FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FOOD
Thanksgiving is one of
the biggest holiday weekends that we celebrate. It is a time where we
gather with one another and share about the years that have gone by. I
think we can get too busy in life and forget the simple joy of gathering
together. I hope you took the time this past weekend to turn the clock
off and just relax with Family, Friends and Food. Greetings in the name
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
One of the things that we are reminded of this time of year
is how busy we have been. How crazy our lives have gotten. How caught up
in the rat race we have been. We get so involved in things that we
forget about how much joy we get from just gathering together.
I think we have lost the art of celebrating. We party a lot
but too many times we push the envelope so far we have trouble
remembering what we did. I am talking about gathering together to spend
time together, no agenda, no schedule, just Friends, Family and Food.
I was better at that when I was a youngster. I enjoyed the
family picnic more than anyone did. I missed that this summer. The
racing schedule prevented me from going home to Vermont for the family
reunion. My dad was the baby of eighteen children and I am his only son.
He has passed away and I am the link for his brothers and sisters to
remember him. I really catch it when I donít show up.
It is nothing formal just some burgers and hotdogs, soda and
salads, but the people make the difference. It is a time to catch up on
each otherís lives. It is a time to show them you care for them and will
be there if needed. It is a time to connect with the past and remember
where you come from.
I wonder if we have forgotten some of the truly blessed times
we can have just sitting down and sharing a meal together. Thanksgiving
is one of those times, donít let the world take it away form you.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us that meeting together and
encouraging each other is valuable and necessary.
Hebrews 10:25, Let
us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but
let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day
The day is approaching when we will no longer be on this
earth. We will look back on our lives and wonder what we missed. There
are things in life that are important and should not be overlooked;
spending time with each other is one of those things.
You wonít find many thinking they should have spent more time
at the track or in the garage working on the car. Many will look back
and see the opportunities missed. The time wasted on things.
I encourage you not to be caught up in the trap of thinking
of ourselves as more important that others. We will soon look back alone
and wonder where everyone went. God created us to live together. Our
lives are not complete without others to compliment us. The team concept
comes out of the family unit that God put in place. We need each other.
If we bypass these opportunities to gather together, we will
soon find ourselves alone and without hope. That is not the way to live
a full and blessed life. If you havenít yet; stop and make it a priority
to get together with Family, Friends and Food. Leave your watch at home,
relax and enjoy.
God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
I followed my own advice this past weekend, I spent time with
friends, my family and I ate a lot of food! I even managed to get a
little racing in too. The traditional Thanksgiving feast is not one of
my favorite meals, but I did my best to eat as much as I could while
leaving room for some apple pie. I hope you did the same.
After consuming large amounts of food I figured I was ready
to head to Wall for some racing action. I was joined on the trip by
Howie Hodge. We headed down early Saturday morning and arrived in time
for the driverís meeting. Howie went off to shoot some pictures, which
can be seen in Area Auto Racing News and at The Chrome Horn. I went off
to visit and find some food.
A surprise visitor to the event was Southern Modified driver,
Burt Meyers. Burt took to the track quickly and posted the fastest time
in qualifying. I talked with him after his qualifying run and he was
excited about what the race had in store. The primary focus at the time
was making sure they had enough propane to run their heaters and keep
the trailer warm. This was definitely a little colder than they were
used to. Burt didnít fare as well in the race and had a DNF. He lamented
about the style of driving exhibited during the race.
Looking at the numbers both the open modified and Wall type
modified both had more cars on the sideline than crossed the finish line
you have to wonder the same thing. The hard luck award went out to
Reggie Reggiero; who redrew the pole, got loose on the initial start and
was collected up as the pack raced by. He didnít even make the first
Before the racing action started the Blewett Family was
presented with a billboard commemorating the retirement of the #76 from
competition at Wall. A picture of the famed #76 with the words ďForever
in our hearts, thanks for the memories.Ē John Sr. addressed the crowd
and thanked them for their thoughts and prayers throughout this trying
time and for the support they showed for him and the family. It was a
touching goodbye to Wallís Grand Champion John Blewett III.
As I stated earlier I did sample some of the local fare. Our
Local Chaplain, Bob Menschner, knew where the good stuff was and showed
up with two bowls of Turkey soup for Dan and I that warmed us through
and through. Thanks Bob. Just an additional note of thanks to all the
drivers and teams at Wall Stadium, they continue to lead the local
tracks in support of Racing with Jesus Ministries . During the year they
donated over $1,000.00 through Bob. I also noticed that every car in the
pits had a RWJM sticker on it, even the golf carts! Bob, thank you for
all your hard work and support this season, we are truly blessed to have
you there at Wall.
Well next up is Orlando and the PRI show. I will be joined by
my wife, Lynda, as we travel to sunny Florida to take in what has become
the premier racing industry show in the nation. We are looking forward
to a little time away together. See you there or maybe at a year-end
banquet or two. Have a great week.
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Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and
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
RICHARD & DIANE MOORE - The parents of Scarborough, ME semi-retired
BNS driver Kelly and Grand parents of Silver Crown driver Ryan have
KEN & TIFFANY BARRY - The Manager of SPAFCO Chassis and wife share
their 6th anniversary.
CHRIS & LISA ERM - This New Jersey NASCAR Mod Series officiating
couple; he in the tech. area and she is the WMT Chief Scorer, have their
KEN WOOLEY, JR. - Howell, NJ Modified driver.
CRIS EASH - Pennsy based WoO driver.
JIM VOGT - Wall Township Speedway ProStock driver.
RICK MARTIN - Westport, MA ProStock driver.
BOBBY DILLNER - TV SpeedChannel Racing Reporter from Long Island and
Mason-Dixon Meltdown Promoter.
CAROLYN BROWN - Wife of Farmingdale, NJ Dwarf Car owner/driver
MATTHEW HIRSCHMAN - The driver son of Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT
driver Tony and wife Brenda and 2007 North-South Shootout Champion.
DAVE DION - Milton, VT driver of the Berlin City Dealerships/
Continental Paving NASCAR BNS Ford and RWJM Board Member.
DORIS BERGHMAN - Rehobath, MA wife of the legendary Bugs Stevens and
mom of po-stock driver Dave Berghman.
DON TOAL - Rochester, NY fan.
BENTLEY WARREN - Kennebunkport, ME SuperModified/ Silver Crown
RUSS WOOD - NH based ISMA SuperModified driver.
MARCO GRECO - Sao Paulo, Brazil IRL driver.
DAVE SALZARULO - CT based ProStock/Mod driver.
HARRY WYANT - Brookfield, CT Waterford Speedbowl championship
Modified team owner.
ARMADEE NADEAU - Dana/Perfect Circle Executive and CTS Team Manager.
KRISTIN ELLIOTT - A daughter of Uncasville, CT fan Jerry and wife
Jusinta is 17.
RUSS FRANTZ - PA asphalt Modified driver.
FRANK BETTENCOURT - MA based Mini Modified driver.
ANDREW BELMONT - Son of New Egypt Promoter Andy and wife Jennifer is
BOBBY ALLISON - Hueytown,AL former Winston Cup great.
WALKER EVANS - Riverside, CA CTS Team owner, retired driver.
KEITH KRODEL - This long-time friend of Rev. Pat and former Jan
Leaty NASCAR WMT crewman now lives in Pensacola, FL.
RAUL BOESEL - Curtiba, Brazil born, Key Biscayne, FL IRL driver.
JOE SUKUP - Retired Midget team owner from Shodack Landing, NY
AGNES KICHURY - Mother-In-Law of Mod tour photographer Michael
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November 29, 2007