MARFC 49th 2015 Annual Awards Banquet Now History!

January 25th, 2015

 

bloomwebwaltwebOur 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 squierwebkaminskiwebwas 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 i-96webfeeneywebdowwebRacing Scene vitowebwas 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)ginterwebmspawebselzerwebdriversweb

Christmas Blessings from MARFC!

December 25th, 2014

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

Another Longtime MARFC Member Passes Away!

December 15th, 2014

We here at MARFC are saddened by the news of the passing of another longtime member. Donald Gordon passed away on Sunday December 14th after a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lucille and son Rob and the entire Gordon family at this time. May the Lord Bless and Keep them in his care now and always! No services will be held as the family wishes to keep them private! Just keep them in your prayers!

Bill Barnhart  MARFC President

MARFC Children’s Christmas Party for 2014!

December 14th, 2014

kidsweb3A great time was by all young & old as the MARFC Annual Children’s Christmas Party was held. The children had lunch and then were entertained by “DA” the clown with balloons and a magic show. Then the big man in the red suit arrived after everyone sang him in with a rousting version of Jingle Bells. Santa asked each child what they wanted for Christmas and encouraged them to keep doing well in school. Then they were given a new toy from Santa’s Elf’s. kidsweb1Everyone even won a door prize to boot! Many thanks to all who helped donated to this event and Special thanks to Jimmy Gullett for donating all the food and to the Lee & Whisman families for the extra goodies. A big Thanks to Barb Gullett for chairing this year’s event again! (Top:DA the Clown with little helper) (Bottom: Santa and his helper)

MARFC Mourns the Loss of Another Longtime Member!

November 28th, 2014

I was just informed today that we have lost another longtime supporter and member of our club Wally Serylo. Wally passed away on November 14, 2014 after a long illness. I first meet Wally back in the day at the Flat Rock Speedway when he was racing his figure “8” car. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Serylo family at this time. “God’s Speed Old Friend”

Wild Bill

Happy Thanksgiving from MARFC!

November 27th, 2014

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

November 16th, 2014

scottwebjeffwebOur meeting on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the JD Racing Indoor Karting facility was on outstanding event. First up was our featured guest speaker Scott Menlen promotor of the Mid-West Indoor Racing Seris. Scott spoke about the up coming seasons first event in Battle Creek on Thanksgiving weekend and told everyone on what it takes to make an indoor event happen from scheduling the event, buliding a race track indoors, getting the racers and fans to come then having to take it all down after and the onto the next event. For more informatin about this event you can go to their web site at: midwestindoorracingseries.com. The driver and two time ARCA Enduro Champion Jeff Metdepenningen talked about his past season being able to race side by side with his sons. Jeff also gave us some insight about his family’s back ground in racing and is looking forward to seeing his grandson carry on the family tradition someday in the future. Then the racing was on! We had three MARFC heat races with lots of action in all three. All of the talk before hand on who was going to beat who but, when the green flag dropped talk was over. Many thanks to all who came to ride the karts and to Scott Meneln for the extra door prizes! Thanks again to our guest speakers Scott Menlen and Jeff Metdepenningen. (Above Left: Scott Menlen Right” Jeff Metdepenningen) (Below Photos: MARFC members racing)

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The Passing of a Long Time Charter Member of MARFC!

November 10th, 2014

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,

Dave DeHem

MARFC Vice President

2014 October MARFC General Meeting Report:

October 26th, 2014

Robbie LovingwebRace LovingwebThe 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 Attends Fall MSPA Meeting!

October 26th, 2014

mspaweb1MARFC 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. mspaweb2So let’s help by supporting them and our sport in any way we can as fans, car owners, sponsors, and racers.