Built from the ground up by Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD), Dover International Speedway continues to be one of the most unique venues on the NASCAR circuit. The facility is known for its concrete surface, severely banked corners and signature trophies, and is a favorite amongst fans and drivers alike.
Dover International Speedway, known as the world’s fastest one-mile concrete oval, has been hosting NASCAR events since it first opened with the inaugural running of the “Mason-Dixon 300” on July 6, 1969. With a unique blend of speeds in excess of 175 mph, and banking of nine degrees on its narrow straightaways and 24 degrees in its sweeping turns, Dover has earned the nickname the “Monster Mile” for its tough nature on both man and machine.
In the Monster Mile’s first two years of existence, it hosted just one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race per year. Since 1971, however, Dover has been home to a spring and fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, with the NASCAR XFINITY Series joining the schedule for an annual race in 1982, before becoming a twice-yearly event as well in 1986. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series was added during the fall 2000 race weekend, and since then has been a Friday staple of the spring race weekend. The final series to run regularly in Dover, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, first appeared at the track to run a July 1998 race. It was later added as the annual Friday race of the fall weekend beginning in 2001.
Situated in the heart of the mid-Atlantic region, the fan friendly venue welcomes thousands of race fans to its 750-acre complex each year. Dover shares the property with full-service Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, giving race fans the complete vacation destination. Outside of Turn 4 stands the 46-foot-tall Monster Monument at Victory Plaza the larger-than-life sculpture of Dover’s signature icon Miles the Monster. The fiberglass structure attracts visitors to the track year round and has become a “must-see” stop for tourists coming to Delaware’s capital city. The track’s Monster Bridge, “The Most Exciting Seat in Sports!®,” is also one of the more unique structures in NASCAR, as the 56-seat enclosed bridge features seating directly above the track in the entrance to Turn 3 on the back straightaway.
In 2015, Dover will again play host to two tripleheader race weekends, beginning with the May 29-31 events, including the May 29 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the May 30 “Buckle Up 200” presented by Click It or Ticket NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the May 31 "FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. NASCAR returns in the fall for the Oct. 2-4 race weekend with the Oct. 2 “Drive Sober 150” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, the Oct. 3
NASCAR XFINITY Series race and the Oct. 4 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, which is event No. 3 and the first knockout race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
In recent years, the facility has become so much more than a NASCAR venue, as it now plays host to two major music festivals, Firefly Music Festival and Big Barrel Country Music Festival. Both are presented by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice, and held in The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway.
The inaugural Firefly Music Festival was held in July 2012 and hosted 48 national music acts over three days that performed for tens of thousands of festival-goers. In just three short years, Firefly has grown to a four-day event that hosts upwards of 80,000 fans per day, with more than 100 acts playing across seven stages in The Woodlands. It has been named one of the top-five music festivals in the country by Rolling Stone magazine.
Previous notable acts that have appeared at Firefly include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Outkast, The Black Keys, The Killers and Jack White. Other aspects of Firefly include a retro video game arcade, hammock hangouts, a silent disco, a marketplace and much more.
Firefly returns to The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway on June 18-21, 2015.
Big Barrel Country Music Festival’s inaugural event is set for June 26-28, 2015 at The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. Headlined by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, the three-day festival will feature more than 40 additional acts and a wide variety of attractions, such as a dance hall, petting zoo and other family-friendly activities.