STOKES COUNTY – The authoritarians at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are at it again, picking on a dirt track raceway in Stokes County after they received reports that fans were not social distancing of wearing masks. For daring to defy Governor Roy Cooper’s executive decrees, the track has been threatened with closure by the state if it continues to disregard the orders.
A letter sent by NCDHHS to 311 Motorspeedway accused the raceway of holding several events in violation of Cooper’s ‘Phase 2’ restrictions. It is just as nitpicky as it gets, calling them out for allowing more than 25 people in the stands and noting that racegoers were not all wearing masks.
From the letter:
“Online videos and photos show spectators standing and seated side-by-side in 311 Motor Speedway’s stands violating the Phase 2 Order’s Mass Gathering limit. Social distancing appears not to have been practiced and most or all spectators appear to have not worn face coverings, notwithstanding that the Phase 2 Order identifies these two practices as essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
How do the bureaucrats know that people sitting next to each other aren’t part of the same household? The event is outside; is the face covering mandate really relevant beyond the fact the Cooper has mandated we wear masks ‘in public’?
These authoritarians actually accused the raceway of being a threat to the entire state! They apparently have a complete lack of awareness as to how the overreaching government mandates are far more a threat to the state and her citizens than any weekend race held at 311 Motorspeedway.
There are other raceways under fire as well for disobeying the governor’s commands and thereby embodying the spirit of freedom and rebellion that gave rise to the sport in the first place. One is Friendship Raceway in Surry County, and the other is Dixieland in Elizabeth City. The latter may suffer a double whammy from the Woke.
In response to the intimidation letter from the Cooper regime, 311 Motorspeedway said they will still hold races, but the grandstands will be closed to the public. Attendees can still watch the race from their cars in the parking lot.
Meanwhile, as Cooper’s cronies pick on these racetracks, a visit to virtually any part of the state away from urban centers like the Triangle and Charlotte will reveal that 311 Motorspeedway has A LOT of company when it comes to thumbing their nose at the governor’s mandates.
Most people want to BE free men, not merely SEEM like free men. Esse Quam Videri.
How long will we allow this farce to continue?