2003 Minutes

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September 2003 Minutes

President’s Desk

September 2003

Only a few more special race events remain for the 2003 season. Just can’t believe that it has gone by that fast. Our 38th Annual Awards Banquet will be here before you know it so mark it on your calendar and remember to get your tickets early. The date is January 17. 2003 and there is more information coming soon.

Great to see some of our members that helped out at the Owosso clean up day. All involved did an outstanding job. Also, great to see that Tri-City Speedway is back up and running on Thursday nights. Not very often that a track closes and can reopen again. Best of Luck to the new owners for the rest of this season and hope all goes well in the future. If you get the chance try and stop in and check them out.

On August 17, 2003 MARFC presented the Michigan International Speedway with a Special Plaque Congratulating MIS on it’s 35th Anniversary. President Brett Shelton sends his thanks on behalf of MIS to the many fans for their continuous support.

Once again our condolences goes out to the family of club member and driver Carl Bumgardner who’s father Roy passed away last month. Roy was a long time supporter of the Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways with Royal Truck and Trailer. He will be missed by many.

As always, Keep Racing!

Bill Barnhart

President MARFC

 

August

 

Fan Club Nights

Only one fan club day left at Toledo!

 

Crystal Motor Speedway

They say the second time around is better. No rain great racing, packed pit area. New Board Member Al Peltier along with his son Kyle and other members Doug Jakeway, Larry & Kenny Letts were on hand to present the MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag to Rich Buerge driver of Hobby Stock # 96 for his Hard Luck crashes and rolls over in the past few weeks. We hope things are running better for Rich now. Thanks to Ron Flinn and his staff for their hospitality. Thanks Roger for all the great PR.

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Speedway

Year number 2 provided a great day for our members at Cherry Speedway. Racing was outstanding on the dirt with many cars on hand in each division. 20 year veteran and current points leader Late Model driver Dave Hadfield Jr. was chosen to receive our MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag because of his determination and consistency as well as sportsmanship in his division. Thanks to Jim & Sandy Coil for allowing our members in for some great racing. Thanks to all the volunteers who lent a helping hand. They were Larry & Kenny Letts, Dave DeHem, Laura & Jimmy Tucker, Shawn & Scott Kas.

 

Mid-Michigan Raceway Park

Over cast and the chance for rain did hold off for a fantastic night of racing. MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag was presented to Guy Homerding Driver of the # 4 Limited Late Model by new board member Jeff Moroni. Guy has had a season of hard luck and we hope our bag brings a change for him. Special thanks to Gene & Linda Henrickson and the staff of Mid-Michigan for a great time. Thanks to Jeff, Anne, & Jeff Moroni along with Laura & Jimmy Tucker for their assistance at this great outing.

 

 

 

 

Michigan International Speedway

Many members did make it out even with the power outages across the state. All had a great time even after a little rain delay. Thanks to Bill Janitz and President Brett Shelton for having us back again this year and we are looking forward to 2004.

 

MIS was recognized for 35 years of operation and presented with a plaque to mark the occasion by Corey Russell and MARFC President, Bill Barnhart

 

 

Owosso Speedway

Cool and comfortable weather for our rescheduled night at the Owosso Speedway. Over 25 members signed in to seen some fantastic racing as well as autograph night. Michigan Modified # 55 driver Larry Wallace was presented the MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag by Board members Dave DeHem and Laura Tucker. Larry does all the work on his car by himself and is an outstanding sportsman. He competes at both Spartan and Owosso Speedways with many changes to the car to be made overnight by himself. Great job Larry! Thanks to Karl Kiefer and Stacey Hoag for a great evening. Special thanks to Dave DeHem, Laura & Jimmy Tucker, Larry & Kenny Letts, Fran & Tony Russo for helping support our club at this event.

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Christmas Party Raffle

Tickets are now on sale for the Eddie Sachs 1/18-scale die cast 1961 Indy 500 Pole winning racecar and our Racing Patch Quilt.  Two winners will be drawn with the first winner to choose either item.  The second winner to receive remaining item.  Please help support our Children’s Christmas Party with the purchase of tickets for this great event.  Tickets are only a $ 1.00 donation. If you would like to purchase tickets to help support our Children ‘s Christmas Party please contact me and I will get them to you.  Remember the children are our future members and racing champions.  I thank you in advance for your support and so do the children

 

 

August 2003 Minutes

President’s Desk

August 2003

MARFC has lost one of it founding fathers last month Bob Lewis passed away.

He & his wife Norma along with Vito & Barbara LoPiccolo and Willis & Marion
Flokstra we the ones who started our club 38 years ago. Bob was able to attend our banquet back in January. He loved every minute of it. Our thoughts and
prayers are with his family at this time.

Willis and Marion Flokstra (top left and right) shown here in attendance at the 2003 MARFC Awards Banquet with fellow founders, Vito LoPiccolo (bottom left), and Bob Lewis (bottom right)

More sad news today!  Rick Eshelman’s mother passed away this week and we here at MARFC send our deepest sympathy’s to him and his family.

Also ARCA Veteran Figure 8 racer from the Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways Denny Pace passed away this week our prayers are with his family also.

God’s Speed to them all.

 

Bill Barnhart
President MARFC

 

July

Fan Club Nights

 

Butler Motor Speedway

Cool and clear weather was on hand for a fantastic night of racing on the dirt with plenty of cars in the pit area for all divisions on hand. Board members Laura Tucker, Al Peltier, and VP Larry Iacoboni presented our MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag to Street Stock Driver # 42 Cheryll Dishaw. Cheryll has always helped out at the track and races when she can as well as being a good competitor at all times. She is also the first woman to receive this honor from MARFC. Very Special Thanks to Joe & Sandy Dorer for a great time at their outstanding facility. Thanks to those who assisted at this event: Laura & Jimmy Tucker, Al & Kyle Peltier, Sue Ginter, Doug Jakeway, and Larry & Sue Iacoboni.

 

Kinross International Raceway

A long ride but with fantastic weather again for our annual trip to the Upper part of the state with four divisions of racing made a good night it was. Pure Stock driver # 57 Todd Ferguson was chosen to receive our MARFC Uniform/Helmet Bag because of his great outstanding sportsmanship to his fellow racers. A Very Special Thanks to Gerry Liscumb and promoters Todd & Donna Nyberg for a great time. Thanks to Willis & Marian Flokstra for stopping by and lending a hand in presenting our MARFC bag.

 

Mt. Pleasant Speedway

Great weather and lots of racing. Thanks to “Cheif” Leo Pego for all the great PR we apperciate your support. The MARFC Uniform/Helmet Bag was given to Street Stock # 32c Jay Carll for being a decated racer. Jay is there week in and week out and does his best every night. Get Well Soon to Promoter Dick Crook and thanks to Betty Crook for everything. Helpers that evening were: Dave De Hem, Kenny & Larry Letts, Scott Fow, and Pat Wolfe.

 

 

 

 

 

Merritt Speedway

Rain washes out MARFC Day at Merritt Speedway and due to the shortness of the rest of the season and our schedule we will not be able to re-sehedule the event this season. I hope Mother Nature takes the rest of the season off at least during the weekends. Thanks to Ed & Camen Van Duinen for their support of our club and will see them next season.

 

Kids Christmas Party Raffle

Tickets are now on sale for the Eddie Sachs 1/18-scale die cast 1961 Indy 500 Pole winning racecar and our Racing Patch Quilt.  Two winners will be drawn with the first winner to choose either item.  The second winner to receive remaining item.  Please help support our Children’s Christmas Party with the purchase of tickets for this great event.  Tickets are only a $ 1.00 donation. If you would like to purchase tickets to help support our Children ‘s Christmas Party please contact me and I will get them to you.  Remember the children are our future members and racing champions.  I thank you in advance for your support and so do the children

 

July 2003 Minutes

President’s Desk 

July 2003

 

I would like to take a minute to talk about tracks closing. We have lost a few in the past few years. We all have our favorite tracks that we go to each and every week and some of us travel around and check out many others through out the season. Some tracks are well attended and have a great foot hold on racing and have no problem with continuing to do so in the future. While others are struggling and just keeping the gates open with low car counts and fans in the stands. If these tracks close they will never open again. Neighbors and local governments work hard to see that we will soon not have any local racing in the state. As fans we need to keep supporting all the tracks and when someone says that a track is poorly run and should close we need to speak up and say that we need to give all tracks and the staff working at them the chance to work things out and fix the problem. But, to fix a problem you must know about the problem. I have heard drivers complain about an officials here and there but, they love to race and work through the problem. Each and every one of our membership tracks has to best promoters that a fan can ask for. Through the MSPA (Michigan Speedway Promoters Association) they work together to help keep their tracks working as fan friendly facilities. We as fans need to keep supporting all these tracks and when you see and official or the promoter tell them Thank You for giving you a great place to come and see outstanding racing. This is just one race fans option.

Also a Very Special Get Well Soon the Dick Crook of the Mt. Pleasant Speedway and to Ralph Warning of the Galesburg Speedway both promoters are dealing with major medical problems these past couple of months. Our thoughts and prayers are with them both and a speedy recovery in the near future.

 

Please remember if you are a club member and wish to receive the newsletter via e-mail please contact me through this site and let me know and if you have changed your service please let me know also. You don’t want to be without our monthly update.

 

Bill Barnhart
President MARFC

 

June

 

Fan Club Nights 
Spartan Speedway 

Another perfect night for “Poor Paul” and his entire staff to have great weather to watch some outstanding racing. Pits were packed as well as the stands. Our members had a great time with all the divisions racing there at Spartan.

New MARFC VP Larry Iacoboni along with Jimmy Tucker presented our MARFC Helmet/Uniform Bag to John Ledwidge, driver of the Late Model # 34. John has been an outstanding sportsman to all his fellow competitors. Way to go John Sportsmanship is what we need in our sport everywhere. A Very Special Thanks to Paul, Jim, Bill and crew for allowing our members to be apart of some great racing again at Spartan. Great to see many members stop by and say HI.

 

Newly elected board member, Al Peltier, mans the Fan Club Information booth with Jimmy Tucker, our new Vice-President, Larry Iacoboni, and his wife Sue.  (pictured from left to right)
Flat Rock Speedway

 

Beautiful weather on hand for an excellent night of racing with over 100 cars in compotation. Lots of action to be seen in all divisions of racing.

Street Stock # 41 driver Earl Roth was presented the MARFC Helmet/Uniform Bag by board members Fran Russo, Cory Russell, Larry Iacoboni, and Al Peltier for being the 5th fastest qualifier for the B Main cars. Earl was very appreciative of the bag and said he needed a new one for his gear. Special thanks to ARCA, Scott Schultz, Ron Drager and all the staff at Flat Rock for having us.

 

Very Special thanks to club member and current Street Stock points leader Brian Norton for stopping by and signing autographs for our members.

 

Flat Rock is always an active track with many members in attendance and many new members signing up.

 

Back at the end of May Mother Nature won at Owosso in June but has been rescheduled for August 23, 2003!

 

Mother Nature also snuffed out our trip to the Crystal Motor Speedway and we hope to get it rescheduled soon.

 

Hopefully in July Mother Nature will go on Vacation all month!

Kids Christmas Party Raffle

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Eddie Sachs 1/18-scale die cast 1961 Indy 500 Pole winning racecar and our Racing Patch Quilt.  Two winners will be drawn with the first winner to choose either item.  The second winner to receive remaining item.  Please help support our Children’s Christmas Party with the purchase of tickets for this great event.  Tickets are only a $ 1.00 donation. If you would like to purchase tickets to help support our Children ‘s Christmas Party please contact me and I will get them to you.  Remember the children are our future members and racing champions.  I thank you in advance for your support and so do the children

 

 

June 2003 Minutes

President’s Desk

June 2003

First off, I personally would like to say a very special thanks to the current board members who I have had a great deal of time to get to know and we have worked great together for the past two years. I also wish the best to those who will not be back for this next term for the board. We hope that they will continue to assist the club in the future. We welcome our newest board members and hope they will enjoy their new positions and help us in keeping our club growing.

A Very Special Get Well wish to Dick Crook promoter of the Mt. Pleasant Speedway. Dick we wish you well and are thoughts and prayers are with you and Betty along with your family at this time. Dick and Betty Crook have been very strong supporters of our club and Dick had a tumor removed last month and Is said to be doing fine now.

Web Master Rob Michon has just added to our site our new message board. Stop by and check out the site at www.marfc.org and sign up to chat with others from the club as well as race fans, drivers and others across the web. Remember if you are a club member and a driver we need you to contact us so we can make a new MARFC drivers page with a photo of your car, the track you run along with what division you race in. Please contact Rob at webmaster@marfc.org with your information. Thanks for helping!

 

Bill Barnhart
President MARFC

 

 

May

 

Fan Club Nights

 

Auto City Speedway

What a great night of racing. Great way to get the season off right and with outstanding weather to boot. Many club members stopped by and had a fantastic time.  Special thanks to Joe DeWitt and Greg Yost for their continued support of our club.

Board member Laura Tucker & son Jimmy presented our MARFC Uniform/Helmet  Bag to the third generation Factory Stock Driver Jeff Owens for his outstanding sportsmanship through out the 2002 season and always has a positive smile for everyone.

 

 

Board member, Larry Iacoboni (left), distributes Fan Club information to another interested fan.

 

AWARD GIVEN TO ESPN & BOB JENKINS AT INDY

 


After four months of trying to get our Special Media Award of Excellence to Bob Jenkins & ESPN who could not attend our annual banquet back in January we finally made it happen. MARFC Member Eddie Sachs Jr. who works at the Indianapolis Speedway was able to present the award to Bob Jenkins during the pre-race show of the Infiniti Pro Series race. Thanks Eddie for a great job and Congratulations once again to Bob Jenkins and ESPN for there many years of covering auto racing across the country.

 

Kids Christmas Party Raffle

 

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Eddie Sachs 1/18-scale die cast 1961 Indy 500 Pole winning racecar and our Racing Patch Quilt.  Two winners will be drawn with the first winner to choose either item.  The second winner to receive remaining item.  Please help support our Children’s Christmas Party with the purchase of tickets for this great event.  Tickets are only a $ 1.00 donation. If you would like to purchase tickets to help support our Children ‘s Christmas Party please contact me and I will get them to you.  Remember the children are our future members and racing champions.  I thank you in advance for your support and so do the children