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Dover Motor Speedway, Dover

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Dover Motor Speedway (formerly Dover Downs International Speedway and later Dover 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 Speedway 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. On November 8, 2021, it was announced that Dover Motorsports Inc. was purchased by Speedway Motorsports Inc.; effectively making Dover International Speedway a SMI track with the track being renamed to its current name.
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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... 
    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 »
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  • Race and stadium is great. I loved the paperless tickets. The RV site was initially confusing, but a great stay. The town surrounding the track is run down and not clean. No one seemed to welcome the race crowd. Didn't stay long because of this.
  • Loved it.... the race is a little too long especially if you come with the kids...but there were so much entertainment around the stadium...FREE too!... I've just wish we came earlier to have time to participate in everything. Big hank you to whoever organized the event! They need to make more events especially if there is a place like that!

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