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    (L to R) Dover Motorsports, Inc. President and CEO Denis McGlynn, Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, Dover Mayor Carleton Carey Sr. and AAA-Mid Atlantic President and COO Donald Gagnon unveil the marquee plaque on the Monster Monument. Credit Dover Motorsports.
 

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon addresses an assembled crowd of dignitaries and race fans at Dover International Speedway on Wednesday as part of the Monster Monument dedication ceremony. Credit Dover Motorsports.
 



Jeff Gordon visits Dover International Speedway to dedicate the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA

DOVER, Del. — Just days before the May 30 – June 1, 2008 race weekend at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon visited the Monster Mile on Wednesday afternoon to participate in a dedication ceremony for the new 46-foot Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA.

Joined on stage by Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr., Donald Gagnon, president and COO of AAA Mid-Atlantic, and Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc., Gordon addressed the large crowd of over 300 people gathered together in front of the monument.

“It’s an amazing monument and it really symbolizes what this track is all about to the drivers and the fans,” said Gordon. “The Monster Mile brings out the monster in all of us. It’s a grueling, fast race track that is very, very tough.

“It’s also a pleasure to have my name etched on this monument four times,” said Gordon, a four-time Dover winner referring to the plaques on the base of the monument. “I’m hoping to add a fifth and sixth this year.”

Governor Minner spoke about what the Speedway means to both the city of Dover and the state of Delaware. “Dover International Speedway not only offers visitors great entertainment as a sporting destination, but also contributes to the state and local economy,” said Minner. “This monument is in such a great position. It’ll give visitors to the state a great opportunity to see the monument from the highway (Route 1) when visiting Delaware.”

The dedication ceremony concluded with Gordon unveiling the marquee plaque on the front portion of the monument’s base. The 4ft. high granite plaque includes a laser-engraved image of the monster and briefly describes the importance of the structure.

Following the ceremony, Gordon met with local and regional television stations and news reporters to discuss his thoughts about the capital improvements at Dover and the upcoming Dover race weekend. He also paused for a few moments to greet fans in attendance and personally thank them for coming to the dedication ceremony.

Crews at Dover will continue to work on the site of the monument and Victory Plaza in the coming days to put the finishing touches on the structure and surrounding areas. All construction is scheduled to be completed prior to the May 30 – June 1, 2008 race weekend.

Tickets are still available for the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 “Heluva Good!® 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “AAA Insurance 200” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. — NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.
 

Jeff Gordon greets fans following the dedication ceremony for the Monster Monument at Dover International Speedway. Credit Dover Motorsports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 14, 2008

Dover International Speedway and AAA Mid-Atlantic announce seven-year partnership extension that includes the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza

DOVER, Del. — Dover International Speedway and AAA Mid-Atlantic announced today a seven-year partnership extension that includes sponsorship of Dover’s new focal point, the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA. The seven-year agreement also includes the entitlement of Dover’s annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the “AAA Insurance 200,” and solidifies AAA as the Official Auto Club and Home, Life, and Automobile Insurance of Dover International Speedway.

As presenting sponsor of the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, AAA will have prominent signage surrounding the 46-foot monument outside of Turn 4 at the Speedway. Nearly five stories tall, the structure depicts Miles the Monster bursting out of the concrete ground, carrying with him a full-scale stock car in his right hand, and features a tribute to all Dover winners around the base of the structure.

“We’re pleased to have AAA continue our outstanding partnership for another seven years,” said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “AAA is a leader in the automotive, travel and financial industry and a valuable partner for the Speedway. We’re excited to have them on board for Dover’s 40th anniversary season with the new monument and plaza. This area is sure to be a major attraction and photo opportunity for all visitors to the property for many race weekends to come.”

“When AAA pioneered automobile competition more than 100 years ago, we could not have imagined motorsports would grow into the sport it is today,” said Donald R. Gagnon, President and Chief Operating Officer, AAA Mid-Atlantic. “This signature landmark gives race fans something to talk about and gives Delaware another tourism attraction in its state capitol. AAA knows that race fans will be as excited as we are about the new Monster Monument.”

AAA Insurance has been the title sponsor of Dover’s annual NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race since 2006. NASCAR veterans Mark Martin and Ron Hornaday Jr. have each hoisted a “AAA Insurance 200” monster trophy over their heads after winning at the Monster Mile.

The new Victory Plaza features a 38-foot entrance archway and over 190,000 colorful pavers lined with clusters of flag poles. Large banners are mounted on the poles that feature current and retired drivers commemorating Dover’s storied, 40-year history. Also, 26 Community speakers surround the Monster Monument and Victory Plaza area. The high-end, weatherproof speakers are used in many major ballparks and sports venues across the country and will create an electric atmosphere in the area all weekend long.

Victory Plaza will be the site of many attractions throughout the May 30 – June 1, 2008 weekend including free autograph sessions for ticket holders with Rusty Wallace, Bobby Allison and Joey Logano, live music, a sand sculptor, strolling entertainment and more. The plaza will serve as the main entrance used by race fans staying in the various RV lots at the Speedway and general parking areas on the east side of the facility.

Tickets are still available for the May 30 “AAA Insurance 200” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, May 31 “Heluva Good!® 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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About AAA Mid-Atlantic
AAA Mid-Atlantic is the nation's fifth largest auto club with 3.8 million members in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia, providing automotive, travel, personal insurance and financial services. AAA has represented motorists and travelers for more than 100 years. Nearly 27 percent of U.S. drivers are AAA members. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.
 
About Dover International Speedway
Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. — NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 9, 2008

Bobby Allison dedication ceremony highlights free fan activities at the Monster Mile during the May 30-June 1, 2008 race weekend

DOVER, Del. — The astounding sight of the 46-foot Monster Monument, an abundance of new entertainment options celebrating “40 Fast Years,” and the return of NASCAR’s biggest stars will give race fans at Dover International Speedway plenty to cheer about during the May 30 – June 1, 2008 race weekend. There will be more to see and do at the track in 2008 than ever before. Race fans will experience more than just great racing, with a special ceremony honoring Bobby Allison, live entertainment, free autograph sessions and more.

Allison, a seven-time Dover winner, will be the first driver honored with a marquee plaque on the Monster Monument. The special 4-foot high granite plaque includes Allison’s career and Dover highlights and an engraved image of the driver, in a section reserved for retired drivers who’ve established their legacy at the Monster Mile. An induction ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 near the monument. A free autograph session will follow from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

New entertainment options in Victory Plaza include live music by local favorites Love Seed Mama Jump, Gritzz, and the Wicked Crickets, while strolling entertainment – stilt walkers, chainsaw carvers, sand sculptors, a Mummers string band, and more – will add to the carnival-like atmosphere at the track.

Along with the Allison dedication ceremony, other autograph sessions for ticket holders are planned for race weekend and include: ESPN analyst and three-time Dover winner Rusty Wallace from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Victory Plaza on Friday, May 30; several drivers from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from 1-1:45 p.m. at the Craftsman Display in the FanZone on May 30; NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie and 2007 NASCAR Camping World Series champion Joey Logano from 10-11 a.m. at Victory Plaza on Sunday, June 1; and a book signing with Washington Post journalist Liz Clarke from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Victory Plaza on June 1.

All autograph sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of any June race ticket is required.

The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk also returns to the Monster Mile on Saturday, May 31. NASCAR drivers and personalities will participate in this fun event, and proceeds will benefit participating driver charities and the Autism Society of Delaware. Fans can sign up in advance on DoverSpeedway.com or at the track, near the entrance to the FanZone, on race weekend.

Grammy-nominated band Emerson Drive will perform on May 31 at 8 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Tickets are $25–$35 and can be purchased online at DoverDowns.com or by calling 800-711-5882. The concert is being underwritten by Heluva Good!, and all proceeds raised from ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware.

Tickets are still available for the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 “Heluva Good!® 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “AAA Insurance 200” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. — NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just  4 days remain to bid for the chance to say "Gentleman start your engines" prior to the June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover

Everybody has one. A personal "bucket list" full of experiences they must do over the course of their lifetime. For racing fans, giving the command to start engines is paramount on that list. At Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2008, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to give the command to kick off the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The current high bid stands at $12,075, and just four days remain for fans to place their bids on the online auction benefiting Autism Speaks.
 

Besides issuing the command, the winning bidder will also win several other VIP experiences related to the race weekend. The package includes the chance to be on stage for driver introductions; an autographed flag signed by the starting lineup of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; a ride in the pre-race parade lap for two guests; four tickets to watch the race from a skybox suite; four pit passes; a guided tour for four of the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage; and the chance to play golf in the Thursday, May 29 Drive for Autism Celebrity-Am Golf Outing with drivers and other sports celebrities. 

To participate in this unique auction, click here .

The auction ends on May 11, 2008 at 12 a.m. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Tickets are still available for the June 1 "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 "Heluva Good!® 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 "AAA Insurance 200" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

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Dover Speedway and Rowdy.com are proud to announce that Round 2 of Rowdy.com's Driver Zone game will be starting effective this week! Driver Zone is a NASCAR picking game that anyone can play. Just pick the drivers that run best each weekend from each of seven zones to score points towards prizes of over $3,500 IN CASH! You can also join a league and play against your friends for top scores and bragging rights! It's easy and fun, so come on over to Rowdy and check it out!

 

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May 2, 2008



Grammy-nominated Emerson Drive to perform benefit concert on Saturday, May 31 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

DOVER, Del. — Grammy-nominated band Emerson Drive will perform a benefit concert on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 8 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Heluva Good®!, sponsor of the Saturday, May 31 “Heluva Good! 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover, is underwriting the cost of the concert so that all proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Emerson Drive will also perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 1, 2008.

Tickets are now on sale for the concert and can be purchased by calling 800-711-5882 or online at DoverDowns.com. Tickets are priced from $25 to $35 and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the concert scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Often referred to as the “hardest working band in country music,” Emerson Drive is made up of Brad Mates (lead vocalist), Dale Wallace (keyboards), Danick Dupelle (guitar), David Pichette (fiddle) and Mile Melancon (drums). The band’s musical influences cross genres, from AC/DC and Black Sabbath to Alabama, Merle Haggard, George Strait and Ricky Skaggs, along with Charlie Daniels, who pitched in vocals on their remake of “Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

Emerson Drive’s current album, Countrified (Midas Records, Fall 2006), garnered their first No. 1 hit song, the Grammy-nominated “Moments.” Emerson Drive is also nominated for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) Top Vocal Group of the Year and Song of the Year (also for “Moments”).

Tickets are still available for the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 “Heluva Good!® 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “AAA Insurance 200” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. — NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 1, 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway to be named the “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks”

DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway and Best Buy officials announced today that the June 1, 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be named the “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks.” A variety of initiatives are planned for Dover’s May 30 – June 1, 2008 NASCAR race weekend to increase awareness and raise funds for Autism Speaks. Last year’s June NASCAR Sprint Cup event in Dover, also benefiting Autism Speaks, saw Martin Truex Jr. pull into Victory Lane for his first career win at the Monster Mile.

"On behalf of Best Buy's 150,000 employees, we are proud to sponsor the inaugural running of the Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks race,” said Barry Judge, chief marketing officer, Best Buy Co. “Many of our customers love auto racing, so this sponsorship is another way Best Buy is not only supporting the sport they enjoy, but also helping a great charity."

While Best Buy is in its fourth season as a team sponsor, with its iconic yellow tag logo appearing on Elliott Sadler’s No. 19 Gillett Evernham Motorsports entry in select 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, this race marks the first time the company has sponsored a NASCAR event.

This event also marks the second year Autism Speaks has partnered with Dover International Speedway. Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Student Clubs for Autism Speaks (SCAS) helps further the mission of Autism Speaks by creating the opportunity for students to engage and actively participate in positively affecting the lives of people with autism. Through education, awareness, friendship and fundraising, SCAS includes students at the middle school, high school and college level.

Fans can get involved in a variety of ways:

-- Grammy-nominated Emerson Drive will perform on Saturday, May 31 at 8 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Tickets are on sale now and are priced from $25 to $35. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-711-5882 or on www.doverdowns.com.  Emerson Drive will also perform the National Anthem the following day to kick off the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

-- A special one-of-a-kind experience will be auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks. The prize includes the unique opportunity to give the command to start engines for the June 1 race; the chance to be on stage for driver introductions; an autographed flag signed by the starting lineup of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; a ride in the pre-race parade lap for two guests; four tickets to watch the race from a skybox suite; four pit passes; a guided tour for four of the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage; and the chance to play golf in the Thursday, May 29 Drive for Autism Celebrity-Am Golf Outing with drivers and other sports celebrities. The auction is available from April 22 until May 11, 2008 at 12 a.m. To participate in this unique auction and support Autism Speaks, visit DoverSpeedway.com and click on the ‘Give the Command to Start Engines’ box near the bottom of the page.

-- Dover International Speedway will donate a portion of each June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ticket sold from May 1 to May 31, 2008 to Autism Speaks. Fans can also donate directly to Autism Speaks via the DoverSpeedway.com website. Click on the box, located on the left of the DoverSpeedway.com homepage, to learn more. Donation locations will also be set up during the entire May 30 – June 1, 2008 race weekend for those fans interested in donating to the cause.

-- The NASCAR Foundation will once again host a track walk at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 31, 2008, immediately following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. NASCAR drivers and personalities will participate in this fun event, and proceeds will be given to participating driver charities and the Autism Society of Delaware. Best Buy employees will volunteer their time to support the event. Fans can sign up in advance for the Dover track walk at by clicking on the NASCAR Foundation Track Walk link at DoverSpeedway.com. Fans can also sign up outside of Turn 4, near the entrance to the new Dover FanZone, on race weekend.

-- Best Buy Racing driver Elliott Sadler is wearing a special autism helmet at every race throughout the month of April. It will then be auctioned online to benefit the Hermie and Elliott Sadler Charitable Foundation. The helmet sports the multi-colored puzzle piece logo of the Autism Society. On April 30th, Sadler’s 32nd birthday, the helmet will be put up for bid on an online auction. The site hosting the auction will be announced by Sadler on the SPEED Channel show, Trackside!, on Friday, April 26.

NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway on May 30-June 1 and Sept. 19-21, 2008. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

About Best Buy Co., Inc.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) operates a global portfolio of brands with a commitment to growth and innovation. Our employees strive to provide customers around the world with superior experiences by responding to their unique needs and aspirations. We sell consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services through approximately 1,200 retail stores across the United States, throughout Canada and in China. Our multi-channel operations include: Best Buy (BestBuy.com, BestBuy.ca and BestBuy.com.cn), Future Shop (FutureShop.ca), Geek Squad (GeekSquad.com and GeekSquad.ca), Pacific Sales Kitchen and Bath Centers (PacificSales.com), Magnolia Audio Video (Magnoliaav.com), Jiangsu Five Star Appliance Co. (Five-Star.cn) and Speakeasy (Speakeasy.net). Best Buy supports the communities in which its employees work and live through volunteerism and grants that benefit children and education.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chairman and chief executive officer of NBC Universal for more than twenty years. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.

About Dover International Speedway

Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate four tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. — NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.

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May 5, 2008

With another major race win under his belt, Joey Logano now has the Monster Mile on his mind

DOVER, Del. — Fresh off of yet another dominating victory, 17-year-old Joey Logano now has his eyes set on the “Heluva Good!® 200” at Dover International Speedway. The May 31, 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be Logano's first in NASCAR's No. 2 series following his 18th birthday on May 24. And if Sunday's race at Rockingham was a preview of what's to come at the Monster Mile, expect Logano to be running towards the front of the field.


Logano won in his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Rockingham Speedway, leading 257 of 312 laps and easily holding off NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader by more than four seconds at the finish line. "We're going to get a shot at Dover coming up," said Logano. "Hopefully we'll see Victory Lane there too."

Logano and Schrader were two of just five cars to finish on the lead lap. "I was bummed I didn’t get the whole field lapped,” said Logano with a smile on his face. “That’s the plan everywhere I go."

Echoing the thoughts of fellow veteran racer Mark Martin, Schrader concluded, “That kid is for real. We’re going to be watching him on TV for a number of years.”

Just days after his 18th birthday, Logano will look to become the youngest winner in a NASCAR race at Dover, and in series history. Casey Atwood currently holds the record of youngest winner in any of the top three NASCAR series when he won at Milwaukee in July 1999 at the age of 18 years, 10 months.

Logano has a great opportunity to run up front. His No. 20 Toyota is prepared by Joe Gibbs Racing, arguably the hottest team in NASCAR at the moment. Plus, he’s no stranger to the concrete high banks at the Monster Mile. He raced his way to a second place finish en route to clinching the series championship in the “Sunoco 150” NASCAR Camping World Series race at Dover last September.

“I feel I’m ready to go in the Nationwide Series,” said Logano. “We proved ourselves in the Camping World Series and I think we’re ready to go out there and win some races.”

He easily became the NASCAR Camping World East Series’ youngest champion at just 17 years old and did so in a dominating fashion. He tallied five victories in the East Series and one in the West Series, setting records in both series’ as the youngest driver (age 16) to win a race. He also turned heads at Iowa Speedway when he outraced two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Kevin Harvick to the checkered flag, just one day after Harvick captured the win in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge.

But it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Logano’s theory has always been that he races to win. “Racing is all about winning – any kind of sport is all about winning. Winning is fun and I wouldn’t be here if I couldn’t win.”

Regardless of what the outcome may be on Saturday, May 31, it’ll be one “Heluva Good!” weekend for Logano as he begins his career in the big leagues of motorsports. “The first race at Dover is going to be pretty cool,” said Logano. “I’m really looking forward to it a lot. I definitely feel prepared. I’ve been working toward this goal my whole life.”

Tickets are still available for the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 “Heluva Good!® 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “AAA Insurance 200” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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Just 6 days remain to bid for the chance to say “Gentleman start your engines” prior to the June 1 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover

DOVER, Del. — Everybody has one. A personal “bucket list” full of experiences they must do over the course of their lifetime. For racing fans, giving the command to start engines is paramount on that list. At Dover International Speedway on June 1, 2008, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to give the command to kick off the “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The current high bid stands at $8,775, and just six days remain for fans to place their bids on the online auction benefiting Autism Speaks.

Besides issuing the command, the winning bidder will also win several other VIP experiences related to the race weekend. The package includes the chance to be on stage for driver introductions; an autographed flag signed by the starting lineup of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; a ride in the pre-race parade lap for two guests; four tickets to watch the race from a skybox suite; four pit passes; a guided tour for four of the NASCAR Sprint Cup garage; and the chance to play golf in the Thursday, May 29 Drive for Autism Celebrity-Am Golf Outing with drivers and other sports celebrities.

To participate in this unique auction, visit DoverSpeedway.com and click on the ‘Give the Command to Start Engines’ box near the bottom of the page.

The auction ends on May 11, 2008 at 12 a.m. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Tickets are still available for the June 1 “Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 “Heluva Good!® 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 “AAA Insurance 200” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

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Calling ALL Delaware teen drivers and their parents!

Do you have a teen driver in your household?
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Please urge them to join hundreds of other teens and parents at this AAA hosted event:

Delaware Teen Driving Day
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8:30am - 12:30pm
Dover International Speedway

We encourage teen drivers and their parents to register now and come together for this unique experience. Learn more at AAA.com/teensdrive.
 

The Spring season is here, and so are proms and graduations. These are some of the best times for teens. Too often though, they are also a time of tragedy and AAA is trying to help prevent that from happening.

The Delaware Department of Education, Delaware State Police and Office for Highway Safety are among the many agencies supporting this event. As prom and graduation season approach, all of us want to keep our young people safe.

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May 31, 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series
race at Dover to be called the “Heluva Good!® 200”

Heluva Good!®, a leading producer of real sour cream dips, cheese, and condiments, will sponsor the 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 31, 2008. The “Heluva Good! 200” race name is sure to create quite a buzz, and will be a hit with race fans, drivers and the media.

"We look forward to standing in Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway on May 31, 2008 to award the winner of the 'Heluva Good! 200' with a monster trophy,” said Elizabeth Underhill, brand manager for Heluva Good!.

The race will be the Saturday highlight of the May 30 – June 1 Dover race weekend. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race will feature some of NASCAR's biggest names, as well as the up-and-coming drivers on the circuit. Dover is historically known to have a large number of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers enter the Saturday Nationwide race. In the Spring 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Dover, 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars competed in the event.

NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Dover are always competitive and never predictable. Of the 48 NASCAR Nationwide races run at Dover since the series' inception in 1982, there have been 38 different race winners. Only three winners in the 48-race history have won from the pole, and 32 of the 48 races have had a margin of victory of under two seconds, including four of the last five races.

"We are pleased to welcome Heluva Good! to Dover International Speedway for our May 31 NASCAR Nationwide Series event," said Michael Tatoian, executive vice president of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "And we couldn't ask for a better race name. We promise everyone in attendance a 'Heluva Good!' time!”

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile May 30 – June 1 and Sept. 19 – 21, 2008. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or click here.

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Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. DVD subsidiaries operate four tracks in three states, and present more than 500 motorsports events each year. This includes 16 major, national events which operate under the auspices of three of the premier sanctioning bodies in the U.S. - NASCAR, NHRA, and IRL. Dover Motorsports, Inc. also owns and operates Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo., Memphis Motorsports Park in Memphis, Tenn., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. For further information log on to www.dovermotorsports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 10, 2008

The design team from ACI Composites continues to develop the Monster Monument outside of its Lancaster, Pa. factory. Sculptors Kelly Farrell (left) and Steve Wales (right) work on the monster's face from a lift more than 40 feet above the ground as a clay version of the monster looks on. Photo credit Dover Motorsports, Inc

An up-close view of the monster's face. In the coming days the structure will be sprayed with foam, carved and wrapped in fiberglass which will give the structure more definition. Photo credit Dover Motorsports, Inc.

The large shards of broken concrete that will be featured on the bottom of the structure are complete. Each one stands more than seven feet tall. Photo credit Dover Motorsports, Inc.

 

The Monster Monument is coming together — one limb at a time

LANCASTER, Pa. — Dover's big addition for the 2008 season — The Monster Monument — is coming together on schedule at ACI Composites in Lancaster, Pa. The 46-foot structure is much too large to be housed indoors, so Miles' current home is just outside the front door at the factory.

The ACI team has completed welding together the inner support beams of the monster including the head and face, torso and shoulders. Within the next few weeks, the crew will begin assembling the arms and hands of the monster along with putting the finishing touches on the full-size Dodge ‘Car of Tomorrow’ stock car that will be mounted in his right hand. Once those pieces are finished, they will be temporarily mounted on the monster before the entire structure is carved out of sprayed foam and then wrapped in fiberglass.

The large shards of broken concrete have been built, assembled and sprayed with fiberglass. These pieces will be mounted on top of the base of the structure and will give the appearance of the monster breaking through the ground.

In late-April, the entire structure will be disassembled and shipped in several large pieces, to be erected again on-site in its permanent location outside of Turn 4 at Dover International Speedway. The monster will be placed atop a 7-foot-tall, 60-foot-round base, which will include a chronological listing of all past Dover winners by race and series.

A grand unveiling of the Monster Monument, Victory Plaza, the expanded FanZone and more is scheduled for May 14, 2008 with special guest Jeff Gordon.

The Monster Monument will be complete when NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile for the May 30 – June 1 and Sept. 19 – 21, 2008 race weekends. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.DoverSpeedway.com  or call 800-441-RACE.

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Elliott Sadler

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Elliott Sadler to visit the Monster Mile Club at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 1

DOVER, Del. — NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Elliott Sadler will appear in the Monster Mile Club on Sunday, June 1 at Dover International Speedway. The Monster Mile Club, an all-inclusive pre-race hospitality option at Dover, is consistently a fan favorite and has sold out for seven consecutive races.

Tickets still remain for the add-on hospitality option but are expected to go quickly.

Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Best Buy/Stanley Tools Dodge, kicked off the 2008 season with a sixth place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. He's had several solid races at the Monster Mile over the course of the last few seasons, including three top-ten finishes. His highest finish was sixth in the September 2005 event.

In addition to Sadler's appearance, a ticket to the Monster Mile Club includes all-you-can-eat food and drinks, a trackside tour on the frontstretch of the track as teams prepare for race day, live entertainment, a limited-edition 40th anniversary Dover gift, a souvenir program, interactive games and a whole lot more. Admission to the Monster Mile Club costs $99 and can be added to your NASCAR Sprint Cup race ticket by calling the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 800-441-RACE or when purchasing online at DoverSpeedway.com.

The Monster Mile Club opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 1 with a continental breakfast. Trackside tours begin at 8:30 a.m. The hosted question and answer session with driver Elliott Sadler will follow at approximately 10:30 a.m. An all-you-can-eat lunch will be served at 11 a.m., and fans will enter the Speedway full and refreshed for the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, set to begin at 2 p.m.

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile May 30 – June 1 and Sept. 19 – 21, 2008. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.

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February 27, 2008

  

     Dave Bryda                                   Jennifer Diamond

   

          Jeff Chandler                                 Lindsay Odenwelder    

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Dover International Speedway promotes two, hires two

DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway is pleased to announce the internal promotion of two staff members and the addition of two new employees to the sales and marketing team.

David Bryda has been promoted to art director, while Lindsay Odenwelder has been promoted to special events supervisor. Jennifer Diamond joins Dover International Speedway as merchandise supervisor, and Jeff Chandler comes aboard as a new corporate account executive.

Bryda, in his new position as art director, will provide creative direction for all Dover Motorsports, Inc. design projects. The creative department’s scope of work includes souvenir programs, brochures, advertisements, direct mail, fan guides, billboards, multimedia and web development. They are responsible for creative development and graphic design for all Dover Motorsports, Inc. facilities, including Dover International Speedway, Gateway International Raceway, Memphis Motorsports Park and Nashville Superspeedway.

Bryda began work at Dover in September 2005 as a graphic designer. He was previously employed at Shipley Associates, a full-service advertising and public relations firm, in Wilmington, Del. His clients there included WSFS Bank, Wilmington Trust, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, MBNA and the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. Bryda is a graduate of Salisbury University, and resides in Wilmington, Del., with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Emily.

Odenwelder has been promoted to special events supervisor at Dover International Speedway. She first served as an intern in the sales & marketing department at Dover in August 2005, and was promoted to special events coordinator in December 2005. In her new role, Odenwelder will oversee the hiring process for race weekend staff in the sales & marketing department. She will continue to develop and coordinate the Dover International Speedway event marketing program, and will assist in the development of direct mail and e-mail marketing efforts. Odenwelder also oversees the on-site execution of Speedway fan programs on race weekends, such as the Monster Mile Club and Superfresh Kids Zone.

Odenwelder, a graduate of the University of Delaware, in Newark, Del., currently resides in Smyrna, Del., with her husband, Chad.

Diamond will serve as merchandise supervisor and will oversee souvenir operations at Dover International Speedway. Her responsibilities include coordinating the distribution of merchandise among point-of-sale outlets and the DoverSpeedway.com store, the implementation of a new inventory control system, and overseeing race weekend merchandise staff. She will also be involved in ongoing improvements to the merchandise warehouse and day-to-day functionality of merchandise operations.

Diamond was previously employed by Dover Downs Hotel & Casino for eight years, most recently as an operations auditor. She is a graduate of Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, Del., and currently resides in Dover.

Chandler will join the Dover team as a corporate account executive. He is responsible for generating sales of group tickets and hospitality options for Dover International Speedway events. Chandler will work to ensure that Dover products compliment the goals of corporate clients, and will be responsible for acquisition, maintenance and servicing of new and renewal customers. He will focus his efforts on the northeastern Pennsylvania area.

Chandler previously worked for the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League, and also served as an intern for NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Fla. and Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. A graduate of Illinois State University, Chandler now resides in Dover.

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile May 30 – June 1 and Sept. 19 – 21, 2008. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.

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Laura Burnbauer named "The World's Greatest Dover Fan"

Laura Burnbauer has a passion for the track she calls home. In what she can only quantify as “a long time,” Burnbauer has been making the trek down from Williamstown, N.J. each year to take in the sights and sounds of a NASCAR weekend at Dover International Speedway. Her dedication to the sport and enthusiasm for the Monster Mile are what led her to being chosen amongst hundreds of entries as “The World's Greatest Dover Fan.”

 

The contest ran from November 2007 through the end of January 2008. Passionate race fans from all regions of the country submitted their stories declaring themselves as Dover's top fan, but it was Burnbauer's compelling story that won her the title in the end. 
 





Laura Burnbauer of Williamstown, N.J. has been named
'The World's Greatest Dover Fan.'

 

Burnbauer religiously follows the No. 88 AMP Energy Drink/National Guard Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. “I just got an AMP/National Guard 'Junior' jacket for Valentine's Day,” said Burnbauer. “Before that I had one of his new hats. First we'll change the clothes and then we'll focus on the die casts.” Although she's migrated from the No. 8 to the No. 88, along with the majority of fans that make up “Junior Nation,” it used to be the No. 3 that attracted her to the races. “Dale Sr. got me into the sport,” said Burnbauer. “What wasn't there to like about the man? He was an ordinary guy blessed with a lot of talent. He was just awesome.”

Burnbauer's selection came from a nomination submitted by her sister Theresa Drass. Drass's entry detailed her sister's obsession with the Monster Mile. “She lives and breathes all that is NASCAR and asks only for Dover tickets and Dover merchandise vouchers for her birthday and Christmas,” Drass wrote as part of her entry. “We all smile and listen as she relates every discussion and every topic to NASCAR and the time that she spent, or will spend, at Dover.”

But it's then that Drass explained why Burnbauer idolizes her home track so much. “Not much has brought her hope and happiness. Laura was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over 10 years ago. She tries to stay strong for her two sons, but as she gets older she feels weaker, and at times, she's in more pain.” Drass went on to relate her sister's pain to her almost missing a trip. “One year she was supposed to be on bed rest, but got up at 3 a.m. and started hobbling out the door, threatening to take a bus if we didn't get her to Dover!”

It's her annual trips to Dover that help her to look at the bright side of life. “She considers Dover a 'second family,'” said Drass. “A place, an activity with people whom she feels a special kindred spirit and that, in a way, is her escape from the 'everyday' she faces.”

Along with being named the “World's Greatest Dover Fan,” Burnbauer will receive an exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, the opportunity to be on stage during driver introductions, pit passes, a garage tour and a Dover track pack. She can't wait to shake hands with Dale Jr. on stage, but there are others that she's equally excited to meet. “'Smoke' (Tony Stewart), Martin Truex Jr., Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne,” rifled off Burnbauer. “Oh, I guess Jeff Gordon, too. I'm not that much of a Kurt Busch fan, but I'd still like to meet him.”

It's not just the on-track action that makes Dover International Speedway her favorite destination for NASCAR. “I'm a people watcher,” said Burnbauer. “I love the racing, but I really enjoy the (souvenir) trailers in the morning. Its fun to walk around and see couples wearing two different driver t-shirts, but that's just the way NASCAR is. It isn't football where people hate the other team. Everyone is friendly and gets along.”

For her sister Teresa, she's just happy to know that Laura will be in Dover come May having a really fun time. “I thought there would be five bazillion entries and she'd have a slim chance of winning. I thought her story would be too soupy and girly for NASCAR,” Drass said. “She dedicates so much loyalty, time, money and energy to Dover that I often feel jealous. But those feelings subside to see her face and hear her stories when she comes home from a race. It makes me realize how therapeutic and necessary a trip to Dover is for my sister.”


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Rowdy partners with Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway to launch suite of NASCAR-themed games

Games are designed for the every day NASCAR fan more than the hardcore game player

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — February 5, 2008 — NASCAR fans have often been overlooked and underappreciated by the online game community… until now. Rowdy has teamed up with Dover International Speedway and Pocono Raceway to introduce the first three games in a suite of NASCAR-themed games available exclusively on Rowdy.com. In each of the games, the core challenge was to create a simple, fun and exciting game that engaged the every day race fan but was challenging enough not to be mastered too quickly.

“There is no game in the industry that can be called a fan favorite for the NASCAR audience,” said Jerry Miraglia, president of Labrador Mobile. “Many games are based on statistics and performance and most leave the casual fan out in the cold. They lack the passion, the fire, and most importantly, the personality of the sport. The new Rowdy suite of games fill this void.”

Instead of just another driving game, the tandem has launched three diverse games with different fans in mind. The games are designed to be fun for race fans of all ages — not just kids. Monster Mile Match is a classic matching game that tests your recall while playfully combining important icons from the track. Pocono Shuffle is an addictive combination of Tetris and puzzle solving that should reduce workplace productivity. And Rowdy’s Driver Zone is a weekly pick’em game that challenges the fan to select which of three drivers in seven uniquely themed groups will run the best each weekend. Kasey Kahne may be great looking but will he finish ahead of fellow bachelors Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin at Daytona? Kevin Harvick may be qualify well, but is he the best Hell Raiser, or will Robby Gordon or Kurt Busch out run him this weekend? Each week the zones change so the driver groupings are always fun and surprising.

To make the games even more fun, a variety of prizes are up for grabs. Over $3,000 in cash will be awarded to the fans that score the best in the first nine week segment of Rowdy’s Driver Zone.

A trivia game will be debuted in early March as the fourth game in the suite. The goal is to create at least 3 additional games in 2008 — each designed to engage NASCAR fans of all ages.

Visit www.Rowdy.com  to learn more and experience Monster Mile Match, Pocono Shuffle and Rowdy’s Driver Zone today.

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Owned and operated by Labrador Mobile, Rowdy is the number-one rated NASCAR podcast on iTunes. Since 2004, Rowdy has been offering roughly 30 minutes of racing news, interviews, and commentary 6 days a week. Rowdy is hosted by race fans Leonard “Bass” Maters and Reginald “Buck” Fever and features regular guests like PRN radio announcer Mark Garrow, former NASCAR driver Rick Mast, championship-winning crew chief Barry Dodson, and award-winning journalists David Poole and Steve Waid. Rowdy can also be heard on Rowdy.com, or on the Rowdy Mobile phone line at 1-434-92-ROWDY.

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One monster of a structure: The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza planned for Dover International Speedway

Dover’s 2008 capital improvement plans include a 46-foot-tall monster statue and a revamped FanZone

DOVER, Del. — He’s been portrayed as an intimidating, car crushing creature who wreaks havoc on NASCAR’s most skilled competitors. He’s been molded into the winner’s trophy, playfully mimicked by victorious drivers, featured in a comic book, and posed as an action figure. In 2008, Miles the Monster will become the largest attraction at a NASCAR track and will be one of the tallest fiberglass structures in the world. The Monster Monument will stand 46-feet-tall amongst race fans in the newly created Victory Plaza at Dover International Speedway.

The Monster Monument at Victory Plaza will be completed prior to the May 30 – June 1, 2008 race weekend and will become a new focal point for race fans visiting the Monster Mile. Nearly five stories tall, the structure depicts the monster bursting out of the concrete ground, carrying with him a full-scale stock car in his right hand that will hover high over race fans below. Glowing red eyes and a menacing grin will make the monster a “must see” for race fans visiting the Monster Mile in June, September, and all year round. Motorists on Route 1, the major highway behind the Speedway, will also be able to see the Monster Monument’s bright red eyes when commuting past the track.

The 60-foot-round base of the monument will serve as a tribute to all Dover race winners and legendary drivers who make their mark at the Monster Mile. Special driver dedications will be commemorated around the base of the monument which will also include a chronological listing of Dover winners by race and series. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison, each with seven career wins at Dover, will be the first drivers to be honored. Details regarding the special dedications and ceremonies will be announced prior to the June race weekend.

Located outside Turn 4 of the one-mile oval, Victory Plaza will welcome race fans who are entering the facility from Leipsic Road, the various RV lots, and the parking areas located on the east side of the Speedway. Fans will walk through a new archway and up a colorful walkway as they make their way towards the Monster Monument, new FanZone, souvenir haulers and frontstretch grandstands.

The FanZone has doubled in size since last year and now encompasses 7.8 acres of land at the Speedway. The expansion eliminates the road formerly known as Old Leipsic Road. The FanZone features fan experiences, sampling, interactive attractions, driver appearances and more. It’s free and open to the public every day of race weekend.



“We’re excited about the second phase of Monster Makeover construction,” said Denis McGlynn, president & CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. “From the building of the Monster Monument to the expansion of the FanZone, race fans of all ages and interest levels will have more to see and do at the track on race weekend than ever before.”

Contractor ACI Composites, Inc. was chosen for the development of the fiberglass monument. ACI will construct the structure at their facility in Lancaster, Pa. before assembling the monument on site at Dover in April 2008. Kent Construction began working at Dover in late-October 2007 and will be responsible for all other site construction.

Also under construction is a 3,800 sq. foot emergency services building that will be completed in time for the May 30 – June 1, 2008 event weekend. The building is centrally located near Gate 1 of the Speedway, and will provide an improved base of operations for Dover's emergency response system. The new facility will further enhance the Speedway's emergency response efforts on race weekends.

The Monster Makeover is a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital improvement project at Dover International Speedway. The first phase of construction was complete before the start of the 2007 race season and included a new skybox complex and an expansion of the Infield Media Center among other site improvements. Additional capital improvement plans will be announced later in 2008 after bids are received and contracts have been awarded.

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile May 30 – June 1 and Sept. 19 – 21, 2008. Dover continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special 3-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early-buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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