NC speedway attracts thousands after calling gathering a ‘protest’

North Carolina news

ELON, N.C. (AP) — 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.”

UPDATE: Gov. Cooper says state will ‘take action’ against NC speedway that continues to draw thousands

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.

UPDATE: Gov. Cooper says state will ‘take action’ against NC speedway that continues to draw thousands

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.”

UPDATE: Gov. Cooper says state will ‘take action’ against NC speedway that continues to draw thousands

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