Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE - Dover, Delaware - First Paved NASCAR Track, The Monster Mile, Recently Renovated



The Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE, is located on US 13, some two miles north of downtown Dover. Its one mile NASCAR race track is popularly referred to as the Monster Mile by racing fans and commentators alike.

The raceway opened as Dover Downs in 1969, hosting both horse racing and the NASCAR events. The first race to ever take place here was the "Mason-Dixon 300'' sprint cup series which Richard Petty won on July 6th of the same year the track opened.

By 1971, non-NASCAR races were dropped by the facility to focus on the NASCAR races, usually held in July and September annually. Later they were reduced from 500 to 400 mile races.

Beginning in 1986, ongoing expansions to seating capacity began. At that time there were 3,200 seats in the grandstands. Sixteen years later, in 2001, seating capacity reached 135,000.

In 1995 the track became the first paved NASCAR raceway.

The Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE became the new name for the venue in 2002.

At that time, a glass enclosed structure seating 56 spectators was inaugurated over Turn 3 called the Monster Bridge.

Two years later, a massive reconstruction began in phases, which in 2009 was in its third phase. This included the opening of wider pit lanes and the installation of SAFER barrier technology to increase safety for drivers in crash situations.

Corporate and group rates are available and Hospitality Tent arrangements that include meals are available for groups of 35 to 50 people. These arrangements do not include accommodations although there are camping and RV sites as well as hotels in the nearby area for out of town fans.

Three day ticket packages can be purchased for the two annual races which stretch for 3 days in May or June and September annually. Several months advance purchase is required to take advantage of this discount at the track.

The Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE, only allows bags or coolers with ice no larger than 14x14x14, and a clear plastic bag that can be no larger than 18x18x14 into the grandstands. Binoculars and cameras are also allowed in if hanging from a person's neck or shoulder in addition to the bags. Packaged beer is allowed to be brought in within a cooler that meets the dimensions described.

Any items deemed dangerous are not allowed into the stands.

Strollers are also prohibited as well as wine and liquor (other than beer), pets, umbrellas or any glass containers. Service animals are allowed into the park and the grandstands with their owners.

There is wheelchair accessible seating, as well as shuttle services for people with disabilities from the RV parking area and within the raceway.

Infield parking, which once existed, is no longer permitted.

Souvenir stands are available around the track. Food and beverages including beer are also available for purchase.

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