Fans pack stands at reopening of NC speedway after sheriff said he would not interfere

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ELON, N.C. (WGHP) — Thousands of racing fans packed the stands Saturday night at Ace Speedway.

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson revealed that he would not interfere with the event.

WGHP saw large crowds of people and very few people in masks.

UPDATE: County officials respond after Gov. Cooper calls speedway gathering ‘dangerous’

The track reopened at 7 p.m. to a packed house. The season was supposed to start last month but was delayed because of the pandemic.

Racing staff wore face coverings and large signs were posted encouraging social distancing and sanitation.

Phase Two restrictions limit outside gatherings to 25 people.

From families who live locally to racing fans traveling from outside of the state, they told WGHP they weren’t going to live in fear.

UPDATE: County officials respond after Gov. Cooper calls speedway gathering ‘dangerous’

“We’re tired of being stuck in the house. I’m not afraid of this virus one bit,” said spectator Becky Woosley.

“I’m wearing my mask. I would have liked to see people wearing their mask,” said Brad Flynt, who drove from Richmond to watch the races. 

We reached out to racing officials about the number of people who came out Saturday and were told no comment.

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