South Carolina racetrack welcomes churchgoers, bans beer sales

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2004

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) Summerville Speedway will feature another clergy car race next month, but won't sell beer this time so local churches feel comfortable at the track.

Owner Charles Powell said beer sales ''wouldn't be practical'' after meeting with local pastors planning ''Godspeed Week'' at the 6,500-seat, NASCAR-sanctioned track.

However, fans will be able to bring coolers and nobody will check what they're drinking, Powell said.

Ministers will race in the Faster Pastor 100, open only to ordained clergy who are not professional drivers.

Organizers hope 60 churches will participate in Godspeed Week, which also features races for pastors' spouses and church secretaries, Christian music and evangelistic messages.

''Everybody is already saved at church,'' Powell told the pastors. ''Where are you going to get sinners from? We're providing you the place.''

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