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Dover to lose one NASCAR weekend next year

Delaware Public Media

Dover International Speedway will host only one NASCAR Cup Series race weekend in 2021.

Dover has hosted two race weekends a year since 1971, traditionally welcoming one in the spring and one in the late summer or early fall, but that won’t be the case next year.


Starting in 2021, Dover International Speedway will keep one race weekend, but its second race weekend will head to Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee.

Dover Motorsports, Inc., owns both the Dover and Nashville tracks, so it will still benefit from the weekend

But the city stands to lose weekend that usually sees hotels, restaurants, and other places of business packed for the race weekends.

But Dover Motorsports President and CEO Denis McGlynn says they are open to hsoting other non-racing events in Dover.

"It's just that there's only so many opportunities to find events that you can make money with at a facility that's so specifically designed for Motorsports, but the first guy who finds something to bring in here that will replace what's leaving, we'll be more than willing to talk," said McGlynn

As well as the single race weekend, Dover will host the Firefly Music Festival again on its grounds next summer.- after it was canceled this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Dover race weekend this year was already postponed because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but McGlynn says there’s a chance that race is made up in August.

"We're planning for the eventuality that we may have our spring race which was postponed blended into our August race to have what essentially would be a doubleheader weekend with two Cup races, two Xfinity races, a truck and the Arca race," said McGlynn. "But again that's not official but that's what we're planning for because we don't want to be caught short-handed at the last minute of with that kind of a proposition."

NASCAR is scheduled to come to Dover on the weekend of August 21-23.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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