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NASCAR pastor leaves little out of this pre-race invocation!

Before Saturday night’s Nationwide Federated Auto Parts 300, Pastor Joe Nelms of Nashville’s Family Baptist Church was asked to pray. And pray, he did!

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Before the NASCAR crowd at Nashville Superspeedway Nelms notes that God tells us to be thankful for all things — and then goes on to thank the Almighty for “these mighty machines that you brought before us. Thank you for the Dodges and Toyotas. Thank you for the Fords and most of all we thank you for Roush and Yates partnering to give us the power we see before us tonight. Thank you for GM Performance Technology and R07 engines. Thank you for Sunoco racing fuel and Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track. Lord, I want to thank you for my smokin’ hot wife …’’


The respectful crowd begins to suspect something is up about the time he starts thanking God for Sonoco racing fuel. Drivers can be seen looking up and chuckling. But the line about his smokin’ hot wife — a line from the movie “Talladega Nights’’ brings the house down. The crowd roars — but with the cadence of a Southern preacher, Nelm’s voice rises in magnitude as he continues past “for my smokin’ hot wife tonight, Lisa,” and includes his kids: “and my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call them, ‘The Little E’s.’ ”

Perhaps the most unforgettable line of the prayer comes when Nelms quotes NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip at the end of his prayer.

“In Jesus’ name, Boogity Boogity Boogity, amen,” Nelms proclaims.

Race winner Carl Edwards appreciated the humor that came with Nelms’ prayer.

“I turned to Jack (Roush) after that. I said, ‘If anything happens, I want him to be at my funeral.’ That was one of the best invocations I have ever heard.”

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Grumpy Old Person

posted July 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

WhyTWO ‘articles’ an the same subject? Obsess much? (Clue: in the other one, you said the “pastor” “included everybody”. Machines are NOT people.)

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posted July 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

ok ricky bobby take it down a notch. i think it was disgraceful! thanking God for his smokin’ hot wife?!?! i think he’s smokin something for sure! just disgraceful – as a pastor that is how he is teaching his followers how to pray. where’s the honor? at least he has made it on all the “news” networks, that’s what he wanted anyway.

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posted July 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm

i can honestly say i think that was the most disgusting comments that the idiot that calls himself a pator could have evr done to nascar & it,s followers? i will never understand why nascar let him do it? i am no longer a fan for nascar & do not believe i will watch them ever again?

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Ryan O'Dell

posted July 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

Wow, bunch of ball breakers, not everyone wants to ask or bless the same thing, or is that to unorthodox for you and your hardline “if you dont pray like we pray, your blasphemous.”

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posted July 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Amidst the noise and controversy on the outside regarding the Invocation on July 23rd, 2011 at Nashville Superspeedway, something was happening on the inside. NASCAR Sprint Cup & Nationwide Series competitor and Daytona 500 winning driver Trevor Bayne shared during Motor Racing Outreach’s Chapel Service at Nashville Super Speedway in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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posted July 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

ball breaker…yep! i’m not nibbling on the bait set by ryan odell, but when one humbly prays to God it should not lead to laughter and chuckles.

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thomas sabo sale

posted August 18, 2011 at 2:22 am

ball breaker…yep! i’m not nibbling on the bait set by ryan odell, but when one humbly prays to God it should not lead to laughter and chuckles

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evie limon

posted October 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm

just an effective way for people to listen and participate during prayers.
i remember a joke that goes like this:

2 souls arrived at the pearly gates at the same time. a priest and a taxi driver. the priest was told he’s going to hell and the taxi driver to heaven. the priest complained.
well, said St. Peter, when you give your homily, people fall asleep, but everytime the taxi drive hit a potholes, they’ll do the sign of the cross and say, Oh God, please Have Mercy on Us!

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abercrombie and fitch

posted November 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

just an effective way for people to listen and participate during prayers.
i remember a joke that goes like this

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