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How did 750 acres in Kent County, Delaware, become a go-to destination for national and international motorsports and music fans?
Combine a high-banked, one-mile concrete oval, six NASCAR races a year, the mid-Atlantic’s leading music festival, as well as easy access for millions of people along the East Coast and you have a formula for one of the most attractive sports and entertainment destinations in the entire country.
                
landmark centerpiece of Delaware’s Quaint Villages.
 THRILL OF THE SPEEDWAY
DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
1131 N. DuPont Hwy, Dover 302-883-6500 www.DoverSpeedway.com
      
Speedway has hosted NASCAR events for more than
               
That day’s race winner, NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard
                  hosted races in the NASCAR Cup Series yearly, but other series have followed, with drivers looking to conquer the track known throughout motorsports as   
Along with Petty, drivers who have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Dover include top performers in auto racing history such as Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, David Pearson and Cale Yarborough.
The brainchild of former Delaware governor David Buckson, with funding largely provided by Delaware businessman and former lieutenant governor John Rollins, the facility underwent construction in August of 1967. The land where the speedway sits was previously a farm with a local airstrip for small planes.
The track’s highly banked surface was originally asphalt, but was re-laid as concrete between the 1994 and 1995 NASCAR seasons. It’s commonly rated
by top drivers as one of their favorite destinations, where speeds can reach up to 170 miles per hour. Brad Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion, holds the track qualifying record, with an average speed of 164.444 mph (21.892 seconds) for one lap, set    
One of Dover International Speedway’s most memorable moments took place on September 23,
2001 — just a few weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks            attacks. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver for a generation, captured his only Dover NASCAR            day. In front of more than 130,000 fans, Earnhardt took           — it has become one of the most iconic images of the speedway and NASCAR’s history.
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