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NASCAR Nixes Popemobile for Truck Series

September 3, 2017

JOLIET, Illinois.  NASCAR officials have informed representatives of Pope Francis I that he will not be allowed to compete in the Chicagoland 225 truck race here this month because his vehicle, popularly known as “The Popemobile,” violates a number of mandatory specifications.

“Sorry–I was trying to find St. Columbkill’s.”

“NASCAR Camping World Trucks must have four-speed manual transmissions and minimum 650 horsepower engines,” said NASCAR Rules Chairman Wade Bennett.  “The Popemobile is a two-door Mercedes ML 430 with an automatic tranny, a 272 horsepower engine and an illegal air scoop.  End of story.”

The Popemobile, fueled by divine power.

Francis has been accused of steering the Catholic Church in a leftward direction since his election by the College of Cardinals in 2013, and sought permission to participate in a NASCAR race as a means of tweaking conservative critics.  “He wanted to show them he could handle a high-speed truck race if he wanted to,” said Professor Martin Hurley of Notre Dame.  “It’s basically nothing but making left turns for 225 miles.”

The Pope expressed disappointment with the ruling, and indicated he would appeal.  “Eesa notta fair they no letta me ride witha reigning champ Johnny Sauter and thee other bad-ass Camping World Truck Drivers,” the Argentinian pontiff said in the stage Italian accent that all popes are required to use under Roman Catholic canon law.  “Letta me tella you, I was ready to beat Kyle Busch Motorsports twerpy little Toyota like a red-headed stepchild.”

Sauter: “You just try it, Frankie-boy.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a season-long competition in which modified production pickup trucks race for points that may be credited against time in Purgatory, a place of temporary punishment where those who die with venial, but not mortal sins on their souls are made ready for heaven.  Craftsman Tools terminated its sponsorship of the race series after the 2008 season, fueling speculation that the Roman Catholic Church would step into the breach, but Camping World outbid the world’s largest religion.

St. Peter’s Drag-a-Way, Vatican City

“We view the Camping World Truck Series as a great tool to reach a demographic where we have trouble drawing parishioners,” said Vatican Director of Membership Services Antonio d’Allessandro.  “It is hard to recruit from socio-economic groups such as NASCAR fans who believe–wrongly I might add–that we are the Whore of Babylon.”

“How come he don’t turn that goofy-looking rig around and git the hell out of here?”

The truck series is the only NASCAR division that does not permit “pit stops,” instead using a ten-minute “halftime” break during which teams can make any changes to their trucks they want.  “It eesa mucha better for an old man like me,” the Pope said.  “I like to take a giant grape Slurpee with me, and there’s no way I could make it through the Rattlesnake 400 without a bathroom break.”

Available in Kindle format on as part of the collection “Here’s to His Holiness: Fake Stories About Real Popes.”

Con Chapman

I'm a Boston-area writer, author of two novels (most recently "Making Partner"), a baseball book about the Red Sox and the Yankees ("The Year of the Gerbil"), ten published plays and 45 books of humor available in print and Kindle formats on My latest book "Scooter & Skipper Blow Things Up!" was released by HumorOutcasts Press last year. My humor has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe and Barron's, and I am working on a biography of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington's long-time alto sax player for Oxford University Press .

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