Nelms was praying in front of those who had gathered for the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 300 race in Tennessee.
The pastor of Family Baptist Church thanked God for many things including Dodges, Toyotas, Fords, GM Performance tecnology, Sunoco Racing Fuel and "Goodyear Tires that bring performance and power to the track" earlier in his prayer.
"I half expected him to take a step back and thank God for the microphone and the backdrop behind him," writes columnist Gabe Zaldivar on the Bleacher Report
. " The crowd chuckles here and there."
It was when he said, "Lord I want to thank you for my smokin' hot wife tonight, Lisa." that the crowd really laughed and cheered.
He thanked God for his children and asked that the drivers be blessed before finishing with the words, "In Jesus' name, boogity, boogity, boogity, Amen.”
Nelms' line about his wife was similar to a line spoken by a character praying in the film Talladega Nights
reported that Nelms said he had been attempting to show that church people know how to have fun. He added that although some people are condemning his prayer, at least it got more people talking about prayer and church.
Comments from those who enjoyed the prayer and those who feel it was inappropriate have appeared on several sites.
"To me his cutsey inappropriateness smacked of "taking the Lord's name in vain." Not funny," wrote conscioushope on the Huffington Post
website; while just below that CMB1969 commented, "the fellow was giving a fun prayer to kick off a fun occasion--Jesus could be show levity too when the circumstances called for it."