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Video: Bizarre NASCAR Prayer Gives Thanks For “My Smokin’ Hot Wife”

Maybe NASCAR didn’t know what it was getting when it hired Pastor Joe Nelms of the Family Baptist Church to deliver the invocation before Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race in Nashville.

Then again, maybe it did. Pastor Nelms’ prayer gave thanks for, among other things, “GM Performance Technology,” “Sunoco Racing Fuel,” and, bizarrely, “my smokin’ hot wife Lisa.”

Text can’t really describe what happened next:

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobby-Arnold/100002001460836 Bobby Arnold

    a prayer unlike any other!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.lair1 Mike Lair

    Ricky Bobby reborn, the only thing missing was a Shake and Bake.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    “Or as we like to call em, the Lil E’s”

  • Shake and Bake

    Do your homework.  Pastor Joe has done the last 4 races here in a row.  The guy is a legend!

  • Guest

    I am appalled at the so called prayer offered before the
    Federation Auto Parts 300 on Saturday, July 24, 2011.  It bordered on blasphemy and was very sacrilegious;
    I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. 
    It sounded like something one would see on Saturday Night Live where
    they were making fun of NASCAR and/or Christians.  I wondered for a minute if it was some sort
    of joke.

    It was not a Christian prayer offered to God, in fact I don’t
    think it was worthy to be called a prayer in any sense of the word.  It was absolutely one of the worst displays
    of sacrilege I have ever seen.  The
    pastor was arrogant, prideful, disrespectful, and even appealed to the prurient
    interests of the fans, for which they provided a loud cheer during the prayer.

    In a word, I am disgusted. 
    I urge you to let this pastor know how wrong his so called prayer was
    and in the future do a better job at vetting anyone that provides any service
    at the Nashville Super Speedway.

  • Guest

    I’m grateful that you were so kind as to include the full race name, month, day, and year. That’s an awfully great length to go just to be incorrect about the date. It saved me the trouble of having to read the witless moral crusade you’d queued up after it before dismissing you entirely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dhoatson Dustin Hoatson

    I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo T-Shirt because it says I want to be formal, but I’m here to party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1293634172 Tom Lisa Spreacker

    Pastor Joe Nelms invocation was a huge disappointment and a lost opportunity. The invocation is to thank God for the opportunity for us to have such events and to bless all involved. Finally to ask his blessing to protect the drivers, crews and fans. This invocation was a mockery of the Christian faith and NASCAR should be ashamed to support such an individual. The invocation is NOT a time for entertainment or sponsor support.Very sad that one of the only places where open prayer is accepted is being lost. Shame on Pastor Helms and NASCAR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Elston/100000913681843 Joel Elston

    Wow. I have to think God laughed a little! 

  • Maker1969

    I think that it brings a little spirit to the race track, he in fact did what he was suppose to and what he did was not wrong . It was done in a way that it didnt offend ANYONE or be disrepectful .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-McClure/1194200112 Mike McClure

    Great stuff!!

  • Kate

    No disrespect, but I thought it was an opportunity to reach people who have fallen away. In a small way he had the attention of the whole crowd. I was especially pleased that this man stated before a crowd of strangers that he adored his wife. We have become a nation of politically correct people. Things have changed through the years and he just made Thanking God important and put a little fun it. I am Catholic and would love to have this man deliver the sermons and reach the larger audience. Finally, what I got from whole speech was that he was Thankful to God and adored his wife…none of the advertisement which was wrapping paper on a present! I bet God even smiled!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590352021 Davina Marie Gilroy


  • Laura SG

    This is a serious sport…and all the racers are nervous before the race starts.  I think this invocation took their minds off of the race and made them smile.   ;.)

  • Rusty Shackleford

    Aren’t sacrilegious and blasphemous the same thing?  I agree with your overarching point though, and I think the cheers from the crowd were uncalled for. It shows the Godlessness of some of the people there. Think if someone started rapping over the natonal anthem? There would calls for his or her head by the media (including this website).

  • Guest

    I think blasphemous and sacrilege are very closely related, with some possible subtle nuances.  However, in this case there can’t be enough strong words to emphasize the nature of this prayer.

  • Cjhardin69

    You sound fat and uninteresting, but I’m sure you are a hoot at parties.

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  • Gehaw

    you’re right……….probable won’t happen again!

  • Pixie

    Matthew 6:5-6  Lest we forget how we’re supposed to pray.

  • Timothy L. McNeil

    http://www.vimeo.com/26723162 integrity is not about entertainment

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Johnson/1165967631 David Johnson

    This is the funniest and most bizarre prayer I think I have ever heard. Seems that this guy watched Ricky Bobby one too many times before heading out to the track.

  • Rickybobby

    God gave us all a sense of humor, errr, except you. Sorry……..

  • Melinda Baker

     Whether or not the invocation was a huge disappointment depends upon
    whom you ask and many would disagree with you by the way. I know Joe
    Nelms and can assure you prayers were said to protect the drivers, crews
    and fans long before he stepped in front of that microphone. He is not
    a mockery of the Christian faith and you can pretty much count on
    NASCAR asking him back. NASCAR may very well be one of the only places
    where open prayer is accepted but you can clearly see he had the crowd’s
    attention and is that not half the battle? Joe’s real and that’s a lot
    more than can be said for many who were not asked to present the invocation.

  • Drv_2sur5

    We gotta see this “smokin hot wife”!

    Bet she has more chins than a Chinese phone book.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKMXAF2QHGCLT7RRJADT4QKU4A Alpha Raptor

    Matthew 6:5-6 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
    for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of
    the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They
    have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast
    shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father
    which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
    public prayer of this sort is exactly what they shouldn’t be doing. praying in public for the purpose of being seen praying is against their faith. graduations, games, and for relief from droughts for political gains and to show yourselves praying is against their faith. they don’t care, a prerequisite for having faith is being a hypocrite apparently.

  • Simpleman77

    In order to reach the lost world, we as Christians need to be relevant to that world. I think that this pastor did just that. He showed the world that you don’t have to be a stuffed shirt Sunday go to church stiff neck to be a Christian and have a little fun. Good for him.

  • Scott

    Best prayer EVER. I may go buy a bible now.

  • Proud UnAmerican

    Well, it just confirms the rest of the world’s view – that Americans are mindless, irreligious barbarians, and that we should all keep well away from the Devil’s Own Country.

  • TXLeeVee

    Your statements sound like something one of those legalistic Pharisees would have said. He, I mean the Big He, says nothing is too small or large for us to pray about.The hairs on our heads, which in my case are few, are numbered and he sees the sparrow when it falls. To Him in ALL things give the Glory!

  • Jot 33

    God has a sense of humor and the Rev. was expressing it.  I am a Christian and I believe
    we need more pastors who put some humor in their sermons and prayers.
    I think God was applauding all the time for his prayer.  Well he could have left out “smoking hot wife” but if he feels she is then express it to God for giving her to him.

  • Squiggimon

    it did offend MANY and possibly God!

  • Terrycsa


    If we incorporated a little more humor and a little less depressive dogma we might not have the loss of an outreach to God that we have in this country. God has a sense of humor – look around you.

  • Repent

    Filthy Protestant heathens. They aren’t members of a real religion or a real church. These blaspheming churches aren’t Christian.

  • TXLeeVee

    Matthew 6 does not say that we are only supposed to pray in private. Now, we should be in our prayer closet praying, on a regular basis. However, the chapter is about not being a hypocrite. The implication is about those that make a spectacle to make others think they are pious and holy when there is really hardness in their heart. If praying in public is a sin, then Jesus Christ, himself, sinned a couple of verses later by saying what has become known as The Lord’s Prayer to the masses. Matthew 6 is much more about a state of mind and attitude than a formula or format.

  • AL

    And who are You to be speaking for God?

  • Simpleman77

    Y’all need to lighten up and get a life.

  • Revelation3 20

    Appropriate humor is one thing. Disrespect when speaking with Almighty God is quite another. Not much of a preacher in my opinion.

  • Dominga_jimenez

    It breaks my heart that a “man of God” makes himself a clown and “prays” to the Sovereign of the Universe in that way.  Joe Helms, thy name is Dimas.

  • Jeaninelong

    My pastor liked it enough to play it in Sunday’s worship service.  If we are made in the inage of God, and we have a sense of humor, it on;y stands to reason that God has a sense of humor too.  How many times have we had people on the internet talking about prayer and God.  Not near enough.  If that prayer causes us to stop and even think about pray and God then mission accomploshed.  The cheering of the crowd was noting more than a different version of the word “Amen.”

  • 1223

    your an ASS!  this prayer was awsome and said everything most nascar fans want to hear.    go to hell

  • http://www.facebook.com/itold.yuso Itold Yuso

    WOW! What a joke. Christianity will now and forever be perceived in preacher Joes smokin hot wife.lol

  • KWhite6395

    Pixie…I didn’t realize there was a ‘special’ way that any of us have to pray!  As long as we pray and give thanks to God it shouldn’t matter how we do it as long as we do!  As many others have already said here, he did it in a way that got the attention of many who otherwise would not have given him the time of day and I think that’s a good thing!  It doesn’t matter how he did it, and by the way, I personally don’t think he did it in a disrespectful way.  I think that the Lord would want him to reach people in any way possible to get them involved and interested in his word and that’s just what he did and I commend him for that!!!  The Lord knows what was in his heart and what his intentions were so who are we to judge and how many times have we tried to spread his word…as for myself; not as much as the reverend I’m sure!   

  • Skye Sprit Horse

    Lighten up for Pete’s sake!!  That wasn’t a serious “Lord help us fight Al-Qaeda” type prayer.  It was a simple, “let’s see the talent that you’ve blessed these drivers with” kind of prayer and I think it was “smokin’ hot” that he gave gratitude for his wife.  Where else do you ever hear that?
    -Spouse -less in California

  • Skye Spirit Horse

    I bet not.  “Guest” probably couldn’t  attend a party.  That might be considered sacrilege and an offense to God, who obviously intended for people to be depressing and a downer to everyone around them….

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  • Karibari

    To God be the glory . . . . .  

  • Brian

    This pray was a commercial and infomercial wrapped in one.   The subjects of the praise from the Pastor are clear but the reason that this man needed to be included in the schedule is unclear.  No value added here.

  • Brian

    This pray was a commercial and infomercial wrapped in one.   The subjects of the praise from the Pastor are clear but the reason that this man needed to be included in the schedule is unclear.  No value added here.

  • Guesty McGuesterson

    You obviously have no sense of humor and just clicked the link because it mentioned ‘prayer’ in the title and are not a racing fan. Go thump your bible somewhere else.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FFSAW3FYIT4RVSR2HFISG3X6YA JeffreyH

    Dear Southern Baptist.  Your one word responses are thought provoking and extremely insightful.  I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

  • Andersen

    That wasn’t a prayer…it was entertainment and should be considered as such.

  • jj

    The pastor was spot on with his prayer. If the rest of you so called christians would pull the stick out of your ass, You could enjoy praising god as much as he does, instead of casting judgement.

  • alw

    jj, you took the words out of my mouth…..

  • Dawyatt

    She is Hot to him and that is all that matters..he Loves her and is not ashamed to tell the world..More that you and a lot of others do..

  • Dawyatt

    She is Hot to him and that is all that matters..he Loves her and is not ashamed to tell the world..More that you and a lot of others do..

  • Guest

    Apparently you can’t have a sense of humor AND be a Christian! Geez people, lighten up!

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