Dover Downs International Speedway
PO Box 843
Distance: 1.0 miles
Banking: 24 degrees
Where To Stay
Best Western, SR 10 @ US113, Dover 19901. Tel: 302 735-4700. Fax: 302
Comfort Inn, 222 S DuPont Hwy, Dover 19901. Tel & Fax: 302 674-3300.
Days Inn, 272 S DuPonr Hwy, Dover 19901. Tel: 302 674-8002. Fax: 302 674-2195.
Dover Downs International Speedway is a high-banked, one-mile superspeedway
known as "The Monster Mile" for the tough competition that always prevails
during its twin 500-mile Winston Cup classics; annually the first and last
appearances of the Winston Cup circuit in the Northeast. In 1993, both the
Budweiser 500 and SplitFire Spark Plug 500 were won by less than
half-a-second! Opening day in July 1969 saw Richard Petty score the first of
his 7 Dover victories, winning $4,725 from a purse of $24,000 before 22,000
fans. During the Silver Anniversary Season of 1993, Rusty Wallace
collected over $77,000 from a total
purse of $820,000 in the SplitFire Spark Plug 500, with a crowd of 86,000 in
attendance. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison share the track record of 7
Winston Cup wins, but 3-time winner Dale Earnhardt is the track's leading
money winner. David Pearson holds the record for Busch Poles with 6, and won
8 races as well. In 1973, Pearson completed a perfect season, winning both
500-mile races from the pole. Other drivers to sweep both Winston Cup
classics in the same year are Bobby Allison (1983), Bill Elliott (1988), and
Earnhardt (1989). Elliott holds the 500-mile race record at 125.945 mph,
while Ernie Irvan set the Busch pole qualifying mark in 1993 at 151.541 mph.
Dover Downs leads the way in free fan entertainment as well, with "Friday
Night Live" in the air-conditioned grandstand featuring a special edition of
MRN Radio's NASCAR Live with EG Gold. On Saturday, it's "Monster Mile Movie
Night" with a classic racing film on the outdoor big screen.