Do you remember those holiday trips, the ones to visit relatives you don't
even know? Maybe even those long road trips to distant races, do you
remember that familiar refrain “Are we there yet?” The question comes to
mind and with the additional refrain, Where is there? Greeting in the name
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This past week I made a trip down to the Charlotte area for a
couple of races. This year we had things to do at both Concord Speedway and
The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Mixed in with that we had several folks to meet
with and shops to visit. The question came up, are we there yet? Where?
What day is it? What track am I at? No. I really don’t mind all the
traveling. In fact we took the long way home and made some visits along the
When we spend time together on the road it helps us grow closer. It
has been a wonderful season and this past weekend just capped it off. I have
watched many of you move closer to God during this season. I have been
blessed to be a part of your progress. We have all grown closer and have
learned to lean on one another. Our journey together is only possible when
we invite Christ to walk along with us. Let me ask you, “are you there yet?”
I received this some time ago but thought it would be good to share
with you again. It gives us the opportunity to invite Christ into our lives.
Nothing could express your thanks to God more than accepting His offer of
Believing in God is one thing. But you must also take the next
step...you must come to know Him. You can make this Thanksgiving a very
special one by thanking the God of your forefathers for all He has done for
you and for America.
And when you give thanks, acknowledge these facts:
1) God loves you.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
2) We are all sinful and separated from God.
Your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
3) Jesus Christ is God's only solution to
our sin problem. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
...he was buried, [and] he was
raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3
4) Our choice is whether or not we will
accept Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf.
Everyone who believes in him
receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
If you are ready to accept Jesus as your
Savior, you can do so through a prayer like this: Dear God, I am so sorry
that I have not been thankful enough for what You have done for America, and
what You have done for me. I want to have the same devotion for You that our
country's forefathers had. I want to accept Jesus' sacrifice for my sins
right now. I trust in His death and resurrection as all I need to cleanse me
of my sins and make me perfect in Your sight. Thank You for giving America
her freedom, and thank You for giving me mine, in the form of eternal
salvation. Help me to make Your love known to others. Amen.
Are you there yet? Where? You can start down that road by turning
to God and asking him to forgive you. If you prayed this prayer, please
share it with us. We would like the opportunity to pray for you on your new
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
THE ROAD IS LONG WITH MANY A WINDING TURN - I headed
south last Monday to take in the races in the Charlotte area. James from
Design 500 rode along with me as we set out to see what God had in store for
us. God did not disappoint.
I am not the kind of person that likes to leave things, especially
trips, up in the air, but for this one I decided to let God do the planning.
One of the amazing things, He had it all scheduled out and the timing was
perfect. As I look back I have trouble believing all we accomplished in a
few short days. Let me share with you some of the details.
As we rolled into Mooresville on Wednesday we stopped at George
Brunnhoelzl's shop to try to arrange a little golf. The weather had other
ideas and that plan went by the wayside. It soon started to rain so we
headed to the hotel and made dinner plans to take some friends out who open
there house to us when we are in the area.
Thursday we headed out to check out the tracks to see how the
weather would affect the racing schedule. The scheduled practice day at
Concord would be scrubbed, so we had to find something to do. God had it all
planned. Thanks to Andy Stapp we were able to get a behind the scenes tour
of the Earnhardt/Ganassi shop. Turns out Andy is quite a character and we
enjoyed the time we spent with him and his family.
We stopped by NASCAR and had a great lunch with Kip Childress. I
was introduced to Jimmy Johns, they only do sandwiches! After lunch the
skies cleared and the Dirt Track was ready for a night of racing. We headed
up there to meet with Finish Line Chaplain Ed Harkins and help him out with
the three series there.
Friday was a day we could have used a helicopter to get back and
forth. We started at Concord, headed to the dirt track, back to concord. I
think next year we will bring reinforcements to help out. I did have a
wonderful opportunity to pray at the WOO driver's meeting. It was great to
meet some of the drivers and get to know them a little. The weather still
wasn't going to let up and the evening program at the dirt track had to be
Saturday would be another busy day. We had chapel at Concord and
were encouraged by the tremendous turnout. Dan and Kyle Froman, WSMT
Chaplain, stayed to minister while I headed across town to help Ed out at
the dirt track. We were able to meet with some of the Outlaw drivers and
encourage them. We also found out that some of them are Christians. Brian
Smith shared his testimony with us and we prayed with him as he searches for
God's direction. We are excited about what God is going to do through him.
Back on the pavement, Matt Hirschman took his third N/S title and
Keith Rocco extended his great season by wining the SKMod feature. With the
action completed early enough Dan headed over to the dirt track to help out.
During my time at the dirt track I was also introduced to Jason
Myers and we talked about the opportunity he had to finally nail down the
WOO Championship. He not only won it but he did it by winning both A mains.
I am looking forward to getting to know Jason better.
Time for the ride home. Have you ever decided to do something
crazy? James is from Seattle and doesn't get a chance to visit many east
coast tracks, soooo..... Let me see besides Charlotte we stopped at Bowman
Gray, Martinsville, South Boston, Richmond, Dover and as of this writing we
are not home yet, maybe a few more! We have New Jersey to drive through and
I have heard of a few tracks there, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Wall
Stadium, Raceway Park, etc. Check back next week and see what we were able
to fit in.
All in all the trip was great, long but great. We were able to
minister in the name of our Lord and see lives changed. God always has a
tremendous blessing in store for you if you just let Him lead you. Are you
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BOB & DOTTIE PARK- This Northport, LI veteran NASCAR WMT driver and wife,
also parents of NASCAR driver Steve, share their anniversary.
MIKE & JULIE STEFANIK- The West Greenwich, RI multi-time NASCAR WMT,
including 2006, and NASCAR CWES champion and wife/GM of Koszela Speed
Warehouse share their 26th anniversary.
FRANKIE AND BOBBIE SCHNEIDER- The Old Master and his wife celebrate 22 years
DON & ROBIN LaHUE- This Vermont couple, he a driver at NH's White Mountain
Motorsports Park, have their 33rd anniversary.
BILL III & JANET BRICE- This racing official and wife (aka Mother Goose)
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JERRY & LINDA VENNE- This Bow, NH media person and wife have their 40th
DAWN DIPPEL- AARN "Third Turn" columnist.
BOB POLVERARI- Riverside Park Speedway multi-time Modified champion, retired
NASCAR Modified Tour and MRS hotshoe.
BRIAN WEBBER- Long Island NASCAR KNPSE driver.
BARRY BODINE- CWTS driving son of Geoff.
ROY PAYNE- Alvin, TX ARCA driver.
GEORGE SAVARY- Retired Massachusetts former Modified driver, and top Mini
MIKE RYAN- Springfield, MA NASCAR WMT/NASCAR KNPSE crewman, brother of
photographer Gracie Ryan.
BOBBY CAVALLERO- Farmingdale, NJ Wall Township Speedway and Sprint Cup fan.
JOHN ANDERSON- Southington, CT retired Mod driver.
RYAN OLSEN- Son of No. Haverhill, NH KNPSE Owner Mike and wife Vicki.
KENNY TREMONT, JR.- West Sand Lake, NY Lebanon Valley Speedway based
TRACY GORDON- Strong, ME KNPSE driver.
RICK MILLER- Riverhead Raceway NASCAR Mod driver.
RENE CHARLAND- "Da' Champ", retired four time NASCAR Sportsman champion and
dad of Fonda driver Rick.
TOMMY PORTER, JR.- Savannah, GA All Pro driver.
LOUIE MAIETTA- Brother of multi-time Beech Ridge LM champion Mike, Sr.
ROGER SAVLUK- Lisbon, CT Savluk's Service partner.
DAN MESERVEY, JR.- West Chatham, MA NASCAR CWES/NASCAR WMT driver.
CHRIS CARLSON- Modified crewman from Danbury, CT.B
LEE HENDRICKSON- Former Mod driver/owner dad of Lawrenceville, NJ Wall
Township Speedway Modified driver Wade.
BENTO WILLIAMS- Wall Township Speedway co-announcer Lee Greenwood's great
nephew is 19.
JIM YOUNG- The proprietor of
www.RACESONGS.com and the writer of all those famous theme songs for tracks
and drivers and divisions, including Racing with Jesus Ministries.
JOE BERTOTHY- Joe has helped many a racer with by giving of his time and
financial support, but he has also helped many come to know Christ as their
Savior. Thanks for your special gifts to the racing family, enjoy your
JAMIE MILLS- Milford, DE Bridgeport Speedway Modified driver.
TIM MANGUS- Tioga Speedway based NASCAR WMT driver.
STEPHANIE BAKER- Daughter of Baker Carburetion's Steve and Sue.
DELORIS & ELISABETH HOPE MINTER- The wife and daughter of Martinsville, Va
WODY Gospel Radio's "Uncle" Wendell.
LAUREN GEORGIADES- Daughter of Steve, Crew Chief for brother Bobby's CT Mod.
JEFFREY MAHER- East Windsor fan "Chipper".
TERRY LABONTE- Corpus Christe, TX Retired Hendricks NSC driver.
MIKE GROFF- Los Angeles, CA IRL driver.
ROBERTO GUERRERO- San Juan Capistrano, CA IRL driver.
BO GUNNING- Bethlehem, CT Former WAARS Modified driver and '98 and '02
FRED DUMACHOWSKI- Neshanic Station, NJ East Windsor, NJ Modified driver.
PHILIP SMITH- NC Modified driver.
GEORGE KENT- Horseheads, NY Modified asphalt driver.
PHIL BARIL- NH ProStock driver.
BOB SCHERER- Mahoning Valley Speedway driver. RAY PENFOLD- Yarmouth, ME
retired LM great driver and proud father of driver Billy.
CORINE SCHAFFER- Grandview Speedway Mod driver Rick and wife Donna's
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