A shining light at the track

An interview with race car driver Doug Jenkins

Doug Jenkins got interested in car racing while hanging around tracks as a kid in northern California. By age sixteen, he was working in the pit for his stepbrother, who was a stock car driver. Jenkins moved with his wife to Alaska after college, and living near a track in Fairbanks rekindled his passion for racing. Jenkins was one of the top drivers in Alaska before moving to St. Louis, where he currently owns a car restoration business and races stock and sprint cars throughout the Midwest. Rick Lipsey, a reporter at Sports Illustrated, spoke with Jenkins about the influence Christian Science has had on his racing career.

How do you prepare for a race?

Racing is incredibly exhilarating, but along with such high speeds comes the suggestion of danger and of failure. So every day before a race, in addition to my study of the weekly Lesson-Sermon, which includes citations from the Bible and Science and Health, I get real quiet and listen to what the Father would have me learn that day. I affirm that my true being is spiritual, perfect, and eternal, unchangeable and unaffected by mortality. I know that's true for everyone else, as well.

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An amazingly good God
April 17, 2000

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