Local roundup: Dover’s ‘21 NASCAR race set for May

DOVER — Dover International Speedway’s lone NASCAR weekend will be held May 14-16 in 2021, the circuit announced on Wednesday. The top event, the Drydene 400 NASCAR Cup Series race, will be held on Sunday, May 16 on the Monster Mile. Dover track officials had already announced that its traditional second annual race will be […]

Now Dover has only one chance each year to win back race fans

DOVER — It might have been just another NASCAR testing session. The sunshine bounced off the rows of empty silver grandstands at Dover International Speedway. The vast grass parking lots around the track were mostly deserted, too. And this was only 30 minutes before the start of the Monster Mile’s biggest event of the year […]

Monster Mile no match for Harvick

DOVER — If things had gone just a little differently, Kevin Harvick might have left Dover with a pair of wins under his belt. But he’ll happily settle for one after leaving the field behind on Sunday evening. Harvick led a commanding 233 laps and won both stages before capturing the victory in the Drydene […]

NASCAR notebook: Briscoe bounces back in Xfinity race at Dover

DOVER — Chase Briscoe’s day on the track Saturday was one he’d rather forget. He never challenged in the first Drydene 200 Xfinity race after spinning out his primary car early in the event at Dover International Speedway. But Briscoe made up for it on Sunday by winning the second Drydene 200 on the Monster […]

Denny Hamlin finally tames Monster Mile

DOVER — Denny Hamlin knows his history at Dover International Speedway. And he knows it really hasn’t been very good. But Hamlin might have changed that perception with one dominating performance on Saturday. Hamlin won the race’s first two stages before running down Martin Truex, Jr. to capture the Drydene 311 NASCAR Cup victory on […]

NASCAR notebook: Allgaier happy to win again

DOVER — There were times when Justin Allgaier thought about walking away. That’s how tough things have been for the NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, who hadn’t won since last fall. “It’s been tough, mentally, physically, emotionally,” said Allgaier. “In the last six months, I’ve told my wife 10 times I don’t know if I want […]

Drivers ready to feel the heat at Monster Mile doubleheader

DOVER — A 622-mile family roadtrip on a hot August weekend may sound pretty exhausting. Now double the speed, add four high-banked turns and crank up the heat and you’ll have a better idea what NASCAR’s Cup Series drivers are facing over the next couple days at Dover International Speedway. The grueling weekend gets started […]

NASCAR notebook: Smith wins Truck race, Mayer takes ARCA event on Friday

DOVER — The last thing Zane Smith needed right then was a restart. This time, however, the 21-year-old rookie drive was up to the challenge. Smith survived the restart with two laps left to win the KDI Office Technology 200 on Friday at Dover International Speedway. The victory was Smith’s his second NASCAR Gander RV […]

Looking to go out a winner: Johnson owns Dover record book

DOVER — The high banks of Dover International Speedway have always felt like home to seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson. It’s surprising there’s not a mailbox with his No. 48 on it sitting on the property in front of the racetrack. Johnson will be making what could be the final two starts of […]

Let’s play two: Double-header a first for Cup Series at Dover

DOVER — The COVID-19 pandemic has changed shape of this NASCAR Cup Series season dramatically. At first, it led to a couple of months off for NASCAR drivers before they returned to the track in mid-May. Ever since, there have been races held on midweek nights, doubleheader race weekends at Pocono and Michigan and there […]