The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   The double checkered flags signify the end of the race. The first car to cross the start/finish line under the flags is declared the winner. The race is finished. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   With each beginning comes an end, there is a green flag that is followed by a checkered one. So life goes, what is begun has to be finished. As Jesus hung on the cross, everything He came to do was done and He pronounced it finished.

 John 19:30; When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished."
With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

   Christ came and gave his life for us, he bore the weight of our sin and reconciled each one for us. He came to save our souls from eternal separation from God and that is what he accomplished. He gave us the freedom of forgiveness. John writes;

John 3:16-17, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.

   We also come to this part of our study at an opportune time to remember those who have given so much for the freedom we enjoy in America. This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. We remember those who have given everything they had for our freedom.

   I am reminded of the poem ďFreedom isnít FreeĒ. It helps us to recall the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the giving of their lives. Their willingness to give secures, to this day, our freedom. Freedom to do what we enjoy, racing.

   I was thinking the other day what would this country look like if we werenít free? Would there even be racing, as we know it. On any given weekend I can choose where I go to watch a race. You can choose where to race. If you donít like going to a certain track you can choose another. We have the freedom of choice. That is not something to take lightly.

   Stop and think of all the choices we can make in our life and then think of some of the other nations in the world who donít have the same option. The difference is freedom. The founders of our country decided to organize this nation on the foundation of God and freedom of choice. We have fought for over 200 years to maintain that, not only for us but also for other nations and peoples of the world.

   Jesus Christ gave His life for us, to save us from death and destruction. Do you want to experience an abundant and free life that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior? He gave His life to give you that opportunity, accept it and free yourself from the burden of sin.

   Freedom isnít free. It cost someone, something. Be thankful there are those who are willing to pay the price for our freedom.

   Thank them. God Bless, Rev. Don.


   RWJM has traveled many roads this past week. We have been to Pennsylvania, Iowa, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. As this ministry continues to grow God has been faithful and called workers to help.

   Ray Pavkov headed down to PA to speak at a Menís Breakfast held by Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, PA. He sent a brief report, No tomatoes thrown and no one left early. We are thankful to have Ray on board and his willingness to speak to others about what we do here at RWJM.

   Rev. Dan headed out to Iowa and was joined by Midwest Coordinator Chuck McNeil. They spent two days with the K&N Pro Series East vs. West event held at Iowa Speedway.

   I sandwiched two tracks in between a wedding. Thursday night I was at Thompson with Ray and Scott as they opened their weekly racing program. Friday Scott and I headed to Albany-Saratoga to be with the MRS getting home in time to get to the chapel Saturday morning in Foxborough, MA.

   TNTT - Thompson opened the season with a dandy of a show. Although it looked like not everyone was ready to get out to the track, those who did get there put on a show. The highlight of the night took place on the last lap of the Sunoco Mod Feature when TC dove under Keith Rocco, held his low line through four and out sprinted Kid Rock to the line for the win. Letís face it there are many scenarios that go through your head when you see a dive bomb move going into turn three on the last lap. In fact I have seen many of them and the results are usually not pretty. This however was one result even I didnít expect, considering the parties involved. In Victory Lane TC shared, maybe when you are 51 you pick up a few things along the way.

   DIRT TURNS TO DUST - Albany-Saratoga decided for the 2010 season they would turn from dirt to asphalt. This has proven to be a learning process. The track made improvements from the past visit of the Modified Racing Series but there are still a few things that need to be done. The second groove is coming in and there was plenty of side by side action to indicate this switch will make for some exciting shows. Unfortunately the pit area was very dry and the dust was very hard to overcome.

   One of our goals here is to see racers race safe. To that end there does need to be some issues addressed at this track. I think having the emergency personnel staged and ready in the infield would be a step in the right direction. Forgive me for being negative but the response time in accident involving Pete Brittain left me wondering if there was an ambulance at the track. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt and all worked out for the best, but I hope this was something we can learn from and make the necessary improvements. My hope is that they will.

   CLOSE ONE IN THE HEARTLAND - Max Gresham won a tight three way battle with Ty Dillon and Corey LaJoie, The three came across the stripe taken the white flag three wide. Gresham would inch out the win followed by Dillon. It a scary crash, Mackena Bell cut a tire and hit the wall, causing a fire. She was able to get out safely and although a little shaken, she will be fine. The K&N Pro Series East gets back in action when they join the Whelen Modified Tour at Martinsville June 5 & 6.

   MODIFIED RACING SERIES - As I shared previously we have been asked by some competitors to be at the Modified Racing Series events and we were at Albany-Saratoga to see how that might work out. We are pleased to say that things worked out great. We have committed Rev. Scott Martin to the MRS as their primary Chaplain and he will be attending their events. We do not have a partner for him yet, but that will come in time. Look for us at their events and if God is leading you to get involved let us know.

   GOD IS EXPANDING OUR TERRITORY - With the addition of the Modified Racing Series and our assistance to The World Racing Group we have some tremendous opportunities to further reach the racing community. Please lift us up in your prayers as we continue to honor God in all that we do.

   It has been a few weeks now that Rev. Bill Waugh, RWJM PA/OH Coordinator has been sharing with us some of his thoughts. In case you missed it, Rev. Bill wrote a column that appeared in RPM Racing News and when they became a part of the AARN Family we welcomed Rev. Bill on board here to share some of his insights.

   IMHO (In My Humble Opinion), some thoughts from Rev. Bill Waugh

   * Ron Fox is producing a really good racing show, PIT PASS on WHVL. If you canít get WHVL on your cable, you can watch it on line at www.whvl.com. Check it out.

  * It was mentor vs. protťgť for many laps in the Bedford Speedway Super Late Model feature Friday night. Veteran racer/Math teacher Jack Pencil battled back and forth with Shippensburg College Sophomore Dylan Yoder. Eventually years of experience won out in their top ten duel. Dylanís mom said to me during a caution that watching the two race each other was an AARN photograph as Jack had inspired Dylan to study math in college to become a math teacher. Our sport is full of stories of positive role models on and off the track. Sorry I didnít get a picture of the two on track but maybe these comments will do.

  * New father Chris Chamberlin was in Bedfordís victory lane in the Street Stocks celebrating after nearly destroying his car there two weeks ago. Then after he pulled into tech the win was taken away from him. Bob Jay also was disqualified so the win went to the immaculate yellow Camaro of Brian Duffy. I heard that they both refused to have the engine techíd. Even if they did nothing wrong the court of public opinion will be in force for both of them. It only takes a moment to mar a racerís reputation.

  * Last Sunday we were on the way home from Blairsville at 7:15 pm. Kudos to the Millers and their crew for running the kart races in about 3 hours! Much improved over the leaving at 10 pm the week before. You also have to give credit to the drivers and families that hustled to make sure that the karts were on the grid ready to go when their race was on tap. All it takes in racing, like in life, is a little cooperation.

  * Still no Ed Lynch Sprint victory at Lernerville. On the positive side, he spun, went to the rear and still finished 2nd to Dale Blaney!

   Contact me at revbill87@comcast.net, 724-832-6436, or at 703 Green Street, Greensburg, PA 15601.

   This week finds us back at Stafford on Friday night for the Whelen Modified Tour and the Scott heads north to be with the Modified Racing Series for their events at Airborne and Thunder Road. Hope to see you out there.

   Be a witness for our Lord with the ministry decals and apparel. See them at the Show Your Faith Apparel Store at www.rwjm.com. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. Until next time, remember that God loves you, we love you and

Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.

   Mail reaches us at Racing with Jesus Ministries, PO Box 586, Tolland, CT 06084.

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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



May 26
LLOYD & LINDA AGOR- From Brewster, NY, this Stafford WAARS Modified 2005 champion now WMT #2 crew Chief and wife have their 17th anniversary.

May 27
WALTER & TRUDY CHARETTE- The Linwood,MA proprietor of Son Carpentry/ Mike Stefanik and Dale Jarrett fan and wife/ Reggie Ruggiero/Ernie Irvan fan have their 14th anniversary.
RUSH & MARTA LIMBAUGH- This New York City based Indy car fan and wife share their 15th anniversary.

May 30
BOBBY & MEREDITH DILLNER- This Long Island native, now a Charlotte based SPEED CHANNEL reporter and wife share their 16th anniversary.
TOM & CARITA TWINEM- These Brookfield, WI fans share their 29TH anniversary.
DON & MARY ANN MOYER- This Delaware race writing couple have their 17th anniversary.
JOE & JULI ANN DEVOLVE- This Plainfield, CT fan couple shares their 11th anniversary.

June 1
RANDY & LYNDA HEDGER- The Tioga Speedway/NASCAR WMT driver and wife from Morrisville, NY share their special day.
BOB & TRACY COX- Rev. Pat's cousin in Boyertown, PA and wife, both NNC and Sprint car fans, share their 13th anniversary.


May 26
RONALD COOPER- Statham, VA NNS team owner.
GEORGE BRUNNHOELZL- Lindenhurst, NY chassis builder.
LISA SANSEVERINO- A daughter of Hillsborough, NC photographer Ed and wife Linda.

May 27
GREG GASTELU- Jackson, NJ Wall Township Speedway driver of the famous No. 69 NAPA ProStock.
RON MOON- Cumberland, ME LM driver.
MARK GARMAN- "The Shark" is a Sprint writer from Laureldale, PA and a member of the Grandview Speedway staff.
DR. DICK BERGGREN- TV Race Commentator and short track fan.

May 28
DON FORTE- Terrebone, Quebec LM driver.
WAYNE CARROLL, SR.- Dad of Massachusetts ProStock driver Wayne, Jr.

May 29
KEN SCHRADER- Fenton, MO NSC driver.
JIMMY MEANS- NSC/NNS/NASCAR West independent driver/owner.
AL UNSER, SR.- Retired Indy Car great, Little Al's dad.
LARRY BARNETT- Ledyard, CT Limited late model champion at Thompson Speedway.
RITA TRUDEAU- Wife of retired Chaplin, CT Modified driver Joey.
RICH SYLVESTRI- Retired proprietor of Sylvestri's Auto Care in Canterbury, CT formerly referred to as the Northern World Center of Speed.
RITA ST. JOHN- The mother of Jewett City (CT) Service Proprietor Henry.

May 30
BOB NEWBERRY- Schenectady, NY Alchohol Funny Car driver.
GLEN MEISENHELDER- Springfield, MA occasional NASCAR CWES driver, son of Ken of KGM Video.
PAUL HEARD- Lisbon, CT LM driver.
TED SEMINARA- This "Area Auto Racing News" Nextel Cup photographer from Brewster, NY is now turning "Rebel" down in Mount Holly, NC and loving it.
LISA ORR- Daughter of Orlando, FL LM driver Pete and wife Terri.
PATRICK SHANLEY- Bethel, CT Lebanon Valley fan turns 18.

May 31
GENE WEIDMAN- Big Diamond Speedway dirt NASCAR Modified driver.
ED SANSEVERINO- Hillsborough, NC Orange County (NC) Speedway and AARN photographer.
STEWART LEHMAN- Former longtime staff member at Wayne County Speedway, Orville, OH.
THOMAS PURVIS- Son of Clarksville, TN NNS driver Jeff.

June 1
NORM PATRICK- Publisher of NY State's "Gater Racing News."
JAY SAUTER- NNS/Craftsman Truck Series driver.
DAVY JONES- Lake Tahoe, NV Offroad and CTS driver.
DARRYL LEWIS- New York Southern Tier asphalt Modified driver.
LORRAINE SYLVESTRI- The wife of Rich, retired proprietor of Sylvestri's Auto Care World Center of Speed in Canterbury, CT.
LEW MARDEN- Onwer of Air Transport, Inc in Concord, NH and Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT fan.
MARY ANN MOYER- Delaware writer.
MATTHEW THOMAS- Son of northern New England's "Racin' Paper" Publisher Mark.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: May 28, 2010

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