Hickory Motor Speedway intended to race on Saturday, March 14, and even completed practice sessions ahead of the racing event. However, an executive order from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper led to a cancellation of the event.
Below is Hickory Motor Speedway's statement following the cancellation.
With the announcement of Governor Cooper’s executive order ban on gatherings of over 100 people, the initial NC government website posting implied that the ban would be effective as of Monday March 16th. The official executive order had yet to be released and the NC government website posting was all we had to go by to make the decision whether to race or not. When Governor Cooper’s office released his executive order, 2 hours after the press conference and at least an hour after the NC government website posting stating Monday March 16th as the effective date, his actual timeframe for cancelling events with 100 or more in attendance was to begin immediately. With this clarification Hickory Motor Speedway Management has no other choice than to comply with the order shutting down operations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to seeing you back at the track soon.
Hickory Motor Speedway Management
-Hickory Motor Speedway Press Release
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