Americans are anxious for their favorite sports to return.

But die-hard fans will admit, watching on TV isn’t the same as being there live.

So when these racing fans watched protestors gathering in the streets, they saw the perfect way around COVID-19 restrictions at the track.

North Carolina’s ties to racing are as old as the sport itself.

From moonshiners outrunning the G-men on back country roads to the Coca-Cola 600 today, racing is an essential activity in the Tar Heel State.

And in Altamahaw, North Carolina, 2,000 racing fans packed the bleachers at ACE Speedway in defiance of Governor Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 restrictions after declaring the race was a “protest.”

The track management had been warned by state health officials than any more than 25 fans in the bleachers would violate the state’s “Phase 2” restrictions.

But after taking a look at the massive crowds rioting, looting, and marching in the streets – including one protest joined by the Governor – the management got an idea.

The brilliant bastards hung a sign outside the speedway declaring, “This Event is held in Peaceful Protest of Injustice and Inequality Everywhere.”

Sports with Balls’ team of experts agree: Defiance of government edicts like this truly embodies the spirit of racing.

Unfortunately for Ace Speedway, the Governor declared the facility is an “imminent hazard” and signed an executive order closing the venue.

“This speedway has knows that the (mass gathering) order is in existence and has flagrantly violated the order and put their customers in danger as well as anyone who has come into contact with their customers,” Cooper said during a Tuesday news conference.

The Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson doesn’t see things the same way as the Governor, refusing to serve a citation to the Speedway saying, “It puts me in a heck of a position as a sheriff, and any sheriff in this state, to try to write a citation to enforce the governor’s order when in fact it’s a constitutional violation in my opinion and the other sheriffs in this state.”

“In his orders, he talked about the following are exempt: churches, weddings…and he stated other activities, which is covered under the first amendment,” Johnson said. “Paying to go see a race and be with your family is certainly a first amendment right. And with that order, I had a problem going and serving those citations.”

“I am concerned about the coronavirus and my citizens, but our Constitution was developed by our forefathers to govern the way law enforcement and everything else works in our society, and I hold that dear to my heart . . . let’s be level across the board,” Johnson said.

According to the order, Ace Speedway was to notify fans and the public that its upcoming races and other events were canceled until June 26.

So far, the speedway hasn’t posted any such update to its Facebook page or website. It’s next race is scheduled for June 19, if any of our readers would like to protest Governor Cooper’s order.

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