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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 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 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, […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek

posted by Chad Bonham

Throughout the 1990s and much of the early 2000s, Joe Nemechek had a reputation for qualifying near the front that earned him the nickname “Front Row Joe.” Since debuting in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series in 1990, he has won […]

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 (#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 NASCAR analyst and former driver Kyle Petty (Part 1)

posted by Chad Bonham

Kyle Petty has been away from full-time racing since 2008, but during the time since he’s found a comfortable role as an analyst for SPEED, NASCAR.com and TNT’s summer race coverage. As a driver and now a member of the […]

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 […]

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. […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: MLB Edition

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With the All-Star Game a few days away, I thought it might be a good time to catch you up on some of the baseball interviews you may have missed these past […]

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 […]

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira on God’s forgiveness

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with friends! On June 30, 2011, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira joined an elite group by hitting his 300th career home run in a 5-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Only 130 other MLB […]

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 […]

Bayne, Catchings, Clark and Durant headline 2011 ESPYS nominations

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “like” to share this with your friends! ESPN announced its nominees for the 2011 ESPYS on Friday and several are familiar names to Inspiring Athletes: Trevor Bayne (Best Moment) Bayne was nominated for his record-breaking performance as the youngest […]

Inspiring Athletes: A look back at some things you may have missed

posted by Chad Bonham

In case you’ve missed anything these past few weeks, Inspiring Athletes has been bringing you some pretty amazing interviews with athletes and coaches from across the sports world including some fairly significant high-profile names. A quick way to catch up […]

Trevor Bayne still the same after Daytona victory

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! SPECIAL REPORT: Trevor Bayne It was just last October when Michael Waltrip Racing dropped 19-year old Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne over sponsorship issues. Even though Bayne was ranked seventh in points and […]

NASCAR legend Richard Petty on being “The King,” changing times, and his legacy

posted by Chad Bonham

Walk around the garage area during any NASCAR Cup event and you’ll almost surely run into the sport’s most enduring (and perhaps endearing) figure. They call him “The King” but he’d assume you call him Richard. Whatever you call him, […]

Miami Dolphins receiver Davone Bess on his recent trip to Costa Rica, God’s purpose for his life and The Bess Route Foundation

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! GOOD WORKS WEDNESDAY: Davone Bess When Davone Bess traveled to Costa Rica last month, it was the culmination of an unusually harrowing journey. Bess was raised by a single mother in Oakland and […]

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier on starting young, marrying his childhood sweetheart and dealing with the dangers of stock car racing

posted by Chad Bonham

FRIDAY FEATURE: Justin Allgaier Justin Allgaier turned 25 earlier this week but he doesn’t look a day over 16. Maybe that’s why uninformed onlookers might be surprised to see the baby-faced NASCAR driving strapping into his #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet […]

A conversation with former All-Star and World Series champion pitcher Andy Pettitte

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! There’s something missing in New York–at least every five days or so. It’s the recognizable gait of retired Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte as he trots from the warmup bullpen to the mound for […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Allgaier coasts to victory, Bayne makes impressive comeback, Pujols blasts back-to-back gamewinners, Miller focuses on the family, Christian schools impact college baseball and WNBA team reaches out in Joplin

posted by Chad Bonham

The college sports season is winding down along with the NBA and NHL championships while Major League Baseball, NASCAR and professional golf seems to just be getting started. Here are some highlights from last week’s action: Allgaier outlasts Nationwide field […]

NASCAR legend and Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip on racing ministry, Dale Earnhardt and the unique faith community within stock car racing

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! THROWBACK THURSDAY: Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip is not just one of NASCAR’s living legends. He’s a cultural icon. Over a 29-year career, the patriarchal figure won three Cup championships, 84 Cup races (including […]

NASCAR driver and Joplin native Jamie McMurray praying for hometown

posted by Chad Bonham

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray has a heavy heart this week after Sunday’s devastating tornadoes ripped through his Joplin, Missouri hometown. Read more here.

The Inspirational Sports Report: Stenhouse Jr., shines in Iowa, Berkman lays out the leather, and Brees puts his money where his mouth is

posted by Chad Bonham

Exciting weekend in sports with the Mavs and Heat taking 2-1 leads in their respective NBA Conference Finals, the NHL playoffs heating up, David Toms rebounding from his TPC playoff loss to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational and interleague play […]

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