The NASCAR All-Star Race on Wednesday night drew the largest crowd at a U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic first gripped the nation in March.
An estimated crowd of 20,000 fans attended the event at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, where capacity is more than 160,000. Organizers had limited the attendance to 30,000.
NASCAR had permitted 1,000 military personnel to attend the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 14. A week later at Talladega Superspeedway, 5,000 fans were permitted at the GEICO 500.
The Bristol race had something else in common with the Talladega event -- during both races, a plane flew overhead bearing the Confederate flag. Last month, NASCAR banned Confederate flags at its venues in the wake of nationwide protests regarding racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd.
The Wednesday banner included the name of the website SCV.org. The site belongs to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who had taken credit for flying the Confederate symbol over Talladega.
--Field Level Media
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