What's not to love about the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- the marriage of man and machine, the sheer human drama, the connections to the Revised Common Lectionary:
Before we get started this week, let me point out a bit of text I found on the NASCAR Power Rankings:
So the last shall be first, and the first will be last." -- Matthew 20:16
"Yeah, first is better than last, that's for sure." -- Matt Kenseth, 2009
So there it is. And now, the lectionary vs. the Associated Press article covering the race.
Kyle Busch notched the biggest victory of his young career by driving from the back of the field Sunday to win the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his hometown track.
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; * let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
. . . an engine change meant he had to drop to the back of the field at the start of the race, and Busch had to power his way through the field.
And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.
Matt Kenseth, trying to become the first driver in Nascar history to win the first three races of the season . . .
let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.
had engine failure six laps into the race and finished last.
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
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