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History of the Dover International Speedway aka “The Monster Mile”

Thursday, May 31, 2012

NASCAR drivers are preparing to take on the Monster Mile this weekend! With the excited support of 75 million fans, anticipation for this upcoming weekend grows. Let’s pause, hit rewind, and take a look back at the history of the track that became known as the world’s fastest one mile oval.

Formerly known as Dover Downs International Speedway, ground broke at Dover in 1967 and opened the track after a quick two years of construction. In 2002 Dover Downs Entertainment changed its name to Dover Motorsports, which is why the track’s name is now Dover International Speedway.

To call Dover International Speedway unique would be an understatement, and here’s why... It is one of the few racetracks that are exactly one mile long, which means it is neither considered a short track nor a superspeedway. Dover is one of three concrete racetracks used in NASCAR’s three major series, the other two being Bristol Motor Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway. Dover International Speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, which is one of only three publicly held ownership groups of NASCAR tracks. All other NASCAR tracks are privately held.

In 2006, Dover International Speedway began phase one of three phases of the “Monster Makeover”, a multi-year project that will improve the fan’s experience while renovating the 135,000-seat facility. Phase one of construction was completed in 2007; a new skybox complex and a new and improved media center were amongst the several capital improvement projects around the facility. Phase two of construction, which started and ended in 2008, added the 46-foot Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, a sculpture of Dover’s signature icon Miles the Monster, and explanted the FanZone display area. Phase three of construction began in late 2008 and focused on creating a new inside retaining wall that will be fully equipped with a safer barrier.

In 2011, Dover Motorsports announced that over the next two years the 18 inch wide seats in the grandstands will be replaced with 22 inch wide ones. Although this will reduce the capacity from 140,000 to 113,000 persons, fan’s comfort takes priority at the Monster Mile!

Now let’s fill you in on a few fun facts about Dover International Speedway before you head off to the 5-hour ENERGY® 200 Race on Saturday! Mark Martin holds the record for receiving the most top 5’s (23) and receiving the most top 10’s (31) at Dover International Speedway. Additionally, on September 21, 1997 Martin completed the fastest race at an incredible speed of 132.719mph. Bobby Allison and Richard Petty hold the record for the most wins at Dover, receiving 7 wins each. While Ricky Rudd holds the record for the most laps competed at Dover with an astounding 23,387 laps!

"Miles the Monster", the speedway’s signature icon, is a concrete monster that originated from the track’s nickname, "The Monster Mile." It’s impossible to miss "Miles the Monster" since it’s featured on the winner’s trophy, the track’s tickets, memorabilia, Website, and the Monster Monument. So, be sure to join the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing team and say hello to "Miles the Monster" while cheering on your favorite driver at the 5-hour ENERGY® 200 race on Saturday and 5-hour ENERGY® Racing’s own Clint Bowyer on Sunday!


Charlotte Motor Speedway - The Mecca of Motorsports

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Charlotte Motor Speedway is different than any other race track in the NASCAR circuit. Not only does it hold two Sprint Cup Series races, it is also home to the ever popular All Star Week. In addition to hosting some of NASCAR's most popular events, majority of the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams call North Carolina and the Charlotte area in particular home. The upcoming week will be a busy one for Charlotte Motor Speedway as NASCAR fans flock to North Carolina for a week of non-stop NASCAR action. As we look forward to the upcoming excitement in the Tar Heel State, let’s take a minute to look back on the history of the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the always popular Sprint All Star Race.

In 1959, Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner, two of stock car racing's earliest stars, worked together to design and build the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The World 600 was the track's first race held on June 19, 1960 and that was just the beginning of a long, exciting history at this unique racetrack.

Later, Smith and the new general manager, H.A. Wheeler, started drafting plans to improve and expand the speedway. Smith and Wheeler set incredibly high standards to meet their commitment to customer satisfaction. Thousands of grandstand seats and luxury suites were built, along with the addition of Smith Tower; a 135,000 square foot, 70 story facility that houses the corporate offices, the ticket office, gift shop, and The Speedway Club, an exclusive dining and entertainment facility.

Smith and Wheeler continued to make innovative changes to the Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1984 by adding 40 condominiums above Turn One. Twelve additional condo units were added in 1991, making Charlotte Motor Speedway America's only sport's facility to offer year-round living accommodations. A 1,200 fixture lighting system was implemented in 1992 that established Charlotte Motor Speedway as the first modern superspeedway to host night racing. The lights use mirrors to simulate daylight without glare, shadows or obtrusive light poles, so even when it is dark out it appears to be day time to the drivers.

Sprint All Star Race –the Best in NASCAR Make the Trip to Charlotte

The Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to the fan favorite Sprint All Star Race. This race started in 1985 and has been run at Charlotte Motor Speedway every year except 1986. Winners from the previous season and beginning of the current season compete in this prestigious event, along with Sprint All Star Race Cup Series champions from the past decade. Drivers can also qualify for the race by finishing first or second in the Sprint Showdown or by winning the fan vote. The All Star Race is a worry free, just-for-fun race with no points awarded or deducted. In other words, buckle your seat belts and enjoy the ride!

NASCAR fans travel the country to enjoy the upcoming races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Be sure to cheer on Clint Bowyer in the Sprint All Star race on Saturday, May 19 and for the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 27! There is guaranteed to be some action to keep you on the edge of your seat, otherwise it wouldn't be called the "Beast of the Southeast!"


Ready, Set, Go! Enter the 5-hour ENERGY® VIP Racing Experience Sweepstakes today!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
5-hour ENERGY® fans, it’s time to start your engines! The 5-hour ENERGY® team has decided to celebrate the 2012 season by rewarding our enthusiastic fans with the trip of a lifetime! Our very own Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY® Toyota Camry invites all fans to enter: "Come join me for a weekend and you’ll see racing from a view only few have ever experienced!"

On May 25, we will wave the green flag on the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing VIP Experience Sweepstakes. One lucky fan will be chosen to win a dream getaway package for an inside peek at one of the world’s fastest sports! The prize pack includes a trip for the winner and a guest to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to visit the headquarters of Michael Waltrip Racing. The winner and guest will receive:

• Travel and accommodations for winner and guest to Charlotte, NC - Arrive Oct 12; Depart Oct 14• Unique Team Access at the track - includes garage and pit tour; driver introductions; watch the race from the pit box

• Honorary pit crew memberships • Winner’s name on Clint Bowyer’s #15 5-hour ENERGY® Toyota Camry • Two tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame

• Transportation to and from race, and to and from hotel/airport

• MWR shop tour • Meet and have pictures taken with Michael Waltrip and Clint Bowyer
In order to qualify for this over-the-top trip, all fans have to do is fill out the online entry form. The checkered flag will wave on September 28, and one winner will then be randomly chosen from the pool of entries. It’s almost go time, 5-hour ENERGY® fans! So enter the Sweeps, and spread the word. We’d love to send you on the 5-hour ENERGY® VIP Racing Experience!

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We want to know...”Where is Your 5-hour ENERGY®?”

Monday, May 14, 2012

We know our loyal fans love 5-hour ENERGY®, so we decided to launch another contest to let fans showcase their favorite energy shot while on the go! The "Where is Your 5-hour ENERGY®?" contest challenges fans to proudly display their 5-hour ENERGY® on location, whether it be on a boat, in a car, on a plane or on a train or anywhere in between. When it comes to locations, the more interesting the better.

The contest will begin May 14 and continue through August 12, which gives our fans nearly the whole summer to take 5-hour ENERGY® on their travels. Three winners will be chosen based on creativity and distinct locations. The 5-hour ENERGY® team wants to see fresh photos so don't be afraid to think outside of the box! After you've taken your photo, you can submit your entry by visiting Facebook or the 5-hour ENERGY® contest section.

If your entry is chosen as one of the three lucky winners, you will win:

  • Grand prize: 1 year supply (365 bottles) of 5-hour ENERGY®
  • Second Prize: 6 month supply (180 bottles) of 5-hour ENERGY®
  • Third Prize: 3 month supply (90 bottles) of 5-hour ENERGY®

For more information and contest details, visit www.5hourenergy.com/contests.asp. Good luck, fans!

If you need a little inspiration, here are two of last year's winners.

Heather Gettings Gowrie Heather told us, "I'm so glad I packed it for my trip to New Zealand, knowing I couldn't buy it there. Every day was packed full of activities. Having my 5-hour ENERGY® each morning perked me right up, ready for the next adventure including landing on glaciers and bungee jumping for the first time!"

Jason Spiritas – Jason and his dad scaled the Gokyo Ri peak in Nepal - their 5-hour ENERGY® shots safely in tow… 18,750 feet above sea level!

Check out the full list of last year's contest winners and their photos for even more inspiration.


How to Triumph Over College Finals

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
College finals week is a hectic and frantic time where days just aren’t long enough. Students have so much to do that it’s almost impossible not to procrastinate or pull all-nighters. The key to finals success is time management and correct study techniques , so take a look at these tips as finals week too quickly approaches.

Hopefully this is obvious…right? The key to success for any test is to study, but don’t wait until the night before your exam to start studying. This is easier said than done, but remember that stress comes from the fact that you’ve procrastinated and waited until 12 hours before a test to start studying. So the solution? Start studying at least a week before the exam to give your brain the chance to absorb the information. This is much more effective than cramming and you won’t stress yourself out this way.

Regular Sleep
Usually lack of sleep or even all-nighters go hand in hand with procrastination. Remember that keeping your sleep schedule as close to normal during finals week is important. Sleep is your body’s time to recharge. When you’re burnt out, studying is hopeless and remembering any information you crammed in to your brain the night before will likely be gone. You will be less stressed, more productive, and your body will thank you for a good night’s sleep. Do everything you can to avoid all-night cram sessions!

Work in Blocks
Try studying in chunks of time ranging from 30 to 40 minutes. It has been proven that your brain will retain more information when studying for short amounts of time than for hours at a time. However, when you do study for short amounts of time, fully dedicate yourself to just studying- don’t get distracted by Facebook, texts or what your friends are doing. Here are some more tips for effective studying 

Get out of Your Room
When it’s time for a study break, take a step away from your study environment so you can refresh your mind. If it’s nice outside, take a quick walk around the block or go for a short bike ride to clear your mind. If you’re taking a longer study break, try going to the gym. Sitting for long periods of time can make a person antsy, so what better way to unleash some of that energy than working out? Engaging your full body will help take your mind off of studying so when it’s time to study again, it will be a fresh start.

Reward Yourself
After you take your exam, reward yourself for all of your hard work- you deserve it! Do something you like, such as shopping, a movie or maybe out to eat at your favorite restaurant. Being a college student is no walk in the park, so after you work hard don’t hesitate to give yourself a pat on the back.

Studying for finals is important, but remember that you don’t have an endless supply of brainpower. There is no point in beating yourself up when you are feeling exhausted from studying, so take a break to let your mind recharge. Keep these tips in mind not only during finals week, but also for other tests that you have and your brain will thank you. Good luck, students and happy finals week!

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Talladega Superspeedway - NASCAR’S Most Competitive Speedway

Friday, May 4, 2012

Prior to 1969 Talladega, Alabama was known for as a farming community and as the home to the first school for the blind in the state. But today, Talladega means something much different to NASCAR fans!  Known as one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR, the Talladega Superspeedway offers fans and racers a much anticipated return to Pack Racking. As this weekend’s race approaches, fans’ excitement builds! What speed will the Sprint Cup Cars max out on? Which lap will land the mother of all wrecks, the "Big One" of Pack Racing? Before you watch Clint Bowyer in the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this Sunday, here’s a little background on the notorious Talladega Superspeedway.

During the 1960’s NASCAR’s co-founder Bill France was looking for a place to build a race track that would be faster and bigger than all other existing race tracks. With his sights specifically set on Daytona, he chose to start building the bigger, better track in Talladega. Originally named the Alabama International Motor Speedway, the new track was built on an open Alabama airfield.  Construction of the track started on May 23, 1968 and the first race, the ‘Bama 400 Grand Touring Race, was on September 13, 1969.

Just as Bill France envisioned, the Talladega Superspeedway has been home to some of the fastest and most competitive racing in NASCAR history.  France’s vision resulted in the construction of a racetrack with 33 degree banking, a 2.66 mile long track and a 4,000 foot long backstretch that lets stock cars to reach speeds of up to 220 miles per hour!   With high speeds come massive wrecks.  Racing at Talladega often means cars are racing packs going three or even four cars wide into the corners, all in extremely tight quarters.  These close quarters can spell disaster for even the most experienced racers.  Drivers are unable to avoid an accident that occurs in front of them and the smallest mistake can lead to a huge multi-car accident, aka "the Big One".

On top of the famous pack racing, there are also rumors of Talladega Superspeedway being cursed or jinxed. Of course there are many different rumors about the origin of the curse; some say the speedway was built on an Indian burial ground while others say a shaman of a local Indian tribe put a curse on the valley.   Regardless, the curse has gotten in the heads of some NASCAR drivers in the past. In 1973 Bobby Isaac left his car in the middle of a race because he said he heard a voice telling him to get out. Earlier in the same race, driver Larry Smith died in what appeared to be a minor car wreck. In 1993 Davey Allison died in a helicopter accident on Talladega’s infield. Do you believe in the "Dega Curse"?

Curses and wrecks aside, this weekend’s race is sure to include some high speed, action packed fun for NASCAR fans!  Will you be tuning into the race and cheering Clint on with the rest of the 5-hour ENERGY® Racing team?