Start Your Engines, Auto Racing Reopens in NH

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June 12, 2020 |

Union Leader – After a Friday morning hearing in Superior Court, the State of New Hampshire and the Riverside Speedway in Groveton reached an agreement for the track to open to the public for racing on Saturday.

On June 4, the track sued Gov. Chris Sununu, alleging that his emergency order banning gatherings of 10 or more to limit the spread of the coronavirus violated the state constitution and could put the track out of business.

On June 11, Sununu issued revised guidelines, which go into effect Monday, that permit “outdoor automobile race tracks or similar facilities (with the exclusion of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway) to open at 50% of capacity.”

Noting that the revised guidelines might make the track’s lawsuit moot, Judge Lawrence MacLeod Jr. paused Friday’s hearing to give Daniel Will, the state’s solicitor general, and Stephen Martin, the track’s attorney, a chance to discuss a possible resolution.

After a 30-minute break, Will told MacLeod that the parties agreed that racing would take place Saturday under the revised guidelines … Read more.

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