DOVER, Del- NASCAR announced Wednesday that Dover International Speedway will host 311-mile NASCAR Cup Series races on back-to-back days on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23. It will be the first doubleheader of this type in the 51-year history of the Monster Mile.
The Monster Mile Gets an August NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend
The “Drydene 311” NASCAR Cup Series race remains on its original Sunday, Aug. 23 date while the May 3 NASCAR Cup Series race – postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic – now moves to Saturday, Aug. 22. Each day also includes a 200-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series race, including the postponed event from Saturday, May 2. The Saturday, Aug. 22 Xfinity Series race will start at 12:30 p.m. while the Sunday, Aug. 23 event will begin at 1 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 21 is the new date for the postponed NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race. The “General Tire 125” ARCA Menards Series East race is also scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. DIS officials say they believe this is the first time in NASCAR history that one track will host six points-paying events across one weekend of racing.
Wednesday’s announcement was part of NASCAR’S overall schedule announcement for the month of August that includes Cup events at Michigan, Daytona, in addition to Dover.
DIS officials say they remain in consultation with local, state and federal health officials, as well as Delaware Gov. John Carney, on whether fans will be allowed in the stands with appropriate social distancing for the August events.
New fan procedures would include distancing in grandstands and concession lines, enhanced cleaning in high-traffic areas, added hand sanitizer stations and infield access limited to race team and track personnel only.