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Michael McDowell, an adopted dad’s path to Daytona 500 victory

Faith and determination gave NASCAR driver courage to win

During National Adoption Month in 2019, Buckner had the opportunity to take some families to Texas Motor Speedway to meet driver Michael McDowell of Front Row Motorsports. Michael shared with Buckner families about his faith and his own family’s story of adoption.

Patience to win the race

More than a year later, after more than 350 career races, Michael took the checkered flag during the popular Daytona 500 event that happens each February in Daytona, Florida. The Daytona 500 is like the Super Bowl of professional stock car racing. It’s something many, if not all, race car drivers dream of winning.
Michael had dreamed of winning the Daytona 500. However, winning doesn’t always come easy or when we want it. He questioned his racing career when he didn’t see victories or the success he wanted but stayed faithful and obedient to God and tried his best week in and week out. His determination and patience paid off.

Underdogs can and do win. This story is one of victory, perseverance, and a testament to faith.

God's timing is perfect

We hope and pray our families in the foster care and adoption process resonate with this story. God’s timing is perfect. He hears your prayers and the desires of your heart.

To the children and adult adopted persons who have experienced life in foster care or through adoption, God sees you and knows the life path you have had to travel isn’t always easy. It took Michael 358 race starts to achieve this milestone (CBS News, 2021).

Trust God for the plan he has on your life.

Like Michael’s victory, there is a plan for your life. Pray to God and ask him to bless your plans.

“He has made everything beautiful in His time” – Ecclesiastes 3:11.

Learn how you can open your heart and home to a child in need.

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