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Dover International Speedway suffered no apparent damage from Thursday’s earthquake


during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil at Dover International Speedway on September 30, 2017 in Dover, Delaware.

Jerry Markland

Officials of Dover International Speedway said Friday that the one-mile track and the rest of its facilities did not appear to suffer any damage from Thursday’s moderate earthquake in the area.

“We did feel some shaking in our office building but there was no visible damage to our offices or the track and grandstand areas,” a track spokesman told NBC Sports in a Friday morning email. “A more thorough review is planned for today during daylight hours.”

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the magnitude 4.1 earthquake, which struck at 4:47 p.m. ET Thursday, was centered seven miles north of Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, and approximately 13 miles north of the racetrack.

The quake was reportedly felt throughout a wide area, including Washington DC, eastern Maryland, northern Virginia, eastern Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia) and as far north as Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

According to the Wilmington News-Journal and the Delaware Geological Survey, the last earthquake in the same general area occurred in 1879, just east of Dover.

In a lighthearted response, another track official told NBC Sports, “Miles is still intact!” That is Miles the Monster, the Monster Mile’s official statue and mascot.

NBC Sports has reached out to Pocono Raceway, which was on the edge of the earthquake zone, but has not received a response if there was any damage there.