South Dakota speedway scheduled to hold races this weekend despite coronavirus pandemic
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April 21, 2020

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) – The owners of a South Dakota racetrack plan to hold car races Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Park Jefferson International Speedway tweeted that all 700 tickets to the open-wheel racing event are sold out.

The driver’s entry list includes former NASCAR racers Ken Schrader, who was the runner up in the 1989 Daytona 500, and Kenny Wallace. 

The track plans to limit spectators as well as limiting entries.

No more than 10 people will be allowed in a team’s pit area. Organizers advise people who may be susceptible to COVID-19 to stay home.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said at her daily briefing Monday that she did not know about the planned races and would check into it.