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Dover International Speedway, Dover

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Dover International Speedway (formerly Dover Downs International Speedway) is a race track in Dover, Delaware, United States. The track has hosted at least one NASCAR Cup Series race each year since 1969, including two per year from 1971 to 2020. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosted USAC and the Indy Racing League. The track features one layout, a 1 mile (1.6 km) concrete oval, with 24° banking in the turns and 9° banking on the straights. The speedway is owned and operated by Dover Motorsports.

The track, nicknamed "The Monster Mile", was built in 1969 by Melvin Joseph of Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company, Inc., with an asphalt surface, but was replaced with concrete in 1995. Six years later in 2001, the track's capacity increased to 135,000 seats, giving the track the largest seating capacity of any sports venue in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2002, the name changed to Dover International Speedway from Dover Downs International Speedway after Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment split, making Dover Motorsports. From 2007 to 2009, the speedway worked on an improvement project called "The Monster Makeover", which expanded facilities at the track and beautified the track. Depending on configuration, the track's capacity is at 95,500 seats. Its grand total maximum capacity was at 135,000 spectators.
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  • This was an awesome experience! I’m a lifelong fan of NASCAR and this was a bucket list thing. Everyone was so helpful and friendly from start to finish. My spotter, Neal (hope that’s right) was so...  more »
  • My wife and I take my mom and sister 2 times a year. On her birthday and usually around June or July. She is 87 yrs young and still loves the slot machines. We been going there for close to 25 plus yrs. Would highly recommend this place. Beautiful accommodations also. Staff treats you like family.
  • The rooms are great, especially if you can get one overlooking the track. Bed is very comfortable and room is spotless clean. We saw Morris Day and the Time here in concert. Great location for music concerts.

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