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Need a Drink

As we continue to look at selected passages from Scripture that detail face to face encounters with Christ we find ourselves at Jacob’s well. One of the most important things we need to sustain life is water. Christ offers us something better, living water. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Going places is a way of life especially for those who race. Where have you gone recently? What trips have you made? Did you go because you wanted to or because you needed to? Travel is a part of the world we live in. We travel from here to there at a moment’s notice. Isn’t it great to have that freedom? What motivates us to go places? Generally it is a race, right? We are in Florida for a race, actually several. There are many options here for racers and race fans, so we travel to Daytona in February. What would happen if we let our travel plans be directed by God? Where would we go then?

We have been studying passages that talk about meeting Jesus face to face. We have been talking about the changes that are possible, and probable, in your life when you come face to face with the living God. Those that know Jesus are the face of Jesus to the world. That means we are the ones people need to come face to face with. We must go to the places Jesus would.

When we start to look at things through those eyes we should start to see a different motive. We should go to places with the desire to meet people face to face and show them that Jesus cares for them. We stop being motivated to please ourselves and start letting Christ guide our lives, after all that is what Jesus did.

John 4:4, Now he (Jesus) had to go through Samaria.

Jesus found it necessary; he had to go through Samaria. Samaria was like a bad neighborhood, Jewish people didn’t go there because they didn’t like the people there. Jews believed that the people that lived there had corrupted their faith by intermarrying. They avoided the area by crossing the Jordan, traveling up the other side and then crossing back over when they reached their destination. Crossing the river was not without risk, but they would rather take the risk then go through Samaria.

Jesus set a different tone; He had to go through Samaria. What does that mean for us? Do we go where we are comfortable and safe? Do we avoid those places where people are different than us? Do we reach out to those who need to know Christ or do we only reach out to those we are comfortable with?

We have to go through Samaria. We have to follow God’s lead and go to the places that maybe we wouldn’t think to go, where people need to know Jesus and the love and care Jesus has for them. Ask God to give you the faith, strength and courage to go through Samaria.

When Jesus arrived he needed to rest and get a drink. He headed to a well-established watering hole, Jacob’s well. Our passage relays the story of a hot summer day and the need for water to quench our thirst.

John 4:7-15; When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

  The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. )

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

  “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

 There are many things we can discuss about this conversation. First, Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along; in fact they didn’t even talk to each other. I am sure there are some teams in the pits that have the same kind of relationship. We start to see the why Jesus had to go through Samaria; he had to start breaking down the barriers that man had built.

Another thing to look at is the fact that we don’t always see things for what they are. The time of day was noon, the hottest part of the day. Why would you come to draw water at that hour? Why wouldn’t you come in the morning when it is cool and everyone else comes? Because you don’t want to have to answer the questions about your lifestyle that those people were asking. We will learn as we continue to examine this passage that this woman wasn’t leading the best life she could.

Another thing to notice is that she didn’t expect to meet Jesus at the well. She really hoped to be alone at the well so when someone was there she was surprised. When Jesus spoke to her she got defensive. She wasn’t sure who this man was. She also knew she had never seen him before.

Did you notice the question she asked when he offered her a drink? How can you give me a drink, you don’t have anything to draw water with and the well is deep. Jesus draws from a different well than we do. He doesn’t offer us water from a well, he offers us living water.

Living water restores your soul, cleanses your sin and allows you to enter into a relationship with God as one of his children. Living water gives us eternal life in heaven with God. Let me ask you, are you thirsty? Do you want the forgiveness that comes through Jesus? Do you want the inheritance that comes with being a child of God? Do you need a drink?

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

CLIMB TO THE CLOUDS HILLCLIMB RETURNS TO MT. WASHINGTON IN JULY 2020

Pinkham Notch, NH — Officials with the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, New Hampshire and the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire announced today that one of the Nation’s oldest automobile races, the historic Mt. Washington Hillclimb, will be returning to the Northeast’s tallest peak July 9-12, 2020.
Organized and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, the 2020 Mt. Washington Hillclimb will serve as a 3-day motorsports festival that will include an 80-car field filled with some of the best drivers from North America and the world—as well as a contingent of rare vintage race and rally cars.
“We’re incredibly excited to once again welcome back the Climb to the Clouds event! This race has been a part of the Auto Road scene since 1904 and we’re proud of this racing tradition and our place in automotive history,” mentioned Mt. Washington Auto Road General Manager, Howie Wemyss. “We love the action, the fans and the drivers with their teams—it’s such an amazing and colorful weekend filled with individual stories and drama. And we’re always happy to see competitors test themselves and their machines while they go for a win or the chance of a new record!”
Also known as the “Climb to the Clouds,” the Mt. Washington Hillclimb is one of North America’s oldest motorsports events, first run in July 1904, seven years before the first 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and twelve years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado. The Climb to the Clouds was run sporadically from 1904-1961, then not again until 1990 when it was run consistently until 2001. Following a ten-year hiatus, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb returned in 2011 as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Mt. Washington Auto Road which first opened on August 8, 1861. Since the 2011 event, the Hillclimb has taken place in 2014 as well as 2017. The 2020 Mt. Washington Hillclimb will celebrate 30 very active years of growth and popularity since it was brought back in 1990.
“The Sports Car Club of New Hampshire is delighted to once again partner with the Mt. Washington Auto Road to host the 2020 Mt. Washington Hillclimb,” stated SCCNH President, Nick Wilson. “Formed in 1955, the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire has a long history of successfully organizing and hosting a variety of top-level motorsports events and is proud to be the returning organizer of the Climb to the Clouds, the oldest motorsports event of its type in North America.”


Above: Travis Pastrana negotiates the serpentine “6-Mile” section of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, where the edge of the asphalt drops away into the steep ravine of the Great Gulf. Following his 2017 hillclimb victory, Pastrana enthusiastically stated to the media:
“I’m not saying the time I set can’t be beat . . . but Ken Block, Rhys Millen, get your butts out here and let’s have some fun! The next time they open this mountain, bring what you’ve got!”

The current record time of 5 minutes 44.72 seconds for the 7.6 mile course to the top of Mt. Washington was set by multi-time X Games Gold medalist, Nitro Circus creator and 5-time US Rally Champion Travis Pastrana at the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb. Driving a Subaru Rally Team USA / Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2017 Subaru WRX STI rally car with over 600 horsepower, Pastrana crushed the previous course record time of 6:09.09 which was set in 2011 by his Subaru Rally Team USA teammate, David Higgins from Wales, by nearly 30 seconds! Averaging close to 90 miles per hour along the 7.6 mile course in 2017, Pastrana also recorded speeds in excess of 130 mph above tree line.
Following his record-setting drive, Pastrana stated “This record means a lot to me. To get the record here at Mt. Washington is real close to everyone’s heart at Vermont SportsCar and Subaru Rally Team USA. To go up there with nearly double the horsepower (600 hp) by yourself, without a co-driver, having to memorize the 150+ turn course has taken months of work and memorization, it means a lot, it’s really cool.”
Pastrana went on to say “I would love to see other drivers and manufacturers come over and see what they can do against us because I think we have the best car right here. This Subaru is the best car I’ve ever driven! That run up the hill is going to take some work. I’m not saying the time I set can’t be beat . . . but Ken Block, Rhys Millen, get your butts out here and let’s have some fun! The next time they open this mountain, bring what you’ve got!”
There’s truly no question that the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road is one of the ultimate challenges for driver and automobile alike anywhere in the world. The serpentine road is lined with trees on the lower half and dramatic drop-offs above halfway as it winds its way to the 6,288-foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak. The drivers selected to compete in the 2020 Mt. Washington Hillclimb will race on the very same road as the original 1904 Climb to the Clouds competitors. Of course, the surface has changed a lot since those early years with nearly 90% of the road now covered with asphalt and a mere 10% of the road’s surface remains hard-packed gravel. 
For 2020, the Mt. Washington Hillclimb will also retain the same competition classes that were developed for the 2017 event which include the extremely popular Unlimited Class as well as Open, Prepared, High Performance Showroom Stock, America’s Rally Cross (ARX), 2WD & 4WD Rally, Modified Electric, Stock Electric and Vintage. Other event-specific details, such as competitor registration, entry fees, car construction, safety rules, event schedule and volunteer information will be shared in the coming weeks on the event’s official website, www.ClimbToTheClouds.com


Above: Legendary automotive icon Carroll Shelby nudges up to the starting line of the 1956 Climb to the Clouds in his Ferrari 375 GP. Shelby went on to conquer the historic Auto Road that year, with a record-setting time of 10 minutes 21.8 seconds. That record has been reset 11 times in the years since, most recently in 2017 by Travis Pastrana with a blistering run of 5 minutes 44.72 seconds. Can anyone beat that pace in 2020?

About The Mt. Washington Auto RoadThe Mt. Washington Auto Road is considered by many racers to be extremely technical with a narrow road surface that averages just over 20 feet wide. In addition to being very narrow with steep drop-offs that vary from side to side, the road is also incredibly steep, with an average 12% grade and gaining slightly more than 4,600 feet in total elevation change from the starting line to the finish line. The surface of the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road is 90% tarmac with approximately 10% gravel and contains well over 150 turns and switchbacks as the road winds its way to the 6,288-foot summit. First opened in 1861 as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the country’s oldest manmade attraction. Located on Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, just north of the Mt. Washington Valley and minutes south of Gorham, the Auto Road has a long and winding history, much like its 7.6 mile trip up to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. Learn more at www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com
About the Sports Car Club of New HampshireEstablished in 1955 by a group of longtime sports car enthusiasts from throughout New Hampshire, the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire (SCCNH) is a 501-C7 non-profit organization open to anyone interested in automobiles or automobile-related activities – whether they are a New Hampshire resident or not. Today the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire is proud to host a membership of more than 225 active enthusiasts from across New England with a variety of vehicles and varied interests in the sport. For more information, visit the Club online at www.sccnh.org

New Year Brings New Cars & New Opportunities For PASS Racers At Dillon

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 14) – Racers from across the country are busy counting down the days as the 2019 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway draws closer.  The 14th Annual Winter Meltdown 200 at Dillon on Saturday afternoon, February 23 will not only mark the beginning of the PASS National Championship Series, but the introduction of a new body to the Super Late Model racing landscape.

Wisconsin-based Five Star Race Car Bodies, a longtime supporter of PASS, has just introduced the new “Gen 6” body, which more closely resembles the production Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, and Toyota Camrys.  PASS and Oxford Plains Speedway led the way in approving the new bodies for competition, which will compete alongside the existing bodies that are based on a 20-year-old design. 

The new bodies, which are set to make their East Coast debut at Dillon for the Winter Meltdown, have racers and fans excited for the new season.  One of those drivers is Turner, ME’s, Ben Rowe, who will be driving a “Gen 6” Toyota for the 2019 campaign.  Like many fellow racers around the country, the former 5-Time PASS National Champion agrees the time is right to spice things up a little on the grassroots level.

“I can’t wait to try it out, it’s a much needed change for us as a group to keep up with the times and it definitely looks pretty cool,” says Rowe.  “This year with the new body, nobody knows the balance on the car that we are going to need just yet.”

Along with Rowe, a stellar list of drivers have gone to victory lane at Dillon, including two-time Winter Meltdown winner, Ryan Blaney, as well as Justin Wakefield, Preston Peltier, Austin Theriault, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Church, and Jared Irvan.  In last year’s race, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith started off his national championship season with a win at Dillon by holding off Ray Christian, III and Rowe.  Rowe hopes he can be just a little bit better this year and can join Blaney atop the Dillon Motor Speedway win column.

“Dillon has kinda grown into that big 200 lap race at the beginning of the year that we look forward to going to,” says Rowe.  “Plus, for us New Englanders, it gives us a chance to get out of the cold and snow and get a jumpstart on racing.”

Rowe will be joined by several of his New England counterparts, including Griffith, Christian, Travis Benjamin, and Mike Hopkins.  Former PASS South champion Tate Fogleman has also filed an entry, along with Wyatt Alexander, Kodie Conner, Jody Measamer, and Canadian, JP Josiasse.

All the action gets under way on Friday afternoon, February 22 at Dillon Motor Speedway with open practice for all competing divisions from 2 – 5 PM.  On Saturday, February 23, practice will begin at 10 AM with qualifying starting at 12:30 PM for the PASS Super Late Models, Challenger AR, and Mini Stocks, followed by main events starting at approximately 2 PM.  While the Challengers will be racing for $1000 to win, the Mini Stocks will go for $500 to win and a guaranteed starting position at Richmond Raceway in March.

  PASS Super Late Model entry forms for the events at Dillon, Richmond, Thompson Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway, Hickory Motor Speedway and the 46th Annual Oxford 250 can be found at ProAllStarsSeries.com.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, and the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond Raceway.  For technical information concerning all PASS divisions please send questions to passracing@roadrunner.com.  For media or marketing questions, please contact Alan Dietz at 704-231-2039 or alandietzpass@live.com.  And, don’t forget to “Like” the Pro All Stars Series on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PASSSLM14 to keep up with breaking news as it happens.