Don’t Burn Up Your Tires

Don’t Burn Up Your Tires

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Don’t Burn Up Your Tires when there’s little foxes out there trying to keep you from winning the race.


Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.


Proverbs 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth:


Infineon Speedway is located in Sonoma, California in the heart of the wine country of NapaValley. Once a year NASCAR brings a special event to this sweeping 12 turn left and right road course. Most of the season, drivers have their left turn signal stuck on, going around different sized oval tracks across the country. This track is different in the fact it tests many of the skills a driver must have to ascend the throne to sit as Champion.


This is a grueling course of endurance, speed, breaking, handling and patience. Drivers dive in to hair pin turns, become air borne over the rumble strips and muscle other cars out of the way to gain track position. One mistake can spell certain doom for a race team.


Several years ago in 2001, Robbie Gordon an accomplished road racer was only a few laps from winning the crown jewel of road racing when he passed a lapped car driven by the #29 Kevin Harvick. Unwilling to end the race a lap down the #29 car fought Gordon for his lap back, racing him hard through the snake-like course. Gordon on the other hand refused to yield and fought to keep the pesky rookie in his rear view mirror.


While the duel transpired, the #20 car crept toward the combatants. With one lap to go, Gordon’s real threat filled his mirrors. He did every thing he could to hold off the master road racer, Tony Stewart. With his tires gone he had nothing left to fight with, Stewart flashed past and captured the checkers. In his effort to keep the lapped car of Harvick behind him, he burnt up his tires. He probably ignored his crew chief yelling on the radio, “Don’t burn up your tires.”


On a race car, grip is the key to winning races. Good tires keep the car on the track and from spinning out of control. As the tires get a few laps on them and get heated up the car doesn’t turn through the corners as well at a high rate of speed.  More wear is put on the tires the harder the car is driven. Someone who has saved his tires can get his car to go where a car who’s raced hard can’t, giving him the advantage. Gordon surrendered his grip for pride.


In the book of Song of Songs 2:15 says, Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes. In Solomon’s wisdom he saw there are insignificant things that try to eat up the good things in our lives. Things that try to impede us, but they really have no power to influence where we are going. However when attention is given to these insignificant things, we fail to see the real threats that keep us from victory lane.


Winding through the treacherous corners of life and chasing the leader has its ups and its downs, but what happens when we finally reach the front of the pack? We have a tendency to not allow anything to get by us, fearing what we have will be taken away. We use unnecessary energy to fight things that are so menial. With all our attention on the fox, we fail to see the lion ready to pounce.


The word foxes in the Hebrew is, shuwal 7776 שֽׁוּעָלִ֔ים shuw`al {shoo-awl’} and it means to burrow. These meaningless things burrow into us, scream at us for attention. They sap our energy and resources keeping us from pursuing our dreams and attaining our goals.

Trees that have too many branches are not fruitful. The extra branches need to be pruned so the tree can expend its energy bearing much fruit, then will a fruit tree have done its job.


It was Robbie Gordon’s job to win the race for his owner. He stood to gain more by letting a lapped car by and winning, then coming in second. It could have been a stepping stone to more prestige and sponsorship money for his race team. The hollow feeling he must have felt as he extricated himself from his car and trudged toward his trailer. Kevin Harvick got into his head and out foxed him, spoiled his tender grapes and his champagne shower of sweet victory.


Each day, as you head out on the track to run your race, give a nod to the fox, but give your full attention to the lion waiting to pounce. Don’t burn up your tires, get a grip and ride those tires to the checkered flag.


Proverbs 13:3   He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.


About the Author: Mark Totilo is a writer, video and audio producer, bible teacher and owner of Professional Communications. He is a US Navy veteran, trained as an Electronics Technician and in NBC warfare. Mark has recently released his first novel, Double Salute and has published articles in christian national sports magazine, such as Sports Spectrum and Sharing the Victory. He also writes a blog about the United States Navy and can be found at

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