TALLADEGA, Ala., May 4, 2005 ‚ÄĒ Amid the torso-rattling, ear-shattering action of NASCAR thrives a rich vein of religion. Auto racing is the only major sport with a pregame invocation, and some drivers are making a point to actively promote their faith.
Driver Bobby Labonte's car featured advertisements for the movie "The Passion of the Christ," and Morgan Shepherd's car simply bears Jesus' name by way of a large decal.
"When I display it on the hood of my car and these people see it, maybe somebody's life will be changed," Shepherd said.
Evangelical pastor Dale Beaver is the assistant director of "Motor Racing Outreach," a ministry for drivers and their families who spend time away from home on the racing circuit. Beaver ministers to drivers and pit crews and runs a mobile Sunday school for their children.