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Speedway races - prayer with drivers

Description

In this clip, Chaplain Kermit Wilson leads a prayer with several racecar drivers before an event at the ShadyBowl Speedway in DeGraff, Ohio. Linking hands with the drivers in the pit area of the speedway, where cars are serviced, Wilson asks God to ensure that the racecars function properly and that everyone remains safe. Car engines roar and rumble in the background, occasionally starting to drown out the chaplain’s voice. This clip is also used in the ARSP Gallery exhibit “Mobile Ministry."

Wilson volunteers for Raceway Ministries, a national organization that provides support for drivers and spectators at raceways around the country. His efforts are part of a growing evangelical Christian effort to “meet people where they are”: Ministry and outreach occur in the places where people spend their work and leisure time, and are tailored to specific demographics, often through integration with local culture and ambiance. During events at the speedway, Wilson circles the track to speak and pray with people, including drivers, spectators, and concessions workers. He also leads invocations over the speedway’s squeaky loudspeaker and offers prayers for drivers involved in accidents on the track. (Lauren Pond)

Event
Speedway races - prayer with drivers
Community
Raceway Ministries
Location
Shadybowl Speedway
City / State
De Graff, OH
Recordist
Caroline Toy, Isaac Weiner, Lauren Pond
Recorded On
2016-09-11
Religious Tradition
Christian (Protestant)
Language
English
Types of Sounds
ambient, multiple voices, speaking
Types of Space
commercial space, outdoors
Research Team
Ohio State
Season
summer
Day of Week
Sunday
Time of Day
afternoon
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Chaplain Kermit Wilson, center, prays with drivers and ARSP researchers before a weekend race at the Shadybowl Speedway in De Graff, OH. Photo by Lauren Pond.
Speedway races - prayer with drivers
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