|Dover International Speedway|
|Location||1131 North Dupont Highway|
Dover, Delaware 19901
|Major events||NASCAR Cup Series|
|Length||1 mi (1.6 km)|
Dover International Speedway (nickname: The Monster Mile) is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware]. It is unusual in several respects. It is a concrete track; most NASCAR tracks are asphalt. It is co-located with a horse racing track, Dover Downs, and in fact, is sometimes also referred to by this name. It is also exactly one mile long; technically this means that it is neither a superspeedway nor a short track. The speedway is also notoriously hard on cars, and its standard nickname is The Monster Mile. The horse track is part of an extensive entertainment complex including other forms of gambling; at one time both it and the speedway were owned by the publicly-traded Dover Downs Entertainment, but they have since been split into two separate enterprises, partly at the encouragement of NASCAR. At one time the Winston Cup races held here were 500 miles long until a NASCAR rules change limited 500-mile races to being held only at tracks over a mile in length; the current Cup races here are 400 miles long. Dover also hosted Indy Racing League races in 1998 and 1999 won by Scott Sharp and Greg Ray.
The Dover ownership is one of only three publicly-held ownership groups of NASCAR tracks, the other two being International_Speedway_Corporation International Speedway Corporation, controlled by NASCAR's founding France family and owners of the Talladega and Daytona tracks, among others, and Speedway_Motorsports Speedway Motorsports, Inc., led by Bruton Smith and H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, which owns Charlotte Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, among others. Aside from these three ownership groups, NASCAR tracks are privately held by one or a few individuals.
See also: List of NASCAR race tracks
Current races[edit | edit source]
Records[edit | edit source]
- NASCAR Cup Qualifying: Denny Hamlin, 21.559 sec. (166.984 mph), 2019
- NASCAR Cup Race: Kyle Larson, 135.734 mph, October 6, 2019
- NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying: Erik Jones, 22.739 sec. (158.318 mph), 2016
- NASCAR Xfinity Series Race: Brian Vickers, 133.154 mph, September 20, 2003
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying: Brett Moffitt, 22.303 sec. (161.413 mph), 2019
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race: Mark Martin, 120.200 mph, September 20, 2006