Knoxville — Liz Dyar of North Carolina founded Race Fans for Freedom in late 2010 after seeing what was happening to the American economy. Growing up around racing, she believes the basic principles of competition, personal responsibility, economic opportunity and teamwork are the keys to a successful economic recovery.
The group has brought its message to Knoxville. It has a tent set up in the vendors' village on the Marion County Fairgrounds.
Dyar said the group has not been to many dirt track events, but when members heard that the Nationals were coming up, Knoxville was added to the schedule. She said the fans have been great and receptive to their message.
"We just love being here," Dyar said.
Over the past two years, Dyar said her group has watched what has happened to America. This has only emboldened them further, and made them want to try to reach more people.
"We want to encourage fans to make their voices heard," Dyar said. Fans in Knoxville have told her they feel their voices are not being heard in Washington, D.C. While families are making tough decisions, people do not see the same fortitude or actions by their elected officials.
The group will be at the fairgrounds through Saturday. Look for the black and gold Race Fans 4 Freedom gear.
For more information, visit http://racefans4freedom.com/