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  The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

   02/25/2011

ON A MISSION
by Rev. Don Rivers

   I had the pleasure this week of staying with the Rosarius family in Oviedo, Florida on my trip last week. I first met Paul at PRI on 2009. He introduced me to his son Jason and announced his son was on a mission. Jason is a young man who knows two things that he wants out of life, he first and foremost wants to please God, and secondly he wants to race. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   I spent the days basking in the Florida sun and enjoyed my nights at New Smyrna Speedway and Volusia Speedway Park. I didn't miss the snow at all, but there was another reason for me to come to Florida. I had the opportunity to get to know a young racer better. Jason Rosarius currently driver the Palm Tree Computer sponsored Silverado Protruck. He competes at Orlando Speedworld, New Smyrna Speedway and other tracks in Central Florida.

   Jason is a sixteen year old born in Germany and raised in Florida. He currently is a junior in High School and looking forward to the start of the race season. Like most things in Florida they get a jump start over us up here in the Northeast with their weekly racing beginning at the end of March.

   Jason told me a little bit about the truck he drives. He runs in the Protruck division, basically a Monte Carlo front clip, a fabricated rear frame and a fiberglass body. For horsepower he is looking forward to the arrival of a new 400hp ZZ4 motor for the start of the season at New Smyrna. The new powerplant along with the newly built chassis and body should prove to give him the necessary equipment to run up front.

   Jason was planning on competing for three nights at New Smyrna last week with his new truck that was ready for the season. But after a seventh place finish on the first night he met the first turn wall on the second. A victim of someone else's poor driving and no place to go he was forced into the wall. With a bent front clip and a pile of shredded fiberglass you would understand if this sixteen year old lost his cool. Therein lies the difference with Jason, he is not your typical teenager.

   Jason shared with me how he came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. With a hurricane threatening the Florida coast his family decided to take a vacation to Tennessee. While there they attended the Cowboy Church. At the end of the service Jason responded to the invitation and gave his life to the Lord.

   You could see a great example of the peace that comes from Jesus in the pits when Jason rolled off the track after hitting the wall. He climbed out of the truck, a little sore, took his uniform off and inspected the damage. No swearing, no tears, no anger, no placing blame on others. In fact he noticed the father of one of the other trucks involved yelling and screaming. He took it upon himself to go over and explain what happened and helped calm him down.

   You don't often see a young person with the composure and presence to calmly help others deal with the aftermath a difficult situation. What a great example of how to live out our faith. I was impressed.

   Jason has a mission, get to the top of the racing world. This season he is running for the championship at New Smyrna. Next year he will test the waters with a few K&N Pro Series East races, following that up with the hope of running for the rookie of the year in 2013. Then the sky's the limit.

   I think the future is bright for this young man. When you couple the driving skill he has with his willingness to listen and learn he can go far. He has the respect and temperament that will make him a wonderful role model for a willing sponsor. Pay attention to the name, you will see it in the future. I am reminded of the guidance we receive from the writer of Proverbs;

Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

   We can see that played out in the life of this young racer and it is a lesson we all need to learn and put into practice.
 

   THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD

   SUNSHINE, SAND AND DIRT - You ever go to a new track and don't know the layout? When I arrived at Volusia, I felt a little like Bob Uecker, I was at the wrong gate. For you youngsters out there you'll have to Google him to find out who he was. The problem was it cost me $35.00 and several trips back and forth to track office to figure it out. I am thankful to the World Racing Group for their willingness to make things right and not make my lack of direction cost me. Sometimes we don't see the little things that happen behind the scenes to help us out and I want to acknowledge the help they extended to me. By the time it was over I knew every inch of the speedway grounds, had a chance to talk with Jeff Burton and met some new friends.

   It was good to be back with the Late Models and Big Blocks. It seems it was only a few weeks ago we were closing the season out with them in Charlotte. Now a new season has begun and two races are already in the books. He we go again!

   I spent the next night at New Smyrna and ran into some folks I haven't seen in a while. Ryan Moore and the entire Moore Clan were there to see Ryan get to victory lane in the Super Late Model division. There were a few new members to the clan, Ryanís wife and daughter.

   I asked new grandpa Kelly Moore for some pointers about being a grandfather, as I am about one month away from joining the club. He smiled that familiar smile and said ďthere is nothing like it!Ē

   Ryan is living in Mooresville, working for the family business and really enjoying life. He is looking forward to running on the PASS Southern tour this year with his sights set on the big race coming up in North Wilkesboro. Weíll be keeping an eye on him and look forward to seeing a few times this season.

   I also ran into Zach Germain who was there to compete in the crate Late Model division. We know Zach from the K&N Pro Series East. He competes on the tour and has become an encouragement to Dan and me. I was going through the starting grid looking for his car and there was his arm out the window waving me over to have a pre-race prayer with him.

   It was a busy but blessed time and Iíll have some additional comments in the weeks to come.

   AWESOME! A word used to frequently for itís real power to be felt, but that is exactly what I felt as Trevor Bayne crossed the finish line and won the Daytona 500 on Sunday. I called Trevor only to realize that his mailbox was exploding and it might be a few days before we talk. But I know he understands how many people out there were pulling for him. Trevor is another inspiration and encouragement to others. While he competed on the K&N Pro Series East he faithfully attended Chapel. He was always seeking Godís direction in his life. He took time to talk about where God was leading him and how God was working through him to reach others.

   He loves the Lord and has his priorities right. Though disappointed from being released at MWR he had nothing but good to say and thanked everyone for the opportunity. He moved on not knowing the blessing that God had in store. God honors those who honor Him, I bet if you ask Trevor he will tell you he is blessed.

   THE RACERíS EXPO - Bobby Seymour of The Race Depot has the 2011 version of the show ready to roll this weekend. Building off last year, the show has expanded this year making use of the Grand Ballroom. This will give the show a large main area to work from. This also allowed for the number of exhibitors to be increased over last year providing even more opportunities to see what is new and different for the upcoming race season.

   This years show will be in the same place; at the Royal Plaza Hotel - Route 20 - Marlboro, MA - Exit 24b off I-495, Friday the 25th - 4 PM to 9 PM & Saturday, the 26th - 10 AM to 7 PM . Attendance is free to the racers and all you have to do is go to the web site, http://www.theracersexpo.com/ to register.

   The size of this show makes it a perfect place to meet and greet without being overwhelmed. The Racerís Expo doesnít leave you lost in the crowd. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing. GOD BLESS.
 

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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
 


CHECKERED CHEERS

***WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES***

February 27
DENNIS & ELLEN MURRAY- This Mike Weeden LM fans from NH have their 45th.

***HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***

February 23
JASON KELLER- Greensville, SC NNS driver.
STEVE SEABURG- New Britain, CT retired Mod driver.
JIMMY STRUPP- Former Long Islander, now based in Charlotte, NC.
TRACY YOUNG- Canterbury, CT wife of former LM driver Ronnie.
TIMOTHY ZYLA- Son of Shamokin, PA Editor Greg.

February 24
MICHAEL RITCH- High Point, NC NNS/LMSC driver.
RICK DYKE- Danbury, CT retired ProStock driver.
LOUIS LaFLEUR- Thompson Speedway track crew member.
KYLE McGOWaN- Flagger at Wall and familiar sight at Mod races enjoys his big day.

February 25
NORM HOLDEN- Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver.
T.J. CLARK- Chandler,AZ NASCAR West driver.
BUTCH GILLILAND- Anaheim, CA NASCAR West driver.
PATTI BETTS- Show horse riding Wife of former Long Island now Salisbury, NC engine builder John.
NESTER Q. KRAMER- Riverhead, NY Billy Pauch fan.

February 26
GLENN FITZCHARLES- Pottstown, PA URC Sprint driver.
KEN LAVOIE- Massachusetts driver.
ZUNILDA ROCCO- Wife of the world famous Plainville, CT Modified driver "Rocket Ronnie."
ELIZABETH DIAS- Wife of Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver Tony.

February 27
GARY GOLLUB- Mohnton, PA Mod/Sprint driver.
DENNIS SETZER- Newton, NC NNS/CWTS driver.
TODD BODINE- Chemung, NY CWTS Champion driver.
GEORGE INGOLE- Lakeland, FL All Pro driver.
TY DILLON- A son of Welcome, NC NNS driver/Crew Chief Mike and wife Tina, also Richard Childress' grandson.

February 28
MARIO ANDRETTI- This Nazareth, PA World Class retired driver really does think he's Mario Andretti.
JAY HEDGECOCK- High Point, NC NSC fabricator and LMSC builder; Modified driver.
JOE GAERTE- WoO sprint driver.
BUTCH LEITZINGER- State College, PA NASCAR KNPSE and World Class driver.
RICH GARDNER- Late Model Stock Car driver from Waterford, PA; "Erie Speedway" 5-time Dirt Late Model champion.
LIZ STRICKLER- Susquehanna Sportsman driver Randy's wife.
JUDY MANIX- The sister of Plainville, CT drivers Ted and Mike Christopher.

February 29
BRIAN HOAR- His day is really February 29 for this Goss Dodge ACT driver.

March 1
ALEXIS SZEGEDY- Wife of former WMT champion Todd, AKA George.
BOBBY SEYMOUR- Well known midget driver and partner of Seymour Enterprises Performance Products Inc.
QUINN CHRISTOPHER- Wife of well known multi-talented driver TC.
DAVE MARCIS- Skyland, NC Retired NSC driver/RCR research driver.
BILLY PAUCH- Frenchtown, NJ driver of the Williams Grove based Zemco Sprint.
RANDY HEDGER- Sprint Cup official from Williamson, NY.
TIM STEELE- Coopersville, MI ARCA driver.
JERRY CAMINITO- Jackson, NJ NHRA Funny Car driver.
GLENN FRYE, JR- Grandson of Warren "Jeep" Frye and 1/4 Midget driver of Blackbird, Deleware.
DONNA KOCHER- Bethlehem, PA AMRA Microstock member.
KATHY TEMCHAK- Wife of Canterbury, NH NHIS victory Lane Staff Member John.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: February 25, 2011

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