Where do we turn when the road ahead presents challenges? Where do we
turn when we cannot see the end of the tunnel. We turn to someone we
trust. We turn to someone we have faith in. Are you one of those people
others seek out when they need guidance and direction? You should be.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We all have people around us that we trust. They are the people we
turn to when we have a difficult decisions to make. Think about it, who
do you turn to to ask for guidance and direction? We should turn to God
for that but most times we wait until we get ourselves too deep.
Wouldn't it be nice if we would just go to the source before we try to
fix it ourselves.
In racing we have a crew chief who provides direction for the crew.
Their job is to guide everyone to prepare the car for the race. If the
car is not prepared then the fault lies with them. If a decision needs
to be made they collect all the data and make a decision.
Sometimes the driver doesn't think the crew chief knows what he is
talking about and tries to convince the crew chief to take another
direction. The driver's understanding of the situation isn't always
right. I heard of a recent test session where the driver thought he
understood what the car was doing but only when he saw the actual data
did he start to believe the crew chief.
Let me try to help in our understanding of how our mind, experience
and traditions leave us with the wrong perspective. We have things that
we fall back on when we are making decisions, the things we see and
experience, the things we are taught and the traditions we grow up with.
They formulate the way we make decisions.
Let's take a look at what we see and experience. Why do they have
officials at sporting events? Because we don't always see things the
same way. Have you ever talked with the crews of two teams that just got
together on the track and caused a wreck? You will soon see what I mean.
I remember on a recent restart when a driver didn't come up to speed and
caused a pile up behind him. Everyone had their own theory about what
happened but the truth was the shifter came off in the driver's hand.
What we see and what we experience do not always tell the true story.
Only when you take a little from each perspective will you be able to
piece together what actually happened.
Knowledge is an easy one, whoever knows everything raise your hand.
No hands up, I guess we each could learn something. You see we don't
know everything, we learn as we go. When we face things that we don't
understand we find someone who does. We are limited by what we know. Our
limited knowledge limits our understanding of the truth.
Tradition also falls into the same category, we are taught only
what our parents were taught. If we only use the traditions of the past
to make future decisions we will be limited. Let's look at something
simple like the phone. Do you still have a rotary dial and cord on the
head set? Why not? It was good enough for your parents or grandparents.
Traditional phones have gone the way of many traditional things. If we
limited ourselves to what our parents or grandparents used think of all
the things we would not have. Tradition tells us where we have come from
but not where we are going. To make the right choices we need to know
where things are headed.
That leaves one source to draw from, God. God knows the truth, He
is truth. God knows everything. God knows where tomorrow will lead us.
He is the only true source for us to turn to when we need guidance and
The writer of proverbs tells us that our understanding its not
right, the way we see things is not the way God sees things.
Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
This is a verse we read frequently but for some reason we have
difficulty putting it into practice. Part of the problem is we don't
recognize the answer God gives us. To some of us God is a stranger. We
first need to take the time to build a relationship with God before we
can expect to recognize His voice. Next week I will spend some time
talking about how we can build that relationship. For now let me
encourage you to turn to the one true source for guidance and direction,
For those of us who are asked to help others make life decisions,
lead them to God. It is the only way for us to find the right path.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
JBIII - NS SHOOTOUT - We had a great trip down to Concord , met
up with some old friends and watched some great racing at Concord
Motorsports Park . Dan and I want to thank Jerry Babb for being our
driver and picking us up on Friday. Actually he was free because of the
tight economy and the cutbacks the racing industry is undergoing along
with the rest of the nation.
We visited Andy Santerre Motorsports and got to visit awhile before
we headed over to the track on Friday.
At the track we made our rounds and were thrilled at the number of
Northern folks that made the trip. The car count for the Mods was good
enough to have a non-qualifiers race. The SK’s had enough to fill the
field and no one was sent home.
New to the SK ranks was Jeffrey Earnhardt. He met with the owners
when he was up at Stafford for the Fall Final and after he sat in a
modified he said he had to drive one. The arrangements were made and he
was in a Glen Johnson/ Sean Cassells prepared SK Mod. Preliminary talks
are underway to have Jeff in the car weekly at Stafford next year.
It took a little time to get this relationship started as the car
had some mechanical issues during practice on Thursday and Friday. After
a few quick laps it was time to qualify and run heat races. The apple
doesn’t fall far from the tree as Jeff had one comment after his heart
race, “I like this front bumper thing.”
We are hoping to have Jeff join us in Atlantic City for the
Motorsports show, keep your eye here for the lineup.
The long distance award went to Keith Rocco who commuted back and
forth to Las Vegas during the weekend. He accepted his award for winning
the Connecticut title in the Whelen All American Series and then hopped
a jet to Charlotte . It was rumored that crew chief Shane Hopkins was
impersonation Keith during the pit party while Keith got some extra
The glow of neon lights usually means pizza or beer but in Concord
it meant Neon Woody Pitkat as a distinct neon glow emanated from his Don
King Racing entry.
We were joined in Concord by Whelen Southern Modified Chaplain Kyle
Froming. It was great to be together again and share a chapel service.
Thanks also go out to Warren and Denise who opened their home to us
and kept us well fed. We are looking forward to heading back soon. I
think maybe it might be a good location for the All-Star Showdown. Maybe
that other track in town, you know the one it is by that dirt track.
WALL IS READY - I received word this weekend that Wall
Stadium is ready for racing to return. Bob sent me a note and pronounced
the work done and cars were on the track. What a great word to receive.
A track saved, at least for now, from the developer’s blade.
WORTHY OF PRAISE - Bob also reported that his Son-in-Law
Jimmy Wilson was recovering better than the doctors expected. Bob
contributes that to the many prayers said during his recent surgery.
Jimmy is doing well but still could use our encouragement. Card can be
sent to him at Jim Wilson, P.O. Box 1095 Ocean Gate, N.J. 08740.
Have a great week and we will see you on the Jersey Shore for some
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Mountain Motorsports Park , have their 31st anniversary.
BILL III & JANET BRICE - This NASCAR WMT official and wife (aka
Mother Goose) have their 16th anniversary.
JERRY & LINDA VENNE - This Bow, NH media person and wife have their
BERT & DEBI MARVIN - This Colchester, CT Mod driver and wife have
their 9th anniversary.
JOHN ANDERSON - Southington, CT retired Mod driver.
RYAN OLSEN - Son of No. Haverhill , NH CWES Owner Mike and wife
Vicki is 10.
KENNY TREMONT, JR. - West Sand Lake, NY Lebanon Valley Speedway
based Modified driver.
TRACY GORDON - Strong, ME CWES driver.
RICK MILLER - Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Mod driver.
RENE CHARLAND - "Da' Champ", retired four time NASCAR Sportsman
champion and dad of Fonda driver Rick.
TOMMY PORTER, JR. - Savannah, GA All Pro driver.
LOUIE MAIETTA - Brother of multi-time Beech Ridge LM champion
ROGER SAVLUK - Lisbon, CT Savluk's Service partner.
DAN MESERVEY, JR. - West Chatham, MA NASCAR CWES/NASCAR WMT driver.
CHRIS CARLSON - Modified crewman from Danbury , CT.
LEE HENDRICKSON - Former Mod driver/owner dad of Lawrenceville,
NJ Wall Township Speedway Modified driver Wade.
BENTO WILLIAMS - Wall Township Speedway co-announcer Lee
Greenwood's great nephew is 18.
JIM YOUNG - The proprietor of www.RACESONGS.com and the writer of
all those famous theme songs for tracks and drivers and divisions,
including Racing with Jesus Ministries .
DICK THOMPSON - Martinsville Speedway VP of Public Relations.
JAMIE MILLS - Milford , DE Bridgeport Speedway Modified driver.
TIM MANGUS - Tioga Speedway based NASCAR WMT driver.
STEPHANIE BAKER - Daughter of Baker Carburetion's Steve and Sue.
DELORIS & ELISABETH HOPE MINTER - The wife and daughter of
Martinsville , Va WODY Gospel Radio's "Uncle" Wendell.
LAUREN GEORGIADES - Daughter of Steve, Crew Chief for brother
Bobby's CT Mod turns 15.
JEFFREY MAHER - East Windsor fan "Chipper" turns 15.
TERRY LABONTE - Corpus Christe, TX Retired Hendricks NSC driver.
MIKE GROFF - Los Angeles, CA IRL driver.
ROBERTO GUERRERO - San Juan Capistrano, CA IRL driver.
BO GUNNING - Bethlehem , CT WAARS Modified driver and '98 and '02
FRED DUMACHOWSKI - Neshanic Station, NJ East Windsor, NJ Modified
PHILIP SMITH - NC Modified driver.
GEORGE KENT - Horseheads, NY Modified asphalt driver.
PHIL BARIL - NH ProStock driver.
BOB SCHERER - Mahoning Valley Speedway driver.
RAY PENFOLD - Yarmouth, ME retired LM great driver and proud father
of driver Billy.
CORINE SCHAFFER - Grandview Speedway Mod driver Rick and wife
Donna's daughter is 18.
BRAD BENNETT - Stamford , CT born, now in Cornelius, NC NASCAR
LAUREN LADOUCHER - D.I.R.T. NY Modified driver.
GARY LUSCHER - D.I.R.T. NY Modified driver.
JIMMY BELLISLE - Lisbon, CT retired Strictly Stock driver.
KEN CASSIDY - Canterbury, CT Strictly Stock driver.
BRYAN DUNBAR - NJ Street Stocker.
LEE CAMPFIELD - Wife of former Tioga Speedway, then named
Shangri-La, promoter Dale in Apalachin , NY .
DAN SUKUP - Son of Schodack Landing , NY retired Midget team owner
SCOTT WALTERS - Louisville , KY NASCAR driver.
RICH BURGDOFF - NASCAR Cup official.
ELISEO SALAZAR - Santiago , Chile IRL driver.
JOHN KATANIA - Crewman/son of CT Mod owner Joe, and graphics artist.
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