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Elko Speedway to open season July 4th with “Racing Against Racism” event.

NASCAR racing returns to Minnesota

(06/14/20) For Immediate Release - www.elkospeedway.com

Elko, Minn. (June 14, 2020) – Elko Speedway kicks off its 2020 season the Fourth of July with a special event called “Racing Against Racism.” The evening will include a discussion about timely events and live entertainment, including America's best spectator sport: stock car racing and fireworks.

“We are excited to start our season in such a unique manner at an important time in our lives,” said Tom Ryan, Elko Speedway owner. “At this crossroads in our society, we can choose to either ignore issues or address them. Elko Speedway, in a small way, will take advantage of this opportunity to address these issues.”

NASCAR, an organization that has long been thought to be a white sport, is addressing these same matters. Bubba Wallace, a current NASCAR Cup driver who happens to be a person of color, has recently spoken openly about issues related to race and the sport.

The season opener has been delayed due to the governor's executive orders related to COVID-19. Elko Speedway, located just south of Lakeville, has adhered to those guidelines.

“When restaurants can open at fifty-percent capacity for indoor seating, it's only fitting that a large venue like Elko Speedway should open,” Ryan said. “Some elected officials like to reference science. I like to look at science and math. We have a seating capacity for 6,000 spectators, and we're an outdoor venue. We can easily accommodate and manage a large crowd with proper social distancing.

“Being a business owner in Minnesota and owning a race track, in particular, has been really frustrating over the past few months,” Ryan added. “If Elko were thirty miles east, we’d already be racing. For years, Wisconsin has been a better place to have a business, cheaper living expenses, and now it’s taking all our race cars, too.”

Elko Speedway has implemented a policy to ensure its employees take every precaution necessary to protect their well-being and the safety of spectators, drivers and crews, Ryan said.

Spectator gates open on July 4 at 5 p.m., and racing begins at 6 p.m.. Check www.elkospeedway.com for details about the night's scheduled speakers and events, as they are added. Tickets to go on sale the week of July 4th.

The Elko Drive-In Theater, located right next to the race track, is one of a select few theaters nationwide showing a special Garth Brooks concert on June 27. Gates open at 8 p.m..

About Elko Speedway: Located just south of the Twin Cities off I-35, Elko! is your source for affordable family fun since 1965. Featuring action-packed Eve of Destruction® events guaranteed to thrill, door to door NASCAR racing on a 3/8 mile asphalt oval track, and a Drive-In movie theater, ELKO! is your home for a Saturday night full of entertainment.

Media Contacts: Rob Hahn, hahnpub@qwestoffice.net and Matthew Tackaberry, matthewt@elksospeedway.com

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