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FYI WIRZ: Taming NASCAR’s Monster Takes 1 Fast Mile at a Time

Dover International Speedway (DIS) may not be one of NASCAR’s longest tracks, but the one-mile concrete oval with 24-degree banking is known as the “Monster Mile” because of the challenge it presents to competitors. Drivers will feel the fast edge of DIS on June 1 when the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race begins. Some drivers have mentioned in the past that it’s like racing in a large white bowl. In 2008, to emphasize the difficulty of the concrete track, Dover erected a 46-foot tall, 20-ton statue named Miles the Monster that grasps a stock car in his raised right hand. Miles looks like his many muscles are formed from bold concrete. The full-sized stock car looks helpless. Perha...

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