Rev. Don Rivers
A little over 200 years ago we declared our independence from England . I
wonder if we realize that we also declared our dependence. We succeeded as a
nation because of our ability to join together and depend on one another.
That is what secured our freedom. Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
Happy Fourth of July! I hope your picnic went well. I also hope you
took some time to remember what it took for us to break away and become an
independent nation. It took our willingness to work together, agree on one
common purpose and sacrifice everything we had to make it work. Sound like a
Racing, in many ways, reflects the same character it took our great
nation to break free from England . We first and foremost need to have a
common goal. In most cases that is winning. When everyone is committed to
making that happen the team starts to gel and become a cohesive unit. The
chemistry is right. We all do our part for the good of the team.
What separates the best teams from the rest? The ability to work
together, do what needs to be done and not pick apart the work of others on
the team. Think of the teams that are always on the top. They are prepared
to race; everyone has a job and does it. They can depend on each member to
pull their weight. The end result can be a championship, or two.
When we develop the trust in one another, learn what our task is
and focus on doing that we will succeed. When we are more concerned about
nit picking and finger pointing we do not succeed. Let me ask a question,
are we dependable? Can people depend on us to do what we are supposed to do?
Are we doing what we were created to do?
That last question may seem a little out of place on a race team.
You may be asking the question, was I created to be a tire specialist? Yes,
God created each one of us unique and equipped each one of us with special
talents. What would happen if the tire guy wanted to drive or tune the
engine? The members of the team would be out of place. If you are the tire
guy, be the best tire guy possible. Let me explain.
Paul wrote about the topic, one body, many parts, letís read what
1Corinthians 12:12-26: The body
is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are
many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by
one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were
all given the one Spirit to drink.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot
should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would
not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say,
"Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for
that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye,
where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where
would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the
body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one
part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head
cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of
the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we
think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are
unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts
need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and
has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be
no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for
each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is
honored, every part rejoices with it.
God created us to be different and unique. He gave each of us a
task to do and put in each of us the necessary abilities to accomplish those
tasks. If we seek God out and ask Him to show us the tasks He wants us to
accomplish He will. This is called being in Godís will. The blessing we
receive from being in Godís will is tremendous. It includes inner peace,
joy, satisfaction, fulfillment and hope. Take a look inside your heart. Do
you have those blessings there?
We were created to depend on one another. God didnít create us as
Lone Rangers. We will never experience the fullness of Godís blessing if we
live life alone. Yes, there are times to be alone, but God created life to
be lived together, depending on each other and helping one another.
The United States of America exists today because we learned and
practiced that. Race teams win championships because they practice that. You
too can have that in your life. First, seek God out and ask for His presence
in your life. He will come and show you the way. The writer of Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12; 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!
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I encourage you to find your place in Godís Kingdom and seek His
will for your life. Find those who you can depend on, those who help make
you the person you need to be. Accept God's will for your life and seek to
please him. God Bless, Rev. Don.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
Well the week started out with the anticipation of officiating the
wedding of Tim ďThe FlagmanĒ and Robyn at Thompson Speedway during the
nights racing action. As the season has gone this year so this night would
be no different, the weather had other ideas and put a wet blanket over
those plans. Not to be deterred even with the nights racing action postponed
I donned my uniform and headed to the track. We moved the ceremony up to the
clubhouse and carried on regardless of the weather. Tim and Robyn are now
With that accomplished and no touring races on the schedule I
headed for the coast, the west coast that is. Lynda and I took a long
awaited vacation. I did mix a little business in and James and Katie at
Design 500 didn't mind adjusting their schedule to show us their neck of the
woods. We enjoyed a wonderful Fourth of July with them, had a chance to see
their shop and review some designs and make plans for the future.
You may have heard of the liquid sunshine that falls quite
frequently in that part of the country. We figured that with all the rain we
had received in the Northeast we were ready, wrong. The skies parted and the
sun shone more than we had seen in a month back east. We were delightfully
surprised and wondered where the reputation came from. Things got back to
normal on Monday though. I guess God had that blessing for us while we were
After the weekend in Seattle we head south to San Francisco . I'll
fill you in next week on that leg of the trip. We plan on being back in the
Northeast on the weekend and are looking forward to getting back in action
next week. I will be headed to Spencer with the Whelen Modified Tour and Dan
will head to Thompson to be with the Camping World East Series. Look for
local Super Late Model driver Derek Ranstom to make his Camping World debut
as a teammate to Steve Park. Derek has shown some skill behind the wheel but
we'll have to wait and see if that can transfer to the bigger and heavier
cars of the CWES.
Stafford Motor Speedway ran on Friday night with our West Coast
Coordinator, Gary Dionne, filling in for Phil and Kyle who were
participating in the wedding of Phil's sister Krista. It was a happy moment
for the family who as you may remember lost their father, Rick, last
November. Gary was happy to fill in as he was in town to help us at NHMS
last week. TC nailed the SKMod victory beginning his charge to two hundred.
CURT STEIN RECOVERING - At the beginning of the CRA Late
Model Race on June 16th at Anderson Speedway, Curt Stein was severely
injured when a tire he was filling exploded. He will face several surgeries
and a long rehabilitation. Please keep him, his family, and the Eckoff Team
in your prayers. Contributions to offset medical care may be sent as
This account has been established to help pay for the ongoing
medical expenses that Curt Stein, a crew member with Ecoff Motorsports who
was injured on June 16th, will have throughout his lengthy recovery. Any
donations will be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to the Curtis
M. Stein Contribution Account and mailed directly to Greenfield Banking Co.
Curtis M. Stein Contribution Account
Greenfield Banking Co.
1920 N. State St.
Greenfield , In. 46140
317-462-1431 Attn. Debbie
TOYOTA ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN DATE SET - once again it looks
like a pre-season trip to the west coast for the Camping World Series.
January 29-30 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. Matt Kobyluck looks to repeat
as champion. Make your plans now to join the action live, if you can't be
there remember it will be carried live on Speed.
We are looking forward to getting some racing in this week. Let me
encourage you to get out there and enjoy some live racing action. Be a
witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the
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next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and
Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
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Call us with your prayer and counseling needs and list all your prayer
needs, no matter what part of our racing family you are in, with the Racing
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Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and
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
JOHN & LAURIE UDES - This asphalt Modified driver from white Plains,
NJ and wife celebrate
GARY & KARIANN HARTSON - The proprietor of Clinton, CT G&H Trailer/
Waterford LM driver
and wife have their 13th anniversary.
LEW & JOANN PARKS - This Glen Aubrey, NY Indy 500 tire specialist and
wife make it 48
BILL & PHYLLIS BALSER - The Norton, MA photographer and wife have
their 57th anniversary.
TOM ROSATI - Agawam, MA former CWES/ProStock driver and husband of
Kristy Bennett Rosati, CWES driver Brad's sister.
SPIKE MATTATALL - Beech Ridge Speedway driver.
JENNIFER & PAULA ZUIDEMA - The wife and mom of Brookfield, MA
ProStock driver Jeff.
NICOLE STEFANIK - Daughter of NASCAR WMT/CWES multi-time champion
Mike and wife Julie, head of Koszela Speed.
LORI CANNEY - Wife of Meriden, CT AARN photographer Frank.
BEV MAVLOUGANES - Mom of Springfield, MA photographer Dave and
ProStock driving Jim.
KEVIN MORGAN - Son of Maryland fan Forrest.
JACOB MILLER - Son of Camp Hill, PA fans Ron and Arleen is 11.
JAKE MILLER - A son of Ron and Arleen in Camp Hill, PA is 12.
CARLTON ROBIE - Candia, NH dad of CWES/Al Pro driver Jarod Robie.
STEVE LOMBARDO - CT Modified driver.
CHUCK WELCH - Vacaville, CA NASCAR West driver.
TED PARKER - President of Praker Trucking in Avon, MA. Legends
GEORGE MARTIN, JR - Wernersville, PA writer.
BRIAN SACKS - Son of NSC driver Greg.
SAL MAGLIO - Scranton, PA fan.
INGRID D'ALESSANDRO - Race fan from Agawam, MA
BOBBY DOTTER - Chicago, IL NCTS driver.
JOE BEAN - San Diego, CA NASCAR West driver.
DONNA LITTLE- Wife of former NSC driver now WMT director Chad.
KYLE BELMONT- Langhorne, PA ARCA driver Andy and wife Sue's youngest
TOM CAREY - Former New Salem, MA NASCAR CWES driver/crew chief now
KRISTA ROEHRIG - The lady is the best friend and wife of former Big
ED SPENCER II - Berwick, PA former Crew Chief for Jim Spencer in his
BILLY STEBBINS - Former Jim Broderick Modified Crew Chief, now living
TOM BALDWIN III - Grandson of the late NASCAR WMT driver Tom and son
of NNC Car owner Tom II.
MENA FELTENBERGER - Wife of Grandview/Big Diamond
BOBBY BABB - Maine based LM driver.
JEAN DEBOIS - Mom of Pam Krause, wife of AARN Ass't Editor/Columnist,
RICH SENDZIK - NJ asphalt Modified driver.
BOB NORTHRUP - D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
MIKE EDDY - Veteran ASA driver.
BOBBY MASON - Former Riverhead Raceway Figure 8 driver.
WARREN KUHLTHAU - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Ryan Seamon CWES driver
team supporter and former Wally D crewman.
KAREN TURBUSH - Long Island Hut Stricklin fan.
BILL HUNEKE - Auto Sports columnist for the New Brunswick, NJ "Home
CAROL WEISS - Fiancť of Don Szerencits, Northampton, PA AARN Field
MICHELE CONWAY - Newfoundland, PA Micro Sprint driver at Lake
AUSTIN GLEN BREHIO - Son of NASCAR CWES driver Glen and wife Teri is
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