serves four markets -- Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York." Despite its proximity to those four major cities, Dover Motorsports earnings have been up and down in recent years, according to financial reports. In 2007, the company's earnings topped $86 million, compared to $91 million in 2006 and 2005, $84 million in 2004 and $78 million in 2003. The track's ownership is separate from that of the adjoining casino, hotel and harness racing operations, which are owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment Inc.(Delaware News Journal)
AND If Marathon Partners LP has its way, Dover International Speedway will be the next purchase of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Mario D. Cibelli, the manager of the largest outside shareholder of Dover Motorsports Inc., on Thursday sent a letter to the board of directors urging the company to sell. "We're really getting down to the end of a consolidation of the industry," said Cibelli, noting the remaining tracks with Cup dates are owned by SMI and International Speedway Corporation."It's clear Dover does not have an independent future. In my opinion, it's time to do something now." Marathon Partners owns 7½% of Dover Motorsports Inc. Cibelli said he hasn't talked to another shareholder that doesn't agree with his position, which he first stated in a letter written last year.(see more at ESPN.com)(5-29-2008)
- Emerson Drive to perform benefit concert at Dover: Grammy-nominated band Emerson Drive will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 8 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casi#Heluva Good!, sponsor of the Saturday, May 31 "Heluva Good! 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover, is underwriting the cost of the concert so that all proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Emerson Drive will also perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 1, 2008. Tickets are now on sale for the concert and can be purchased by calling 800-711-5882 or online at DoverDowns.com. Tickets are priced from $25 to $35 and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the concert scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available for the June 1 "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 "Heluva Good! 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 "AAA Insurance 200" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS PR)(5-29-2008)
- Watch LIVE online as the Monster Monument is assembled at Dover UPDATE:: On Monday, April 28, 2008, the design team from ACI Composites will be on-site at Dover International Speedway to assemble the Monster Monument at its permanent location in the new Victory Plaza area. A majority of the fiberglass monster structure will be erected by the end of the day, weather permitting, and fans can watch the progress live online. Visit DoverSpeedway.com and click on the "Monster Monument! Watch the Progress Live" box at the bottom of the homepage. The page will be redirected to the DelDOT website featuring live video from a camera mounted on the top of the skybox complex on the back side of Dover's frontstretch. The monster's head, torso and arms were shipped to Dover on Friday, April 25, as six flatbed trucks made their way from ACI Composites' factory in Lancaster, Pa. The wide-load convoy received a Delaware State Police escort from the Delaware border and arrived at the track shortly after 11 a.m. Photos of the Monster Monument, as it arrived on the property today, can be found on DoverSpeedway.com. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway on May 30-June 1 and Sept. 19-21, 2008. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(DIS)(4-27-2008)
UPDATE postponed to Tues: High winds and rain postponed the assembly of the Monster Monument at Dover International Speedway on Monday. The forecast calls for thunderstorms throughout the day in Dover -- poor conditions for building a monster! The design team from ACI Composites will be on-site early in the morning on Tuesday to assemble the monument in one day as originally planned. Media are invited to arrive any time on Tuesday, but the construction should be in full swing by 11am/et.(DIS)(4-28-2008)
- Sprint Cup Series race at Dover to be named the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks": Dover International Speedway and Best Buy officials announced that the June 1, 2008 Sprint Cup Series race will be named the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks." A variety of initiatives are planned for Dover's May 30 - June 1, 2008 NASCAR race weekend to increase awareness and raise funds for Autism Speaks. While Best Buy is in its fourth season as a team sponsor, with its iconic yellow tag logo appearing on Elliott Sadler's #19 Gillett Evernham Motorsports entry in select 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, this race marks the first time the company has sponsored a NASCAR event. This event also marks the second year Autism Speaks has partnered with Dover International Speedway. Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Student Clubs for Autism Speaks (SCAS) helps further the mission of Autism Speaks by creating the opportunity for students to engage and actively participate in positively affecting the lives of people with autism. Through education, awareness, friendship and fundraising, SCAS includes students at the middle school, high school and college level.(Dover Raceway/Best Buy PR)(4-22-2008)
- Dover's Monster Monument is coming together - one limb at a time: Dover International Speedway's big addition for the 2008 season - The Monster Monument - is coming together on schedule at ACI Composites in Lancaster, Pa. The 46-foot structure is much too large to be housed indoors, so Miles' current home is just outside the front door at the factory. The ACI team has completed welding together the inner support beams of the monster including the head and face, torso and shoulders. Within the next few weeks, the crew will begin assembling the arms and hands of the monster along with putting the finishing touches on the full-size Dodge 'Car of Tomorrow' stock car that will be mounted in his right hand. Once those pieces are finished, they will be temporarily mounted on the monster before the entire structure is carved out of sprayed foam and then wrapped in fiberglass. The large shards of broken concrete have been built, assembled and sprayed with fiberglass. These pieces will be mounted on top of the base of the structure and will give the appearance of the monster breaking through the ground. In late-April, the entire structure will be disassembled and shipped in several large pieces, to be erected again on-site in its permanent location outside of Turn 4 at Dover International Speedway. The monster will be placed atop a 7-foot-tall, 60-foot-round base, which will include a chronological listing of all past Dover winners by race and series. A grand unveiling of the Monster Monument, Victory Plaza, the expanded FanZone and more is scheduled for May 14, 2008 with special guest Jeff Gordon. The Monster Monument will be complete when NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile for the May 30 - June 1 and Sept. 19 - 21, 2008 race weekends.(Dover International Speedway PR)(3-12-2008)
- The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza planned for Dover: He's been portrayed as an intimidating, car crushing creature who wreaks havoc on NASCAR's most skilled competitors. He's been molded into the winner's trophy, playfully mimicked by victorious drivers, featured in a comic book, and posed as an action figure. In 2008, Miles the Monster will become the largest attraction at a NASCAR track and will be one of the tallest fiberglass structures in the world. The Monster Monument will stand 46-feet-tall amongst race fans in the newly created Victory Plaza at Dover International Speedway. The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza will be completed prior to the May 30 - June 1, 2008 race weekend and will become a new focal point for race fans visiting the Monster Mile. Nearly five stories tall, the structure depicts the monster bursting out of the concrete ground, carrying with him a full-scale stock car in his right hand that will hover high over race fans below. Glowing red eyes and a menacing grin will make the monster a "must see" for race fans visiting the Monster Mile in June, September, and all year round. Motorists on Route 1, the major highway behind the Speedway, will also be able to see the Monster Monument's bright red eyes when commuting past the track.
The 60-foot-round base of the monument will serve as a tribute to all Dover race winners and legendary drivers who make their mark at the Monster Mile. Special driver dedications will be commemorated around the base of the monument which will also include a chronological listing of Dover winners by race and series. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison, each with seven career wins at Dover, will be the first drivers to be honored. Details regarding the special dedications and ceremonies will be announced prior to the June race weekend.
Located outside Turn 4 of the one-mile oval, Victory Plaza will welcome race fans who are entering the facility from Leipsic Road, the various RV lots, and the parking areas located on the east side of the Speedway. Fans will walk through a new archway and up a colorful walkway as they make their way towards the Monster Monument, new FanZone, souvenir haulers and frontstretch grandstands.
The FanZone has doubled in size since last year and now encompasses 7.8 acres of land at the Speedway. The expansion eliminates the road formerly known as Old Leipsic Road. The FanZone features fan experiences, sampling, interactive attractions, driver appearances and more. It's free and open to the public every day of race weekend. Also under construction is a 3,800 sq. foot emergency services building that will be completed in time for the May 30 - June 1, 2008 event weekend. The building is centrally located near Gate 1 of the Speedway, and will provide an improved base of operations for Dover's emergency response system. The new facility will further enhance the Speedway's emergency response efforts on race weekends.
NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile May 30 - June 1 and Sept. 19 - 21, 2008. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(1-28-2008)
- Tickets for Fall Races at Dover go on sale Monday, Dec. 10: As the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the Monster Mile has been known to throw a high-banked wrench into the 10-race championship playoffs. The concrete, one-mile oval has become a track most of the Chasers worry about surviving, while fans in the stands have come to know Dovers Sept. race as one of the most entertaining and exciting races in the Chase. Beginning on Monday, Dec. 10 at 8:00 a.m., fans can secure their seats for the Sept. 21 Sprint Cup Series race, Sept. 20 RoadLoans.com 200 Nationwide Series race and Sept. 19 Sunoco 150 Grand National Division, East Series race by calling 800-441-RACE or at DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(12-9-2007)
- Dover Motorsports reports lower quarterly revenues: Dover Motorsports Inc. officials say the expected decrease in NASCAR television revenues were to blame as the company reported lower revenues for the financial quarter that ended Sept. 30. The track operator said it had revenues of $40.951 million, down from $42.441 million in the comparable quarter of 2006, after promoting seven major motorsports events in each quarter. The company said in a press release that broadcast rights fees from the new industry-wide TV contract with NASCAR decreased in 2007 by 10 percent and represented substantially all of the decrease in revenue during the third quarter. (SceneDaily.com)(10-28-2007)
- Tickets now on sale for the June 2008 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover: Tickets are now on sale for the May 30 - June 1, 2008 NASCAR tripleheader race weekend at the Monster Mile. Next year will mark Dover International Speedway's 40th season of racing and race fans will want to lock in their seats today to guarantee that they'll be at the Monster Mile for the first of two monumental race weekends in 2008. By ordering early, fans can take advantage of improved seat selection, better ticket availability and the opportunity for groups to purchase the best blocks of tickets for the June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 Nationwide Series race, and the May 30 AAA Insurance 200 Craftsman Truck Series race. Tickets for the Sept. 21 "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" race, Sept. 20 RoadLoans.com 200 Nationwide Series race, and Sept. 19 Sunoco 150 NASCAR Grand National Division East Series race will go on sale to the public on December 10, 2007. Dover International Speedway continues to offer event ticket insurance for all
events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover PR)(10-20-2007)
- Dover International Speedway activities not affected by Delaware State University incident: Local officials believe the shooting incident that occurred at Delaware State University early this morning is isolated and poses no threat to patrons or activities at Dover International Speedway. All events at the Speedway are on schedule for this weekend and are currently operating according to plan. Nextel Cup qualifying is scheduled for 3:15pm/et today, followed by the Sunoco 150 Busch East Series race at 4:45pm/et. Traffic patterns have not been affected. On Friday, September 21, 2007 at approximately 12:54 a.m., a double shooting occurred at Delaware State University, which is located near Dover International
Speedway. The Delaware State University police department continues to investigate this incident, and any inquiries should be directed to them at (302) 857-6290.(DIS PR)(9-21-2007)
- DelDOT Welcomes NASCAR Fans to Dover International Speedway: The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) greets NASCAR fans to Dover for the 2007 Nextel Cup Series, Busch East Series, and Busch Series at the Dover International Speedway beginning on Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23. DelDOT and DART First State encourage motorists to use the two Race Express Bus Services that will be available on Sunday, September 23. For $ 20.00 per car, race fans can park at the Blue Hen Corporate Center on Bay Road in Dover, and all vehicle occupants can once again ride the Race Express Bus to and from Dover International Speedway. The Blue Hen Corporate Center Race Express Bus will avoid race day traffic congestion by traveling south on Bay Road, away from the traffic, and enter Route 1 to an exclusive, buses-only exit ramp leading directly to Dover International Speedway. The total trip will have race fans at the racetrack in only 12 minutes. The service will begin at 8:00 a.m., and will be available to transport passengers back and forth until 1 hour after the race. For more information and the full release, goto the Dover International Speedway site.(9-21-2007)
- Grand Marshal change at Dover, Nardelli in; Spade out: Bob Nardelli has been named Grand Marshal for the Dodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 at Dover International Speedway. Nardelli [formerly of Home Depot], chairman and CEO of Chrysler LLC, will command the 43 drivers to fire their engines and prepare to take to the high-banked Speedway. Nardelli will join actor R. Lee Ermey in the pre-race festivities. Ermey, Honorary Starter for the Dodge Dealers 400, is best known for his role as Sgt. Hartman in the military film "Full Metal Jacket." He is currently the celebrity spokesperson for GLOCK "Safe Action" Pistols and can be seen each week on his show "Mail Call" on The History Channel. Nardelli replaces actor David Spade who was previously announced as Grand Marshal of the race. Spade has cancelled his appearence due to a change in the production schedule for his television show [Rules of Engagement on CBS]. The "Chase" returns to Dover International Speedway on Sept. 23 for the Dodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series race. Tickets are still available for the entire Sept. 21-23 race weekend and can be purchased by calling 800-441-RACE.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(9-19-2007)
- America's Got Talent finalist Julienne Irwin to perform National Anthem at Dover: Julienne Irwin's got natural talent. The Bel Air, Md. native demonstrated it as a finalist on the second season of NBC's America's Got Talent, television's highest rated summer program. She will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the "Dodge Dealers 400" Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007. Irwin is currently an eighth grade student at Harford Christian School in Darlington, Md., and recently became class president. Tickets are still available for the entire Sept. 21-23 weekend and can be purchased by calling 800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(9-11-2007)
- Kahne Kicks Off Dover Ticket Donation on Sept 5th: Kasey Kahne will be on hand to officially announce the Dodge Dealers' donation of 3,000 Nextel Cup tickets to the USO. Tickets to the Sept. 23 "Dodge Dealers 400" Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway will be distributed to troops and their families in the region. Leadership from Dodge, Dover International Speedway, the USO and Dover Air Force Base are expected to attend this event at AMC Museum, 1301 Heritage Road, Dover AFB, DE at 10:30am/et.(Dover International Speedway PR)(9-2-2007)
- Grand Marshal & Starter named for Dover: Two important NASCAR traditions will be served by two famous and funny film stars to start the "Dodge Dealers 400" on Sept. 23 at the Monster Mile. Actor, comedian and Grand Marshal David Spade will give the command to start engines, and Honorary Starter R. Lee Ermey, well known for his role as
Sgt. Hartman in the war movie classic "Full Metal Jacket," will wave the green flag to get the second race in the ten race "Chase for the Nextel Cup" underway at Dover. David Spade can currently be seen in Sony Pictures Television's hit series, "Rules of Engagement" which returns to CBS for its second season beginning Monday, September 24 at 9:30pm/et/pt. Instantly recognizable and known for his thunderous voice and intimidating stature, R. Lee Ermey has appeared in more than 60 films since retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 1972. Ermey was a Golden Globe nominee and won the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket." Ermey is also the celebrity spokesperson for GLOCK "Safe Action" Pistols and can be seen each week on his show "Mail Call" on The History Channel. Ermey rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant while serving in the military before turning his attention to acting. In 2002, he received a promotion to E-7 Honorary Gunnery Sergeant becoming the first retiree in the history of the Marines to be promoted. The "Chase" returns to Dover International Speedway on Sept. 23 for the Dodge Dealers 400 Nextel Cup Series race. Tickets are still available for the
entire Sept. 21-23 race weekend and can be purchased by calling 800-441-RACE or online at DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway)(8-28-2007)
- Dover Fall race gets a sponsor: When the Nextel Cup Series returns to Dover next month, the concrete oval will be the same monster it has always been. The race itself will take on a new identity: the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway. The primary sponsorship builds on the strong presence Dodge has had as the official vehicle of the "Monster Mile." To kick off the Dodge Dealers 400, David Spade, "Saturday Night Live" alum and current star of the CBS comedy "Rules of Engagement", will serve as grand marshal. R. Lee Ermey, the recognizable host of "Mail Call," will serve as the honorary starter and wave the green flag. Dodge is giving fans the opportunity to get involved in the racing action by
offering them fast fun with a high-speed spin in the Dodge SRT Thrill Rides. Fans can ride for free in a Dodge Viper SRT10 or Dodge Charger SRT8 on a high-speed, closed course.
Dodge also is inviting consumers throughout the region to join in the fun:
-- Any customer that purchases a Dodge car or truck from dealers in the Baltimore, DelMarVa Peninsula, Norfolk, Richmond or Roanoke areas or in West Virginia, between August 13 and September 10, will receive four tickets to the September 23rd Dodge Dealers 400 race. Visit www.FreeDoverTickets.com for details.
-- Fans also can enter a "No Purchase Necessary" sweepstakes, simply by visiting www.FreeDoverTickets.com. Entrants will have a chance to win numerous prizes, including the Grand Prize - a VIP Experience at the Dodge Dealers 400. Five first-place prize winners will receive a pair of tickets to the Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover and 125 second-place winners will receive Dodge merchandise.
-- In a gesture of thanks to the men and women that defend the United States, 3,000 tickets will be distributed through the USO to active-duty servicemen and women and their families so they can enjoy the Dodge Dealers 400 in person. For more information on Dodge and Dodge Motorsports, visit www.Dodge.com.(DIS PR)(8-16-2007)
- Dover confirms 2008 NASCAR race dates will follow tradition on NASCAR's annual schedule: Despite some industry speculation to the contrary, Dover International Speedway officials confirmed that the Monster Mile will host race weekends on May 30-June 1 and September 19-21, 2008. Dover International Speedway has played host to similar dates since 1987, and has hosted NASCAR's premiere series since 1969. The 2008 season will mark the 40th year of racing at the high-banked, one-mile oval. Tickets for the June 1, 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, May 31 NASCAR Busch Series race and May 30 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race will go on sale to the public beginning on Monday, October 1, 2007. Tickets for the Sept. 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Sept. 20 NASCAR Busch Series race, and Sept. 19 NASCAR Busch East Series race will go on sale on Monday, December 10, 2007. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on September 21-23, 2007 as the "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" races into Dover International Speedway. Race fans who purchase tickets to the upcoming event weekend, or any of the 2008 events, can now add event ticket insurance to their purchases. The new insurance option, provided by World Access, provides greater peace of mind and offers a full refund of the purchase price if the Dover ticket holder cannot attend the event for a number of unforeseen personal, medical or travel reasons. The Monster Mile offers a long list of ticket options including 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts and a variety of payment plans. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(7-27-2007)
- Dover & World Access to offer event ticket insurance to race fans: If an event at Dover International Speedway [the Monster Mile] is postponed due to weather - as it was for the June 3, 2007 Nextel Cup Series race - fans who opt for event ticket insurance can now take comfort knowing that they will receive a full refund if they must work on the date of the rescheduled event. The new insurance option, provided by World Access, provides greater peace of mind and offers a full refund of the purchase price if the Dover ticket holder cannot attend the event for a number of unforeseen personal, medical or travel reasons. Dover International Speedway leads the way by becoming the first motorsports venue hosting NASCAR-sanctioned events to offer this level of service and protection for its fans. The insurance may be used for all NASCAR events held at Dover International Speedway, including the Nextel Cup Series, Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, and Busch East Series races. All add-on fan hospitality options at Dover, like the Monster Mile Club and Blue Crew Premium Seating, may also be insured. All Dover fans will have the opportunity to add the event ticket insurance to their September 21-23, 2007 race tickets, beginning in late-July 2007. For more information, visit DoverSpeedway.com or by call the ticket office at 800-411-RACE. Dover International Speedway is partnering with World Access, a leading insurance and assistance company, to provide this coverage. World Access supplies the travel industry, financial institutions and healthcare companies with a wide variety of customized travel insurance and assistance services. The event ticket insurance is available for 5% of your total purchase, with a $6.25 minimum. If a medical issue, a traffic accident, a mechanical breakdown, or any of the other covered categories prevent the insured from attending an event, 100% of the ticket price, including shipping fees, is returned to the covered person. For more on this, see DoverSpeedway.com. The three other Dover Motorsports, Inc. venues - Gateway International Raceway, Memphis Motorsports Park and Nashville Superspeedway - will soon provide this same insurance option for their events.(DIS PR)(7-12-2007)
- Dover spring race to April? NASCAR officials are contemplating moving the spring races at Dover International Speedway from June to April as part of a plan to revamp the first half of the racing schedule next season. It's a possibility that Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports Inc., would rather not think about. McGlynn said it's "way too early" to predict what will happen with the spring race weekend. The culmination of this spring's race weekend, the Autism Speaks 400 Nextel Cup race, was rained out Sunday and is scheduled to be made up today at noon. This is the first time Dover's spring Nextel Cup race has been postponed since 1975, when the race was held in May. It would seem that having the Dover spring races in April would be worse. For one, the weather is much more unpredictable than it is the weekend after Memorial Day, when the spring races have been held since 1987. In addition, the track's harness racing season doesn't end until mid-April, and McGlynn said there wouldn't be enough time to get the NASCAR track ready for auto racing by the end of the month. The only alternative in May would be a Mother's Day race weekend, which for the past three years has been held in Darlington, S.C. The annual Old Dover Days takes place the first weekend in May. The Nextel All-Star Challenge is held two weeks after that. Typically, Nextel Cup takes the third week of the season off. NASCAR is considering pushing that first off-week back to the first weekend in June, the spot now occupied by the spring Dover race. "We're looking at ways to fill that hole" in the third week of the season, NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said. "We're looking to run more races before the break." Poston said NASCAR would like to get a consensus from track owners and driver teams before changing the schedule. He said pushing the first break back a few months would keep the momentum going from the start of the season. The 2008 schedule will be released in August.(Delaware News Journal)(6-4-2007)
- Fans at Dover: NASCAR today announced that the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa Nextel Cup Series race has been postponed and will be held on Monday, June 4, 2007. Grandstands will open at 9:00am/et with the green flag scheduled to fly at
12:00pm/et. A steady rain held the Nextel Cup cars on pit road and the fans underneath the grandstands for most of the afternoon. The announcement came 30 minutes after the jet-dryer trucks attempted to dry the track, but a steady rain dampend any chance of the cars actually taking to the Speedway. Parking at the Speedway will be free of charge on Monday, June 4. All Sunday tickets will be honored at the gates. A ticket or ticket stub is required for admission. Tickets can be purchased on Monday at the main ticket office and at Gate 4. The Will Call, at Gate 4, will be open until 1 :00pm/et. For more information, call 800-441-RACE.
- Dover track & police ready for influx of fans: Dover International Speedway, the Delaware Dept. of Transportation, Delaware State Police, and City of Dover Police are prepared for the influx of visitors that come along with the upcoming June 1-3, 2007 event weekend. Race weekend brings approximately 250,000 visitors to the City of Dover for each tripleheader NASCAR race weekend. To help alleviate the stress of getting to the big race, Dover International Speedway suggests the following:
-- Ride the DART First State's Race Express Bus from the Blue Hen Corporate Center on US 113 and get to Dover International Speedway in just 12 minutes! Park at the Blue Hen Corporate Center for only $20.00 per car, and everyone in your vehicle can ride the bus to and from the race track for free. Service will begin at 8:00 AM and will operate until 1 hour after the race.
-- From New Castle County and points north, fans will want to consider DART First State's Race Express Bus from the Christiana Mall Park & Ride, located off of exit 4A of I-95. The Race Express Bus departs from the Christiana Mall at 7:30 AM, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. After the race, the Express Bus will take you to the Blue Hen Corporate Center. From there the shuttle will IMMEDIATELY take you back to Christiana Mall. The cost per person is $10.00 round-trip, exact change only, with children 46" in height or under riding for free.
-- Mass transit is encouraged, and those that opt for this route reap the benefits. Buses are permitted to use the emergency exits off of Route 1, which provides them with direct access to the back of the property and the Dover International Speedway bus lots.
To help coordinate what is one of the largest logistical challenges in the state, officials from Dover International Speedway, DelDoT, DART, the Delaware State Police, and the City of Dover Police meet on a monthly basis throughout the year. These meetings result in comprehensive traffic plans to identify control points and traffic flow. Officials stress that patience and proper planning are paramount when traveling to and from the track.
Tickets are still available for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE, or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(6-1-2007)
- No lights planned for Dover: For now, the improvements [at Dover International Speedway] do not include the installation of lights, which many speedways have added in recent years in order to host races in prime time. "We don't have lights on the near-term schedule," Denis McGlynn, CEO of Dover Motorsports, said. "If push came to shove and we had to do it, we'd take a serious look at it, but there's a lot of moving parts on that issue that would need to be addressed and I'm not sure we're there yet."(Delaware News Journal)(5-31-2007)
- Grand Marshal, Starter, National Anthem at Dover: Actress Catherine Bell will command the most famous words in motorsports - "Gentleman, start your engines!"- as the Grand Marshal for the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa" Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 3. For nine seasons, 16 million Americans tuned in every Friday to watch the
stunning Bell on the award winning adventure drama JAG. Beginning on June 3 at 10:00pm, Bell can be seen in the new series Army Wives on Lifetime Television. The opportunity to be the Honorary Starter for the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa was auctioned online, and the winning bid was $13,010. The winning bidder's name will be announced shortly. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Autism Speaks. The charitable winner will have the unique opportunity to wave the green flag to start the June 3 Nextel Cup race; be on stage for driver introductions; watch the race in a catered suite above the frontstretch with three guests; receive a pit and garage tour; and ride in the pre-race parade lap.
Tiffany Affair, Reprise Warner Brothers recording artists, will deliver the National Anthem before the race. Ayanna, 18, Bianca, 18, and Gabrielle, 16, make up the R&B group widely known for their hit singles, "Start A Fire" and "Over It." Both songs are featured on their latest album, Flavors, which is slated for a summer 2007 release.
"Psychogang Extreme Motorcycle Racing Team" and "Hell on Wheels" BMX riders will entertain race fans with high flying stunts during pre-race festivities. Parachute jumpers, fireworks, a flyover featuring four F-16's from the 149th Fighter Wing Lackland AFB, TX, and a free concert by the band Hoobastank at the Garnier display outside of the track at 11:00am/et will provide plenty of pre-race entertainment prior to the 1:30pm/et start time.
Tickets are still available for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(5-29-2007)
- Infield media center expansion is complete at Dover: Construction that began soon after the last hauler pulled out of Dover International Speedway on September 24, 2006 is now complete. A 2,100 square-foot expansion to the infield media center at the Monster Mile adds space and amenities to better accommodate the local, regional and national media that report on each Dover race weekend. The infield media center is located at the entrance to the Nextel Cup garage, inside Turn 4 of the one-mile, concrete oval. The expansion adds 60 new seats for public relations representatives and photographers; a remodeled deadline seating area; an expanded stage for driver
interviews; 18 flat-panel televisions; a spacious dining area; two new interview rooms; a new work area and office for Dover public relations staff; and four new bathrooms. Each individual seat in the media center is now equipped with improved connectivity. New inputs at each seat provide high-speed internet, a phone line, two AC outlets, and the ability to listen to - and record - a variety of audio feeds from the event weekend. Each seat has the ability to toggle between the Motor Racing Network, television audio, the track announcer, and additional media center audio feeds.
The expansion is part of the Monster Makeover, a multi-year capital improvement project underway at Dover International Speedway. Dover race fans will notice a vast array of improvements to the facility in 2007, including the addition of a new skybox complex with 12 suites, each with a premium view of pit road, victory lane and the entire racetrack. The new complex is also home to Velocity, an all-inclusive suite now available to individual fans at the Monster Mile. Additional improvements include widened walkways behind the Allison, Petty and
Earnhardt grandstands; six renovated restroom facilities; additional paved handicapped parking areas; expanded bus parking; continued beautification and landscaping of the entire property; a new grandstand sound system with improved audio quality for broadcasting and music; a larger, and combined, hospitality tent village; and a new alcohol- and tobacco-free Family Seating Section.
Tickets are still available for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(5-28-2007)
- Dover June Cup race named "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa": Dover International Speedway announced that the June 3, 2007 Nextel Cup Series race will be named the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa." Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to increasing understanding and knowledge of autism spectrum disorders; to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. From now until June 1, Dover International Speedway will donate $5 to Autism Speaks from each ticket purchased with a Visa card for the June 3 "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa" race. Fans can visit www.autismspeaks.org to learn more and donate to this worthwhile cause.
As part of the entitlement, a special one-of-a-kind experience will be auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks. The prize includes the opportunity to wave the green flag as the honorary starter for the June 3 race; an autographed flag signed by the starting lineup of the Nextel Cup Series race; the chance to be on stage for driver introductions; a ride in the pre-race parade lap for four guests; four tickets to watch the race from a skybox suite; four pit passes; and a guided tour for four of the Nextel Cup garage. To participate in this unique auction and support Autism Speaks, go to www.autismspeaks.org/dover400. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway on June 1-3 and Sept. 21-23, 2007. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover International Speedway PR)(5-19-2007)
- Science lessons on the Monster Mile: Driving around the high banks of Dover International Speedway and getting a small taste of just how enormous NASCAR race weekends are is enough to spark almost anybody's imagination. For seventh-grade teacher Julie Rickansrud and her 22 accelerated science students at Garnet Valley Middle School, in Glen Mills, Pa., a trip to the track known as the "Monster Mile" proved to be almost beyond words Tuesday morning [April 24th]. The Garnet Valley students got lessons in history, NASCAR and science on a field trip that was hosted by Gerry Wright, director of public relations and marketing for Monster Racing, which operates a fan driving experience at the track. The trip far exceeded Rickansrud's expectations. She especially enjoyed the grins on her students' faces after they climbed up the track's 24-degree banking in the first turn. After all, just two of them admitted to being NASCAR fans when they got off their bus.
There were plenty of interesting nuggets that the students picked up on at Dover, such as:
The majority of people who work on NASCAR race cars these days have backgrounds in engineering, debunking the misconception that stock cars are built out in a barn in the South, a la Tom Cruise's "Days of Thunder."
Current NASCAR race cars are far from being actual "stock cars," as they are tweaked in wind tunnels for aerodynamic sleekness and, yes, the headlights are just stickers.
Wright also touched on how sensitive it is for pit crews to set up a race car for a particular track. For example, every gallon of fuel burned results in eight fewer pounds in the rear end of the car, which affects the handling. And that is constantly changing, since the cars get just four miles per gallon of fuel.(Delaware News Journal)(4-26-2007)
- Dover 2007 Cup sanction fees: $11 million: Dover's two Nextel Cup races will cost the track more than $11 million in sanction fees in 2007, according to its annual report. The June race's sanction fee (including Dover's contribution to the purse) is $5,914,346, and the September purse contribution and sanction fee is $5,293,075. (The figures are for this year, not 2006, as SceneDaily initially reported.) Dover Motorsports operates four speedways - Dover International Speedway, Gateway International Raceway, Memphis Motorsports Park and Nashville Superspeedway. The company also listed an "impairment charge" of more than $61 million for Nashville, Memphis and Gateway - devaluing the value of those tracks because of the lower-than-anticipated television revenues generated by the four Busch races at those tracks. Dover expected the new TV deal, which went into effect this year, to allot a bigger percentage to Busch races than the 5 percent allocated in the 2001-2006 package. But NASCAR is allotting only 5.75 percent of the new contract for Busch events. With that impairment charge, Dover reported an overall loss of $35.345 million last year. It's after-tax adjusted earnings for last year were $5.7 million, the same as for 2005.(SceneDaily.com)(4-10-2007)
- Construction continues at Dover International Speedway: The "Monster Makeover" continues as Dover International Speedway is currently in the midst of adding new elements in the first phase of its multi-year capital improvement project. Two new structures have been erected at Dover including a new skybox complex featuring Velocity, a luxury suite option for individual race fans, and a 2,100 square foot addition to the infield media center. Updated construction photos are posted on www.DoverSpeedway.com every Wednesday. Dover race fans will notice a vast array of improvements to the facility in 2007 including widened walkways behind the Allison, Petty and Earnhardt grandstands; six newly renovated restroom facilities; additional paved handicapped parking areas; expanded bus parking; continued beautification and landscaping of the entire property; a new grandstand sound system with improved audio quality for broadcasting and music; and a new alcohol- and tobacco-free Family Seating Section. The existing hospitality tent villages at Dover have been combined and will now be situated behind turn one, on the north end of the facility. With the relocation of the village, an expanded, fan friendly midway will be created behind turn four and will feature exhibits, vendors, and Monster Mile and NASCAR team merchandise. The new skybox complex will include 12 new suites, each with a premium view of pit road, victory lane and the entire one-mile concrete oval at Dover International Speedway. The new complex is also home to Velocity, an all-inclusive suite now available to individual fans at the Monster Mile. A limited number of tickets to Velocity are still available and include access to all three days of the NASCAR tripleheader race weekend, appearances by NASCAR personalities, convenient parking, pit and garage tours, unlimited food and beverages, high quality audio and video, and many other premium amenities. A 2,100 square foot addition to the infield media center is also well underway with insulation and drywall now in place. Located inside turn one, the infield media center accommodates local, regional and national media who cover races at Dover. The expansion will add 60 seats for working media; 18 flat-panel televisions; a larger, revamped dining area; additional restrooms; two new interview rooms; and a new work area for Dover public relations staff. Most improvements will be completed in time for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend.(images and more at the Dover Intl Speedway site)(3-2-2007)
- Dover keeps traditional early start times: The Nextel Cup Series schedule has evolved over time, and with the influence of television, NASCAR has opted to begin many of its races later in the afternoon or early evening hours. With the recent announcement of most of the 2007 Nextel Cup Series start times, fans of the Monster Mile received good news. Stemming from the voice of race fans accustomed to the traditional start times for the races at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR has announced 1:30pm/et start times for both the June 3 and September 23, 2007 Nextel Cup races. Dover has claim to two of the three earliest Nextel Cup Series race start times in 2007. All other races are scheduled to begin after 2:00pm/et. NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on June 1-3 and September 21-23, 2007. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(2-27-2007)
- Tickets for Sept. races at Dover on sale Dec 20th: on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2007, tickets go on sale for the September 21-23, 2007 NASCAR tripleheader at Dover International Speedway. Tickets for the June 1-3, 2007 race weekend are currently on sale.
Race fans can gain an advantage over the competition with even more choices by purchasing early. Improved seat selection, ticket availability in most price ranges, and the ability to purchase blocks of tickets to keep your group together are among the best reasons to order your tickets now. Tickets will be available at www.DoverSpeedway.com, and by calling the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE, beginning at 8:00am/et on Wednesday, Dec. 20.(Dover International Speedway PR)(12-20-2006)
- Construction underway at the Monster Mile: At Dover International Speedway, the roar of cars has been replaced by the sounds of construction crews, as work on a new skybox complex and infield media center is taking shape at the one-mile track. The additions will be completed in time for the June 1-3, 2007 NASCAR race weekend in Dover. The new skybox complex will include 12 new suites, each with a premium view of pit road, victory lane and the entire concrete oval. The structure will connect to the existing skyboxes near the start/finish line at the one-mile track. Footers were in place before the September 22-24, 2006 race weekend, and
construction of the steel infrastructure has been steady since the haulers pulled out of Dover after race weekend. The complex will add two tiers to the top of the grandstands, measuring the same height of the existing skyboxes, and includes "Velocity," a luxury suite for
individual race fans. Velocity is a new 90-person, all-inclusive suite option that offers fans a chance to experience a race at the Monster Mile like never before. Velocity offers fans a blend of modern conveniences and impressive amenities. Positioned above the frontstretch, and boasting a premium view of the entire track, a ticket to Velocity provides guests with access for all three days of race weekend, including qualifying; multiple state-of-the-art viewing screens with superb audio and video; convenient premium parking and private restrooms; upscale, unlimited gourmet food selections; in-seat beverage service, with non-alcoholic, beer, wine and spirit options; a trackside tour that puts guests on the track on Sunday of race weekend; and much more.
Along with the skybox construction, a 2,000-square-foot addition to the infield media center is also underway to accommodate the news media that report on Dover's races. The infield media center expansion will add approximately 60 seats for public relations representatives and photographers that attend race weekends in Dover; 18 flat-panel televisions; a revamped dining area; two new interview rooms and an office; additional bathrooms; and a new work area for Dover PR staff.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway on June 1-3 and Sept. 21-23, 2007. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(11-27-2006)
- Hulk Hogan grand marshal at Dover: Hulk Hogan, iconic professional wrestler and star of the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2006. Hogan will deliver the most famous words in motorsports before the start of the 1:10pm/et race. (Dover Speedway PR)(9-18-2006)
- Brooke Hogan to sing the National Anthem at Dover: Dover International Speedway today announced that Brooke Hogan, pop-musician and co-star of the VH1 reality TV show "Hogan Knows Best," will sing the National Anthem prior to the Nextel Cup race on Sunday, September 24, 2006.(Dover Intel Speedway PR)(9-18-2006)
- No Sponsor for Dover Fall Cup race: For the first time in 11 years, Dover International Speedway will not have a title sponsor for a Nextel Cup race. The Sept. 24 race, the second in the 10-race Chase for the Cup championship, will be known only as the Dover 400. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said the previous contract expired after the June race. Bank of America finalized its purchase of MBNA on Jan. 1 and finished out the company's 11-year partnership with the track.
MBNA had sponsored every race at Dover since 1998. It had sponsored every Dover track spring race since 1995. But McGlynn said Bank of America informed him in February that it wasn't going to renew the sponsorship. Since then, McGlynn said, he has tried to find a new title sponsor, but nothing has materialized. "It's not that we couldn't have gotten a deal done," McGlynn said. "It just wasn't the right one. We're being very cautious on this. A long-term relationship is almost like getting married, and we want to make sure we have the right partner. We would have preferred to have one in place, but the fact that we don't isn't going to cause us to jump off a bridge. This is not a crisis scenario." Title sponsor deals are generally worth $1.5 million to $3 million a year for races in NASCAR's top series, according to published reports. Bank of America, which this year began a five-year deal to sponsor the fall race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., paid an estimated $2.5 million a year for the naming rights. McGlynn said he had a feeling that when Bank of America committed to Lowe's Motor Speedway, it wasn't likely to renew at Dover. Dover is the only Chase for the Cup race without a title sponsor. McGlynn said he plans to have a commitment in place in time for the spring race. "We had a great relationship with MBNA, and I think the marketplace considered us married to them because we've been with them for 11 years, so we kind of dropped off the radar screens," McGlynn said. "Now we're trying to get everyone's attention, and we want to get this right."(Delaware News Journal)(9-14-2006)
- Dover announces plans on improvements: Dover International Speedway announced plans for a new five-year capital improvement project, referred to as the "Monster Makeover," that will provide new offerings and upgraded amenities for fans, competitors and the media. Construction on the multi-million dollar project will begin after the upcoming June 2-4, 2006 NASCAR weekend. Some planned elements of the Monster Makeover at Dover International Speedway include:
A skybox complex that will include a luxury club for individual fans
A new entrance thoroughfare for fans on the east side of the Speedway, ushering guests into a variety of new race weekend entertainment options
A reorganized vehicle and pedestrian pattern to improve ingress, egress and overall safety of patrons
New and upgraded food and beverage facilities
New ticket and merchandise sales buildings
An expanded and relocated expo and souvenir vendor area
An outdoor concert area
A special recognition area that pays tribute to legendary NASCAR drivers
Additional permanent restrooms
Expanded bus parking
A new first aid center
A play area for children
While a majority of the planned improvements will be concentrated outside of the track, efforts will also be made to further enhance the top-notch racing product provided on the one-mile concrete oval. The Monster Mile is already recognized for providing gritty, competitive action on the track; planned improvements are designed to create an even better experience for all fans, competitors and the media. Improvements inside the track include:
An expanded pit road that will provide more fans with views of the action in the pits, while providing safer and easier entry and exit from pit lane for competitors
A new garage for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams that will also incorporate rooftop viewing for fans
An expanded infield media center to better accommodate the legions of national, regional and local media who cover the Dover races
Ongoing improvement projects began after the conclusion of last years September race weekend. Some of this work includes: Continued renovations of the permanent restrooms around the facility; additional paving of concession, bathroom and stairwell areas; shower facilities for guests in Dover RV lots; upgrades to the PA sound system; signage and exterior upgrades to the hospitality tent villages; renovations to the media centers; renovations to the existing skybox suites; and overall landscaping and beautification projects around the property. Tickets for the June 2-4 and Sept. 22-24, 2006 NASCAR race weekends at Dover International Speedway are available by calling the ticket office at 800-441-RACE or online at www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Speedway PR)(5-25-2006)
- Dover International Speedway creates monster comic book: The story of Miles the Monster will now be told for the first time ever... Race fans of all ages will soon be able to learn how Miles the Monster came to be-all in a beautifully illustrated collectible comic book. This one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia offers a rare opportunity for fans to learn the story behind his creation, and to be involved in the history of the Monster Mile. The first issue, "Miles the Monster, Issue #1 -- His Shocking Birth," will be sold exclusively at Dover International Speedway during the June 2-4, 2006 race weekend. This first limited-edition issue costs $3, with each copy individually numbered on the back cover. Issue No. 2 will be exclusively available at the Dover International Speedway September 22-24, 2006 race weekend. Issues No. 3 through 8 will be released in 2007. More info on how to pre-order, go to www.DoverSpeedway.com. The comic book was created by Mark Wheatley and Allan Gross at Insight Studios. Tickets for a June 2-4, 2006 race weekend full of activity at Dover International Speedway are still available. Call 800-441-RACE, or go online to www.DoverSpeedway.com for tickets.(Dover International Speedway PR)(3-26-2006)
- AAA Mid-Atlantic to sponsor Dover truck race: AAA Mid-Atlantic is proud to announce its title sponsorship of the Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway on Friday, June 2, 2006. The race will be called the AAA Insurance 200. The
multi-year deal was signed late last week. "Auto racing is the fastest growing spectator sport in the country and so many AAA members are avid fans, so this sponsorship is a natural fit for us," said Spencer M. Roman, COO and Executive
Vice President of the AAA Mid-Atlantic Insurance Group. AAA Insurance decided to seize the opportunity to capitalize on AAA's recent re-entry into NASCAR sponsorship by adding the insurance group to a title sponsorship race. AAA intends to use its motorsports sponsorships as one way to reach young drivers with safety information. No one is more aware of the need to drive with care and skill than a professional race car driver. AAA believes motorsports can be an excellent venue for delivering important safety information to the driving public.(Dover Motorsports PR)(3-9-2006)
- Dover seeks sponsors after sale of MBNA: Dover International Speedway's 11-year, 19-race affiliation with sponsor MBNA has ended. The Bank of America, which recently bought the former Delaware-based credit card giant, has assumed sponsorship of the June 4 Nextel Cup Series event on Dover's high-banked, one-mile oval. Dover's spring race will be known as the Neighborhood Excellence 400 presented by Bank of America. Negotiations for sponsorship of the Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series races are continuing. Dover's spring race is also the last one that remained on MBNA's contract with Dover International Speedway, leaving the track scrambling to find sponsors for its September races, also. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover, said he does not think that Bank of America will automatically fill MBNA's shoes at Dover. "I doubt they will play the role that MBNA played with us," McGlynn said. "We are still actively seeking sponsors for many of our NASCAR events."(Deleware News Journal)(3-2-2006)
- Monster Trophy Program Expands: The Monster trophy, awarded to the winner of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Dover International Speedway, has quickly become one of the most popular awards on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series circuit. The creation of a new Monster trophy will now become one of the most popular awards in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Busch East Series, as well. Speedway officials unveiled today a rendering of the new-for-2006 trophy, to be presented to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Busch East Series winners at Dover International Speedway. The original Monster trophy, first awarded to Ryan Newman as the winner of the MBNA America 400 on Sept. 26, 2004, was created to celebrate the Monster Miles inclusion in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. The unique reward has been seen on the cover of NASCAR Scene, in AutoWeek magazine, and on television highlight reels around the country. The trophies will stand approximately 20 inches tall, and will be composed of sandstone, a granite-like material. The fierce trophy will strike a different pose than the trophy awarded to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup winner, and will include a different colored mirror as part of the base. The mirrored base is designed to make the trophy glow in the sunlight.(Dover Speedway site)(2-24-2006)
- Two promoted at Dover: Dover International Speedway announced the promotion of Michelle Melvin to Advertising Manager and Lindsay McNamara to Special Events Coordinator. In her new role, Melvin will develop and execute all advertising plans for Dover
International Speedway. She will work with radio, print, web and television outlets to maximize exposure in core metropolitan markets, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Melvin has worked as the Special Events Coordinator since March 2004 at Dover International Speedway, and will continue to oversee the hiring process for race weekend staff in the sales & marketing department. A graduate of Elon University in N.C., she now resides in Wilmington, DE.
Lindsay McNamara has been promoted to the position of Special Events Coordinator at Dover International Speedway. She previously served as an intern in the sales & marketing department. McNamara will assist in the development, coordination and evaluation of the
Dover International Speedway event marketing program. She will also oversee the on-site execution of Speedway hospitality programs on race weekends, such as the Monster Mile Club and SuperFresh Kids Zone. McNamara, a graduate of the University of Delaware, in Newark, Del., currently resides in Dover.(Dover Intl. Speedway PR)(1-15-2006)
- Dover Sept 2006 Tix on sale Nov 28: Tickets to the Sept. 22-24, 2006 race weekend at Dover International Speedway go on sale Monday, Nov. 28, 2005. By ordering early, fans have more choices -- improved seat selection, ticket availability in most price
ranges, and the ability to purchase blocks of tickets to keep your group together, are among the reasons to call now. The Sept. 22-24, 2006 race weekend includes: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, NEXTEL Cup Series; Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, Busch Series; Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, Busch North Series. Tickets for all 2006 events at Dover International Speedway, including the entire June 2-4, 2006 race weekend, may be purchased by visiting www.DoverSpeedway.com, or by calling the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE.(DIS PR)(11-23-205)
- Dover promotes from within: Dover International Speedway, Inc. announced the promotion of Lisa Courtney to Director of Promotions. Prior to her promotion, Courtney served as Promotions Manager at Dover International Speedway. She has been employed with the Speedway since March 1998. On a daily basis, Courtney works with the sales & marketing team to develop unique and creative promotional programs, sweepstakes and sponsor programs geared at enhancing event awareness, attendance and ticket sales. She also plays an important role in database research and marketing efforts. Some notable programs at the Speedway to her credit include: a special promotion to recognize fans who have attended races at Dover for 20-plus years; the "Party with the Busch Winner," a fan amenity that allows fans to participate in a question-and-answer session with the winner of the NASCAR Busch Series race; the free NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series autograph session on Friday of the June race weekend; and the always entertaining pre-race festivities before each Dover International Speedway event. Courtney, a graduate of Wesley College in Dover, Del., resides in Rehoboth Beach, Del., with her husband Michael.(Dover International Speedway PR)(11-10-2005)
- Dover Weekend Sched changed: The NASCAR schedule at Dover International Speedway will have a different look, beginning with race weekend in June 2006. The biggest change is that Nextel Cup qualifying will be moved from Friday to Saturday in a move that will align Dover with most other tracks on NASCAR's schedule. Highlighting the changes in the race weekend schedule at Dover beginning next year:
Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series teams will have alternating practice sessions on Friday, prior to the Craftsman Truck Series race.
The Busch Series will have qualifying on Saturday morning prior to their race, which will start at 3 p.m., two hours later than it has traditionally been.
The Nextel Cup Series is tentatively scheduled to qualify for Sunday's race at noon on Saturday. NASCAR will impound the race cars immediately following the qualifying session. This is already being done for 21 of the 36 Nextel Cup races this season.(Delaware News Journal)(10-20-2005)
- Lights at Dover in 2006? UPDATE NO: Next season's two Nextel Cup races at Dover could be run under the lights, on Saturday night.(Winston Salem Journal)
AND With concrete light poles placed all around the infield at Dover Downs, expect both of Dover's NASCAR weekends to be run under the lights next year.(Yahoo! Sports)(9-26-2005)
UPDATE: After another successful race weekend at Dover International Speedway, the rumor mill has again begun to turn. The construction of new light towers in the infield of Dover Downs Raceway, the harness racing track owned and operated by Dover Downs
Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., have led some to believe that lights are being added to motorsports events at the one-mile concrete oval.
Dover International Speedway has no plans to add lights in 2006. "There is no truth to the rumor that lights will be added in 2006 at
Dover International Speedway," said Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of Dover Motorsports, Inc. The new harness track lights are currently being erected in 26 locations around the property to replace the original lights which were installed when the track opened in 1969. The installation of the lights will be completed at Dover Downs Raceway in time for the opening of the 2005-2006 season on Oct. 31,
2005. NASCAR action returns to Dover International Speedway next year for two tripleheaders in 2006 on June 2-4 and Sept. 22-24. Tickets for the June 2-4 race weekend are now on sale, and can be obtained by calling 800-441-RACE or online at www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(9-29-2005)
- NFL Player Ray Lewis Busch Race Grand Marshal UPDATE cancels: Ray Lewis, all-pro NFL linebacker for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, will be the Grand Marshal on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the Dover 200. In his first visit to a NASCAR event, Lewis will give the command to start engines, participate in pre-race, attend the driver's meeting and visit the DuPont Monster Bridge at Dover International Speedway.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)
UPDATE: Ray Lewis, the Ravens' All-Pro linebacker, canceled his appearance to serve as grand marshal for today's Dover 200 Busch Series race. He was scheduled to give the command to the drivers to start their engines. No reason was given for the cancellation.(Delaware News Journal), should had gotten an E-A-G-L-E.(9-24-2004)
- Pre-Race Activities at Dover:
* A special tribute to Rusty Wallace will include a proclamation by Governor Ruth Ann Minner, declaring Sept. 25, 2005 "Rusty Wallace
Day." Mayor Stephen Speed will present Wallace with a key to the City of Dover. Frank McKelvey, Sr. Executive Vice President of MBNA, and Denis McGlynn, CEO and president of Dover International Speedway, will also present Wallace with gifts.
* 43 lucky fans who have attended races at Dover International Speedway for 20 years or more will participate in pre-race, and will hold the American flag at each pit stall during the singing of the National Anthem. The winners were selected from an online promotion orchestrated by the Speedway.
* Nancy Cartwright, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, will give the command "Gentlemen Start your Engines" on Sunday for the MBNA RacePoints 400. Cartwright is in Dover to promote "The Kelly's" an animated series about a stock car racing family. The series will debut immediately after the race on NASCAR.COM and will feature 18 short-form episodes optimized for broadband Internet viewing. New
episodes will appear weekly at NASCAR.COM.
* The 200-piece Tiger Marching Alexis I. DuPont High School from Wilmington, Del., will perform.
* A 40-piece United States Army Field Band will also perform throughout the ceremony.(DIS PR)(9-24-2005)
- Dover Honors Four Local Soldiers: DuPont recently extended a small token of appreciation to the troops who have returned from the Middle East after serving on behalf of all United States citizens. Via a radio contest, Dupont awarded four members of the US military, and a guest, seats on the DuPont Monster Bridge to watch the Dover 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Sept. 24 at Dover International Speedway. Listeners of WDSD 92.9 FM and The River 94.7 FM in Dover had the chance to nominate a returning soldier by calling in or visiting the radio stations' Web site.
Sgt. First Class Bill Ziolkowski (US Army), Tech Sgt. Tony Forcier (USAF), Staff Sgt. Paul Cross (USAF) and Tech Sgt. John McHale (USAF) were all selected to spend the day at the NASCAR race in Dover and meet Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR champion and driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet. Ziolkowski, of Wilmington, served one year in Iraq, returning home in June. Cross and McHale, both hail from Magnolia. Cross served in Kuwait while McHale served in Iraq. Forcier, of Dover, served three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The DuPont Monster Bridge, built in 2004, is a glass-enclosed seating structure that suspends 56 people in air-conditioned comfort 29 feet
above the Dover International Speedway. The bridge is made possible by more than one dozen DuPont products and innovative building materials including DuPont Tyvek CommericalWrap and DuPont SentryGlas Plus ionoplast interlayer, a material that allows the glass to sustain a lug nut being fired at it at 200 mph without shattering.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)
- National Anthem at Dover: The national anthem on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005 for the MBNA RacePoints 400 will be sung by Warner Bros. recording artist Shannon Brown. Shannon Brown is the product of a small town in Iowa and of a childhood filled with the music floating out of the nightclubs and restaurants her parents owned. Her country delivery was infused with a soulfulness born of hours of listening to Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)
- NFL Player Ray Lewis Busch Race Grand Marshal: Ray Lewis, all-pro NFL linebacker for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, will be the Grand Marshal on Saturday, Sept. 24 for the Dover 200. In his first visit to a NASCAR event, Lewis will give the command to start engines, participate in pre-race, attend the driver's meeting and visit the DuPont Monster Bridge at Dover International Speedway.(DIS PR)(9-20-2005)
- Heat buckles track at Dover UPDATE all fixed: The summer heat wave that has gripped Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region the past couple of weeks has caused a small portion of Dover International Speedway's concrete backstretch to buckle. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of the track, said Friday he does not expect it to be a major issue and anticipates the MBNA-sponsored NASCAR weekend from Sept. 23-25 to go on as scheduled. "We've put a call in to NASCAR and let them know of the issue," McGlynn said. "It's something that we'll probably have fixed in just a few days." Workers at the high-banked, one-mile track have installed temporary sprinklers on the frontstretch in an effort to cool the track down and avoid the buckling issue that has popped up on the backstretch. Dover did have to cancel this weekend's Monster Racing experience, in which people buy laps to either drive or ride NASCAR race cars around the track. Jerry Dunning, senior vice president and general manager of motorsports at Dover, learned of the problem at about 6:30 Friday morning. He said the damaged area of concrete was only about four-feet wide by the track's width of 48-feet across. However, in order to make the repair properly, workers from Dover's Kent Construction have already begun to take out 24 feet by 48 feet of the concrete on the backstretch. It was unknown how much the unexpected project would cost the track.(Delaware News Journal)(8-6-2005)
UPDATE: The track at Dover International Speedway has been repaired. Because of consistently high temperatures, the track did have some blistering of the concrete. A 24' x 48' section of the track was repoured and some expansion joints were slightly widened around the track, allowing more room for expansion of the concrete if temperatures remain high. Maintenance workers are also watering the track and keeping it as moist/cool as possible to avoid any further issues during the summer months. The driving school at the track, Monster Racing, has returned to their normal schedule. Track officials do not anticipate any problems for the upcoming September 23-25, 2005 race weekend.(Dover Int'l Speedway PR)(8-23-2005)
- Dover gets approval to add more seats UPDATE: Dover International Speedway has received approval from it's board that would allow the track to incease seating capacity from 135,000 to 170,000.(NASCAR Scene Magazine)(8-11-2005)
UPDATE: The rumors in regards to the expansion of the grandstands at Dover International Speedway are false. The track has had permission from the City of Dover for some time to increase seating up to 170,000. There are currently, however, no plans to expand seating at Dover International Speedway.(Dover Int'l Speedway PR)(8-23-2005)
- Dover's initiative to seize counterfeit merchandise proves very successful: An undercover initiative to stop the sale of counterfeit merchandise at Dover International Speedway has proven very successful. Dover International Speedway, in conjunction with the FBI, Dover Police Department and Delaware State Police, conducted an undercover sting to prevent counterfeit merchandise from being sold on the property on race weekends. Law enforcement officials, disguised as race fans, canvassed the parking lots at
Dover International Speedway throughout race weekend. Officers focused on locating main distribution points of counterfeit merchandise
early in the weekend, and began apprehending the major conspirators on Saturday. Historically, as race weekends progress, the appearance of unlicensed merchandise becomes more visible. This year, by the start of the Sunday, June 5 race at Dover International Speedway, illegal vendors were almost nonexistent. Over the course of the weekend, eight individuals, identified as illegal vendors, were removed from track property, detained and questioned. All counterfeit merchandise in their possession was seized. Nextel Communications also played a critical role in the initiative by providing wireless phones to the undercover officers. Dover Motorsports, Inc. will continue to allocate significant resources to further prevent the sale of counterfeit merchandise at race events.(Dover International Speedway)(6-8-2005)
- Dover cracking down on unlicensed merchandise: As fans gather for this weekend's MBNA Racepoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, track owner Dover Motorsports Inc. is greeting vendors with a new twist on the old "buyer beware" adage - seller beware. Dover Motorsports officials were granted a Delaware Court of Chancery order allowing them to seize any track-related merchandise, counterfeit or otherwise, sold without their approval during race week, which began Monday. The order allows the seizure of counterfeit and noncounterfeit goods, including hats, tickets and T-shirts, sold without authorization on track property through June 8. It also allows the seizure of counterfeit goods offered for sale within three miles of the track, which covers pretty much the entire town, and on or within one mile of "park and ride" lots or other parking areas associated with the race. Anyone whose property is seized will get a copy of the court order, and the confiscated property will be held and inventoried pending a June 13 hearing for anyone wanting to argue that their merchandise was wrongly seized and should be returned. "We've been doing that for years," said Denis McGlynn, president and chief executive of Dover Motorsports. "You never know what's going to happen on race weekend." Last month, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, cooperating with NASCAR officials on "Project Raceday," seized more than 7,100 counterfeit items valued at $160,000 at Talladega Super Speedway in Alabama. In a related move, NASCAR introduced an official hologram seal in January to verify the authenticity of officially licensed NASCAR merchandise. Filing a similar complaint last week in Delaware Chancery Court against "John Doe and other persons unknown" Dover Motorsports obtained an injunction allowing local and state police, as well track security personnel, to seize goods during race week. The order is designed to protect a host of DMI trademarks, which range from "Monster Mile" and its related "Concrete Monster" design to "Dover Motorsports," "Dover Downs" and even "Dover" itself.(Delaware State News/AP)(6-4-2005)
- Monster Action Figure: Dover International Speedway has created a new movable action figure that will be available all weekend at the track. It is an 8-inch tall action figure nicknamed "Miles the Monster" that can hold a 1:64 scale car in its hand.
The $10 toy will be available at www.doverspeedway.com following race weekend.[Actually it is already on the site](Delaware News Journal)(6-3-2005)
- Dover still has tix available: Tickets are still available for both NASCAR race weekends at Dover International Speedway, June 3-5 and Sept. 23-25, and can be obtained by visiting www.doverspeedway.com, or at the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE. Dover International Speedway offers a long list of ticket options for fans, including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts and a variety of payment plans. Call now for the best available seats at the Monster Mile.(Dover International Speedway)(5-31-2005)
- Jason Mraz to Sing the National Anthem at Dover: Atlantic Records recording artist Jason Mraz will sing the National Anthem for the MBNA RacePoints 400 on June 5, 2005 at Dover International Speedway. Mraz' singer-songwriter-meets-rap singing style was thrust into the national spotlight after the success of his first album, "Waiting For My Rocket To Come," which has sold over 1,000,000 copies. Some of his hits include "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "You & I Both" and "Curbside Prophet." Mraz, 27, has performed the anthem for NFL Monday Night Football, the NFL Pro Bowl, and the NBA Finals last year between the Lakers and Pistons, and will now bring his rendition to Dover International Speedway. More information about Mraz can be found online at www.jasonmraz.com.(Dover International Speedway)(5-31-2005)
- Dover selling Long Beach: Rowdy (www.rowdy.com) reports that Dover Motorsports--which owns and operates not only Dover, but Nashville Superspeedway, Gateway International Raceway (St. Louis), and
Memphis Motorsports Park, has reached an agreement to sell the Long Beach Grand Prix event to Aquarium Asset Management, an affiliate of the Champ Car World Series, for $15 million. The deal must be approved by the city of Long Beach and contains assurances that current full-time employees will retain their jobs with comparable pay and benefits. Also on Rowdy today, the "give Pete a chance" campaign begins, Rick Mast's review of the all-star race, and rookie Travis Kvapil talks about the Open. Rowdy is a daily racing radio show you get on your phone and the web. Listen to the link on Jayski's Cup News page, visit www.rowdy.com or call 1-800-95-ROWDY for more info.(5-24-2005)
- Dover's Monster Mile Club sold out for June, tickets available: The Monster Mile Club, an all-inclusive hospitality club at Dover International Speedway, has sold out. The June 5, 2005 hospitality club festivities will include an appearance by NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Mark Martin. The Monster Mile Club is a pre-race fan hospitality package available to all ticket holders at Dover International Speedway. Located in the North Hospitality Tent Village, the Monster Mile Club is an action-packed way to experience race day at Dover International Speedway in style. Admission to the Monster Mile Club includes food and drink (beer, soda and water), a VIP trackside tour, live entertainment, a limited-edition souvenir item, a program, interactive games and an appearance by a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver. Admission to the Monster Mile Club costs $ 99. To add the Monster Mile Club to your ticket purchase (for the September 25 race), call the Dover ticket office by September 9, 2005 at 800-441-RACE. The driver appearance for September is still to-be-determined.
Race tickets are now available for both event weekends, June 3-5 and Sept. 23-25, and can be obtained by visiting www.doverspeedway.com, or at the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE.(Dover International Speedway)(5-14-2005)
- Some Dover Notes: On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Domestic Preparedness conducted a full-scale simulated exercise - the first of its kind at any NASCAR facility at Dover International Speedway, according to track spokesman Gary Camp. About 700 volunteers took part in the event, with local and state police and firefighters as well as emergency medical technicians and hazardous material personnel responding to, among other things, a car bomb, various fires and the simulated release of a chemical agent. "We had incidents on different scales, from a fistfight between two fans in the hospitality tent area to phoned-in bomb threats," Camp said. "Homeland Security is going to get back to us in regard to response times and proper techniques, but we felt it went well. This was an opportunity for us to be proactive, and it gave all the emergency crews that are normally here over a race weekend to work together."
Installation of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction system is expected to be completed in time for next month's race weekend at Dover. The SAFER barrier, which was put in place along the track's inside backstretch wall last season, is being affixed in the corners of the oval. The barrier will extend about 30 inches out from the existing boilerplate-covered walls. Lou Reilly, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan from Philadelphia, claimed the grand prize in Dover's "Most Memorable Monster Mile Moment" contest. Dover officials are still working on a tribute to Melvin Joseph, who recently died at the age of 83. Tickets are available at 800-441-RACE or www.DoverSpeedway.com.(Philadelphia Inquirer)(5-5-2005)
- Dover to Host Emergency Exercise April 30: Dover International Speedway, in conjunction with local, state and federal authorities, will conduct a full-scale, simulated exercise to test emergency preparedness on April 30, 2005. The exercise will begin at 9 a.m., and conclude at approximately 1 p.m. The exercise will be held on-site at Dover International Speedway, and will involve the many agencies that actively participate in operations on race weekend. It will provide a realistic opportunity to practice emergency plans that could be necessary in the event of an incident on race weekend. The emergency exercise is anticipated to be one of the largest ever
held in Delaware, and is expected to include approximately 1,500 simulated evacuees. Due to the large number of evacuees, traffic
congestion may be increased in and around Dover International Speedway between the hours of 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on April 30.(Dover International Speedway)(4-21-2005)
- Dover's Races get Title Names: Dover International Speedway has announced new names for its June 3-5
and Sept. 23-25 NASCAR races. The June 5 and Sept. 25 Nextel Cup races will both be called the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400. The June 4 Busch Series race will be the NASCAR RacePoints 200, while the Sept. 24 Busch Series race will be the Dover 200. The June 3 Craftsman Truck Series race will be the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 200. The MBNA names are tied to the bank's NASCAR RacePoints Visa credit-card program. Financial terms of the naming rights deals were not announced.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(4-18-2005)
- Sad News: Melvin Joseph, construction pioneer and owner of Melvin Joseph Construction, died on April 6, 2005 after a brief illness. He was 83. Joseph, of Georgetown, Del., oversaw construction during the late 60s of the dual-use Dover Downs facility, which includes the one-mile motorsports track and the 5/8-mile horse track. Joseph had been a constant fixture at Dover International Speedway events, giving drivers the command to start their engines at every NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in Dover since 1969.
At the time of his death, Joseph served on the board of directors for Dover Motorsports, Inc. as vice president and director of auto racing for Dover International Speedway. He also served on the board of Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. Joseph was originally appointed to the board of what was then Dover Downs, Inc. in 1969. Joseph oversaw the complicated 1994 repaving project at Dover International Speedway that transformed the asphalt into the current concrete surface. Joseph also served as a consultant for the Dover Motorsports construction of Nashville Superspeedway, in Lebanon, Tenn., in 2000. Among many other career-long accolades, Joseph was a 2002 inductee into the Delaware Sports Museum Hall of Fame. Funeral arrangements are pending. More information will be posted on the Dover International Speedway website, www.doverspeedway.com.(4-7-2005)
- Nashville sale denied; no plans to move Dover race to Nashville: Dover Motorsports President and CEO Denis McGlynn said he has no plans to sell Nashville Superspeedway but stopped short of denying that it has been discussed. ''We don't have any plans to sell Nashville,'' McGlynn said earlier this week in response to recent reports that the five-year-old, $125 million track is being shopped. Asked if he has talked with representatives from any group including International Speedway Corporation about a possible sale, McGlynn would say only: ''We talk to a lot of people about a lot of things.'' Reports of a possible sale of the Nashville track to ISC circulated last weekend at Bristol. Yesterday ISC spokesman David Talley said, ''We don't comment on rumors. Right now we are focused on our Pacific Northwest and New York projects.'' McGlynn also denied reports that NASCAR is pressuring Dover to move one of its two annual Nextel Cup races from Dover (Del.) International Speedway to Nashville Superspeedway.(Tennessean)(4-6-2005)
- Dover SAFER almost complete: The final installation of the SAFER barriers at Dover International Speedway is underway, and will be completed in time for the June 3-5 MBNA race weekend. The SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction system) barrier walls consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks, and reduces the force of the initial impact of a crash. Approximately 3,600 feet of tubing, primarily in the turns of the one-mile track, will be installed. Drivers and fans shouldn't expect a major difference in the on-track action at the Monster Mile. Known for its sweeping, wide turns, the SAFER barrier will extend approximately 30 inches from outside walls at Dover International Speedway. "NASCAR's initiative to increase the safety of its competitors is one we wholeheartedly support," said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "We are pleased the SAFER barrier installation will be complete for our June 3-5 race weekend."
Before the last race weekend in September, the inside wall of the backstretch was rebuilt, and SAFER barriers were installed. The inside backstretch wall also serves as the retaining wall for Dover Downs Raceway, which features harness racing from November through April. Crews removed 1,132 feet of the 8-inch thick concrete block wall, and a 12-inch rebar-reinforced, poured concrete wall was installed. Dover International Speedway has been waiting on additional recommendations from expert advisor Dr. Dean Sicking, of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska, to proceed with the installation of SAFER barriers on other locations at the track. Each SAFER barrier system is tailor-made to address each track's design challenges.
Because Dover has steel boilerplate walls, and additional reinforcement of the walls is also necessary, the engineering surveys took additional time to complete. With the completion of the installation at Dover International Speedway, Dover Motorsports, Inc. will have SAFER barriers in place at all of its facilities for their 2005 events. This includes the Nashville Superspeedway, Gateway International Raceway and Memphis Motorsports Park.(Delaware State News)(3-24-2005)
- Dover gets an official convenience store: Dover International Speedway says Shore Stop convenience stores will be the track's "Official Convenience Store" under a new five-year agreement. Terms of the agreement call for the stores to have the ability to sell race tickets to the track's events and to be able to offer exclusive ticket programs to their customers. Financial terms were not announced.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(3-12-2005)
- Dover....more on SAFER and lights: Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said that installing SAFER barriers on the outside walls of the track's sweeping turns should be completed by mid-April. But bigger projects, like adding lights and more seating, are on hold. McGlynn said there will be no lights installed at the track this year for night-time racing, and grandstand seating will remain the same - approximately 140,000. "It's going to be a relatively low-key year at the race track," McGlynn said. That is an attitude that mirrors NASCAR in general in 2005. Last year, the sport announced several major changes, from switching the title sponsor from Winston to Nextel, to its unveiling of a playoff-type points system it dubbed the Chase for the Nextel Cup, which was won by Kurt Busch in its debut season. Dover International Speedway had expanded its seating every year from 1986 until 2001, the longest such streak by any NASCAR speedway, leaping from a modest capacity of 22,000 to 140,000 in just 15 years. Dover has received approval to expand to up to 170,000 seats in the future.
Dover installed the SAFER barriers along the inside of the 1,076-foot backstretch last summer. However, work on the outside walls was pushed back due to engineering delays. The SAFER barrier project will cost nearly $2 million by the time it is completed. The initial estimate was $1 million. The SAFER barriers have been a challenge to install at Dover, a track unlike any other on the NASCAR circuit. The concrete and steel boilerplate walls that line the outside walls are not strong enough to support the SAFER barriers, so steel pilings must first be built to solidify the walls. The current walls also will have to be made slightly higher to fit the SAFER barriers, which consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks. The barriers, which extend about 30 inches from the wall, are not expected to affect the racing at Dover, known for its wide turns.
As for the always popular rumor about night racing at Dover, McGlynn still does not see it as a pressing issue. Many NASCAR fans think the addition of lights at Dover would make it one of the marquee events on the schedule, alongside the perennially sold-out August night race in Bristol. McGlynn is not so quick on the trigger, saying most tracks that have added lights recently - like Darlington, S.C. - are places that did so because they were having trouble selling tickets. McGlynn said the big force behind any decision to add lights will be TV executives and NASCAR. Should the track eventually add lights next season, McGlynn said it could host either a Saturday night Nextel Cup race or have an event that begins later on Sunday afternoon for a finish under the lights. (Delaware News Journal)(2-9-2005)
- No Lights at Dover in 2005, more SAFER, pits stay: The longtime speculation on when lights will be installed at Dover International Speedway to allow for night racing will have to continue through at least another NASCAR season. In fact, 2005 wont be the year for any real high-level construction projects at the track, according to Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of the speedway. I cant tell you well never put lights in here, McGlynn noted, adding that any move toward illuminating the Dover track would likely come with some agreement with the television networks. Putting lights at the speedway would cost between $3 million and $3.5 million McGlynn said, basing his estimate on the fee for installing them at Nashville Superspeedway, another Dover Motorsports Inc. track, which opened in 2001. I think that this is for the long term a great opportunity in terms of making a unique opportunity for the fans, said Wes Harris, senior director of investor relations for International Speedway Corporation, which manages Darlington. From a TV perspective, there are more people watching later in the day. Historically, the decision to install lights comes at tracks that struggle to fill the grandstands during daytime races, McGlynn pointed out. Weve not fallen into a situation where were struggling to fill our seats, he said. Were just blessed with a huge population base. Dover has increased from 71,000 to 140,000 seats in the nine years since Dover Downs Slots opened. The speedway has been approved for expansion to 170,000 seats, which will be added when the fans show its needed, McGlynn said. But that wont be this year.
Aside from a few bathroom renovations, the only new thing at the speedway this season will be more Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers, which are designed to absorb energy and decrease the chance of injuries to drivers in the event of an accident. Workers will finish installing the SAFER system on the high-banked outside turns of the one-mile oval in the spring. The barriers were installed along the backstretch in 2004, a year which also featured the construction and unveiling of the DuPont Monster Bridge, a unique seating area overtop the concrete track surface.
Rumors of expanding Dovers pit row this year have also proven false. Theres not a whole lot that can be done about that, McGlynn said. We would have to take wall out further into speedway, which compresses the width of the speedway runoff area. Where does NASCAR really want the room?(Dover Post)(1-27-2005)
- Dover sues makers of Stacker 2/YJ Stinger . . . and Rowdy has the story. Big time race sponsorships cost money-in the case of the Busch Series Stacker 2 Hundred at Dover International Speedway, $350,000. But according to a complaint filed with the Superior Court of Newcastle County Delaware, the speedway hasn't been paid. The complaint, obtained by Rowdy, also alleges that NVE Pharmaceuticals, which owns Stacker 2 and YJ Stinger, did not spend another $325,000 to market the event, as agreed to in the contract. Hear about it today on Rowdy. Rowdy is daily racing news, interviews, and commentary you get on your cell phone-like a racing radio show you can hear whenever you want. Call 1-800-95-ROWDY (1-800-957-6939) to sign up for a free, no obligation trial.(Rowdy PR)(11-30-2004)
- Delaware Reaches Out to Dover Intl Speedway to keep races: The state of Delware has reached out to Dover International Speedway officials to keep both Nextel Cup races. No event in the state is bigger than the two NASCAR Nextel Cup races held each year in Dover. About 140,000 people attended Sunday's MBNA America 400. The two race weekends this year drew 400,000 fans. They pump about $300 million into the state's economy, according to a 2001 study commissioned by Dover Motorsports, the company that owns Dover International Speedway. That's something the state can hardly afford to lose. "The governor and the Economic Development Office are in constant contact with business leaders throughout the state, including Dover Downs, as part of the state's continuing efforts to retain businesses in Delaware," said Kate Bailey, deputy communications director for the governor. "In fact, communications with the leadership team at Dover Downs in recent months confirmed that we can look forward to the NASCAR events being part of Delaware's premier entertainment lineup for years to come." Still, government officials felt it was necessary to call Dover International Speedway last month when they heard that a new race track had been proposed to be built in the New York City area, perhaps opening as soon as 2008. They know such a track could lead to a current Nextel Cup venue losing its race to New York, and few venues are located in cities smaller than Dover. "We talked to them because we wanted to double-check and triple-check the potential of one of the races leaving here," said Julie Miro Wenger, acting tourism director for the Delaware Tourism Office. "They pretty much told us that we're not in jeopardy of losing a race." It's a gesture that is greatly appreciated, said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "The state has always been very supportive," he said. "They know the economic impact of our race weekends. And we know we're placing a big burden on the state because we have 140,000 fans coming into Dover for the races." Yet even McGlynn acknowledges the possibility of a race leaving Dover is always there, even though he is confident it won't happen. McGlynn said Dover is safe because its reach of 300 miles extends to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, three of the largest markets in the United States. That's something that few other tracks can claim. "I just think that having another track in the region will help grow the market, because it will create more and more race fans," McGlynn said. "So, while Dover itself is a small market, we're actually a major market, because we deliver three major markets to NASCAR." But there also is the chance that McGlynn could move one of the Dover races to one of three other tracks Dover Motorsports owns. Those tracks - St. Louis, Memphis and Nashville - are in relatively large markets that NASCAR has yet to reach. McGlynn insisted that possibility isn't very likely. For one, those tracks, which host Busch Series races, aren't big enough yet for Nextel Cup races. The largest track, near St. Louis, seats 55,000. It would have to at least double in size before McGlynn would consider having a Nextel Cup race there. That process would likely take several years. McGlynn said if that were to happen, he would rather have a race from a different track move there instead of moving one from Dover. "I'm sure we could make a good argument to NASCAR for doing it," McGlynn said. "And NASCAR would probably approve it, because those are markets that haven't really been penetrated yet. But we don't have any interest in doing that. We like our two weekends in Dover, and we want to keep it that way." So does the state of Delaware.(paraphrased from the Delaware News Journal)(9-27-2004)
- SAFER at Dover and Bristol in 2005: NASCAR officials say they expect installation of the Safer barriers by next spring at Dover Internatonal Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. The delay at Bristol has been in developing techniques to deal with the cross-over gate. The delay at Dover concerns the boilerplate outside walls, which have to be replaced with concrete walls before the Safer barriers can be installed. "The University of Nebraska has been working on the gate issue, and it's all coming really good," NASCAR's Robin Pemberton said. "I think they're pretty close to being done at Bristol. They're ready to put them up." Both Bristol and Dover have cross-track gates. However, a number of tracks have stretches of soft walls that are not seamless, so it's not completely clear why the cross-over gate - in the middle of the frontstretch here and the middle of the backstretch - should be a particular issue. At the least, soft walls should have been installed in the corners, given the hard hits drivers take into the outside walls. "They need to do some reconfiguring on the walls as they exist now here to be able to support the Safer barriers," Pemberton said. "We have seen some very hard hits here."(Winston Salem Journal), past news about the SAFER Barrier on my SAFER/Softwall's page and Safety Page.(9-27-2004)
- Here She Comes.....to Dover: Less than a week after winning the Miss America crown, Deidre [Dover?] Downs of Alabama will serve as grand marshal and sing the national anthem at the MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. Downs, 24, an aspiring doctor who put off medical school to compete for the crown, topped Miss Louisiana, Jennifer Dupont, to become Miss America 2005. Downs is very capable of singing the national anthem her performance of the ballad "I'm Afraid This Must Be Love," sealed the Miss America victory. Tickets for the entire race weekend are still available by calling 1-800-441-RACE, or online at www.doverspeedway.com.(Delaware News Journal)(9-21-2004)
- Dover is SAFER inside walls...not outside...yet: The walls at Dover International Speedway have left many NASCAR drivers with pounding headaches following hard impacts over the years. Legendary driver David Pearson once said Dover had "the hardest [darned] walls I've ever hit." This summer, those same walls left the engineers at the Midwest Roadside Safety facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln scratching their heads, as they worked to develop SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers for the high-banked, one-mile oval. SAFER barriers are designed to absorb much of the energy from a crash, significantly lessening the chance of a severe injury to a driver. While the barriers will be in place along the inside of the 1,076-foot backstretch this week, they will not cover the outside walls of the speedway until NASCAR drivers return next June due to engineering delays. Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, said the additional engineering means the project will cost nearly $2 million by the time it is completed this winter. The initial estimate was $1 million. Dover Motorsports Inc. will pay for the project, which NASCAR recommended be completed this year for all Nextel Cup tracks except the half-mile oval at Bristol, Tenn., and road courses at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Sonoma, Calif. The SAFER barriers have been a challenge to install at Dover, a track unlike any other on the NASCAR circuit. The concrete and steel boilerplate walls that line the outside walls are not strong enough to support the SAFER barriers, so steel pilings must first be constructed to solidify the walls. The current walls also will have to be made slightly higher to fit the SAFER barriers, which consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks. The barriers, which extend about 30 inches from the wall, are not expected to affect the racing at Dover, known for its wide, sweeping turns. Dover has not had a driver fatality since it began hosting NASCAR races in 1969. Still, many drivers have been left dazed after encounters with the walls, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was transported to Kent General Hospital after hitting the wall last September. The accident appeared to be relatively harmless, but Earnhardt said the data recorder in his car revealed he had suffered a tremendous impact. He was left with a minor concussion.(Delaware News Journal)(9-21-2004)
- Now this is a cool Trophy; Action Figure?: Whoever wins the Nextel Cup race at Dover International Speedway later this month will get a trophy as ferocious as the track itself. On Tuesday, Dover unveiled its brand-new monster trophy that will go to the winner of the MBNA America 400 on Sept. 26. A concrete sample was taken from the speedway, and used as a model for creating the one-of-a-kind trophy. Composed of sandstone, a granite-like material, the monster was formed from a clay mold. After repeated brushing, refinishing and hardening, the monster evolved into its final shape. From initial concept, through many rounds of revisions, the project took approximately four months to complete. A 1:24 scale Action Performance diecast car of the winner will be held high in the air by the concrete monster. The trophy stands approximately 30 inches tall and weighs 40 pounds. The base features a red mirror, which in sunlight will make the monster appear on fire. "Winning at the Monster Mile requires great driving skills, strength and endurance," said Jerry Miraglia, executive vice president of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "From now on, the winner of our NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race will receive a trophy that will embody these attributes and be unlike any other award in the sport. Dover has been dubbed the Monster Mile because of the challenges the track presents to drivers. It's only fitting that the trophy incorporate our monster likeness in its design." Based on the successful creation of the monster trophy, Dover International Speedway and Action Performance are in the process of designing a movable action figure. The action figure will be available in early 2005.(NewsZap)(9-8-2004)
- Walk the Monster Mile: There will be a fitness walk at Dover International Speedway on Aug. 18 as part of the Lt. Governor's Challenge. Two sessions, at noon and 1 p.m., will allow participants to walk the one-mile concrete superspeedway. The fitness walk is free and open to the public. Lt. Governor John Carney Jr. will join in the walk. On Aug. 18, guests can access the track by entering the main entrance off of Route 13, and turning right in front of the Dover Downs Hotel. Follow the access road around the outside of the track to Gate 1, where parking will be available. For more information on the Lt. Governor's Challenge, call (302) 577-8787 or (302) 744-4333 or see www.state.de.us.(Delaware News Journal)(7-29-2004)
- Not 100% SAFER at Dover in Sept: SAFER walls will line the inside of the backstretch at Dover International Speedway when the Nextel Cup Series returns for the MBNA America 400 on Sept. 26. However, Jerry Dunning - senior vice president and general manager of motorsports for Dover - said the outside walls in all four turns will not have the barriers installed until after the track's fall race weekend. Civil engineering professor Dr. Dean Sicking and his team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still conducting tests to determine how best to install the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers at the high-banked, one-mile oval. "Right now we are planning to do [the turns] over the winter since the engineering is not complete," Dunning said. "After the September race, all of the engineering team will be back and all the key decisions will be made." Workers from Kent Construction in Dover are building a new inside wall on the back straightway between the harness racing track and the speedway that will provide the support for the SAFER wall. The first series of SAFER barriers - which consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks - to go up will line the 1,076-foot backstretch. During the offseason, each of the outside walls in the turns will be fitted for the barriers.(Delaware News Journal)(7-13-2004)
- Dover to get SAFER: Drivers will be pleased to find out that work has begun to prepare Dover International Speedway for the first phase of its installation of SAFER walls. The SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system first will be installed along the inside wall of the backstretch at the high-banked, one-mile oval. The SAFER barriers eventually will be fitted for the walls in the turns, though it is uncertain whether the turns will be completed in time for the MBNA America 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Sept. 26. "They have officially begun preparing for the installation of SAFER barriers at Dover," said Gary Camp, director of public relations at Dover International Speedway. "They are just entering the first phase of the project." Denis McGlynn, president of Dover's race track, said it was just a matter of time before the facility fell in line with all of the other tracks on the NASCAR circuit, most of which already have or are installing the SAFER barriers. "I think anything that's safer is better, and we're on board with all of the improvements that are being made in the name of safety," McGlynn said. The walls, which McGlynn estimated in March would cost around $1 million to install, are designed to absorb energy and decrease the chance of injuries to drivers involved in an accident. They promise to be much safer than the concrete and boilerplate walls that have lined Dover since its opening in 1969.(Delaware News Journal)(7-10-2004)
- Secretary of the Air Force at Dover NASCAR Race: Dr. James G. Roche, Secretary of the Air Force, will be attending the
MBNA 400: Sulute to Heros at Dover International Speedway on 6 June. Dr. Roche is the 20th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of its nearly 370,000 men and women on active duty, 180,000 members of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, 160,000 civilians, and their families. As head of the Department of the Air Force, Secretary Roche is responsible for its functioning and efficiency, the formulation of its policies and programs, and the timely implementation of decisions and instructions of the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense. This will be Secretary Roche's first NASCAR race. Dr. Roche will be visiting with the #21 Motorcraft Nextel Cup team, owned by the Wood Brothers, and driven by Ricky Rudd. The Air Force association with the #21 has been part of its recruiting and retention effort since 2001. NASCAR and the Air Force have a lot in common - speed, mechanics, technology and teamwork, and has successfully used
it's involvement in NASCAR as part of it's overall advertising program. June 6 marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy invasion, the beginning of the Allied assault, eventually leading to the end of WWII. The Allied forces that day involved 6,500 ships and 13,000 aircraft. Over 200,000 vehicles and 600,000 tons of supplies were transported to support the Allied troops in the weeks that followed
the initial attack.(Air Force PR)(6-3-2004)
- F-16's to do Dover Flyover: the Flyover at Dover following the National Anthem will be performed by four F-16's from the 149th Fighter Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.(Air Force PR)(6-3-2004)
- New race name at Dover and WWII Planes to Flyover: MBNA recently announced the name and theme of the upcoming NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. "The MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes" will be held on June 6, 2004 -- the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Pre-race activities will honor those Americans whose heroism in the liberation of Europe earned them the title, "The Greatest Generation." Pre-race activities on June 6 will include a fly-over of World War II-era military aircraft, including the world's only B-29 bomber still in flight. D-Day veterans will participate in pre-race ceremonies and Peter Thomas, the former voice of the History Channel and himself a veteran of Omaha Beach, will read General Dwight Eisenhower's Order of the Day of June 5, 1944. As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, Eisenhower issued this order on the eve of the D-Day invasion. The order includes the inspiring line, "We will accept nothing less than full victory."
The tripleheader of racing action at Dover International Speedway begins on Friday, June 4 with the return of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the MBNA America 200. On Saturday, June 5, the rising stars of the NASCAR Busch Series take to the Monster Mile for the MBNA America 200. And then on Sunday, June 6, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series returns to Dover for the MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes, which promises to be one of the most memorable in recent history. Tickets for the entire June 4 - 6 MBNA race weekend are available by calling 1-800-441-RACE, or online at www.doverspeedway.com.(PR)(6-1-2004)
- New Scoring Pylon at Dover: It's down with the old, and up with the new, at Dover International Speedway. Just in time for the upcoming June 4-6 MBNA race weekend, installation is complete on a new scoring pylon at Dover International Speedway. At 94-feet tall, the new scoring pylon is more than twice the size of the old one. Located near the start/finish line in the infield, it will feature 17 total positions -- the top 15 drivers, with the bottom 2 spots scrolling through the rest of the field. The old pylon, originally installed in the mid-'70s, displayed only the top 5 positions. It was disassembled and removed earlier this week. The new four-sided scoring pylon features rotating backlit panels with the logos of June 4-6, 2004 race sponsor MBNA, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Dover International Speedway. It also displays the lap speed of the race leader. All numerals are 3-feet-tall and illuminated.(Dover International Speedway PR)(6-1-2004)
- American Idol star Clay Aiken will sing the national anthem at Dover: Triple platinum-selling recording artist Clay Aiken will sing the national anthem at the inaugural running in Dover of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series MBNA 400: A Salute to Heroes on June 6, 2004. Aiken also will take the time while in Dover to perform a benefit concert in the Dover Downs Rollins Center on Saturday night, June 5.
The Bubel/Aiken Foundation and the Autism Society of Delaware are the beneficiaries of this very special evening with Aiken. Tickets are now on sale for this event and can be purchased by calling Dover Downs Slots VIP Services at 1-800-711-5882. Aiken, who first gained fame as the 2003 runner-up on the FOX Television program American Idol, will also treat the thousands on hand to a second song to help commemorate the 60th anniversary of D-Day. The mission of The Bubel/Aiken Foundation is to provide services and financial assistance to facilitate fully the integration of children with disabilities into the life environment of those without. The Bubel/Aiken Foundation creates awareness about the diversity of individuals with disabilities and the possibilities inclusion can bring. Through collaborations with the disability, education, entertainment, and media communities, they recognize those whose commitment to breaking the stereotypes attendant to the developmentally disabled has broken barriers and extended the boundaries of the human experience for all. The Autism Society of Delaware, a chapter of the Autism Society of America, is committed to improving the lives of people with autism and their families. Serving all of Delaware, they educate, advocate and raise public awareness in order to promote lifelong opportunities and acceptance for people with autism in their communities.(Dover International Speedway PR)(6-1-2004)
- 2nd Bridge Being Built at Dover? UPDATE 2 The DuPont Monster Bridge: hearing that Dover International Speedway is curently in the closing stages of completion of a second walkover bridge at the end of the back straight. This new bridge will have approximately 66 seats that overlook the track and will have corporate sponsonship. The new brige has different glass than the one in turn two to protect the spectators inside. Interesting never heard of that before.(3-23-2004)
UPDATE been told some ticket holders have been contacted by Dover International Speedway letting them know thier seats "may" be partially obstructed view due to construction of the new bridge. They couldn't guarantee just how much would be obstructed but
said it was possible and offered to move the seats. So far the folks I have heards from were offered better seats.(3-29-2004)
UPDATE 2: The DuPont Monster Bridge, a new steel, concrete and glass structure, will suspend 50 spectators 29 feet above turn three of the high-banked, one-mile oval during the Craftsman Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup races. But don't even think about trying to buy a ticket. They're not for sale to the general public. For the first race, most of those 50 people who in the structure will be media, dignitaries and select partners. The track plans to open it up for corporate promotional opportunities by September's races. The structure will interfere with the sightlines of about 2,000 of the track's 140,000 seats, but only about 250 of them will be seriously obstructed. Fans with those seats were offered the chance to upgrade their tickets. It is believed that there is no other speedway or stadium in the world that puts spectators directly above the race or game. The structure cost "in the mid-to-high six figures". Dover Motorsports Inc. has a patent pending on the structure, which was built by Kent Construction of Dover. Miraglia said Nashville Superspeedway - also owned by Dover Motorsports - appears to be next in line to get the seating arrangement. The front and rear glass walls of the DuPont Monster Bridge are made of laminated safety glass with DuPont SentryGlas Plus. In testing, the glass could not be penetrated by a lug nut shot at 200 mph. The structure also features a "catch fence" around it as an additional safeguard. The 50 seats, manufactured by American Seating of Grand Rapids, Mich., are custom-built, theater-style seats embroidered with a "Monster Mile" logo. There will be 64 seats for September's race. Each seat will provide audio access to NASCAR race coverage on TV and radio, along with access to race team communications. Nine flat-screen TVs are included in the climate-controlled interior, along with wall-to-wall carpet and a full-service refreshment bar.(Deleware News Journal see an image of the bridge there)(5-7-2004)
- Safety crews train at Dover: Two NASCAR race cars sat at the bottom of the banking between the first and second turns at Dover International Speedway Sunday, with paramedics and firefighters quickly responding to the accident scene. This simulated crash scene was the culmination of a two-day program at Dover designed to help firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMT) gain valuable hands-on experience in race-day scenarios. While the Nextel Cup Series drivers were competing at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, 50 prospective race safety workers were taking part in the fourth annual program at Dover in preparation for June's NASCAR races at the track.(Deleware News Journal)(4-27-2004)
- Dover to get SAFER walls: The SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system will be installed at Dover International Speedway's high-banked, one-mile track. It is expected to cost about $1 million to install SAFER barriers at Dover. The walls are designed to absorb energy and decrease the chance of injuries to drivers in the event of an accident. They are expected to be in place possibly in time for Dover's next NASCAR race weekend, June 3-6. If that doesn't happen, the project could be completed in time for Dover's September races. The wall is installed in front of the race track's existing walls. As they did at Darlington Raceway, the walls will take away 2 1/2 feet of race track at Dover. That should not be a problem since there is no high groove for drivers to use. A team of NASCAR engineers visited Dover six weeks ago to assess the track for the project. Dover has never had a driver fatality during a NASCAR race at its facility. Several drivers have been injured over the years, sustaining broken bones and concussions, after coming into contact with the track's walls. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was briefly knocked unconscious when he hit the outside wall in the second turn in last September's MBNA America 400. The accident looked harmless, but Earnhardt said the data recorder in his car revealed he had suffered a tremendous impact.(in part from the Delaware News Journal)(3-21-2004)
- New PR Director Named at Dover: Dover Motorsports has announced that Gary Camp has joined the Company as Director of Public Relations for Dover International Speedway. Camp replaces John Dunlap, who recently left Dover International Speedway to serve as Sr. Manager of Public Relations for the NEXTEL Cup Series in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining the Dover International Speedway team, Camp spent several years as an account executive and public relations representative with Shipley Associates, Inc. of Wilmington, Del., the Speedway's agency of record for more than 30 years. While at Shipley, Camp worked on the Speedway account, but also handled the day-to-day public relations functions for Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, along with several other clients.(Dover Motorsports PR)(3-18-2004)
- Dover Collectible Show: Race fans who are passionate about NASCAR are invited to spend Valentine's weekend at Dover Downs Slots for a huge collectibles show and Daytona 500 viewing party. There will be more than 50 suppliers of NASCAR memorabilia at Dover Downs [Dover, DE] on Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm/et. The collectibles show continues from 9:00am to 6:00pm/et on Sunday, and fans are invited to watch the Daytona 500 on multiple large-screen televisions, including a 15-foot by 15-foot screen in the Rollins Center of the Dover Downs Hotel. Admission is $5 at the door, or by calling Dover Downs VIP Services at 1-800-711-5882. Children under 12 get in free.(Delaware News Journal)(2-12-2004)
- Dunlap Leaving Dover, going to NASCAR/Nextel: John Dunlap is stepping down as director of public relations at Dover International Speedway to accept a job as senior public relations manager for NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series. Dunlap, 51, said Wednesday that it was not an easy decision because of the relationships he has forged and the memories he has made in his four years at Dover. However, the opportunity to work for Nextel, a telecommunications company that is beginning its first year as the title sponsor of NASCAR's premier series, proved to be too much to resist. Dunlap expects to attend anywhere between 25-30 Nextel Cup races this season, where he will serve as a liaison between the NASCAR teams and the media and will assist with various Nextel promotional programs.(Delaware News Journal)(1-29-2004)
- No lights at Dover: With NASCAR moving toward more prime-time Nextel Cup races, Dover has been suggested as a track that eventually will install lights. Not yet, McGlynn said. "We told NASCAR, when you think we have to have them, tell us and we'll put them up," he said. McGlynn said no additional seats will be added to the speedway this year.(Philadelphia Daily News)(1-14-2004)
- Tix on sale at Dover: Ticket packages and Special Ticket Packages for the MBNA America 400 Nextel Cup race and the Busch and Truck Series races are on sale and available. Call (302) 734-RACE or (800) 441-RACE to place your order; Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm/et, more info on the Dover International Speedway site.(12-3-2003)
- Dover Intl Speedway sues Action: Dover International Speedway has sued the Arizona-based company that sold NASCAR souvenirs at its annual races, claiming the Dover operation was cheated out of millions of dollars in proceeds. The U.S. District Court lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. It was filed against Action Performance Companies and its subsidiary Action Sports Image. A spokesperson for the Tempe, Ariz., companies could not be reached. The Action company sold race-related merchandise out of trailers for more than 10 years through the September 2002 NASCAR race. An agreement with the Dover Speedway called for Action to pay 25 percent of each trailer's gross proceeds or an unspecified minimum per-trailer fee, whichever was larger. Dover Speedway agreed to reduce its commission rate from 25 percent to 15 percent after Action asked to renegotiate the terms last year. Action told the raceway an economic downturn and industry standards required the reduced sales commission, which became official in May 2003.(Delaware News Journal)(11-13-2003)
- Dover Motorsports for Sale? In the last six years, the auto racing business at Dover Downs has swelled from a one-track enterprise to the third-largest auto racing company in the United States. That growth has attracted the attention of potential buyers for Dover Motorsports. And the timing for an acquisition could be right. All of the other Delaware-based businesses the late John Rollins Sr. founded or took public have been sold. Last year, Dover Downs management split the auto racing operations from the slot machine and harness racing businesses, which made the auto racing business easier to sell. Henry B. Tippie, the Austin, Texas-based chairman of Dover Motorsports' board declined to comment. Rollins' widow, Michele Rollins, was out of the country and could not be reached for comment. Other Rollins family members who are shareholders did not return calls seeking comment. They include John Rollins Jr., Jeffrey Rollins, and Rollins' Atlanta-based nephews Gary and R. Randall Rollins. Dover Motorsports chief Denis McGlynn declined to discuss whether the company was in talks over a possible sale.
In 1997, Dover Downs bought Nashville Speedway USA. The next year Dover bought the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Calif., which also included tracks in St. Louis and Memphis. In 2002, it added a Grand Prix race in Denver, and, in February, held its first Grand Prix race in St. Petersburg, Fla. Those acquisitions have made Dover Motorsports the third-largest operator of auto racing tracks, behind International Speedway and Speedway Motorsports. In 2002, in an effort to attract more interest from investors, Dover Downs Entertainment Inc. spun off the casino and horse racing operations into a separate company. The auto racing operation became Dover Motorsports Inc. Dover Motorsports has yet to capture investors' attention. Only a handful of Wall Street analysts cover the company, and the stock prices have languished.(more at the Delaware News Journal)(9-20-2003)
- Dover and Lights update: Denis McGlynn expects to flip a switch that will illuminate Dover International Speedway and usher in a new era of night racing at the track, possibly within two years. McGlynn, the president and CEO of Dover's speedway, said it is only logical that the track follow the trend started by Bristol, and then embraced by Charlotte, Richmond and Daytona. Darlington Raceway is installing lights and will run the Southern 500 at night for the first time Nov. 14 next year. California Speedway will run a night race next Labor Day weekend. "I expect lights will happen at Dover," McGlynn said. "We don't have a timeline on it right now. But NASCAR has let us know there is a general inclination by the television networks to go with later starts and evening races. It will not happen this year or next year. But I would expect to see it at some point in the future." Dover is studying how much it would cost to light the track. It cost $2.5 million to light Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis, which is owned by Dover Motorsports. McGlynn said it likely would cost more to install a lighting system at Dover because the grandstands almost encircle the one-mile oval. Plus, parking lots around the track would have to have lights. He estimated it would take six months to install them. Jim Hunter, vice president of NASCAR, said the sport would like to keep many of its traditional Sunday afternoon races. "I don't think that there's going to be a wholesale change to night racing," Hunter said. "I think there's going to be some select events that we'll do that with. I think what you might see is more day/night events. Television has not indicated that they want a lot of night races. They just want to move them to a little later in the day, which normally leads to better ratings. Dover would be great at night." Another advantage if Dover went to Saturday night races would be that there would be a built-in rain date. If a race is rained out on Sunday, many fans have to work on Monday and cannot return to the race track.(Delaware News Journal)(9-19-2003)
- Amtrack to Dover: Seats are still available on the Monster Mile Express Amtrak special train to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in Dover for Sunday. The Monster Mile Express will depart New York's Penn Station on Sunday at 6 a.m., making stops in Newark, N.J.; Trenton; Philadelphia and Wilmington on its way to a 10 a.m. arrival at the racetrack. NASCAR fans from the Washington and Baltimore areas may make a convenient connection by traveling aboard train No. 162 to Wilmington to meet the Monster Mile Express. Train No. 162 will make stops in Washington, New Carrollton, BWI and Baltimore before arriving in Wilmington. Tickets for the Monster Mile Express may be purchased by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Roundtrip fare includes motorcoach transfers between the train and the speedway but does not include a ticket to the race. Call 1-800-441-RACE for race tickets.(Delaware News Journal)(9-18-2003)
- Tickets and Credential Offices Open at Dover: Dover International Speedway officials have announced that ticket and credential offices will be open on Thursday and Friday, in spite of the fact that there will be no action on The Monster Mile those days. Ticket demand for the race action on Saturday and Sunday is very high and tickets are going quickly for both Sunday's MBNA America 400 Winston Cup race and Saturday's Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger Busch Series race. The ticket office is set to be open on
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. A special ticket office will also be open at Gate 4 just outside the speedway and will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, then from 8 a.m. until the start of each race on Saturday and Sunday. The Will Call
office will open Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until the end of the Winston Cup race. The credentials office, located just on the left past the marquee sign entrance to Dover Downs, will be open today (Wednesday) from noon
until 5 p.m., It will then be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, or as long as the weather will allow that afternoon. It will then be open on Friday from 6 a.m. (weather permitting) until 5 p.m., then Saturday from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. Finally, the Infield Media Center will be open on Friday from noon until 4 p.m. to allow media who want to come in and set up shop the opportunity. The IMC will then be open on Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 a.m. The Winston Media Center will also have the same hours on Saturday and Sunday and will be closed entirely on Friday. Information about the race weekend will constantly be changed and updated on the Dover International Speedway website at www.doverspeedway.com. Tickets for both the September 21 MBNA America 400 Winston Cup Series race and the September 20 Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger Busch Series race can be purchased by calling 1-800-441-RACE or going to the Dover International Speedway website.(9-17-2003)
- 'Herman' announces teen help program with Stacker 2: NVE Pharmaceuticals and NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Kenny 'Herman' Wallace announced Sept. 9 the launch of a new program designed to teach teen-agers the importance of safe driving and car maintenance. "YJ Stinger's Race to Bee Safe" program will bring the driver of the #23 Stacker 2 Dodge to high schools in six markets that host Winston Cup races this fall. The markets are Dover, Del.; Charlotte, N.C.; Martinsville, Va.; Atlanta; Rockingham, N.C.; and Miami. Local law enforcement representatives will also participate. Students will sign a promise to practice safe driving. The promise will act as an informal contract between the student and the student's parents. Students that sign the promise will become eligible to win prizes, including a pair of tickets to one of the weekend's races in their area. Wallace will speak to students about safe driving and routine car maintenance. He will draw from his own knowledge as a licensed driver for 24 years and more than 20 years of racing experience. Wallace is also the father of three young daughters, one of them a 16-year-old newly licensed driver. The Race to Bee Safe program also launches a contest in which students can design the trunk art for Wallace's car. One winner will be selected from the six markets. The winning design will appear on Wallace's car in a 2004 Nextel Cup race at the winner's home track. The winner will also receive four VIP tickets to the race and diecast replicas of the No. 23 Dodge, featuring the winning design. YJ Stinger is Stacker 2's extreme energy drink, totally ephedra-free and available in three lightly carbonated flavors: Sinful Citrus, Pounding Punch and Enraged Raspberry. Enraged Raspberry is also available in a Sugar Free formula [and is very tasty]. This product is not intended to be a meal replacement or a dietary supplement. NVE Pharmaceuticals of Newton, N.J., exclusively manufactures, distributes and markets the entire Stacker 2 line of products (The World's Strongest Fat Burner) and YJ Stinger.(Keystone Marketing PR/Stacker2racing.com)(9-10-2003)
- Dover 2nd 2004 date: being told by readers who got their 2004 Ticket Renewals for Dover International Spedweay's 2nd Cup that the date is September 26th, 2004. That is now 30 of 36 'confirmed' by either the tracks or ticket renewals, see my 2004 UNOFFICIAL Nextel Cup Series Schedule or 2004 Cup Scheduling News/Rumors page.(9-4-2003)
- Dover, Indy and SMI? Rumor has it that Dover, Indianapolis and Speedway Motorsports Inc. have had talks to somehow combine forces with their current twelve Winston [Nextel] Cup dates and make a greater impact on NASCAR.(Insider Racing News)(6-23-2003)
- Dover looking to Add Lights? Dover International Speedway might be getting in line to add lights for night racing. John Dunlap, the speedway's public relations director, said during a visit to Tampa this week the track eventually wants to run its September race at night. Dover's two annual races are in June and September, and the September race goes up against three NFL teams: the Philadelphia Eagles [the Jayski team], Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins. ``It's something we've talked about,'' Dunlap said. ``The biggest challenge is, not only do you have to light the racetrack, but you also have to light the area around the track and the parking. It's a major undertaking.''(Tampa Tribune)(6-21-2003)
- a few Dover facts: The polesitter has won only 10 of 66 races at Dover. #18-Bobby Labonte was the last to do it, after taking the pole for this race in 1999. David Pearson is the only driver to have two pole-race sweeps in one season, turning the double in 1973. #49-Ken Schrader got the last of his four career victories 12 years ago in the June race at Dover, and is winless in his last 387 starts.(Charlotte Observer/AP)(6-1-2003)
UPDATE" now make it 11 of 67 as #12-Ryan Newman won from the pole.(6-1-2003)
- Dover Infield Care Center UPDATE: hearing that Dover International Speedway [formally Dover Downs] is putting the finishing touches on an new infield care center with 3600 sq feet, 2 trama beds, 3 other beds and is located in turn four where the old scoring building was.(5-7-2003)
UPDATE: Dover International Speedway has opened a new emergency medical care center to tend to NASCAR drivers as part of a $500,000 consolidation of the track's emergency safety operations. The 3,600-square-foot structure on Turn 4 of the Monster Mile expands injury treatment areas and waiting room space, replacing an outdated two-room care center. It includes five treatment beds, a family room and an adjacent holding room for fans. Spectator injuries are handled at a smaller clinic and three satellite medical stations. About 600 square feet is being used for fire and rescue operations, paramedics, wrecker services and cleanup crews, replacing three separate locations. Track officials said improvements to the medical care center and track emergency operations are part of a larger NASCAR safety campaign motivated, in part, by the death of star driver Dale Earnhardt in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, 2001. But the facility is not a trauma center and falls short of the type of facilities other professional racing circuits now provide at races. For example, it does not have diagnostic equipment such as an X-ray machine. The care center illustrates an ongoing debate within professional racing about how best to care for injured drivers or track workers. At Dover, the medical care center is operated by emergency services staff from Kent General Hospital, a division of Bayhealth Medical Center. The Dover track's staff is led by Dr. Craig Hochstein and includes two other doctors and two nurses with experience in traumatic injuries and emergency medicine. Kent General is rated as a Level 3 trauma center, largely because it lacks neurosurgery capabilities. A Delaware State Police helicopter stationed at the track would take critically injured drivers to Christiana Hospital near Stanton, a Level 1 trauma care center. It is an 18-minute flight. The new medical facility at Dover was completed May 21 and will be open 12 to 14 hours a day through today's Winston Cup race, the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400. Klima said the center probably will be upgraded in the future with an $80,000 computer that would be tied into a digital Picture Archiving Communications System being installed by Kent General to replace traditional X-rays.(Delaware News Journal)(6-1-2003)
- Dover/MBNA Helping Out: Sponsor MBNA has added "Armed Forces Family" to the names of this weekend's Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series races at Dover. MBNA is overseeing a national eight-week campaign to raise money for families of armed forces members. Families of all service branches who have lost a member during the recent invasion of Iraq or have faced financial hardship because of extended deployment will get assistance through the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. The foundation's Armed Forces Family Scholarship and Assistance Fund will present scholarship trusts and financial relief to eligible families. Checks payable to AFFSAF can be mailed to AFFSAF, PO Box 37, Mountain Lakes, N.J., 07046. Also, pledges will be accepted on a Web site link to be available at www.AFFSAF.org.(PR)(5-31-2003)
- Stacker 2 to sponsor Dover Busch race in Sept: The September 20th Busch Series race at Dover is now named "The Stacker 200 Presented by YJ Stinger." The official announcement was made today at the Infield Media Center at Dover International Speedway during the current NASCAR tripleheader. As part of the deal, Stacker2 will sponsor the September Busch Series race for at least the 2003 and 2004 seasons. YJ Stinger, the great tasting energy drink will come in three flavors (Sinful Citrus, Enraged Raspberry, and Pounding Punch ). Starting this Summer NASCAR fans along with the rest of the country will Feel The Sting of the coolest new product yet from Stacker2. YJ STINGER ... A lightly carbonated extreme energy drink. In conjunction with that, Stacker2 / YJ Stinger has teamed with Dover International Speedway to sponsor the September Busch Series race at The Monster Mile. Stacker2 and YJ Stinger are produced by NVE Pharmaceuticals of Newton, New Jersey. Stacker2 sponsors race cars in both the Winston Cup and Busch Series, with Kenny Wallace the driver of the Winston Cup ride and Scott Wimmer the driver of the Busch Series car.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(5-31-2003)
- Smith looking to buy Dover? Kentucky? The hot story behind the scenes [at Lowe's on Friday] was Bruton Smith's surprising new war chest of $230 million, after last week's unexpected sale of new issues of Speedway Motorsports Inc. stock. Wall Street analysts say the head of SMI may use that cash to make a 'sizeable acquisition' in the form of another race track to add to his portfolio. Smith's thick new bankroll is interesting in light of the economic problems facing the Dover Downs Motorsports operation. Could Smith be interested in bidding for Dover? Dover International Speedway is home to two Winston Cup and two Busch races at its home track, along with Busch races at its Nashville track, its Gateway track in St. Louis and its Memphis track. Dover also runs CART Indy-car races at a street course in St. Petersburg, Fla., in Long Beach, Calif., and Denver. Or could Smith be interested in making a bid for Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Speedway? Smith yesterday refused to be pinned down on anything, saying only that he wanted to be ready to strike if an opportunity arises.
Next week, Smith will talk to NASCAR's George Pyne and Brian France about the 2004 Winston Cup tour and other issues. It isn't clear what impact that $230 million might have, if, for example, the purchase of any International Speedway Corp. tracks, like Darlington or Rockingham, might be discussed. Smith said he did not want to speculate on what opportunities, if any, ISC officials might offer.
What about making a deal with Carroll? There have been reports for several weeks that Carroll and Smith have talking behind the scenes -- both men are trying to persuade NASCAR's Bill France to give them Winston Cup race dates. There has even been talk Carroll might join the lawsuit against NASCAR in discovery phase in Plano, Tex. 'Jerry is a nice man,' Smith said. But working with him on anything? 'Nothing we can talk about,' Smith said. 'Nothing we could discuss today.'( in part from the Winston Salem Journal)(5-17-2003)
- Dover under the lights? Could the September race at Dover be run under the lights next season? A track source says there have been discussions about installing lights at the Monster Mile and the possibility of moving the fall race to Saturday night. Because three NFL teams -- the Ravens, Redskins and Eagles -- are located within a two-hour drive of the speedway, Dover would benefit significantly if it didn't go head-to-head with football on Sunday afternoon.(Sporting News)(5-5-2003)
- Dover race renamed: Dover has renamed its June 1 Cup race the MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 to serve as the centerpiece for an eight-week national fund-raising effort for families of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.(Roanoke Times)(5-4-2003)
- Dover Downs cuts costs, employees: Dover Motorsports, which operates seven motorsports tracks, reported a loss of $4.9 million, or 13 cents per share, for the quarter, about 14 percent wider than the loss from a year ago. Revenues were $3.9 million compared with $996,000 in the first quarter of last year -- primarily due to the CART Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., which was held for the first time in February. The company is focusing on cutting costs. It has reduced debt to $61 million, down by 22 percent from a year ago. It has instituted a salary freeze, and through layoffs and attrition, cut the staff to 169 from 190. Dover Motorsports officials said the St. Petersburg event did not meet the company's revenue goals because of the soft economy, a lack of sponsors and the threat of war. The company has not yet found a sponsor for the Winston Cup race held at Dover in September, McGlynn said. MBNA, which had sponsored the event in the past, said it will no longer sponsor the race. The company said it had cut about 105 positions through attrition and layoffs in the last four months, which amounts to about 10 percent of the staff.(Daily Times)(4-27-2003)
- Lights at Dover...a few years away? Lights more than likely won't be installed at Dover International Speedway next year, according to speedway media relations director John Dunlap. It's still being discussed, but night racing could be two years away at the earliest. However, if television directs the speedway to install lights, then plans could be altered. NASCAR announced in January that its realignment for 2004 could include more twilight or evening races.(Patriot-News)(4-26-2003)
- Dover not moving races: Denis McGlynn McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, was adamant when he said on Wednesday, "We are not moving a race." Dover is owned and operated by Dover Motorsports, Inc., which also owns speedways in Nashville, St. Louis and Memphis. McGlynn said he has not been approached by NASCAR and does not believe its plan for realignment involves Dover, a one-mile concrete oval that annually sells out 140,000 seats. "The Mid-Atlantic region is a valuable market for Dover International Speedway and for NASCAR, given the population density of the area," McGlynn said. "The whole idea about realignment has to do with increasing the ratings on the television networks. That is done by getting events out of remote markets and moved to major markets. Given our proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, we are already in a major market." NASCAR surprised many track operators when it announced plans of a major scheduling overhaul for the Winston Cup Series in 2004. NASCAR chairman Bill France said that many tracks that have two Winston Cup dates could consider moving one to another venue which its company owns. Dover has hosted two Winston Cup races a year since 1971.(News Journal)(1-23-2003)
- MBNA Cuts back to June Sponsorship at Dover: MBNA has decided not to renew its sponsorship of the three-day race series held at Dover International Speedway in September. "We're on the hunt to find someone else," said Denis Mc-Glynn, president and chief executive of Dover Motorsports Inc., which owns the track. But the Wilmington-based credit card bank is not pulling away from NASCAR altogether. MBNA has extended by three years its six-year sponsorship of the races held in June. The company also will continue to sponsor cars in the Winston Cup [Assoc on Joe Gibbs #18] and Busch Series [#18 Joe Gibbs] races, and to issue the NASCAR credit card. MBNA spokesman Brian Dalphon said Thursday that the bank only signed on for a five-year sponsorship when Dover Downs approached the bank five years ago. "It was never our intention to go beyond the five years," Dalphon said. Dalphon said the decision is not a cost-saving move, and said the bank will redeploy the money to other marketing and business development efforts. MBNA's sponsorship of the September event is worth from $1 million to $1.75 million, McGlynn said. That money typically is used to cover general operating expenses. If the race goes on without a sponsor, "it will hurt a little, but it won't kill us," McGlynn said. McGlynn would not disclose how many or which potential replacement sponsors the track is seeking. He did say Dover Motorsports is seeking a national company with a broad target market and a big budget.(Delaware News Journal)(1-17-2003)
- Dover not Selling: Dennis McGlynn, president of Dover Downs [Dover Intl Speedway], has insisted that there are no plans to sell the company that owns that track, with its two Winston Cup dates, along with tracks in Nashville and St. Louis and races in Long Beach and St. Petersburg, Fla.. However, rumors persist that Bruton Smith and Bill France [ISC] are both interested in buying.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-23-2002)
- Book gives high marks to Dover: Jay Ahujas book, Speed Dreams: A Guide to Americas 23 NASCAR Tracks, gives high marks to Dover International Speedway and the surrounding areas. Ahuja lists Dover No. 4 on his Favorite Tracks to Watch a Race because this track is tough on cars, tires and drivers, but the action is tops. Ahuja spent the past two seasons traveling to all of the Winston Cup tracks across the country to get a fans perspective of the best places to see a race, the local attractions, nightclubs, and hotels. The book evaluates the good and the bad of each track and provides many phone numbers, addresses, traffic routes, as well as several lists of the authors favorites. Dover ranked No. 12 in the Top Family-Friendly Winston Cup Race Cities, because of its location in relation to the beaches and the large camping areas provided near the track. The first printing of Speed Dreams is sold out and the second printing is nearly gone as well. Whether there will be a third printing or a
revised edition has not yet been decided.(See more at the Dover Post)(9-18-2002)
- Dover Plans Special Weekend: The time has almost come for what will prove to be one of the largest celebrations of American heroes in the history of sporting events. MBNA is about to unveil a multi-faceted tribute to our military, fire departments, police departments and emergency technicians that will no doubt turn the September 20-22 NASCAR tripleheader race weekend at Dover International Speedway into one of the most memorable races in quite some time. Certainly, it will be one of the most memorable races this year. Remember a year ago at Dover, when 150,000 American flags were handed out to race fans, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400, and circled the track waving a large American flag of his own? It was a heartfelt response to the horrible tragedy of 9/11.
Now, a year later, MBNA is planning to join with Dover International Speedway to give race fans an opportunity to see, hear, and interact
with military vehicles, firetrucks, rescue trucks and tankers, and learn more about heroic organizations like the Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the American Red Cross. All of these will be located in Heroes' Alley, a special area that encompasses over 50,000 square feet, to help MBNA honor the many everyday All-American heroes who are part of our lives. Race fans will get to see a 5,000-pound bell that was rung on 9/11/02 in New York City to honor the victims of the Twin Towers tragedy. The "Let's Roll" show car will also be on hand, a replica of the race car Bobby Labonte will be driving on September 22 in the MBNA All-American Heroes 400. And a 65-foot Blackhawk helicopter is also scheduled to be on hand. That's just what will be happening at Heroes' Alley.
Inside the racetrack fans will once again be handed American flags and the pre-race parade lap and ceremony will be equally powerful. Multiple vehicles from police, firefighters, EMS units and the military will make their way around the track in the pre-race parade. The U.S. Coast Guard Cadet Glee Club will perform the national anthem on Sunday as well as an American medley on both Saturday and Sunday. Country singer and budding actress Coley McCabe from Nashville will sing the national anthem on Saturday and join with country star/actor Mark Collie to perform a very special version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" on Sunday. "We really hope that race fans will arrive early to visit Heroes' Alley and get to their seats in time for one of the biggest parade laps in NASCAR history," said Dave Elgena, director of MBNA Motorsports. It certainly shapes up to be a race weekend to remember.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(9-16-2002)
- Reverse Pit Stop: On Sep. 19, 2002, Air Mobility Command and Dover Air Force Base [where Jayski used to be stationed] will conduct a Reverse Pit Stop with the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Team. Events will begin at 2:30 pm, on the Base flight line where the Air Force will display the tremendous capabilities of the C-5 aircraft. The Air Force and Wood Brothers will be demonstrating and comparing the similarities between a NASCAR and an Air Force pit stop. The opening will show the enormous capacity of the C-5. Then the #21 gas man will fuel the C-5 as an Air Force maintainer fuels the #21. A #21 pit crew will climb the maintenance stand to wash the C-5 windows as the Air Force maintainer cleans the grill and windshield of the #21. Following that will be C-5 and #21 oil checks and tire changes and when both vehicles fail to start, they may have to be pushed. #21 driver Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers will be in the cockpit of the C-5, while Air Force maintenance folks take a spin in the #21. There might even be some pit stop competition and the end of the demonstrations. Participating in the Pit Stop for the Air Force will be Air Mobility Commands and Dovers best C-5 maintenance people. Participating for NASCAR will be the legendary Wood Brothers #21 Racing Team, including driver Elliott Sadler.(Wood Bros Site)(9-5-2002)
- New Tire for Dover: Goodyear plans to bring a new tire to Dover International Speedway for the MBNA America 400 [actually renamed to the All American Heroes 400] on Sept. 22. That decision could leave teams scrambling with their setups. The new tire will be softer, allowing for more grip in the turns, but also will wear faster. That means lap times should slow dramatically during green-flag runs.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(8-18-2002)
- Dover fall race to honor heroes of 9/11: Joe Gibbs Racing and MBNA are working together to honor the heroes of Sept. 11 and to help children who lost parents in the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington. In a press conference today [1:00pm at Indy] in Indianapolis, MBNA and Gibbs Racing will announce plans for a promotion Sept. 20-22 at Dover International Speedway. The name of the Sept. 22 Winston Cup race will be changed from the MBNA America 400 to the All American Heroes 400. Gibbs Racing driver Bobby Labonte will drive a car with the race's name and the words "Let's Roll" emblazoned across the hood. The car will be unveiled today at Indianapolis.[see my Paint Scheme Gallery for an image of the car posted a few weeks ago]. Proceeds from special race events organized by Gibbs and MBNA will benefit the Todd M. Beamer Foundation, created in honor of a passenger on one of the hijacked flights of Sept. 11. The foundation helps children who lost parents in the Sept. 11 attacks. All profits from sales of models of Labonte's special No.18 car will be donated to the Beamer Foundation. Every organization involved in the All American Heroes 400, including Action Performance, the maker of the No.18 model die cast, is donating 100 percent of profits from the event to the Beamer Foundation, Alpern said. Before the race, NASCAR.com will give fans the opportunity to sponsor Labonte per lap in the race, with all donations going to the foundation. After the race on Sept. 24, eBay will hold a live auction where fans may bid on Labonte's race uniform, helmet, shoes and gloves, in addition to the hood of the car, all of which will be autographed, with the proceeds going to the foundation. Alpern said Gibbs Racing and MBNA hope Beamer's widow, Lisa, will serve as grand marshal of the event. MBNA has also invited President Bush.(Hartford Courant)(8-2-2002)
IMAGE see my Paint Scheme Gallery for a real image of the car taken at Indy.(8-5-2002)
- Dover and Coolers: Fans attending this weekend's NASCAR events at Dover International Speedway will face tight security, but will be allowed to carry coolers into the grandstand. Each spectator may enter the track with one cooler or bag not larger than 14 inches in width. Such items were banned at last September's races because it was NASCAR's first race weekend after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The speedway was inundated with complaints when concession stands ran out of bottled water well before the Winston Cup race started on Sept. 23. Many fans sit in the grandstands for up to eight hours during a Winston Cup race. In addition to coolers, spectators may bring in one clear plastic bag, not larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, to carry items such as food. The bags cannot contain ice. Fans can bring one seat cushion. Headsets, scanners, cameras and binoculars are still permitted, but not if carried in a bag. They must be worn around the neck or belt. Bags and coolers are still subject to search as fans enter the track. McGlynn would not discuss specifics regarding the number of police officers and security guards on duty at Dover International Speedway this weekend, but said it will be no fewer than in September. NASCAR fans said they have come to expect tighter security because of the threat of terrorism.(News Journal)(5-31-2002)
- More Dover/Kentucky Sale Rumors: Despite denials from Dover Motorsports officials, reports persist that the conglomerate's five tracks may be bought by International Speedway Corp. ISC also is reportedly interested in acquiring Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Motor Speedway, 35 miles south of Cincinnati. Dover Motorsports owns Nashville Superspeedway and Dover Downs Speedway, a 140,00-seat track that is host for two annual Winston Cup races. Its other tracks are in Memphis, St. Louis and Long Beach, Calif. Dover Motorsports last month split from Dover Downs Entertainment, separating the racing from the Casino holdings. There was speculation that the racing was separated from the gambling in order to pave the way for an ISC takeover. It likely would not make an acquisition that included gambling. ''That's been a hot rumor but as far as I know there's nothing to it,'' Dover PR director John Dunlap said in a visit for last month's NASCAR Busch Series race. NASCAR has made it clear it has no intention of granting a Winston Cup race to Nashville anytime in the foreseeable future, and is said to be likewise cool toward Kentucky Motor Speedway because of its proximity to the huge track at Indianapolis.(Tennessean)(5-2-2002)
- Dover Cooler Policy Changes: Dover Motorsports Inc. has amended its cooler policy, again allowing fans to carry coolers including hard-sided coolers into its four venues. The tracks affected are Dover, Gateway, Memphis and Nashville.
The change went into effect with last months Busch Series race at Nashville. Jerry Miraglia, the firms executive vice president, said fans are now permitted to bring in one cooler or bag not larger than 14 inches in width, which may contain ice. In addition, one clear plastic bag no larger than 18x18x4 inches may be carried in. That bag may not contain ice.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(5-2-2002)
- ISC to buy Dover or Kentucky? International Speedway Corp. may be on the track- acquisition warpath again. There are reports that ISC is interested in acquiring either the Dover Downs racing [noe call Dover Motorsports] conglomerate or Jerry Carroll's new Kentucky Speedway. Dover runs tracks in Dover, Del., Memphis, Tenn., St. Louis, and Nashville. Dover's Dennis McGlyn said there are no negotiations with ISC and dismissed the talk as "just rumors." Carroll could not be reached for comment. Carroll has pushed vigorously for a Winston Cup date for his track, about 20 miles from Cincinnati, but NASCAR officials have said the track is too close to Indianapolis.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-27-2002)
- Dover and Ford: The Quality Plus Ford Dealers and Dover Motorsports, Inc.are pleased to announce a three-year deal that makes Ford the Official Pace Car and Official Truck at Dover International Speedway. The Quality Plus Ford Dealers represent 144 Ford Dealers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Northern Delaware. Those Ford dealers are dedicated to providing Ford customers with the best in-class automotive retail and service experience. Now, with Blue Oval Certification, dealerships must meet strict Ford standards aimed at making the customer's experience the best it can be. Besides providing the best in-class automotive retail and service experience, the Quality Plus Ford Dealers also provide support to the community that helps to support them. Race for the Cure, Toys for Tots, and Commitment to Kids are just a few of the events which the Quality Plus Ford Dealers either sponsor or make charitable donations to.(Dover Intl Speedway PR)(4-20-2002)
- Dover changes name: With Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc., about to become Dover Motorsports, Inc. following the
spin-off of its gaming operations to its existing shareholders, it only seemed logical to drop the "Downs" part of the track name and anoint the Monster Mile with a new title. Dover Downs International Speedway has officially become "Dover International Speedway." "The time was right to make the change," said Denis McGlynn, President and CEO of Dover Downs. "Since the 'Downs' part of the title really has roots in horse racing, we deemed it appropriate to keep the Dover Downs name with the harness and gaming company and drop it from the motorsports operation." Indeed, "Downs" is a horse racing term that refers to the fact that most horse races in England finished on a downhill part of the course and grandstands were placed at that part of the course.(Dover Intl Speedway PR), shame it was a unigue and different name(2-26-2002)
- Dover news: Dover Downs announced that Mark Rossi will become the new Vice President of Sales & Marketing as of January 2, 2002. Rossi replaces John Dawson, who recently resigned. As VP of Sales & Marketing, Rossi will oversee advertising, sales, hospitality and public relations efforts for all of the company's motor sports locations. Rossi comes to Dover from the Sara Lee Corporation in New York, where he was Vice President of Business Development since 1999. Part of his work included promoting the Hills Bros. product within the NASCAR community. Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. operates a multi-purpose entertainment complex conducting NASCAR auto racing, pari-mutuel harness horse racing, pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast harness and thoroughbred horse races and video lottery
(slot) machine operations in Dover, Delaware. The Company owns and operates the Nashville Superspeedway and operates the historic
Nashville Speedway at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee; organizes and promotes the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California; and owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis Motorsports Park near Memphis, Tennessee. The Company will also organize and promote the Denver Grand Prix beginning in 2002.(Dover Downs PR)(12-23-2001)
- Ripken Scheme? UPDATE 4: hearing #18-Bobby Labonte's car will have a special Cal Ripken Jr farewell paint job at Dover in September. Ripken Jr plays for the Baltimore Orioles and is retiring at the end of the 2001 baseball season(8-17-2001)
UPDATE: hearing that since Cal Ripken's last home game will be the evening of the race, at Camden Yards vs. the Yankees. To honor his achievements, MBNA will be renaming the race from the MBNA 400 to the Cal Ripken 400 (or something similar) and that Ripken will be present at the race as the Grand Marshal(8-20-2001)
UPDATE 2: also hearing that #18-Mike McLaughlin will drive the Cal Ripken car in the MNBA 200 BGN race and that a formal announcment will come in the next 7-10 days(8-23-2001)
UPDATE 3: NASCAR and Major League Baseball are expected to finalize an unprecedented agreement within the next 10 days that would celebrate Cal Ripken Jr.s retirement in a most unique way. For starters, the MBNA 400 Winston Cup race scheduled for Sept. 23 at Dover Downs International Speedway in Dover, Del., will be renamed the MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400. In addition, the Orioles third baseman will act as the grand marshal for the 1 p.m. race before flying back to Baltimore to play in the final home game of his career at Camden Yards that night. We have been waiting for a couple of days for a sewn-up package, said Carmine Tiso, a media relations specialist handling business matters for Major League Baseball. Hopefully in the next week or 10 days it will be (finalized). There are a lot of parties involved including us, the Orioles, MBNA. Tiso described the deal as all but done. Another source close to the deal said a joint announcement about the specifics could come as early as Thursday at Camden Yards. NASCAR has some other tributes planned for Ripken, as well. The Interstate Batteries/MBNA #18 car driven by defending Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte will be repainted for the Dover race to include a Cal Ripken logo. The Ripken logo will also be on Mike McLaughlins car during the MBNA 200 Busch Series race that Saturday at Dover Downs, Tiso confirmed. The tentative plan, according to the source close to the deal, is for Ripken to arrive in Dover about 100 miles from Camden Yards on Sunday around 9 a.m., sit in on the morning drivers meeting and conduct a short news conference with the motorsports media. Ripken will be part of the drivers introductions and will be driven in a convertible around the track before the race begins. Ripken will then wave the green flag to start the race before getting in a helicopter and flying back to Baltimore. The winner of the Winston Cup race will be invited to fly to Baltimore as Ripkens guest for that nights game.(York Daily Record) and another story at the Washington Post: Ripken Farewell Faces a Switch(8-24-2001)
UPDATE 4 - maybe? One major obstacle lies in the path of Dover Downs quest to rename the Sept. 23 MBNA 400 after one of major league baseballs all-time greatest players. According to track publicist John Dunlap, if the New York Yankees agree to allow the Baltimore Orioles to push back the start of their game at Camden Yards from its currently scheduled 1:35 p.m. start to somewhere between 5 and 7, Cal Ripken Jr. will serve as grand marshal of the MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway. Dunlap also said a press conference is supposedly scheduled for Thursday at Camden Yards regarding this announcement, but didnt name a time.(NASCAR.com)(8-30-2001)
UPDATE 5: Thanks to the efforts of MBNA, fans on hand for the NASCAR Winston Cup race on September 23rd at Dover Downs International Speedway will have the added bonus of seeing one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game live and in person. A day that is already very special to Cal Ripken, Jr., has become equally special for NASCAR racing. Before Cal Ripken plays his last game at Camden Yards on September 23rd, he has some other business to attend to - like being the Grand Marshal of a
Winston Cup race that is now officially being called the MBNA Cal Ripken, Jr. 400. Ripken also will wave the green flag, meet with Winston Cup drivers and take a ride around the Monster Mile just prior to the start of the race bearing his name. As far as anyone associated with motorsports can remember, Ripken thus becomes the first major league baseball player to have a Winston Cup race named in his honor. And while there are plenty of honors coming his way as he prepares to retire, as far as Ripken is concerned, the trip to Dover Downs is special.(Dover Downs PR)(9-6-2001)
IMAGE: got an image of what #18-Bobby Labonte's car will look like at Dover, it's a tiny image, but gives you an idea, lots of Oriole orange(9-8-2001)
- Dover News UPDATE 2Scanner and hints: In lieu of the recent tragic events of September 11 in New York City, Washington, DC, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Dover Downs International Speedway is stepping up it's already high level of security for the upcoming NASCAR tripleheader race weekend, September 21-23. Some basic points that Dover Downs are stressing in that race fans planning on attending the races are directly affected:
(1) Heightened Security - Dover Downs has already invested a great deal of energy and time in formulating an anti-terrorist plan. For several years a plan has been in place that was formulated in cooperation with the FBI and local police authorities. The Dover Downs
Director of Security has been attending anti-terrorist task force meetings in Maryland annually and is up to speed on current issues.
There will be a heightened awareness and focus in the area of security for the upcoming race weekend
(2) No Coolers, Backpacks or Large Bags Allowed - For the upcoming September 21-23 race weekend, fans WILL NOT be allowed to bring coolers, backpacks or large bags onto the race track grounds. Fans will not be allowed to carry these items to the gates and leave them. While Dover Downs regrets having to make this move, it is being done for obvious precautionary reasons. In conjunction with the move, Dover Downs WILL BE REDUCING THE PRICE OF ITS CONCESSIONS(hearing 20-30% and Newszap is reporting concession prices will be dropped by $1 across the board) to compensate for this new rule.
(3) Gate Searches - All items will be subject to inspection by security officials as fans enter the track. The hope is that Dover Downs race fans will understand that events of the past week have brought about the need for more caution and will respond with patience while preparing to enter the facility. In fact, it is recommended that fans bring as little into the race as possible, and might consider taking their souvenir purchases to their vehicles before entering the track for the race events
"While we regret that we have to step up our security measures to this extent, it is, at this time, completely necessary," said Denis
McGlynn, Dover Downs president and CEO. "We don't know how long the changes will have to be in place. But given the events of the past seven days, we think it is of the highest importance that this race takes place in a completely safe manner. Our hearts go out to the
victims of the senseless crimes and their families and loved ones. Now our efforts must be applied to taking care of our fans."(Dover Downs PR)(9-17-2001)
SCANNERS: been told that it is okay to bring scanners but make sure that they are not in a case or carry bag. In others words,
just carry them and your headphones into the track(9-19-2001)
HINTS:Been told that if you carry in items, please use clear plastic bags so that security people can see thru them easily...scanner bags should be avoided, along with all the other containers listed above. Dover Downs security is trying to make this as easy as possible without compromising security(9-20-2001)
UPDATE Coolers: Dover Track president Denis McGlynn had a message for fans trying to beat the no-coolers rule in effect for all tracks: "We've found fans trying to convert items into coolers. If you've got a stack of [beer cans\] in a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket, you're probably not going to get in."(AJC) PRICES Dover Downs helped temper fans anger at being unable to bring ice chests inside the track by reducing concession prices. Beer was $2 for a 12-ounce can and $4 for a 24-ounce can at stands. A tray of chicken tenders was $3.(Gaston Gazette)(9-23-2001)
- Dover PR Rep into Art: Dover Downs public-relations director John Dunlap, who creates works of art by maneuvering the emulsion of Polaroid photographs, will have an exhibition of his work entitled "Hands On: The Hand-Manipulated Polaroids Z John Dunlap" on display during July and August at the Aloysius, Butler & Clark gallery in Wilmington, DE. Some of Dunlaps subjects are NASCAR scenes, but he also uses shots of nature, flora, fauna, landmarks and monuments(Gaston Gazette)(7-6-2001)
- Earnhardt to be honored at Dover: On June 3, Dover Downs will do its part to permanently etch Dale Earnhardt into its landscape by naming a section of its grandstands after The Intimidator. As of June 3, the East and Northeast sections on the front straightaway leading up to Turn One will now officially be called the Earnhardt Grandstands. The ceremony to honor Earnhardt will take place on June 3 just after Dover Downs president and CEO Denis McGlynn makes his introductory comments to the crowd leading up to the MBNA Platinum 400 Winston Cup Series race. The estimated time of the ceremony is just after 12 noon. At that time, the new banner honoring Earnhardt will be unfurled, and a black flag with the number 3 will also be raised in Victory Lane. A plane trailing the No.3 banner also will be flying overhead. McGlynn will oversee the presentation, which will honor the spirit of a great racer in a simple and straightforward manner - just like Earnhardt himself. Earnhardt will become only the third driver so honored by Dover Downs International Speedway. Previously honored with sections of the grandstand named after them were Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. Their sections also are located on the front stretch(Dover Downs PR)(5-17-2001)
- Ride the Rails...with Rusty: Rusty Wallace rode the rails from Charlotte to Richmond on Thursday as part of an Amtrak promotion. Amtrak unveiled plans for a "Monster Mile Express" -- a special train to Dover, Del., on June 3. Instead of driving, fans can board the train in New York, Newark, Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., for the ride to the Winston Cup MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs International Speedway. The Monster Mile Express, complete with race stripes and special fares for riders, is promised to be a "party on wheels," according to the release from amtrak.com. "NASCAR and Amtrak have always been the fastest thing on the tracks," Wallace was quoted as saying. "Now people can enjoy the speed and ease of both by riding the Monster Mile Express to Dover." Amtrak claims fans can get to 32 of 38 Winston Cup races via train this season.(NASCAR.com Buzz), more info see the Amtrack Promotions section(5-3-2001)
- Dover Tix Online: Dover Downs now allows NASCAR fans the oppurtunity to pruchase race tickets online at www.doverdowns.com (12-24-2000)
- Trucks move to Spring at Dover: Denis McGlynn, the president and CEO of Dover Downs International Speedway, said Tuesday the Craftsman Truck Series will return to the track next June(not in September). The trucks will kick off the June 1-3 race weekend. The Winston Cup and Busch series will also run and be sponsored again by Delaware-based MBNA. Dover Downs is also working on bringing the Busch North stock car series to the track for a tripleheader on Sept. 21-23. The reason for the switch? Dover Downs couldn't get a TV package together for September, so they talked to NASCAR and they were happy to move the truck race to June, where we had a TV opportunity with ESPN. The trucks will race Friday, June 1, at a time to be determined. McGlynn said it will probably be around 4 p.m. again, which gives fans more time to arrive at the track for the weekend. McGlynn's primary concern for next June's tripleheader will be the weather. Rain showers tend to hit the track in June more so than in September(News Journal)(10-25-2000)
- Race Dates? NASCAR officials say that Dover Downs won't be allowed to move a Winston Cup date from here to the company's new track near Nashville because it's too close to Talladega and Indianapolis, according to track sources. However, International Speedway Corporation officials are expected to move Darlington Raceway's spring Cup date to California Speedway for the 2002 season. That ISC move would be prelude to NASCAR telling Bruton Smith to do likewise, moving a date from one of his own tracks, if he wants a second Cup date(at Texas or Vegas). However, NASCAR has already told Smith he can't move the Cup date from Sears Point(PitNow)(6-5-2000)
- Dover Downs News: Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc., and Championship Auto Racing Teams announced yesterday a partnership to develop new markets for the FedEx CART open-wheel series. They have targeted several markets, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston, where street races might be held(Philadelphia Daily News)(6-15-2000)
- Dover Downs rated: In its May 24, 2000 issue, Business Week magazine recognized Dover Downs Entertainment as number 26 on its list of the 100 fastest growing small companies. Dover Downs Entertainment was ranked number 20 and number 36 in the 1998 and 1997 listings, respectively. The report ranks companies according to their three-year averages for sales growth, earnings growth and return on invested capital(Yahoo Biz)(5-31-2000)
- Dover and Money: The Dover, Del., chamber of commerce has concluded that the June 2-4 Cup/BGN race weekend scheduled for Dover Downs will bring in about $37 million to the local economy. The estimate includes tickets, gas, food, lodging and concessions and is, according to the Chamber, a conservative figure. The study did not use so-called multipliers that calculate the number of times dollars are supposedly respent within the community(Gaston Gazette)(5-19-2000)
- Dover Lights? UPDATE I hear Dover Downs is studying the possibility of adding lights, and running both Cup races on Saturday nights, possibly starting as soon as next September(9-27-1999)
- UPDATE: while the track won't have lights for the 2000 fall events, I am hearing that Lucas Electric Company/Musto Lighting recently met with Dover Downs reps about the possibility of installing lights in the future(5-11-2000)
- Dover Downs Traffic: For Junes MBNA 400 race, Dover Downs will offer race fans a park-n-ride system to avoid the gridlock in 2000. Those wishing to avoid the massive traffic-jam on Sunday morning and evening can park three miles south of the speedway at Blue Hen Corporate Center and ride a shuttle to the track and back afterwards.(Dover Downs Site)(3-24-2000)
- Dover Tix: Dover Downs International Speedway is offering between 3,000-6,000 extra seats in a temporary location for its June 4 MBNA Platinum 400 Winston Cup race. The seats, whhich went on sale March 13th, are located at Turn Two and cost $39 ticket price. The additional 3-6,000 seats in Turn Two will bring the total number of seats for the June 4 MBNA Platinum 400 to around 135,000 and will further add to a crowd that will be one of the largest of any sporting event on the East Coast. For more information see the Dover Downs website at www.doverdowns.com.(Dover Downs PR)(3-15-2000)
- Sad News: Dover Downs Founder Passes Away. John W. Rollins Sr., the trucking magnate who became a behind-the-scenes force in American politics, died Tuesday while napping at his office. He was 83. See stories at the Delaware News site: Void is left in 'Big John's' wake and Self-made man earned it the old-fashioned way and the NOL story(4-6-2000)
- New Dover Sponsor Names: The three NASCAR races at Dover in September have been renamed: The Cup race will be the MBNA.com 400, the BGN event will be the MBNA.com 200 and the new CTS(truck) race will be known as the MBNA Palladian Travel 200. The changes were made to expand awareness to the company's services(Winston Cup Scene)(2-24-2000)
- Nashville/Dover? The new Nashville(TN) area speedway, being built east of the city, could be ready for testing by late summer or early fall. The speedway is owned by the same company that owns Dover Downs, and there have been indications that the company might move one of its two Winston Cup tour dates from Dover to Nashville(Pitnow) Note: most comments I have heard from Dover Downs officials is that they have no plans to move one of the Cup races from Dover. Also see a story on the Nashville track at: Nashville Business Journal - Busch series success key for speedway(2-15-2000)
- Dover News: Dover Downs Entertainment announced that MBNA has agreed to an extension and expansion of its sponsorship agreement with the Delaware based motorsports and gaming company. Under the agreement MBNA will continue its name-in-title sponsorship of the spring and fall Cup and BGN races at Dover Downs in Delaware and will also add sponsorship of the newly scheduled NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover in September, 2000. MBNA will also become the name-in-title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series race at the Nashville Speedway and will become the official credit card at Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis and at Memphis Motorsports Park in Tennessee. The agreement extends the relationship between the two Delaware companies, which began in 1995, through 2002 and, in the case of the fall Cup and BGN at Dover, through 2003(Catchfence via PRN Newswire)(1-4-2000)
- Dover News UPDATE: At Dover Downs, the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks will run a 200 mile race on Friday night, September 22, 2000. That's on Dover's Winston Cup weekend. Bringing the trucks for Winston Cup weekends seems to be the trend at all of the tracks hosting Cup races. Because, the trucks can't draw a profitable crowd in stand alone races. Dover is also adding new grandstands and is building a new hotel on site. More is better is the old saying. Dover Downs Entertainment needs to make the stockholders happy in order to keep their stock price at acceptable levels(TV Times) Note: I had heard the Dover race will be at 4pm/et on that Friday but had also heard that the track is adding lights, so we'll see(11-30-1999) -- UPDATE: Ticket Holders tell me that the schedule they got says the Truck race is at 4pm/et with no mention of lights being used(12-2-1999)
- Dover and Lights? nope, looks that rumor was incorrect, at least for the near future. The rumor started when the Truck race was announced to run on Friday, Sept 22nd, 2000. From what I hear, the race will start at 4pm/et. I assume they will run BGN and Cup practice earlier in the day(11-11-1999)
- Dover CEO on TV UPDATE: Dover Downs CEO, Denis McGlynn was on CNBC's Squawk Box at 9:20am/et and gave a brief interview. McGlynn mentioned the additional seats by the spring race and that Track is approved up t0 170,000 seats in the near future. Also announced that the "2000 interm TV contract" signed for Dover Downs races for Cup and BGN will see substantial increase for next year(11-10-1999)
- Dover TV: Dover Downs announced that NASCAR has completed negotiations on a contract that will showcase the two Cup races and two BGN races at Dover Downs on The Nashville Network for the 2000 race season. Financial details of the agreement were not released pending the completion of negotiations between NASCAR and television carriers on a comprehensive TV package for 2001 and beyond(Yahoo Biz)(11-10-1999)
- Dover Downs gets bigger: Dover Downs International Speedway's program of seating expansion will continue for the 2000 season with the completion of the upper deck on the South Grandstand, surrounding turns three and four. Also scheduled is the initial phase of a similar structure on the North Grandstand, spanning the turn one and two end of the Monster Mile. The approximately 14,000 seats added will bring the track's seating capacity to over 135,000 when the gates open for the 2000 MBNA Platinum 200/400 NASCAR weekend, June 2-4(Dover Downs PR)(11-10-1999)
- Dover/Trucks? UPDATE: Hearing that the CTS will race at Dover under the lights Friday night of the BGN/Cup weekend next September(11-2-1999) -- UPDATE: Dover Downs Entertainment announced that the CTS will make its inaugural appearance at the Monster Mile on September 22, 2000(Friday). The addition of NASCAR's newest major racing division will make what is already one of NASCAR's biggest events even bigger with an action-packed triple-header MBNA Gold Weekend. The Truck event will add to a fall weekend at Dover Downs International
Speedway that includes racing from NASCAR's Winston Cup Series and the Busch Grand National Division(Yahoo Biz)(11-3-1999)
- Dover Lights? I hear Dover Downs is studying the possibility of adding lights, and running both Cup races on Saturday nights, possibly starting as soon as next September(9-27-1999)
- Dover Downs responds to Felix: Winston Cup team owner Felix Sabates, expressing his opinion of Dover Downs, said this week that he'd "rather drink a bottle of laxative than go to Dover. I don't like that place. You go out and wear out tires and have a lot of wrecks and the purse pays nothing." Dover Downs chairman Denis McGlynn posted this response in the press room Friday: "Dear Felix: Hope the laxative helped. Thank you for staying home and not stinking up our garage area. Your teams seem to do better in your absence anyway. Get well soon. Denis."(Racer Magazine Site) meow...(9-25-1999)
- Dover Hotel Approved: The Dover Planning Commission on Monday night unanimously approved plans for a 10-story 520 room hotel by Dover Downs. Commissioner William DiMondi was absent. The $55 million project will be built adjacent to the existing casino in two phases. Each phase will build 260 rooms. The hotel will also have an entertainment hall that could be used for performing acts, conferences and other events(Dover Post)(9-23-1999)
- Dover takeover? There are indications that Dover Downs, which is a publicly traded company(DVD-NYSE), might be in play as a takeover target, although it's unclear whether Bruton Smith or Bill France is planning the takeover. Dover plays host to two Winston Cup races a year and attracts 140,000 fans to each. Track officials plan to start building a second track near Nashville in August, and they could easily move one of their two Cup dates to the new track, apparently without needing NASCAR approval, based on the Smith-Bob Bahre North Wilkesboro precedent. One stumbling block to any Dover deal might be that track's gambling business, a lucrative slot-machine operation. But a major Las Vegas company is reported to be interested in buying that business(PitNow) -- Jayski Note: Dover Downs Corporation also owns the Gateway International Speedway(St Louis), Long Beach Grand Prix(CART venue), Memphis Motorsports Park as well as Nashville Speedway(5-15-1999)
- Dover Tickets: The deadline for race fans to take advantage of Dover Downs International Speedway's $5 advance purchase discount on tickets to the MBNA Platinum 200 is close of business on Friday, May 21 to receive the discount on all reserved and adult general admission tickets for the BGN event on Saturday, June 5.(NOL) Tickets are also available for the weekend's finale, the MBNA Platinum 400 NASCAR Winston Cup classic on Sunday, June 6. See the www.doverdowns.com site(5-13-1999)
- Dover Fences II: Track officials have decided to raise their fences 2 1/2 feet and add an overhang. The work started the Friday before the accident at Charlotte. The fences, which rise at an 87-degree angle above the track, will now be 15 feet high and then curve out several feet over the track to catch, he hopes, any straying wheels or other debris(paraphrased from iRace/SpeedVision)(5-10-1999)
- Dover News: The final beams have been lifted into place to complete the structural steel work on the first phase of Dover Downs International Speedway's 15,000 seat grandstand expansion for the 1999 season.The deck is currently being installed on the addition to the South Grandstand overlooking turn three, while footings are in place for the corresponding addition in turn four. When completed, the upper tier of the South Grandstand will stretch the height of a 12-story building around the entire south end of the track, raising reserved seating capacity to 122,000. See the rest of the Press Release at GoRacing: Structural Work Nears Completion on First Phase of Dover's 15,000 Seat Grandstand.(11-4-1998)
- More Seats for Dover: Dover Downs, host for two Winston Cup races annually, is adding 15,000 seats, increasing the capacity to 122,000. Dover Downs officials say only six other tracks with Winston Cup races have larger seating capacities: Indianapolis, Daytona, Texas, Charlotte, Atlanta and Bristol. The new Dover seats will be added to the upper tier of the south grandstand.(That's Racin')(10-22-1998)
- The surface of the Dover Downs "Monster Mile" was partially ground down in an attempt to smooth it for an IRL event that was held here in the summer between the MBNA Platinum 400 in May and now. While most drivers praised the effort, which was responsible for noticeably quicker speeds right from the start of practice.(NASCAR Online)(9-18-1998)
- Dover Downs Entertainment Inc. is buying more than 1,600 acres southeast of Nashville to build a $35 million superspeedway, The Tennessean reported Tuesday(July 28th). Dover Downs officials announced plans for the track last November and said they would be looking for land near Nashville, see the rest of the story at: Report: Speedway planned for Nashville area,(thankd for the heads up by many readers)(7-29-1998)
- ISC announced that it sold its entire equity interest in the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Inc. to Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. This combines the tracks Dover Downs International Speedway, Nashville Speedway USA, Memphis Motorsports Park, and Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis(PRNewswire)(3-28-1998)
- Dover Downs Entertainment announced that the NASCAR Busch North Series, Grand National Division, will make its first appearance at Dover Downs International Speedway in a 200-mile race on Saturday, July 18, 1998. The NASCAR Busch North race joins the recently announced July 19, 1998 Indy Racing League event as an addition to
Dover's motorsports schedule. For the full text story, see InfoBeat(10-27-1997)
- MBNA will sponsor the spring BGN and WC races at Dover Downs Speedway as well as the fall race starting in 1998. The spring races will be the MBNA Platinum 400 and MBNA Platinum 200, while the fall races will be the MBNA Gold 400 and MBNA Gold 200(NASCAR Online)(8-1-1997)
- Heard from a few readers who just got their ticket renewals for 1998 Miller 400 at Dover on May 31, 1998. Notice the number 400, so while it hasn't been officially announced I would say the Spring Dover race will also go to 400 miles/laps, took away 100 laps and raised the price anywhere from $2-$12 a ticket(6-11-1997)
- Goodyear's NASCAR test at Dover last week was rained out, meaning teams will probably be saddled with the same ornery tires they had to run there last week when they go back in September(JournalNow)(6-10-1997)
- Per NASCAR Online: Sunday's race will be the last 500-mile event to run at the "Monster Mile." The fall race this year will become a 400-miler with the race adopting the same distance next spring(5-30-1997)
- In Early May, Dover Downs Speedway received permission from local officials to increase seating from 96,000 to 180,000 by 2004(5-29-1997)
- Dover to expand it seating to 170,000 by 2004(1996)
- The Dover Fall 1997 race shortened to 400 miles, Spring stays at 500, at least for now, look for change to 400 in 1998(1996)