Tennessee hosts largest sporting event crowd since pandemic began

Jul 16, 2020

The sport's reigning Most Popular Driver, Chase Elliott earned his first NASCAR All-Star Race win Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway - holding off the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch in the closing laps.
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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Fans roared from the grandstands during Wednesday night’s NASCAR's All-Star race in Bristol, Tennessee.

It was the largest event with spectators in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic shut sports down in March. Attendance figures were not released, but it appeared at least 20,000 spectators were socially distanced throughout the massive coliseum.

IndyCar raced last weekend at Road America and crowd estimates for that event have been around 10,000 spectators.

The All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte Motor Speedway because Tennessee officials allowed Speedway Motorsports to sell up to 30,000 tickets. North Carolina would not authorize spectators for the race.