Dover Int'l Speedway news 2009-01-08

Third phase of Monster Makeover construction is underway at Dover International Speedway; Wider pit road and new inside retaining wall will result DOVER, Del. -- Phase three of Dover International Speedway's "Monster Makeover" is currently ...

Third phase of Monster Makeover construction is underway at Dover International Speedway; Wider pit road and new inside retaining wall will result

DOVER, Del. -- Phase three of Dover International Speedway's "Monster Makeover" is currently underway. Construction crews in Dover have already removed the existing front stretch pit wall and preparations are underway to install a longer, SAFER wall in time for the May 29-31, 2009 NASCAR race weekend. The end result will be a wider, safer pit road, and one additional pit stall.

Construction began in mid-December 2008 as crews removed the existing 1160 ft. inside steel retaining wall that separated pit road from the apron and concrete racing surface. The demolition makes way for a new 1592 ft. concrete wall that will be fully equipped with SAFER barrier. The SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barrier walls consist of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks, and reduces the force of the initial impact of a crash.

The new inside retaining wall will be 432 ft. longer than the previous configuration and will be extended further into Turn 4, allowing the track to add a 43rd pit stall for competitors. The wall will also be set nearly five feet closer to the track apron, eliminating all grass on the frontstretch, while providing more space in the drive lane of pit road. A large plot of grass will also be removed in Turn 4 to make way for the new entrance to pit road.

"This project is another example of our commitment to making capital improvements to the facility to create an 'all-new Dover,'" said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc. "The first two phases of Monster Makeover construction focused on adding new amenities for fans of the Monster Mile. This year we'll make modifications to the areas that directly impact the competition, by widening pit road, and creating a safer environment for the crews who are battling in the trenches on race day."

Dover International Speedway is in the midst of its multi-year, multi-million dollar capital improvement project dubbed the "Monster Makeover." The first phase of construction was completed in 2007 and included, among other things, a new skybox complex, an expansion of the Infield Media Center and continued beautification of the entire property.

In 2008, Dover unveiled the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by AAA, a 46-foot-tall structure depicting the track's signature character Miles the Monster. Other construction projects included a new main entranceway for fans on race weekend, an expansion of the FanZone display area, and the addition of a new emergency services building.

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on May 29-31 and Sept. 25-27, 2009. Dover International Speedway continues to offer event ticket insurance for all events, along with an array of ticket options including special three-day ticket packages, all-inclusive hospitality packages, early buy discounts, and a variety of payment plans.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

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