DOVER — In advance of NASCAR returning to Dover on Sept. 27, Dover International Speedway has announced a NASCAR Hauler Showcase and Parade on Sept. 26.
The free showcase will take place at the Blue Hen Corporate Center, 655 Bay Road in Dover, from 4 to 6 p.m. A parade that takes the haulers through downtown Dover will occur immediately following.
Gary Camp, Dover International Speedway senior director of communications, said this event is a way for the community to become more engaged in race weekend. He is hoping the event gives many of the passionate locals and visitors a chance to see the haulers of their favorite drivers up close in a new light.
“It’s great to be able to add an event like this to our lineup for the weekend,” said Mr. Camp. “We’ve been hosting events for 45 years and people get used to it. We’re always looking to see if there’s anything we can do to add to the experience of race weekend.”
Race spectators already line the streets and watch the haulers come into town, said Mr. Camp. “This just gives it a more official promotion,” he said.
Some of the haulers have quite the personality and this event will give race goers the opportunity to see what these individuals do, said Mr. Camp.
“Everyone plays an important part in the success of NASCAR and the haulers are a part of that,” he said.
Dover Mayor Carleton E. Carey proposed the idea to speedway officials earlier this year after seeing similar events in other towns that host NASCAR race weekends.
“They get a very good reception. A lot of people show up and the kids are just thrilled,” said the mayor, who is definitely attending the event. “To see them in a line is going to be amazing. It’s got to be breathtaking.”
Michael Tatoian, executive vice president and COO of Dover Motorsports Inc., said special thanks must go to the hauler drivers for being so accommodating and to city officials for making the event come together.
“We’re always looking for new ways to entertain our fans throughout race weekend,” he said in a prepared statement. “With the help of Mayor Carey and his team, we are pleased to add another free fan event to race weekend.”
The parade route for the haulers has them leaving the parking lot and heading north on Bay Road, then turning left onto Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Court Street), right onto Legislative Avenue, left onto Loockerman Street, and then right on South State Street. The haulers will proceed to the track on Leipsic Road, arriving at approximately 6:45 p.m.
This event highlights a weekend of racing at track. On Sept. 27, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is presenting the “Drive Sober 150”; On Sept. 28, there will be a NASCAR Nationwide Series race; and on Sept. 29 the “AAA 400” NASCAR Spring Cup Series race — the third event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Spring Cup — takes place.
For more information on the event or race tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com.
Staff writer Chris Flood can be reached at 741-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.