NASCAR Hauler Parade returns to Dover Sept. 28 for race weekend tripleheader

DOVER — A NASCAR Hauler Parade will be held through the city of Dover on Thursday, Sept. 28 as part of the festivities surrounding the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, Dover International Speedway officials announced Monday.

A line of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series haulers will travel on some of the city’s most prominent streets and near some of Kent County’s famous landmarks, including Legislative Hall, Loockerman Street, and State Street on the way toward the Speedway. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The hauler parade will begin at Legislative Mall in Downtown Dover and proceed on Legislative Avenue before turning left onto Loockerman Street, then right on South State Street. From there, the haulers will proceed to the track via Leipsic Road and arrive at approximately 5:45 p.m.

The first NASCAR Hauler Parade in Dover was held in 2013, which attracted approximately 10,000 people along the route and featured dozens of 80-foot tractor trailers traveling through the city. Parades were also scheduled in 2014, 2015 and 2016 but were canceled due to inclement weather.

“We’re excited to be able to bring back the NASCAR Hauler Parade to the fans,” said Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway. “Colorful haulers have been a symbol of the sport for decades, and we’re pleased to be able to share that tradition with the community.”

The Sept. 29-Oct. 1 NASCAR tripleheader weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 29, the “Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series playoff race on Saturday, Sept. 30 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The Sunday, Oct. 1 race is the first elimination race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. For four of the 16 playoff-eligible drivers, their championship dreams will be over in Dover after 400 grueling laps around the Monster Mile.

For tickets or more information, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

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