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2014 track profile: Dover International Speedway

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Known as the "Monster Mile," Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware opened in 1969 as a dual purpose facility, capable of hosting both auto racing and horse racing. Today, the speedway and harness racing facilities are adjoined by Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.

Hosting NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series since its opening, Dover began hosting the Nationwide Series in 1982 and the Camping World Truck Series in 2000. The track also hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

One of Dover's unique features is the Monster Bridge, a 56-seat enclosed bridge that extends over the track. The Bridge features theatre-style seats, the Sprint Fan View for radio coverage and team communications, nine flat-screen televisions, and a full-service refreshment bar. Another unique feature at the track: the Monster Monument. A 46-foot statue of the track mascot Miles the Monster, the Monster Monument was built in 2008 and is the centerpiece of Victory Plaza.

Dover will once again host two NASCAR weekends in 2014: May 30th through June 1st featuring NASCAR's top three divisions (Cup, Nationwide, and Trucks), and September 26th through 28th (Cup, Nationwide, and K&N Pro Series East). Tickets are currently available for the first NASCAR race weekend and the September Chase for the Sprint Cup race, with Sunday Cup Series tickets ranging in price from $65 to $96. For more information on single day tickets, three-day packages and special promotional packages, visit www.doverspeedway.com.

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