AAA 400 Tickets
The Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware is home to two huge annual NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car races. The biggest of these events in the AAA 400, the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. This is the second event held in Dover in the biggest of the two events. After the 2011 NASCAR realignment it became the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The race is also the second to be a AAA sponsored event, and is not to be confused with the AAA Texas 500.
This NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event typically takes place in the first weekend of October to fit in with the Chase for the Spring Cup schedule. After beginning in 1971, the event has had a number of different winners and several races known as being some of the best in the series. One of the most notable which occurred in 1996, featured a showdown between Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt and occurred amidst an array of crashes, it was this event that caused the AAA event to change from a 500 to a 400 mile race.
This particular race also made history in 2001 as it was the first NASCAR sanctioned Cup race to follow the September 11 attacks. While millions tuned in to watch this event which was set to signify America’s attempt to move forward, they saw what is known as a silent lap 3, an event that was originally scheduled to be in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt who died in a crash earlier that year in the Daytona 500. The salute was extended to include all of the individuals killed in the September 11 attacks as well. The race, which was eventually won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a moment that would forever be seen as one of the most memorable in sports. The driver won the race that was dedicated to his late father and celebrated with a Polish victory salute after he was won.
It is moments like these that have made this AAA 400 race such a special race in the series and such