Have you ever noticed that when we are hanging out with our friends we
are more inclined to get involved with something crazy? Whether it is
peer pressure or the desire not to be singled out or for the sake of
saving face, we agree to do things that are questionable. Greetings in
the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I was thinking the other day about some of the stupid things we did
as kids. The bunch of us would get together and who knows what we would
come up with. You can be sure it was something that would only make
sense to a bunch of teenage boys. I can hear my mother now, “What in the
world were you thinking? If all your friends jumped off a bridge would
you?” I didn't tell her, but probably.
Remember a few years back, down in Tampa a fellow convinced a few
friends to jump off a bridge. They tied a wire to the bridge support and
planned to swing back and forth until they came to a gentle stop at the
bottom. A couple of things we might want to note; first, I think alcohol
was involved, second I am pretty sure the leader wasn't an engineer.
You can guess what happened, the wire stretched and broke and the
five friends went crashing into the water at 60 mph. They were severely
hurt but no one lost their life. I am not sure they are still friends,
but I hope they think twice the next time.
We are all guilty of following someone down a road that leads to
destruction. I am sure if we listened to the campfire stories told at
last event we would find exactly who did what where. Remember the time……
We need to decide which road we will take. Jesus explained;
Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is
the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter
through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to
life, and only a few find it.
When we follow the crowd and go along with things that are
questionable, we go down a road that doesn't benefit us. We are caught
up in situations that will lead us down a road that we shouldn't be on.
They will destroy us.
I know it is not popular to be the voice of reason. There are many
names for those that try to guide others away from things that are not
beneficial. In the end, we realize that they are right. I think they
call it maturity.
In John's Gospel Jesus helps us find the narrow gate. He explained
that he was going to prepare a place for us and he would return to take
us to be with him. Thomas asked, “How do we know the way?” Jesus
answered I am the way, the truth and the life. No ones comes to the
father except through me. Jesus is the narrow gate, the key to life.
How do we get there? We have to decide to follow Jesus. We first
need to acknowledge that our way leads to destruction. We then need to
ask for His forgiveness and turn our life over to Jesus and let him lead
If you have already done that then take a look around and ask
yourself, How good of a guide am I? Are we living in a way that will
lead others to Jesus? Are we taking the risk to stand out in the crowd
and help others find the right direction? We need to be.
Take some time this week and evaluate the road you are on. If you
need to find the narrow gate, turn to Jesus, ask his forgiveness and let
him lead you. If you need to show others the right way, seek out the
guidance of Jesus, take the risk, stand out in the crowd and help others
find the way to life.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
DOUBLE HEADER WEEKEND - With both the Whelen Modified Tour and
The Camping World East Series in Connecticut this weekend you might
think the time on the road would be minimized, but truth be told, both
events were barely in the state. Thompson and Lime Rock Park are about
as far as you can be apart from each other and still be in the State of
We were excited to have part of our West Coast contingent with us
for both events. Gary Dionne was in town to visit family and came out to
help us. Gary ’s brother Bob and his son were also on hand to help. It
was a great time catching up and ministering together, thank Gary .
Thursday found us at Thompson International Speedway for the Bud
150. This race brings back memories of those we have lost recently and
we took the time to remember. As we have for the last four races, we
fought the weather. Qualifying fell to the weather but with two cars
short of a full field everyone that made the effort to come had a place
in the show.
Jimmy Blewett had the chance to go three in a row but as things
played out it was not his night. Ronnie Silk had the car to beat. After
getting caught up in an early spin he marched back through the field to
take home the victory. Matt Hirschman wanted desperately to win this
race in his father’s honor as this night NASCAR honored Tony for his
five championships. Matt didn’t have the horses to catch Silk and had to
settle for second. Bobby Santos came home third.
Off to Lime Rock where Matt Kobyluck had the same opportunity to
win three in a row. Qualifying also was rained out on Friday evening and
the field was set by points. Matt would start on the pole and with his
experience on road courses it would be difficult to deny him. Matt won
the previous road race at Watkins Glen.
Matt didn’t disappoint and brought home the victory in a race that
was delayed midway through due to rain. Matt shared the podium with Marc
Davis and Peyton Sellers.
We will have another double header this week in Mansfield Ohio .
Both divisions will run at the Ohio track.
LOOK MOM NO LEGS - I know it usually is no hands,
but in this case it was all hands no legs. Ray Paprota gave me the ride
of my life on Saturday. Ray is a paraplegic and doesn’t have use of his
legs, what is left of them. He drove me around the Lime Rock circuit
using a specially equipped racecar that allows disabled persons to race.
(click pictures for full size)
I must admit it was a little weird looking down and seeing no feet
on the pedals, but if you closed your eyes you couldn’t tell. Accessible
Racing has outfitted the car so that Ray could drive it with hand
controls. He is the only NASCAR licensed touring series paraplegic
driver. Accessible Racing is opening doors for the disable to allow them
to experience the rush of driving a racecar. Check out their website at
GOING UP TO THE MOUNTAIN - Received a report from
Former Wall Stadium Chaplain, Bob Menschner. Bob headed up to Mountain
Speedway where some of the former Wall drivers have found a home. Bob
was met with open arms. They welcomed him and the ministry. He was
overwhelmed with the reception he received and wanted to send his thanks
to the entire crew up at Mountain.
BACK ON THE ROAD - We have another long trip this
weekend as we head to Ohio . We’ll get a late start so keep our travel
in your prayers. Chuck, our Midwest Coordinator will be assisting us and
we are looking forward to two exciting races. If you are in the area,
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
ANDY & BARBARA HALL - This former NASCAR PR director, now Indy
Racing League official, and wife have their 19th anniversary.
DAN & LAURIE WALKER - The Public Relations Director at Beech
Ridge Motor Speedway and wife share their 23rd.
JERRY & LESLIE BURCHETTE - This Super Pro IHRA driver and wife share
their 15th anniversary.
STEVE & BONNIE MILLER - This NASCAR CWES couple from Waterford ,
NJ have their 35th anniversary.
JIM & PAT SPENCER - The former driver now TV personality from
Berwick , PA and lovely wife share their 28th.
TOM & SUE FEARN - The Feeding Hills, MA ProStock championship and
Latemodel driver and wife have their 11th anniversary.
JOE AND KAREN CIVALI - Parents of WMT driver James and CTS
spotter Joey celebrate their 29th.
BOB & LISA CLASETTA - This Vernon, CT auto racing industry Sales
Rep. and wife have their 36th anniversary.
JOHN LESNIAK - Wallingford, CT NASCAR CWES driver
CHARLIE KREMER - NJ asphalt Modified driver.
STEVE MILLER - Waterford, NJ BES team part-owner.
DENNIS PUNCH - PR man for the Brewco NNS Team. Dennis is also Dr.
NEAL FEOLA - He really isn't "Nasty Neal" and is a Blunderbust
driver at Riverhead Raceway.
TIM ATTAYA - Promoter of the Augusta , ME civic Center
Motorsports Show in January and Maine TV personality.
RENE LaLUMIERE - Jefferson, NH retired LM driver.
KAREN MARQUIS - Enfield, CT wife of NASCAR WMT and CWES driver
BILL SANSEVERINO - Son of Hillsborough , NC photographer Ed and
STAN FRIESEN - Owner of NY's Lancaster and Ransomville Speedways.
NICHOLAS GRAVEL - One of ProStock driver Gege and wife Lisa's
children in Groton , MA .
TIFFANY FULLER- A daughter of NNS/WMT driver Jeff and wife Lisa
GAGE MICHAEL COLEMAN - The son of former Waterford Speedbowl
Modified Team owner Danny, and future Quarter Midget driver turned his
CHELSEA BREHM - Mechanicsburg, PA. Jr. Champ Kart racer and
Daughter of Merl Brehm turns 13.
STEVE PARK - E. Northport, LI, NY NSC/NNS/CTS/CWES driver.
KENNY WALLACE - NSC/NNS driver from St. Louis , MO
ED KENNEDY - Coppell, TX ARCA/NASCAR CWES/NASCAR retired WMT
ANDREW McILRAVEY - "Big Mac" is a 1960's Plainville , CT Stadium
driver, now a regular at Stafford and Thompson. True to his heritage you
can spot him by his plaid shirts.I am told this year is lap 81!
NICOLE TRACI - Accord Speedway dirt Sportsman driver.
DORIS BRADLEY - The mother-in-law of Steve Wood, R&D with Ray
Evernham Racing, from Oakhurst , NJ .
DAVID BONNETT - Hueytown, AL NSC/ARCA driver.
MIKE JEFFREY - NY DIRT Modified driver.
TOM PERREGO - Another NY DIRT Mod driver.
CHUCK DOCHERTY - Connecticut ProStock/SK Mod driver.
TED HEBERT - Agawam, MA proprietor of Teddy Bear Pools, long time
AMANDA HAYES - Daughter of NH photographer Rich and wife Dede.
SARAH SMITH - Fiance of ACT crewman whose favorite singer is
LARRY SHIVERS JR. - Brother to former WMT driver Gregg.
KYLE PURKS - Langhorne, PA 358 and URC Sprint driver.
JEFF PEARL - Colchester, CT Waterford Speedbowl based CT Modified
RODNEY COMBS, JR. - Fort Wayne, KY dirt LM and CTS driver.
PETE PERNESIGLIO - Riverhead Raceway Blunderbust driver.
RAY EVERNHAM - From Hazlet , NJ, he learned it all in NASCAR
Modified driving and has put it to excellent use as the owner for the
Dodge NNC program.
BARNEY McRAE - Colchester, VT NASCAR CWES team owner/crew chief
and former driver.
NICOLE TRACY - This lady from Danbury , CT drives a dirt
Sportsman Modified at Accord Speedway in New York .
DAVE SILVIA - Seekonk Speedway Sportsman driver.
CHRIS DUSSEAULT - Wife of Somersworth, NH Marc Motorsports former
NASCAR CWES team owner "Deuce."
KAITLYN DILLNER - The daughter of Long Island native SPEED
personality Bobby and wife Meredith is 10.
MARIO "SPEEDY" TOMAINO - Giants NFL fan and proud dad of
Howell,NJ NASCAR WMT driver and RWJM Rep. Jamie.
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