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Thrill-Seeking NASCAR Fans Arrive at Dover International Speedway


DOVER, Del. -- NASCAR fans arrived at the Dover International Speedway in packs for the Xfinity Buckle Up 200 Series Saturday afternoon.

Many fans traveled from afar including New Jersey and New York while some drove from as far as Canada just to see the weekend races.

The thrill of seeing drivers loop Monster Mile at speeds of 200mph is why Mark Wichman's family returns to the speedway for the races.

"Every race I watch it. And every one here in Dover I come to since 1995," said Wichman who lives in Dover.

Another thrill seeker is Jacob Heppler who volunteers with a nonprofit that works with NASCAR. Heppler says there's nothing like seeing the race in person.

"I consider it like all other sports. The actual sporting experience, being there at the facility is completely different than watching it on TV," said Heppler.

Diehard fans may be coming from far and wide to watch the races and cheer on their favorite drivers, but some Delawarean fans say they're very excited to see a local competing in the race.

After a two year break, Seaford's C.J. Faison is back behind the wheel at Saturday's qualifying race. Delaware fans say they're ready for a local NASCAR winner.

"It'd be wild! It'd be nice because I've yet to see a Delaware driver really tame this thing," said Wichman.

"No matter where you go from what I've watched on TV to see a local person in the race, especially one that's able to qualify and actually be able to compete."

After the qualifying race, drivers who make the cut go on to compete in the Xfinity Buckle Up 200 series Sunday afternoon.

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