The JERUSALEM POST has the story of Jon Demming, a racing hopeful who’s not hiding his Hebrew faith. The 20-year-old driver from New Jersey is trying to add a little Semitic spice to a white-bread sport.
During his run around the lower Southern circuit, Demming heard plenty of insults from the crowds: “People would curse Jews and put down minorities.”
And when they weren’t damning Demming, they were trying to save him: “People, even those I was working with and tightly associated with, kept trying to force Jesus on me.”
Folks would tell Demming that blown-out engines and flat tires would cease to be his curse if he would make his holy pit stops in a church instead of a synagogue.
Such delirious demands aren’t slowing Demming down. In 15 races, he’s finished in the top ten 7 times - 3 of those times placing in the top 5. But he’s realistic about his chances of getting corporate sponsorship and competing for higher purses.
As for getting a Jewish entry into the Nextel Cup, Demming admits, “Frankly, I don’t think (NASCAR) cares for one.”