Category Archives: NASCAR


Bumper sticker on the back of a VW Jetta – “I’m not speeding; I’m qualifying”


Posted by on March 25, 2019 in Culture, NASCAR


Why Dale Earnhardt Jr retired from racing

Book Review: Racing to the Finish: My Story, by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Ryan McGee

Not many professional athletes walk away from their sport in the prime of their careers. Still fewer can explain why they made that decision and have their fans respect them for it.

Beginning in 2012, NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr began suffering the effects of concussions from hard crashes on the race track. While he was concerned about the impact and aftereffects, he hid his symptoms from those closest to him. It finally got to a point where he could no longer hide and went public with his struggles. That led to him taking part of the year off from racing in 2016 and finally retiring from the sport at the end of the 2017 race season.

In his book, Racing to the Finish: My Story, Dale Jr opens up about the physical and emotional struggles, the debilitating symptoms, and his diligent attempts at rehab and recovery. He shares about his frustration with the slow process of recovery and gives credit to those who stood by him and helped him get back on the track and to finish his career on his own terms.

If you are a fan of NASCAR and part of Junior Nation, you will find the book interesting and informative. That being said, the book tends to get repetitive after a while as you read through the author’s recollections of the final years of his career.

As an aside, I’m not sure why the book was published by Thomas Nelson. There is no mention of faith in the book. There is only one brief mention of Dale’s wife, Amy, praying for him at one point. That doesn’t detract from the book, but it does raise questions.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on October 27, 2018 in Books, NASCAR


Charlotte – NASCAR Hall of Fame

Carol and I spent the day in Charlotte, NC. After visiting the Billy Graham Library, we headed downtown to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. (What can I say, we are balanced people.) 🙂


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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in NASCAR, North Carolina, Photos


God, country, and racing

There’s something refreshing about the start of a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. At the start of today’s race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL, the crowd stood quietly for the invocation and then said, “Amen,” when the minister finished. They listened respectfully as RaeLynn sang the national anthem. They cheered when the F15s flew overhead. And they cheered even louder when the most famous words in racing, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” was shouted.

There’s nothing like God, country, and racing on a Sunday afternoon.

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Posted by on October 7, 2012 in NASCAR


High Speed Faith

“Church of NASCAR ministers to drivers in a ‘life-or-death sport'” is an interesting article about the ministry of Motor Racing Outreach, a ministry that provides chapel services before every NASCAR race. The ministry also provides counseling and spiritual guidance for the drivers, teams, and their families.

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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in Ministry, NASCAR


NFL needs a NASCAR opening

With the NFL open for business on Tuesday, and with the first week certain to be a frenzy of signing free agents and rookies to new contracts, not to mention potential trades, it will be like Speed Week at Daytona in February. Perhaps the NFL should consider employing a NASCAR-style opening to the new year. An announcer could make a conference call to all the NFL General Managers at the appropriate hour and announce in a commanding voice, “Gentlemen, start your spending!”

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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in NASCAR, News stories, NFL, Sports


Prayer – NASCAR style

I don’t normally laugh at prayer, but this pastor’s invocation at a NASCAR race is the funniest thing I’ve heard in years. As one writer said, “It’s straight out of Ricky Bobby’s mouth.” Watch the video, and you’ll laugh too as he praises God for his “smokin’ hot wife” and closes with “Boogity, boogity, boogity.” Too much fun!

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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in NASCAR, Prayer