Dover International Speedway

By | Jul 20, 2007

1.   In 1969 Dover Downs opened. Located in the northern part of Dover Delaware it is a unique facility that serves a dual purpose. It was designed as a track for both auto and horse racing.

2.  In 1982 the Busch Series race began racing on the Saturday before the Cup race on Sunday.  This made it a bif race weekend.  The Truck series race began in 200o.

3.  Beginning in 1986 with the completion being in 2001, it was expanded from a modest 3200 seat grandstand to a track with a seating capacity of 133,000.  It is the largest sports facility in the mid-Atlantic region.

4.   With the passage of legislation allowing slot machines at Delaware’s tracks that mandated that harness racing purses would increase, the track became a national leader in that sport as well.

5.   The first Cup race after the attacks of New York and Washington on September 11, 2001 was held at the Dover International Speedway.

6.   The track, known as the Monster Mile is a concrete track of 1 mile.  The 1076 feet straightways have a bank of 9 degrees while the turns back at 24 degrees.


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