The ABC’s of Winning the Race
Admit: Confess your sins to Jesus and admit you need him. Romans 3:23 & 6:23
Believe: Trust that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and believe he is Lord. Romans 5:8 & 10:9-10
Commit: Turn your life over to God. Ask him to be the driver of your life. Galations 2:20
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
Track Length: 36 feet
Length necessary to set up track: 40 ft.
Number of Lanes: 7
Maximum height of cars during race: 4.5 in.
Electronic Timer on all lanes. Win, place, and show are indicated by lights on the timer with times shown on computer timed to ten thousandths of a second.
Larry (“Gravy”) Schwalk
Dwain (“Crazy Hair”) Nixon
Mike (“Big Mike”) Engle
Tom (“Tommy”) Troxell
Jim (“Jersey Jim”) Ostic
Ken (“Mumbles”) Pope
Wayne (“Crankbait”) Tatum
Danny (“Rerun”) Sharp
Pit Crew: Connor (“Lampshade”), Katy, Cordi
Racing Season: October 1 – May 15
For more information on Crestmont Raceway please contact any of the following:
- Larry Schwalk email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tom Troxell email: email@example.com
How It All Started (by Larry Schwalk)
“The vision the Lord laid upon my heart began like this. First, He said for me to build a Pinewood Derby track that contained 7 lanes. He wanted the track built so it could be taken apart easily and transported anywhere in the state of Texas that we would be asked to go. Second, He told me that the track needed to be constructed in a way to eliminate the problems I had seen with other tracks. Third, He showed me that we needed to provide sound behind the racing and that ultimately the track would have electronics that would time the cars and to show the times to the crowds. He assured me that the people needed to do this would be provided.
I thought that once given the vision everything would fall into place. I did not take into consideration God’s timing. The Lord had always provided the people needed in other ministries I had been involved in, so I never questioned whether or not they would be provided; however I did question several times as to when they would be provided. I began a search to find someone to help find plans and to help construct the track. This search took almost three years. I believe that Dwain Nixon told me he would help build the track just to get me to quit asking if he would. Dwain had never seen a Pinewood Derby track before so it was easier to explain problems to him I had seen on other tracks. Dwain found a plan through the Baptist Building in Dallas, Texas, and because it was not plans for a seven lane track, he made the changes necessary to make our track seven lanes.
Dwain thought we were building the track to use at Crestmont Baptist Church and we would race on it a couple of times a year. The Lord did not let me reveal to anyone the scope of the ministry He showed me. He kept telling me that the people would be provided. Crestmont helped with the initial cash needed, and the ministry was on its way. Dwain Nixon, Eddie Walker, Bradley Schwalk, my 5 year old son Brad, and I began by praying over the pile of lumber in Eddie’s cabinet shop. We asked the Lord to bless our efforts and to provide the avenue where people would be drawn to Him. The track was completed and was ready to race on in 1985.
The past years have been good to Crestmont Raceways. We have seen many adults accept Jesus as Lord and have received reports of multiple accounts of children beginning and ending their search for Jesus because of our ministry.
The Lord provided help whenever the ministry’s growth deemed it necessary. In the thirty plus years the Lord has been faithful in providing the help needed to do the ministry. Paul Stone, Mike Ellis, Doyle Munday, James Mott, Tom Williams, and Eddie Walker joined the team as the ministry progressed. The Lord continues to bring new help to allow this ministry to continue.”