We begin that part on the season reserved for open
all-star events. They usually take place in warmer climates and entice
us to extend our season just a little bit longer. I remember the movie
about some surfers who just followed the sun around the world looking
for another place to surf, Endless Summer. Can we be consumed by the
pursuit of another checkered flag? Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is easy to get obsessed with racing, anywhere, anytime,
any type of car. When we are trying to make a name for ourselves and get
people to notice we can extend ourselves too far and do more harm than
good. I think it is important to take a step back and honestly evaluate
the direction we need to go. God should be a part of that process. We
need to seek His guidance and direction for our career as we explore the
options the future holds. Dan and I have been talking about making
decision and trusting God with you for the last few weeks. It is not the
easiest thing to do, I know, I can get so caught up in getting there
that I forget to enjoy the ride. I have to remind myself, "I am here
because I am not all there."
It is a simple saying with many deep meetings, one that comes
to mind is to enjoy this part of the season. Use it to help bring the
future into focus. Enjoy the ride!
I have used the poem from William Hastings before and I think
it is appropriate to reread it once in a while to help reminds us that
the journey is most important, not the destination. Many times we donít
end up where we think we are going.
The Station, by Robert J. Hastings
Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision.
We see ourselves on a long, long trip that almost spans the continent.
We're traveling by passenger train, and out the windows we drink in the
passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a
crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from
a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and
valleys, of mountains and rolling hills, of biting winter and blazing
summer and cavorting spring and docile fall.
But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a
certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. There will
be bands playing, and flags waving. And once we get there so many
wonderful dreams will come true. So many wishes will be fulfilled and so
many pieces of our lives finally will be neatly fitted together like a
completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the
minutes for loitering ... waiting, waiting, waiting, for the station.
However, sooner or later we must realize there is no one
station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of
life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly
"When we reach the station, that will be it !" we cry.
Translated it means, "When I'm 18, that will be it ! When I buy a new
450 SL Mercedes Benz, that will be it ! When I put the last kid through
college, that will be it ! When I have paid off the mortgage, that will
be it ! When I win a promotion, that will be it ! When I reach the age
of retirement, that will be it ! I shall live happily ever after !"
Unfortunately, once we get it, then it disappears. The
station somehow hides itself at the end of an endless track.
"Relish the moment" is a good motto, especially when coupled
with Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will
rejoice and be glad in it." It isn't the burdens of today that drive men
mad. Rather, it is regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow. Regret and
fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.
So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead,
climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot oftener, swim more
rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more and cry less. Life must be lived
as we go along. The station will come soon enough.
All Rights Reserved, Robert J. Hastings Estate
The point is this is the time of season to enjoy the ride,
experience the blessings God has provided and have some fun. God has
provided these opportunities for us. Not only to prosper us, but to give
us a hope and a future. Sounds like that verse from Jeremiah 29:11;
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a
As we experience the endless summer of the racing season keep
in mind that Godís hand controls the events of our lives. He loves us
and cares for us. He wants us to enjoy the world he created for us. He
does not want us to perish but to live life to its fullest, honoring Him
in all that we do. Enjoy the journey. Ride the wave of success. Let your
heart know the joy and peace that a relationship with God through Jesus
can bring. Seek Him and acknowledge Him and He will guide you the right
way. God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
We headed west on Thursday morning and we were welcomed to
California by that famous sunshine. We headed over to Danís cousins new
house in Huntington Beach to visit for the afternoon and enjoy some good
Mexican food, nothing like an overstuffed burrito to get things rolling
again after a long trip. We had a great time cruising the harbor in what
amounted to the boating worldís version of a golf cart with Commodore
Fudd. It was a great way to relax before we had to make the drive up the
405 through LA. I have heard the stories but traffic that heavy at 8:00
at night, ridicules. We did however come to enjoy the HOV lanes when
they were available. We had the required number of occupants, unlike 99%
of the cars traveling on the road, and were able to maintain a decent
rate of speed for most of the trip. I can se why they say it depends on
the time of day you go as to how long it will take. What took us under a
half hour from the airport at noon took us over one and a half hours at
7:00pm. You got to love the west coast. Just a note, we did find an ice
cream place on the ride and stopped to enjoy all that God blessed us
with that day.
A couple of surprises showed up in Irwindale, Woody Pitkat
made the deal to come when he was in the hunt for the Whelen
All-American Series National Championship run. He had been told he had a
guaranteed spot. That was later taken back, but he discussed it with
owner Mike Olsen and they Mike expressed his confidence in Woody and
they came anyway. Woody made a fantastic inside move on the green,
white, checkered finish of the 50 lap non-qualifiers race to move into
the top six and earn a spot in the 250 lap main event.
Scott Bouley and the entire family also made the trip. Scott
wanted to make it to the event since it started and when he had the
chance he thought it through and made the trip. It didnít work out the
way he wanted. After making contact with the wall during the 50 lap
non-qualifiers race his rear-end failed. His season was over and the
ride home is a little bit longer. Have a safe trip guys.
Mike Johnson is having an interesting trip this year. His
hauler broke a spring and jackknifed off the road in New Mexico but the
Lord was with them and no one was hurt. Mike was the innocent bystander
in practice when he was hit and the entire left side of his car was
damaged. They fixed it as best they could but it didnít prevent them
from having to run the non-qualifiers race. Starting third he didnít
wait for the action to come to him, he made an outside move at the green
flag, moved to the front from and never looked back bringing home the
victory. Mike raised his arms and proclaimed this was a small victory in
the road back to the Toyota All-Star Shootout Victory Lane he has
visited before. With 250 laps ahead patience will be the key.
Joey Logano continued his championship ways and added the
Toyota All-Star crown to his list of 2007 accomplishments. Sean Caisse
had the early lead after winning the pole but was collected by a lapped
car on lap 75 that ended his night.
Plans are underway for Motorsports 2008. Our car lineup
should be great. We hope to add the Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Champion, L.W. Miller, to our list of cars that include the RWJM Ford
Fusion, the Busch East Series Champion car of Joey Logano and the Whelen
Modified Tour Champion car of Donny Lia. We also hope to have an
additional Whelen Modified Tour car and driver Woody Pitkat who finished
second for the Whelen All-American Series driving title.
Dan and I are headed back to the East coast. We are headed to
the John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout in a few weeks. Hope
to see you there.
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DON & MELINDA FOWLER - This Waterford Speedbowl Modified driver and wife
have their 35th anniversary.
KEITH & DEBORAH CYR - The AARN photographer from Danbury, CT and wife
share their 10th anniversary.
MR. & MRS. DALE HOLDRIDGE - This senior Waterford Speedbowl driver and
wife have their 44th anniversary.
RAY & PAULA ACKERLY - This Katonah, NY dirt Modified driver and wife
celebrate their 16th anniversary.
JOHN & KATHY TEMCHAK - This NHIS Victory Lane staff member and wife from
Canterbury, NH have their 28th anniversary.
JOHN & DONNA HALL- This racing couple of Northeast Connecticut have
their 11th anniversary.
WAYNE & KELLY HELLIWELL - This NH ProStock driver and wife share their
TRACY LESLIE - Clemens, MI BGN/ASA driver.
EDDIE DUMBROWSKI - Riverhead Raceway based Rusty Turbush LM crewman.
STEPHANIE PETFIELD - A daughter of Thornwood, NY RWJM BES Pastor Dan and
WARD BURTON - South Boston, VA returning NNC driver.
BILLY "BEAR" CALLICHO - Meriden, CT top innovator, owner of the NASCAR
WMT 14 team.
PAUL TEETER - Ithaca, NY antique car enthusiast.
AMANDA GRAVEL - A daughter of NH ProStock driver Gege and wife Lisa.
JOSHUA BRANDON LAWRENCE - The son of Dino and Chris, proprietors of
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SAMMY SWINDELL - WoO Sprint driver.
DEBORAH PETFIELD - RWJM Counselor/ Singer from Thornwood, NY; BES Pastor
BRANDON SETZER - The son of Newton, NC NASCAR CTS driver Dennis and wife
Darla is 13.
DICK TRICKLE - Fan favorite retired Wisconsin based NNC team driver.
NEWT HARTMAN - Flagtown, NJ East Windsor Mod driver.
RAY HEDGER - Williamson, NY Bruce Driver WMT Crew Chief.
MARC OSWALD - Vineland, NJ based "Trackside" Magazine Field Sales Rep.
AMANDA PETFIELD - Thornwood, NY RWJM BES Pastor & vice president Dan and
wife Debbie's youngest is 14.
ALLAN CLAFFIE - BNS Racing web master and Steve Park look alike.
JOE RUTTMAN - Upland, CA born, Brentwood, TN NASCAR CTS driver.
RICK BELL - Poughkeepsie, NY NASCAR BNS Road Racing specialist with Merit
BILL BRICE, JR. - NASCAR WMT Chief Tech. Inspector and former Wall
Township Speedway Sportsman Modified champion from New Jersey.
TOM BALDWIN, JR. - Dad taught him all he knows. The son of Bellport, NY
Tiger Tom, Tom is now working with Bill Davis Racing on the NNC series..
JOAN HOFFMAN - Mom of Allentown, PA dirt Mod star, Doug.
ALEXIS MICHEL - The daughter of Wall Township Speedway star Modified
driver Dave and wife Kyle is 13.
KEN LENDA - Norwich, CT Waterford Speedbowl SS driver.
DENISE & LISA GUNNING - The twin daughters of Stafford Speedway
championship Modified driver Bo.
DOUG HOFFMAN - Allentown, PA top dirt Modified threat.
MICHELLE "SHELLY" BLEWETT - Daughter of retired Modified driving great
John, Jr. and wife Jessie.
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