Sad News to Report!

April 11th, 2014

Tim Leslierichard-harness-obituaryWe here at MARFC were saddened to learn of the passing of Tim Leslie brother to Tracy Leslie. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Leslie family at this time. Services for Tim are: Visiting hours are 12 – 9 p.m., Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Will and Schwarzkoff Funeral Home, 233 Northbound Gratiot, Mount Clemens. Funeral service 1:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township. Share memories at

Also MARFC member Michelle Metdepennigen’s father Richard Harness has passed away last week. Michelle is the wife of the two time ARCA Flat Rock Speedway Enduro Champion Jeff Metdepenningen. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Harness & Metdepenningen families. “God’s Speed” to both Rich and Tim! ( Left:Tim Leslie Right: Richard Harness)

MARFC April 2014 General Meeting Report!

April 7th, 2014

pegoqwbtrinkleinwebOn April 5, 2014 at Papio’s Food & Spirits in Reese, Mi. a great group of members were on hand to hear what our four guest speakers had to say. First up from the Mt. Pleasant & Merritt Speedways ”The Chief” Leo Pego informed all on what will be on in store for race fans and racers at both facilities. Next up was Lenny Trinklein from the Whittemore Speedway williamswebnickwebgave a great presentation about the history of the speedway and about the new divisions the track will have during the 2014 season. Then it was “Shut Up” Roger Williams turn to give us the insights for both the Tri-City Motor & Crystal Motor Speedways in 2014. Then Nick Hoonhout from the Silver Bullet Speedway told all about the changes that have been done to the speedway since he and his family purchased it just over a year ago and hope that Mother Nature helps and allows them to open up on time. Many thanks to Becca Pingel for helping sell our raffle tickets that afternoon. Once again a big Thank You to Denny Trinklein for setting up this meeting and to the folks at Papio’s for having us again this season.(Top Left: “The Chief” Leo Pego Top Right: Lenny Trinklein Bottom Left: “Shut Up” Roger Williams Bottom Right: Nick Hoonhout)

Thoughts & Prayers to the Petty Family!

March 26th, 2014

The racing world has lost the Queen of our Royal Racing Family Lynda Petty! Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Petty family at this time. Mrs. Petty was a most gracious lady and always keep the family close to their home roots. “May God Bless & Keep” the Petty family Always!

MARFC Moves Forward in Social Media!

March 24th, 2014

From the Desk of the President: Well we have once again moved up a notch into the modern era of the cyber net. We now have a Facebook Page and are now able to accept Pay pal on our web site. I look forward to adding more things in the coming months. With Pay-Pal you can join, renew your membership or make donations to the club. Many thanks to Rand Thompson, Rob Michon and Dave DeHem for setting up the Facebook page! We hope that is page will help get the word out about our club and the benefits of being a MARFC Member. Once again if you name is Highlighted you will need to renew your membership ASAP!  I will being update our mailing light by April 15th and if you have not renewed by then you will be dropped from our mailing list. It is now easier to do on the website with Pay-Pal.  So don’t delay do it today! As always any questions or comments contact me at: Bill Barnhart at:

MARFC March General Meeting Update!

March 16th, 2014

marchweb2marchweb3Great meeting was held at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grille that followed the RACER’S REUNION. Brian Norton & his helpers did a great job once again this year and then Ron Drager told all of how the 2013 ARCA season went and also talked about the MSPA meeting in which they talked about the how the younger generation is a harder sell to get them to the races and be coming race fans. Ron also gave us an update on his partner at the Toledo Speedway Roy Mott on his kidney transplant and is currently doing well at this time. We here at MARFC do send our Get Well wishes to Roy. Then Scott Schultz informed us on the different events that will take place at both Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways for 2014 and the race scheduled for both speedways called the Road Rage Race. Sounded like a fun one to all who were there. Dennis Whisman was able to tell all about his 11 time ARCA Figure”8” Championships and his looking forward to see his son Dennis Jr. race later on this season.

(Top Left: Ron Drager, Top Right: Scott Schultz, Bottom Left: Dennis Whisman, Bottom Right: Race Fans Checking out vintage photos)


Two Long Time MARFC Members Pass Away!

March 14th, 2014

Sad News to Report: MARFC Lifetime member Donald Friend passed away last month! Donald was a charter lifetime member when he joined the club back in December 1965. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Chris and the entire Friend family at this time. We have also learned of the passing of long time member from the Spartan Speedway Ed Luke. We send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Dolores & daughter Angie.  Gods Speed” to both of these race fans!

MARFC Joins MSTRC for February Meeting!

February 17th, 2014

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(Middle: Larry Loynes MC’s the night’s event and calls of the raffle prize winners)



(Bottom: “Big Ed” Inloes working hard to see his team comes in first place during the tournament)




Our General Meeting was held on February 15, 2014 at the Capitol Bowling Alley in Owosso Michigan and this was a great event for all who attended weather you were part of the bowling tournament or just there to enjoy the night with race talk and the stories that were told. The Michigan Short Track Racing Club hosted this event to help raise funds for to families who have had personal loses this past year. The two benefactors, this year were Lane Wagner and the Matt Szecsodi family!  We are glad to say the evening brought in a total of $ 1,708.00 for these families. Great job for all who donated! We wish to thank Chuck Darling & Big Ed Inloes for allowing MARFC to become a part of this event and hold a short meeting before the tournament began. Many Thanks to all our MARFC members who showed up to help support this event and we hope to do it again next year.

A Thank You from Gary Lindahl!

February 7th, 2014

Hello Fellow MARFC Members,

Gary Lindahl asked if I could pass along his Thank You to everyone who has been so great and loving during this time following the passing of his Daughter Kelley. The cards, calls, and the prayers have been wonderful and very uplifting for him and his family. Gary and I had a nice conversation and he is doing well and taking one day at a time with some days better than others. The Racing Family has once again showed it’s care and concern for another member. So for Gary, I will give his traditional Friday and Saturday night send off of See Ya!!!

Yours in Racing, Dave DeHem MARFC V.P.

MARFC sends Deepest Sympathies to the Lindahl & Leon Families!

January 29th, 2014

We here at MARFC were very saddened to learn of the passing of long time member and former Board member Gary Lindahl’s daughter Kelley. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary and his family at this time. We have also heard of the passing of long time track photographer for the Mt. Clemens Race Track Ron Leon’s wife Kathie. Both Ron & Kathie were part of the MCRT Family and she will truly be missed my all that knew her. “May God Bless & Keep Them Both in His Care”

With Deepest Sympathies all of us here at MARFC!


MARFC 48th Annual Awards Banquet in the Books for 2014!

January 26th, 2014

SennekerwerbA great night for all who attended our SOLD OUT 48th Annual Awards Banquet!  It was great to have the legendary Bob Senneker on hand to accept our MARFC Presidents Award. He was very appreciative of the award and stayed into the night dancing away with his wonderful wife. Bob Dillner was unable to attend so Matt Prieur accepted the MARFC Electronic Media Award for Dillner and SPEED51.COM. One of the other highlights of the night was the standing ovation Jay Woolworth received as he was Woolworthwebpresented the MARFC/ Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award. Jay made the statement that it was the younger driver’s duty to get their names out to the announcers and to the media trades to let them know what and who they are as well as their sponsors.  Other special awards were presented to Dave DeHem for the job he has done as past president of the club and to Paul Anton for is nearly 30 years of photographing the sport we all love. A very special Achievement Award was given to Taylor Ferns for her outstanding accomplishments in racing so many different venues in one season and finishing so well in all of them. Taylor made a video acceptance speech because she was out at the Chili Bowl racing that evening, so her Uncle’s Don and Dave LaDuke were on hand to accept for her. The MARFC Mechanic of SPEED51.COMwebjpgthe Year Award went to two gentlemen who did an outstanding job in 2013; they were Dave Jacot & Chad Bennett. Our MARFC Promoter of the Year went to Scott Menlen and the Mid-West Indoor Racing Series. Greg Shepard & Candy Baschel were awarded the MARFC Fan of the Year Award for 2013 for all the races and support they have given the club. Dennis & Barb Schalm were given appreciation awards for Dennis past support as a board member and Barb for all the help she has given the club during our annual banquets and fundraising raffles. The President of the MSPA awarded Gary & Donna Howe and the Kalamazoo Speedway the MSPA’s Promoter of the Year Award for 2013. Terry Fitzwater was on hand to present the Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year to the voice of the Anderson Speedway Denny Adams. Then Terry gave both the Asphalt & Dirt Drivers of the Year Awards to Terry Senneker Jr. for Asphalt & Zack Olger for dirt.  Great job as Master of Ceremonies to Larry Loynes! Then it was time for our raffle prizes and the night was capped off with great music by our old DJ buddy Joe Nagraba.(Below Top: Fans of Year Greg Shepard & Candy Baschel with Jimmy Gullett, Next: Mechanics of the year Dave Jacot & Chad Bennett, Next: Promoter of the Year Scott Meneln with Jimmy Gullett, Next: Don & Dave LaDuke for Taylor Ferns, Next: Terry Fitzwater with Zack Olger, & then Denny Adams & Terry Senneker Jr.)( Next: Paul Anton & Dave DeHem with President Bill Barnhart)

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