ALAMANCE COUNTY – Stock car racing was born in North Carolina. It’s legacy is one of rebelliousness, as the fast cars the boys raced on the weekend were employed moving illegal alcohol during prohibition. It’s an infamous origin story for what eventually turned into NASCAR, but that spirit has not faded among the communities of its ancestral home.
ACE Speedway in Altamahaw, Alamance County, demonstrated as much this weekend. Despite the Pandemic Panic and Governor Roy Cooper’s edicts prohibiting mass gatherings larger than 25 people, hundreds of fans packed the stands to watch a Saturday night race with family and friends.
Hundreds of people packed the stands tonight at Ace Speedway’s season opener in Alamance county. pic.twitter.com/CziFNzFYZI
— Michelle Wolf (@FOX8Michelle) May 24, 2020
Of course, the audacity of these people to simply approach living their lives without constant fear as the predominant factor is mind-blowing to some. Actually, it’s ‘horrifying.’
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) May 25, 2020
If so much as one person contracts the virus at this race, and becomes ill with COVID-19, you better believe it will be trumpeted far and wide by all the Big Brothers like Joshua here. However, you can also expect absolute crickets from the same crowd of critics if the event proves harmless.
Kind of like all those spring breakers that became objects of ridicule and shame by the virtue-signalers. Have you heard about all the massive outbreaks from supposed spring break ‘super-spreaders’? Exactly.
The Saturday race also represented a bit of a middle-finger to Governor Roy Cooper, being that his most recent edict still restricts outdoor gatherings to 25 people or less and with proper social distancing. Needless to say, they exceeded that limit by a bit.
The crowd had some important back up, however. Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson said he would not enforce the governor’s ban on such a gathering because it’s protected under the First Amendment.
“When I took my oath of office, I swore to uphold the United States Constitution. I will not enforce an unconstitutional law. Upon hearing the opinion of the County Attorney, I do not intend to stop ACE Speedway from opening on Saturday, May 23.”
The county attorney have legal backing as well, arguing that the governor can make recommendations all he wants, but that the Constitution forbids him from arbitrarily limiting free assembly in such a manner.
Alamance wasn’t the only county that had markings of normalcy this weekend. Coastal counties were flooded with vacationers who were determined to start off the summer without an overwhelming sense of worry. One could have easily forgotten that the Pandemic Panic ever existed in the first place.