North Carolina Auto Race Draws Thousands After Dubbing Itself a ‘Protest’

The governor’s office warned that a crowd of more than 25 would violate its orders

A North Carolina speedway drew a crowd of more than 2,000 spectators in defiance of the state’s coronavirus restrictions after declaring the race a “protest.”

The governor’s office had warned Ace Speedway in Elon that a crowd of more than 25 would violate the state’s Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions.

But news outlets report that more than 2,000 attended a race Saturday night.

Ace Speedway workers performed temperature checks before people went inside the track.

A sign from management outside the speedway said, “This Event is held in Peaceful Protest of Injustice and Inequality Everywhere.” The Alamance County Sheriff’s Office said it is “evaluating the events.”

Source: Associated Press

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