All posts by Michael Jaworecki

PEACEFUL

Have you noticed the world is becoming more “Me First”? It seems everywhere you go someone is trying to get ahead of you. Striving to get to the front can make for a stressful and worrisome existence. What is it that makes us think we deserve to be first? We can be at peace knowing that God has a plan and our place is prepared and secured. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Racing is built on being first, that’s the whole object. Finishing first on the race track is what we strive for, but being first is different. We race and compete to see the best driver come to the front. You earn your way to the front by racing. But some people think they deserve to be in front. We have to be careful when we think we deserve more than others, when we think more of ourselves that we ought to.

We see it all around us, people thinking they deserve to be first. Whether it is on the track, on the road, at the tollbooth, in the checkout line, just about anywhere we go, people think they deserve to be first. We all have our reasons, but what about those we take from to be first, do we consider their situation? Christ counseled us about thinking we deserve a place at the head table.

Luke 14:7-11, NLT; When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

What happens when we don’t get what we think we deserve? How do we feel when we are not treated the way we think we should be treated? What goes through our heart and mind when we start behaving like we are more important than we really are? All things that should make us think. Think about this, “It is better to be patient than have to start over.”

In a race it can be as simple as not clearing yourself; thinking you made a good enough attempt to pass and everyone should clear out of the way and let you in. Also, not driving through someone is a good choice. If you do you could find yourself starting over in the back. Your car could be damaged and your race is over. Many a car capable of winning the race, finishing first, didn’t have that chance because they thought they deserved a position they hadn’t attained.

I saw an example of this recently at the track. A car thought he had made a good enough attempt at a pass and moved into the oncoming car’s lane. A couple of problems with that was one the driver moving over hadn’t cleared the car he wanted to be in front of. Two, the car being moved into couldn’t lift as he had several cars behind him and would certainly cause a big wreck. The wreck happened because one driver thought he deserved a position he hadn’t achieved and assumed he would be given a pass. Sometimes there is justice for those who think they deserve to be first, he wrecked and his day was over.  

In life the same thing is true but the back of the field is a little different. We start over on our road to growing in our relationship with God. We take several steps back when we lose our humility. Life is about making progress toward enjoying the blessings God has for us and living the abundant life He promised. We are moving along that road. Then it happens, we think more of ourselves than we ought and our focus changes from external to internal. We become self-centered.

Colossians 3: 8-17; NLT; But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

When we are self-centered we view things differently. We get angry. We are motivated to retaliate. We show frustration and stress. We are not much fun to be around.

Is the peace of Christ dwelling in your heart? If it is, there won’t be any anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. You see they both don’t fit inside. When the frustration and anger that we hold onto is removed the peace of Christ remains.

We need to have our priorities right. We need to cut others some slack, some understanding. We will then remove the frustration and anger pent up inside. We will be at peace. Christ offers us a better place to live. We need to accept that.

We can go through life angry and frustrated with the world, or we can “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in our hearts.”

We need to follow the example of Christ, who set aside His standing in Heaven and came to earth to sacrifice His life for us. Even though we were undeserving, He came and gave His life for us. The ultimate peacemaker, Christ made it possible for us to know God. Live in the peace He offers.

Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support and donations helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES ANNOUNCES 2021 FLORIDA PLANS WITH BUBBA RACEWAY PARK

OCALA, FL – Florida, here we come.


After a rousing turnout in the Sunshine State last February, officials of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco have finalized plans for the 2021 edition of the ‘Sunshine Swing’ to be held at an all-new location.


Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., plays host to the STSS ’21 season kickoff Jan. 26-30, 2021.


The NFL ‘Super Bowl’ being held in Tampa Bay has shuffled the deck for Florida racing through Speedweeks. With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series dates adjusted at All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla., the Short Track Super Series became a “free agent” for 2021.


BD Motorsports Media LLC, the parent company of the Short Track Super Series, has forged an agreement with the Bubba Raceway Park promotional team of Bubba Clem, Tom Bean and Ken Snyder to lease the Ocala facility for the ‘Sunshine Swing’ mini-series.


The STSS Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman will take part in the Florida tour.


“First off, we would like to thank Wendell (Durrance), Joe Kelly and the All-Tech Raceway management team and staff for their support last year,” STSS organizer Brett Deyo said. “We hope to get back to visit their facility in 2022 and completely understand the challenging schedule for February. With that said, we are thrilled to showcase our series at Bubba Raceway Park.


“The opportunity to take part in Florida Speedweeks at Bubba Raceway Park alongside the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, USAC Midgets and USAC Sprint Cars speaks volumes to the reputation our series has built nationally.”


The ‘Sunshine Swing’ at Bubba Raceway Park kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 26 with an Open Practice session.


The first night of racing takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with the STSS Modifieds racing 30 laps for a $4,000 top prize and Crate 602 Sportsman battling 25 laps with $1,250 up for grabs.


Thursday night (Jan. 28) features a 35-lap STSS Modified main with $5,000 going to the winner and another 25-lap, $1,250-to-win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman event.


On Friday (Jan. 29) the ante gets upped to 40 laps and $6,000 to win for the STSS Modifieds and 30 laps, with $1,500 to win for the STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.


Saturday’s (Jan. 30) final night of action includes a 50-lap, $8,000-to-win STSS Modified main and another 30-lap, $1,500-to-win STSS Crate 602 Sportsman program.

‘Sunshine Swing’ champions will again be crowned after the completion of racing.


The entire ‘Sunshine Swing’ will be streamed live on Dirt Track Digest TV (www.dirttrackdigest.tv) with single-day and weeklong packages available.


Camping will be permitted on-site throughout the swing. Complete pricing, rules and times will be released in the coming weeks.


Bubba’s Raceway Park is a three-eighths-mile facility with a history of racing dating back to 1952 as both a pavement and dirt track. The speedway was converted back to a clay surface in 2008 and an overhaul was completed to include MUSCO lighting, a new sound system, modern restrooms, and a reworked pit area.


The speedway was resurfaced with 60 loads of clay in preparation for the upcoming Speedweek events.


Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road Ocala. GL 34482. Contact the track by phone at 352.622.9400 or visit the official website at www.bubbaracewaypark.com. “Like” Bubba Raceway Park on Facebook.


To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com,  check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.


The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Halmar International, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Rob Sherlock Roofing, ATL Racing Fuel Cells, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Escape RV, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, Land Hoe Maintenance, K&N, MJK Home Maintenance, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.

Pole Clinches GSPSS Championship With A Win at The Speedbowl

Photo Tom Morris/GSPSS

Hudson NH’s Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk finished off his championship 2020 with a win on Saturday night. The driver of car 97 dueled with Angelo Belsito over the final 17 laps winning by just .103 seconds and clinching the 2020 Granite State Pro Stock Series Championship.

Cloudy skies greeted the teams of the Granite State Pro Stock series as they arrived for the second time in a month. On tap was a 100 lap affair and the crowning of the 2020 champion. Unfortunately mother nature would make the teams wait a bit longer than expected to get this done.

Angelo Belsito couldn’t best his track record but still set fast time in The Crazy Horse Racing Fast Time Challenge. Time trials were run with heavy moisture in the air slowing the pace and jumbling the order a bit. Behind Belsito, Gabe Brown and “Pole”would complete the top three in time trials.

Due to a rain delay after time trials, heat races would be scrapped and the top nine drivers would redraw for starting position. Mike Mitchell and “Pole” would lead the field to green as the main event got under way once the track was dry.

Through a rash of early cautions, Belsito was able to work his way from his row four starting spot to the lead. The Auburn MA driver would lead the middle part of the race but never truly shake his pursuers as he chased win number three in 2020. 

Gabe Brown looked, at times, to have the fastest car on the track but contact between the youngster and Belsito would relegate him to the rear of the field and take him out of contention.

The race would come down to a side by side duel between Belsito and eventual winner and champion Polewarczyk. The duo would push, shove, lean and stage all out war for the lead over the last seventeen laps. “Pole” would lead the majority of them working the high side of the race track and hanging on at the finish.

Winner of the race at The Speedbowl a month ago, Dave Darling, would wind in up third after running an extremely patient race after starting in eleventh.  2020 GSPSS rookie of the year Casey Call would come home in forth just ahead of former champion Mike O’Sullivan.

Brown would battle back from his early race incident to finish sixth just ahead of second place point getter Ray Christain III who would battle back from a mid race flat right front tire.

Seekonk Speedway veteran Fred Astle finished in eighth with another pair of Seekenk racers, Dylan Estrella and Tom Scully Jr completing the top ten.

In the final GSPSS point standings it was Joey “Pole” winning his first series championship over Ray Christain III and Angelo Belsito with Jake Matheson and Rookie of the year Casey Call completing the top five.

For more information visit the series at www.gspss.net or check them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Also, be sure to stay tuned for some big announcements including a big event for the series, early dates on the 2021 schedule and the possibility of a season ending banquet.