The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Recently the Whelen Modified Tour headed north of the border. The rules have changed since 9/11/2001 and entry to and from Canada requires the right documentation, a passport to be exact. But that doesnít guarantee you entry; there is still someone at the gate with the responsibility to clear you before you can enter. If the names on your paperwork donít match their master list, you are not getting in. Are our papers in order? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

   It wasnít always that way; I remember when a valid driverís license was sufficient. That changed to a two valid forms of ID, a license and a birth certificate. Then it became a passport. It is difficult to know what is required and we wonder, are our papers in order?

   My wife and I had an interesting exchange at the border once. We were riding our bikes onto Campobello Island and approached the border for entry. Our documentation was sufficient for the Canadian officials to enter Canada , but they cautioned us and verified that we had sufficient documentation to enter back into the US .

   I never thought that would be in question, we are American citizens, lived here our whole life. But the official explained that the Americans were strict and we needed the right documentation to reenter the US . The Canadians determined we had sufficient documentation to get back into the US and let us enter Canada . They were right and we were allowed back.

   It is always intimidating when your approval lies in the hands of a government official. We could have everything in order but they still hold the key, the final word as to whether we are approved. If you have ever worked with immigration or applied for a visa, you know the tension, the anxiety, it creates. There always seems to be a price that has to be paid.

   It is much like a race team running a new track or under a different sanctioning body; they set the rules and enforce the rules. You either take it or leave it. There always seems to be dues to be paid. Many times you have to earn their trust. It doesnít seem fair, but as we all know if you want to play the game you have to pay the piper.

   I remember a race where a part timer came in and dominated the event, had the fastest car, ran the best race and took home the checkered flag, but he didnít win. Oh he got the trophy and the check but it cost him more to put his car back together after tech. In fact he missed the next race because he didnít have the money to get things reassembled in time.

   I have seen a racer refuse tech inspection when his motor was challenged, not because he had anything to hide, but because someone loaned him the motor and he didnít have the money to pay to have it rebuilt after it was torn down. He accepted disqualification instead of having to pay the several thousand it would cost to rebuild the motor.

   When the rules and those that determine your compliance with the rules are out of our control it can be a difficult time. Many a racing story exists because of rules interpretation. Many a driver has gotten the raw end of the deal because of an officialís decision. Right or wrong, it is the folks who set the rules that get to determine who is in compliance and who is not.

   In a similar manner there is a requirement for entry into Heaven. It isnít as subjective as manís rules but our paperwork must be in order. We need to have our name written in the Lambís book of life. If our name is not there the gatekeeper isnít letting you in. No matter what you say or do you cannot change that at the gate. Our entry into Heaven is conditional, it matters not what we have done or claim, it matters only that we accept the sacrifice that Christ made for us. Christ himself cautions us;

Matthew 7:21-23 (niv); "Not everyone who says to me,
`Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,
and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly,
`I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

   He explains

Revelation 23:27 (niv); Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,
but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

   So then, how do we get our papers in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven ? How can we be assured that we have the necessary documentation to be let in? One thing is for certain, the requirement will never change, the passport to Heaven will always be the same, believing in Jesus Christ.

John 1:12 (niv); ďYet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of GodĒ

John 3:15-18 (ncv); ďÖ everyone who believes can have eternal life in Him.
God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him may not be lost,
but have eternal life. God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him.
People who believe in God's Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty,
because they have not believed in God's one and only Son.Ē

   Donít wait until you are at the border to make sure your paperwork is in order, or hope they let you in because youíre with good people. You may just have to find a place to stay and wait for your team to come back. In the same way donít wait until you stand before God to get your name written in the book of life, it is too late, your reservation has been made and your entry into Heaven has been denied.

   There is no one you can call, no additional things that can be done, no friends who can speak for you, no, your eternal fate is sealed. Donít let it come to that, put your papers in order; get your name written in the Lambís book of life.

Romans 10:8-13 (niv); But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,
" that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord,"
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."


   It has been a somber weekend as we remember the innocent lives lost ten years ago. As we remember the Islamic Terrorists that sought to destroy us and send us cowering in fear. They didnít win and they wonít win, we will never forget. As the names were read on Sunday morning I thought of the families that were touched by that fateful day, the lives torn apart, the heroes who went in, the lives that were spared.

   So much of what we do at the track seems insignificant compared to that day, but it is significant, it is our way of life. Life is meant to be lived. Those lives would have been lost in vain if we allowed the events of 9/11 to stop us from living. The men and women that fight to give us the right to live; protect and insure that. Be thankful. Be thankful for our resolve as a nation to remember those who have given so much so that we can enjoy racing. Remember to say thank you.

   STAFFORD VICTORY LONG TIME COMING - Chris Pasteryak contributed to the family history Friday night at Stafford with his victory in the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

   ďMy family has been coming here since 1976. This is the first time we ever had a modified in victory lane here. A cool night, a great night,Ē said Pasteryak.

   On a night when the families of 9/11 were remembered it seemed fitting that this racing family would add another milestone. They werenít done yet though, father Charlie, substituting for Gary Putnam, practiced and put the #77 Southern Modified in the ninth staring spot at Thompson.

   The SKMOD race was an instant classic with Ryan Preece and Keith Rocco battling side by side for the victory. Let it be said that this wasnít a wreckfest that some associate with the SKís, this was some of the best racing I have seen all season. Preece won out and is in position to secure his first title at Stafford . I am excited to see what next week holds.

   THOMPSON BECOMES CENTER OF MODIFIED RACING - With the excitement of the 300 in the air it felt like old times at Thompson, although the concession stand in the infield would have quieted the noise in my stomach. No this wasnít the classic 300 and yes there were some cars from south of the border, but all in all it was a good couple of days with an awesome 50 lap Shootout. I am sure it didnít turn out the way some hoped, but I think we may have something here.

   For what the 125ís lacked the Shootout provided. Doug Coby said it best, he gave everything he had, every lap and if the car fell off, so be it, he was peddling as hard as he could for as long as he could. It would serve him well as he came out the big winner on this day.

   I think with a little tweaking this event could be one that is looked forward to on the race calendar. Letís say we shorten to point events to 80 laps and try to have the fields be a truer representation of the tours the represent. Maybe add an Invaders division. You could have three 80 lap events, North, South and Invaders. Then have the shootout for the big bucks! Just a thought.

   ONE MORE TIME - Dan headed back to Greenville for the makeup race the K&N guys ran after getting rained out last week. That makes four trips to Greenville this year, I think I am going to have to move Dan a little further south! Dan tagged along with car-owner Rob Grimm and clan in the family RV. We want to send our thanks out to Rob for helping us out. Sergio Pena came home with the victory.
   MICHAEL AND CAROL PARES - As some of you heard the Pares family didnít fair well during the recent flooding from hurricane Irene. Not only did they get flooded but there was a fire and their house is a total loss. They were hoping to get in and survey the damage on Friday, but they have to wait until inspections and investigations are complete. I was good to see Michael at Thompson this weekend although I am sure he had other things on his mind.

   I know the racing community has a big heart and these folks need some encouragement. If you are led to help you can send donations to;

   Michael & Carol Pares
   c/o A. Kichury
   25 James St .
   Wayne , NJ 07470

   Thank you for your help.

   ROADWORK THIS WEEK - The WMT heads to Lime Rock Park this week for the only road course on their schedule. Meanwhile Thompson and Stafford hold their last weekly programs and crown their champions. Looks like it will be back and forth across the state for me this week. For a small state it sure does take a long time to travel from one side to the other, maybe it is time we build a highway!, just saying.

   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



This one slipped by

September 12
RICK & KAREN SWEETEN- Rick is an AARN photographer from New Jersey and canít believe Karen has put up with him for all these years. Join with them as they celebrate 30 years together.

September 14
ED & GAYLE FERREE- Saxonburg, PA multi-time PA Motor Speedway Big-Block Late Model dirt champion and owner of Frankland Racing Supply and Clincher Gears and wife have their 35th anniversary.
VILL AND ARLENE HARD- The Ford racing fans from Clifton, NJ have their 54th anniversary as a loving couple and partners in racing.

September 17
DICK & JUDY WIBBELSMAN- Gainesville, FL RWJM Advisor and Counselor wife share their 44th anniversary.
BOB & CAROL PRATT- The brother of Richie Pratt and wife share their 34th anniversary.

September 19
EARL & PAM KRAUSE- The Area Auto Racing News Assitant to the Editor and columnist/ ARDC PR Director/Announcer and budding TV racing personality along with his best friend wife have their 41st anniversary..


September 14
DOMINIC DOBSON- Mercer Island, WA CWTS driver.
MARK PORCARO- Clinton, NJ occasional NASCAR KNPSE driver.
BILLY CLARK- Farmington, ME LM driver.
WES ROSNER- Famed Agawam, MA ProStock/NASCAR KNPSE builder.
DELORSE BOULET- The special woman in the life of Jewett City Service proprietor Henry St. John.
GARY MARTIN- Concord, NC Sprint Cup photographer.

September 15
BILL WILSON- Fuquay Varina, NC Dash Series driver.
VENETTA NARDUCCI- Wife of Greg, WMT fan.
RONNIE MILLER III- Son of Camp Hill, PA Susky fans Ron and Arleen.

September 16
BOB BRUNNELL- Peru, NY NASCAR KNPSE semi-retired driver/ team owner.
TOMMY CLOCE- Canton, NY NASCAR WMT/NASCAR KNPSE driver, son of well-known team owner, Ed.
TIM ZOCK- Youngsville, PA NASCAR KNPSE driver.
BILL DUGGAN- Belmont, NH LM driver.
JOE BRADY- Stoughton, MA legendary #00 Modified team owner.
TARA MENSCHNER- Daughter of Wall Chaplain Bob Menschner.

September 17
PAT SPENCER- Wife of driver/TV personality, Jimmy.
DENNIS SAVAGE- Lisbon, CT Producer/Host of TV's "God's Masterpiece."
DEREK FELTENBERGER- The son of Grandview/ Big Diamond flagger/ photographer MIke and wife Mena.

September 18
LOU CICCONI, JR.- The famous Aston, PA ARDC and more Midget driver.
FRANK JASHEMBOWSKI- Orange County Fairgrounds Speedway dirt Modified driver.
LARRY VASSAR- Southington, CT ProStock team owner.
HAROLD BURDICK- Danielson, CT go-kart driver/owner and Stafford Motor Speedway announcing team member.
STEVE RUBIN- Owner of the New Thompson Speedway excellent food concessions from Needham, MA.
HENRY ST. JOHN- Proprietor of Jewett City Service in CT.
SHARON OKULA- Wife of Wayne, Charger Driver #67 at Riverhead Raceway

September 19
BILL GUERTIN- President and co-owner with Frank Ferrara of former Whip City Speedway in Westfield, MA.
SCOTT LOVELADY- Hartsdale, AL NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
JOE HOUDE- Millbury, MA LM driver.
GEOFF BRANSCOMBE- A son of NASCAR KNPSE team owner/driver Babe and wife Deb.
JIM BRODERICK IV- "Bubba," Sprint car driver; son of Jim and Debbie.

September 20
BRYAN WALL- Derry, NH Road course KNPSE driver.
SCOTT NEWELL- East Windsor Speedway Modified driver.
LANCE NORICK- Oklahoma City, OK NASCAR CWTS driver.
SCOTT WEAVER- Shelby, NC Dash Series driver.
KYLE GRISSOM- A son of NASCAR driver Steve and wife Susan from Gadsen, AL.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: September 16, 2011

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