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NC Car Race Draws Thousands After Dubbing Itself A 'Protest'

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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 earlier this week 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. 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.”

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