Alien Motor Speedway in Roswell faces $5,000 fine if they hold races

Coronavirus New Mexico

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – State Police are warning a Roswell speedway if they race again this weekend they’ll face a $5,000 fine. A flyer posted to the Alien Motor Speedway Facebook page announces races this coming Friday and Saturday. Another post invites drivers from west Texas.

New Mexico State Police issued a cease-and-desist letter last month stating the business is violating the governor’s state health order that bans mass gatherings. NMSP then issued a citation late last month after 300 people attended a race. NMSP says if they hold races this weekend they’ll face fine.

“If they fail to do that and they have their event this weekend, that will be their third violation and they will be reported to the department of health for you know, they can impose up to a five-thousand dollars and civil penalties to the speedway,” said Officer Ray Wilson. Organizers argue they need to hold races because they need a source of income.

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