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1131 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

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Tailgating at Dover International Speedway is an experience to say the least. Besised being at an historic NASCAR track they have a Fan Zone as well as a casino. There is over 2,000 slot machines in the large casino (in case you are wondering what happened to your husbands shirt). Arrive early to Dover as traffic can be a bear. Dover is within 10 miles of 3 major cities (Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.) and attracts large crowds. So plan ahead for long waits if you want time to tailgate properly. There is ample parking at the track as well as around the track. Across the street at Delaware University tere is parking at the football stadium. Security can be a bit tight be prepared and do your homework for an excellent tailgating experience at Dover International Speedway.


Could not find out about tent camping but the Dover International Speedway has RV parking and hook ups. Prices range from $60 to $170. They have a list of things you can bring into the track to facilitate your comfort. You will be permitted to bring in;
  • Insulated cooler no larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches and ice. You can also have beer in it but no bottles or beer balls.
  • One seat cushion
  • Headsets, scanners, cameras, binoculars can be brought in as long as you are wearing or carrying them and they are not in a bag.
  • One plastic clear bag no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches and not containing ice.
  • No individual will be allowed to enter the grandstands with more than 2 bags and your cooler counts as one. Enjoy!


  • Your Tickets
  • Local Map
  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Charcoal or gas
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Food/Drinks
  • Napkins
  • Serving
  • Utensils
  • Plates/Utensils
  • Radio
  • Garbage
  • Bags
  • Umbrella, poncho,hat
  • Something to sit on


Delaware tailgating foods include BBQ as well as many other standard fair for eating outside. Hamburgers, pasta salad, cold adult beverage and what ever else you feel the need to bring with you. Cellophane was developed in Delaware, so wrap your leftovers with pride when visiting this great state.


Seats: 140,000
Track: 1 mile oval
Turns: Banked 24 degrees
Straightaways: Banked 9 degrees
Length of frontstretch 1,076 feet
Length of backstretch: 1,076 feet


Dover International Speedway serves as the corporate headquarters of, Dover Motorsports, Inc. It is co-located with a harness racing track, Dover Downs, and shares the complex with Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. At one time both the entertainment complex and the speedway were owned by the publicly traded Dover Downs Entertainment, but they have since been split into two separate companies.

In February 2002, Dover Downs Entertainment changed its name to Dover Motorsports following the spin-off of its gaming operations to its existing shareholders. As a result, the name of the track was changed from Dover Downs International Speedway to Dover International Speedway. Dover Motorsports, Inc. still has its corporate headquarters here.

Dover is exactly one mile long; technically this means that it is neither a superspeedway nor a short track. Also the track surface is concrete; most NASCAR track surfaces are asphalt. The concrete surface is notoriously hard on cars and especially tires, this is why it is called The Monster Mile, it's a monster. The racetrack is home to the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In 2008 the track celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Dover Motorsports owns Dover International Speedway and several other motorsports facilities, including Nashville Superspeedway, Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis and Memphis Motorsports Park. The Dover Motorsports ownership is one of only three publicly held ownership groups of NASCAR tracks, the other two being International Speedway Corporation, controlled by NASCAR's founding France family and owners of the Talladega and Daytona tracks, among others, and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., led by Bruton Smith and H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler, which owns Lowe's 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.


The speedway's signature icon/mascot is called "Miles the Monster". "The Monster Mile" a nickname of the track spawned the character. The monster is featured on the winner's trophy, the track's tickets, memorabilia, web site, and of course, the 46-foot Monster Monument. The track had previously been called "White Lightning, Hmmm."


  • September 21, 1997, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race: Mark Martin, 132.719 mph
  • May 31, 2002, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race: Ted Musgrave, 104.545 mph
  • September 20, 2003, NASCAR Nationwide Series Race: Brian Vickers, 133.154 mph
  • 2004, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying: Jeremy Mayfield, 22.288 sec., 161.522 mph
  • 2004, NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: David Green, 22.797 sec., 157.915 mph
  • 2005, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying: David Starr, 22.846 sec., 157.577 mph


Dover International Speedway announced plans for the “Monster Makeover" in May 2006. This multi-year improvement project will continue to bring new fan amenities and renovations to the facility. The first phase of construction includes a new sky box complex, a revamped and expanded media center, and several other improvement projects. These improvements were completed in 2007.

The second phase of construction which started in 2008, included the addition of the 46-foot Monster Monument, an expanded Fan Zone display area, and continued beautification of the entire facility and grounds. The new, 7.8 acres Fan Zone display area features fan experiences, sampling, interactive attractions, driver appearances and more. It’s free and open to the public every day of race weekend. The third phase of the renovation started in late 2008 and pertained to track and infield improvements.

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