Long Time MARFC Member Passes Away!

April 21st, 2014

10247334_10152342868168288_7047246862525000948_nWe here at MARFC are very saddened by the news of the passing of one of it’s long time members Richard “Dick” Duff. Dick passed away on April 20, 2014 in his home of Sylvania, Ohio. Dick was one of our charter members since 1965 and sat on the board of directors for many years and was the clubs PR Director up until 1985 when he and his wife Frances moved to Charlotte, NC. Our deepest sympathies go out to Dick’s family. “God’s Speed” to you Dick! The family will receive guests at Coyle Funeral Home, Reynolds Rd., Toledo, Thursday, April 24, 2014 3 – 7pm; a memorial service will immediately follow.

(Photo from Charles Krall)

Another Local Racer Passes Away!

April 19th, 2014

bob fitzBob Fitzpatrick passing away this week he was 74. A long time racer who raced in many divisions and anywhere he could over the years. I knew Bob personally for many years and he always had plenty to say and a hand shake for all. He was proud of his sons Chris & Eric in all their racing venues. He will truly be missed by all who he meet over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Fitzpatrick family. The family honors the memory of Bob and invite you to visit and share memories Saturday and Monday 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Richmond. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday with 10:00 a.m. visiting. Burial will be in Memphis Cemetery, Memphis.

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 willandschwarzkoff.com

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: president@marfc.org

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

febweb4(Top: “Shut Up” Roger Williams bowling or watching races on the TV not sure!!)




(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.