There are many things in life that we enjoy doing, some more than
others. But what is it about certain activities that make them so
desirable to us that we are willing to give up other things to do them?
What is it that you want to do more than anything else? Greetings in the
name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Racing is something not everyone understands. Racers, true
racers will sacrifice almost anything to race. Some will sacrifice
everything. You have heard it said, to make a small fortune in racing
you need to start with a big one.
Racing doesnít corner the market on sacrifice but for us it
is one we understand. What is it that would drive us so much that we
would drive all night, race, and then drive all night to get back home?
Or sleep twelve people in a room for four. Or head out on Wednesday
morning and race, repair, race, repair, race, repair for several nights
in a row without regard for even the day of the week. Where am I?
Stafford , it must be Friday.
We lose sight of the day and time, we are here to race and
when this one is done we pack up and head to the next one. Do you know
why the family that races together stays together? If they donít they
wonít see each other.
I always think of the Bouley family when I think of families
that sacrifice to race. When we headed out to breakfast Saturday morning
about 6:30, who did we meet coming in? The Bouley dually, after an all
night ride just to race. I watched as they made the best of what they
had. George, Bev, Kim and Scott would give and have given everything to
put Team 26 racing in the field.
Scott timed into the field in Twenty-sixth spot, the same as
his number. George just shook his head in disbelief and wondered aloud
how well Scott could do if he had a new motor and some decent equipment.
Then a smile comes to a proud fatherís face as he shares in his sonís
accomplishment despite the odds and a 9:1 tired power plant. The
Bouleyís have heart and no one can say anything different. They give
everything they have and some things they donít to race, to compete.
What about us, is our heart in it? Maybe not racing but I am
sure there is something in your life that you are passionate about.
Something that will move you to sacrifice? Something that makes you
willing to put everything aside and pursue?
God desires that your service to Him be that something. God
desires that we would want to demonstrate His love for others more than
anything we do in our lives. He tells us in his word that unless our
mind and our heart is in it we miss the relationship that will save us.
Read what the writer of Romans says:
Romans 10:8-13, But what does it say? "The word is near you;
it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we
are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord,"
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be
saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and
it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture
says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there
is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all
and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved."
Two components are necessary to know God, It must be in your
heart and you must say it with your mouth. We say a lot of things with
our mouths that we donít believe in our heart. It is pretty easy to spot
someone who is doing something that their heart isnít in. As servants of
God that should never be the case. In fact, if our heart isnít in it we
are not saved.
Did you see the promise contained in these verses? Anyone who
calls on the name of the Lord will not be put to shame and will be
richly blessed. The first part of that blessing is the fact that we are
saved. The next part comes when we tell others. We are given the
opportunity to participate in the lives of others. Not just participate
but the opportunity to help them find the abundant life that God offers.
The writer goes on to explain;
Romans 10:8-13, How, then, can they call on the one they have
not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have
not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And
how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How
beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
When we say it and believe in our heart we then can share it.
If our heart isnít in it not only do we lose but otherís lose also. We
have a great responsibility to not only confess the name of our Lord but
to believe it in our heart. Our lives are not the only ones who depend
Blessed are the feet of those who bring good news!
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
Our trip down to South Boston Speedway was an adventurous
one. Dan and I were joined by out favorite sidekick Kenny. We
encountered a little rain but for the most part, the trip went well. We
even had a chance to experience that Southern Hospitality that those
below the Mason-Dixon Line have become so famous for.
About 3:30, Saturday morning as we traveled down I-85 about
an hour from SOBO one of Virginiaís finest wanted to see the new RWJM
Pacecar and the lights provided courtesy of Whelen Engineering. I was at
the wheel and the officer inquired if I had any reason to be traveling
at a rate of speed that would initiate this type of meeting. Many
thoughts crossed my mind as we had been on the road since 6:30 the
previous evening, we were within an hour of stopping and catching a few
hours of shuteye before the day officially began, but I thought better
of it and replied, ďNo sir.Ē His next question deviated from what I have
been told is the traditional line of questioning, ďWhat kind of lights
do you have in this thing?Ē We proceeded to go through the Talon front
lights the Dominator rear light bar, the LEDís and the strobes. At his
urging, I turned them on and we admired how they illuminated the early
morning darkness. He thought they were great but suggested that I add
the lights that attach to the side mirrors, like his, for the complete
effect. Iíll have to pass that request along to Phil at Whelen and see
what the options are.
As we talked about the lighting a blessing passed by. Let the
record show if you see a police car with itís lights flashing and a pace
car with itís lights flashing and you are traveling down the highway
approaching them, slow down. In a flash a car flew by far exceeding any
speed I had attained with the new Ford Fusion Pacecar. The officer
handed me my paperwork, told me to be careful and left to pursue the
aforementioned offender. I guess the moral of the story is that there is
always someone out there worse than you are but that doesnít give us the
right to break the rules. I am thankful for the blessing the Lord sent
my way and I was careful and attentive as I had been reminded to be for
the rest of the trip.
We rolled into the track and found a suitable place in the
parking area for motorhomes and proceeded to catch some shuteye. Have
you ever bought a new car? They take you through a little tour of the
options and how everything works so that you can operate safely. They
always forget to mention one thing or another. We discovered one of
those items, much to the determent of our stealth arrival, when we
opened a door after locking the car and the lights started flashing and
the horn started blowing. Frantically we searched for the sequence of
pushed buttons that would silence this noise that pierced the early
morning quiet. Finally, after what seemed like an hour we discovered
that if you put the key on the ignition and turn the car on the noise
stops. We committed that to memory and it only had one reoccurrence on
the trip home in a rest area somewhere in Maryland .
We started to stir a little after 6 am and were met by SOBO
General Manager Kathy Rice. She was touring her facility before the
gates opened at 7 am. She loved the new Pacecar and requested that we
lead the parade laps that evening before the main event. We were
thrilled to oblige. Kathy also found time in her busy day to attend
Chapel service. Kathy set the bar that served as an indicator of the
hospitality we would receive throughout our time at the track. She is
one who leads by example. I can start to understand their motto, America
ís Hometown Track. We are looking forward to our next visit.
SOBO is home to some popular names like Burton and Sadler but
the pressure this weekend would fall on the shoulders of one who carried
the name Sellers. This is the home track of Whelen All American Series
National Champion Payton Sellers. I guess when you have a grandstand
section that carries your name that qualifies as pressure. Payton didnít
disappoint. Being the last car to go out and qualify he put his #83
Clarence Steak House Chevy on the pole. He then dueled with Sean Caisse
and Matt Kobyluck side by side for many of the 150 laps before settling
for second after two late restarts went to Matt Kobyluck. Let the record
show racing can be exciting without the all the bumping and banging.
Matt and Payton had barely a scratch on the sides of their respective
cars despite dueling side by side for twenty or so laps on the tight
confines of the 4/10ís mile South Boston circuit. They competed against
each other in one of the most exciting races yet but they didnít cross
the line and abuse one another. Great racing guys.
Chuck McNeil sent this report from the Midwest, if you
remember Chuck was our Weekly Chaplain at Thompson Speedway when his job
took him to Indianapolis . He is in the process of seeking out
opportunities for RWJM in the midwest.
The 2007 Car and Bike show of Gasburg Baptist Church is in
the books. RWJM had a presence there this year. I showed up in my
Ďpurpleí and spent a great day visiting and talking with folks. It was
good to talk and to have an opportunity to share the Good News. Although
Chevelles and Corvettes were the norm, two sprint cars from the area
were there as well. I got some good insight into the local tracks and
race schedules and may have some new opportunities soon. Had a good talk
with Ajaye Royalís team, Ajaye was at work. Thatís all for now.
Our BES Pastor Rev. Dan also shared this; I talked to Rusty
Bissell last night - the pastor from the church in the Adirondacks . He
says I caused quite a stir up there when I parked the Pacecar in the
parking lot while I was speaking. It seems a local owner of a bar down
the road drove by and stopped to take pictures. A couple days later, he
saw the pastorís wife in a store and had a lot of questions about what
was going on.
I drove the car to that store last Monday. When I came out, a
man was taking pictures of it and I was able to talk to him about the
ministry. On the way home from Memorial Day weekend, I was parked in the
outlets up on Queensbury and had others asking about the car, taking
pictures of it. And this is only what I saw - who knows who was looking
at it while I wasn't there.
The pace cars we drive donít only serve as functional
transportation for us they also help to open up discussions and spread
the Good News. Thank you for helping us get out there and proclaim it.
With the trip to SOBO behind us this weeks drive promises to be shorter.
While the WMT takes a few weeks off the BES makes itís annual visit to
Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night. Dan and I will join our Track
Chaplain Rick and Danís wife Deb as we minister to the racing community.
In addition you will find me out on the Island Thursday participating in
the Tom Baldwin Memorial at Bellport Country Club. I am looking forward
to participating and supporting the charities involved. From what I have
been told there is still some room for participants and spectators. If
you can make time for it, sign up, I hope to see you there. Have a great
week, Rev. Don.
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request by mail. Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love
Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord
make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his
face toward you and give you peace."
May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
SCOTT & LISA JAMES - This couple from Canterbury , CT who helped
lead this ministry in the past and currently serve as ministry advisors
have their 14th anniversary
LLOYD & LINDA MOORE - This Unity, ME driver and wife have their
REV. DON AND LYNDA RIVERS - The RWJM President and WMT Pastor and
wife celebrate their 27th anniversary.
MARCEL & LYNN L'ETOILE - This retired driver and proud parents of
Massachusetts ProStock driver Frank, share their 39th anniversary.
RANDY PORTER - Greenville, SC BGN and Greenville Pickens Speedway
JIM HAILEY, JR. - Winston-Salem , NC Tri-County and Caraway
Speedways LMSC driver; son of Richard Childress Show Car Team Manager
BILL "TIGER" PERRY - Seekonk Speedway Sportsman driver.
WENDELL & CAROL KILCOLLINS - This husband and wife from Stafford
Springs both celebrate. Wendell is a retired Modified driver, now Crew
Chief for Willie Hardee's WAAS Modified team.
DON MARKS - Grandview Speedway track photographer.
KATY COLSON - Daughter of Leominster , MA ProStock driver Fran
and wife Doreen.
VICTORIA ACKERLY - The daughter of Orange County Fairgrounds
Speedway Modified driver Ray is 11.
DENNIS DEMERS - Shelburne, VT NASCAR BES driver.
RAY HORNER - New Jersey asphalt Modified driver.
TIM DAMIANI - Pennsy Modified driver.
ANTHONY DAMIANI - A son of Tim's is 13.
JIM BOARDMAN - Maynard, MA LM/NASCAR BES driver.
MIKE SWAIM - Archdale, NC LMSC driver.
CHUCK MONTVILLE - Crewman on the Ralph Solhem Danny Sammons
driven NASCAR WMT team.
LESLIE LaJOIE - Wife of two time BGN champion driver Randy.
MARTIN SCHIFF - Wayland, MA proprietor of Sponsor Development of
Reston, Ent., husband of Wayland Travel's Jane.
JOEL MARTIN - Son of Concord , NC NNC photographers Gary and
BRIDGETT JIVANELLI - Daughter of Riverhead Raceway driver Dan.
KELSEY BABB - Daughter of Beech Ridge Speedway LM driver Bobby
and wife Carla is 16.
ZACHARY D'ALESSANDRO - Agawam, MA son of Ingrid and former
Modified driver and current WAAS Modified crewman Ron is 11.
JOE BUCHEK - Binghamton, NY retired Modified driver; We-Go Racing
Fan Club activist.
SHARON MOORE - Horseshoe, NC wife of Gary .
KRISTEN LABONTE - Daughter of Nextel Cupp driver Terry and wife
JON MAYLOTT - Enfield , CT Lebanon Valley Speedway RWJM
Counselor, hockey coach and CT District Commissioner for Youth Hockey.
BILLY BIGLEY, JR. - Naples , FL All Pro Series driver.
RON D'ALESSANDRO - Agawam, MA former Mod No. 124 owner/driver at
the now closed Riverside Park Speedway and current DWRS Modified
TY BERGER - A past Advertising Director for "National Speed Sport
News" from 1969 to 1978 and always involved in racing from Kutztown, PA.
JOHN SNEAD - Oxford, MA former Modified driver.
STEVE DARNE - Woodbridge , VA LMSC driver.
NICOLE MICHILOWSKI - Daughter of Lebanon Valley driver Mark and
wife Robin is 16.
KENNY TROYER - Rochester, NY asphalt Modified driver.
KRISTA HOWARD - Daughter of Waterford Speedbowl faithful Tom and
wife Carol is 17.
BRAD LEIGHTON - Center Harbor , NH NASCAR BES driver.
LEE SHERWOOD - Waverly, NY NASCAR BES/Modified driver.
SCOTT WOLF - From Freeport, NY a Riverhead Raceway driver.
MITCH POOLE - Lebanon Valley Modified driver.
PAT FEZZA - Riverhead Raceway Tech. Inspector.
*** IN THE SHOP ***
JON McKennedy - Jon is recovering nicely and if he can get his
car back together he will be at Thompson for the next WMT race.Thank you
for your thoughts and prayers.
*** NEW BEGINNINGS ***
VINCENT (VIN) HILLIARD - 68, of Wareham and a former longtime
resident of Framingham , died Saturday, June 2, 2007, at Tobey Hospital
in Wareham . Vin was a good friend and fellow photographer of Howie and
Mary Hodge. They go back to the NASCAR North days when no one heard of
NASCAR. He was also an avid fisherman. The funeral will be held
Wednesday, June 6, at 9 a.m. from the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St.
(corner of Union Avenue ), Framingham , followed by a funeral Mass at 10
a.m. in St. Stephen Church, 221 Concord St. , Rte. 126, Framingham .
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, June 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. Please
keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Also, keep those in the
racing community who have lost a good friend in your prayers.
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