Traffic, parking info for Dover race weekend

May 12, 2016

The Delaware Department of Transportation welcomes fans to the 2016 NASCAR Race Series at the Dover International Speedway beginning Friday, May 13 and running through Sunday, May 15.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center staff, in coordination with the City of Dover Police and Delaware State Police, will monitor traffic in and around the Dover vicinity to ensure safe travel for motorists.

On Sunday, May 15, the Dover International Speedway's main entrance on Route 13 will be closed for all southbound traffic when parking at the Dover International Speedway is filled. When the race is concluded Sunday afternoon, Leipsic Road will also be closed to through traffic.

A designated exit route for the Saturday and Sunday races has been established through the cooperation of many groups including the Towne Point Civic Association. Vehicles parked in Lot 1 will be permitted to exit to Buckson Drive onto Townsend Boulevard and the signalized intersection. Once at the traffic signal, motorists will be able to turn southbound only. Due to special routes being designed just for Saturday and Sunday races, motorists are encouraged to tune to WTMC 1380 AM and to read the variable message board signs surrounding the Dover area.

The TMC and DelDOT’s Traffic Section will work from the command post at the Dover International Speedway with technicians monitoring traffic inside the track facilities and outside on Dover-area roadways. DelDOT's staff will watch major intersections for proper signal progression, place temporary directional signage and assist with any incident or congestion problems along major travel routes.

At both the Route 1 and I-95 toll plazas, additional lanes will be open in expectation of traffic congestion. Extra toll operators will be working at the Route 1 toll plaza in Dover Monday, May 16, to assist recreational vehicles leaving the speedway.

Parking information

Real-time race traffic and parking information will be available on DelDOT's Smartphone application. The DelDOT app is available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and can be downloaded free by searching for "DelDOT" at the Apple and Google Play stores. DelDOT app users can view real-time traffic cameras, travel times, delays, and advisories; listen to WTMC 1380 AM travel advisory radio; and much more. The real-time travel information is also available on the web at

On Sunday, May 15, parking availability for the Race Express Bus shuttle service located at the Blue Hen Corporate Center will be available real-time.

Park & Ride bus service

DelDOT and Dover International Speedway offer race fans a better way to enjoy their stay. Anyone looking for a smart way to get to and from the track should consider using the Race Express bus service. This service is only available Sunday, May 15. In the event of inclement weather, if the race is postponed, there will be no bus service Monday, May 16.

On race day, payment will only be accepted by exact cash amount, no change will be available.

Ride are available from two locations:

• Christiana Mall Park & Ride in northern Delaware, just off I-95, will take NASCAR fans directly to Dover International Speedway. The bus service will begin at 8 a.m. with 800 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost per person is $12 round trip.

• For $20 per vehicle, NASCAR fans can park at the Blue Hen Corporate Center, 655 South Bay Road in Dover. All vehicle occupants can ride the Race Express bus to and from the Dover International Speedway. The Race Express bus avoids race-day traffic congestion by traveling north on Route 1 to an exclusive bus-only exit ramp leading directly to Dover International Speedway, approximately 12 minutes. The service begins at 8 a.m. and is available to transport passengers back and forth until one hour after the race.

Carry-on items on the buses to the grandstands must conform to Dover International Speedway’s Gate Admission Policy.

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