RALEIGH – Ace Speedway in Alamance County has held three races in contravention of Governor King Roy Cooper’s executive decree limiting mass gatherings. The Sheriff, Terry Johnson, won’t enforce the order on account of legal ambiguity and a little thing called the Bill of Rights.
This week, after a another weekend of racin’ with thousands of fans in the stands, Cooper targeted Ace Speedway to make an example out of. He labeled them an ‘imminent hazard’ and ordered the facility closed immediately. The next race is/was scheduled for June 19, and it appears their revving their engines.
A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for legal fees, as the owners of the track prepare for a legal battle. They’re getting some help from Dan Forest, who kicked in $1,000 toward their $50,000 goal.
While many businesses have been allowed to reopen, and protesters pack streets, the heavy hand aimed at Ace Speedway is nakedly authoritarian and reveals how much Cooper bristles when free people challenge his authority.
You can find more about Ace Speedway and upcoming races on their Facebook page here.