Finish Line Chaplain – Independence Day – DTD Exclusive

By KEVIN WESTCOTT

It was a great lead in into the weekend with the running of the High Banks Holdup at Fulton Speedway. With 98 cars in the pits filling out only two divisions the competitors were “game on” all night.

It was great to see so many track regulars racing on a work night in both the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and the DIRTcar Sportsman. Quite a few Canadian invaders showed up for both divisions to mix it up on the high banks. Did I mention the weather was fantastic too? It was as hot as the competition.

The Sportsman ran two features split by the 100 lap 358 tour race. All three races proved who could handle a blackened up slick track. You probably already read the results so do won’t rehash the details.

Friday I was off to Brewerton. For those of you wondering why there wasn’t an invocation with the anthems last week, I was in the pits ministering to someone and had to finish what I began so they’d not miss out on what God wanted me to say. Obedience is better than sacrifice, and so spoke in obedinece to the level of encouragement the person needed to receive one of God’s promises for their life.




It was another beautiful evening and a fantastic night of racing. Pat Ward’s win in the Modified division was well deserved, and according to him, long overdue. As the laps were winding down I was noticing a few things. For several laps the top five were all running Kevlar power plants. That is, until Jimmy Phelps got into the mix with the top five and raced into third place. All three Gypsum sponsored cars were in the top four making for a very lucrative night for the team.

Billy Clark and Corey Barker earned their wins in the twin Sportman features by widening their keads to a respectable distance over second place in each race.

Casey Sykes drove to his second win in a row in his Hedger Chassis Dick Clark NY16 nastalgia schemed Mod Lite. Zach Babcock was second with Tom Mackey third. Chris Bonofski claimed another 4 Cylinder win. That was it for me. Saturdays seem pretty busy for my only “day off” so I left to get what sleep so could before falling into my morning activities. Fulton and Utica Rome took their Saturday and Sunday off, and so did I from my Chaplain duties.

Tuesday after work I headed west to Weedsport for the Sportsman Classic. There was a great turnout in every class as around 114 cars filled the pits for the DIRTcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Model, and NY6A Microsprint Events. I was not only impressed with the car counts, but the limited number of wrecks in the constant flow of qualifying and feature laps that were run. I really enjoyed meeting some new (to me) drivers, and some of their sponsors as I made my way through the pits. Unfortunately I had to leave early to beat my 5AM alarm.

This weekend I’ll be heading back to Brewerton as they host the 3rd night of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Donath Motor Worx Speedweeks. Saturday I’ll be back at Fulton for another  great show including the fourth stop in the ESS Speedweeks series.

I’ll be spending Sunday with my wife as we celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. My son Jon will be standing in for me at Utica Rome. To say I trust him to care for you as I would is an understatement. He’s young but he’s already done urban mission work in Los Angeles California, in thw Syracuse area, and New York City, as well as international missions in Uganda and Ireland. He also enjoys the roll of Vice President in a campus ministry at Oral Roberts University, so I know you’re in good hands.

I pray as you read this that you’re enjoying a magnificent day celebrating our nation’s independence. That’s a great word, independence. It points to the premise of liberty. Liberty… Often misunderstood as the right to do as you will, when in fact it makes you free to do God’s will as you fulfill His purposes as only you can, through the power of Christ. Celebrate our nation if you will, born to escape tyranny, raised to uphold each individual’s dignity, and hoped to be governed with integrity.

The Apostle Paul said:

“It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed]. GALATIANS 5:1 AMP”

Not that we who are alive today are, or every were enslaved to people, but we can be enslaved beliefs, patterns of thinking, and strongholds in our soul that kept, or for some of you, still keep you bound from receiving the fullness of God’s blessings in your life. “It was for this freedom that Christ set us free.”

True freedom comes when things that keep us bound are broken off of us. Sin, sickness and disease, emotional injury or disease, debilitating injuries, poverty, debt, are all chains that bind us, but were all dealt with by Jesus Christ as He suffered, died, was buried, and rose again to acsend to the right hand of our Father God to make intercession for us.

“But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.
Hebrews 8:6 NLT”

All we have to do to enter into His covenant promises is to accept the mediator of the covenant as our own LORD and Savior.

“For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT ”

You can be sure He keeps His end of the deal because He said through the Psalmist:

“No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.
Psalms 89:34 NLT”.

That stands true today, and that’s why I get excited sharing with people about the benefits of standing on His promises. I’ve seen God do too many great and mighty things to ever doubt He’s true to His Word.

If you need anything, or we can help you into a deeper relationship with the Lord by introducing you to the benefits of His covenant promises don’t be shy, wave us down or shoot us a message by email at
flchaplain@windstream.net, or through our Facebook page at Finish Line Chaplain. We’re here to serve you. Have a fantastic 4th, and an amazingly blessed weekend.

It was a great lead in into the weekend with the running of the High Banks Holdup at Fulton Speedway. With 98 cars in the pits filling out only two divisions the competitors were “game on” all night.

It was great to see so many track regulars racing on a work night in both the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds and the DIRTcar Sportsman. Quite a few Canadian invaders showed up for both divisions to mix it up on the high banks. Did I mention the weather was fantastic too? It was as hot as the competition.

The Sportsman ran two features split by the 100 lap 358 tour race. All three races proved who could handle a blackened up slick track. You probably already read the results so do won’t rehash the details.

Friday I was off to Brewerton. For those of you wondering why there wasn’t an invocation with the anthems last week, I was in the pits ministering to someone and had to finish what I began so they’d not miss out on what God wanted me to say. Obedience is better than sacrifice, and so spoke in obedinece to the level of encouragement the person needed to receive one of God’s promises for their life.

It was another beautiful evening and a fantastic night of racing. Pat Ward’s win in the Modified division was well deserved, and according to him, long overdue. As the laps were winding down I was noticing a few things. For several laps the top five were all running Kevlar power plants. That is, until Jimmy Phelps got into the mix with the top five and raced into third place. All three Gypsum sponsored cars were in the top four making for a very lucrative night for the team.

Billy Clark and Corey Barker earned their wins in the twin Sportman features by widening their keads to a respectable distance over second place in each race.

Casey Sykes drove to his second win in a row in his Hedger Chassis Dick Clark NY16 nastalgia schemed Mod Lite. Zach Babcock was second with Tom Mackey third. Chris Bonofski claimed another 4 Cylinder win. That was it for me. Saturdays seem pretty busy for my only “day off” so I left to get what sleep so could before falling into my morning activities. Fulton and Utica Rome took their Saturday and Sunday off, and so did I from my Chaplain duties.

Tuesday after work I headed west to Weedsport for the Sportsman Classic. There was a great turnout in every class as around 114 cars filled the pits for the Dirtcar Sportsman, RUSH Late Model, and NY6A Microsprint Events. I was not only impressed with the car counts, but the limited number of wrecks in the constant flow of qualifying and feature laps that were run. I really enjoyed meeting some new (to me) drivers, and some of their sponsors as I made my way through the pits. Unfortunately I had to leave early to beat my 5AM alarm.

This weekend I’ll be heading back to Brewerton as they host the 3rd night of the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Donath Motor Worx Speedweeks. Saturday I’ll be back at Fulton for another great show including the fourth stop in the ESS Speedweeks series.

I’ll be spending Sunday with my wife as we celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. My son Jon will be standing in for me at Utica Rome. To say I trust him to care for you as I would is an understatement. He’s young but he’s already done urban mission work in Los Angeles California, in thw Syracuse area, and New York City, as well as international missions in Uganda and Ireland. He also enjoys the roll of Vice President in a campus ministry at Oral Roberts University, so I know you’re in good hands.

I pray as you read this that you’re enjoying a magnificent day celebrating our nation’s independence. That’s a great word, independence. It points to the premise of liberty. Liberty… Often misunderstood as the right to do as you will, when in fact it makes you free to do God’s will as you fulfill His purposes as only you can, through the power of Christ. Celebrate our nation if you will, born to escape tyranny, raised to uphold each individual’s dignity, and hoped to be governed with integrity.

The Apostle Paul said:

“It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed]. GALATIANS 5:1 AMP”

Not that we who are alive today are, or every were enslaved to people, but we can be enslaved beliefs, patterns of thinking, and strongholds in our soul that kept, or for some of you, still keep you bound from receiving the fullness of God’s blessings in your life. “It was for this freedom that Christ set us free.”

True freedom comes when things that keep us bound are broken off of us. Sin, sickness and disease, emotional injury or disease, debilitating injuries, poverty, debt, are all chains that bind us, but were all dealt with by Jesus Christ as He suffered, died, was buried, and rose again to acsend to the right hand of our Father God to make intercession for us.

“But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.
Hebrews 8:6 NLT”

All we have to do to enter into His covenant promises is to accept the mediator of the covenant as our own LORD and Savior.

“For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT ”

You can be sure He keeps His end of the deal because He said through the Psalmist:

“No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.
Psalms 89:34 NLT”.

That stands true today, and that’s why I get excited sharing with people about the benefits of standing on His promises. I’ve seen God do too many great and mighty things to ever doubt He’s true to His Word.

If you need anything, or we can help you into a deeper relationship with the Lord by introducing you to the benefits of His covenant promises don’t be shy, wave us down or shoot us a message by email at
flchaplain@windstream.net, or through our Facebook page at Finish Line Chaplain. We’re here to serve you. Have a fantastic 4th, and an amazingly blessed weekend.