I was asked to speak at my cousin, Mark Whetman's funeral. He passed away at the prime of life at the age of 50 from a terrible debilitating disease known as Lou Gehrig's Disease or ALS. Since Mark was able to attend the Daytona 500 Nascar race just 3 weeks ago as his final wish, my talk was on the flags of the Nascar races compared with Mark's life and a Gospel message. As a Ford man (Whetman Ford) Mark didn't want his last ride to be in a Cadillac. My Uncle Kent arranged for him to be taken away in a "pimped out" Red Ford Truck complete with Mustang and Ford emblems on his casket. Rest in peace good buddy. The checkered flag says that your earthly race is finished! You've been declared the winner.