What to Do Before a Race at Dover International Speedway


So, you've got your ticket, found your way to Dover and are beyond excited for the race. The only problem is, the Citizen Soldier 400 at the Dover International Speedway is still half-a-day away. What can you possibly get up to in the meantime? Here are a few suggestions to kill a few hours before the checkered flag falls.

Try Your Luck
Feeling lucky? You can roll the dice before you head down to the race. The Dover Downs Casino has a wide array of potentially lucrative games and entertainment like poker and roulette for gamblers of all stripes. And if you need a little warm up before the drivers start their engines, you can watch a horse race or two. The Casino is also conveniently located next to Dover Speedway.

Pick Up Some Race Day Supplies
It won't be long now before the checkered flag flies and the drivers are off. Those of you who are lacking a few essential supplies can head on over to the Dover Mall. Whether you need some polarized sunglasses to keep the glare down or a foam finger to point at your favorite driver, you're more than likely to find it there.

Take in a Movie
Perhaps the real-life spectacle of the Citizen Soldier 400 isn't enough action for you, and you're already at the mall. You can always catch a flick down at the Carmike 14 Theater. Indulging in a little healthy escapism is a fantastic way to unwind before the engines start cranking, and your heart starts racing along with the stock cars.

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Hit the Links
Autumn is a great time of year in the Mid-Atlantic region. If you're hyped up before the race, and looking to blow off some steam, you can always get in a quick round of golf. Maple Dale Golf Course is only four miles from the raceway and offers visitor's tee times. You can even schedule your visit to the greens in advance.

Take a Long Walk on a Pier
Although it probably won't be too toasty by the time October and race day rolls around, you never know. The weather may make it too cool for a dip in Silver Lake, but you can still take a stroll around Silver Lake Park. It's only a few miles away and offers lovely winding paths and views of the small but picturesque lake. If you have a little more time to kill, you can always head to the ocean, since it's less than 20 minutes away.

Andy L. Kubai is a freelance writer and transplanted Austinite who's been exploring the internal and external wonders of his new home for the last 5 years. Find out more about Andy on his website.

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