BRISTOL, Tenn. - Max Helton, who in 1988 created Motor Racing Outreach, an interdenominational ministry that serves racing series worldwide, including NASCAR, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Helton, a native of Conasauga, Tenn., started preaching at age 19 and attended Tennessee Temple University and Temple Theological Seminary in Chattanooga. Hyles-Anderson College honored Helton with a doctor of divinity degree in 1992.
Helton and a staff of nine chaplains minister each week to drivers, their families and others in the racing community from power boat racing to the Nextel Cup Series to Formula One. They perform weekly religious services on race day, pray with individual drivers and their families before races and conduct Bible study programs for children of drivers and others in NASCAR.
Helton has had biopsies and is just beginning his treatment regiment.
Donations are being accepted to help defray his medical costs. They can be made to: Max Helton/Prepare International, care of Ron Pegram, 1530 12th Fairway Dr., Concord, NC 28027.