Posts Tagged ‘NASCAR’

NASCAR Driver, Michael McDowell, and Back2Back Ministries Team Up to Promote Orphan Care on July 7

June 10, 2011

Join NASCAR driver, Michael McDowell and Back2Back director, Beth Guckenberger, Thursday, July 7 at 7pm at Crossroads Community Church in Cincinnati. McDowell will be sharing his passion for NASCAR and the orphan child at this special event. Beth Guckenberger will be sharing stories from her new book, Relentless Hope, which will be advertised on McDowell’s race car.

Pre-registration is required for this free, limited seating event.  To register, send an email to with your name and phone number.  Those guests who register by June 27 have a chance to win two NASCAR Garage and Pit Passes for the Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 on July 8th and the Sprint Cup Series debut with the Quaker State 400 on July 9th at the 107,000 seat  Kentucky Speedway.  You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible to win.

Glendale, Arizona native Michael McDowell has emerged as one of NASCAR’s top young drivers, as he competes in his third full season of NASCAR. In December 2010, McDowell joined Trevor Bayne, Daytona 500 Champion, on a Back2Back Ministries mission trip in Monterrey, Mexico. On his trip, they visited orphanages and a squatter’s village. He saw people living in shacks and many of the children didn’t have shoes – some were completely naked – and he couldn’t help but wonder if he was supposed to be on the mission field. After serving orphans with Back2Back, Michael McDowell and his wife were inspired to pursue an international adoption.

“Seeing such hardship firsthand makes you want to be pro-active,” McDowell told the Christian Post. “How do you get involved? How do you save the world? You don’t, but you can make the difference in somebody’s life.”

By losing himself in the arms of orphans, McDowell found perspective in his own life. He’d seen real hardship and it broke his heart.

Daytona 500 Winner, Trevor Bayne, Affirms His Support of Back2Back, by Lonnie Clouse

February 21, 2011

Congrats to NASCAR driver and Back2Back supporter, Trevor Bayne on winning the Daytona 500 on Sunday, the youngest driver ever to win the sports’ biggest race! Bayne has served with Back2Back in Monterrey, Mexico and pledged to donate portions of his Daytona 500 prize money to Back2Back’s orphan care work in Mexico.

Bayne commented, “Hopefully this money will help us get some more races, and there are a lot of foundations and ministries that need support. Back2Back Ministries in Mexico is one, and there are a lot of good organizations that need some help, and we will help them out as much as we can.”

Thanks for your support Trevor!


View Trevor sharing about his victory and his heart for Back2Back at

Daytona 500 Winner, Trevor Bayne, serving with Back2Back Ministries in Monterrey

I met Trevor Bayne while serving as the lead chaplain to the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Motor Racing Outreach (MRO).  I started a small group Bible study at the race track and we met every Saturday before the race.  Trevor, Michael McDowell, Justin Allgaier and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were the nucleus of our study. Trevor was also faithful to attend our weekly MRO chapel services.  It was evident from the moment that I met Trevor that he was a young man that was not ashamed of his walk with Jesus Christ.  I would occasionally have him read the Scripture at the start of our chapel services or open in prayer.  Trevor was bound and determined to share the story of Christ’s love any chance he had the opportunity.  He would take advantage of every speaking opportunity that was offered to him and he also wore a cross around his neck and even a big belt buckle with a cross on it.  He would also flood his Facebook and Twitter with Bible verses that the Lord was using in his life at the time.

God put a passion in my heart to leave MRO and come serve alongside of Back2Back in helping provide “care for today and hope for tomorrow” for the orphan.  God used the book by Crazy Love by Francis Chan to help nudge me in that direction.  That also happened to be the book that we used for our weekly Bible study small group.

At the conclusion of one of our small group Bible studies, Michael McDowell came up to me and said “Lonnie, I have a special surprise for you at the California race.”

Well, none other than Francis Chan showed up at the race and Francis even concluded our chapel service in prayer and hung out with the Bible study group before the race started.  Trevor had a blast hanging out with Francis.  Francis even joined me in prayer at Trevor’s car before the start of the race.

Michael McDowell is a strong follower of Christ and God has really used him as a leader in the lives of the younger drivers in the Nationwide Series. Michael and Jami McDowell are powerful advocates for the orphan in the sport of NASCAR and they are currently adopting a young child from the country of Ethiopia.  Michael called me to ask if he could come to Monterrey to see the ministry of Back2Back firsthand.  Michael talked Trevor into coming alongside of him for their week of service in Monterrey and Trevor fell in love with Back2Back and the orphans of Monterrey.  Trevor was not afraid to get his hands dirty.  He worked on several construction projects such as fixing a broken gas line at one of the children’s homes (orphanages) and he also played soccer and loved on the orphans.  We showed up at one orphanage and the pantry was empty.  We drove down to the local grocery store with the caregiver and Trevor purchased an abundance of food for the kids.  Trevor’s face was beaming the whole time that we were in store and there was no doubt that was working in Trevor and also using him in the lives of these kids.  Trevor and Michael spoke about being racecar drivers for a few minutes to the kids and they signed hordes of their autograph cards for the children and adults.

A boy from a Back2Back sponsored orphanage is excited to receive an autograph from Bayne

Trevor Bayne Serving in Monterrey with Back2Back

At the conclusion of the trip to Monterrey, Trevor asked me when he could return to help serve the orphan.  I mentioned that he had an open invitation and he was welcome anytime! Since then I have stayed in contact with Trevor and he has written a foreword for the Back2Back director, Beth Guckenberger’s new book (Relentless Hope, Standard Publishing) that will be released in April.  Two days before the Daytona 500 Trevor texted me to ask me to pray that he would be able to handle the highs and lows of the sport.  Little did he know that his name would be written in the history books forever when he won the Daytona 500 on Sunday February 20th.  At the completion of the race I listened attentively to Trevor’s post race interview in Victory Lane.  Trevor did not take any credit but, instead he used the platform that God had given him to share about his love for Christ and passion for the orphan.  As his former chaplain it did my heart well to hear him sum up Gods two greatest commands on the biggest stage of his life with millions of people watching: love God and love others!

Trevor took a moment to call me after his win from the media center in Daytona.  I had the privilege to pray with him and he in tears recognized that his win was not about himself but all about Jesus Christ!  To God be the glory.

You can follow Trevor on facebook at Trevor Bayne Racing or on twitter at tbayne99.  See more photos from Trevor’s trip at (photo credit: Joel Kilby).

God’s Provision, by Lonnie Clouse, Back2Back Mexico Staff

February 14, 2011

The past few days have been very encouraging as we have had two different families from North Carolina come to visit.  We took one of the families to visit a children’s home (orphanage) that we serve, and we noticed that they needed groceries. The pantry had no fruits or vegetables. We went out shopping and purchased the food that they needed.     It is always a good feeling to return to an orphanage after shopping and know that all the kiddos will have good and healthy food to eat.

The kids are given homework assignments to complete with a computer and they did not have one so they were at a disadvantage.  They had four or five old computers there and none of them were in working order. The caregiver was trying to piece them together to make one that worked. (These children are obviously at a disadvantage as it is,  and they need every possible chance to succeed. They even have to wear a different logo on their uniforms that singles them out from the other students.  The logo has the name of the orphanage on it.)   God also laid it on the family’s heart to help provide a computer for the home so, we went and purchased a computer for them, and took it to the home.  As we walked into the dorm the kids were mentioning something about God.  I asked the caregiver what they were saying, and he said that they recognized that this computer was from God because they had been praying each night that God would provide one for them.  My heart fluttered to know to know that God had used us to provide for the children in need that particular day.

I went back to the home today with some special friends of ours from the NASCAR community. These friends had a hot dog sale weeks ago at their local church and raised hundreds of dollars for the orphans.  They purchased new school uniforms for the boys and also donated the money to purchase a printer for the computer. There are still plenty of needs at this particular home, but God is at work in the hearts and lives of many different people to provide for these orphans in his timing.

Isaiah 1:17-Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of the orphans. Fight for the rights of the widows.

Today, I walked into the room where the computer is and found this written on the screen by the caregiver:

“Dear God, One more time you teach me your mercy with me and your faithfulness that is great.  You have answered one more of my petitions.  I ask you to bless Jon and his family (the ones who purchased the computer). Thank you for putting on their hearts to buy this computer. Now, I’m asking you to cover this computer with the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ.  That in the name of Jesus this computer could be a blessing to those who do not know You.  To reach young people for Christ…”

A few boys from the children's home with the new computer

Last Day to Bid on Carl Edward’s Memorabilia to Benefit Back2Back

November 15, 2010

Today is the last day to enter the charity auction of Nascar driver, Carl Edwards’ Harley Davidson motorcycle, firesuit, race car hood, and autographed pit crew shirt! All proceeds to benefit Back2Back Ministries! Register for FREE at to bid on Carl Edwards’ gear before it is too late!

NASCAR Driver, Carl Edwards, and Copart Team Up to Auction Edwards’ Harley Davidson Motorcycle and Race Memorabilia to Benefit Back2Back Ministries’ Orphan Care Program

October 25, 2010

Carl Edwards with his XR1200TM Harley Davidson Sportster, which he is auctioning online to benefit Back2Back.

Copart, Inc., a leading online vehicle auction company, today announced it is teaming up with Roush Fenway Racing driver, Carl Edwards, for a promotion and online auction of his personal memorabilia.  Carl Edwards intends to donate all proceeds from the auction to benefit Back2Back Ministries’ orphan care program in Monterrey, Mexico. Back2Back Ministries is a non-profit organization that provides for orphans and impoverished families around the world with locations in Monterrey and Cancun, Mexico, Jos, Nigeria and Hyderabad, India.

“This partnership is an exciting way for Copart to support Back2Back,” said Todd Guckenberger, Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries.  “While they promote their auction via their social networking program, they are raising enormous amounts of visibility for our organization and helping to meet the practical needs of the orphaned children we serve.”

“We are incredibly proud to be the connecting piece of the puzzle in this campaign to support Back2Back Ministries,” said Copart CEO Jay Adair. “The opportunity to serve as the vehicle between Carl Edwards and Back2Back in raising money for this charity is tremendous and demonstrates a core value that we at Copart stand for.”

Both Copart and Back2Back Ministries will use social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogging and other viral marketing tactics to help drive people to the charity auction and sweepstakes, where they can become members for free.  Once a member, fans will be able to bid on items that include Edwards’ used fire suit, autographed pit crew uniform, a hood off the No. 60 Copart Ford that Edwards raced in Nashville this season, and a Harley Davidson that Edwards won at the Nationwide Road America race in June.

“Sitting at the drivers meeting in Road America, they showed all of the drivers this really cool looking motorcycle that the winner of the race would win,” said Carl Edwards.  “I knew that if I won the race, that motorcycle would be mine. So, I was talking to a friend of mine, Lonnie Clouse who serves orphans through Back2Back Ministries, about selling the bike if I won and giving the proceeds to his orphanage. After we talked about, I was thinking about how I was going to sell this motorcycle. Luckily, I have the perfect sponsor to sell a vehicle online and raise money. This is a perfect case of everything falling into place and I’m really proud of working with Copart in order to make this happen.”

The live online auction will occur on November 15, 2010 at, but fans can start placing their maximum bids today. Bid at or by visiting the sweepstakes section of Copart’s Facebook fan page.

Beth Guckenberger’s Speaking Schedule

August 26, 2009

Beth speaking

This fall, Beth Guckenberger, one of the directors of Back2Back Mexico, will be speaking at several US venues, while she and her family are temporarily living in Cincinnati (through December).  If you’re in the area, please feel free to join us!

October 2-4: NASCAR and Nationwide chapels, Kansas City

October 10: Monterrey, MX with FCS and PureNRG

October 16-17: Intimacy Retreat, Vineyard Community Church, Cincinnati, OH

October 25: Northstar Vineyard Community Church, Cincinnati, OH

October 30: North Cincinnati Community Church, Cincinnati, OH

November 12: Campus Crusade for Christ, Indiana University, Bloomington

December 13: Northstar Vineyard Community Church, Cincinnati

December 15: Hope Church MOPS, Cincinnati

Check back often – the schedule below will be updated as new speaking engagements are booked!  If you are interested in scheduling Beth for a speaking engagement, event or retreat at your church or organization, please contact to check Beth’s availability and receive additional information.