Good Day to you all! Just passing along a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you all! Hope you enjoy your day with family & friends! We all have so much to be thankful for so take the time to remember them and those who are around you and those who are far away.
As Always Keep Racing,
Wild Bill MARFC President
Hello MARFC Members, I have received word that one of our Charter Members (Lifetime) has passed away this morning (11-10-2014) due to complications of Cancer. Norm Powers joined MARFC on 1-11-1966 and was also inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in the class of 1986. Norm was a race promoter for many years.
Details of services are not known at the present time and when they become available we will let you know what they are.
Yours in Racing,
MARFC Vice President
The first fall general meeting was held on October 25, 2014 and those who attended enjoyed both the evening’s guest speakers. First up was Robbie Loving who talked about his 30 years of racing. Robbie has raced not only figure 8 cars but, sportsman, enduros & late models. He has accomplished 6 ARCA Championships over the years and has his sights on more in the years to come. Robbie told us on riding to the race tracks with his dad Frank who drove for many years and then working on the car and when he was old enough his was given the chance to drive and has proven himself a true champion. Next was Robbie’s son Race’s chance to tell what it was like growing up and seeing his dad drive and this past season being able to get his chance to drive at the age of 15. Race won a few heat races this past season as well a feature at the Flat Rock Speedway. He won the Rookie of the Year at the Flat Rock Speedway 30 years after his dad Robbie did it. The future holds many more great and exciting racing from both this father and son duo! ( Photo’s by Rand Thompson Left: Robbie Loving Right: Race Loving)
MARFC Board members Bill Barnhart, Dave DeHem,Rand Thompson and Bill Walters attended the fall 2014 Michigan Speedways
Promoters Association meeting held at MIS. We were glad to be able to give our input about what we as fans enjoy seeing at all the racing facilities throughout the state and also to hear what the promoters are trying to do to keep their doors open in the upcoming 2015 season. They discuss the costs of fuel, tires, insurance and concessions that are all on the rise and how to make it more entertaining for all the fans that come to watch. It’s not easy for them with the economy the way it is here in Michigan and I am hope that we don’t see any of them shut
down this winter and be able to open next year. So let’s help by supporting them and our sport in any way we can as fans, car owners, sponsors, and racers.
Our November meeting will be on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the JD Racing Indoor Karting facility at 6:00pm sharp.This will be our second time at this location for us and we will be able to run the new electric karts at a reduced rate if we can garentee at least 10 to 15 riders before the night of our meeting. If you would like to ride the karts the cost will be $12.00 per race so please RSVP me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 25, 2014. Our guest speaker for the night will be Scott Menlen promoter of the Mid-West Indoor Racing Series. The karting facility is located at: 44225 West Twelve Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48377. For more information about JD Racing Indoor Karting go to www.jdkarting.com
Our first general meeting will be held on October 25, 2014 at 7:00pm at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center, 6015 E. Ten Mile Rd., Warren, Michigan 48091. This is the night we draw our annual raffle ticket winners so come on out and enjoy the night with other MARFC members and take the chance on winning the raffle in person. Our guest speakers for the evening will be Robbie Loving and his son Chase who ran his rookie year in the figure 8 division at both the Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways.
The DuBois family chose Brian Baumgarten to receive the helmet uniform bag. Brian’s #100 Modified is in first place in points as of 8-9. It was a great night of racing and entertainment. As a salute to our Veterans, there were 3 military vehicles on the track. Two trucks carried gave the fans on trips around the track. There was also a large tanker. Once all the fans had their on-track experience, the flagman turned the military vehicles loose and there was a lot of excitement as they passed each other while flashing lights and blowing horns. After the evening’s regular racing concluded, the trailer racing began. There is no way to describe it. It is best to attend Onaway’s Fan Club night in person. Several club members made the trip from down state and new member Dick Norman was the winner of the fan club gifts for signing in. Dick just joined and was busy trying out his voice as the new back up announcer. Great fun was had by all. Sue Ginter was our MARFC table person for the night.
Bright skies and a cool evening made our first trip to the Silver Bullet Speedway an awesome night with double points and double racing. The second generation driver of a family with three generations of racers Pro Stock driver # 51 Mark Yakes was awarded our MARFC Uniform/Helmet Bag for helping to support the speedway in any way he can. Bill Williams won the MARFC membership raffle for this event. A big Thank You to the Hoonhout family, Nick, Matt & Dad Case for becoming part of the MARFC track membership family and hosting our fan club night and can’t wait until we can return in 2015. Special thanks to VP Dave DeHem and Greg Shepard for the helping hand at the table for the night.
(Top: President Bill Barnhart, Mark Yakes, & VP Dave DeHem) (Bottom: Bill Williams & VP Dave DeHem)
Many thanks to Tom Sprague Sr. and staff for another great night of racing at West Michigan’s best dirt track, Winston Speedway. The weather was perfect and many MARFC members were treated to some great racing action this past Saturday, August 2nd. The MARFC Helmet bag was presented to the driver of the #1K Young Gun, Christine Johnson. Christine has been racing the past 3 years and is always enthusiastic in supporting the track and the division. This season she is a multiple feature winner and recorded a top five finish this past Saturday. Track announcer Brian Osborne kept the crowd informed all night and is another reason the racing is so good at Winston Speedway. Howard Town was the winner of the MARFC Member raffle and table helper was Julie DeHem. Thanks again to Tom for being a MARFC Member track and we look forward to coming back to Winston Speedway in 2015. (Brain Osborne and Dave DeHem present bag to Christine Johnson) (Howard Town shows off his prize for winning MARFC Member raffle)