Rules (cont)

Moving on to the third commandment, this is one that is familiar for most. I think though we may not fully understand the significance of the warning. This is not just about swearing in God’s name, this is about so much more. Do we reflect the character of God? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We all have seen someone who thinks highly of themselves, thinking they are better than others. We have all seen the person with a chip on their shoulder, someone with an ax to grind, unwilling to humble themselves for the task at hand. That is a dangerous situation when that person professes to be a Christian.

Proverbs 3:7; NLT; Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
    Instead, fear (respect) the Lord and turn away from evil.

As communities go, the racing community can be a much more pleasant place to be than the world outside the pit gate. There is a camaraderie that we all share, good circumstances or bad we are in this together. I see it especially when adversity strikes and we rise up and come together to support and lend a hand. I’ve seen times when fierce competitors lay aside their differences and help one another. I know it is not perfect but I see more caring and compassion in the garage area than I do in society. I might go as far as to say the “Church” could learn some lessons from the race community. I think that is what Rev. Pat meant when he said that’s why there is a fence, this is a safe place, what’s on the other side is scary.

He had a point, as a society we have digressed. We like to call ourselves one thing but act in ways that calls into question our statement. I find the racing community to be more transparent that the outside world. You don’t have to read between the lines, they will tell you exactly what they think. Now sometimes it is not pretty but you will know where you stand. I would rather know than have to guess.

The third commandment goes like this;

Exodus 20:7, NLT; “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

There are many ways to misuse something especially the Lord’s name. We were taught that means don’t use the names of God and Jesus in an expletive way, swearing. I contend there is more to this than just uttering the name of God in a derogatory way. Think about what it means to invoke the name of God for an advantage or to receive good treatment.

We guard our reputation at Racing with Jesus Ministries and strive to honor God in all we do. At times people have used that reputation to gain an advantage. Our name has been used to gain access to the pit area by saying they were with us. It has been used to secure credentials. It has been used to misrepresent who someone is for their gain. Likewise the name of God is misused in the same way.

Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is. Jesus said;

Matthew 7:21-23:NLT; “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

The world is full of people that claim to be something they are not. It is an election year and the spin doctors are all about telling people what they want to hear. When we hear something or read something someone was supposed to have said our first thought is distrust. There are some who take their stance based on what the poll numbers say. Politicians flip flop more than a fish out of water. I am not sure how they keep things straight. I guess that’s why they need spokespeople to tell us what they meant was not really what they said. That should not be with us that call ourselves Christians.

Matthew 5:33-37; NLT; “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’ But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

When we claim the name of the Lord we put ourselves in a challenging situation, one in which we will fail. Why, because we are not perfect, we are not capable of keeping the commitments we make. The control is not in our hands. So how should we proceed? With humility, grace, mercy, kindness and self-control. We can represent the Lord well if we practice these. When we fail we need to acknowledge that, humble ourselves before God and seek forgiveness.

But if we refuse to, all bets are off. God explains that if we take His name in vain it won’t go well for us. When we claim the Lord’s name we claim His character and begin a journey to be like Christ. That is the meaning of the word Christian; Like Christ. I would encourage you to start that journey. There are only two true ways to live this life, with God or without. They are contrasted in this way;

Galatians 5:19-23;NLT; When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

The Ten Commandments provide the foundation on which to build a life that recognizes God and honors Him. They help us understand what the right parameters to frame out life are. They help us know that there is a right way and a wrong way to live. Sometimes we choose the wrong way thinking we can deal with the consequences. The consequences of wrong choices will overwhelm us. We will not choose differently until we cannot deal with the consequences of our poor choices. I encourage you not to let it get to that point.

Rules to live by, I am looking forward to exploring them further. 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.

Flack Racing Aims for Continued Improvement at Oswego; Dan Kapuscinski Tabbed as Part-Time Driver

Dan Kapuscinski Motorsports Promotions – OSWEGO, NY (February 21, 2020) – The Flack Racing team, with driver Stephen Flack, is eyeing continued improvement in Oswego Speedway’s SBS division in 2020.

Longtime supporters of Oswego Speedway and its race teams, the Flack family made the jump to car owners in 2018 with Stephen, a pure rookie to auto racing, at the controls.

Since then, the team has enjoyed steady improvement, culminating with a top ten finish for the No. 32 machine at Evans Mills Speedway at the conclusion of 2019.

This year the same team returns, consisting of Mike O’Connor, Steve Flack, AJ Larkin and Nick Whalen, as Stephen looks to further improve his growing program.

“I’m really looking forward to this racing season,” said Flack.  “I feel at the end of last season, I was really making improvements, and getting my times down to where they needed to be.  A big part of that was help from my Uncle Mike Bond and his crew.  Since then, I have made some improvements to the car for this season and hope to keep making little gains.  I am just excited to get things started.  I can’t thank my dad enough; he’s my biggest supporter, as well as my wife and mother.  They keep things going for us at the race track.”

Premiere Landscaping, Burger Masonry, Oscar Roofing and The Sting will return to the side of the Flack Racing machine this season, which will be re-numbered to No. 23.

While the No. 23 will be a weekly fixture at Oswego this season, there are a handful of events that Stephen will be unable to attend.  Driver Dan Kapuscinski will substitute for those events this summer which include the Grand Prix special on July 4, as well as back-to-back events on August 8 and August 15.

“I’m always eager for an opportunity to race at Oswego and I am happy Stephen called me to fill-in,” said Kapuscinski.  “Having a chance to work with Mike O’Connor and the rest of the team will be fun and I hope to be able to help them continue moving in the right direction.  As always my racing wouldn’t be possible without the support of my family as well as Mohawk Northeast and Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux.”

Kapuscinski, who won two heat races and scored four podium finishes in only nine starts in 2018, has 12 career Top 5 finishes without a win at Oswego, despite not running a full-time season at the ‘Steel Palace’ since 2003.

Oswego Speedway’s 2020 season begins with an open practice scheduled for Saturday, May 16 before returning on Saturday, May 23 for the Jim Shampine and Tony White Memorials.

Jon McKennedy Rejoins Art Barry Team for Stafford Open Modified 80’s

(Stafford Springs, CT)—When Stafford Speedway drops the green flag on its 4 Open Modified 80 races during the 2020 season, race fans will see a former partnership rekindled.  Jon McKennedy and Art Barry, who won the Modified Racing Series championship together in 2012, will reunite to make a run at the checkered flag in Stafford’s Open 80 events scheduled for May 8, June 12, July 10, and August 21 with the #21 SPAFCO Chassis Chevrolet.

“I ran for Art [Barry] back in 2012, we won a handful of races and the MRS championship together,” said McKennedy.  “The open shows at Stafford are something I’ve been looking at doing because I always enjoy coming to race at Stafford.  Art and I have stayed in contact over the years and we touched base over the holidays and thought it would be good to get back together and do some races together.  We had pretty good success back in the day and Art and all of his guys are great. He has good equipment so I’m hoping we can have some good runs.”

Having already worked alongside each other to win races and a championship, McKennedy is looking to pick up right where he left off with the Barry team and eliminate any new driver/team combination woes.

“Having worked together before, we should be able to get up to speed pretty quickly,” said McKennedy.  “Kenny Barry and I have always gotten along great and we’re usually on the same page with things and he always gives me a good car.  I don’t see why we can’t pick up right where we left off last time we were racing together.  We’d obviously like to win all 4 races but that’s unrealistic.  I certainly think we can contend for a win or two and we’ll see what happens.  Art’s car is definitely a good ride to be in.”

Stafford is known for being a track that is tough to conquer for any drivers who are new or lack experience at the Connecticut half-mile.  McKennedy struggled at Stafford early in his career, but teaming up with the Barry team turned McKennedy’s Stafford fortunes around and he enters the 2020 season with 2 MRS wins and 2 MTS wins at Stafford in limited experience.

“Going back 10 years ago or so, Stafford one was one of my worst tracks to go to,” said McKennedy.  “When I started racing for Art in 2012, Kenny Barry gave me some pointers on how to drive the track and ever since then it’s been a night and day difference.  Our first race together at Stafford we won and I remember it was a good race with Ted Christopher to get that win.  Ever since then Stafford has been a great track for me and I think I’ve won 4 or 5 races there.  It’s a neat, technical track and beautiful facility and the Arute’s and everyone involved with the speedway do a great job.”

In order for McKennedy to replicate his winning ways with the Barry team at Stafford, he knows he will face some stiff competition from all different forms of modified racing.

“If there’s 25 cars for these races, there’s probably about 10 or 12 of those cars that can win on any given night at Stafford,” said McKennedy.  “There’s certainly a lot of good drivers with a lot of experience and to win at Stafford you need to have the whole package with a good car, good strategy, and some luck.  It’s nice to come into Stafford with some experience and feeling confident that I know the track.  I’m looking forward to the open shows with a variety or drivers coming from all different series with different car and engine combinations, which should make for some exciting races.”

Registration for the four Stafford Open Mod 80 shows is open and teams can register online at www.staffordspeedway.com.  The registration fees are currently discounted to $85 per race or $250 for all four races.  The registration fee increases on March 1 to $100 per event and $350 for all four events.  Beginning Monday, May 11, the discount for registering a car for all four Open 80’s ends and the price goes up to $125 per event. 

For more information, visit www.staffordspeedway.com, checkout Stafford Speedway on Facebook or Twitter, or contact the track office at 860-684-2783.

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