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Dover International Speedway (once in the past Dover Downs International Speedway) is a race track in Dover, Delaware, United States.

The track has facilitated one NASCAR Cup Series race every year since 1969, including two every year from 1971 to 2020. Notwithstanding NASCAR, the track has likewise facilitated races for USAC and the Indy Racing League.

The track highlights one format, a 1 mile (1.6 km) solid oval, with 24? banking in the turns and 9? banking on the straights. The speedway is possessed and worked by Dover Motorsports.


Nicknamed "The Monster Mile," the track was built in 1969 by Melvin Joseph of Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company, Inc., with asphalt; however, it was supplanted with concrete in 1995.

After six years in 2001, the track's ability expanded to 135,000 seats, giving the track the biggest seating limit of any games setting in the mid-Atlantic district. In 2002, the name changed to Dover International Speedway from Dover Downs International Speedway after Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment split, forming Dover Motorsports.

From 2007 to 2009, the speedway chipped away at an improvement project called "The Monster Makeover," which extended offices at the track and also embellished it. Contingent upon design, the track's ability is at 95,500 seats. Its total seating capacity was at 135,000.

In 1966, Melvin L. Joseph Construction Company, Inc. started development on Dover Downs International Speedway for horse and auto racing. The race track was finished three years after the fact, and would have its first race on July 6, 1969. The debut race, known as the Mason-Dixon 300, was won by Richard Petty.

During the 1971 dashing season, the speedway eliminated all the events not authorized by NASCAR to help keep center around the two NASCAR Winston Cup Series races, which were 500 miles each. After eleven years, Dover Downs International Speedway added a NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series (presently Xfinity Series) race, the Sportsman 200.

In 1986, the speedway added 3,200 seats to its 10,333 seat show-off. Dover Downs International Speedway kept adding seats every year until 2001. A second Xfinity Series race was likewise added to the speedway's timetable during the 1986 season.

Miles the Monster

The speedway's mascot is called "Miles the Monster," which is a beast generated from the track's moniker, "The Monster Mile." The beast is included on the champ's trophy, the track's tickets, memorabilia, site, and the 46-foot (14 m) Monster Monument.

A past epithet that the track had was "White Lightning," utilized in the underlying years after the track surface changed from asphalt to concrete.

Quick Facts

Location1131 North Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware, 19901
OperatorDover Motorsports
Former NamesDover Downs Int'l Speedway (1969?2002)
Major EventsNASCAR Cup Series

Drydene 400

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Drydene 200

ARCA Menards Series East

General Tire 125

Length1 mi (1.6 km)
Most WinsJimmie Johnson (11)
Most PolesDavid Pearson (6)