May 2002 Minutes
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
First off this month I would like to send our Get Well wishes out to a few special people. Donna is the wife of Paul Zimmerman promoter of the Spartan Speedway. Donna had a stroke awhile back and Paul is very busy taking care of her at home as well as getting the Speedway ready for the 2002 season. To long time member Bill Palmer AKA” Willie the Clown” who had a little heart trouble last month hope to see Bill back at the races again soon. Also, to Jack Roush and Junie Donlavey speedy recoveries to them both. We know that the Good Lord has been watching over all these fine folks and we send our best wishes to them all.
I’d also like to welcome three new Speedway’s to our membership for a total of thirteen now. We Welcome the Auto City Speedway located in the Flint area, the Cherry Speedway up near Traverse City and the Mid-Michigan Raceway Park in Palo, MI. Thank you all for becoming a part of our ever-growing club. I encourage all of our members to stop in at these tracks as well as our other membership tracks and let them know that we as members are thankful for all their support.
What a meeting!!!!
The last meeting before the racing season began was awesome. all the speakers, whether able to be there in person, or via video tape, entertained the masses very well.
John Nece was unable to attend however our president was able to visit his owner’s race shop and video tape a tour and a sit down chat session with John, his car owner, Joe Tranchida, and Crew Chief, Chip Minich.
Above- from l to r- Joe Tranchida, John Nece, and Chip Minich of Cinjo Racing in Mt. Clemens, MI.
Below- One of the trucks John drives on the American Race Truck Series. Cinjo Racing is also the stable for Trans Am driver Tommy Archer.
Dr. Bob DuCharme from Auto City Speedway updated happenings at Auto City along with some detailed history of his racing career, beginning with motorcycles all the way to being co-owner of Auto City. One of the most interesting facts revealed was his close friendship with Bob, Kay, and Ron Keselowski.
The highlight of the evening had to be Jack Goodwin, by the time he was finished, I wondered if he wasn’t part clown. He and his brother David, and former crew chief/car owner, Danny Mancini recapped some of their racing moments in a most entertaining fashion.
Jack Goodwin (l) tells the tale while Danny Macini(r) ads the color.