The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries


by Rev. Don Rivers

   In life and racing we make many decisions. Most times they are of a less significant nature but sometimes they can change the course of our life. Often times those decisions are not between good and bad but better and best. How do we to know what choice is best? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

   Most of the decisions we make at the racetrack fall into two categories; how to setup the race car and how to run the race. Drivers have another category added to their thought process, how to drive the car. Practice time is spent trying to find the right combination of settings to go fast. Finding the right setup and a driver who is comfortable in the car gives you hope for race day, but we still have to run the race. You hear it all the time, “we had a great car, but…”

   I asked a driver about how they spent their practice time. He explained they try to make the car comfortable for him to drive. I asked how that related to speed he responded, “I’m comfortable when I am going fast.”

   Each driver is a little different but the decisions remain the same, get the car going as fast as the driver can handle it. Therein lies the challenge, which one wins, fast or comfortable? When you are on your game they both do and many times that leads to victory lane.

   I asked another driver what it was about New Hampshire that he liked. He said that it was the driving that excited him. “You have to drive your butt off.” He shared that you are consumed by the experience and you have to be focused for every turn and every lap.

   When the right setup decisions are made the driver has a car he can win with.

   It is a common question in the garage area, “how’s your car?” It is met with the follow up, “can you drive it?” Those two questions indicate who has made the right decisions and who still has some work to do.

   In life it is much the same, we struggle with getting things in order so that our day to day activities will run smooth. We try to position ourselves so that we can handle daily events without having to face too many struggles. Then it happens, life; something out of your control happens and the circumstances are changed.

   The decisions we make in those times reveal who we really trust. It is the decisions we make when the challenges of life come at us that determines who we have faith in. What do we do when we have to choose? Whose advice do we seek when we have to decide? Where do we turn for direction?

   When faced with these questions turning to God is always the right choice. When we seek Him out and ask Him for guidance He will provide it. The amazing thing is it doesn’t matter who we are He will answer us with the right guidance Listen to what James says:

James 1:5; If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

   When we lack the wisdom to know what the right choice is we should ask God. God gives generously without finding fault. That means it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done God will give you the best answer. But, we must listen to the answer and follow God’s direction.

   We need to be able to know and understand God’s voice. This is accomplished by having a relationship with Him. Our willingness to follow the direction of someone is dependent on how well we know and trust their advice. If you don’t know God and don’t have a relationship with Him it will be difficult to hear Him, let alone trust Him.

   The writer of Proverbs puts it this way;

Proverbs 3:5-6; Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

   We get it right when we follow God without trying to think it through first. God will guide us and direct us in the path that is right. God promises to guide us and give us the best answer, the right direction. That is the best decision we can make.


   DOVER , STAFFORD AND BEYOND - Well another double header is in the books and what a fantastic weekend for racing. The only issue with the weather was that it was too good to believe. Hard to remember a recent stretch of such great weather; the racing wasn’t bad either. This weekend had the potential to crown two division champion, K&N Pro Series East and Whelen Modified Tour. The trophies were present but not awarded.

   The racing only proved to tighten the point’s races on both fronts. Dylan Kwasniewski's K&N Pro East points lead was sliced to 5 over Brett Moffitt. The championship will be decided at Road Atlanta, as close to a neutral court as possible with every driver being a rookie. This will be a true test of the teams and who can make the necessary adjustments to win the race and be crowned champion!

   On the Whelen Modified Tour front, Donny Lia dominated Stafford . He won the Pole, led every lap and took home a long awaited victory. He was followed closely by Doug Coby who cut into Ryan Preece’s point lead with a second place finish. Preece had a rear-end break late in the race and finished fifteen laps down in seventieth place. His points lead is down to twenty-six and this championship will be decided in Thompson at the World Series.

   VETS 4 VETS - In between my racing schedule we had a few things going on at church and one I am particularly excited about, Veterans For Veterans CT. This is a group for veterans to gather together and encourage and support one another; to help each other through the special challenges that veterans face; informal, relaxing and no agenda. It will be meeting on the second and forth Saturdays of the month at 8:00 at Mt. Carmel in North Haven . In the spring we will spread our wings and have some Bike Rides to reach all corners of the state. If you are a veteran you are welcome to come and join us. If you have a bike, ride it and enjoy a long put with some friends.

   MAYBE YOU CAN HELP - Many of you in the racing community know Rick Raducha and his physical challenges. It was great to see him in Speedway Illustrated last month. Rick needs to be in warmer weather. The heat provides him comfort and relief from the pain he deals with on a daily basis. As many know Rick is not one to complain or ask for help. He is such an inspiration. He is in need of a place or places to spend the winter in Florida . He is willing to do what ever he can to pull his weight. If you can help, great, reach out to him and let’s show our thanks to him for everything he has done for others.

   WILLIAMS GROVE - While my asphalt schedule takes a little break I am off to spend some time in the dirt. I will be heading to Williams Groove in PA for the WOO Sprint car Nationals. My sidekick Howie Hodge will keep me company as we set out on yet another adventure. Look for our updates; I am sure we will find some interesting things along the road.

   We are also introducing a new recruit to the dirt community at Williams Groove, Mike Kray. Mike is coming on board to help in the Mid-West. He is based in Columbus , Ohio . Please lift him up in prayer as he seeks God’s direction and guidance.

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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


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Posted: October 4, 2013

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