We will take a break in our study for one week. Rev. Dan is sharing with us
some of his thoughts with us this week. We will get back to our study of the
last words of Christ next week.
Don and I get a lot of questions about the relationship between the
Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and what they do. I recently read a daily
devotion written by Ryan Dinunzio a former professional soccer player that I
wanted to summarize and share with you. It should make it easier for all of
us to understand the roles they play. He called it the NASCAR Trinity and
related very nicely the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to the Spotter, Crew
Chief and Pit crew.
What is the role of the crew chief? He oversee's all the changes to
the car - before, during and after the race. To be successful, the driver
and crew chief have to have a good relationship and be able to communicate
well with each other. The driver tells the crew chief what the car is doing,
how it is handling, and what he thinks is wrong. In turn, the crew chief
tells the driver what can and cannot be changed. Look at Jeff Gordon and Ray
Evernham or Jimmy Johnson and Chad Knaus and how well they work (or worked)
together - they both have multiple championships to prove this.
For us as believers, to be successful we need to have a good
relationship with our crew chief - Jesus Christ.
John 15:4; Abide
in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it
abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in me.
means that we need to read God's word and pray daily, and we must be humble
enough to give up control. During life's challenges, it is critical that we
give Jesus control. This doesn't mean that we have to sit around all day and
read the Bible and pray, Jimmy and Chad don't talk continuously during the
race, but at certain points during the race they do. As we go through each
day, make sure you are talking to your crew chief.
Now let's talk about the pit crew. We know what they do. They jump
over the wall and make changes to the car during the race. They can be big
or small; changing parts, tires, making adjustments, banging out dented
sheet metal, or putting fuel in the car. Whatever it is, they are there to
help bring your car to a good finish.
In our lives, this role is played by the Holy Spirit. He is the guy
that goes over the wall. He goes under your hood, makes adjustments, fixes
problems, straightens out your lives and fills your tank. But we have to be
willing to allow the Holy Spirit to do this under the crew chiefs directions
- in other words, we need to give up control again. It is crucial for us to
take time out daily to let the Holy Spirit work on us. When we disregard the
crew chiefs instructions and don't make the necessary pit stops, we usually
don't reach the finish line. By listening, we finish, and sometimes can even
make it to Victory Lane!
And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of
sin, the Spirit gives you
life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who
raised Jesus from the dead,
lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will
give life to your mortal bodies by
this same Spirit living within you.
If we abide in Christ and let the Holy
Spirit over the wall, we will reach victory lane!
Now that the car is set, tires are changed and we have a full tank
of gas, what's next? When the drivers drive, they make split second
decisions - only seeing who is in front of them or in their mirrors. You
cannot see the whole track at once. You need to rely on your spotters to
give you more information on what is ahead, behind, next to you and possibly
the best line to take. They have a view of the big picture - not the narrow
view that the driver is focused on. The driver has to put his full faith and
trust in the spotter that what he says is true. We communicate with our crew
chief, when to pit, how to drive etc., but we also have to pay attention to
the spotter. The spotter may have to drive you past a major wreck, through a
line you cannot see, or help you to pass slower cars.
If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
Does this remind you of anyone? How about
God. While we pray, read the Bible, are being changed by the Holy Spirit, we
also need to stop talking and start listening to hear God's voice as he
takes us around life's race track.
God bless, and have a great week!
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
NOT AN ENVIOUS POSITION - As good
as Saturday was Sunday was bad. Under the bright spring sunshine Bobby
Santos proved the Icebreaker performance was no fluke as he set his second
consecutive track record in the Mystic Missile. With the beauty of Saturday
hope for Sunday held out despite the forecast. Stafford Motor Speedway found
themselves between a beautiful day and a bad forecast. I do not envy the
decision Mark Arute had to make at the end of the day Saturday. With a
perfect day in the books and the doubt created by Meteorologists who seem to
be wrong more than they are right the decision was a difficult one. This
type of decision proves that we cannot please everyone every time. Making
the most of what they had to deal with we will be back at Stafford next week
to finish Sizzler Weekend.
They will kick off the weekend Friday night with three extra
distance features for the SKLite, Limited Late Models and Dare Stocks. Then
on Saturday the Late Models and SKMods will join the Whelen Modified Tour
for the completion of the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring”. Please
make your plans now to be there next Saturday. And if the weather doesn’t
cooperate we will see you Sunday.
A LITTLE DIRT FROM REV. DAN - I got a chance to go to
Lebanon Valley and spend some time with Finish Line Chaplain Ed Harkins for
their opening night show. Ed arranged for me to take a ride in the pace
truck - first time I have been around a dirt track - it was a pretty awesome
ride with the dirt modifieds following you on the high banks. We watched
Kenny Tremont pick up his 115th win in his ride - which just so happens to
be numbered 115 from high atop the speedway in the tower. I had a great
time, but didn't go just for the fun. I needed to talk with Ed and continue
to build a relationship with him as we work together with Finish Line
Chaplains to minister to the Super Dirt Racing Series for The World Racing
Group. Ed does a fantastic job as chaplain - keep him and us in your prayers
as we minister to the drivers, families and officials from this series.
IMHO (In My Humble Opinion), comments from Bill Waugh
* Anyone know how to transfer pictures I took in the RAW mode into
regular format? I have all these pictures that I took at Motorsports 2010
and I can’t open them. That is what I get for fooling with the shooting mode
setting on my Nikon D80.
* Speaking of Motorsports 2010, I think it was a welcome homecoming
to come back to PA. The convention center was extremely convenient to travel
to and was a great facility. If you go there you really get a sense of the
variety our sport offers. I actually got to shake the hand of one of my
racing heroes- Bobby Allison.
* Please continue to lift up Conner Bobik, the 4 year old battling an
inoperable brain tumor.
* While you are at it, keep Larry Mattingly in your prayers. He has
had some toes removed because of diabetes.
* It was amazing to walk through the pits at Bedford Friday night and
see a virtual who’s who of Dirt Late model racing. 66 lates was a record for
* Any one want to buy a racetrack? Jennerstown, the finest facility
in Western PA is for sale. Rumored price is 1.5 million.
* Thank you to Bill and Debbie Reed, chaplains for the Lucas Oil Dirt
series chaplains for the Bible. May God bless your traveling as Dirt Racing
* I think that time trials do not belong in dirt racing! When 66
latemodels qualify on a dirt track the track is junk and freight train
racing ensues. Friday’s Lucas Race at Bedford was a prime example of this.
After all, don’t you want the races to be exciting and have the fans speak
positively about the series when the race is over? I was disappointed that
the season had to begin this way at a track I really love to attend.
* Having said all that…I can’t wait until this Friday and the regular
races at Bedford.
* After all the blustering after the Daytona 500 about how the track
didn’t need to be repaved, it has been announced that the track will be
repaved after the July race. I hope that the racing will be better for the
500 in 2011.
* While I was at Bedford, 2 yes 2 latemodels won the same race at Dog
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BILL & KATHY COTROFELD - The couple who haul and display the Featherlite
Show Trailer have their 34th.
RON & SUE CORNELL - AARN and Maine based "Racin' Paper" columnists
from Westport, MA have their 33rd anniversary.
WOODY & ELAINE FEBRIELLO - This former NASCAR Modified team owner and
wife from Waterbury, CT share their 38th anniversary.
PHIL & CONNIE RONDEAU - This Baltic, CT Cup/Mod/LM driver and wife have
shared 18 years together.
GARY & TINA DANKO - This Connecticut tracks announcer, radio show
host and wife share their 9th.
KIRK BRYANT - Thomasville, NC LMSC driver.
MARK GEER - Waterford Speedbowl former Chief Tech. Inspector.
JUDY MARTIN - Concord, NC NSC photographer.
NATHAN DIAS - Son of Westport, MA Seekonk ProStock driver Tony and
wife Elizabeth is 14.
CHAD LITTLE - Spokane, WA lawyer and now Whelen Modified Tour Director
JIM LOWREY, JR. - NH SuperModified driver.
DAVE FAIR - Oaks, CA SCCA driver.
BRUCE THOMPSON - Newtown, PA Len's dad.
MARK MOCKOVAC - Husband of Claremont Speedway Modified driver Audrey
Stevens and the Media Coordinator for the TVMS from Danbury, CT
BOB MORRIS - Auburn, ME racing columnist.
JOHN SZERENCITS III - Whitehall, PA brother of AARN subscription
sales rep. Don.
LINDA & NICOLE BRUNO - The wife and daughter of Jim, from Absecon, NJ
both celebrate today.
DAVE JONES - Driver of the #76 sprint car at Lernerville and other
West Pennsylvania tracks and a member of the "old guy race team".
CHRISTIAN JAWORECKI - Younger son of JAWS reaches his 10th.
MICHAEL WALTRIP - NAPA's NSC driver/team owner for Toyota's entry
into cup racing.
ANDY HILLENBURG - Indianapolis, IN NNS/ARCA/Sprint driver.
JASON MANAFORT - Plainville, CT former NASCAR KNPSE driver.
FRANK KIMMEL - Clarksville, IN ARCA Series driver.
JEFF KAUFMAN - Red Bank, NJ Modified owner/driver.
CHRIS GRADY - Son of Lebanon Valley Speedway photographer John.
JACKIE HENDRICKSON - Wife of Lawrenceville, NJ Modified driver Wade.
DAN SERRANO - The grandson of Rusty Farrar, who is also the mother of
Kathy Van Norde, wife of Wall Truck Division driver Bruce, has favorite
drivers we must mention including the Hoffman brothers, Jimmy Blewett and
Darren McCaughey and a writer for www.newjerseydirtracing.com
JOHNNY SAUTER - NASCAR Sprint Cup/ NNS driver.
BUZZ CALKINS - Denver, CO IRL driver.
DAVE MEDLER - Auburn, NY Steve Paine and Mark Martin fan.
TONY HIRSCHMAN - Northampton, PA Whelen Modified Tour five time
WALTER CHARETTE - Linwood, MA Mike Stefanik/Dale Jarrett fan.
DAVE DORNBLASER - 270cc Micro-Sprint driver at Borger's Speedway and
CAROL EVONSION - Wife of former Riverside Park Mod driver
JACK POSTER - This Pottstown, PA resident helped Jerry Christman with
his 358 at Grandview back in the 80’s.
JOHN FORCE - Yorba Linda, CA NHRA Funny Car driver.
BILL PARK - Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Modified driver.
TONY URBINA - Riverhead LM driver.
FRANK MANCINI - Father of Janice Brice, wife of Bill III.
WHITNEY BENDER - Daughter of Colden, NY NASCAR KNPSE driver Tim and
wife Kathy is 19.
TROY OADE ESTELLE - The son of Eddie and Lori Estell. Eddie is a
crewman on the #119 Street Stock driven by Rob Ormsbee at East Windsor, NJ
Speedway. Eddie is also a HUGE Bill Elliott fan and a faithful Wall Township
Speedway fan. Troy turned lap 9.
CHERYL A SULBORSKI-FRASCO - Unexpectedly on April
13 Cherly went home to be with the Lord. Cheryl was the wife of Bill Frasco,
co-owner of the #1 Whelen Modified Tour entry with Guy Ronzoni. She was very
proud of her step sons Anthony and Aaron for their accomplishments how they
have raised their families. She adored her 4 grandchildren and spoiled them
at every opportunity. Most of all, she loved her family and friends. She was
very proud of Aaron's military service and felt honored to wear her Army
parent pin. Please keep the entire Frasco family and the #1 team in your
thoughts and prayers. Cards of sympathy and condolence can be sent to Bill
Frasco, 13 Rushbrooke Lane, Shelton, CT 06484.
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