DOVER, Del. — Delaware transportation officials are getting ready for this weekend’s NASCAR race in Dover, but aren’t expecting major traffic problems.

NASCAR stars will be racing at Dover International Speedway from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. About 65,000 people are expected to attend.

Kent County Tourism Executive Director Wendie Vestfall said the traffic snarls that once plagued the event are not nearly what they were 15 years ago. She said the hourslong traffic jams that once made local residents fear race weekend became a thing of the past since Delaware Route 1 was completed. Plus, the race crowd is only about half of what it was in 2000.

Vestfall said NASCAR’s two annual visits to Dover are still a great economic boon for central Delaware.

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