It was back in 1969 when Melvin Joseph finished construction on Dover International Speedway, known by NASCAR fans everywhere as "The Monster Mile." For 50 years, the New Jersey track has been the location of some iconic races, and ahead of the official 50th anniversary celebration during race weekend on May 3-5, Dover released a special tribute video breaking down some of the track's most historic moments.
From footage of the Mason-Dixon 300, Dover's first official NASCAR race on July 6, 1969, to interviews with NASCAR legends Bobby Allison, Jimmie Johnson, and Richard Petty, this video is a must-watch for anyone who is seriously interested in NASCAR history.
"We're proud of the Monster Mile's place in auto racing history and its role as an economic driver for Delaware," said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway's president and CEO. "We appreciate Bobby, Jimmie and Richard taking the time to sit down with us and relive their Dover memories. We loved taking a walk down Memory (Victory) Lane with them."
Doug Yorke, Dover International Speedway's senior manager of consumer marketing, added, "Our fans are definitely invested in the history of the Monster Mile and they've proved their interest by making this video one of our most viewed selections on DoverSpeedway.com."
Whether you remember exactly where you were when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Cup Series race at Dover immediately following the September 11 attacks or have seen YouTube clips of the momentous Miller Genuine Draft 500 race back in '95, Dover holds a special place in NASCAR lore. Hopefully, it continues to be a mainstay for quality racing for the next 50 years.