Washington state speedway fined for allowing fans at races

Washington state regulators have fined Yakima Speedway operator Doug Bettarel $2,500 after fans were allowed to attend an auto-racing event earlier this month that officials say violated state coronavirus prevention rules. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board delivered the public-safety violation notice last week to Bettarel’s company B and B Speedway Promotions, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Yakima County currently doesn’t allow gatherings of more than five people, and county businesses also are prohibited from allowing customers inside their establishments without masks. Bettarel estimated that about 500 people attended the Fall Classic’s preliminary races on Oct. 3 and up to 2,000 people attended the final races on Oct. 4. There was also a rally for a Republican gubernatorial candidate after Sunday’s events, which drew several hundred more people to the speedway.

The violation did not result in a liquor license suspension for B and B Speedway Promotions, but Bettarel was told he could face an emergency suspension and criminal charges if he holds future public events at the track. (AP)

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