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A race to identify the faster pastor

Lighthouse Christian Church pastor Bill Goodwin traveled to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. last weekend to take part in the speedway's Faster Pastor races. Goodwin finished third in the final 15-lap main race.

Bill Goodwin isn't the fastest pastor but he's not the slowest either.

The head of Lighthouse Christian Church drove a car in the Faster Pastor races at Cedar Lake Speedway Aug. 21 in New Richmond, Wis.

"I had two goals going into it," said Goodwin. "I didn't want to come in last and I wanted to beat a pastor friend of mine."

Goodwin, also known as Wild Bill on the racetrack, accomplished both of his goals.

"I am a faster pastor, just not the fastest," said Goodwin about his experience.

Goodwin raced a four-cylinder 2001 Geo Metro in the Faster Pastor races. With the help of some congregants he made over the car with flames and a spoiler. They also helped him give the car a tune up to have it top form for the competition.

"I got it up to 55 or 60 (miles per hour)" said Goodwin. "It was a dirt track so there was a lot of sliding around corners."

The cars were donated to the pastors by the speedway. All of the vehicles for the Faster Pastor races were four-cylinder cars.

Goodwin got to race three times. The first two races, which were eight laps, were qualifying rounds. During the first qualifying race Goodwin placed second. He came in third for the second qualifying round.

The last and longest race, 15 laps, crowned the Fastest Pastor. Goodwin came in third.

"I didn't crash and I took out a few people," said Goodwin of his overall performance.

The pastor races were part of the regular Saturday night events held at Cedar Lake. Ten pastors from churches throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin drove cars in the event.

"We looked pretty slow compared to the other races," said Goodwin.

In addition to his third place finish Lighthouse Christian Church received a trophy for being the most spirited group there. Goodwin said about 60 congregants made the hour trip across the border to see him race.

"They were pretty loud. A couple people were pretty hoarse the next day in church," said Goodwin.

Goodwin said the experience was fun.

"I'd like to do it again."

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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