The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries



    How did your season go? Did it unfold the way you expected? Most times when we take a moment and look back, we see things in a different light. Let us look back and see if we can see the blessings we have received. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
    I sent the word out this week wanting to hear from our local chaplains. As I receive their reports I’ll share them. This week we hear from Chuck McNeil out at Anderson Speedway in Indiana. Chuck took over from Carlos Stapleton who moved to Charlotte. Thanks for the hard work Chuck.

    "There are a couple of special events to go at Anderson Speedway, about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis , but the points races are over, now. This past week we crowned the division champions who put in the effort to race here every week, and to race just a little better than the rest. For me, the season did not start until after the 4th of July, when Rev. Carlos Stapleton called to tell me that he had taken a new job in North Carolina , and asked if I would take over his chaplain duties at Anderson . It wasn’t my plan to make my ‘home track’ 70 miles away from home, but it was God’s. Eight months prior, I was led to relocate from New England to the Mid-West. We have to trust the Lord’s faithfulness and He will work through all things, for His glory.
    Less than two weeks after I moved, my father in Tennessee was diagnosed with what turned out to be stage three lung cancer. I was placed here, near him, for a reason. He continues to battle this disease and my family and I will give him the support and closeness he needs.
    There are many more examples of how God works in all things. Many of them we may forget, and sometimes we don’t recognize them from the outset, but he is at work. At one of the mid season events at Anderson, the CRA Super Series visited for a weekend show. I make the Friday night events but I am not able to make it two nights in a row for the Saturday nights most of the time. On my drive to work that week, I was running a little later than my usual time, and I heard the general manager of the radio station I listen to interview a man who had stepped up to the role of leading a chapel service at the CRA events this year. The team he is from is sponsored by Kid’s Corner ministries and WNBI, Moody Bible Institute’s Chicago station. CRA’s series chaplain suddenly passed away this past year, and Doug Hastings, from the number 0 team, has found himself doing double duty as team member and as the race series leader for worship. The team also passes out material and goodie bags in the stands at many of the events and we all need to offer prayers of encouragement to the Brookside Motorsports team as they follow the Lord’s call to service. You can learn more about their recent work at If I had not been running late, and heard that interview; I would have not contacted the local station and found out the details of the team.
    I went that Saturday to the track and was blessed to be able to minister with this team, and study His word.
    After meeting the crew of the 0 team, the GM from the local Anderson radio station came by and interviewed me about the work we do at the tracks and how God chooses to use racing as a door to learn about Him and his saving grace.
    That is one example of many times this short season I have had to step back in wonder of God’s plan. In Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus Paul tells us:

    Ephesians 2:8-10 (New Living Translation) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

    Nothing we can do will ever make us ‘good enough’ to earn salvation, and a place in heaven. That is hard to accept for many in this world. There are many, many, organizations and churches that think that heaven is something you earn by working on being better. On the contrary, Paul tells us that God’s grace is how we are saved. He offers this gift, to you and to me, if we would just accept it. When we truly believe in our heart that we are imperfect, and destined for a ride on that ‘Long Black Train’, Josh Turner sings about, we can cry out to Jesus and ask him to forgive us and accept that through His death on the cross and resurrection three days later, we are redeemed. At that very instant we are born anew – literally changed. At the point of deciding to make Jesus the Lord over our life – Lord means that He is in charge now – we cannot help but seek to do those things that bring him Glory. It is because he has saved us that we seek to do his will, not the other way around."

    Talk to God this week, he misses you.

    Chuck McNeil
Anderson Speedway


    I received a call this week from Crystal, John Blewett III’s girlfriend. She and some others have decided to put together a Memorial Motorcycle Poker run for John and have named Racing with Jesus Ministries as the charity to receive the proceeds. Crystal explained that they hope to make this an annual event to take place the weekend after the World Series of Auto Racing at Thompson. Here are the particulars;
    1st Annual John Blewett III Memorial Poker Run:
Date: October 21, 2007, Starts at Ocean County Harley Davidson in Lakewood , NJ
Registration is from 9-11 AM. Stops at: Millstone Inn, Cassville Tavern and The Cabin. Ends at Wall Township Speedway . All Non-Riders are welcome to join in at Wall Speedway. The estimated time of arrival is 4 PM. Donations will be accepted. Food, Drinks, and Entertainment.
    We are honored to be a part of this special event. All of us here at RWJM wish to express our thanks for your support of our ministry. Thank you Crystal and everyone who has a hand in organizing this event.
    Speaking of remembering John, the North-South Shootout has officially been named the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout. John was such a great supporter of the event not to mention a multi-time champion. What a great way to remember John. We will be down in Concord to participate in the event as always. We’ll have Chapel on Saturday around noon. I remember chapel from last year. The entire Blewett family was there, Grandpa, John Jr, John III, and Jimmy. We can always count on the Blewett family to support what we do. Thank You.
    We’ll be back in action this week at the closing event on the Whelen Modified Tour schedule, The World Series of Auto Racing at Thompson International Speedway. This final event should be a shootout for the win as the title has been secured. We look forward to some classic Modified racing, See you there.
    Be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Online Apparel Store at Call us with your prayer and counseling needs and list all your prayer needs, no matter what part of our racing family you are in, with the Racing Family Prayer Request Page also send your prayer request by mail. Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and

    Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.

    Mail reaches us at Racing with Jesus Ministries, PO Box 586, Tolland, CT 06084. Check our weekly printed pages in "Area Auto Racing News", the East Coast’s largest weekly racing paper" See our on-line Apparel Store for subscription information. Check our home page for past articles. We invite you to input your thoughts as you sign our Guest Book. Please remember, we can only do what we do because of your prayerful financial support.

    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



October 11
- The multi-time Lee Speedway ProStock champion with over 300 feature wins from Barrington, NH have their 37th anniversary.
DALE & TERRY WAKEFIELD - This Warren, NJ AMA Expert division biker and wife celebrate their 17th anniversary.

October 13
- The retired proprietor of Sylvestri's Auto Care, formerly known as the northern world center of speed, in Canterbury, CT and lovely wife celebrate 45 wonderful years together. Just ask Rich.

October 14
- This AARN racing writer and great Christian witness and wife share their 46th anniversary.
BILL & JUDY ROBINSON - These Wall Township Speedway fans from Whiting, NJ, and she the daughter of Doris Bradley, share their 23rd anniversary.

October 15
- The Norwalk, CT born BGN/CTS driver and two-time champion and wife share their 17th anniversary.
JERRY & KAREN MARQUIS - This Enfield, CT popular NASCAR BES GRAND NATIONAL/NASCAR WMT driver and wife have their anniversary.

October 16
- This AARN photographer and wife from Meriden, CT have their 30th anniversary.
RALPH & LINDA AUSTIN - This Sanford, ME couple, she the Barney McRae NASCAR BES GRAND NATIONAL scorer, he a Barney McRae crewman, share their 37th anniversary.


October 10
- A son of "the great one" and soon to be Hendrick Motorsports NSC driver.
MONTY UTZ - BES crewman.
DEBBIE GASTELU - Widow of the late Wall Township Speedway ProStock driver Ray and team owner of the WTS Greg Gastelu dodge ProStock team.

October 11
- Horsepasture, VA NASCAR CTS driver.
JIM SAVAGE, JR. - Ed Flemke NASCAR WMT crewman.
AARON ANTONE DIAS - The son of Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver Tony is 10.
SCOTT JAMES - Canterbury, CT RWJM friend and supporter. He spent many years on the road with Rev. Pat and in service to this ministry.
HEATHER FRANTZ - The wife of Mountain Speedway RWJM Chaplain and winning driver, Paul.

October 12
- From Hickory, NC, one of racing's great Christian examples and retired NNC champion.
SMOKEY WARREN - Popular Grandview/ Big Diamond NASCAR Sportsman Modified driver.
MARK DISMORE - Greenfield, IN Midget and IRL driver.
MORGAN SHEPHERD - Conover, NC NNC/BGN/CTS driver of the Racing with Jesus Dodges.
HAROLD DAUNCEY III - NJ asphalt Modified driver.
DANNY BAGWELL - Birmingham, AL NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
ERNIE GAHAN - Retired NH National NASCAR Sportsman champion and 300 plus ProStock feature winner Bobby's dad.
JACK DENNIS - Laura's dad and Appomattax, VA Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT fan.

October 13
- A daughter of Farmingdale, NJ Dwarf Car driver Bobby and wife Carolyn.

October 14
- Hickory, NC BGN/ARCA driving grandson of Ned and son of NNC's Dale.
JOE VENEZIAN - Proprietor of Perth Amboy Springs (NJ) and Statewide Trailers.
ED YERRINGTON - 1960's Waterford/ Stafford Modified champion and former Stafford/ Waterford promoter, now retired to Florida.
JERRY GLANVILLE - Roswell, GA occasional ARCA/BGN driver, former NFL coach and TV commentator.
ANGELINA STUART - Preston, CT wife of JDM Chaasis builder/ LM driver Jay.
PATRICK MANNING - Sheldonville, MA Carl Pasteryak NASCAR WMT fan.

October 15
- Another one of Enfield, CT Karen and NASCAR BES/NASCAR WMT driver Jerry's kids and she celebrates on their anniversary.

October 16
- Saugus, CA NASCAR West Series driver.
DON PRINGLE - Ontario, NY Street Stock driver at Spencer Speedway.
WOODY FEBRIELLO - Retired asphalt Modified team owner.
TOODI ROSATI - The former Toodi Gelinas, famous weekly racing columnist, wife of retired Modified driver John Rosati in Agawam, MA.

October 17
- Durham, ME former Joe Bessey crewman.

October 18
- The "Area Auto Racing News" and Racing with Jesus Ministries Busch East Series photographer from Braintree, MA.
RIT DULAC - Plantsville, CT NASCAR retired Modified and BES driver.

October 19
- The senior NASCAR BES driver from No. Haverhill, NH.
DANA PATTEN - Enfield, NH former NASCAR BES/BGN U.S. Chrome driver.
GARY ST. AMANT - Columbus, OH late model driver.
YOLANDA SHERIDEN - Retired Riverhead Raceway lady driver.
LISA WOOD - Wife of Pelham, NH SuperModified driver Russ.
MICHELLE SAVERY - Daughter of Seekonk driver Dana and wife Laurie.
RUSS DOWD - Thompson Speedway General Manager, golden throated announcer and friend of this ministry.
HOLLY PRINGLE - Ontario, NY 2002 Stock Microd champion at Sodus Microd Club.


NICK FORNORO SR - Further Information, In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Joey Bella Memorial Fund, Inc. (15 Myers Ave., Denville, NJ 07834) which provides direct assistance to families in need during catastrophic illness for children. Sympathy cards to the family may be addressed to the Fornoro family at: 27 Sweetbriar Rd., Rockaway, NJ 07866-2821.

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Source: Rev Don Rivers/Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted:  October 11, 2007

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