Dover International Speedway received its nickname early in its existence as it was coined by track CEO Denis McGlynn in the mid-1970s, largely because of how demanding it was on drivers and equipment. Check out some other fun facts about the one-mile concrete oval in Delaware.
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Miles the Monster
If you go to Dover, you're going to see Miles the Monster everywhere. He's the winner's trophy, featured on the tickets, and as memorabilia. He's also a 46-feet tall structure outside the race track, one of the largest fiberglass structures in the country. He features a full-size stock car in his hand, and red eyes that light up at night.
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Monster Monument fit for The King
There are eight marquee plaques placed around the Monster Monument. Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, and David Pearson have received the honor so far. Good bet that Jimmie Johnson will be next with his 10 wins there, the most all-time.
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Bridge over trouble in Turn 3
Many have said that there isn’t a better seat in NASCAR than the Monster Bridge that stretches over the entry to Turn 3. The bridge sits only 29 feet above the racing surface and seats 56 fans to view the race from a truly unique perspective. The tickets aren’t for sale, though. You have to win them in a contest from the race’s sponsors.
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The high-banking at the one-mile oval allows for high speeds. Mix that with the tight spaces and you have a formula for disaster. It’s not unfamiliar to see a group of cars piled up in a heap on the backstretch at the Monster Mile.
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Stock cars aren’t the only thing racing inside Dover International Speedway. The infield of the NASCAR track is a horse racing track that is part of the facilities casino and hotel, known as Dover Downs.