The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   There are many things that happen in our lives, some a direct result of our choices and others because of someone else’s choice. How is it then that we can have some sense of peace about what the future holds for us? How can we be confident that no matter what happens we will have what we need to get through? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   We live our lives trying to wrestle control of events, agendas and the future. We make plans for tomorrow and look to the future, wanting to make it secure. We search for a peace in our heart that will enable us to relax and enjoy. An elusive prize, out of our reach, but yet we struggle to attain it.

   Where does that peace come from? Where does that rest and relaxation reside? How can we find that balance we need to make our life fulfilling and satisfying? Sometimes it seems too far away to grasp, but yet it is at our fingertips waiting for us to reach out and take a hold of it.

   A few of the events of this weekend brought to my attention how necessary it is to have God in our lives. Most things in life and racing are out of our control. Andy Petree had a great weekend going, qualified fifth for the Whelen Modified race on Saturday, things were looking great until practice on Saturday morning and due to circumstances beyond his control his car ended up in the hauler, wrecked, unable to run the race.

   Justin Bonsignore continued to struggle with engine issues that have plagued him all year. His sophomore season on the Whelen Modified tour has been a struggle to say the least. After many hours thrashing on the car, getting it ready to race, turn one, lap two would be where this race would end, another frustrating result.

   Eddie MacDonald, a winner at New Hampshire and former track champion, lost a motor, replaced it, started scratch in the race, faced adversity, and climbed back into the top ten, winning the Move of the Race award. Not an easy weekend for the Grimm Construction Guys.

   Corey LaJoie in his sophomore season on the K&N Series has hit his stride, after refocusing his life and adjusting his driving style he has seen results, another top ten finish, making it five out of eight races he has finished in the top ten.

   Bryon Chew left the track Saturday with a headache, but the results could have been much worse. As he competed in the FW Webb 100 a piece of debris, a connecting rod from an expired engine on another car, entered his racecar, hit the front center roll bar, deflected, struck him in the forehead and left a dent in the roof before coming to rest inside the car. Bryon had just received a new helmet that day, shipped right to the track for the weekend. It was that new piece of safety equipment that prevented serious injury. God had his hand on Bryon.

   Every racer comes to the track hoping, expecting the best, but the fact remains we do not know the results until we run the race. How is it that some are able to be at peace no matter how the race is run, yet others do not have that capacity? It lies in who you put in control of your life.

   When we turn to God and ask him to guide and protect us we need to expect that He will. The results may not be what we hoped for but they will be beneficial to our lives. God gives us the ability to see the bigger picture, to see beyond the events of the moment and realize there is something bigger than the race we are running. There is something more important than just what we see around us.

   Ryan Newman dedicated his win on Sunday at NHMS to Beau Slocomb. Many of you may have never heard of him, he was a racer from Macon, Georgia. Recently Beau went home to be with the Lord as a result of complications of cancer. He was still a young man. Ryan and his wife, Krissie, had extended a hand to the Slocomb family allowing them the use of various resources they had. Most recently it was a trip to NYC to see a doctor about treatment and it was the pilots of Newman’s plane that went the extra mile to help the out. As Maggie recorded in Beau’s blog,

   “Beau, Jessica and I flew up to New York on the Newman's plane and with the help of Preston and Ted (the pilots) we were able to get Beau to and from his appointments. This was no easy task when you consider we were traveling with a wheelchair, about 10 small oxygen tanks, an oxygen machine and Beau who gets worn out pretty quickly right now. We could not have made it without Preston and Ted...thank God for them!”

   Beau’s life, however short in human terms, was a testament to our Lord. He lived it fully dedicated to serving God and putting Him first. Despite the setbacks and the challenges putting God in control of your life will lead you to discover the peace that passes understanding, the fulfillment even when things don’t go the way you plan, the satisfaction of doing your best regardless of the results, the safety and protection that come when we put God first in our lives.

   Someone shared; “Beau was a talented competitor but always a gentleman. We lost a giant of a man. I am honored to have known him.”

   A Scripture verse is noted on Beau’s blog reminds us;

Romans 8:29; "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

   Is God with us? Is God with you? It makes a world of difference. It will change your life. Take a step back, look at the events of the past few days, has God been there carrying you through? You may have to change your perspective a little, sometimes we don’t always see the benefit when things do not go the way we had planned, but I will say this, God is worthy of our trust and faith. If we call on Him and give Him control, He will lead us to the right place and provide for us the necessary things that are beneficial to a full life, peace, joy, satisfaction and fulfillment

   God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah and gave us this promise;

Jeremiah 29:11-13; 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.
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.

   I encourage you to put God in control of your life, call on the name of Jesus and he will forgive you and save you. Turn to God and he will have mercy on you and cover you with his grace. Life is worth nothing if it is spent in the vain pursuit of satisfying ourselves, but life’s value is only evident when we use it to honor and serve God. As Paul reminds us;

Acts 20:24; “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me,
if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me -
the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”


   NHMS AND A FEW OTHER TRACKS - One of our biggest race weekends of the year has come and gone; we have traveled the highways and byways of New England and have seen a few races in between. We started out heading north to NHMS for qualifying for the K&N and WMT, then headed south to Thompson for the TTNT, Friday it was back up to NHMS and Saturday we headed to Canaan after the WMT race for Ricky’s Race for Kids. Wow, what a weekend.

   This week holds some of the same in store, Seekonk gets things going with Open Wheel Wednesday, Thompson follows with the running of a 100 lap PASS race and a Tour Type Mod open event on Thursday, Stafford’s running of the 8th Annual CARQUEST SK 150 on Friday, the K&N guys in Columbus, OH, on Saturday along with Riverhead’s running of the 77 Lap Baldwin, Evans, Jarzombek Memorial, the Valenti Modified Racing Series is at Oxford Plains as part of the Oxford 250 weekend and the WOO are at Lebanon Valley to close out the weekend on Sunday. What do you think, too ambitious? Maybe we’ll need to split up a little and cover more ground? I am sure we won’t get to every one of these but I can assure you it won’t be because we didn’t try!

   We have hit the heart of the racing season and for the next few months we will be on the fly. Please pray for us as we travel, pray that God would provide the resources we need to reach out to as many of these events as we can and pray for those who are on the road as much as we are, traveling to compete and entertain the fans. I will make every effort to keep you in the loop, if I miss something please send me a note.

   2ND ANNUAL SHANE HAMMOND MEMORIAL RACE - scheduled for July 30, 2011 at The Waterford Speedbowl. They are looking for corporate sponsors to help with the cost of the day. Last year’s shirts looked awesome and we can't wait to see what Bill Smith from Wild Child Design comes up with this year. All corporate sponsors will be featured on the shirt and program.

   They are also selling laps for $20.00. You can choose a lap and a position to sponsor; even which division and that race team will receive an extra $20.00. All lap sponsors will be featured in the program as well. It takes time to coordinate all the events of the day, volunteers, raffles, food and fun. Please consider being a part of this year’s Memorial Race.

   Every Dollar helps put this event together and all additional monies are divided evenly to NEMA & NEMA Lite divisions. Please spread the word, visit www.shanehammond.org or friend them on Facebook at Shane Hammond Believe. Thanks for your continued support.

   NEW GRANDPA IN THE HOUSE - Rev. Ray Pavkov and his wife Sandi are the proud Grandparents of Hadley Burke Pavkov; weighing in at 7lbs.-5oz. entering the world at 9:31 pm, Sunday, July 17, 2011 in Cape Coral, Florida. Mom, Savanna, dad, Adam and baby are doing fine. Congratulations!

   A WORD OF THANKS  - Thank you for printing the article regarding the reunion with my biological parents, Michael and Carol Pares, as well as the follow-up in the paper. It has been an amazing journey for us all. To be able to share this momentous occasion with my family’s peers in the racing community has truly been a blessing. I was welcomed into Wall stadium with open arms not only by my family, but also by others who had read our story. It was an experience of a life time that would not have happened had I not come across your site earlier this year. Thank you again for being the bridge that brought me home. I am forever grateful, Rachel Zimmerman. Thank you for the kind words Rachel.

   Speaking of Wall Stadium, look for a new banner in the pits, Bob Menschner has made and installed a RWJM banner to promote the ministry there. Stop in and let me know how it looks.

   Until next time, 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.

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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



July 21
JERRY & LINDA SOLOMITO- It is 25 laps together for this Long Island driver and wife.

July 22
BRAD & LYNN LEIGHTON- This Center Harbor, NH K&NPSE Champion driver and wife share their 20th anniversary.
PHIL & BETTY SMITH- This veteran writer and wife of Westerly, RI celebrate their special day.

July 23
RED & STELLA MEAD- This Hyde Park, VT White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) driver and wife share their 26th anniversary.
DAVE & SHIRLEY ALEXANDER- This retired Maine Modified driver and wife have turned their track 44 times.


July 20
PETE HAMILTON- Retired Massachusetts driver for Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 in the 70's.
DAVE WHEELER- Lisbon, CT former LM driver.
DAVE SHIPPEE- Former writing partner of New London, CT's John Brouwer, Sr. now retired in NH.
MIKE MONNETT- Owego, NY writer.
HAROLD K. DAUNCEY- Son of NJ asphalt Mod driver Harold and wife Barbara.

July 21
BOBBY WILKINS- Milford, DE Dirt Modified driver.
TIM McCAULEY- Huntington Beach, CA NASCAR West driver.

July 22
RON YOUNG- Conyers, GA NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
CHRISTOPHER SAVLUK- Son of Lisbon, CT Crew Chief Roger.
RICH YANNETTA- Bridgewater, NJ Flemington go-kart driver.
JULIANNE ELIZABETH COX- The youngest of Bob and Tracy.

July 23
BUCKSHOT JONES- Monticello, GA former NNS driver.
DEBBIE KRODEL- Keith's wife, both Sprint and NASCAR WMT fans, in Pensacola, FL.

July 24
JEFF HERBERT- Wall Stadium Modified driver.
STAN WATTLES- Glen Cove, LI born, now Sewall's Point, FL IRL driver.
LEONARD WAGNER- This Schwenksville, PA Grandview Speedway fan, along with wife Earlene, is also a Dale Jarrett fan.
JUDY ROBINSON- Wife of Bill, daughter of Doris Bradley, fan of Wall Stadium, New Egypt and NASCAR fan of Ricky Rudd. Sister of Sally and Tammy.

July 25
FRANK FLEMING- Mt. Airy, NC Modified driver.
KELLY PUNCH- A son of Dennis and Pat from Newton, NC and crewman for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
TODD STILES- Lisbon, CT Tech Inspector.

July 26
RANDY MacDONALD- Canadian born KNPSE,NNS,CWTS owner/driver now living in NC.
ALAN COATES- Connecticut Modified driver.
WILL POIGNONNEC- Kart Racer at Oakland Valley Race Park from East Brunswick, NJ.
DAVID ALIO- NSC photographer
MIKE SOVA- Windsor, NY writer.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: July 22, 2011

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