The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   Through the development of technology this column comes to you campfire side! I am off with the family and Bobby, our Valenti Modified Racing Series Chaplain with his wife Vinetta shared their thoughts with us this week. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   It was a North and South Friday night, no not the North South shoot out, but with Vinetta heading to Lee and myself heading to Stafford.

   As many fans have witnessed the excitement of racing this season, some surprises, some come from behind finishes always something new. The glory of strapping into a car, going over 100mph, winning a trophy, money and maybe a big sponsor possibility for next season keeps the racers and fans coming to the track. This lasts only for the ride home. The same for every fan in the stands they get excited when their favorite driver did well. But we all go back home to realities of life; heart aches in the family, illnesses, job issues, relationship issues and the list goes on.

   What I am getting at is we put our trust in our racing teams, our favorite driver to do well. We hear it all the time, I hope we have the right set up tonight. I pray my driver does well tonight.

   Where is our set up with Jesus? Is our trust in Jesus in good or bad times, or are we relying on our own instincts to get ourselves out of issues?

Psalm 18:2 ďThe Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

   If you havenít put your trust in Jesus or feel you have just too many bad things he wont listen; He will listen, He is waiting and He knows your heartache.

   In my notebook I carry with me to every track to take notes I have this Psalm written:

Psalm 116: 1-2

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice, he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

   If you havenít started reading scripture there is no better time to start than after you read this Newsletter. There are plenty of apps available for phones to set you up to read. If you donít know where to start or what app is good for you to carry on your phone ask us we would be happy to take the time to help. If you donít have a Bible, donít have the resources, that too we can help. Pick a family night to read together, Youtube has some great movies to watch, another is godtube. We also have RWJM drivers prayers and decals for your car.


    MODIFIED RACING AT STAFFORD - There were 30 cars registered coming off of Monadnock's endless race. Tonight was the Valenti Modified Racing Series 80 lap event, but after watching the Monadnock race who knew what was going to take place at Stafford. With all the torn up cars during the season this is one division that has kept great car counts no matter where the VMRS travels to.

   It looked like #25 of Pennink was going to tow the field for the whole race and he came close. There were a couple drivers that tried high and low couldnít do it, but another driver back in the field did it!

   As the race was contested the #34 of Hirschman tried, #5 Chris Pasteryak tried,#2 Jon McKennedy tried with no success but around lap 70 the #9 Victory Lane Bar & Grill sponsored car from Millis, Ma drove around and into Victory Lane at Stafford Speedway. I joked with Tommy that he was smiling so big we couldnít see his car in the photos.

   What looked like a night for the #00 of Teddy Christopher ended when he was placed to the tail for aggressive driving, but he battled back to a 4th place finish.

   An announcement made to the fans tonight was the #93 of George Sherman was purchased from a pawn shop. How many young racing fans that have dreams of racing Modifieds will have their eye on pawn shops? It will take a lot more than a few video games to trade in!

   The Top Five drivers of the race this evening was as follows: #09 Barrett, #25 Pennink, #2 McKennedy, #00 Christopher and #34 Hirschman.

   AND A LITTLE FURTHER NORTH - This is what Vinetta had to write about Lee USA Speedway.

   The night started out with the car club Daily Driven with 19 cars in attendance. They participate in annual shows and community events for Charities.

   The next group to go onto the track was the STAR group (Senior Tour Auto Racers). They had in attendance 11 sportsman and 9 Modifieds. The heat races had a few crashes resulting in not being able to compete in the feature race.

   The Late Model Feature tonight was a special 50 lap race with a few new outside drivers in attendance but the weekly guys held them back from taking home any bragging rights.

   One driver who pulled double duty tonight was Sparky Maciver driving a Late Model and his Small Block Modified. First place changed hands several times with #92 Aither being chased down by #89 Roy pancaking the wall and sending him back 5 spots. Tonight's finish in the Late Model was as follows 1st # 92 Aither 2nd #88 Baril 3rd #93 R. Green.

   Thanks for the reports, I'll catch you up on all the other action when I return from the great outdoors. Looking forward to the UNOH Showdown at Thompson next week, hope to see you there.

   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



September 6
David & Colleen Bennett- Officials with the old Busch North now David with Sprint Cup celebrate their 26th lap together.

September 7
BOBBY & SUSAN SILAPIGNI- Sheba Racing Modified team crewman and wife have their anniversary.
RICH & MARY PAWLICH- These Rocky Hill, CT NASCAR WMT fans have their 19th anniversary.

September 10
LARRY AND CARLENE SHIVERS- This Mom and Pop team for #23 Modified celebrate 52 years on the road.

September 11
BOB & PEGGY KARBONIC- This CT Mod driver and wife have their 19th anniversary.


September 5
DICK HOULIHAN- Massachusetts ProStock driver.
BILL TANNER- Newtown, PA Bridgeport Modified driver.
KELLY TANNER- Woodinville, WA NASCAR West driver. (no relation to Bill)
JEFF GREEN- Owensboro, KY NNS driver.
DONNA WEARING- Wife of Western PA dirt big block LM driver Bob, Jr.
DAN AYOTTE- Waterville, ME racing writer.
GREG GODEK- Windsor Locks, CT former Mini Sprint driver at Whip City and brother in Christ.

September 6
JULIE STEFANIK- The Manager of Koszella Speed Warehouse in Rhode Island and the supportive wife of past NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Modified Tour champion, Mike.
RAY PAVKOV_ RWJM Chaplain and Clock fixer extraordinaire.

September 7
ANDY SANTERRE- Cherryfield, ME, now Mooresville, NC, 4-time KNPSE Champion now is guiding HRE.
TOM FEARN- Feeding Hills, MA Late Model driver.
PEGGY HEEG- Sponsor of Mark Lento's Riverhead Raceway Firgure Eight team.

September 8
MARTY RADEWICK- Almost Retired Riverside Park Speedway Modified driver.

September 9
JEFF HAMMOND- Former NSC/NNS Crew Chief now TV commentator.
AUDREY STEVENS MOCKOVAK- Former Calremont, NH Speedway Modified driver.
FRED VORDEMEIER, SR.- The father of NASCAR WMT driver, Fred, JR; "The Big Apple Kid" from West Hempstead, NY.
LARRY NICEWICZ- Vernon, CT retired racing writer.
CHAD MILLER- Son of NY photographer Chuck.
BILL CHANNELL- Proprietor of Epping, NH's Channell 1 Video who has now gone digital.
ARLEEN SUKUP- Wife of Schodack Landing, NY former Midget owner Joe.

September 10
ROBERT JEFFREYS- NC Modified driver.
RALPH SOLHEM- Owner of the NASCAR WMT No. 0.
BILL CHRISTOPHER- In Plainville, CT, the father of well-known racing twins Mike and Ted.
PHIL SMITH- Veteran racing writer from Westerly, RI.
CARRIE KILCOLLINS- Sturbridge, MA fan of CT Mod driver Willie Hardee and her dad Wendell is Hardee's Crew Chief.
AL HANSEN- Green Lane, PA former Modified team owner at Grandview and Bridgeport Speedways.

September 11
TERRORISTS STRIKE USA- It was not the first time, but on September 11, 2001, our country changed forever after 3,000 people were killed by terrorists.
GEORGE KENT- The veteran Tioga Speedway and NASCAR WMT driver from Horseheads, NY
LARRY CARON- Williston, VT LM driver.
DEBBIE VECCHIO- Wife of Syracuse, NY NASCAR KNPSE chassis specialist, Tony.
STEPHEN "GOODYEAR" BELLEROSE- NASCAR WMT crewman and Dave Lind Goodyear Tire technician.
CHERIE BEERS- Wife of Northampton, PA aspahlt NASCAR WMT driver, Eric.
PETER LATTANZIO- Mechanicsburg, PA Super Sportsman driver & owner who competes at Williams Grove.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: September 7, 2012

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