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Schedule for 2015 Firefly Festival goes public

Jun 5, 2015

The 2015 Firefly Festival in Dover  is less than two weeks away and Friday festival organizers Red Frog Events released the full performance schedule for all four days of the event.

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New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon joined organizers of the annual New Castle County Ice Cream festival in promoting this year’s event at Rockwood Park.

Event organizers expect about 20,000 people to come each day of the festival, which is set for Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th.

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Jimmie Johnson walked away a winner again on the Monster Mile, capturing Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” at Dover International Speedway.

The victory pushes Johnson’s record for career wins at the track to 10 and makes him one of only five Sprint Cup drivers ever to win 10 times at a single track.

Johnson and the 48 car didn’t get the lead until just 23 laps remained, then survived three race restarts – including a green-white-checkered-flag finish to make it to victory lane.

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NASCAR’s top drivers take to the Monster Mile Sunday for the Sprint Cup “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” – but one likely brings more confidence than any other.

Jimmie Johnson owns a record 9 career victories at Dover.

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Seaford native CJ Faison delivered a solid performance in his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Dover International Speedway.

After a two-year hiatus from NASCAR,  the 21-year-old Faison finished 23rd in Saturday’s “Buckle Up 200” after starting 37th in JGL Racing #26 car.

Faison spent the last two years presiding over his business ventures.

Before Saturday’s Xfinity Series debut, the last time he raced in Dover was a K&N Pro Series East race in 2013.  He led for about half of that race until a blowout forced him to the pits and a 24th place finish.

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The starting grid is set for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” at Dover International Speedway.

Denny Hamlin won the pole Friday with Martin Truex Jr. finishing second.  It’s Hamlin’s first pole of the season and third career at Dover.

For Truex, who is second in the points’ race, it is his first front row start in 2015

He’s chasing Kevin Harvick, who tops the standings. Harvick will start in the third row Sunday when the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks gets the green flag at 1pm.

First State National Park now visible in new signs

May 29, 2015
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State and federal lawmakers unveiled the first signs marking the new First State National Historical Park Friday in Dover.

Delaware's senior senator, Tom Carper (D-Delaware), worked on getting Congressional approval for the park for more than a decade. He spoke to the adults who helped make that happen, plus a group of Holy Cross Elementary School first graders, beside interpretive signs now on The Green in Dover.

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After a two-year break from the NASCAR racing circuit, Seaford’s CJ Faison will be back behind the wheel on the Monster Mile this weekend driving the #26 car for JGL racing in Saturday’s Xfinity Series Buckle Up 200.

The 21 year old has occupied his time off by focusing on his businesses – and was prepared to return to the track this weekend in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to race in Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 before he got the chance to make his Xfinity Series debut instead.

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Imagine Dragons, Young The Giant, Grouplove, Foster The People, Matt and Kim – those are just a few of the powerhouse musical acts who can say they’ve played the Firefly Music Festival in Dover twice since its inception in 2012.

But this summer, Delaware natives Brian Bruce, Sam Nobles and Andrew Fusca, three members of the Newark-based band Fiancé, can add their names to the list.

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Action on the track gets underway in earnest Friday as Dover’s first NASCAR race weekend of the year revs up.

Drivers in all three series competing this weekend in Dover are on the Monster Mile throughout the day.