We face many trying times in our lives. Some of them bring us to the
point of breaking. How do we manage to get through them? How do we
continue? What is it that makes it possible to keep things focused and
moving in a positive direction? Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
The racing season is young but already we have had to deal
with more than our share of challenging times. We have lost a good
friend in Shane Hoffman. He inspired us to continue on even if the odds
were stacked against you. He did more with less, but had that trademark
smile and attitude that let you know he could conquer the world.
Then a few weeks ago we lost truly a special man in Dave
Rowe. Dave was not just a car owner, he was a cheerleader and friend. He
invested his resources in the lives of others to give them a chance to
live out their dreams. He did it in such a way that it showed those
around him what was truly important in life. For Dave it wasnít about
acquiring things it was about making a difference in peopleís lives.
Dave had such a positive influence on the lives he came in contact with.
You could see him coming and he had that smile. He didnít consider
himself above you, in fact he would do anything for you if you needed
He also loved to celebrate the accomplishments of life. Dave
would take the time to live in the moment. Tomorrow will take care of
itself, letís enjoy the day. The Davidson Racing Family is a testament
to the way he included and cared for everyone. There are many memories
of those celebrations and Dave was right there celebrating with you.
Dave let us know it is okay to enjoy life and celebrate. His life helped
us stop, look around and reach out to those who needed a hand.
It is always difficult to move on with life after we lose
someone close to us. We grieve their loss and want them to be back with
us. We understand that those who knew God and accepted Jesus are in a
better place and we will join them there one day, but that doesnít make
it any easier to get through today. Where do we turn when we need to
We need to rely on each other. We need to stick together and
encourage one another. Sometimes we need to pick each other up and help
get through the difficulties. We also need to watch out for each other.
When things in life challenge us, sometimes we turn from the right path
and start down a road that leads to ruin. We all need to watch and reach
out when we see this happen.
I am reminded of a passage in the Old Testament that helps us
understand the responsibility we have to each other.
There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
"For whom am I toiling," he asked,
"and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?"
This too is meaningless--
a miserable business!
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
The writer of this book was a wise philosopher. He held a
position as a judge and observed the lives of many. He recorded his
conclusions in this book for all of us to learn from. He comes to the
conclusion many times that the pursuit of things that donít honor God is
like chasing after the wind.
If we take a look at this scripture we see a man working hard
to attain great wealth and then one day realizes that he has no one to
share it with. He realizes that it is meaningless without someone other
than himself to benefit. He comes to a clear conclusion; it is
It is meaningless because it is selfish. Selfishness doesnít
honor God and if we live our life focused only on ourselves we will get
to the end and regret that we didnít reach out to someone along the way.
We will be empty inside. We come to the sad realization that you canít
take it with you. They donít have a trailer hitch on the hearse.
So the writer concludes that two are better than one because
they can encourage each other, they can reach out to each other and they
can stand up for each other. The last line helps us understand that
three, together, can withstand almost anything.
Sticking together is the way God created us to live. Life
isnít worth living if it is lived alone. Together we can endure the
tough times without being broken. Together we can travel through life on
the right path. Together we live the most abundant life.
This week take a look at those around you. Make note of those
who you look out for. Also make note of those who look out for you. Take
a moment and say thanks to those who cover your back and help you
through life. God Bless and have a great week.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
MOVING ON UP - The Jeffersonís coined the phrase but some
young drivers have put things in place to take a step up the ladder.
SEAN CAISSE returns to the driver seat in the
HRE racing ARCA/REMAX car at Kentucky Speedway. HRE gives young drivers
a chance to compete and prove themselves and Sean is excited about the
opportunity. He sat down with Todd Bodine and learned some ins and outs
of the track and is looking forward to racing on the longest track he
has ever raced on, 1 Ĺ miles. "Todd sat down with me and he went through
the track, step by step. I couldn't ask for a better driver than Todd to
give me advice," said Caisse, who has raced at Dover , Iowa and Loudon.
"Kentucky Speedway will be the largest track I've raced on, so the
technique Todd pointed out will really help me with things like
Looks like Sean had a great run taking down the pole and
running consistently in the top three all day. The race went extra
distance to finish under green and Sean got caught up in someone elseís
mistake. He finished a disappointing 28th completing 106 of the final
112 laps. Sean proved he has what it takes to go fast and maybe this
will lead to other opportunities.
RYAN SEAMAN - Ryan has landed the opportunity to drive
on the Craftsman Truck Series for Lafferty Motorsports. Seaman will make
his debut May 30 in the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International
Speedway. Ryan is familiar with Dover and this should give him some help
in his first ride for Lafferty.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT RACING ON THE WMT?
- RYAN PREECE is expanding his horizons, Ryan will be behind the
wheel of a full-fendered car for the first time. Ryanís racing career so
far has been in open wheeled cars, but this high schooler will take the
plunge at Iowa for car owner Maxie Bush in the Camping World Series
East/West joint event. Ryan said he is putting in 500 laps a day on his
simulator so he should know the track. Over 55 cars have entered the
event so a few wonít make the grade. Ryan has proved he can qualify
through winning his first Pole at Stafford in the Sizzler.
BOB MENSCHNER ON THE ROAD - Our Wall Chaplain is not
taking his time away from racing lightly. He is headed up to Oaklane in
Pennsylvania to lead the young racers and their families in Chapel. When
the QMA Region 2 States Race that usually was held at Wall moved, so did
the Chaplain. I received a call this week from Tony Lofton and he asked
if Bob would be willing to come up on Memorial Day Weekend and help out.
We know Bob will do a great job for them.
RAIN HAS DAMPENED THE START OF THE SEASON AT STAFFORD
- With the first two nights of the weekly racing season at Stafford
rained out they will give it a try again this week. They have moved the
New England Dodge Dealers Late Model 100 to Friday June 27 to give teams
a chance to get things going a little before the big event. Save some
gas and money by heading out and watching some local racing action this
THOMPSON SEES WITH NEW LIGHTS - Thursday
nightís practice has been moved to a later time slot to allow the
drivers and teams to experience the new lighting system installed at the
track. They will run practice from 5 to 9 pm. This will also allow for
some adjustments to the lights before racing begins on the May 22. The
new lights should only serve to enhance the racing excitement at
Thompson, again take the ride to the local track and experience your
racing live and in person.
JAKE JACOBS - I usually list these in the
Checkered Cheers but this one requires some immediate attention. Jake,
as some of you have heard passed away early Saturday morning at his home
in Mooresville. It was ruled a massive heart attack. Jake was our friend
and long-time crew member at Andy Santerre Motorsports. He was only 52
years old and leaves behind a wife and five children. The family is in
need of immediate financial support and if you are able please send a
donation to Karen in lieu of flowers. The family will be hosting an
informal memorial service on Tuesday, May 13th from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at
the family home. A second service will be held in Massachusetts after
school is out in June. Cards and well wishes along with donations can be
sent to the family:
Karen Jacobs , Roy , Erica, David, Mitchell and Collin
Jacobs, 184 Powers Hill Road, Mooresville, NC 28115
Please pray for the entire family at this difficult time.
This week finds Dan, along with wife Deb, attending the
graduation of their daughter Stephanie from SUNY Cortland. I will be
headed to Dover to do a wedding and maybe get a chance to drive on the
Monster Mile. Chuck, Gary and Paul will be headed to Iowa to cover the
Camping World Series event there. 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
DAVE & KATHIE DUPUIS - The mom and dad of Rene, accomplished lady
NASCAR Modified driver have their anniversary.
HOWARD & MARY HODGE - This Manchester, CT racing photographer couple
share their 46th.
JIM, JR AMD GINGER HAILEY - The NC LMSC driving son of Richard
Childress Show Car Team Manager Jim, have their 14th anniversary.
TONY & ELIZABETH DIAS - This Riverside, RI ProStock driver and wife
celebrate 23 years together.
EDDIE & ANN DENSIESKI - This Riverhead NASCAR Modified driver and
wife share their special day.
JERRY AND DEBBIE LILLQUIST - This former Thompson Late Model driver
and wife, now living in Myrles Inlet , SC , have their 35th anniversary.
GARY NAPOLITANO - D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
FRED VORDERMEIR - "The Big Apple Kid," West Hempstead , NY Modified
BUDDY BLACK - NC NASCAR Modified driver.
TONY RAINES - LaPorte, IN NASCAR NSC driver.
STEPHAN GREGOIRE - Neufchateau, France born, now Indianapolis , IN
DENNIS WOOLDRIDGE - Riverside , CA LM driver.
SHANE HMIEL - Former NASCAR driver.
ED ST. ANGELO - Barrington, RI Modified/ProStock driver.
NANCY CLARK - Wife of Long Island NASCAR modified driver Dick.
WES BENASH - Marlton, NJ son of Bridgeport Speedway Handicapper Bob.
PETE McCLUSKEY - Pete McCluskey Builders sponsor of Wall Township
Speedway's George Andretta's ProStock and #1 fan.
DOUG FRENCH - Farmingdale, NJ occasional NASCAR Mod Series driver,
proprietor of DFA, close friend of WMT driver Jamie Tomaino.
PETE PAVONE - Bridgeport , CT DWRS Modified driver.
GEORGE ANDRETTA - Neptune, NJ Wall Township Speedway ProStock
driver/ Modified team owner.
STEVIE REEVES - Speedway , IN NNS driver.
TOM TAYLOR - Lodi, CA NASCAR West driver.
GARY DANKO - AARN Brian's brother, racing radio host, Waterford
JARROD LEHMAN - Son of AARN columnist Doc and wife Carol.
JOHN McMULLIN - Daytona based Film Producer.
JIM POWERS - Seekonk Speedway co-announcer.
JANIE DANKO - Owner of the Waterford Speedbowl John Faulkner LM.
ROGER OXEE - Riverhead Raceway competitor.
GARY LaMOUNTAIN - Riverhead Raceway LM driver.
MATT HUTTER - Chardon, OH NASCAR CWES/NNS driver.
JODY RIDLEY - Chatsworth, GA NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
DALE CAMPFIELD - Apalachin, NY former owner of Shangri-La (Tioga)
SYLVIA CRUNDEN - Wife of CT ProStocker Brian.
BOB MENSCHNER - Wall Township Speedway 's RWJM Chaplain from
Waretown , NJ . Keep up the good work.
MIKE STEFANIK - Coventry , RI Whelen Modified Tour and Camping
World East multi-time champion and current WMT driver.
TONY STEWART - Rushville, IN born, now in Columbus, IN Joe Gibbs
Racing/Home Depot NSC driver.
ERIC NORRIS - Redondo Beach, CA NASCAR West/NNS driver.
FRED SCHIELE - Riverhead Raceway regular.
ASHLEY FULLER - A daughter of Karen and NASCAR WMT champ Jerry
Marquis of Enfield , CT.
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