Up to 30,000 fans were allowed to attend Wednesday night’s race, marking NASCAR’s largest event with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March. Attendance figures were not released, but it appeared that at least 20,000 spectators were socially distanced throughout the grandstands, probably making this the largest sporting event in the United States since the winter.

Chase Elliott, NASCAR’s most popular driver, won the race and celebrated to chants of “USA! USA!” from the crowd.

IndyCar raced last weekend at Road America in Wisconsin, and there was no limit on tickets sold for the event held on a 4-mile road course. Crowd estimates for that event were around 10,000 spectators.

Driver introductions were held for the first time since racing resumed May 17, though the usual over-the-top festivities were toned down. Drivers for the All-Star event typically walk out on a stage with their teams, but on Wednesday, they stood next to their cars and waved to the crowd as they were introduced.

Bristol, dubbed “The Last Great Colosseum,” can hold about 140,000 people, which means it would be 79% empty with a sellout crowd of 30,000. Masks were required only upon entrance. Fans were told they could remove their masks once in their seats.

Tickets were on sale through Tuesday evening and available on Bristol’s website until the deadline. The speedway is privately owned, and attendance figures are not required to be released.