NASCAR is probably one of the most intense sports known to mankind, if not the most intense.
You may think that taking a whole bunch of left-hand turns a couple hundred of times is a piece of cake, but try doing that in a highly competitive track with the best drivers in the world jockeying for position at 200 plus miles an hour…
I think you may have a very different view of the sport by the end of the race.
As a matter of fact, I highly doubt that you would make it through the race!
I can barely make it over to the grocery store without getting in a fender bender, so I think my chances of experiencing disaster on a NASCAR track would be really high.
Frankly, the chances of a crash and sometimes worse is already high enough for the professionals, and that is why they feel it’s best to invoke a higher power.
The pre-race prayer is a tradition in the sport for good reason. Most pastors who have had the honor of blessing the race usually play it close to the vest as far as their prayer is concerned.
Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church of Lebanon, Tennessee apparently did not go to the conservative pastor school of conventionalism, and even though some may have found offense in it, personally it think his prayer was awesome!
Nelms was thankful for the “mighty machines that you’ve brought before us” and the racing fuel and tires that allowed the powerful performances on the track, as well as a few other things.
"Lord I want to thank you for my smokin' hot wife tonight, Lisa, my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call them the Little E's."
Compared to Farrell’s famous lines as Ricky Bobby:
"Dear Lord baby Jesus, we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Dominos, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family. My two sons, Walker, and Texas Ranger, or TR as we call him. And of course my red hot smokin' wife Carley, who is a stone cold fox."
By that point, I don’t think there was a driver on the track or a fan in the stands that could hold back a smile and a chuckle.
Nelms finished his epic prayer by quoting the trademark phrase of NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip:
“In Jesus’ name. Boogity, boogity, boogity. Amen”
Now, please understand that this post isn’t meant to start up controversy or “religious” debate, but more just inform the sports world of an incredibly entertaining moment that took place.
Let’s take this at face value and appreciate the good pastor's sense of humor and extremely apparent love for the sport.
Enjoy the clip!
You can even compare Joe Nelms' prayer to Ricky Bobby’s by listening to it here!
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