The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Many times looks can be deceiving. Sometimes it is intentional, we don’t want to spill the beans and let everyone know what we have. But our commitment to Christ and service to him has to more than skin deep. We need to be willing to lay down our very lives for the sake of others. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   To say there is some gamesmanship at the racetrack is an understatement. No one goes out for practice and runs full tilt; they always keep something in reserve for when it matters. I remember a recent practice session where a driver turned a quick lap. After talking with one of the team members I learned that there was more where that came from.

   “Wait until we tweak it and put stickers on, we’ll post a number they all can shoot at.”

They did; fast lap of the day in the last practice session with no time for the others to do much but scratch their heads and wonder, what’s in there?

   If you have seen our display at Motorsports you know we bring championship cars from the WMT and KNPSE for display. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the setup and equipment on those cars is not what they use at the track. Most racers are very careful about what they let others see.

   In the dirt late model ranks you see it all the time, a drape covers the back end of the chassis or they back the car in so no one can see what’s in there. Maybe there is something, maybe not. The question remains, what are they trying to hide? What’s in there?

   People can be the same way; we can act differently depending on the situation and location. On certain days of the week we are fine upstanding members of the church community; on others you would never know we graced the doors of a church. We leave other’s wondering what’s in there.

James 3:9-11; With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men,
who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.
My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

   It is important that we, as followers of Christ, are genuine, what you see is what you get. Some call it transparent, our motives should be clear to all. As James writes, we should not praise God in one moment and curse man in the next.

   Lack of consistency is a problem we face; when we change our behavior depending on the situation we cause people to wonder who we really are. I remember an old saying, if being a Christian was a crime, would our life show enough evidence to be convicted? I hope so.

   Think about the people you know; how many of them are genuine? We can break the people we know down into two groups, those we can trust and those we can’t. Let’s face it, there are some people we know that when they tell us something we wonder about whether it is true or not.

   There are people we can count on; when they give us their word and make a commitment we can plan on them doing everything in their power to fulfill it. These are the people that we can depend on. These are the people we spend our time with.

   As Christians we should lead people to God. We should live a life that honors God. We should follow God’s lead wherever it brings us, putting our trust and faith in Him. People should not wonder, what’s in there?

   When others see us as two faced, one time we do this another time we do that, we create doubt. When they doubt us, they doubt God; they doubt He can help them. We do a great disservice to our Lord when we confuse people with our words and actions.

   We need to think about the example we set. Is it consistent with what we claim to be? Are the things we say and do honoring to God? Not just in certain places at certain times, but everywhere, all the time.

   Let us make a commitment to one another to work on being a more genuine reflection of the character of Christ, every moment of everyday, let others see Jesus in us.


    VMRS OPENS THE MAD DOG - Bobby Somers sent in this report from the action at Monadnock Speedway.

   It was opening night for the high banks of Monadnock Speedway. The Valenti Modified Racing Series was in town for their second event of the season and the fans didn't have to wait long for some great racing action.

   The regular divisions put some incredible “racing” together to warm up the crowd. The new division called "thunder stock" had a great car count to start 2012. The division is your entry level V-8 late model cars. I think the drivers wanted to give the fans a reminder of what each color flag represented. When the green flag dropped the race was on! In the end, after three red flags, all the drivers walked away but their cars didn't fair as well.

   In the Monadnock Mod heat race two cars decided to go full throttle down pit road in turn one. The opening isn’t that wide. With the two side by side one made it and came back out. The other had heavy left side damage.

   The MRS pulled into the high banks with 29 cars with only 24 qualifying for the feature race. It was the 06 of Les Hinkley holding down the lead for 27 laps before handing over to #53 Jim Boniface. Every lap saw position changes throughout the filed, a very busy night to try and keep score. There was a lot of aggressive racing, sticking a nose into spots too close but yet somehow managing to hang on. No one was holding back! They made some moves that you would have thought they were driving full body cars! One driver who made the biggest move of the night was the 2 of Jon McKennedy starting 18, moving eighteen spots to take the checkered flag first. That made it two for two for the Art Barry, Jon McKennedy team this year. Stormin Norman Wrenn was 2nd followed by the 06 of Les Hinkley. The next stop for the VMRS is Thompson on Sunday, May 20th. Thanks Bobby for the great report!

   RICHMOND AND STAFFORD - This week sees us headed down to Richmond International Raceway for a Thursday night affair for the K&N Pro Series East as part of the Cup weekend. Sharing the card with the K&N is the Denny Hamelin Charity Race; a Whelen All American Series Late Model Race. Proceeds from the event benefit the Denny Hamlin Foundation, which raises funds for individuals and families suffering from cystic fibrosis, supporting organizations like The Children’s Hospital of Richmond, St. Jude’s Hospital and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

   Then it is off to Stafford for the Greatest Race of the Spring, The Sizzler. We are looking forward to the second event on the Whelen Mod Tour schedule. We are looking for good weather, close competition and a great event.

   TIME FOR SOME GOLF - Speaking of Stafford and Benefits I would like to invite you to join me for the Bill Tamburro Jr Memorial Golf Tournament, May 21 at Lyman Orchards. The tournament is in honor of Lisa Arute’s brother Bill who succumbed to pancreatic cancer. The proceeds go to the Lustgarten Foundation to further the search for a pancreatic cancer cure, a cause near and dear to the hearts of RWJM. There are many ways to support this event and be involved. Check out the details on Stafford Motor Speedway’s website.

   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 http://www.rwjm.com/store. Send us your prayer and counseling needs no matter what part of our racing family you are in, or give us a call. 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



April 26
MIKE AND SHARON TALLMAN- proud parents of SK Light modified driver Troy Talman have anniversary #26.

April 27
GEORGE AND BEVERLY BOULEY- The family that races together stays together. This family that includes children Kim and SK Mod driver Scott. The team started at Danbury Arena and have become a common sight at tracks throughout the East. They always have a smile and a laugh despite what the circumstances may be. Let us wish them a blessed anniversary as they complete 57 laps in the family camper.

May 1
BILL & KATHY COTROFELD- The couple who haul and display the Featherlite Show Trailer have their 36th.
RON & SUE CORNELL- AARN and Maine based "Racin' Paper" columnists from Westport, MA have their 35th anniversary.


April 25
BOB KLUKUS- Crewmember on the WMT and at Stafford Motor Speedway.
BILL HENDERSON- Owner of a KARS Sprint team at Williams Grove.
MIKE LENMAN- Driver of Bill Henderson's KARS Sprint.
RAY MILLER- Former driver of the Henderson KARS Sprint.
JOHN MICHALOWSKI, JR.- From Riverhead, NY, now driving LMSC in NC.
CHET THOMPSON- Former Wall Township Speedway driver, now G.S.U.S.C.E. member and race fan.
CHRISTINA CASAGRANDE- Sister of Riverhead Blunderbust driver Bob.
AARON MICHAEL COX- One of Rev. Pat's cousin Bob and wife Tracy Cox' children down in Boyertown, PA.
BILL DIMMICH- Slatington, PA Former Pocono 500 chief announcer and TV host.

April 26
JIMMY KITCHENS- Birmingham, AL NNS/NW driver.
JUNIOR MILLER- Winston-Salem, NC WSMT 2005 Championship driver.
RON SHEPHERD- From NY, now in NC driving Modifieds and Concord Motorsports Park Super LMSC.
ROGER GODIN- Maine LM driver.
ALLEN MONETTE- NH Pro Stock driver.
RON & ED PROVOST- Oxford Plains Speedway official and son.

April 27
BOBBY SUMMERS- The owner of Hosier Tire East in Manchester, CT and provider of the racing rubber for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and proud dad of Super Modified and Modified driver Rob.
RICK KNAPP- Scotland, CT retired Waterford Speedbowl Modified driver.
AUSTIN DILLON- A son of Mike and Tina and driver of the famed #3.

April 28
KIRK BRYANT- Thomasville, NC LMSC driver.
MARK GEER- Waterford Speedbowl former Chief Tech. Inspector.
JUDY MARTIN- Concord, NC NSC photographer.
NATHAN DIAS- Son of Westport, MA Seekonk ProStock driver Tony and wife Elizabeth.

April 29
CHAD LITTLE- Spokane, WA lawyer and now Whelen Modified Tour Director for NASCAR.
JIM LOWREY, JR.- NH SuperModified driver.
DAVE FAIR- Oaks, CA SCCA driver.
BRUCE THOMPSON- Newtown, PA Len's dad.
MARK MOCKOVAC- Modified fan and famed Media Coordinator from Danbury, CT
BOB MORRIS- Auburn, ME racing columnist.
JOHN SZERENCITS III- Whitehall, PA brother of AARN subscription sales rep. Don.
LINDA & NICOLE BRUNO- The wife and daughter of Jim, from Absecon, NJ both celebrate today.
DAVE JONES- Driver of the #76 sprint car at Lernerville and other West Pennsylvania tracks and a member of the "old guy race team".

April 30
CHRISTIAN JAWORECKI- Younger son of JAWS has his special day.
MICHAEL WALTRIP- NAPA's NSC team owner for Toyota's entry into cup racing.
ANDY HILLENBURG- Indianapolis, IN NNS/ARCA/Sprint driver.
JASON MANAFORT- Plainville, CT former NASCAR KNPSE driver.
FRANK KIMMEL- Clarksville, IN ARCA Series driver.
JEFF KAUFMAN- Red Bank, NJ Modified owner/driver.
CHRIS GRADY- Son of Lebanon Valley Speedway photographer John.
JACKIE HENDRICKSON- Wife of Lawrenceville, NJ Modified driver Wade.
DAN SERRANO- The grandson of Rusty Farrar, who is also the mother of Kathy Van Norde, wife of Wall Truck Division driver Bruce. Danny is the general manager at the New Egypt Speedway and often writes special stories for Area Auto Racing News.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: April 27, 2012

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