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.”
NEW: @AceSpeedway in @AlamanceNC is defying @NC_Governor's phase two #coronavirus restrictions. The track went on w a planned race tonight under the guise of a "peaceful protest" in order to gain 1st amendment protections. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/uxl2KeL3y1
— Briana Conner (@BrianaReports) June 7, 2020
Fans are beginning to take their seats for the racing at Ace Speedway tonight. Everyone entering is being temperature tested and having their photo ID documented to have a method of contact tracing. pic.twitter.com/F2NSdwdlgL
— Chris Weaver (@chris8video) June 6, 2020
Source: Associated Press
Friendly reminder that because of COVID, my husband can’t attend the scheduled sonogram of his unborn child, presumably because fetal checkups just aren’t woke enough.
Now do you guys believe me when I tell you it was always about politics and control? https://t.co/jkVbhJ2Kjv
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) June 9, 2020