Have we ever had a doubt? I can say with confidence that we have. One of
the most challenging things we need to overcome in our lives is our
doubt. It comes in many forms; hesitation, uncertainty, reservation,
misgiving, distrust, disbelief, and suspicion. Many of these terms we
are familiar with without a doubt. How do we remove the doubt from our
minds? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
One of the prerequisites to being a championship race driver
is guts, being able to drive the car closer to the edge, faster, than
anyone else. To do that requires that you have complete trust in the
car, the team that assembled it and the team that is working on it in
the pits. Without that trust you cannot go fast. It also requires that
you focus on what you need to do as a driver; hit your marks, feel the
car, and pay attention to the changing conditions as the race develops.
What happens when the driver doubts his car can go as fast as it needs
to? What happens when a driver doubts he can drive the car as fast as it
I remember watching a car leave the pit once and the tires
fell off before it got to the end of pit road. The team didnít do its
job and the car was not prepared to race. What do you think the driver
thought the next time he left the pits? He doubted the car was prepared
to race. He took it slow and wondered the entire time if something was
going to fall off. His focus was not on driving, but on concern about
the car being prepared right. You canít win races if the driver isnít
focused 100% on driving.
I have also seen it happen when a driver loses his edge and
starts to have second thoughts about driving the car to the edge to get
the most out of it. This can be a byproduct of a bad crash or just a
brush with losing control. Whatever the reason the driver is unable to
get everything the car has to offer in the speed department.
When we doubt and second-guess our mind stops concentrating
on what we can trust and starts thinking about all the reasons why
something cannot happen. When that happens we become distracted and
misguided. We start to lose our direction and wander into places where
we should not go. Think about those forms of doubt I used in the first
paragraph, where will they lead us?
When we become a Christian, we trust Christ with our life. We
give over to him the guidance and direction of our thoughts and actions,
what we say and do. What happens when He leads us to a place and we
doubt His direction? What happens when He guides us and we refuse to
trust Him? We cannot live the life God has for us if we second-guess
everything God tells us to do. We will not build a relationship with Him
based on trust. In the verses I used last week it asked us to Trust God
and Trust also in Jesus. That means without a doubt. One of the things
we need to develop as a Christian is our ability to trust God without
doubting, without uncertainty, without reservation, without misgiving,
without distrust, without disbelief, and without suspicion. God has the
best life we could ever live in store for us. He created us and loves
us. When we learn to trust Him and live based on His direction we live
the fullest, most satisfying life possible. Who should know how to live
the best life? The creator of life itself, God.
Remove the doubt from your mind. Donít let it guide you away
from Godís will. Practice trusting God and watch how He honors that
trust. You will be blessed. I remember what James said;
James 1:2-8, Consider it pure joy, my brothers,
whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the
testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish
its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to
all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he
asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a
wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think
he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man,
unstable in all he does.
We must practice trusting God and as we develop that trust we
become mature and complete, able to persevere the difficulties we face
in life. If we doubt we become wishy-washy and are tossed from here to
there not knowing what is true or right. Our lives are without
direction. Notice one important sentence in this passage, God gives
generously without finding fault. We can ask God for guidance and
direction no matter who we are or what we have done and He will give us
the answer. The challenge is on our side, can we hear His voice and do
we want to follow His direction?
I encourage you this week to work on removing the doubt from
your life, remove the doubt that keeps you from trusting God with your
entire life. I can testify that God is trustworthy and He will supply
everything we need. As David said in Psalms; The Lord is my Shepherd, I
have everything I need. Donít let the simplicity of that escape your
understanding, trust in Him who created all things. God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
The week started on Tuesday at Stafford Motor Speedway for
their Extreme Tuesday event for the Pro4ís, NEMA Midgets and IMSA
Supers. These cars can be challenging to get staged and run, but other
than a timing issue for the Supers in qualifying this event rolled off
without a hitch. Erica Santos rolled into victory lane to become the
first woman to win a NEMA event. Nokie Fonoro was the most animated with
her victory, after he had to park his ride he was cheering Erica on from
pit road. Bobby was in the garage area turning wrenches for Erica and
the whole family got into the act. I am sure Bobby Sr. is smiling and
Joey Payne came home second. You may remember the wife of
Joeyís car owner, Marylyn Angelillo, underwent surgery at the start of
the season. She is making progress. At this time she is battling an
infection but is in good spirits. I am told she is a fighter and will
overcome this setback. Keep her in your prayers.
The Supers were just that super. What can you say about these
fast, openwheeled races? They were awesome, fast and loud. Rob Summers
brought home his first IMSA victory. Great job Rob.
Jeff Zuidema brought home the Pro4 victory and I was home by
The BES joined the fendered divisions at Thompson for a
beautiful summer Saturday of racing. The PASS tour was also on the card
to complete the Full Fendered Frenzy. The BES closed out the dayís
action with three late race restarts that had the fans on their feet.
The Pepsi 100 went to lap 108 to decide the victor. Sean Caisse and Matt
Kobyluck engaged in a classic dual for the last quarter of the race and
raced side by side to the checkers. Sean made it to the line first
followed by Matt and Mike Olsen. Again when the BES visits a track that
they have traditionally run the old North teams have the advantage. It
will be interesting to see what happens next year when we come back to
some of these venues.
Received a surprise visit from Gary Dionne, our assistant
west coast coordinator, he was in town to do some filming and made the
trip to the race to surprise us. Dan and I were surprised. As some of
you know Gary is a stunt man and works in California . He was in New
Haven to shoot some scenes for the upcoming Indiana Jones film. It was
great to see him and we look forward to seeing him again out in LA for
the Toyota All-Star Showdown.
Another name familiar in the Busch East is Glen Reen, he has
worked on a couple different crews and has his own racing career. He won
his third race Friday night in his #17 SK lite at Stafford . Way to go
This week Dan and I head to Nashville , I am thinking of
making my debut on the Grand Ole Opry, just kidding. We will be in town
for the BES race on Sunday. This week also has the open Modified show at
Seekonk. Last year several WMT cars showed up but there were concerns
that the playing field wasnít level. I hope things work out different
this year and everyone has a fair chance to take home the purse. Have a
great week and weíll see you at a local track near you.
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
JERRY & LINDA SOLOMITO - It is 21 laps together for this Long Island
driver and wife.
BRAD & LYNN LEIGHTON - This Center Harbor, NH BES Grand National
driver and wife share their 16th anniversary.
PHIL & BETTY SMITH - This veteran writer and wife of Westerly, RI
celebrate their special day.
RED & STELLA MEAD - This Hyde Park, VT White Mountain
Motorsports Park (NH) driver and wife share their 22nd anniversary.
DAVE & SHIRLEY ALEXANDER - This retired Maine Modified driver and
wife have turned their track 40 times.
STEPHEN LEATY - Jan's next son.
RON CORNELL - Westport, MA AARN columnist and candle maker.
MAGGIE WOODS - The daughter of Tammy and Woody who works for
Evernham Racing R&D, living in Mooresville, NC turns 7.
PETE HAMILTON - Retired Massachusetts driver for Richard Petty won
the Daytona 500 in the 70's.
DAVE WHEELER - Lisbon, CT former LM driver.
DAVE SHIPPEE - Former writing partner of New London, CT's John
Brouwer, Sr. now retired in NH.
MIKE MONNETT - Owego, NY writer.
HAROLD K. DAUNCEY - Son of NJ asphalt Mod driver Harold and wife
Barbara is 14.
BOBBY WILKINS - Milford, DE Dirt Modified driver.
TIM McCAULEY - Huntington Beach, CA NASCAR West driver.
RON YOUNG - Conyers, GA NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
CHRISTOPHER SAVLUK - Son of Lisbon, CT Crew Chief Roger.
RICH YANNETTA - Bridgewater, NJ Flemington go-kart driver.
JULIANNE ELIZABETH COX - The youngest of Bob and Tracy is 4.
BUCKSHOT JONES - Monticello, GA former BGN driver.
DEBBIE KRODEL - Keith's wife, both Sprint and NASCAR WMT fans, in
JEFF HERBERT - Wall Township Speedway Modified driver.
STAN WATTLES - Glen Cove, LI born, now Sewall's Point, FL IRL
LEONARD WAGNER - This Schwenksville, PA Grandview Speedway fan,
along with wife Earlene, is also a Dale Jarrett fan.
JUDY ROBINSON - Wife of Bill, daughter of Doris Bradley, fan of
Wall Speedway, New Egypt and NASCAR fan of Ricky Rudd. Sister of Sally
*** IN THE SHOP ***
ACE LANE JR - Ace suffered a heart attack on June 29, 2007. Ace
is better and resting at home after a brief hospital stay and surgery.
Keep Ace in your thoughts and prayers. Send cards of encouragement to
Ace Lane Photography, 230 Centre Street, Nutley, NJ, 07110
STAFF SGT. BRIAN GSCHEIDLE - Brian is the stepson of WMT official
Joe Larsen. Brian has just been deployed to Bagdad, Iraq on a special
mission scheduled for 15 months. Please keep him and the rest of his
unit in your prayers. Ask Jesus to look after him, keep him and his unit
safe and bring him back to his wife and two children as soon as
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