Race track becomes ‘food service’ to defy governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) /

Lebanon Valley Speedway has opened its “world-famous Lebanon Valley food service” to defy New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings and host races.

As certain coronavirus restrictions are eased while others continue to be enforced across different parts of the United States, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) recently made the decision to relax restrictions on restaurants in his state.

As for race tracks opening up to fans, however, that is still not permitted in the Empire State.

So Lebanon Valley Speedway, a high-banked, 0.5-mile (0.805-kilometer) clay oval in West Lebanon, New York, decided to get creative.

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In a Facebook post, the track announced that due to Cuomo’s restrictions on the state hardest hit by COVID-19, they will unfortunately be unable to invite spectators to their races this Saturday.

However, their “world-famous Lebanon Valley food service” will be open for dining on the same day, with social distancing and mask wearing required.

The cost for “dining” will be $12.00 per person, and the food options will include their popular cheeseburgers. Specta — sorry, visitors — have been encouraged not to let the on-track competition that is scheduled to take place during this time distract them from their world-renowned dining experience.

Here is that announcement.


Posted by Lebanon Valley Speedway on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

We recently saw Ace Speedway in North Carolina get creative and open its track up to spectators for races as a “peaceful protest” amid the ongoing protests and riots throughout the United States, but the state ended up shutting down the venue for defying Governor Roy Cooper’s closure order.

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It remains to be seen what will happen at Lebanon Valley Speedway, but with so much positivity across the country in recent weeks regarding the allowance of outdoor dining, perhaps this is a loophole that can be exploited in a safe manner and without any major backlash.