THE RIGHT WAY TO PRACTICE
As we move into the open practice time of the preseason, I wondered if
you knew there is a right way to practice. Like everything we do in life
there is a right way and a wrong way. Many times we are told to practice
what is right. Are we practicing what is right or just what makes us
feel good. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We head to the track with the expectation of figuring out the
best setup. We try to find the right combination of settings that will
yield the fastest car. Our feeling is having the fastest car will give
us the best chance at winning. I have heard it said the fastest car
doesn't always win. So why do we practice trying to make the car go
To further support the notion that practicing to make the car
go fast is not always the right way to practice let us take a look at
the big boys. A few years ago in an effort to reduce costs and eliminate
the need for two setups, one for qualifying and one for racing, NASCAR
had impound races. What did we learn? Making a car go fast for a few
laps produces a car that won't race very well in the long run. It looks
fast for a few laps but soon, very soon, it will destroy itself because
it isn't setup to run the race.
Wow, what a life lesson. We know that setting a racecar up to
go fast doesn't yield a car that will last. The same holds true in life,
setting up our life to live in the fast lane only yields a very short
life. I have seen many burn themselves out because they practiced the
wrong things. They lived life the wrong way.
Did you ever notice that we want the good life, the best
life, but we engage in activities that produce results that are contrary
to those wishes. It is impossible for us to live one way and expect a
result that is contrary to the activities we practice. A good life is
not the result of bad practices. As a matter of fact that is the
definition of the word insane, doing the same things over and over and
expecting results that are different. Are we caught in that rut? Are we
practicing the same things and expecting different results? We must be
We all have a sense of what is right and what is wrong. We
try to rationalize the wrong activities that we practice. We try to
convince ourselves that we are alright because everyone is doing it. We
make excuses for our incorrect practices and try to convince ourselves
that everything will work out fine. When it doesn't we look for someone
to blame. Generally, God falls into the category that we blame. How
could God let this happen? The writer of Romans helps us to understand
that a little;
Romans 1:28-32; 28 Furthermore, since they did not
think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to
a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become
filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They
are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent
ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless,
faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God's righteous
decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only
continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice
The writer explains that there comes a time when God says,
“Enough! If that is the way you want to live, fine live that way. I am
withdrawing my presence from your life.” Think of it like raising a
child. You try to teach them the right way to live but they think they
know better. You try to show them the right path so that they don't
experience the pain and suffering you did, but they think they know
better. You try to protect them in every way from the things they don't
need to experience, but they think they know better. At some point you
say fine go ahead try it your way. You sit by and watch, waiting for the
results you know are coming. When it comes you have a choice to make. Do
you pick them up or do you let them experience the consequences of their
actions? There are instances when each response is right. You need God's
guidance to know which response is the right one.
Sometimes we ask God for his guidance and direction only to
set it aside and do things our way. I am amazed at how many of us think
we know better than God what the right direction is for us. It is not in
God's character to lead us in the wrong direction, yet we question His
wisdom. Jesus explained it this way;
Luke 6:46-49; 46 "Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,'
and do not do what I say? 47 I will show you what he is like who comes
to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a
man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.
When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it,
because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does
not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground
without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it
collapsed and its destruction was complete."
We need to take heed of the guidance we receive from God. We
need to follow His ways. We need to practice the right way by following
God. We need to practice what is right.
Practice makes perfect. What use is it if we become experts
at things that are wrong? As we repeat things over and over they become
habits. Habits can be good or bad. We all have many bad habits. They
come from practicing the wrong way. Only when we practice the right
things, the right way do we develop the right character.
Lets take a look at what we are practicing. Is it consistent
with the teaching in God's word? Does it honor God and bring glory to
His name? Only when it does is our life blessed. When we practice what
is right the results will be a blessing. I would encourage you to
analyze your practice routine and if it needs to be adjusted then make
the necessary adjustments to get it in line with God.
Philippians 4:8-9; 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is
true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever
is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy--think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or
received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the
God of peace will be with you.
God Bless, Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
PRACTICE OPENS THE RACING SEASON IN NORTHEAST - The cold
temps and the Whelen Southern Modified tour opener kept the numbers down
but the pit area of Thompson Speedway was buzzing with activity. It was
good to see everyone and catch up on the winter. Many were just shaking
things down and making sure things were ready to go. The opener is just
two weeks away and I hope it warms up.
Talked with Woody Pitkat who had both his Waterford and
Thompson car there to shake them down. He is looking forward to running
a few races at Waterford this year including the Bud 150 the week after
I talked with Bill Roberts at Waterford and RWJM will be
there to kick off their season like we did last year. Bill is putting
forth the effort to turn Waterford into what it could be, let’s support
his effort, get out there and buy a ticket, a burger and a souvenir.
This season will be a pivotal one for the local tracks. With
the economic pressure on everyone’s wallet, discretionary income will be
difficult to come by. Let me suggest that taking in a race at your local
track is the biggest bang for your buck. The competition is fantastic.
Everyone in the family can pick a driver to root for and after the race
you can go meet them in the garage area. There still aren’t many sports
that let you go in the locker room during and after the game.
Get out there and experience racing first hand, you’ll find
it very different that sitting in front of the TV and much more fun.
TRI STATE SPEEDWAY ENTERING THE FINAL STAGES OF
PREPARATION - I swung by the track this past week and the track
looks great. They were in the process of installing the guardrail, we
won’t need those will we? The cars are on there way from California .
The timing loop is in and the software is in place to keep track of the
records. The official opening will be the Friday and Saturday night of
the Icebreaker, April 4 & 5.
The will open to work out the bugs the week before. If you
need me I’ll be putting in laps to make sure the cars are all working
Crystal wants this to be a great success. This was her and
John’s dream and she completed it as a tribute to him. I would like to
see the place packed! If you are bringing your car in on Friday of the
Icebreaker make plans to spend the night at Tri State Speedway. It is
only 10 minutes from the track.
Take a left out of the pits, at the top of the hill turn
right and head North on 193. Take left onto Wilsonville Rd. Follow to
Rt. 12 North. Chase Ave. is a right off Rt.12 about 1.25 miles into
TOYOTA SPEEDWAY ? The name of the track has changed,
the date has changed but the event is still the same. The Toyota
All-Star Shootout has been moved to January 23-24, 2009 at Toyota
Speedway at Irwindale. We are looking forward to the event but it does
make the schedule a little cramped in the “off-season”. The event is now
right on the heals of Motorsports 2009 in Atlantic City . While it does
give more time to prepare, it will present a challenge for us to get the
drivers to the show for exposure. We’ll see you in sunny southern
California to kick off the new year!
We’ll be back at Thompson this Saturday for another practice
session. Stop by and say hi. Have a great week.
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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
BOBBY & DONNA LABONTE - The Corpus Christi, TX driver of the Petty
Enterprises #43 and wife have their 16th anniversary.
JOHN MARKOVIC, JR. - Mountain Speedway and ocasional NWMT driver.
DOROTHY BEERS - Mom of Northampton, PA NASCAR WMT driver Eric.
JODI PAPALE - Wife of Meriden, CT ProStock/Modified driver Tony.
SHAYNE GEIST - Son of Wescosville, PA Mahoning Valley Speedway
driver Todd and wife Karen is 18.
NATALEE JARRETT - One of Hickory, NC based NNC's Dale and wife
Kelley's children turns 16.
GLEN DAVIS - This Maine based sports photographer has his special
ANDY HALL - Formerly of NASCAR, now with the Indy Racing League.
CALE YARBOROUGH - Retired NNC team owner, retired champion and
one of the founders of the very first NNC ministry.
RODNEY COMBS - Lost Creek, WV NNS driver.
JEFF FULLER - Auburn, MA born NNS driver.
BOSCO LOWE - Retired Southern Virginia NNS driver.
LYNN BODINE - Wife of Chemung, NY CTS Champion driver Todd.
NICKI STOUT - Neptune,NJ Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT driver and
NNC's Dupont driver Jeff Gordon fan is 19.
MACKENZIE MICHEL - Daughter of Wall Township Speedway Modified
driver Dave and wife Kyle is 8.
BOB BREVAK - Ashalnd, WI ASA/ NASCAR Truck Series driver.
JAKE SMULLEY - Jake is the step-son of Big Diamond Former
Promoter Fritz Roehrig and son of Fritz's wife Krista. He was also
Frit's right-hand man at the track.
DOUG HEVERON - Liverpool, NY BGN driver/spotter.
JEFF SCHMETZLE - PA Sportsman Modified driver.
JOE ROSENFIELD - Mass. ProStock driver.
RON FOX - Retired CT Modified driver, dad of Plainfield, CT
Modified driver Tom.
STEVE GEORGIADES - Crew Chief brother for brother Bobby's
Stafford/Thompson Modified team.
JOE CUDNIK, JR. - Crewman on the Enfield, CT Brad Hietala
SHAWN HOULIHAN - CWES Flagman, NASCAR official, SMS and TIS
Flagman, son of retired WMT driver Dick.
THE REV. BILL WAUGH - RWJM Western PA Coordinator and Chaplain,
also Pastor at the Greensburg, PA Church of the Brethren.
MARIO ALBERTO - This AMSRA Micro Stock rookie at MVS and son of
writer Dino from Lehighton, PA.
RON SMOKER - Upstate, NY D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
S.J. EVONSION - East Hartland, CT Whelen Modified tour
driver/Crew Chief for son.
FRED SCHIELE IV - Son of Riverhead Raceway regular Fred III.
WILLIE CHARETTE - Retired Riverside Park Speedway Modified driver.
MARYANN GRECO - Widow of the late Stafford Modified driver George.
BRENDAN JONES - Manchester, CT Brad Hietala Modified fan.
BETTY DENNIS - The mom of Laura Dennis from Appomattox, VA a Jamie
Tomaino WMT fan.
April 1 NO APRIL FOOLS
JIMMY PHELPS - This driver of the 99J New York dirt Modified from
Baldwinsville, NY celebrates.
JARRETT SENG - Orefield, PA Micro Sprint driver. Recognize the
car by Bible verse Hebrews 12: 1-2 on it.
SCOTT HOUSTON - NNS Crew Chief from Hickory, NC; a son of retired
NNS great Tommy.
FRANKLIN HIETALA - Dad of Enfield, CT Modified driver Brad.
MARTY NOLL - Scranton, PA NASCAR CWES driver.
GEORGE MAYLOTT, JR. - Jim Spencer fan.
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