Taylor Gray (17) races Ronald Hill (74) during the mid stages of the CARS Tour race at Ace Speedway on May 3, 2019. (Corey Latham photo)

Ace Speedway announced on Wednesday that it would host its 2020 season opener on Friday, May 22nd, making it the first track in North Carolina to announce when it would reopen.

According to a post from the track on Facebook, fans will be allowed in attendance but are encouraged to stay home if they are sick or think they have been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19.  They are also urging drivers and fans to practice social distancing at the track.

“Common areas such as restrooms are equipped with hot water, soap and sanitizer for proper hand washing,” the track’s reopening announcement stated.  “Of course we want everyone to be in attendance but we do ask that if you are sick or could have been in contact with someone who has been sick, please be mindful of others and return to visit us again when you are well.”

Track operator Jason Turner said his decision to open was based on the phased reopening of the state.  Phase II of Governor Roy Cooper’s plan is expected to go into effect on May 22nd.

“It’s all based on the phased reopening schedule from the state,” Turner told Race22.  “We’ll be reopening at reduced capacity and will recommend social distancing and proper sanitation habits be practiced.”

Ace Speedway is also tentatively set to host the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour on Friday, June 5th.