NASCAR upstarts, old-timers thrive, kind of…

Two Nationwide Series drivers, who are quick to share their faith, ran very well Saturday night in the Kroger 200 in Indianapolis.. The big winner among the two might have been Morgan Shepherd, who finished 17th. While 17th doesn’t seem like that great an accomplishment to the casual observer, qualifying was a victory for Shepherd’s #89 Racing With Jesus Chevrolet, which didn’t qualify for four of five races during a slump in June. So, qualifying is a victory, and finishing in the Top 20 is just icing on the cake for Shepherd and Company.

The list of resources that Shepherd’s team has at his disposal is short, according to this release from the team earlier in the season.

Trying to keep up with those having money has always been hard, but the difficulties that forced Faith from Sprint Cup to the second-tier Nationwide Series is becoming more evident even in the lower series.

“I was talking with a team owner after qualifying about how his cars ran so well,” Shepherd said. “He talked about how when they had the cars on the shaker rig what they were able to find and how much better it made them. Our cars have never seen a shaker rig and probably never will.”

Shepherd said most teams, even single-car owners with sponsorship, have their own engine and chassis dynos while his Faith-based program doesn’t usually know what they have until they unload at the track.

“We have more help this year than we have had in quite a few years, but we still don’t have sponsorship to speak of like most of these teams do,” Shepherd said. “They were talking on TV about how the new Car of Tomorrow will save Nationwide teams money by keeping them from having to spend money on wind-tunnel testing. We have never had enough money to even think of taking a car to a wind tunnel.”

To find out more about Shepherd’s efforts, go to www.MorganShepherd.com or simply put his name in the search engine at the top right.

Finishing one spot ahead of Shepherd was Joe Gibbs’ Racing’s Brad Coleman. The two offer a set of extremes. While the 67-year-old Shepherd is the oldest driver on the circuit, 20-year-old Coleman is an up-and-comer.

Coleman strives to stay in tune with Christ, according to this story in www.BPSports.net. As interesting as Coleman is, what might be more interesting is the sponsor that was on his hood. His boss, Joe Gibbs, recently did what he did as a Super Bowl winning coach but did it as a book publisher instead of as a coach.  That is pull together a team of winning authors and had them each write a chapter of the soon to be bestseller, Game Plan for Life. This is the book’s website where a free chapter and interviews are available.

Lastly, these three aren’t the only Christians on the NASCAR circuit, but they’re the ones Saturday night who had Christ firmly in the center of their enterprises.

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