With the crisp fall
air comes the reminder that the holidays are not far behind. The plans
for spending time together around a Thanksgiving Day feast come to mind.
The smells and sounds of the season start to echo in your mind. What
does this time of year mean to you? Greetings in the name of our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ah, the holidays, a time to sit back and relax. Well we
should but we get caught up in the wrapping and forget what the real
heart of the season is all about. In a couple of weeks we will sit down
and reflect on all God has blessed us with. We will be with family and
friends and enjoy relaxing and spending time with them.
A thought came to mind as I was thinking about what the
holiday really meant. Do you remember a few short weeks ago at Thompson
Speedway when Jamie Tomaino had an issue in qualifying? He was able to
race that day because he was loaned an engine from the Blewetts. When
the throttle stuck he crashed at the end of his qualifying lap. What
happened then was as close an example of what it means to be family than
anyone could come up with. Teams, car owners and crew members came from
every direction to help. Cars were offered, parts were delivered, and
extra hands were available to get the work done. Why?
I am not sure what would have happened if it was someone
else, but I know that Jamie Tomaino would have done the same for someone
else. I know that through his years on the Whelen Modified Tour he has.
I suspect everyone else does also.
Family is about rallying together to make it through a
challenging circumstance. Family is about celebrating together the
accomplishment of one member. There is no room in family for jealousy or
animosity. I am not saying it doesn’t exist, but it should not be there.
Family should be the place where we are accepted unconditionally, the
way that God accepts us. Families should love one another enough to be
willing to sacrifice for each other. Listen to what Paul writes about
this unconditional love we should have for each other.
1Corinthians 13:1-13; If I speak in the tongues of men
and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a
clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all
mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move
mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to
the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is
not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight
in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will
cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is
knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in
part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a
child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a
child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see
but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the
greatest of these is love.
The key to restoring family relationships and learning how to
love is contained in these verses. I want to challenge you to read and
reflect on these verses during the next few weeks. I want you to take a
look at the relationships you have in your life and hold them up against
the mirror that these verses reflect. Do we need to do some forgiving
and restoration before we bow before God and thank him for all he has
blessed us with?
Start this week with giving the benefit of the doubt. Look at
the part of this passage that helps us to understand that what we see
and what we understand is not the total picture. Ask yourself, have I
been a little too hasty in my judgment? We have time; work on restoring
the relationships that have been torn apart. Look forward to celebrating
a time of thanksgiving with everyone you know. God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
Only a short trip this week to take care of some ministry
responsibilities. I am actually looking forward to a little down time at
home by the lake. I do however have some long neglected yard work to
attend to; any help will be welcome. If you would like to chat feel free
to call or stop by the coffee shop on Saturday mornings, I am usually
there when I am home; The Daily Grind Café, Willington, CT exit 69 off
I-84. Remember, we also have a Tuesday night Bible Study at 7:00, also
at the coffee shop, feel free to stop by.
Our booth for Motorsports is coming together. We have
commitments from Joey Logano and Joe Gibbs Racing to have the driver and
car of the Grand National Busch East Series there. I also received this
week a commitment from Whelen Modified Tour Champion car owner, Bob
Garbarino, to have the famed Mystic Missile in our booth. I am waiting
to hear back from WMT Champion Donny Lia, we hope to have him there at
some point during the weekend to sign autographs with Joey. I also have
a couple of other commitments we are waiting for to add cars to the
booth. We hope to have the Connecticut Whelen All-American Series and
second place National Championship driver Woody Pitkat added to the
fold, but we’ll have to wait until he gets back from the banquet in
Vegas to confirm that. It should be a great show, make your plans now to
Stafford Motor Speedway continues to try and find ways to
balance the field and contain the cost of racing. This week they
introduced a tire rule and will limit the number of new tires that can
be bought and used on a weekly basis. Speedway COO/GM, Mark Arute said,
“During the course of the 2007 season, the feedback we were getting from
our SK Modified competitors was pointing us in the direction of going
with a tire rule for the 2008 season. Once the season was over, we
consulted with our tech staff to put together a tire rule based on the
competitor feedback we had received. Once we had something put together
on paper, we sent it out to our SK Modified® and SK Light competitors
for their review, and the response from our competitors has been
overwhelmingly positive. The tire rule is still in its infant stage and
we will continue to work with our competitors and make any necessary
adjustments as we go forward into the 2008 season.” Hoosier Tires will
be the tire of choice for the two SK modified division.
Wall’s Turkey Derby is the last racing on tap in the
Northeast. They posted a schedule this week and you can find it on their
website. While you’re there, be sure and reserve your tickets. I
received this special statement from the track and the Blewett Family
Wall Turkey Derby- Tradition is a word that runs parallel
with family. Something that is done, with those we love, year after
year. The Merriam Webster Dictionary has tradition being defined as the
handing down of information, beliefs and customs by word of mouth or by
example from one generation to another. The Holiday Season is a perfect
example of tradition amongst families. Turkey Derby is the example of
tradition amongst racing families. Turkey Derby XXXIV will host the end
of a tradition: The running of the Blewett Motorsports family owned #76
Red, White & Blue Modified.
Wall Township Speedway is proud to announce that Jimmy
Blewett will be running the family owned car at Turkey Derby XXXIV. John
“Grandpa” Blewett, Sr. has said that this will be the last time that
this vehicle will be run. This will be the public’s last chance to see
this amazing tradition hit the banks of any speedway. After Turkey Derby
XXXIV, the Grand Champion #76 Modified will be placed in the Blewett
Automotive Museum and Wall Township Speedway will retire the number. An
honor so duly earned, not just for JBIII, but for the entire Blewett
Family. Grandpa wants to see this car run one last time.
Traditions do not have to end. At a time when change is
something that happens daily, at every level, traditions may change as
well. Traditions and family: two things that are ever changing, ever
growing and remarkable memory makers at the dawn of every day and
turning of every season.
Have a great week and remember to restore those relationships
before we sit down to give thanks.
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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
DON & ROBIN LaHUE - This Vermont couple, he a driver at NH's
White Mountain Motorsports Park, have their 30th anniversary.
BILL III & JANET BRICE - This NASCAR WMT official and wife (aka
Mother Goose) have their 15th anniversary.
JERRY & LINDA VENNE - This Bow, NH media person and wife have
their 37th anniversary.
BERT & DEBI MARVIN - This Colchester, CT Mod driver and wife have
their 8th anniversary.
RON & LYNN HEDGER - This upstate NY NSS writer and wife share their
KRISTOFER & STEPHANIE SMITH - He a former BES crewmember and She
a former media center worker at NHIS were married this day in 2004.
DAN MESERVEY, JR. - West Chatham, MA NASCAR BES/NASCAR WMT driver.
CHRIS CARLSON - Modified crewman from Danbury, CT.
LEE HENDRICKSON - Former Mod driver/owner dad of Lawrenceville,
NJ Wall Township Speedway Modified driver Wade.
BENTO WILLIAMS - Wall Township Speedway co-announcer Lee
Greenwood's great nephew is 17.
JIM YOUNG - The proprietor of
and the writer of all those famous theme songs for tracks and drivers
and divisions, including Racing with Jesus Ministries.
DICK THOMPSON - Martinsville Speedway VP of Public Relations.
JAMIE MILLS - Milford, DE Bridgeport Speedway Modified driver.
TIM MANGUS - Tioga Speedway based NASCAR WMT driver.
STEPHANIE BAKER - Daughter of Baker Carburetion's Steve and Sue.
DELORIS & ELISABETH HOPE MINTER - The wife and daughter of
Martinsville, VA, WODY Gospel Radio's "Uncle" Wendell.
LAUREN GEORGIADES - Daughter of Steve, Crew Chief for brother
Bobby's CT Mod turns 14.
JEFFREY MAHER - East Windsor fan "Chipper" turns 14.
TERRY LABONTE - Corpus Christe, TX Retired Hendricks NNC driver.
MIKE GROFF - Los Angeles, CA IRL driver.
ROBERTO GUERRERO - San Juan Capistrano, CA IRL driver.
BO GUNNING - Bethlehem, CT DWRS Modified driver and '98 and '02
FRED DUMACHOWSKI - Neshanic Station, NJ East Windsor, NJ Modified
PHILIP SMITH - NC Modified driver.
GEORGE KENT - Horseheads, NY Modified asphalt driver.
PHIL BARIL - NH ProStock driver.
BOB SCHERER - Mahoning Valley Speedway driver.
RAY PENFOLD - Yarmouth, ME retired LM great driver and proud
father of driver Billy.
CORINE SCHAFFER - Grandview Speedway Mod driver Rick and wife
Donna's daughter is 17.
BRAD BENNETT - Stamford, CT born, now in Cornelius, NC BES driver.
LAUREN LADOUCHER - D.I.R.T. NY Modified driver.
GARY LUSCHER - D.I.R.T. NY Modified driver.
JIMMY BELLISLE - Lisbon, CT retired Strictly Stock driver.
KEN CASSIDY - Canterbury, CT Strictly Stock driver.
BRYAN DUNBAR - NJ Street Stocker.
LEE CAMPFIELD - Wife of former Tioga Speedway, then named
Shangri-La, promoter Dale in Apalachin, NY.
DAN SUKUP - Son of Schodack Landing, NY retired Midget team owner
SCOTT WALTERS - Louisville, KY NASCAR driver.
RICH BURGDOFF - NASCAR Cup official.
ELISEO SALAZAR - Santiago, Chile IRL driver.
JOHN KATANIA - Crewman/son of CT Mod owner Joe, and graphics
RON BURNS - Phoenix, AZ NASCAR West driver.
PETE MORGANTINI - West Pittston, PA NASCAR Mod driver, son of engine
ANDY BELMONT - ARCA driver/ New Egypt co-promoter.
ACE LANE, JR. - Legendary New Jersey photographer.
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DENNY LAUER - Denny’s battle with cancer ended late last week. In
his years involved in racing Denny served as an ARDC Midget Series
official, crew member and driver. Most recently he he was part of the
Zipps Racing Team as a crewman with driver Scott Zipp. He was also
recipient of the 2006 Bill Schindler Founders Award from the ARDC. Cards
and letters can be sent to; The Lauer family, 232 Morgan St.,
Phoenixville, PA 19460. Donations in Denny's memory may be sent to: The
Baptist Church of Phoenixville, 248 Church St., Phoenixville, PA 19460.
NICK FONORO SR. - A few weeks back we shared with you about
Nick’s passing and now have an address for cards and letters. As you may
know, Nick was the official flagman for the ATQMRA for much of the 70s
and 80s as well as being the only flagger the CART division had until
his retirement from the flagstand. Both of his sons Nokie and Drew won
numerous races with the ATQMRA as well as in midgets and other
divisions. Nick Sr. was a renowned midget driver himself being credited
with 4 feature race wins with the ARDC and the 1950 ARDC drivers
championship. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fonoro
family. Cards and letters can be sent to The Fonoro Family, 27
Sweetbriar Rd., Rockaway, NJ 07866.
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