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   For drivers their guidance on the track comes from high atop the grandstand, a spotter. In life we have many sources that we draw from for guidance, but do we draw from the right source? The right source is the Father himself. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
   Drivers have that little voice in their ear. It comes via a radio and it can be a few different people, but when he is out there racing the voice he hears is that of his spotter. An extra set of eyes that sees what he can't and helps the driver make the right decisions.
   In life we have many people who are willing to help us make the right decision. Which one do we listen to? It becomes difficult to discern. The problem is we usually pick the advice we are comfortable with, the advice that gives us a sense of security.
   God would rather we chose the direction He has for us. His direction requires that we depend on Him for our comfort and security. In other words if by following God's direction you feel a little uncomfortable and insecure you are probably in God's Will.
   Joseph had some difficult directions to follow before the birth of Christ.

   Matthew 1:18-25, This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

   But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
   All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us."
   When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
   Joseph risked everything to follow God. He had good standing in the community. He didn't want to put Mary through public ridicule for getting pregnant out of marriage. He would be subjected to the same ridicule if he continued the engagement. I am sure following God's direction made him more than a little uncomfortable. He did however follow.
   What did it cost him? We know that his family didn't approve, when they arrived in Bethlehem the only place left was in a barn. His family didn't want them and there was no room at the Inn . When the child was born he was told to head to Egypt with his family. This cost him his home and business. He later returned after the threat was gone as directed by God, again uprooting his family. Joseph came to be known as one who when God spoke, he buckled his sandals.
   How will we be known? Will we be ready to follow the directions God gives us? Will we reach down buckle our sandals and go? I encourage you to listen to God's voice and in spite of the discomfort and insecurity it might cause, follow him.


   Race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway always is a little hectic. The schedule is full. There doesn't seem to be any wiggle room when the elements decide to intervene. We manage somehow to get the races in. Saturday is usually the short day of the weekend, but this one was a marathon. The Camping World race was postponed from the night before and run at 10:00 Saturday morning. The Whelen Modified Tour went off at 1:00 and because of the length of some track repairs after Anthony Sesley hit the inside wall they gave way to the Craftsman Trucks. After the truck race the Modifieds took the track to finish what they had started and bookend the day with modified action as they started it at 8:20 am with a short practice. We were all finished up around 7:00 and headed out to dinner. What a day.
   The weekend for me got off to a rough start, due to some issues I had to miss Friday's action. I want to thank my daughter, Elisabeth for filling in for me and assisting Rev. Dan. From what I heard she did an excellent job. Thanks for welcoming her with open arms. I guess the biggest action I missed was the outhouse tipping contest. A member of Don King's Modified crew took the ride and came out clean. I would say God was looking out for him as the port-a-jon was just cleaned.
   Rain halted the action on Friday just in time to give RWJM a great turnout for Chapel, one of the best we have had at NHMS. Is that what it takes? My hope would be that all those in attendance see the value in taking time and spending it together with God. They would make a commitment to stay after the driver meeting for chapel and encourage a friend to do the same.
   We have some Sunday obligation at NHMS as we do a chapel service for the Speedway Safety workers and close their safety meeting in prayer. It is wet as I write this and I am not sure what the day will bring, but we will be there.
   This coming week has us on the road again and me with a heavy heart. As we all know it is difficult to balance a full-time job and a full racing schedule. I may not be able to travel with Dan. He will need your prayers and support as he heads to Dover on Friday and Martinsville on Saturday. We are trying to arrange some assistance, but it still is a lot of travel to do on your own. Please be in prayer for my situation. As you all know the time commitment continues to grow and it puts a strain on many aspects of our lives. Please consider partnering with us to relieve some of these challenges. Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement. We couldn't continue without it.
   We did have some great racing action at NHMS. A few things to note, Eddie Mac repeated as the Camping World Series winner. What was a huge victory in June became magnified in September. I am sure there have to be a few eyes on this team that has bested the sports biggest twice at this New Hampshire Mile. Eddie is headed to Dover to do it again.
   Matt Kobyluck climbed closer to that elusive championship with a third place finish. I was talking with him and Tom Logano about his 192 point lead and Tom said even he could run the next two races and secure the trophy. Matt gets to nail down the championship in his home state of Connecticut at Stafford Motor Speedway of all places. I am sure there will be a Mohegan Sun North at the Fall Final.
   Steve Park looked like he was going to return to Victory Lane here but faded in the last two laps. He finished second, but a victory can't be too far away, look for him to be strong at Dover .
   Matt Hirschman took his first ride in a Camping World car and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. His dad Tony is a two-time Champion of the Series and Matt brought the Gillett-Evernham entry home in fourth place. Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.
   The Whelen Modifieds borrowed a little from Baseball and played a day-night double header. They stopped after 60 and let the trucks run and then ran the 40 lap shootout to end the day. The duel was between six cars, TC, Jimmy Blewett, Ryan Preece, Eric Beers, Ryan Newman and Bobby Grigas until a lapped car spoiled the show. Three of the top six were affected and TC, Jimmy and Ryan went on to finish the race. I did talk with Ryan Newman at the care center and he said he was having a ball until...
   TC is a familiar face to NHMS Victory Lane as he is the willingest driver on the Magic Mile. Jimmy gave it one last shot coming off turn Four but fell a car length short. The Mods didn't have their A game as right from the start there was a pileup but as they settled down there were plenty of lead changes and jockeying for position up front to dull the memories of some of the not so pretty stuff. Anthony Sesley took a hard hit on the inside wall of turn Two and caused the red flag that would delay the race until evening. I talked with him and he said the car just went out from under him. He was pretty sore but alright as we walked back to his pit from the care center.
   A shout out to Trent and the entire RSR team for their fifth place finish. As Danny Sammons said, that was a whole lot better than the hospital with a busted up foot like last year.

   RAIN FALLS ON SMS - Stafford Motor Speedway suffered it's fifth cancellation this past Friday and I know it has been a difficult season for many tracks in New England . I spoke with Red MacDonald of Lee and he lamented a familiar refrain about the weather and it's affect on the season. Please make an effort to get out to a local track before the end of the season. Spend some money there and encourage these track to continue to keep at it.

   BACK TO THE MOUNTAIN - Bob Menschner made a trip up to Mountain Speedway and ended up staying two days. He didn't get lost, they just wanted him to stay. A big thank you goes out to Elliot Wohl who made sure Bob had a room and breakfast. Bob also shared how welcome the track made him feel. I think Bob has found a home away form home.

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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



September 17

- Gainesville, FL RWJM Advisor and Counselor wife share their 40th anniversary.
BOB & CAROL PRATT - The brother of dirt Mod driver Richie Pratt and wife share their 30th anniversary.

September 19
- The Area Auto Racing News Assitant to the Editor and columnist/ ARDC PR Director/Announcer and budding TV racing personality along with his best friend wife have their 37th anniversary.

September 20
- The veteran racing writer for the "Norwalk (CT) Hour" and wife make it 50 years together.

September 21
- Grandparents of Bill Darcy of Darcy Racing and the #24 Micro-Sprint celebrate 61 years together.

September 22
- This Kensington, CT Riverside Park Speedway couple have their 16th anniversary.


September 17
- Wife of driver/TV personality, Jimmy.
DENNIS SAVAGE - Lisbon, CT Producer/Host of TV's "God's Masterpiece."
DEREK FELTENBERGER - The son of Grandview/ Big Diamond flagger/ photographer Mike and wife Mena.

September 18
- Carlsbad, CA NASCAR CTS and occasional NASCAR CWES/NSC driver.
LOU CICCONI, JR. - The famous Aston, PA ARDC and more Midget driver.
FRANK JASHEMBOWSKI - Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway dirt Modified driver.
LARRY VASSAR - Southington, CT ProStock team owner.
HAROLD BURDICK - Danielson, CT go-kart driver/owner and Stafford Motor Speedway announcing team member.
STEVE RUBIN - Owner of the New Thompson Speedway excellent food concessions from Needham, MA.
HENRY ST. JOHN - Proprietor of Jewett City Service in CT.

September 19
- President and co-owner with Frank Ferrara of Whip City Speedway in Westfield, MA.
SCOTT LOVELADY - Hartsdale, AL NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
JOE HOUDE - Millbury, MA LM driver.
GEOFF BRANSCOMBE - A son of NASCAR CWES team owner/driver Babe and wife Deb.
JIM BRODERICK IV - "Bubba," Whip City 250cc Micro Sprint driver; son of Jim and Debbie.

September 20
- Derry, NH Road course CWES driver.
SCOTT NEWELL - East Windsor Speedway Modified driver.
LANCE NORICK - Oklahoma City, OK NASCAR CTS driver.
SCOTT WEAVER - Shelby, NC Dash Series driver.
KYLE GRISSOM - A son of NASCAR driver Steve and wife Susan from Gadsen, AL.

September 21
- Welcome, NC famous NNS/NSC team owner.
ARIE LUYENDYK - Holland born, Scottsdale, AZ infamous IRL retired driver, now TV commentator.
STEVE HODDICK - Cheektowaga, NY NASCAR CWES driver.
CURTIS MARKHAM - Fredericksburg, VA NNS/NSC driver.
GARY IULG - Retired Upstate NY driving great.

September 22
- Wind Gap, PA dirt Modified ace.
TOM MAUSER - NJ asphalt Modified driver.
JEFF ZUIDEMA - No. Brookfield, MA ProStock driver.
TIM MROWKA - Torrington, CT semi-retired asphalt Modified driver.
JEFF ZERELLA - Former Fiore Gulf Racing NASCAR WMT team crewman.
JASON LaHUE - Son of White Mountain Motorsports Park LM driver Don and wife Robin.
STEVE BOTTCHER - Son of Lehighton, PA dirt Mod driver Bobby.
SONNY STRUPP - Grandfather of Bill Darcy of Darcy Racing and the #24 Micro-Sprint.

September 23
- Hickory, NC LMSC driver.
BILLY LAWSON - NC Modified driver.
TYCE CARLSON - Indianapolis, IN IRL driver.

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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: September 18, 2008

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