ROADWORK, PART 1
We have come to the part of the season that has us on the road every
week. Almost like the old barnstorming days. If this is Friday, this
must be Stafford . I thought about the road we are on in our life and
where that might lead us. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior,
As I was driving by a church the other day, I noticed this question
on their sign, “Does the road you’re on lead to my place? -God” I
thought about the road courses we run and the differences between them
and the standard ovals. We run a car that can turn both left and right.
The fuel filler is on the opposite side. The car is more balanced left
side to right side. In many ways preparing for a road course can help us
prepare for the road that leads to life. There are no shortcuts on the
I remember a race at Lime Rock and a driver who thought he found
one. They didn’t have a road course car so the fuel filler was on the
left side of the car. The driver had to take a right at the end of pit
road and drive up the access road where his crew waited to fill the car.
He did not intend for this to be an advantage, but as he entered the
track again and passed the scoring loop again after this very short lap
he made up a full lap. As his team looked at the scoring they realized
that the unique way they needed to fuel the car on this road course had
gained them a lap. They considered, for a moment, calling the driver in
twice more to get him back on the lead lap, but the officials realized
what had happened and corrected the scoring. Even in a road race there
is no shortcut. You have to run all the laps.
Life is similar in that you must run the race in a way as to win.
No shortcuts, no bypasses, no detours. Paul tells us how he ran his
Acts 20:24, However, I consider my life worth nothing to me,
if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has
given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
1Corinthians 9:24-26, Do you not know that in a race all the
runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get
the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.
They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a
crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running
aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.
2Timothy 4:7-8, I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me
the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will
award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have
longed for his appearing.
Paul also knows what it means to stray off course;
Galatians 5:7, You were running a good race. Who cut in on
you and kept you from obeying the truth?
Have you ever been cutoff? Tried to follow the right way but ended
up in a place that you shouldn’t be? We follow the crowd. I hear the
excuse, everyone’s doing it. Do you remember your mom saying, “If all
your friends jumped off a bridge would you follow them?” Yeah, probably.
We tend to follow the crowd. We justify everything by what others do. We
don’t want to stand out from the crowd. If we blend in and follow along
we will be all right. No, you must run in such a way as to win, not just
get by. Following the crowd does not lead us to life.
Sometimes we think if we just stay where we are we will be all
right. Will Rodgers said, “Even if you’re on the right road you’ll get
run over if you just sit there.” Life is a road race, left turns, right
turns and balance is important. We can’t just sit there, we’ll get run
over. And don’t follow the crowd they may be just as lost as you. So,
how do we find the right direction?
We will look into finding direction next week. Be sure and find
your way back here. For this week take a look at the way you are running
your race, not the race on the track, but your life. Ask God to help you
understand what you need to do differently. See you back here next week.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
THE LONG ISLAND RACING TRADITION CONTINUES - Riverhead, the
last holdout for racing on Long Island proved up to its heritage last
Saturday night. Yes, there were many caution flags, yes, there was a lot
of bumping and grinding, yes, the breaks didn’t always favor the fastest
car, but in the end it was another classic.
Roll back the clock a couple of weeks and you will see that Jimmy
Blewett won the Jarzombek, Evans, Baldwin Memorial at Riverhead. On
Friday, he spent time on the track at Stafford to dial in his setup
there. In the feature that night, he lost to TC by the narrowest of
margins. Saturday night would be different. When the lap counter hit the
century mark the race was on and TC and Jimmy waged a side-by-side duel
for the lead that will be remembered for some time. Jimmy would not be
denied and went on to secure the victory.
Let the record show that Jimmy had some extra motivation on this
night. Not wanting to finish second to TC provided some, but Grandpa was
in the house. Grandpa made the trip from New Jersey to see the race and
Jimmy brought home the victory. This is just another step in the healing
process. As Grandpa walked to victory lane, he reached out his hand and
said, “That one was for John.” He stood arm in arm with his grandson and
celebrated another victory for the Blewett family.
Racing with Jesus Ministries also had an eventful day at Riverhead.
I want to thank Bob Finan for extending us the hospitality and making us
feel at home. We had a few new faces traveling with us. Ricky Maddox
from Atlantic City assisted me as Dan was in Pennsylvania playing for
the Racing with Jesus Softball team in a tournament; see the report
below. Ricky had attended a Camping World Series race earlier this year
with Dan. He had one thing to say when the night was over, “I really
like Modified Racing!” This was his first Modified race and I am sure it
won’t be his last.
Ricky is testing the waters to see if Racing with Jesus Ministries
is a place where God is calling him to minister. We met him at
Motorsports 2008 in Atlantic City . He serves a church there as a youth
Pastor. We know that God is leading him and will show him the right
direction. Thanks for encouraging him at the track. Keep his decision in
your thoughts and prayers as he seeks God’s direction.
We also had Scott Kraniak and his son, Jacob, join us. Scott is the
pastor of Centereach Bible Church in Centereach , NY . He is interested
in coming on board as the Track Chaplain at Riverhead. He came down to
get a better understanding of what is involved. As some of you know,
Riverhead has been without a Chaplain since Father Dan was relocated.
Scott is excited about getting to know everyone at the track and serving
them. Keep him and Riverhead in your prayers as we look to put things in
I can’t leave the subject without recognizing a couple of
outstanding efforts. Ryan Preece posted his best finish yet at a place
where just finishing is an accomplishment, with a fifth place drive.
Also Rookie Glenn Reen posted his best finish with a twelfth place ride.
Good job guys.
I also had the chance to meet Jaws Jr. for the first time. You may
remember him, he is the autistic young man I wrote about a few months
ago. At that time he was struggling with stabilizing his treatment. He
is stable now and living life as an energetic young man. He informed me
about all the injuries he has experienced in his exploits as a young
boy. His dad said Michael is dong well and will be headed out to school
soon. It was great to spend some time with Michael and his sons. They
will be headed up to Stafford for the Tour race this week. Let him know
you’re praying for him.
VINTAGE RETURNS TO RIVERHEAD - August 24 is the day.
I am told that just about every vintage club around will be represented
at this event which makes it a must see for any vintage racing fan.
These cars have been restored by those passionate about remembering the
cars and stars of their youth, stop by and check them out. Admission
will be $10.00. Gates open at 10:00. For more information contact Kevin
Bacik of Long Island Need for Speed,
RWJM SOFTBALL TEAM COMES CLOSE - The RWJM team
competed in the 27th Annual Northeast Regional Softball Tournament held
in Valley Forge , Pa. on July 31st through August 2nd, 2008. RWJM did
not disappoint as it earned a spot in the "D" Flight Championship. To
qualify for the Finals, RWJM had to win 3 consecutive games...And they
did so in convincing fashion, winning the 3 games by the scores of
19-14, 24-9, and 18-9.
In the Championship game, however, RWJM "ran out of gas" and lost
to a very good Valley Forge team by the score of 15-8. It was a great
ride for the RWJM team, throughout the tournament, on & off the field,
the team displayed Christian sportsmanship and an attitude that
reflected Jesus Christ in a glorifying manner.
The 2008 RWJM Softball Team: Dan Petfield, David Petfield, David
Denmark, Peter Siwek, Ed Kast, Doug Glickert, Jeff Querfeld, Roque
Sanchez, Chris Hanzlik, Tommy Velez, and Ray Hernandez.
Congratulations to the team and great job! We had a great weekend
and I personally want to thank you for allowing us to represent RWJM in
the tournament. God Bless You and RWJM!! Ray Hernandez.
BACK IN ACTION - I’ll be joined by our Stafford Track
Chaplain, Rev. Rick Satkowski this Friday for the Whelen Modified Tour’s
midsummer visit. We look forward to seeing you there.
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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
SCOTT & HEATHER PUNCH - This NSC crewman and wife in Claremont, NC
have their 8th anniversary.
CLIFF KULIKOWSKI & SUSAN ZINSMEISTER - This Christian brother now
Atlanta, GA commercial Direct TV dealer, Atlanta Antenna, transplanted
from Brooklyn, NY tied the knot.
EDDIE MARSHALL - NY D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
CRAIG RAUDMAN - Redding, CA NASCAR West driver.
JEB BURTON - Son of former NNC driver Ward and wife Tabitha is
DEBBIE DIONNE - Wife of Gary, both of Acton, CA RWJM Counselors
and Gary a Hollywood car stuntman and RWJM West Coast Coordinator.
BRUCE D'ALLESANDRO - East Hartford, CT former Riverside Park and
NASCAR WMT driver.
AL HANNA - CT based alchohol Funny Car driver.
RICHIE YANETTA, Sr. - Of Bridgewater, NJ, the father of Go-Kart
drivers Rich, Jr. and Jeff.
JACK SPRAGUE - Concord, NC NSC/NNS/CTS driver.
CHARLIE PASTERYAK - Lisbon, CT NASCAR WMT driver/owner.
LORIN ARTHOFER - Bath, PA Mahoning Valley Speedway based Modified
driver and proud dad of driver Jason.
TOMMY ELLIS - Retired Richmond, VA BGN driver.
GREG TOMAINO - Brother of Howell, NJ popular NASCAR WMT driver
SAMANTHA HOWARD - A daughter of retired Waterford Speedbowl LM
driver Tom and wife Carol.
JERRY TOMARCHIO - Former driver at East Windsor and Flemington.
BRIANNA PAGE - This quarter midget driver at the Garden State
Quarter Midget Race Club at the Wall Township Speedway is 12.
MICHAEL DRANSFIELD - Another Garden State Quarter Midget racer is
CHRIS KOPEC - Massachusetts Flamingo Racing NASCAR WMT Cheif and
BRITTANY TOMAINO - Howell, NJ NASCAR WMT driver Jamie and wife
DON NEUENBERGER - Fort Washington, PA former NASCAR driver.
CHRIS URBAN - The grandson of Bob Pratt and grandson of Richie
JOHN TEMCHAK - Canterbury, NH NHIS Victory Lane Staff Member.
FRANKIE SCHNEIDER - The "Master of Dirt Modifieds" from the 1950's
through early 80's is now retired. God Bless, Frankie.
ED ZWICKEL - "Bubba" drives the late Model #1 at Riverhead
Raceway and is said to have the best BBQ in town; at least in the pits.
KEN WALLACE - Dallas, PA SCCA driver.
CRAIG Von DOHREN - BARTO, PA dirt Modified driver.
JERRY YOUNG - Plainfield, CT LM driver.
RICHIE GALLUP - Agawam, MA Modified driver.
RON HUMES - Islip, NY Modified driver.
LONNIE RUSH, JR. - Pickerington, OH CTS driver.
SCOTT GAYLORD - Lakewood, CO NASCAR West driver.
LENNY CHANDLER - Windham, CT fan and friend of Jimmy Broderick.
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