Dover Int'l Speedway news 2008-05-11

Bobby Allison dedication ceremony highlights free fan activities at the Monster Mile during the May 30-June 1, 2008 race weekend DOVER, Del. -- The astounding sight of the 46-foot Monster Monument, an abundance of new entertainment options ...

Bobby Allison dedication ceremony highlights free fan activities at the Monster Mile during the May 30-June 1, 2008 race weekend

DOVER, Del. -- The astounding sight of the 46-foot Monster Monument, an abundance of new entertainment options celebrating "40 Fast Years," and the return of NASCAR's biggest stars will give race fans at Dover International Speedway plenty to cheer about during the May 30 -- June 1, 2008 race weekend. There will be more to see and do at the track in 2008 than ever before. Race fans will experience more than just great racing, with a special ceremony honoring Bobby Allison, live entertainment, free autograph sessions and more.

Allison, a seven-time Dover winner, will be the first driver honored with a marquee plaque on the Monster Monument. The special 4-foot high granite plaque includes Allison's career and Dover highlights and an engraved image of the driver, in a section reserved for retired drivers who've established their legacy at the Monster Mile. An induction ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 near the monument. A free autograph session will follow from 1:30 -- 2:30 p.m.

New entertainment options in Victory Plaza include live music by local favorites Love Seed Mama Jump, Gritzz, and the Wicked Crickets, while strolling entertainment -- stilt walkers, chainsaw carvers, sand sculptors, a Mummers string band, and more -- will add to the carnival-like atmosphere at the track.

Along with the Allison dedication ceremony, other autograph sessions for ticket holders are planned for race weekend and include: ESPN analyst and three-time Dover winner Rusty Wallace from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Victory Plaza on Friday, May 30; several drivers from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from 1-1:45 p.m. at the Craftsman Display in the FanZone on May 30; NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie and 2007 NASCAR Camping World Series champion Joey Logano from 10-11 a.m. at Victory Plaza on Sunday, June 1; and a book signing with Washington Post journalist Liz Clarke from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Victory Plaza on June 1.

All autograph sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of any June race ticket is required.

The NASCAR Foundation Track Walk also returns to the Monster Mile on Saturday, May 31. NASCAR drivers and personalities will participate in this fun event, and proceeds will benefit participating driver charities and the Autism Society of Delaware. Fans can sign up in advance on DoverSpeedway.com or at the track, near the entrance to the FanZone, on race weekend.

Grammy-nominated band Emerson Drive will perform on May 31 at 8 p.m. in the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Tickets are $25--$35 and can be purchased online at DoverDowns.com or by calling 800-711-5882. The concert is being underwritten by Heluva Good!, and all proceeds raised from ticket sales will benefit Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of Delaware.

Tickets are still available for the June 1 "Best Buy 400 benefiting Student Clubs for Autism Speaks" NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the May 31 "Heluva Good!® 200" NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 30 "AAA Insurance 200" NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.

-credit: dover speedway

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Bobby Allison , Joey Logano