|AS RACING HAS
GROWN, SO HAS DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.
On a lazy Fall afternoon in 1985, 22,000 people watched as Harry Gant,
driving the Mach 1 Chevrolet, won NASCAR’s Delaware 500 at Dover
On that same afternoon, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart were teenagers.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was only 11. And 2004 rookie-of-the-year Kasey Kahne
was just five years old, and starting kindergarten.
My, how things have changed!
Those old 1985 grandstands have been replaced by modern steel-and-concrete
edifice, seating more than 140,000 race fans, hailing from New England
all the way to the Carolinas. Twice a year, they pack the stands for
NASCAR tripleheader weekends featuring the Craftsman Truck Series, Busch
Series, and…Gordon, Stewart, Earnhardt Jr. and Kahne going fender
to fender in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series!
Not coincidentally, those race fans come to Dover twice a year and contribute
more than $94 million annually to the State of Delaware economy.
Such unprecedented growth has typified Dover Motorsports Inc. (NYSE:
DVD), one of the nation’s premier motorsports companies. Annually,
the company’s facilities host more than 300 races each year, reaching
more than 100 million race fans in 29 of the top U.S. markets.
In California, the Dover Motorsports-owned Grand Prix Association of
Long Beach has, for 31 years, staged the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,
the nation’s most popular street race, featuring the lightning-quick
Champ Car World Series.
Nashville, Tennessee is home to Nashville Superspeedway, a 1.33-mile
concrete tri-oval that opened in 2001 and yearly hosts the Indy Racing
League, NASCAR Craftsman Trucks and two NASCAR Busch Series races. Fully
lighted and capable of expanding to more than 150,000 seats, Nashville
Superspeedway is poised for a possible future NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race.
The City of Memphis boasts Memphis Motorsports Park, one of the nation’s
most versatile motorsports facilities. A ¾-mile, paved tri-oval
and drag racing facility with modern grandstands and luxurious skybox
suites, “The Park” annually hosts NASCAR’s Busch and
Craftsman Truck Series, as well as the popular NHRA O’Reilly Mid-South
And, in the shadow of the famous St. Louis Arch, Gateway International
Raceway offers Midwestern race fans a menu of NASCAR’s Busch and
Craftsman Truck Series, as well as the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals,
in a complex that includes a lighted, 1.25-mile oval and a championship
drag racing facility.
It’s all part of a Dover Motorsports, Inc. goal that is just as
true today as it was in 1985: to provide motorsports fans across the
United States with the best in racing at first-class, fan-friendly facilities.Dover Motorsports, Inc. Grand Prix Association of Long Beach Gateway International Raceway Memphis Motorsports Park Nashville Superspeedway NASCAR Champ Car IRL NHRA