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Former President Donald Trump plans to attend Coca-Cola 600 in NC this weekend

Danielle Battaglia and Shane Connuck, The Charlotte Observer on

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former President Donald Trump plans to attend the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, a high-ranking campaign official confirmed to McClatchy on Monday afternoon.

The confirmation came after The Charlotte Business Journal posted on social media that Charlotte Motor Speedway General Manager Greg Walter said he was hearing that Trump was making plans to attend the race, which begins at 6 p.m.

The 600-mile race takes place annually in Concord, near Charlotte, the last weekend of May as part of the NASCAR Cup Series.

Campaign season

Trump is in a contentious election against President Joe Biden, as Biden tries to retain his presidency and Trump tries to reclaim it.

Trump’s visit coincides with the end of his trial in New York. He faces 34 felony charges for allegedly falsifying business records in order to cover up money he is accused of paying to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a tryst.

 

Trump might agree to testify as part of his defense this week, and closing arguments are currently scheduled for the Tuesday following the race.

His North Carolina visit also comes as the state Republican Party holds its annual convention in Greensboro over the weekend. Both Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley and co-chair Lara Trump are expected to speak. Both are from North Carolina.

Whatley previously served as the state party’s chair. Lara Trump is the former president’s daughter-in-law.

It’s unclear whether Trump plans to visit the GOP convention while in state for the race.

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