Goodguys “Friday Night Drags” at Zmax Dragway
By Adam Pyle
last event of the year for us was yet another
Southern Slingshots event. We were asked to race at
the Goodguys event in Charlotte, NC. Yes, the one
and only, 4 lane Zmax Dragway.
The facilities are as impressive as advertised. They
are a true testament to the phrase “I don’t care
what it costs." (and really mean it) There was much
excitement in the air as all of the teams
congregated outside the gate. Our enthusiasm was
somewhat tempered by a racing surface that only had
minimal prep. It was possibly the slipperiest track
we have ever tried to race on. Our fervor was again
diminished after "Bullet"
Bob Reed lost control and
wrecked his original/famous 68 Hemi Dart super-stock
car in the top end. Bob injured his ankle, but was
much more upset about the car. (Typical racer)
Thankfully, the decision made to spray the track. Cautiously, we decided to back off the timing and to
lower the tire pressure. Not wanting to take any
chances, we expected to do a good burnout, and lift
at the first sign of trouble. Even though while
backing me up after the burnout Jennie said she
still couldn't feel the usual "stick" under her
shoes that she normally does, she and Brantley did
an excellent job of aiming the car into the groove.
Surprisingly, at the hit of the throttle the car
yanked the front wheels and stayed in the groove. I
began to hope at the 1/8th mile that it would not
begin to skate around because I knew it was "on a
pass" I heard Jennie and the crew cheering while
driving the golf cart down the return road to pick
me up at the end of the track . The time slip read
quickest/fastest time to date... 7.14 @ 191
Our second pass was not as pretty. At the top of
first gear, it began moving all over the place and
got on the rev-limiter. After lifting off the
throttle and slapping the shifter into high, the car
straightened out so I hit the pedal again. The
resulting 7.85 @ 183 was still plenty fast enough to
get the adrenaline flowing. We once again ended
our day with a fantastic dinner and Christian
fellowship with Dennis Ivory, Jim Lyle, and Doug
Miller. It certainly reminded us of the now famous
"Italian Victory Dinner" in VA.
The next day all the Slingshot teams traveled 60
miles North to the home of Mike and Laura Gray
(Mountain Mike's Moonshine Express car) for a picnic
of epic proportions. We are all still full from a
meal that included North Carolina Bar-B-Que that
melted in you mouth, a plethora of homemade side
dishes and gorged ourselves with 5 gallons of
homemade ice cream!
Mike and Laura are two very special friends. Along
with being gracious hosts, they are very talented in
dozens of ways. They are tough competitors on the
track but maintain a giving sportsman attitude. They
are real examples to us of how to practice the
“others first” teachings of Jesus.
We would certainly be amiss if we did not take an
opportunity to thank all of the people that made
this year possible. Darryl, Trish, Zach, Nate, and
Rachael Moser, thank you so much for the inspiration
you all provide. Scott and Lesa Trent, words can not
express how much we value your leadership and
guidance. Brantley, Todd, and Tyler, there is no way
we could do it without all your help and friendship.
It is not possible to thank you enough, Dennis, for
your willingness to share your time, talent, and
heart. Love ya, Brother!
It is almost unbelievable to us that we are already
considering a 2010 schedule and reflecting on the
events of 2009. The entire Gospel Motorsports team
has been truly blessed this year in so many ways.
God chose to bless us with safety and success on the
track. Darryl and Nate visited the winner’s circle
and we ended our year with a career best ET/MPH
run. We enjoyed wonderful fellowship at the track
with other Brothers and Sisters, and most
importantly, we were afforded the opportunity to
meet new friends and share the Good News. We hope
you enjoy reading about our “adventures” as much as
we enjoy sharing them with you. We look forward to
2010 with anticipation and faith that the LORD will
use Gospel Motorsports in a mighty way. Always
looking for ways to bring glory and honor to His
name, Adam & Jen
PID Reunion and Nostalgia Day at Pittsburgh Raceway
By Adam Pyle
On the 19th of September, we enjoyed spectacular
weather at Pittsburgh Raceway Park's annual
nostalgia/PID reunion race. We forgot how nice it is
to travel just one hour to a race. Most of the
Southern Slingshots events are well, in the
South...WAY South! The close proximity to home
allowed for many of our friends and family members
the chance to see the team in action.
The conditions were great! Blue skies, mild
temperatures, and a track with BITE!
Our opponent, John Slagle, is not an official
member of the club, but was gracious enough to bring
their families’ beautiful car to even out the field.
If you follow the Goodguys VRA series, you probably
recognize the car. It’s one bad hot rod!
Dennis and Martha Ivory made the trip all the way
from Church Hill, TN to spend time with us and take
photos. They are talented photographers, inspiring
Christian mentors, and very special friends.
Dennis shows his skill at capturing fast moving
objects in a very loud environment!
We discovered that this day was no ordinary day. One
of the Southern Slingshot teams (John and Nikki
Crawford) was celebrating their 45th wedding
anniversary! We needed to do something special to
mark the occasion but only learned of this news
after we arrived at the track. As all of the teams
were conspiring to formulate what to do, a limo
rolls through the track entrance. It turned out; the
track manager owns a limo service. After his driver
(his son) finished up the appointments for the day,
he came to the track to check out some of the old
cars. I approached him about the possibility of
giving our special couple a trip down the track in
style. With permission of the track management, the
limo pull up to our pit area, picked up John and
Nikki, and paraded down the strip as the final
“pass” of the day.
This unplanned experience was definitely the
highlight of the day for us. We could not have
scripted a better ending to a great day.
Nate Receives First Race Win
By Darryl Moser
In spite of some disappointments
in the MyChron series race at Numidia a few weeks
prior, Nate was in a good frame of mind when he
arrived at the Maple Grove Junior Challenge Race.
The race was held on October 11th together with the
National Dragster Challenge. The juniors were
broken down by age class. During the first
round Nate drew Madison, who he had lost to at the
Numidia race. They left the line, and
proceeded to the finish only to find that Nate ran a
.552 ET, quite impossible. Looking at the
slip, Nate had a .001 light, but there must have
been an obstruction in the timing to trip the finish
line. The track officials decided a rerun was
in order. This
time Nate ran 12.995 on his 12.90 dial and a .040
light was good enough for the next round.
With the good lights, Nate scored
a bye in the next round into the Final! He had
a tough competitor in the final with Matt Witkowski.
Nate had a great reaction with a .004 light
and ran 13.01 on a 12.92 dial which was good enough
for the event win. Although the season was
short, the blessings were many and this ended up
being a great capper.
Numidia & Faith on 2 Wheels
By Darryl Moser
With the great time experienced
the prior week, the Gospel Motorsports team headed
back to Numidia Dragway for more bracket racing.
What unfolded was a great discovery of fellowship
with the riders from
Harley Davidson who were there for the East
Coast Harley Drags event.
We arrived at the track at 8:45
for a 9AM time run. We knew we had to hustle
to make the first call, but after getting the cars
unloaded, the announcement came
the loudspeaker that the power was out from 9PM last
night until 8AM and they would not be ready to race
OK, plenty of time to get ready.
After prepping the cars and listening the
rustle of a few well tuned Harley motors that were
warming up, we decided to take a walk to see the
There was a large rig with quite a few bikes
setup when I noticed the “got Jesus?” sign on the
back of the trailer.
Was this extra time a coincidence?
After looking at the bikes and seeing the
Christ in Action decals, it was time to find out
more about this program.
point I met Rich Vreeland who explained to me what
Christ In Action was all about and how they
offer the service during catastrophes for those in
also shared his racer’s card with his testimony on
We bench-raced about Jesus for a bit when
Rich needed to take a phone call.
I took a few more photos and met Buck.
Buck noticed the focal point of my lens being
set to the Jesus decals and commented about the cool
After talking I learned that Buck had been through
an incredible series of events before his eyes
opened to the Lord and led him to a new life.
Buck reminded me of the true meaning of being
born again as we shared a number of Biblical
applications to our lives.
was time to get busy for the race, but before we got
too far into the program, we needed to drop off the
Gospel Motorsports shirts and material at Team
Rich stopped by with the shirt on as he
headed to make another series of passes on his fast
immediately got an appreciation for the power his
bike was making as he clicked off a 9 second run.
rounds, Rich introduced me to Dr. Denny and Sandy
Nissley who had driven up from Manassas VA to meet
up with Rich and see the event.
After getting back to an internet connection
to see their website, it is clear that this
organization on track with Jesus’ challenge to us
Check them out at
www.christinaction.com. We had a good day
racing, but we mostly enjoyed rooting for the bikes
with the CIA and “got Jesus?” logos.
The ride home was long, but gave a great time to
ponder the role we can provide in serving our Lord.
Bracket Racing Revisited
By Darryl Moser
Although the racing schedule has been sparse this
year, when the opportunity presents itself, there
always seem to be a bounty of blessings that come
the way of Gospel Motorsports as was the case on the
July 4th weekend. Even without getting on the
track, the weekend provided a time reminiscent of
origins of Gospel Motorsports. After struggling
with Nathaniel’s junior at the first race of the
year and losing a clutch down-track, the team took
some time off, regrouped and on the first pass at
Maple Grove on Saturday, Nate cut a .011 light and
ran a 12.94 making for his quickest pass and
continuing a nice string of lights from his earlier
race where he cut a .010 and a .004.
For the first round of eliminations, the car was
dialed at 12.90 and Nate did a great job by cutting
a .013 light with a little pedaling at the top end
and managed a win. Next round he ran 12.895 and
broke out by less than his opponent as he headed to
the third round facing Jimmy Fizz. Jimmy and Nate
both cut respectable lights, but the 12.90 car fell
off a bit for the loss. In all it was a great day
for Nate and a 12.90 car running in the all-run
the progress on Saturday, the team decided to head
to Numidia on Sunday. The Bible lesson on the trip
was about 1 Samuel 1:20 and the power of prayer as
Hannah yearned for a child for so long and God
answered with a blessed son, name Samuel who became
a prophet. Both cars were running a bit slower in
Numidia as expected and as first round approached,
Nate dialed in at a 13.25. He managed a win and
when he returned, he had shown his driving skill
with his first .000 light. While he didn’t get past
the second round, he definitely earned his first
trophy in junior drag racing as a round winner. The
team had a celebration dinner at what has become a
team favorite in California Tortilla.
Shepherd of the Hills Church presented its third
annual Father’s Day Fello
Father's Day Fellowship #3
By Darryl Moser
Shepherd of the Hills Church presented its third
annual Father’s Day Fellowship Car Show and
challenged the threat of rain and managed a great
time, good turnout and finished with great weather.
A number of new vehicles made their way to the show
this year while a number returned to provide a great
core of cars representing diversity in manufacturers
The new vehicles included a front-engine dragster
from George DeSaito who is a member of the Southern
Slingshots’ organization and also races at nostalgia
races in the area. Also new this year was a Shelby
Cobra, ’63 Pontiac Catalina, a beautiful hot rod ’61
Corvette with dual-quads and nitrous, an ’81
Corvette with a prism paint scheme, a 10 second
street driven Camaro, and a couple of workhorses in
the form of restored tractors.
to the event was the “What Would Jesus Drive”
contest where the winner was determined by Pastors Brown and
Whitmore from Shepherd of the Hills. Gordon Moser
won with his Farmall H that was restored to new
condition relating to Jesus' parable of sowing seeds.
The scooter races once again drew great
participation with three classes. The youngest were
either able to use a scooter or be pulled in a wagon
by external horsepower (usually their parent) to
participate. This class was uncontested as a winner
as every participant received a Hot Wheels car for
their efforts. The next class was Junior Fuel and
was based on the Razor two-wheel scooters. Trent
Wilson took the win in this class, going a few
rounds and winning the Gospel Motorsports t-shirt.
In the Top Fuel (adult) class, XXXXXX won receiving
a $25 Sunoco Gas Card for his efforts.
The hot dogs were once again expertly grilled by the
duo of Neil Schueck and Brad Smith as the crowd of
well over 100 was served with beverages and donuts.
Our thanks goes out to Shepherd of the Hills
deacons, pastors and congregation who supported this
event. We are also thankful for Adam Pyle’s
assistance in providing an inspiration and his
participation at the event.
We are looking forward to next year and hope for a
better weather forecast as we seek to grow again.
Bristol - Blast from the Past 2009!
By Adam Pyle
The Gospel Motorsports team headed back to Bristol
Dragway on June 13 to race with the Southern
Slingshots at the 2nd annual “Blast From The Past.”
Due to the great experience in 2008, we were anxious
to return to Thunder Valley to reunite with old
friends and to make new ones.
We arrived Friday afternoon to help get the teams
parked and pit areas organized. It takes a
huge amount of cooperation to get 14 teams parked
and settled in to their respective “temporary
I must admit that I have developed
kind of a nasty little racetrack habit. Several
times I have promised Jennie to get her to a
“decent” restaurant at a “reasonable” hour so that
we can enjoy a nice dinner. Unfortunately, I get
easily distracted by many things…bench racing with
friends, meeting new friends, and checking out cool
cars. Much to Jennie’s dismay there just happened to
be over 1,700 “distractions” at the track Friday
evening as Bristol Dragway was the last stop on the
2009 Hot Rod Powertour.
Jennie and I had an amazing time of fellowship with
Brantley, Todd, Dennis Ivory and Rick Butterworth
once we finally got to the restaurant. In addition
to being wonderful friends Rick and Dennis are very
talented. They have been so gracious to help us
create promotional material by taking photos and
Oh yea, I almost forgot…we sat at a table across
from Vic Edelbrock! Saturday began with a rare photo opportunity. The
Southern Slingshot teams lined up in front of the
tower for a group photo. Thirteen front-engine
cars side-by-side looked like a magazine cover.
While waiting for our turn at the Bristol racing
surface, the Gospel Motorsports crew did a fantastic
job of meeting fans and planting seeds. A
large amount of magazines, tracts, and handouts were
given away which is the REAL reason we do what we
The time finally came to run. We were assigned the
mega fast “Moonshine Express” with Justin Prater at
the wheel as an opponent. One of the biggest safety
concerns with a front-engine dragster is keeping the
oil and fluids contained. When engine oil escapes,
it impedes vision and affects traction. That’s
exactly what happened during the first pass.
Pressure from the blower pushed out an intake gasket
at about the 1000’ mark. The remainder of the run
was aborted and I “coasted” through the lights with
a 7.54 elapsed time. Since the next round was
scheduled an hour and a half later, there was no
time to make the necessary repairs and our racing
was done for the day.
We are looking at our schedule for remaining events.
Please contact us if you have interest in attending
future races! -Adam
The Big Event - Little Guy Nationals
By Adam Pyle
1st annual Little Guy Nationals at Virginia
Motorsports Park was scheduled to be a two-day
event. There was much to see and do…until the rain
came. Nonetheless, Gospel Motorsports was very well
represented and had a great weekend. Jen,
Brantley, and I
arrived Friday afternoon and met up
with Dennis and David Ivory. We are very blessed to
have met Dennis last year. Meeting him was one of
several “divine appointments” we experienced in
Bristol last year. They traveled over 700 miles
round trip to give of their time and photography
talent. The track provided a free BBQ dinner for
all of the participants Friday evening. We sat with
Jim Lyle and before long a “mini-Church service”
Darryl and Nate arrived Saturday morning in Virginia. After several schedule changes due to the impending rain, we were able to relax and enjoy each
other’s company, making some new friends, and of
course check out all the cool rides.
Everyone kept busy with all of the tasks to keep the
racing schedule. Darryl made time runs with the Nova
and Adam and crew readied the digger for an evening
match race. There is no way this can be done without
lots of help. We are so fortunate to have a great
group of dedicated family and friends that make this
When “showtime” arrived, all of the preparation paid
off. Snake-Bit broke in a new pair of slicks that
produced a lengthy burnout to the appeal of the
While in the staging lanes, a fellow racer
approached Darryl and humored him as he said, “I’m
not afraid of the Gospel!” At first taken in jest,
perhaps this racer was showing his own pride and was
an example of Proverbs 16:18- Pride goes before
destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Darryl
didn’t have to face that racer specifically, but
after a year off from driving, he went on to win the
Street Rod class…coincidence?
There was a great time of fun fellowship at the
“late-night Italian victory dinner party.” Its quite
possible fatigue is to blame for all of the ensuing
silliness at the table, but it was a time we all
will not soon forget!
As expected, the skies opened Sunday morning,
cutting our weekend short. We did manage to enjoy
the church service offered at the track by Collis
Bryant as the Gospel Motorsports team, members from
the Southern Slingshots, and others participated.
Blast From the Past
By Adam Pyle
with the Southern Slingshots, team Gospel
Motorsports was at the historic Bristol Dragway
September 6-7, 2008 for the 1st annual “Blast From
The Past at Thunder Valley.” The beautiful Bristol
facilities are impressive to say the least. The size
and scale of a 1/2mile-circle track that seats
165,000 must be seen to believe. The equally grand
dragway sits between two mountain ridges just to the
and I were accompanied to Bristol by our good
friends Brad and Tina Smalley and daughter Shawnee.
We spent much of the day Friday in the truck
enjoying each other’s company and making gas
stations along our path very happy.
celebrating Shawnee’s 16th birthday Friday evening,
we arrived at the track Saturday morning ready to
race. The remnants of hurricane Hanna gave us a
lesson in patience by supplying us with on and off
showers through the early afternoon. This was a
blessing in disguise in that the waiting provided us
the opportunity to talk to race fans of all ages and
pass out lots of free Gospel Motorsports
Our experiences have
proven to us over and over that there is no such
thing as “coincidence” in life, there is only
“divine appointments.” The weather delay turned out
to be full of divine appointments. We met Dennis
Christian brother from the Bristol area that gave us
a spiritual “shot in the arm” with words of
encouragement for our evangelistic efforts. Another
example was meeting Scott and Lesa Trent. They are
the RFC chaplains at Bristol Dragway. I have never
had an opportunity to pray with a chaplain in the
staging lanes. I always say a prayer before a run
that the outcome will somehow bring glory to God,
but having a big guy lean down, grasp my hand, and
pray together was awesome!
raced the lightning fast J/F car owned and driven by
Pat Malloy all three of our rounds. Its fortunate
for us that Pat
lit the red bulb because he had our E/T covered by a
ton! Brad’s previous racing experience helped us
discover a problem with the magneto that allowed the
timing to slide back 15
degrees from where it should be.
final race happened at 11:30pm. We
were confident that our now correct timing would
result in a good close race. At the hit of the
throttle, our car jumped out in front, and was
hanging right with Pat’s car until at about 1000’ my
vision was impeded by helmet visor fog from the cool
night air resulting in an early shut-off.
Even though the team
did it’s best to pack everything back in the trailer
in a timely manner, it was past 1:30am when we
arrived back at the hotel. Church service began in 7
short hours. We just weren’t sure if we could make
it back to the track in time for church. My eyes
opened refreshed and rested at 7am…What!? Adam Pyle
is NOT a “morning person” Why can't I go back to
sleep? A minute or two later, I received a text
message from Brad. He too was also unable to sleep
Brad and I decided we
would let the ladies rest up at the hotel for the 9
hr ride home while we went to the track, attended
chapel service, and hooked up the trailer. When we
arrived at the track, it was quiet and peaceful. On
our walk to the stands for services, we found
another member of the Southern Slingshots, Jim Lyle,
was also awakened unusually early. After some small
talk, we invited Jim to chapel service. He
hesitated, briefly, but then agreed. Following a
great message from Scott, it became clear why we all
were there. We had a divine appointment! Jim shared
with us that he had not been to church in 25 years.
He felt that this meeting was the whole reason for
his trip to Bristol. It is difficult for me to put
into words what exactly we were experiencing in
those moments, but I truly believe “something”
happened. The Lord began a work that morning.
According to Philippians 1:6 He will finish what He
starts! I pray that you will join with us in asking
the Lord for discernment to recognize future “divine
appointments” and take full advantage of them.
Great Fun & Celebration at 2nd Annual Father's Day
Car Show at Shepherd of the Hills Church!
June 15, 2008 was the
date for a new and different experience in
Bechtelsville, PA. Shepherd of the Hills
Church was host to over 6000 horsepower pounding
across its lawn to celebrate Father's Day. The
cars covered the decades from the 30's all the way
through the 80's, and included street cars and race
The day started with a
few clouds but soon cleared as the event grounds
started to fill in. Volunteer Denise Borchelt
did a great job handling the registration duties.
After the 10:15 service, church goers and passers by
stopped in for refreshments of hot dogs from the
expert chefs, Neil Schueck and Brad Smith.
They could then top off with Dunkin Donuts or home
baked goodies from the refreshment committee at
Shepherd of the Hills. Karen Schueck, Kevin
and Steph Houck, and Tricia Moser kept the sodas and
water flowing so everyone stayed hydrated as the day
After everyone managed
to get their fill, it was time to experience the
first cacklefest in Bechtelsville. A
brief explanation of the origins of a cacklefest and
prayer of thanks to the Lord for the day was
provided by Darryl Moser. The first call was
put forward and the car show participants fired
their motors first, with Steve Oteri's blown '57
Chevy and others raising the RPMs to the Lord, to be
followed by the junior dragsters from the Pray Hard
Racing Team. Adam and Jennie Pyle from Gospel
Motorsports who traveled from Somerset, PA with
their blown and alcohol injected dragster,
Snake-Bit, fired up their 900 horsepower to
close out the celebration with an exclamation mark.
The fuel for the dragster was a special mixture for
the day that included 20% nitro, just enough to
provide the old time cackle found in early drag
cars. The motorvated music was a great
celebration in the Lord's honor and to recognize
Then came time for the
crowd to get into the act as signups were taken for
both the kids and adult tricycle and scooter races.
The kids did a great job and each received a Hot
Wheels car for their participation in the event.
The adults came with a fierce competitive spirit in
the scooter races where the racers were paired off
to scooter a short distance of about 100' around the
starter, then back to the finish line. The
turnout was great and resulted in splitting the
field into two classes. Up for grabs was a
Gospel Motorsports' t-shirt of their choosing.
At the end of the event, Joe Dedrick overtook Josh
Wilson for the win in the adult class, and Jacob
Moore took the win over Trent Wilson in the kids
The rest of the
afternoon was filled with music and fellowship as a
few more show cars rolled in and doubled last year's
attendance, reaching just over 20 cars. Of
special note was a visit by the father and son team
of Chuck and Jeff Moyer. Jeff's car drove to
the event, but is also capable of bumper scraping
wheel-stands at the drag strip with runs in the 8
second range at over 160mph.
The event also included
opportunities for attendees to learn about the
Shepherd of the Hills Christian Pre-School and the
Mother's of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) programs at
Shepherd of the Hills. The youth group H2O
(His To Own) also gave an opportunity for attendees
to sign up and donate to their fund raiser, Relay
For Life to find the cure for cancer that will be
held at the Boyertown High School June 27-28th.
All proceeds from the Gospel Motorsports' shirt
sales for the event were also donated to the Relay
for Life. Many thanks to all of those
contributors and volunteers who were part of the
event for these valuable causes.
We found many ties to
early drag racing in the Shepherd of the Hills'
congregation as Jake Arms in addition to having his
chopped '81 F100 with a 429 in the show, he also
manned the fuel squirt in the injectors to Adam's
car. Little did we know Jake used to race Jr.
Fuel in the early days of drag racing.
For more photos of the
2008 Car Show Photos
provided a newsletter for the event that can be
Many thanks to all
participants in the event as they made it a great
day for all. Whether you were a volunteer,
showed your car, participated in the races, or just
enjoyed the fellowship, your presence was greatly
appreciated and we look forward to our third annual
event next Father's Day.
The Gospel Motorsports
Join us for a
fun day of celebrating Fathers, Fast Cars, and Faith
No Admission or
Entry Fees, Free Hot Dogs and Soda
Show Cars, Race Cars,
and all Vehicles welcome to show. Fun for
family and fathers of all ages. If you're not going
racing, what better way to spend a Father's Day than
at a car show with food, music, and fellowship.
Race cars welcome to show with trailer parking. All
cars are invited to participate in the cacklefest
where we will simultaneously fire all car's engines
at the show and raise our RPMs to the Lord.
King David celebrated with unique dance and song as
2 Samuel 6:14-15. What better way to celebrate than to use
instruments that a father could enjoy, harnessing
all that horsepower and sending the music to our
ultimate Father God.
You can also sign up to
race in the tricycle races and try to generate your
own horsepower and challenge our pastors at Shepherd
of the Hills. Most of all we look for your
presence to make this event a great time of
fellowship and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Shepherd of the Hills
527 Hoffmansville Road
Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Click for MapQuest Location
12PM Hot Dogs &
Tricycle Races, Cacklefest)
Click Here for
Pictures from Last Year's Event
forward to seeing you there!