The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   They say growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. When we are faced with a choice in how to responding to a certain situation; sometimes we respond like a mature adult and sometimes we respond like a little child. Does it make a difference how we respond? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   I have watched recently the response of some competitors when events on the track didn’t go the way they wanted. They responded like a spoiled little child would. You know the response, if I don’t get my way I am taking my ball and going home. They run away and hide not wanting to take responsibility. What kind of example does that show others?

   Then there are others that no matter what happens they are able to objectively look at what happen and take responsibility for their actions. The funny things is, sometimes the ones that act the most mature are the younger ones.

   Let’s face it, in racing there are going to be good days and bad days. Some times everything is going to fall in place and you will find yourself in Victory Lane . Sometimes everything is going to go against you and someone else wins. Sometimes the driver that ends up in Victory Lane doesn’t deserve to be there. As one songwriter put it,” Some days are diamonds and some days are stones.” How we respond to the days that fall short of our hopes and dreams reveals how mature we are. It also sets the tone for days to come.

   We may not realize it but when we act in a way that doesn’t honor God we set in motion a path that leads away from Him and His plan for our lives. Think if it this way, good produces good, bad produces bad, good results do not come from doing things against God.

   Yes, we all know bad things happen to good people. There are many reasons for that, one being not everyone has our best interest at heart. Most times people are so caught up in themselves that they don’t take the time to think how their actions affect others. When someone acts in a selfish way, good people will sometimes get in the way and bad things happen.

   We can however still honor God. This just provides another opportunity for us to respond differently than what others might expect. We need to remember who is in control and let God direct us. Think of the example we set for others when we respond in a mature and God honoring way? Here is a passage that will help at times like those;

Matthew 5:43-48, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

   We have all seen drivers who drive like no one else in the race matters to them. They drive with one vision, get to the front at all costs. Sometimes they win; sometimes they end up on the hook, wrecker or checkers. But what about the damage and chaos they cause along the way? What about the drivers who are the benefit of that driver’s immature behavior? Maturity requires that we think about our actions and how they affect those around us. We can’t just run roughshod through life and leave a path of destruction along the way. That does not honor God.

   Paul, the writer of the Book of Ephesians, challenges us to grow up, become mature in our faith so that we won’t be tossed about, believing anything we hear as the true Word of God. He says;

Ephesians 4:11-16, Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

   We are all teachers and we teach by example; our job is to build up the Kingdom of God . We cannot do this if we act like immature children. The goal is that we are mature in the Lord and do our part to make the body of Christ one, whole, healthy, growing and full of love.

   There is a danger if we fail to grow up; we will be tossed about, running from here to there not knowing what to believe. Think of a dog chasing his tail, running around and around in circles, he only knows what he is chasing when he catches it, bites it and feels the pain. When we are not mature we can be led astray. We are like that dog, chasing after something we believe to be something else, only to catch it and find it is nothing at all. Then we feel the pain of deceitfulness.

   Solomon asked God for wisdom to understand all things. God granted that to him. He then set out to determine what was real and worth pursuing. He determined that the pursuits of man’s desires were like “chasing the wind” and that nothing lasting and fulfilling came from those pursuits. You can read his thoughts in the OT book of Ecclesiastes, here is his conclusion;

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

   We need to develop maturity in our faith, learn and teach about God. We need to have a respect for God and place Him above everything in our lives. We need to be obedient to His guidance, direction and instructions. Don’t waste away your life living like a little child, tossed here and there, without anything to hold you firmly in place. Develop a maturity that honors God and leads others to Him.


   DOWN BUT NOT OUT - From time to time when the weather is right my Asthma gets the best of me. This fall has been one of those times and for the last week I have been confined, for the most part, to the house battling to stay ahead of the congestion. I am on the mend but was unable to get out to the track. I am thankful to all our dedicated chaplains who made sure everything was covered. We have a great group of folks.

   GETTING BACK TO THE SCHEDULE - Our Valenti Modified Series Chaplains, Bobby and Vinetta checked in from Seekonk. Here are his thoughts.

   With the VMRS off for a few weeks it was nice to spend a few weekends with Vinetta at the house. I was able to get some things done; the garden needed some upkeep, the lawn and landscaping needed trimming. During the time I spent relaxing and catching up I looked at myself and realized I need upkeep. How is my relationship with the Lord and am I making sure my family is taken care of as well. I urge all men that read this column to listen to a song by Sanctus Real “Lead Me” (it can be found on You Tube). After listening to this song take a moment and “Look Around” and see where are you leading your family? If this doesn’t hit home about your faith supporting your family nothing will.

   We get caught up in our racing, work, football weekends, traveling and the list goes on. Whether you’re in a new relationship or celebrating many years of marriage your racing career will stop at one point, but the Lord has placed this family before us to honor, love, and strengthen their faith and to be with for Eternity.

   After a couple of weeks break the Valenti Modified Racing Series traveled to a familiar place. It was the Fall Classic D.A.V. at Seekonk Speedway. It was great to be back with the MRS family again. I think every driver we asked said they would have rather been racing than have the break. They wanted to be racing! The weather was perfect to describe a fall classic until later in the evening.

   The MRS had 33 cars on hand and with one team all the way from Canada . Several notable drivers missing this weekend Coby, and Pasteryak to name a few. One team that hasn’t been back for a handful of races was the #06 of Les Hinkley due to a crash at Thompson Speedway. You could tell by the smile he was very happy to be back in the seat and competing once again.

   After the heats there was one consi of 15 cars competing for 4 spots. When you have 15 cars competing for 4 spots you would think it would have been a Metal fest, but it was very competitive and all drives respected each other’s line.

   With the Feature ready to go green with a front row of the #09 up front alongside the #25 of Rowan Pennink the #09 surprised all and prior to the green he went into the pits for a quick adjustment that put him scratch at the rear of the field. That adjustment may have caused him the race because due to rain the Race was only able to get in 51 of the 100 laps.

   In overall there were several cautions mostly for spinouts but one long caution red/yellow for oil on the track. Without that caution they may have gone the distance. Just shortly after they returned back to action Mother Nature halted the action for good. A decision was made to call the race at halfway and call it an official race.

   It was the #25 of Rowan Pennink finally getting a break this season after some tough troubles at various tracks and some type of mechanical troubles. This race surely made up for it as he towed the field for the entire race of 51 laps. There were several drivers that tried to pass Pennink at various times but just didn’t have it for today.

   Drivers like Masse, Bernhard, Annarummo kept Pennink alert at all times around the track. The top five finishers for this race at lap 51 were #25 Pennink, #13 Masse, #12Todd Annarummo, #06 Hinkley,#21Bernhard.

   The next stop for the Valenti Modified Racing Series is the World Series Thompson Intl Speedway then ending the season at Lee USA Speedway for the Octoberfest the 21st-23rd.

   I would ask again that everyone continue to keep Bobby Mac (MRS official) & his wife Robyn in their prayers as Robyn has ongoing treatment for cancer.

   WORLD SERIES WILL CROWN WMT CHAMPION - With the last race of the season to be contested at Thompson International Speedway all eyes will be on the track to see who the 2012 Champion will be. With Coby, Preece and Silk separated by just 18 points this will be an interesting race. Will we see a first time Champion or will Silk go Back to Back? Be there to find out.

   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



October 11
BOBBY & CAROL GAHAN- The multi-time Lee Speeway ProStock champion with over 300 feature wins from Barrington, NH have their 42nd anniversary.
DALE & TERRY WAKEFIELD- This Warren, NJ AMA Expert division biker and wife celebrate their 22nd anniversary.

October 12
JOHN & LISA SHAPLEIGH- These former JBIII crew members celebrate their 5th anniversary.

October 13
RICH & LORRAINE SYLVESTER- The retired proprietor of Sylvestri's Auto Care, formerly known as the northern world center of speed, in Canterbury, CT and lovely wife celebrate 50 wonderful years together. Just ask Rich.

October 14
RON & CAROL MENTUS- This AARN racing writer and great Christian witness and wife share their 50th anniversary.
BILL & JUDY ROBINSON- These Wall Township Speedway fans from Whiting, NJ, and she the daughter of Doris Bradley, share their 27th anniversary.

October 15
RANDY & LISA LaJOIE- The Norwalk, CT born NNS/CWTS driver and two-time champion and wife share their 20th anniversary.
JERRY & KAREN MARQUIS- This Enfield, CT popular Former NASCAR KNPSE/WMT driver and wife have their anniversary.
TOM & LINDA TAGG- proud parents of T.I.S. modified driver Brian Tagg celebrate 29 years together.

October 16
FRANK & LORI CANNEY- This AARN photographer and wife from Meriden, CT have their 34th anniversary.
RALPH & LINDA AUSTIN- This Sanford, ME couple, she the Barney McRae scorer, he a Barney McRae crewman, share their 41st anniversary.


October 10
DALE EARNHARDT, JR.- A son of "the great one" and Hendrick Motorsports NSC driver.
DEBBIE GASTELU- Widow of the late Wall Township Speedway ProStock driver Ray and team owner of the WTS Greg Gastelu dodge ProStock team.
JULIA SAVAGE, Daughter of Satch and Karen Savage from N.J. now in N.C.

October 11
JIMMY HENSLEY- Horsepasture, VA NASCAR CWTS driver.
JIM SAVAGE, JR.- Ed Flemke NASCAR WMT crewman.
AARON ANTONE DIAS- The son of Seekonk Speedway ProStock driver Tony.
SCOTT JAMES- Canterbury, CT RWJM freind and supporter. He spent many years on the road with Rev. Pat and in service to this ministry.
HEATHER FRANTZ- The wife of Mountain Speedway RWJM Chaplain and winning driver, Paul.

October 12
NED JARRETT- From Hickory, NC, one of racing's great Christian examples and retired NSC champion.
SMOKEY WARREN- Popular Grandview/ Big Diamond NASCAR Sportsman Modified driver.
MARK DISMORE- Greenfield, IN Midget and IRL driver.
MORGAN SHEPHERD- Conover, NC NSC/NNS/CWTS driver of the Racing with Jesus entries.
HAROLD DAUNCEY III- NJ asphalt Modified driver.
DANNY BAGWELL- Birmingham, AL NASCAR All Pro Series driver.
ERNIE GAHAN- Retired NH National NASCAR Sportsman champion and 300 plus ProStock feature winner Bobby's dad.
JACK DENNIS- Laura's dad and Appomattax, VA Jamie Tomaino NASCAR WMT fan.

October 13
CAITLIN BROWN- A daughter of Farmingdale, NJ Dwarf Car driver Bobby and wife Carolyn.

October 14
JASON JARRETT- Hickory, NC NNS/ARCA driving grandson of Ned and son of NSC's Dale.
JOE VENEZIAN- Proprietor of Perth Amboy Springs (NJ) and Statewide Trailers.
JERRY GLANVILLE- Roswell, GA occasional ARCA/NNS driver, former NFL coach and TV commentator.
PATRICK MANNING- Sheldonville, MA Carl Pasteryak Modified fan.

October 15
EARL PELLETIER – Driver of an SK Light at Stafford Motor Speedway.
MATTHEW PELLETIER – Oldest son of SK Light Stafford Motor Speedway driver Earl.
KRISTIN MARQUIS- Another one of Enfield, CT Karen and NASCAR KNPSE/ WMT driver Jerry's kids and she celebrates on their anniversary.
CHRISTINA GRODSKI - Photographer and daughter of TheChromeHorn.com's webmaster Richie Grodski.

October 16
SEAN WOODSIDE- Saugus, CA NASCAR West Series driver.
DON PRINGLE- Ontario, NY Street Stock driver at Spencer Speedway.
WOODY FEBRIELLO- Retired asphalt Modified team owner.
TOODI ROSATI- The former Toodi Gelinas, famous weekly racing columnist, wife of retired Modified driver John Rosati in Agawam, MA.


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SourceRev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: October 12, 2012

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