Memorial Day, the start of the summer season; like the swallows returning to
Capistrano the snow birds return to the lake. We celebrate the unofficial
beginning of summer with wall to wall racing. How did you begin your summer
season? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
As we begin the summer racing season I thought we might take a look
at one of the other things summer is noted for, rest and relaxation. I know
some of us think racing is our form of recreation but the track really isn’t
the place to relax and unwind. I think we all need a time and place to just
When we need to get away we head to Maine, the way life should be,
and go sailing. Where do you go? If a plan doesn’t come to mind then maybe
it is time to find one, get away and relax.
God understands our need for relaxation, he commanded it. He even
set an example for us in the creation of the World. Scripture tells us that
God created the World in six days and on the seventh he rested. If God saw
the need for rest then it is a requirement not an option.
God even invites us to join Him and promises to give us rest;
11:28-30; "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light."
need to incorporate rest into our summer schedule. Don’t put it off until
the off-season; there won’t be time then either. Make time now to get away
from it all.
As we close out our series on the words of Christ from the cross I
wanted to note a few parallels, seven statements, seven days in creation.
Also note on the seventh day it was time to stop and rest. Christ finished
his work and then went home to be with God. His last statement from the
cross can be summed up like this, Dad, I’m coming home.
23:44-46, It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the
whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the
curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice,
"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he
breathed his last.
Jesus finished what he came to Earth to
do and now was the time to return home. He was placed in a grave for three
days and on the third day rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and is
seated at the right hand of the Father. He had provided a means for the
people of the world to save themselves.
This past week I did the funeral service for my wife’s cousin
Kathy, she was 47 and left a husband and two boys. It had been a 16 year
struggle for her and now it was time for some rest. I read the familiar
passage of Psalm 23. In that passage we find words of comfort about how God
desires a relationship with us and the benefits of a relationship with God.
Meditate on the words and take the time we need to stop and smell the roses.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, n I will fear
no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my
head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will
dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
In the next few weeks I want to share
some things about our relationships and how we build them. For now I want
you to take some time away from things and relax, let God give you rest and
restore your soul.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
WAITING WITH ANTICIPATION - It
took a while but the shootout that ensued in the closing laps of the 20th
ANNUAL TSI HARLEY-DAVIDSON 125 at Stafford proved to be classic. I talked
with Grandpa Blewett after the race and he was amazed at the two moves his
grandson put on Bobby Santos. Bobby was also amazed and said so in his
Victory Lane comments. Bobby and Jimmy were the show Friday night and kicked
off the Memorial Day Weekend with the type of racing we have come to expect
Let the record show that they raced hard and clean during the
several attempts at a green, white checker and it proved to be the most
exciting racing you will ever see. It was even more exciting than edge of
your seat, you had to stand up to take this one all in.
RIVERHEAD’S STEWARD IN NEED OF PRAYER - Mike Cappiello,
Riverhead Raceway's Co-Chief Steward is recovery from injuries sustained
after being hit by a modified on May 23. Mike has two broken legs, a
separated shoulder, a broken rib, broken spine and other related injuries.
Mike has had at least two surgeries and more are planned. He is being
treated at University Hospital in Stony Brook. Please pray for his recovery.
LITTLE 500 REPORT FROM ANDERSON - The World’s Fastest
Quarter Mile proved again to be the racetrack to be at in Indiana for
Memorial Day weekend. The Little 500 is as much about history, and
reminiscing with friends as it is about starting 33 sprint cars on the
asphalt. This year marked the 62nd annual running of this storied race. It’s
been a long week, and the track crews in particular are ready for some
needed rest. Small World: I ran into an AARN reader from NC who recognized
the uniform and thanked RWJM for the weekly column – a must read for many
across the country.
I also met and talked with a local youth minister and explained
that we are always seeking more representatives of Christ at the races.
Recall I asked for prayer for baby Jacey, who was facing some serious tests
at Riley Children’s Hospital. Those tests came out fine and they are just
waiting some biopsy results. Continue to pray for this little
Got to meet Bobby Vickers and share some stories about early Iowa
Speedway. He is the driving force behind raceweld.com and works with the
USAR Hooters Pro-Cup Tour and is a USAR official. The Pro-Cup Tour opened
Iowa and he recalls that first day with no ATM’s, No concessions – they have
come a long way. Also got to talk with Butch Wilkerson – a longtime Little
500 racer from the 70’s. Butch has the distinction of having actually
completing 500 laps in 1972 first, but due to a scoring error was awarded
second. He co-led our invocation last year, and also shared some kind words
about the Hall of Fame inductees this year. Butch has turned over 3,000 laps
in the little 500, from 1967 to 1979.
RWJM Chaplain and founder of Families Forever Ministries, Dennis
Coppock found his team had more work than expected this week. In addition to
sponsoring Friday’s Families Forever Race Night, he was asked to staff the
clothing concessions for the week. He got to see some of the race, and led
the invocation at the 500, but put in a lot of time behind to table too. But
that is certainly a good way to meet most everyone who comes through the
The race was the cleanest and fastest I have seen, with nearly 80
laps laid down before the first caution period. One of the top finishers
commented that there were a lot of good cars here this year – that led to
tight, clean racing. Eric Gordon, with 19 starts, and 8 wins at the 500
added a ninth to his stats. He held off Shane Cottle and Tony Hunt and was
nearly a lap up on the field at the checkers. Congratulation to all who saw
the checkered flag wave - that is a victory in this grueling race.
HEADED SOUTH FOR A DOUBLE HEADER - This week finds Scott and
I headed to Martinsville for a much anticipated double header. The Whelen
Modified Tour will be joined by the K&N Pro Series East for a two day show
at the famed southern Virginia half-mile.
We have some work to do before we go though. Thompson kicks off
their first Tour-Type Modified Open Show on Thursday night. I have talked
with a few drivers about it and there is some anticipations leading up to
this 40 Lap shootout. No time trials, the field will be set by heat races
and consi’s. It will be interesting to see what type of support they
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SCOTT & LISA JAMES- This couple from Canterbury, CT who helped lead this
ministry in the past and currently serve as ministry advisers have their
LLOYD & LINDA MOORE- This Unity, ME driver and wife have their 37th
REV. DON AND LYNDA RIVERS- The RWJM President and WMT Pastor and wife
celebrate their 30th anniversary.
KYLE PETTY- Randleman, NC Petty Enterprises NSC driver.
SATCH WORLEY- Rocky Mount, VA driver.
SAMMY BEAVERS- Glen Gardner, NJ retired famous dirt Modified driver.
STEVE KINSER- Bloomington, IN World of Outlaws superstar.
LISA LILLQUIST- The daughter of former Thompson Speedway Late Model driver
Jerry and wife Debbie, now living in Myrles Inlet, SC.
JOHN UDES- Wall Township speedway/RoC Modified driver from Morris Plains,
SCOTT NICKEL- The Thompson Speedway based photographer and brother of
BETTY ANN EVANS- The wife of Racing with Jesus Ministries founder Rev. Pat
BOBBY HILLIN, JR.- Midland, TX NNS driver.
MICHAEL DOKKEN- St. Petersburg, FL LM/CWTS driver.
JENETTE SMULLEY- Daughter of Big Diamond owners Fritz and Krista Roehrig.
BUTCH MILLER- Coopersville, MI NASCAR CTS driver.
MIKE & TED CHRISTOPHER- Plainville, CT twin drivers, both talented in open
and closed wheel competition.
EUGENE SENA- Middletown, CT Mike Christopher and NASCAR WMT crewman.
GARY NELSON- NASCAR Managing Director of Competition.
TONY SYLVESTER, JR.- The son of semi-retired Lebanon, CT Mod/NASCAR KNPSE
driver Tony and wife Diane.
LISA NICKEL- The daughter of Thompson Speedway photographer Scott and wife
Joan is 19.
RANDY PORTER- Greenville, SC NNS and Greenville Pickens Speedway LMSC
JIM HAILEY, JR.- Winston-Salem, NC Tri-County and Caraway Speedways LMSC
driver; son of Richard Childress Show Car Team Manager Jim, Sr.
BILL "TIGER" PERRY- Seekonk Speedway Sportsman driver.
WENDELL & CAROL KILCOLLINS- This husband and wife from Stafford Springs both
celebrate. Wendell is a retired Modified driver, now Crew Chief for Willie
Hardee's WAAS Modified team.
KATY COLSON- Daughter of Leominster, MA ProStock driver Fran and wife
VICTORIA ACKERLY- The daughter of Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway
Modified driver Ray is 14.
DENNIS DEMERS- Shelburne, VT NASCAR KNPSE driver.
RAY HORNER- New Jersey asphalt Modified driver.
TIM DAMIANI- Pennsy Modified driver.
ANTHONY DAMIANI- A son of Tim's is 16.
JIM BOARDMAN- Maynard, MA LM/NASCAR KNPSE driver.
MIKE SWAIM- Archdale, NC LMSC driver.
CHUCK MONTVILLE- Crewman on the Ralph Solhem's NASCAR WMT team.
LESLIE LaJOIE- Wife of two time NNS champion driver Randy.
MARTIN SCHIFF- Wayland, MA proprietor of Sponsor Development of Reston, Ent.,
husband of Wayland Travel's Jane.
JOEL MARTIN- Son of Concord, NC NSC photographers Gary and Judy.
BRIDGETT JIVANELLI- Daughter of Riverhead Raceway driver Dan.
KELSEY BABB- Daughter of Beech Ridge Speedway LM driver Bobby and wife Carla
ZACHARY D'ALESSANDRO- Agawam, MA son of Ingrid and former Modified driver
Ron is 14.
JOE BUCHEK- Binghamton, NY retired Modified driver; We-Go Racing Fan Club
SHARON MOORE- Horseshoe, NC wife of Gary.
KRISTEN LABONTE- Daughter of Nextel Cupp driver Terry and wife Kim.
JON MAYLOTT- Enfield, CT Lebanon Valley Speedway RWJM Counselor, hockey
coach and CT District Commissioner for Youth Hockey.
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