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The Monter’s Mile
Dover speedway’s icon is a symbol of ferocity, but is it a harbinger of a curse?
A reincarnation of a lizard, Dover International Speedway mascot Miles the Monster appears more like a relative of the Incredible Hulk.
Debuting in time for the 2008 race season, the largest fiberglass statue in the United States—eclipsing Wisconsin’s 45-foot Leaping Muskie by a full foot—Miles is the centerpiece of the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza.
“The plaza includes a revamped Fan Zone and is all part of the raceway’s effort to create its own entry and identity distinct from the Dover Downs Casino & Hotel complex,” says Dover Speedway spokesman Gary Camp.
The sculpture depicts a menacing concrete creature with flashing red eyes that’s bursting up through the ground. The hulking hunk dwarfs the full-scale NASCAR stock car that it clutches above its head.
According to Camp, the monster is meant to symbolize the fierceness of Dover’s high-banked, 1-mile concrete oval race track that is known throughout NASCAR as the Monster Mile.
“Miles has already become the focal point and meeting spot for race fans as they enter the speedway,” Camp says. “And he will now be visible to motorists passing by on Route 1.”
Miles exceeds the height of the William Penn statue that stands atop Philadelphia’s City Hall, once rumored to be the source of that city’s sports curse.
Could Miles become Delaware’s?
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