Pastor's Hilarious NASCAR Prayer Would Make Will Ferrell Proud (VIDEO)

pastor joe nelms nascarNASCAR is like a religion to some people. Like Pastor Joe Nelms, for instance, who heads up the congregation of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee. He led the pre-race invocation this past weekend in Nashville and gave prayerful thanks to things that bordered on the absurd and ridiculous. Like Dodges and Toyotas and Fords, oh my! He called them "these mighty machines that you've brought before us" and thanked God for "Sunoco Racing Fuel and Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track."

Please someone tell me he also PLANNED to sound like he was reciting lines from Talladega Nights, the 2006 NASCAR satire starring Will Ferrell?


Thankfully, it seems like it was all in good fun. Once Nelms thanked God for his "smokin' hot wife," it became very clear that he wasn't completely serious. By the time he got to his closing statement, "In Jesus' name. Boogity, boogity, boogity. Amen." -- which he borrowed from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip -- fans and drivers were both cracking up. Pretty funny stuff! Nelms later said that his prayer was an attempt at avoiding the usual, "cookie-cutter" prayer. Good for him!

And -- whew! I am so relieved this was not (completely) for real!

Here's the video if you want to check out how it all went down:

What do you think about this pre-NASCAR prayer?


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