The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Last week I asked you to think about someone you haven’t seen in a while, someone who may need help. Did you think of someone? More importantly, did you take the time to look? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Last week I left you looking for someone. In today’s world, with all the technology we have, you might think it would be pretty hard to lose contact, but we do. Even with people that we have spent significant time with. I recently reunited with an old friend, we used to work together for several years, did many things together, and our families grew up together, but somehow we lost touch.

   I spent this past Sunday making up for lost time; I spent it fishing with an old friend. In the quite out on Quabbin Reservoir we had time to rekindle our friendship. He made a comment to me that stuck with me and made me think. He said, “It is really good to have you back in my life.”

   Think about all the people we have met through racing. Think about those who have come and gone. Think about the times spent together. Where are they now? Are they doing alright? Do they need someone to come along side them and give them a helping hand?

   That is what life is about, helping each other through. I believe the key to that is finding the love and forgiveness that God offers us through Christ. For those that have found it, there is no other way to live. For those who need it, we need to help them find that peace.

   My friend has not found Christ yet. He is pretty much the same as fellow I knew several years ago. He is struggling to make sense of it all, dealing with the challenges we all face. He pretty much thinks he is on his own to figure out how to get through life. I know different.

   Back in 1999 he came to my ordination. He wasn’t much for church or God, most of us engineering types aren’t, but because I asked him, he came. He pretty much figured whatever he faced he could figure out. He made a comment that day that I remembered when God asked me to give him a call.

   “Maybe there is something to this after all.”

   I was traveling down the highway one night a few weeks ago and his name crossed my heart. I picked up my cell phone, put on my Bluetooth and gave him a call. His voice on the other end told me that my call was much needed.

   Let me encourage you to pick up the phone and call, get in the car and drive, do whatever you have to do. When someone’s name crosses your heart or mind, fine them, seek them out, reach out to them and meet them where they are. Help them find their way home. God has a reason for putting their name on your heart.

   It wasn’t because I lost his number, didn’t know where he lived or anything that we might use as an excuse to not search. I had it all right in my phone. It was because I forgot what God’s priority is. God has a plan for each of us, we just need to stay in touch with Him and not lose our way.

2Peter 3:8-9, But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

   I believe I can help my friend find the forgiveness, love and peace that God offers. I know just in the few times we have talked since reuniting that he needs it. We all do, it is difficult to go it alone. Pray for me as I walk alongside my friend and help him find the way home.

Luke 15:31-32; “My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”


    AWESOME! - With all the debate and opinions expressed leading up to the Whelen Modified Race at NHMS all eyes were on the track as “The Show” again proved why we come here. The winning margin was les that the diameter of the Chrome Horn, .003, a nine time champion beat the reigning champion to the line and became the winningest driver at the Magic Mile. Mike Stefanik was elated in victory lane as this was a race for the ages.

   Stefanik could roll through the corners better than Silk, but that crate motor had the horsepower at the end of the straightaway. The lead changed back and forth, lap after lap. With three to go Stefanik made the winning move and held off Silk at the line. If the Start/Finish line was a few feet further down the front stretch the story would be different.

   As I walked back through the Motorcoach camping area the opinion expressed was universal, “Man, what a race!”

   The day wasn’t over for me however. The track had asked me to officiate a wedding after the Nationwide race in Victory Lane. Ruth and Darrell from Moncton, NB would be tying the knot. I was happy to do it and sat down with them on Friday to talk things over. Brad Keselowski was also there to offer his best wishes. Actually he was there for winning the Nationwide race, but I digress.

   The other person present is the man I would like to thank. He has been around tracks and racing for many years, he has many things to do on a race weekend, but he agreed to be there to witness this event and again went above and beyond. Thank you to Dick Berggren for being willing to help out. Dick is one of the good guys and he showed it again that his heart is in the right place. When no one was available to take photos, Dick picked up the Bride’s camera and shot photos also. Dick, you made their day special and I am sure they will never forget you kindness and graciousness. You made them very happy. Thank You.

   With NHMS in the rear view mirror it was off to Canaan. Funny thing happened when I arrived, I was too late. The pit sign in shack was closed and the gentleman at the gate was not impressed enough with the pace car to let me in. That was alright though; Bobby and Vinetta with an assist from Rev. Scott had things covered. I parked the car in the grass, reclined the seat and let the melodious hum of the Modifieds lull me to sleep.

   RICKY’S RACE FOR KIDS - This week leading up to Ricky’s Race for Kids at Canaan Speedway, Vinetta and I, along with 100 chaperones 400 students, were at Gordon College Wenham, Ma for Crosswalk. Crosswalkis a Christian Camp that seeks to strengthen our Christian values in our walk with Jesus. Vinetta served as the Camp nurse and she sure had her hands full with many injuries and some heat issues later in the week. It was a blessing to look around during evening Worship seeing all these young kids singing worshiping.

   We got in late Friday night to White River Junction Vermont and made our way over to the track on Saturday, it was possibly the hottest to date for the VMRS. The temperatures certainly didn’t hold back the crowd early in the day as they showed up early to support this event. There was pit party and the fans certainly enjoyed the autographs, sitting in many cars or getting a handshake from their favorite driver.

   Once the track was cleared it was race time. John Spence Sr made that announcement, introduced Valenti Modified Racing Series Drivers and the crowd roared with excitement, the heat didn’t slow them down one bit!

   We had a new driver making his debut in the VMRS, #41 Eric Dailey from Armstrong, Iowa a IMCA driver . 21 cars were on hand for the Ricky’s Race for Kids. With only two cautions for spins, one early ane late this was the most relaxed race this season. The big move of the night went to the #0 of Holdridge moving 10 positions in the race. But it was Hinkley who shook off some recent misfortune and returned to Victory Lane for the second time this season. He was followed home by #5 Pasteryak, #2 Mckennedy,

   #25 Pennink, #21Gernhard and #28 Jarvis. It was some great green flag racing to close out a great week. Next up for me is Seekonk with Rev. Don on Wednesday, hope to see you there.

   THE LEGEND WILL LIVE ON - It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Wild Bill Slater, always to be remembered for his association with V8. Wild Bill, at the age of 83, passed away last week.

   I am grateful to have seen him compete before he ran his last race in 1969. I am also grateful for the times we spent at the back pit gate at Stafford. I can share with you it wasn’t love at first sight. It took a while before I was greeted with that smile, but I grew on him.

   In the end it was always a smile and a story. I counted it a pleasure to sit alongside and listen as he reminisced about the days gone by. Like a true racer he always had an opinion and was not shy about expressing it. Maybe in some way having someone to share it with made it better. I hope I added some degree of comfort to his time here.

   At this stage arrangements have not been completed. Join with me as we remember the iconic white shirt with the rolled up sleeves and that broad smile that made everyone wonder what he was up to. RIP my friend.

   TWO NEW VENUES ON THE SCHEDULE - This week finds me taking in the action at two tracks I have never been to. Tuesday I will be at Lernerville and Friday at Williams Grove. In between I’ll be at Seekonk and Thompson, with a chance appearance at Riverhead before I go to pick my wife up at JFK on Saturday night as she returns from being on mission in Haiti. Track me down and say hi.

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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



July 21
JERRY & LINDA SOLOMITO- It is 26 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 21st 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 27th anniversary.
DAVE & SHIRLEY ALEXANDER- This retired Maine Modified driver and wife have turned their track 45 times.


July 18
STEPHEN LEATY- Jan's next son.
RON CORNELL- Westport, MA AARN columnist and candle maker.
MAGGIE WOODS- The daughter of Tammy and Woody living in Mooresville, NC.

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.
SYLVIA DANIELS- North East,Pa. Speed Shop owner.

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.


AGNUS KICHURY- Mother of Carol Pares, with of photographer Michael, needs our prayers as she faces a heart condition and treatment.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: July 20, 2012

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