Atlanta Motor Speedway opens camping sites for Irma evacuees

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ATLANTA — A Georgia speedway is opening its vast campgrounds to people evacuating from Hurricane Irma.

Atlanta Motor Speedway officials said in a statement Wednesday that its tent and RV campgrounds will host evacuees free of charge beginning on Thursday.

The speedway is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Atlanta, and typically handles thousands of race fans who camp on the grounds during its annual NASCAR race weekend.