‘Red-white-and-blue folks’ vs. ‘motorcycle boys’? Uh-oh

On this day in 1980: Charlotte Motor Speedway makes the mistake of scheduling a Waylon Jennings concert on qualifying day for the World 600 stock-car race. Eight people are injured, 3 are arrested and 175 riot police are called out.

“We just got the wrong mix of people,” speedway president H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler will recall. “We had God-fearing, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue folks out there with the motorcycle boys.”


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