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ARE RECENT BOMBINGS OF LOWES LINKED TO MAY 1 IRL CRASH?
Published October 1, 1999
Police are investigating a "possible link between" the bombing of a Lowe's store in Asheboro, NC, and the May 1 crash during an IRL event that killed three spectators at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS), according to Leslie Gross Klaff of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Federal officials said that "new evidence confirms that the same person or group" bombed the Asheboro store, "also bombed" Lowe's stores in Salisbury, NC, and "planted a bomb" in the Concord, NC, store. LMS execs said that they will "rely on their normally heavy security" for next week's UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR event and the event's leading up to it. LMS President Humpy Wheeler: "We have an intense amount of security here when we have a race. I don't see us doing anything significant over that" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/1). But in Greensboro, Stan Swofford writes that LMS "intensified security preparations" for next week's events. Swofford also reports that a source "close to the investigation" said that someone "claiming to be 'an aggrieved relative' had contacted Lowe's corporate offices to complain that the company 'had not done enough' for the victims" of the May 1 accident. LMS VP/PR Jerry Gappens said, "To our knowledge, we have received no threats from anyone" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 10/1).