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ELON, N.C. – 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 previously warned Ace Speedway in Elon, North Carolina, that a crowd of more than 25 would violate the state’s phase two of reopening in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.

But it’s possible more than 2,000 people attended a race Saturday night, WSOC-TV reported.

Ace Speedway workers performed temperature checks before people went inside the track, according to the news station.


A sign from management outside the speedway said, “This Event is held in Peaceful Protest of Injustice and Inequality Everywhere.”

The local sheriff’s office said it is “evaluating the events.”