TIRES TELL THE
Rev. Don Rivers
Do you have a tire specialist? I hope so. A tire specialist can give us the
information to make the proper adjustments to finish the race. How about
your life? Do you have a tire specialist to guide your walk? Greetings in
the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
One of the most common sights in the garage area is the constant
attention to the tires. This is done because that is where the horsepower is
transferred to the track. The tires reveal to us what is happening when we
are out on the track racing. They tell us how we can improve the car's
performance out on the track.
Many times when we see blisters or tread wear we blame the tire.
Maybe the compound is too soft or too hard. Maybe the tires are from a bad
batch or they weren't cured right. It isn’t always the tire. The problem may
be deeper than just where the rubber hits the road.
Tire problems many times indicate deeper issues. What we see on the
surface isn't a problem with the tire; it is an indication that what the
tire is attached to needs to be adjusted. Maybe the stagger is wrong,
perhaps it is the shock setup or maybe the spring rate. The driver could
just be driving too hard. Tire problems usually indicate the foundation they
are connected to is not stable. I could go on but I think you get the
picture. If the tire isn't connected to the right setup it will show in the
way the tire wears. How we respond to the indications determines how well we
will run the race.
I would like to do something a little different with the next few
columns. I would like to examine a passage of Scripture and see how it can
help us apply the same analytical process to our lives that we use trying to
figure out what our tires are trying to tell us. Let's look at the closing
passage of Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" found in Matthew's Gospel.
Matthew 7:24-27, NIV; "Therefore
everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a
wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams
rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall,
because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these
words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who
built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds
blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Therefore is an interesting word; when you read it this is what it
means; because of what was said make these adjustments to your life. Think
of your tires again, when you see certain indications you make certain
adjustments to your car. Jesus says, "Therefore make the following
adjustments." He tells us of two lives, asks us to consider the end result
and make the correct adjustments.
Let's take a look at the similarities of each man mentioned in this
passage. First thing we notice is that they both sought to attain the same
goal, build a house. This is not unlike our desire when we come to the
track. We all have the same goal, to win. As each of us know, having the
goal and getting there is two different things. How do we go about
accomplishing our goal? Is there one way that is best? Where do we find the
That leads us to the second thing these men had in common, they
both went to the same seminar. If we read closely we find that each one
heard the words of Jesus. Each one had the right information to use. Each
one had an equal opportunity to succeed. Think of it like this, suppose you
have at your disposal the setup notes for a certain track. If you use that
information to set up your car you have a better chance of figuring out what
it takes to make your car go fast at that particular track. A head start on
getting your car setup in a way that will enable you to win.
Thirdly we find that they both experienced the same challenge.
There was a storm. It was the same storm for both of them. There was no
difference between what took place in each of their lives. When we come to
the track we all are faced with the same challenge, setup the car so that
you are able to win. The track conditions are the same for everyone. The
distance is the same for everyone. The practice time is the same for
everyone. The rules that dictate what equipment can be used are the same.
All things being equal, what separates the winner from everyone
else? The one who makes the right adjustments based on the information he is
given. We all have choices to make in life. Each choice comes with its own
set of consequences. How we choose and how we respond reveals who is in
control of our lives. Do we have a tire specialist? Do we make the proper
choices based on what we have learned? Jesus contrasted the two men for us,
the wise one applied what he heard and the foolish one didn't. Next week we
will dig into this passage a little more and explore the differences between
these two men.
Until then, God Bless. Rev. Don
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
ANOTHER RAN DELAY - What has become a familiar refrain on
the racing scene this summer, postponed due to weather, played a familiar
house, Thompson International Speedway. This time it was the Whelen Modified
Tour that was on the receiving end. The cars were just about to head out to
practice when the word came down. As of now we are headed back to Thompson
in early September to give it another shot.
Things will get busy for Modified fans at Thompson in the next few
weeks. First, the True Value Modified Series comes to town on Thursday,
August 27, 2009. Followed on their heels will be the Whelen Modified Tour on
September 3. This should be a couple of great shows at the high banks of
Thompson. We’ll be there, hope to see you there.
LIME ROCK SHINES - Visiting the famed road course in
Connecticut ’s Litchfield Hills only gets better when the sun shines. We
have been there when the weather is not as cooperative. We had the
opportunity to be there for both Friday and Saturday this year a change from
years past. It was neat to be able to spend some time with the teams on the
less formal practice day. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt DiBenedetto made it two
for two in road course poles and looked to be on his way to a victory until
he hit the disabled car of Matt Kobyluck.
Ryan Truex kept the double wild as he secured his second win on a
road course. Ryan matched his victory at Watkins Glen with this one at Lime
Rock to strengthen his hold on first place in the Camping World East Series
Championship race. The Series has two races left at NHMS and Dover to decide
Eddie MacDonald continued his hot streak and drove to a second
place finish and second place in the points. What made his run all the more
impressive was that the car was stuck in forth gear for the last twenty
The heat took its toll as many drivers reached for some sort of
hydration as they exited their cars. Jason Holehouse was one who fought the
heat to his best finish in the series. He brought his Kowabunga Jumps Bounce
Rooms Toyota home third. After he received his congratulatory hugs he asked
for one thing, “Where’s my bag of ice?”
Some times we head to the track and we don’t know what God has in
store for us We received a tremendous blessing at Lime Rock as our Victory
Chapel service was very well attended. We had to move the time around and
were not sure if the word got out. It did and they came. Ray Pavkov was on
hand to help Dan and I and his assistance was appreciated. Thank you all for
WMT REGULAR GETS HIS FIRST TVMS WIN - Rowan Pennink made it
to victory lane at Waterford Speedbowl last Saturday night. Rowan has been
knocking at the door and it is good to se him make some headway.
SOME UPDATES FOR YOU PRAYER LIST - I received this from
Chuck out at Anderson .
Saturday night at Anderson , Jerry Dane was involved in an accident
during the FWD Figure 8 and has several broken bones in his face. It looks
like surgery will be necessary and he is being transferred to Methodist
Hospital in Indianapolis . Pray for the doctors, staff, him, his wife Denise
and their children as they face the recovery process. We can offer praise
that his helmet caught the brunt of the hit - shattering the lower portion
of his helmet as the opposing car came in through the window net.
Also, we asked for prayer for Dan's girl Crystal with the lump in
her neck. Successful surgery showed no cancer and she is home recovering as
well. I filled in on the microphone for Dan while he stayed with Crystal
And these updates for a couple of young ladies we have been praying
Delaney DeCoste - Just 2 weeks ago we could have never imagined
that Delaney would still be here, but each day God is healing one part of
her body at a time. Although we know her brain will never be healed
completely, we just pray it will be healed enough to be able to smile and
give hugs as she could always lift anyone up who might be having a bad day.
She still remains in critical condition and won't be taken completely off
the ventilator until the doctors know she can completely breathe 100% on her
own all the time. Then, they will begin bringing her out of the drug induced
coma to see if she is going to wake up. We all appreciate your prayers and
God's continued strength he is giving everyone to get thru this very
Katy Stewart’s mom sent us this note; Katy looks like sleeping
beauty this morning. She has rosy cheeks, and she is wearing her little pink
cap. It was quite a night. She had a long stint in recovery, and made it to
the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Cornell Presbyterian via
ambulance around midnight last night. We were able to stay with her the
whole time. The surgeon said it was a long, dangerous and difficult surgery.
It took him 6 1/2 hours. He had to peel the tumor away from the portal vein
millimeter by millimeter. But, the very best news; to put it plainly, he
believes he got all the bad stuff out. We thanked him emotionally and
immediately, and he pointed to heaven and said "Don't thank me, thank Him."
We feel very blessed this morning, and this has everything to do with Katy's
optimistic report, as well our gratitude to all of you. We are so very
thankful for all of it. We believe she will have two more rounds of
chemotherapy to be sure they have gotten rid of all the cancerous cells, and
they will monitor her closely in the coming year. We are truly rejoicing
today, and words can't begin to describe our relief.
Please keep both these families in your thoughts and prayers as
they endure the challenges ahead.
HEADED TO BRISTOL - Dan and I are headed south to Bristol
for the first of what we hope are many Whelen Modified Tour races at the
famed half-mile. We have never been there and are looking forward to seeing
the track we have heard so much about. If you can’t get there watch it live
on Speed Channel Wednesday Night.
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ANDY & BARBARA HALL - This former NASCAR PR director, now Indy Racing
League official, and wife have their 20th anniversary.
DAN & LAURIE WALKER - The Public Relations Director at Beech Ridge
Motor Speedway and wife share their 24th.
JERRY & LESLIE BURCHETTE - This Super Pro IHRA driver and wife share
their 16th anniversary.
STEVE & BONNIE MILLER - This NASCAR CWES couple from Waterford, NJ
have their 36th anniversary.
JIM & PAT SPENCER - The former driver now TV personality from Berwick,
PA and lovely wife share their 29th.
TOM & SUE FEARN - The Feeding Hills, MA ProStock championship and Late
Model driver and wife have their 12th anniversary.
JOE AND KAREN CIVALI - Parents of WMT driver James and JGR spotter
Joey celebrate their 30th.
MIKE ROWE - One of Maine's legendary NASCAR CWES/LM drivers and very
proud dad of Turner, Maine CWES/LM driver Benji.
PAUL SPENCER - Berwick, PA brother of NSC driver JIm.
TIM BENDER - Colden, NY NASCAR CWES driver.
FRAN COLSON - Leominster, MA ProStock driver.
JIM KEEKER - USAC Midget driver.
LINDA SANSEVERINO - Wife of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed.
JULIE POTTER - Preston, CT Modified fan.
JOHN LESNIAK - Wallingford, CT NASCAR CWES driver
CHARLIE KREMER - NJ asphalt Modified driver.
STEVE MILLER - Waterford, NJ CWES 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
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 Jerry.
BILL SANSEVERINO - Son of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed and wife
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 is
GAGE MICHAEL COLEMAN - The son of former Waterford Speedbowl Modified
Team owner Danny, and future driver turned his 10th lap.
CHELSEA BREHM - Mechanicsburg, PA. Jr. Champ Kart racer and Daughter
of Merl Brehm turns 14.
STEVE PARK - E. Northport, LI, NY NSC/NNS/CTS/CWES/WMT driver.
KENNY WALLACE - NSC/NNS driver from St. Louis, MO
ED KENNEDY - Coppell, TX ARCA/NASCAR CWES/NASCAR retired WMT driver.
ANDREW McILRAVEY - "Big Mac" is a 1960's Plainville, CT Stadium
driver, now a regular at Stafford, Waterford and Thompson. True to his
heritage you can spot him by his plaid shirts.I am told this year is lap 82!
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 Wayne
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.
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