Mother Nature tried for most of the day to keep racers and fans from seeing some fantastic racing at the Springport Motor Speedway. New board member Chuck Horan and “Big Al” & Kyle Peltier were on hand to present our MARFC Helmet bag to track worker Dick Laprutt for his hard working behind the scences work at the speedway. Our MARFC raffle prize winner for the night was Denny Trinklein. Many thanks to Maurice Randall and his entire staff for having us back again this year and look forward to the 2011 racing season.
July 30th saw the club make the trip over to the west side of the state and the Winston Speedway in Rothbury for some great racing on the fast 1/3 mile clay oval. Denny Trinklien came over from Saginaw to help yours truly with the table. Bill May came by to say hi and to let us know that he came out to Winston this night because he knew the club was there. Bill was the helmet bag winner at Butler in in 2002 and still uses his bag today. He must have had things figured out as he won his heat and his feature race at Winston.
You will have received your Annual raffle tickets with this month’s regular mailing. This is the club’s most important fund raiser for the year so please try to sell them all and if you want some more just let me know. I have included an envelope for you to send the ticket stubs and money to Sue Ginter and it has her address on it already. This has been one of the hottest summers that I can remember in recent years but in spite of that, I have been able to get to many of our member tracks and spend some time with our club members and I have had a blast this summer thus far. I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of club member, Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee and longtime Merritt Speedway promoter Ed VanDuinen. Ed passed away recently and was the married to Carmen. Ed and Carmen spent many years in the racing business and contributed greatly to our entire sport. Both Ed and Carmen will inducted to the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame this November as part of the “Class of 2010”. God Speed Ed and our condolences and prayers to Carmen and the family and friends of Ed.
The Fan Club Day scheduled for August 1, 2010 at the Springport Motor Speedway that was to be hosted by the Super Pro Racing Series has been cancelled. All events at the speedway for that day have been cancelled as well and as of this writing, re-scheduling information is not available. The club still has fan club day on Saturday night July 31, 2010 at the Springport Motor Speedway as well as the night before, Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Michigan.