Dover International Speedway, Dover

4.3
Combine a high-banked, one-mile concrete oval, six NASCAR races, the East Coast’s largest music festival, a neighboring hotel and casino, as well as easy access for millions of people, and you have a formula for one of the most attractive sports and entertainment destinations in the mid-Atlantic region.

Built by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), Dover International Speedway has been hosting NASCAR events since the green flag dropped on the “Mason-Dixon 300” on July 6, 1969.

That day’s race winner, Richard Petty, has called the first Dover race NASCAR’s “invasion of the North.” Since that time, not only has the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series remained, but others have followed, looking to conquer the track known throughout motorsports as “The Monster Mile.”

When drivers strap in their vehicles at the Monster Mile, they compete on perhaps the most unique venue in the sport. With speeds exceeding 160 mph, drivers face 24 degrees of banking in all four turns, as well as 9 degrees of incline on the straightaways, leading to Dover International Speedway’s reputation as the world’s fastest one-mile concrete oval.

The excitement continues outside the track, as Dover International Speedway shares the property with full-service Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, giving race fans the complete vacation destination. Behind the frontstretch stands the 46-foot-tall Monster Monument, a fiberglass structure that attracts visitors to the track year-round. The structure is within Victory Plaza, which also hosts free, pre-race concerts for fans, which in recent years have included acts such as Jerrod Niemann, Cassadee Pope, Colt Ford, the X Ambassadors, Young Rising Sons, Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer.

More musical acts visit The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway between the two NASCAR weekends at the Firefly Music Festival, presented by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice.

The Firefly Music Festival was first held in July 2012 and hosted 48 national music acts over three days. In just five years, Firefly has grown to a four-day event that hosts upwards of 90,000 fans per day, with more than 100 acts playing across seven stages, earning a top-five U.S. music festival designation by Rolling Stone magazine.

Notable acts that have appeared at Firefly include Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Outkast, The Black Keys, The Killers, Jack White and Mumford & Sons. Other aspects of Firefly include a retro video game arcade, hammock hangouts, a silent disco, a marketplace and much more.

From music to motorsports, it’s all here at Dover International Speedway.
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  • You need to go to a NASCAR race weekend at least once in your life. The experience at the track is amazing and educational on what actually goes into this sport. Dover is a great track with lots of ho...  more »
  • Great location. Easy in and out of parking lot. . Plenty of parking. Lots to do on race day. plenty of food and merchandise vendors.  more »
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  • 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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