- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A judge is letting ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship watch his son compete in an Ohio dirt track race.

Magistrate Judge Clarke VanDervort’s order in Beckley federal court Wednesday permits Blankenship’s June 5-6 trip to Sidney, Ohio.

Blankenship’s request said his son is a professional dirt track racer in the 41st Annual Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio. He drives the No. 23 “Coal” car.

Blankenship is charged with conspiring to violate safety standards at Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia where an explosion killed 29 men in 2010. His travel is restricted to southern West Virginia, Pike County in Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.

Blankenship has requested multiple visits to Las Vegas, where he says he lives. A judge granted one trip for Thanksgiving.

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