Joe's Journal: Christian Sport Bike Association Racing
September 23, 2008
Written by Webmaster Tuesday, 23 September 2008 00:00
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Ministry:
Well, the racing season is at an end. But, in many ways, our ministry season is just beginning. During the race season, weekends are taken up in participation in the very venture that offers legitimacy to our efforts. Being obligated to attend races keeps us from attending other functions with our bikes and stories in tow. Now that the racing is over, those weekends will be replaced with outreach and fellowship events aimed at spreading His word.

Our last race of the season was a VIR. There were many setbacks and unfortunate events (read in the racing portion below) that enabled us to show perserverance described in the book of James. This weekend was more full of that example setting ministry than anything else. We did not do the chapel service as there was a different chaplain in attendance. I did however have some meaningful God focussed discussion with a fellow racer that I had not discussed these things with before. For that I am grateful! We also had the opportunity to discuss some denominational issues with a racing family that we have grown quite fond of this year.
Our bikes will be going to Heritage Baptist Church this Wednesday night for a 40 minute presentation to the AWANA group that meets there. I will be presenting a message concerning running strong and finishing well. The kids are in the 3rd to 6th grade range and I anticipate that the bike(s) will really get their attention.

Racing:
Another successful weekend here. This was my first ever time at VIR so I did the practice day on Friday just to learn the track. I also dialed in a set of stock carbs to run the Supersport race on Saturday. The bike had other plans however. With two session left on Friday and the stock carbs installed, the engine broke! I finished the last two sessions on the very twitchy "B" bike.
Friday night found us dropping both engines to get the good engine into the good handling "A" bike. Friends and strangers alike came to our aide and by midnight it was done.
Saturday brought out race one (F40) and with a full field we managed a 5th among the middleweights! Next up, the GTL race that I entered that morning to replace the SS race that my bike was now illegal to enter. I had to start dead last but with great launch, I shot past most of the feild by T1. A second place finish here ended the day on a good note.
Sunday found more of the same. I ran the LW40 and though I crashed in T1, the bike was fast enough that I got back up and won the race anyway! The last race was LW Superbike. During this one, an off road excursion left me with a broken subframe that sank toward the rear tire everytime I put weight on it. I managed to finish third anyway and even set the fastest lap time of the field on the last lap. I was awarded second though because the second place guy was penalized a lap for gridding wrong.

 

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September 8, 2008
Written by Webmaster Monday, 08 September 2008 00:00
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Ministry:
This was a very special weekend for us. We were blessed with the attendance of several young folks from our church. They seemed to have a great time and were able to talk with some of the riders and see what was going on. The MRO chaplain was in attendance so Art did not do his normal chapel service duties. Many were disappointed. But, on the other hand, there were very few incidents this weekend and no one was seriously hurt! No ambulance rides, no helicopters and need for us to perform our hospital visitation duties!
A few other cool things happened:
1. Brian Bemisderfer, a very fast young man, thanked the Lord during his interview over the PA system!
2. Cecilia was asked to be the "Trophy Girl" for the big ASRA event. She went over to the presentation area where she was then asked to wear a special shirt for the presentations and photos. She refused! Why? Because it was a skimpy spaghetti string thing that would have allowed her bra straps to show. She stood her ground and kept to her principles of modesty and basically not dressing like a tramp. I am so proud of her. Girls today are all too eager to flaunt their bodies and prostitute themselves for a little attention. By refusing to reduce herself to a piece of eye candy, my little girl allowed the light of Jesus to shine through her as she showed everyone there that you can say "no" and that there are indeed standards of behavior that young women should adhere to, like it or not.

Racing:
For some reason, the Lord just keeps piling up the blessings on our team. I am simply humbled by what He is doing. After putting me in the hurt locker from physical exertion from an all day practice session Friday, it poured down rain on Saturday. So much rain that the CCS officials decided to move all of the sprint races to Sunday and only run the longer GT races Saturday. I took advantage of the rainy day to try out my new rain tires on a bike I had never ridden in the rain. I felt I was doing fairly well so, I dropped out of Thunderbike that was moved to Sunday and entered GT Light for the first time. Because I entered on the day of the race, I was obviously DEAD LAST on the grid. The flag dropped and the expert class sped off. After a few seconds, our green dropped and we were off. By the end of the first lap, I had already passed all of the yellow plate bikes and a few experts in white! Midway through lap 3, I had caught the lead expert and passed him on the outside of T6, a long right had sweeper. I led the entire race until, on lap 9, I spun up my rear tire on a bit of slick stuff and almost high sided as it tossed me out of the seat. I kept the bike on rubber and recovered to the upturned thumbs and applause from the corner workers. Then on the very next lap in turn 1 the rear just started to come out without provocation. The super soft rain tires were getting too warm due to the drying track. I had to slow down a bit. I aimed for every puddle and dark piece of asphalt I could find to cool the tires. Meanwhile that lead white plate had picked up the pace and started to run me down. He passed me on the second to last lap. I then picked up my pace again to re-pass him but the checkered flag flew and it was over. I still won my race though and the Lord kept me safe and upright.
Sunday was dry and warm. I managed a 3rd place in LWSB and my second win for the weekend in LW40 where I again finished 2nd over all with only one white plate in front of me from a second wave start.
God sure has this little SV flying! Praise be to Him!

 

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August 9, 2008
Written by Webmaster Saturday, 09 August 2008 00:00
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Well, I am just a bit itchy since I am missing Barber right now. I have never been there before. I hope everyone is well and no one gets hurt this weekend.

I just talked to Bob at EmpireGP.com and he said my bodywork for the "new" SV should be done soon. I certainly have some work cut out for me prior to our next event 5-7 September.

I am eagerly anticipating the Fall Festival at my church. I will be setting up the race bikes and making the kids eyes grow large!

 

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July 9, 2008
Written by Webmaster Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
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Ministry:
Chapel service was full of people and full of Him! We had over 62 people in attendance! Art's message was meaningful and well presented. A rider approached Art and encouraged him as well. It seems that this rider has noticed a positive behavior change among the racers when our team is around. That is very cool.

Racing:
Well, the dyno time and preparation finally paid off. I have been a farmer praying for rain all season. My faith in the Lord has made me prepare my field for that rain to come. Hours of slaving over the bike, adjusting this, improving that. Yes, it has not run worth beans since I brought it home but, one day...
Saturday brought more of the same but with a twist. I had a great start in the LW 40 race but immediately the bike had problems with the carbs running dry in the straight. I nursed it along by staying around 8,000 RPM and most laps when it died, I just clutched it, coasted to T1 and bump started it there. The cool thing was, I won the race anyway! My second race was immediately after the first so no chance to troubleshoot. More of the same. This was the F40 with the big bikes so going was a bit rougher. I did manage to finish 6th though with the 5th place GSXR 750 pulling by me in the straight on the last lap.
With some adjustments to the float level and a few other changes, Sunday was another story. The rain I had been praying for, poured out in God's glory. I finished second in the LWGP class and took a decisive win in LW Superbike! I never thought I had a chance in SB. My bike is an almost stock SV650 and I was running against some seriously modded bikes including a monster Buell with twice my displacement. But, as we know, God does what he wants. I may never win again but for this weekend, He stepped in and showed all who is in charge!
Thanks to all who have helped me get this far. You know who you are. I humbly request that you stand by our little team for the duration. Let's see what He does!

 

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