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A conversation with Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon

posted by Chad Bonham

He might be barely into his mid-20s, but Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon has already found himself smack dab in the middle of NASCAR’s brightest spotlight. You could say Dillon was born to be a driver. His grandfather is legendary […]

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A conversation with NASCAR driver David Starr

posted by Chad Bonham

It doesn’t matter if it’s the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series or the Sprint Cup Series. All NASCAR driver David Starr cares about is getting behind the wheel and doing what he’s loves best—racing. Starr has spent most […]

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A conversation with NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill

posted by Chad Bonham

The state of Oklahoma is known for its powerhouse football programs, legendary country music stars and rich Native American heritage. Notice the absence of “famous stock car drivers” from that list. Taylor Berryhill, barely into his 20’s, hopes to change […]

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A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff

posted by Chad Bonham

For the past 15 years, Jason Ratcliff has slowly worked his way through the NASCAR ranks as a crew chief for the likes of David Green, J.J. Yeley, Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray. He’s spent time working with Kyle Busch […]

A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Dave Rogers

posted by Chad Bonham

Since 1998, Dave Rogers has been fully immersed into the unique culture of Joe Gibbs Racing. From his start as race engineer for Tony Stewart’s #20 team to his current post as crew chief for Kyle Busch’s #18 team, Rogers […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

posted by Chad Bonham

Blake Koch has never been afraid of hard work. And that’s a good thing considering how difficult it is to break into NASCAR—especially when driving for small, underfunded teams. Over the past six years, Koch has raced in all three […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

posted by Chad Bonham

Michael McDowell has been quietly building confidence and a solid résumé over the past seven years. It hasn’t been the easiest transition for the former open wheel racer and road course specialist, but his determination to make a permanent home […]

A conversation with Interstate Batteries CEO Norm Miller

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s been almost 40 years since Norm Miller hit rock bottom—not in the business world mind you, but in his personal life. That’s when he cried out to God and started a new journey of spiritual renewal that now transcends […]

A conversation with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett

posted by Chad Bonham

In NASCAR’s rough and tumble era of the 1950s and 1960s, Hall of Fame inductee Ned Jarrett stood out due to his understated personality and polite demeanor. Perhaps that’s why the media often referred to him as “Gentlemen Ned” and […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Sam Hornish Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

The Nationwide Series isn’t the exact place Sam Hornish Jr., wanted to be for the 2013 season, but you won’t ever hear the Defiance, Ohio, native complain. As a former Indy Car champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, Hornish Jr., is […]

A conversation with NASCAR broadcaster Andy Petree

posted by Chad Bonham

Andy Petree has experienced NASCAR at just about every level—as a driver, crewmember, crew chief, car owner and most recently as an analyst for ESPN. Some might find it strange that he walked away from one of the greatest race […]

A conversation with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison

posted by Chad Bonham

Bobby Allison’s Hall of Fame career was full of incredible highs like his three Daytona 500 victories and his 1983 Winston (now Sprint) Cup championship. But many still remember Allison for the tragic lows he experienced in 1992 when he […]

Sam Hornish Jr. wins Nationwide race in Las Vegas, maintains points lead

posted by Chad Bonham

Sam Hornish Jr., didn’t realize until the morning of the race that the Nationwide Series race in Las Vegas was called the Sam’s Town 300. Although Hornish isn’t a gambling man, it turns out that betting on him to win […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (11-20)

posted by Chad Bonham

Today, we continue with more from the Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 featuring numbers 11-20 (in reverse order): #20 Allyson Felix wins three gold medals at London Olympics American sprinter Allyson Felix has been a golden girl at virtually […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (#21-30)

posted by Chad Bonham

Another year has passed and the sports world has provided us with yet more intriguing stories. In 2012, we’ve seen everything from record-breaking moments and Olympic memories to breakout performances and surprising free agency moves. Over the next three days, […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier and his wife Ashley

posted by Chad Bonham

Justin Allgaier has literally been around racing his whole life. He caught the bug from his father Mike who worked with various teams due to his involvement with Hoosier Tire Distributors. By the time Allgaier was just five years old, […]

NASCAR driver Blake Koch’s ad turned down by ESPN due to “political and religious overtones”

posted by Chad Bonham

Click on the link below for a video that highlights a story about Blake Koch’s ad being turned down by ESPN. Very curious as to why his Christian-themed website is impacting the ad’s acceptance (which by the way, has zero […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Reutimann

posted by Chad Bonham

Unless you’re an avid racing fan, you might not be able to randomly identify David Reutimann as a NASCAR veteran. On the surface, he comes off like an average guy from Florida’s central Gulf Coast. But behind whatever fire suit […]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. nabs first 2012 Nationwide Series victory in Las Vegas

posted by Chad Bonham

Defending Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., picked up his first victory of the season by holding off legendary driver Mark Martin at the Sam’s Town 300 in Las Vegas. Stenhouse moved up to third in the overall standings after […]

A conversation with ESPN’s NASCAR broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Jerry Punch doesn’t just play a doctor on TV. He is one—not one of those PhD types who earns the title by writing a thesis on an educational discipline of some sort. […]

Matt Kenseth takes checkered flag at historic Daytona 500

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was a crazy night at the Daytona 500. After rain moved the race to Monday night, the Great American Race featured several high speed wrecks and a bizarre incident that saw […]

Inspiring Athletes previews Daytona 500, 2012 NASCAR season

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! They don’t call it “The Great American Race” for nothing. The Daytona 500 is the equivalent to the NFL’s Super Bowl and Major League Baseball’s World Series except for the curious fact […]

A conversation with NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! When Morgan Shepherd starts his engine for the Drive4COPD 300 in Daytona next Saturday, he will be kicking off his 45th season as a NASCAR driver and first full season at the […]

Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman and Glen Wood highlight third NASCAR Hall of Fame class

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Today in Charlotte, NC, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be inducting its third class. Among those five additions to the Hall are championship driver Darrell Waltrip, legendary crew chief Dale Inman […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#1-10)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this story with your friends! For your New Year’s Eve reading pleasure, Inspiring Athletes presents its final installment of the Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011! #10 Brad Stevens leads Butler to second consecutive appearance […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#11-20)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In our continuing series, we look at more of the Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011: #20 Kevin Durant claims second consecutive NBA scoring title If there was any question that […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#21-30)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this story with your friends! This year has been packed full of crazy sports stories. From lockouts and conference realignment to abuse scandals and unexpected coaching moves, we’ve seen all things tragic, inexplicable and even a […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: NASCAR Edition

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With the NASCAR season wrapped up for another year, Inspiring Athletes thought it might be a good time to look back at an exciting nine months that saw a number of unpredictable […]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., closes out NASCAR season with Nationwide Series championship

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! Based on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s 2010 season, there was really no way to know whether the driver of the #6 Roush Fenway Ford was going to be a contender in 2011 (as he […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Gilliland

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s perhaps no better example of a NASCAR driver’s unpredictable career path than Sprint Cup competitor David Gilliland. Since 2005, when he first made the leap from regional racing on the West […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With economic uncertainty and sponsor demands that find star drivers occupying more seat time, it’s getting tougher every year for young drivers to break through to any of NASCAR’s three top series–Sprint […]

Sam Hornish Jr. snags first NASCAR victory in Phoenix

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was 10 years ago when Sam Hornish Jr., won an IndyCar race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). It’s taken a while for the former Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar series champion to […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Back in October at the fall race in Kansas, I had a chance to meet up with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was and still is leading the points […]

Trevor Bayne wins first Nationwide Series race

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It’s been a crazy year for Trevor Bayne. After shocking the racing world with his record-setting victory at the Daytona 500 back in February, an illness off the track and inconsistency on […]

Mark Martin signs two-year deal with Michael Waltrip Racing

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Veteran NASCAR driver Mark Martin has signed a two-year deal to drive the #00 car for Michael Waltrip Racing starting next season at the Daytona 500. Martin will drive the Aaron’s Toyota […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! If you’re ever looking for Blake Koch amongst a crowded group of his NASCAR peers, just look for the guy with the impossible-to-miss, brighter-than-bright smile. It’s a common sight in the garage […]

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne talks about his wild year

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was early October 2010 when I first met Trevor Bayne. He was already a rising star within the NASCAR ranks but a surprising move left him jobless leading up to the […]

Morgan Shepherd turns 70; NASCAR community chimes in with high praise

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! NASCAR’s Nationwide Series is an interesting collection of drivers and teams. It’s a place for youngsters like Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Justin Allgaier to gain invaluable experience on their way […]

Reed Sorenson to drive #82 K-Love car for MacDonald Motorsports in Kansas

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! KANSAS CITY, KS — Scott Wimmer was supposed to be driving the #82 K-Love car for MacDonald Motorsports today at Kansas Speedway. But when Nationwide Series contender Reed Sorenson was unexpectedly (and […]

A conversation with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Eric McClure may not be a household name within the NASCAR fanbase, but his consistently joyful demeanor and blue-collar mentality has made him a popular weekly presence in the Nationwide Series garage. […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver and former Indy Car champion Sam Hornish Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He won the Indianapolis 500 and two Indy Car championships. Then suddenly, Sam Hornish Jr., decided to follow the likes of Tony Stewart, Casey Mears and Juan Pablo Montoya into the very […]

Inspiring Athletes celebrates 100th post with a special “Writer’s Block” edition

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! WRITER’S BLOCK: The Best of Inspiring Athletes (So Far) I’m sort of an old-school writer trying to survive in the age of social media and fluid technological advancement. The social media thing […]

Matt Kenseth among NASCAR’s “Chase for the Sprint Cup” contenders

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Following last night’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 in Richmond, the 12 drivers eligible to win NASCAR’s coveted Sprint Cup were finally set in stone. Familiar names like five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, former […]

A conversation with NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Labonte

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s no question, Bobby Labonte has earned his place as one of NASCAR’s modern day giants. He’s the only driver to have won both the Sprint Cup (in 2000, then sponsored by […]

A conversation with NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Don’t confuse Matt Kenseth’s mild-mannered demeanor for a lack of passion. The former Cup Series champion (2003) and Daytona 500 winner (2009) has a smoldering fire in the belly that has fueled […]

Inspiring Athletes presents a super summer giveaway from Sports Spectrum!

posted by Chad Bonham

Inspiring Athletes is going to begin a series of giveaways and to kick things off, we’ve partnered with Sports Spectrum magazine to give away some great prizes. We will randomly select five of our readers to receive a one-year subscription […]

Marcos Ambrose collects RPM’s first win of 2011 Sprint Cup season

posted by Chad Bonham

Ambrose takes Richard Petty back to Victory Lane It was a crazy finish at Watkins Glen in New York this morning (due to yesterday’s rain out), but somehow Australian driver Marcos Ambrose outlasted Brad Keslowski and Kyle Busch to earn […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s not necessarily one of NASCAR’s household names, but Michael McDowell isn’t letting that keep him from pursuing his dream of becoming a mainstay within the sport. Although most well-known for his […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Casey Mears

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With an uncle like four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears and a dad like Roger Mears who had successful runs in the open wheel and off-road circuits, most might assume that Casey […]

A conversation with NASCAR analyst and former driver Kyle Petty (Part 2)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of the Inspiring Athletes interview with Kyle Petty, the former driver turned analyst talks about the strength of his family, the giving nature of NASCAR and how faith impacts […]

A conversation with AMA Motocross racer Andrew Short

posted by Chad Bonham

Since 2002, Andrew Short has been a mainstay on both the AMA Motorcross and FIM Supercross series. Here’s what Short had to say about his faith, fighting performance anxiety and lessons he’s learned from the Bible: Chad Bonham: How did […]

Pastor Joe Nelms brings the house down with Ricky Bobby inspired NASCAR prayer (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s done it before, now Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tenn., has seemingly topped his previous NASCAR invocations with a gem at Saturday’s Nationwide race in Nashville–this time […]

Mike Edwards snags third NHRA Pro Stock win of the season

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Mike Edwards won his third event of the NHRA Pro Stock season (and 31st of his career) at the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colo., by defeating Allen […]

NASCAR legend Mark Martin talks about respect, composure and faith

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends Mark Martin is leaving full-time racing at the end of this year. He hasn’t said yet whether he’ll maintain a part-time schedule or perhaps make some occasional appearances in high profile events. […]

A conversation with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne

posted by Chad Bonham

In the blink of an eye, Trevor Bayne went from rising Nationwide star with no sponsorship to youngest Daytona 500 champion in NASCAR history. Since then, he’s dealt with an unidentified illness caused by an insect bite that forced him […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Lance Berkman, Josh Hamilton highlight All-Star teams; Ragan wins first Sprint Cup race

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! Happy Fourth of July to all the Inspiring Athletes readers out there! I trust you are having a blessed and safe holiday weekend with your friends and family. There was plenty of sports […]

David Ragan gets first career Sprint Cup victory at Coke Zero 400 in Daytona

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends It’s been a long four and half years for David Ragan. He took over for the legendary Mark Martin at Roush-Fenway Racing in the #6 car but despite several close calls (including […]

NASCAR driver David Ragan on his foundation of faith

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s not your typical, brash young gun that NASCAR has become accustomed to of late, but that doesn’t mean David Ragan is devoid of passion for the sport or a desire to […]

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