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Weekend in Fontucky

NASCAR07_fellas.jpgThis past weekend I was privileged to spend at the California Speedway where I serve as the volunteer chaplain for the track. NASCAR was in town for their traditional Busch/Cup weekend. That means my MRO buddies, Billy Mauldin (MRO President - picture center) and Tim Griffin (MRO VP/Association and NASCAR Tour chaplain - picture right) were in town. Its always great to hang out with them, especially Billy whom I've know since we graduated from college. Labor Day also means the hottest weekend all year and this year was no exception with track temps around 110 degrees!

NASCAR07_melissa.jpgMy big job during the weekend is to give the invocation just prior to the national anthem and the start of the race. During the Nextel Cup race, I was on the stage with Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge (picture right). It's always different meeting these celebrities during the awkward minutes we're on stage together prior to the event. Some are cool, some are not...Ms. Etheridge is cool; very approachable and engaging. Despite her politics and lifestyle, our interaction was really enjoyable. I hope there was something of Christ's life in me that was in contrast to much of her documented interaction with the larger Christian community. I also met Chris Cron, the lead singer for Melee, a newly released band on Warner Bros. He's from Orange and lives there still. I also found out that his dad is the music pastor at a church in Fullerton. He sang the anthem for the race on Saturday. I wish him the best as a local artist. More importantly, I hope he uses this opportunity to shape the culture through his art and faith.

NASCAR07_stand.jpgOver all it was a cool weekend. Mark Kriegle, an author and national columnist for Fox Sports, thought so too - he wrote about his first experience at NASCAR this weekend. I love his first sentence...maybe I need a publicist :-)

Comments (1)

Bruce Bechtel:

Just stay faithful with the small things, and I'll see you in the race next year?

It happened to me...

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