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DOVER, Del. – Dover International Speedway will pay tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with the annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive over two days this year – Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11.

This marks the 15th consecutive year that Dover International Speedway and the Blood Bank of Delmarva have partnered

together for this event, dating to 2006. The new two-day format will allow BBD to ideally register 240 people to donate over two days, potentially helping up to 720 hospital patients.

In appreciation to all who register, each person presenting to donate blood will also enjoy the exciting chance to drive a lap around The Monster Mile – a new incentive this year. BBD will assemble a “I drove The Monster Mile” photo gallery of donors.

There is also a new location for the annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive, which will be accessible via Plaza Drive, off the Speedway’s Leipsic Road entrance. (Please follow directions of staff.) And remember to only schedule an appointment if you are feeling healthy and well and are fever free. (Temperatures will be checked prior to entry at Dover International Speedway.)

This crucial blood drive comes just as BBD deals with new and unprecedented challenges such as college and high school blood drives on indefinite hiatus. Blood donations are typically lower during the summer and the return to school usually helps make up the difference and stabilize the blood supply. In the past, school and college drives have resulted in 8,000 blood donations each year.

Blood from volunteer donors is needed every two seconds to help meet the daily transfusion needs of cancer and surgery patients, accident and burn victims, newborns and mothers delivering babies, AIDS and sickle cell anemia patients, and many more.

The blood drive will take place from noon – 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 10th and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, September 11th, at the Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, NASCAR Cup Series Garage, Dover, DE 19901. Interested donors can sign up at here or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.

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About Blood Bank of Delmarva: Blood Bank of Delmarva is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community blood bank with a simple mission: saving lives. The Blood Bank of Delmarva achieves its mission every day by providing safe blood and blood products to all 19 hospitals in Delmarva and relies on over 80,000 volunteer blood donors each year to ensure patients’ needs are met. The Blood Bank of Delmarva distributes over 130,000 blood products annually and operates four donor centers. Each year, the Blood Bank of Delmarva normally hosts over 600 blood drives. These blood drives would not be possible without the commitment of community organizations that volunteer to serve as sponsors or coordinators, which provides opportunities for blood donors to give blood and help patients in need. BBD is a New York Blood Center Enterprises affiliate and a member of AABB and ABC. For more information, please visit delmarvablood.org or follow us at facebook.com/delmarvabloodbank. 

About Dover Motorsports, Inc.: Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also plays host to the Firefly Music Festival, produced by AEG Presents. For more information, visit www.DoverMotorsports.com.

Contacts: Michael Lewis, Dover International Speedway, (302) 363-3532, mlewis@dovermotorsports.com

Tony Prado, Blood Bank of Delmarva, (302) 379-5780, aprado@bbd.org