Kentucky Speedway celebrates the life and contributions of Raceway Ministries Chaplain John Roberts upon his passing. 

Roberts, 62, was instrumental in founding Kentucky Raceway Ministries in 1999 with friend J.T. Marsh. The tandem grew the organization's speedway presence through the National Fellowship of Raceway Ministries, a voluntary association of autonomous chapters that provide an avenue of information, inspiration and encouragement to persons engaged in Christian ministry in motor racing. 

Raceway Ministries' first Kentucky Speedway worship service was attended by 35 guests. From that foundation, the chapter expanded through participation from regional church congregations to conduct children's ministries and gospel music shows while providing volunteer services and meals for guests during speedway race events. 

"John was very passionate about sharing the word of God and reaching out to fans and employees.  

"Kentucky Speedway Raceway Ministries started with two people and a vision. Today, more than 200 volunteers forward the ministry mission during speedway events. Raceway Ministries has walked every step of the way with us and played an integral role in our success," Kentucky Speedway Director of Office Operations Karen Bannick said. 

Kentucky Speedway Raceway Ministries will continue its mission in Roberts' memory during future seasons.

"John Roberts has touched a lot of lives at Kentucky Speedway. His commitment to service and positive outlook will always be remembered," said Mark Simendinger, Kentucky Speedway general manager. 

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