It is the time of the year when the anticipation level is high. Things
have started to thaw after a long winter. People are coming out of
hibernation. We are getting ready to kickoff the 2008 racing season in
the Northeast. What are you looking forward to the most this year? What
has you all excited with anticipation for the new racing season?
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Spring is a wonderful time of year. The grass starts to green
up, the trees grow new leaves, the flowers start to bloom and the
racetracks open up for business; the smell of burning rubber and race
fuel. One of the true indications that spring is here.
This week we kick things off with the Icebreaker at Thompson,
then we head to Waterford for the Bud Nationals and on to Stafford at
the end of the month for the Sizzler. Sneak in a quick trip to SC for
the Camping World East opener and April becomes a month when we crank it
I wonder though, spring gives each one of us the opportunity
to start over, to make changes, to take our life in a new direction.
When we wake from our winter hibernation, we can walk in a new
We are accustomed to making our resolutions in January when
the New Year starts, but how many of those see the light of day in
February? I think now might be a better time to focus on starting new
things, taking our lives in a new direction.
Life is interesting in a way. We have many opportunities to
start over. We have many opportunities to change the course of our life.
Life gives us those everyday. Eventually though the days wind down and
the chance to live differently passes us by.
Scripture tells us that no man knows the day or hour of the
Lord’s return. People will still be going about their daily activities
when He returns. We do not know when our last day will be. Are we
prepared? Are we ready?
Let me ask you this, If Jesus walked up to you this
afternoon, would you welcome him. Most of us would start scrambling
around to get things in order. Don’t worry, none of us are ready.
However, some of us are more prepared than others. Some of us have taken
steps to make our lives right with God. We have turned to him, asked for
His forgiveness, and invited Jesus to come into our lives as our Savior.
Spring time gives us a fresh perspective, a new outlook on
the year ahead. Now is the time, today is the day to accept the
sacrifice Jesus made for you. Only then are we prepared for his return.
How do you do that? Well, it is a little easier than setting
up a race car. You don’t need an entire team. It is something you do on
your own. No one can make the decision for you. There are some basic
ingredients you need.
First, you have to want to. You cannot do it because
you think someone else wants you to. You cannot do it if you are just
doing it to be included. You have to want it deep down in your heart.
The decision has to be yours and it has to be from your heart.
Second, we need to accept the sacrifice of Jesus, His
death and resurrection. He made the sacrifice we couldn’t make and God
accepts that sacrifice as atonement for our transgressions.
Third, you have to turn to God to receive His
forgiveness. Just like no one can make the decision for you, no one can
forgive your transgressions other than God. He is the only one who can
and will, when we ask with all our heart, forgive us. When we call on
the name of Jesus and claim His sacrifice God accepts that and forgives
Forth, a new life is born in you. The Holy Spirit
comes and resides within you. He is there to guide, counsel, teach and
help us live a life that honors God. Think of it like your conscience.
His voice is there talking to you, guiding you the right way.
Spring is a wonderful time of year to begin life anew. I
think it is a great time to accept the gift that was offered for us. It
is also a great time to get back in touch with God. Lets face it
sometimes we drift away from the right path. We go our own way instead
of the way that is right. Now is the time to return to God, bend your
knees and seek Him out. Confess your sins and let Him forgive and heal
Remember our Winter Bible Study? Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
God is there and ready to restore us. God desires that we
have a loving and close relationship with Him. Return to him today for
the first time or for the hundredth time. He is waiting there to forgive
and restore you. God Bless.
Acts 14:12, Salvation is found in no one else, for
there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
THOMPSON ONCE AGAIN - Many WMT regulars made the trip
to Thompson for open practice. Among them 0 - Danny Sammons, 3 - Ryan
Preece, 10 - Ed Flemke, 11 - Anthony Sesely, 17 - Glen Reen, 21 -
Richard Savory, 28 - James Civali, 32 - Tom Abele. Jr., 46 - Eric Beers,
58 - Kevin Goodale, 90 - Renee Dupuis, 93 - Rowan Pennink, 99 - Jamie
Tomaino. A few of the cars were sporting new color schemes, #10 was
yellow and white, the #99 was yellow and newcomer #17 was white. Check
Howie’s photos for the new 2008 look.
ICEBREAKER TO REMEMBER 60 YEARS OF MODIFIEDS -
The oldest, newest and winningest Modified Champions will be honored as
the 60th season begins. 1952 Champion and oldest living Champion,
Frankie Schneider will be on hand along with 2007 Champion Donny Lia and
in between family representatives of the late 9-time Champion Richie
Evans will be on hand to kickoff the 2008 Whelen Modified Tour Season.
This will be a great time to remember where we have come from
and where we are in Modified racing. We will remember the drivers who
gave us all those memories. I am sure the stories will abound,
remembering the races of the past and the fun we had as we look forward
to another 60 years of Modified racing!
LW MILLER PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF - No
secret that LW likes Caraway. He would love to race the entire tour
there, but that wouldn’t be much of a tour now would it. He proved once
again that he has this place figured out and took the top spot as he
inaugurated his title defense.
WSMT FALLS VICTIM TO THE WEATHER - The WSMT race
scheduled for this past weekend at Southern National was canceled due to
rain. No reschedule date has been announced. Speaking of weather…..
SNOW CHANGES TRUE VALUE MODIFIED OPENER - Monadnock is
still dealing with snow cover so the opener looks like Lee. The new
snowfall this past week may even delay that. Let’s face it the north
country got more than there fair share of the white stuff and we may be
waiting until late April to see some racing in Northern New England.
WATERFORD READY TO GO WITH A WHO’S WHO FIELD OD SK’S -
Matt Hirschman will be back and hopes to inch out a win and improve on
his second place finish last year to Speedbowl regular Jeff Pearl. Saw
Jeff over the off-season and he is looking forward to getting back out
there and defending his title. Other names in competition include Gada,
Christopher, Yuhas, Pitkat, Hutchings, Paul, Summers, Ruocco, Malave,
Horton and others. I am looking forward to seeing this great start to
the SK season.
OPEN PRACTICE OPEN TO TOUR CARS - April 19 is the day,
Stafford is the place. Open practice this year will have a different
feel. For the first time the practice will be open to Whelen Tour
Modified contenders. The one-week rule that had been in place has been
put aside at least for the Thompson and Stafford practice sessions.
We’ll have to wait and see if it is permanently rescinded.
LIA CLAIMS FIRST TOP TEN - Donny Lia posted his best
finish yet in his Autism Speaks Craftsman Truck series ride for TRG
Racing. The last time he visited Martinsville he won. I am sure this is
an indication of things to come. Keep your eyes out for a diecast of the
truck. I am sure Donny will autograph it for Jaws Jr.
I am sure I’ll see you on the road somewhere this week, be
sure to honk and wave. God Bless, have a great week.
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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
MARK & LINDA GEER - The former Waterford Speedbowl Mod Inspector and
Speedbowl Office Manager wife have their 38th anniversary.
HARRY & PEGGY SOLT - This NH based NASCAR CWES GRAND NATIONAL
crewman and wife share their 35th anniversary.
RED & MARGIE RAYNOR - The former Long Island Freeport Speedway
driver and wife from Deer Park, LI have their 39th.
DOC & CAROL LEHMAN - This Smithville, OH AARN and RPM columnist and
wife have their 30th wedding anniversary.
PAUL & HEATHER FRANTZ - This Mountain Speedway couple celebrate
their 8th wedding anniversary.
JOHN SWANSON - Concord, MA NASCAR BES driver/Crew Chief.
DAN PARDUS - Daytona Beach, FL NASCAR driver.
ED WATSON - Mt. Vernon, WA NASCAR West driver.
JOHN R. JANISITIS - The son of the late Waterford and Seekonk
Public Relation Director in the 70's and 80's, John Janisitis and wife
JOE BUSCH - Norwich, CT Tri-State 4 cyl. Kart driver.
MIKE HURLBERT - Lynden, WA NASCAR West driver.
MIKE KOST - New Jersey born and raised Sprint Cup team member.
LISA RAINONE - Wife of NASCAR CWES driver Anthony.
TIARA BUSCH - Kart driver Joe and wife Fran's daughter is 17.
SHANE CONNOLLY - Son of Endicott, NY NASCAR WMT driver Tim is 20.
TOM PECK - McConnelsburg, PA BGN and Dirt Big Block LM driver.
BOB BAKER - Sharon, VT ProStock driver.
HEATH TOMAR - Son of Greensboro, NC track GM Larry.
CINDY SAVLUK - Wife of Lisbon, CT's Roger at Savluk Service Center.
DONNA HANKS - Wife of Somers, CT LM driver Scott.
ED PERRY III - Seekonk Speedway Prostock driver.
SIERRA JESANIS - niece of RWJM President Rev. Don will be 12.
KATIE STANDLEY - proprietor of Lady Eagleware and the wife and
number one partner of James, proprietor of the famous Design 500 in
Seattle, WA, and maker of the RWJM Chaplain Uniforms and Driver Uniforms
in partnership with ASI Racewear, also the Ministry Northwest
Coordinators and board members, has her special day. Praise the Lord!
MIKE BLISS - Milwaukee, OR USAC Midget and NASCAR NSC/NNS/Truck
DAVE ASHLEY - Riverside, CA LM driver.
MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER, JR. - The son of Plainville, CT Modified driver
Mike and wife Jennifer is 8.
ROSE FRYE - The wife of Ferrell,NJ Team owner Warren "Jeep" and
grandmother of Glenn, JR.
DAVE PETFIELD - Brother of Dan and treasurer of Racing with Jesus
AFFONSO GIAFFONE - Sao Paulo, Brazil IRL driver.
KEVIN REX - Pennsy asphalt Modified driver.
WAYNE PATTERSON - Richmond, VA LMSC driver.
KEN BOUCHARD - Fitchburg, MA NASCAR CWES/WMT driver, and
proprietor of the Thompson Speedway based Modified driving school.
FRED ROSNER - Agawam, MA ProStock/NASCAR BES fabricator.
DAVE ST. JOHN - The military career son of Henry St. John,
proprietor of Jewett City Service.
JORDYN ROSE BENNETT - The daughter of Stamford, CT born CWES/CTS
driver Brad and wife Diane is 7.
LOY ALLEN, JR - former NSC driver.
VINNIE GREEN - Wall Township Speedway retired Modified driver.
WENDELL LEE MINTER - Ridgeway, VA host of the "Uncle Wendell's
Gospel Music Show aired daily on Martinsville's WODY.
LISA ERM - New Jersey based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Head
JOHN SZERENCITS - Whitehall, PA dad of AARN subscription salesman
JOSEPH ROBERT COX - Rev. Pat's third-cousin son of Bob and Tracy
Cox in Boyertown, PA is 10.
ROBERT PRESSLEY - Asheville, NC NSC/NNS/CTS driver.
BILLY MIDDLETON - Germantown, NC Modified driver.
MARK GREEN - Owensboro, KY NNS driver; middle brother with David
JEFF CROWLEY - NH ProStock driver.
JOE LARSEN - Former Riverhead Raceway Chief Steward, now an
official on the NASCAR whelen Modified Tour.
TOMY MEMBRINO III - Son of Waterbury, CT ProStock driver Tony is
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