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The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will feel like a real race once again, as thousands of fans will be back in the stands.
It’s true, as the Memorial Day weekend race is allowing 50% capacity, marking the first time since 2019 that fannies have been in the seats.
“It was a very drastic shift to come in last year and not have fans in the stands, to not hear the cheering, to not see the smiling faces. I think it’s going to be really impactful to show up on race day and to be able to see all of those folks that can come back and experience — again this is what we work for, we’re working for those smiles, we’re working for those cheers!” said Charlotte Motor Speedway senior communications director Jonathan Coleman said, via Spectrum.
“I mean all you had to do was drive down Bruton Smith Boulevard during race week and not see the campers, not see the cars in the parking lots. And I think that there is not just excitement here at the speedway for the races that are coming up, but certainly in the surrounding community. Where that ripple effect of having such a big event, really carries out to those restaurants and businesses up and down Bruton Smith Boulevard, up and down (U.S.) 29, even up and down I-85.”
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I loved NASCAR, but when they stamped BLM on the side of a car and ran it around the track, they took all the joy out of watching. Ditto MLB.
50%. So in other words it will be back to prepandemic NASCAR which has been losing fans for over a decade now.