Report: Dover to cut nearly 20,000 seats from ‘Monster Mile’


As tracks continue to cutback on grandstands so as to give the impression of fewer empty seats, add Dover International Speedway to the list.

A report from the Delaware State News indicates Dover is now set to scale back from 113,000 to 95,500 in what’s termed “Phase 1” of a reduction plan. The track had a one-time capacity of 135,000 in 2001.

“Most of the other large tracks have reduced seating,” Gary Camp, Dover Motorsports senior director of communications, told the paper. “Phase 1 is to right size the facility to make it better align with the rest of the industry.

“It’s just an industry trend and also what other sports are doing.”

A new catch fence is also being introduced. There are no plans to add lights to the track, Camp said.

The empty seats, notably in the turns on the “Monster Mile” have been more pronounced in recent years, and the hope for the track is that this reduction helps to eliminate that vast expanse of bare aluminum.

NASCAR returns to Dover the last weekend of May, 2015.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.