As we begin to see the change in the seasons, we feel the change in the air.
Summer has given us many memories to relive in the days to come; now it is
time for the things of summer to rest. I enjoy fall for many things but most
of all I enjoy fall for the change. Greetings in the name of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
The crisp cool mornings, the color of the trees, the sound of geese
trumpeting there way to southern regions, the sound as you bite into a fresh
picked apple, the smell of a roasting turkey with all the fixings, I could
go on but you get the picture. If we take the time to look, each season has
blessings of its own to provide for us a reminder that God created this for
Sometimes we get so busy during the summer that we forget to stop
and take a look around. We forget to enjoy the blessings God has provided
for us. We forget that this was created for our pleasure.
Have you ever gotten to the point that racing wasnít any fun
anymore? Has going to the shop become drudgery? Do you look for rain in the
forecast so you donít have to go to the track? These are all signs that
racing isnít fun anymore.
When the things we enjoy, the things that make our heart beat
faster, no longer excite us then it is time to take a step back. It is
difficult to get to the track every week. It takes a lot of hard work to get
the car ready to roll. It is a challenge to get enough guys together to help
out. There are so many struggles that when you heart just isnít in it, it
makes the effort that much more of a challenge.
It is the same with our walk with God. Our heart needs to be in it.
When we give a halfhearted effort we are prone to wonder where God is. When
we sit on the sidelines and watch instead of getting in the game we wonder
if God is even out there. Like racing our walk with God is participatory, we
need to be involved and connected with Him.
I am reminded of the words of Jeremiah, a prophet, as he spoke
about Godís plans for us;
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV,
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Godís plan for our life is good. He gives
us hope and a future. Think of how you feel when you face a new race season.
You are full of hope. At the end of the season you hope to be standing on
When we get to the end of the season and that hope isnít realized
it can be demoralizing, it can make racing a burden. But if we read on we
find an answer to how we need to maintain that hope and future that God
29:12-13; NIV, Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with
all your heart.
Our search has to continue when times get
tough. We need to call upon God, have a conversation with Him. He will hear
us, but only when we seek Him with all of our heart.
There is a saying in sports, ďmailed it inĒ; it means that your
effort was so lacking that you should have just stayed home and sent it in
by mail. It means your heart wasnít in it. Donít let your walk with God fall
into the same trap. Donít mail it in and wonder how come things are not
going the way we want them to.
We must seek God with all our heart; we must stay in contact with
him; we must put forth the effort for the results to be there. A race car
doesnít prepare itself for the race. Our walk with God just doesnít happen
either; we need to put our heart into it.
Spend some time this week getting your heart right with God. Spend
some effort making a point to talk with Him. Ask him where you need to make
adjustments in your life. His plans are good; they are full of hope and a
future. We just need to put our heart into it.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
PLAN ďAĒ WASHED AWAY, TIME FOR PLAN ďBĒ - Plan ďAĒ
included chasing a little white ball around through the grass. But the
weather had other plans and we would have been better served if we had a
snorkel and fins. So what are you supposed to do? Plan ďBĒ, after some good
BBQ at LJís it was off to the races, indoor that is. We headed down to
Wallingford with the #8 crew to the indoor track and decided to have some
fun competing on the track. As fate might have it, the 8 car was junk. Yes
that was the pronounced conclusion after Glenn Tyler took his turn in the
kart with that number. He did however find enough speed in another kart to
set fast time for our group and the third fastest of the last week.
Weight is a factor in your speed and having the right ratio leads
to a faster time. Maybe I should have had the BBQ after my run? I wasnít
last, but I was in the bottom half of the group. I am sure I can come up
with a reasonable explanation for why my speed was down. Maybe Iíll ask some
of the professionals at the track for some pointers?
WIHS CELEBRATES 41 YEARS - For some of you in the
Connecticut River Valley you may recognize those call letters. WIHS, Weíre
In His Service, is the only Evangelical Christian FM station available to
listen to. Racing with Jesus Ministries has had the opportunity to be a part
of the programing there and spent last Saturday night helping them celebrate
41 years of listener supported broadcasting, that means no commercials. In
this day and age that is an accomplishment. If you are in the area check
them out, you can find them at 104.9 on the dial. You may just hear an
update from RWJM.
FALL FINAL ENJOYS PERFECT FALL WEATHER - After a week of
rain that made up for everything we didnít get this summer the skies cleared
and the weekend ushered in spectacular cool fall weather. With temps that
were good for making horsepower the final races of the season at Stafford
Motor Speedway would be run. There were many championships to be settled and
this weekend provided some exciting racing.
I wanted to take a moment to talk about one driver of note in the
SK Lite division, Matt Galko. After some adversity on the track that was not
his doing the previous week that seemed to take him out of contention. His
reaction was that of a much more mature individual that his sixteen years
would indicate. He didnít use the opportunity to tear someone down; he just
stated his team would work hard at getting the car ready for one more shot.
They did and in the end came out on top. There are some good guys that do
win and that is encouraging. We can look for Matt to run one more race this
year, as he looks ahead to the World Series in a few weeks.
On the Whelen Modified Tour side of things the Mystic Missile got
back to its winning ways and Bobby Santos wheeled the #4 into Victory Lane
to increase his point lead to 37 over fifth place finishing Mike Stefanik.
Santos only led six laps but they were the ones that counted, the last six.
It looks like a two horse race as they head to Thompson for the World Series
but Ronnie Silk continues his late season charge and is within striking
distance as they head to the final event. As we know a lot of strange things
can happen during a race, this should be worth the price of admission.
HEADED TO THE MOODY MILE - This week weíll be playing in the
dirt as we head up to Syracuse for Super Dirt Week. We will be there to lend
support to our brothers who minister through Finish Line Chaplains. We are
looking forward to having a great time. Stop by and say hello.
TURKEY DERBY XXXVII A GO - It is official, there will be
racing at the Jersey Shore Thanksgiving Day weekend. We are looking forward
to being a part of this longtime tradition at Wall Stadium. Thanks go out to
the Blewett Family and Ling Trucking for stepping up and continuing this
long standing race tradition. Check out the details at
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May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
RACING WITH JESUS MINISTRIES- Celebrates our 30th anniversary.
TIM & KATHY ATTAYA- The Co-Producers of the annual Maine Civic Center
Motorsports show have their 19th anniversary.
BOB & CAROLYN BLAISDELL- These fans from Champaign, IL have their 43rd
SCOTT & MELANIE DEWARE- This South Easton, MA NASCAR BNS GRAND NATIONAL/SCCA
couple have their 15th anniversary.
BOBBY & CAROL GAHAN- The multi-time Lee Speeway ProStock champion with over
300 feature wins from Barrington, NH have their 40th anniversary.
DALE & TERRY WAKEFIELD- This Warren, NJ AMA Expert division biker and wife
celebrate their 20th anniversary.
JOHN & LISA SHAPLEIGH- These former JBIII crew members celebrate their 3rd
CHIP SLOCUM- Ewing, NJ dirt Modified driver.
MIKE McLAUGHLIN- Waterloo, NY born former NNS, CWES & WMT driver.
DICK McCABE- Retired Kennebunkport, ME NASCAR CWES great.
RICH LAVALETTE- "Haskell" is a former Mario Fiore/Gulf Racing NASCAR WMT
crewman, now on a south team.
SUZANNE STIVASON- Car owner of the modlite 116 champion at Blanket Hill
speedway and sprintcar #4 champion at Mercer park in western pa.
LYNDA RIVERS- Wife of WMT pastor and RWJM President Rev. Don. Thank you for
all your understanding and love.
BILL ELLIOTT- Dawsonville, GA Dodge part-time NSC driver and former
WAYNE ANDERSON- Yaphank, LI, NY former NASCAR WMT champion.
HAL RESH- Pennsy asphalt Modified driver.
SHAWN MARQUIS- One of Enfield, CT NASCAR CWES/WMT driver Jerry and wife
MARK SABATINE- Longtime spotter/radioman for Steve Payne and Payne
MARILYN BARKER- Mom of Bob "Mad Dog" and Billy "the Kid" Barker Garden State
Vintage Stock Car Club, Saten Island, NY.
FRANKLIN BUTLER- Chester, VA Mitchell Motorsports NASCAR CWES driver.
RICKY ELLIOTT- D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
RON ESAU- Lakeside, CA NASCAR West driver.
VINCENZO SOSPIRI- Monte Carlo, Monaco IRL driver.
C.D. COVILLE- Retired famous Schenectady, NY dirt Mod driver.
DAN HARMON- Grottoes, VA Micro Sprint driver.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.- A son of "the great one" and Hendrick Motorsports NSC
MONTY UTZ- CWES crewman.
DEBBIE GASTELU- Widow of the late Wall Township Speedway ProStock driver Ray
and team owner of the WTS Greg Gastelu dodge ProStock team.
JIMMY HENSLEY- Horsepasture, VA NASCAR CTS driver.
JIM SAVAGE, JR.- Ed Flemke NASCAR WMT crewman.
AARON ANTONE DIAS- The son of Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver Tony is 13.
SCOTT JAMES- Canterbury, CT RWJM freind and supporter. He spent many years
on the road with Rev. Pat and in service to this ministry.
HEATHER FRANTZ- The wife of Mountain Speedway RWJM Chaplain and winning
NED JARRETT- From Hickory, NC, one of racing's great Christian examples and
retired NSC champion.
SMOKEY WARREN- Popular Grandview/ Big Diamond NASCAR Sportsman Modified
MARK DISMORE- Greenfield, IN Midget and IRL driver.
MORGAN SHEPHERD- Conover, NC NSC/NNS/CTS driver of the Racing with Jesus
HAROLD DAUNCEY III- NJ asphalt Modified driver.
DANNY BAGWELL- Birmingham, AL NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
ERNIE GAHAN- Retired NH National NASCAR Sportsman champion and 300 plus
ProStock feature winner Bobby's dad.
JACK DENNIS- Laura's dad and Appomattax, VA Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT fan.
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