JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– After a full day in court on Wednesday, there is no decision yet on Jefferson County’s request for a temporary injunction against Bandimere Speedway. A second day of testimony is scheduled for Thursday.

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The county wants the speedway to be required to submit a COVID-19 safety plan for each event it hosts.

John Bandimere and his attorney put the proceedings in stark terms saying the very future of the longtime racetrack was at stake. Supporters and detractors were outside the courthouse, some holding signs.

Lisa Hewel, a driver, told CBS4, “Bandimere chose to stand up and fight and they are fighting for us as racers, fighting for our fans.”

She was among more than two dozen people who sat outside the courthouse in scorching heat with signs backing the speedway.

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A few yards away Andre Barabaa displayed very different signs and claimed the speedway was ignoring rules that everyone else must follow.

“I’m here because the Bandimeres have a cavalier attitude,” he said.

Last Saturday, there was an impressive July 4th fireworks display along with races. But the county’s health director testified that a public order was violated by unmasked fans standing close together.

Instead of the 175 person maximum, there were more like 7,500.

Randy Corporan, the attorney for the speedway told reporters, “Those numbers the county is talking about, 175 per activity, there’s no way it can survive.”

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He argued in court that there were signs directing patrons to be socially distant and sit in alternating rows. He suggested that instead of a court order, they should sit down with the health department and work out a mutual agreement. The county told the court it found health precautions taken on July 4th to be inadequate.

Speedway owner John Bandimere Junior told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger he is putting his faith where he always does, “You know i put my trust in the Lord he is in control.”

In this case is it is Judge Tamara Russell who will rule on the injunction request. If the county attorney wants to push ahead with a contempt citation. If the county wants to claim a violation of a temporary restraining order over last weekend’s show that will require a separate hearing.

Rick Sallinger

Comments (5)
  1. Rick Sanchez says:

    This looks like a land grab for JeffCo. They want the Speedway to go out of business so they can sell the property to developers. I hope the Speedway wins the lawsuit and others follow. ZERO DEATHS in Colorado since July. They don’t report that. Check the CPHD website. This is NOT a pandemic anymore. Open it all up.

  2. Mary says:

    The article barely mentions Bandimere’s (the owners) religious fanaticism – or that (while quoting the Bible) he plays “pick and choose” – completely ignoring these pesky quotes:
    “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” – Matthew 22:21
    “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God.” – Romans 13:1 (yes – that one assumes that if God didn’t WANT someone in charge, that person wouldn’t be in charge).

    In addition, he has chosen to ignore (perhaps because he believes “his god” is better than those in other Christian sects) that pastors who have chosen to ignore social distancing have DIED (let alone members of their congregations). Here are just a few:
    Gerald O. Glenn, the bishop of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Va (and at least four family members contracted it, likely from him)
    Pastor Landon Spradlin, also a preacher from Virginia, who apparently caught it while preaching in New Orleans at Mardi Gras

    Then there’s the article titled “‘A phantom plague’: America’s Bible Belt played down the pandemic and even cashed in. Now dozens of pastors are dead” which names several more – and there have been many articles about the number of folks in churches which have REFUSED to deal with social distancing who have caught the disease (and yes, some of those parishioners have died as well).

    Frankly, I wouldn’t care about these “COVIDIOTS” endangering themselves; however, they are also going into places (grocery stores, pharmacies, “pick up” at restaurants, etc) and don’t give 2 hoots about infecting either the workers OR the other customers who are choosing to “follow the rules”. Note that Bandimere seems to think that his behind is covered because he posted the “you can’t sue if you contract the disease” signs before letting more than 42 TIMES what the state said was the maximum (not to mention having a buffet available – also “against the rules”). If someone who wasn’t there contracts the disease and believes (thru contact tracing) that it was caught from someone who WAS there, I sincerely hope they SUE Bandimere.

    1. Jave Dames says:

      Our freedom doesn’t end where your paranoia begins. Stay at home under your bed Mary… please don’t come out.

  3. Gary L Rasmussen says:

    this is an attack on a faithbased family that provides a safe family friendly venue also it is political all some one has to do is look east across c470 to know why .NOTEVERYONE goes out and takes down statutes or blocks major highways for fun and they can walk away however let a family decied what and where they want to go to and have fun and WHO THE BADGUY . MY FAMILY IS AND WILL BE WITH THE BANDIMERES .ONE MORE THING MY FAMILY ALL VOTE

    1. Jave Dames says:

      Amen Gary, Amen!

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