On April 18, 2015 General Meeting: Our MARFC General meeting was held at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center. Our first Guest speaker was the veteran late model driver and now car owner Dick “Magic Man” Barker. Dick told us of how he got started racing in the late 60’s and the he and his brother Gary traveled all over the state and won many championship at different race tracks and said that his main philosophy in driving is to race clean and others will respect you and do you the same. Then Dick’s new young talented driver Frank Jiovani told us of how he got started racing in quarter midget karts and then onto legend cars. From then he went on the Street Stocks at Flat Rock and won a championship in a short time and now is driving for one of Michigan’s legendary drivers Dick Barker. We were also very glad to have former President Russ Jacobson attend our meeting and with some help got him up to talk about his racing career that spanned for over four decades and that he still has the same sprint car he started with that his father helped build the famous J2 car. (Top Left: Frank Jiovani Top Right:Dick Barker Bottom: Russ Jacobson)
We here at MARFC are very sad to hear of the passing of longtime member Charles Rowloff Sr. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family at this time! “God’s Speed Chuck”
Charles “Cubby” V. Rowloff Sr., age 76, of Monroe formerly of Richmond died April 10, 2015. Charles was born August 26, 1938 to the late Vernon and Esther Rowloff. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. Charles retired from General Motors, working at the Research Lab in Warren. He is survived by children, Charles “Chuck” (Julie) Rowloff, Charlotte (Tom) Lynch and John Rowloff, 7 grandchildren, sisters; Betty Groesbeck and Verna Totzke. He was preceded in death by a sister Anna Trumble.
We here at MARFC are sending out our thoughts & prayers to MCR Dwarf Car Series Promoter Steve Martin for the loss of his wife Sharon. Sharon has been ill for some time! Both Steve & Sharon have been long time MARFC Members and supporters and Sharon will truly be missed. Services for Sharon are private as per wishes of the family. Also the racing world lost one of the greatest racing promoters of all time as Earl Baltes founder of the Eldora Speedway passed away last week at 93 years old. What a great legacy he leaves behind. God’s Speed to both Sharon and Mr. Baltes!
Our MARFC meeting held at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grille following a great RACER’S REUNION was a very informative meeting as Ron Drager explained about the changes that the ARCA racing series has done to keep costs down for all their teams and still be competitive. He also talked about how the MSPA (Michigan Speedways Promoters Association) works hard to keep their gates open and what they can do as a group to help keep fans and racers coming back to their facilities each week. Scott Schultz was on hand to inform all about the changes at both speedways and that they have been able to get sponsors for all their divisions at both tracks. Many thanks to Scott & Ron for making this meeting possible! (Top Left: Ron Drager Top Right: Scott Schultz Bottom: Members of the Board at the MSPA Meeting held in March)
We here are very saddened to hear of the passing of one of Michigan’s racing legends Jack Goodwin. Jack has been a longtime MARFC member & supporter. He came to many of our general meetings as a guest speaker and to our annual banquets and was presented the MARFC/Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award back in 2006. Jack was a childhood hero of mine and being able to find and connect back up with him again in 1998 and spending time with him when he came to town was priceless. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Eunice and Jacks family at this time. Knowing that he is at God’s side now is a comfort for all. Jack has taken his final checkered flag with us here but now is in heaven racing for eternity for the Lord. “God’s Speed My Friend”.
Sincerely, Bill Barnhart MARFC President
A memorial is being planned at the First Chruch of the Nazarene Bradenton on Wednesday March 11th at 4pm.
1616 59th Street, Bradenton, FL 34209
(Photo provided by Paul Anton is Jack at our 2006 MARFC Banquet)
We were able to present two great sponsors of MARFC with their Appreciation Awards for 2014. Special thanks to Debbie Majchrzak and Sterling Printing & Graphics for all they do for us a MARFC each and every year. And to “Budweiser” & Petitpren Inc. along with Greg Hillman for their continuous support of our club throughout the years.(Top: Debbie Majchrzak Bottom: Greg Hillman)
Many folks were on hand to enjoy bowling and bench racing and for all who came out to help support the 12th Annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament we say thank you! With the many donations that were given to help the great cause everyone had a good chance to take something home. Big Ed Inloes and Chuck Darling did a fantastic job for this event and were on hand to present the two benefactors Aaron Dancer and Jason VanDuesen. Jason was on hand along with Danny Gaddis who is Aaron Dancers Uncle. Jason has had a lot of medical issues over the past few years and is a huge supporter of racing and is also a MARFC member and was very grateful to all who gave on their time and donations. Aaron was unable to attend as his has finally returned to work after being off for over three months after the crash he had at the Spartan Speedway last fall so his Uncle Danny Gaddis was there and was truly moved by all the generosity of the racing community and extended his and Aarons many thanks. (Top Photo: Big Ed Inoles, Jason VanDuesen, Danny Gaddis & Chuck Darling)
Our General Meeting to be held on February 21, 2015 at the Capitol Bowl in Owosso located at 219 S. Washington St., Owosso, Michigan 48867. This meeting will be in conjunction with the MSTRC’s Annual Fundraiser & Bowling Tournament. This event helps raise money for those racing folks who are in need of a helping hand during a time of sickness or hardship. The tournament gets started at 4pm with our meeting will be just before the start of the tournament at 5:30 pm. We are also helping this event by volunteering to help with donations and raffle prizes and those who like to bowl can bowl to help out too. So come out and help MARFC support this event. We encourage everyone that has attended in the past or has been a benefactor of the tournament to try and come out and support Aaron Dancer and the Jason VanDuesen! For more information please get with Chuck Darling at(email@example.com)
Our 49th Annual Awards Banquet is in the books and what a great crowed we had on hand to honor all the champions from across the state as well as our special award winners. Very glad to have our founding father Vito LoPiccolo with us this year. It was great to have the legendary Ken Squier on hand to accept the Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award as well has having one of the greatest Sprint cars drivers Jeff Bloom there to receive our Presidents Award. Walter Czarnecki had great things to say as he accepted his Special Achievement Award and Steve Kaminski received the MARFC Media Award for 2014. Our surprise awards were given out also. I-96 Speedway was the 2014 Promoter of the Year winner with Co-Mechanics of the year went to Flat Rock Speedway’s Dan Dow and Auto Value Sprint Series Championship winner Butch Dowker. Butch couldn’t attend do to his illness for Kevin Feeney accepted on his behalf. Our Fan of the Year for 2014 is Bob Kaul. A Special Appreciation Award was given to our Secretary/Treasurer Susan Ginter for her over 20 years of service to the club. Other Appreciation Awards were presented to Sterling Printing & Graphics and Petitpren for their continuous support of our club. Terry Fitzwater from the Midwest Racing Scene was on hand to present the drivers of the year awards first to Steve Cronenwett Jr. for Pavement Driver and then to Jason Poel for Dirt Driver for 2014. The Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year Award winner was Jason Selzer from the Kalamazoo Speedway. The MSPA Promoter of the Year was Steve Puvalowski & the Tri-City Motor Speedway presented by Joe DeWitte Vice-President of the MSPA. Just a reminder that on January 23, 2016 will be our 50th Anniversary Awards Banquet so put it down on your Bucket List for 2016.(Top Left: Jeff Bloom & President Bill Barnhart Tope Right: Walter Czarnecki & Bill Barnhart)(Row Two Left: Barnhart, Ken Squier & Eddie Sachs Jr. Photo Right: Steve Kaminski & Barnhart) (Row Three Left: I-96 Mike Mouch Right: Kevin Feeney Row Four Left: Dan Dow Right: Vito LoPiccolo (Row Five Top: Sue Ginter & Bill Barnhart Two:Steve Puvalowski & Joe DeWhitte Three: Terry Fitzwater, Jason Selzer & Ken Squier Bottom: Jason Poel & Steve Cronenwett Jr.) (Photo’s provided by Paul Anton & Rand Thompson)
Merry Christmas from all of us here at MARFC. May the Lord Bless & Keep All of Us through out this holiday season!
Bill Barnhart MARFC President