Condolences to the Family of Ashley Loving

January 27, 2009

Sad news to report!

We here at the Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club are very saddened to inform our membership of the passing of Long time member Jane Horan who passed away last weekend. Jane was the Mother & Grandmother of Chuck & Jeff Horan our 2006 Fans of the Year and the Aunt of board member Laura Tucker. Jane was a long time race fan whose family has always been involved in our sport. We here at MARFC send out deepest sympathies to the entire Horan family at this sad time.

January 28, 2009

Condolences to the family of Ashley Loving

TOLEDO, Ohio (1-28-09)–Condolences to the family of Ashley Loving, who was a familiar face in the grandstands at Flat Rock and Toledo Speedways and whose family has long been deeply involved in ARCA sanctioned racing. Ashley courageously battled life threatening illnesses since birth and passed away peacefully Tuesday January 27, at the age of 15.  Ashley’s parents are Robbie and Jonelle Loving and grandparents are Frank and Peggy Loving. Frank Loving raced in the ARCA Figure-8 and Super Six divisions at numerous tracks, Peggy Loving was a scorer for the ARCA Figure-8 Series and Robbie is a three-time ARCA Figure-8 champion at Flat Rock and Toledo.

We are also sad to say that one our youngest fan club members Ashley Loving passed away this morning. Ashley is the daughter of Many time ARCA Figure 8 Champion Robbie & Jonelle Loving. Her Grandparents are long time members Frank & Peggy Loving. We know not why God has chosen to take her home at this time but, rest assured that she stands now at his side. Our thoughts & prayers are with the Loving family at this time. “God’s Love & Speed” to both these loved ones! Sincerely, Bill Barnhart President MARFC

Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. on Thursday, January 28th, at Voran Funeral Home’s Taylor Chapel, located at 23750 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180. (Phone 313-291-1800). A funeral service has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 29th, at the same location. The family will receive guests for a Luncheon on Friday from 12 Noon until 5 p.m. at Local 26 M in Taylor, Michigan, which is located on Beech Daly Rd. just North of Northline Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family by contacting Sue Philips (313) 363-1626.

January 2009 Minutes

From the President

Here we are already the start of a new year. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and the New Year brings us all health, happiness, and hard fun racing. Looking forward to seeing what is going to happen with all the different tracks making changes and folks moving around from one track to another. Kind of reminds me of the NASCAR Silly Season. Who’s going where and who’s running what!

I am truly hopeful that all tracks members and non-members alike have a great 2009 racing season and that all our racers and fans continue to support their local tracks this year as I hope and pray that they all are able to open the gates as soon as Mother Nature moves on in the Spring.

On Saturday January 24, 2009 there will be the third Mt. Clemens Race Track party at Kart 2 Kart located on Van Dyke just south of 19 mile Rd. There will be kart racing for those who wish to participate in hot laps, qualifying, & running a feature. They will need to know if you are attending to ride the karts so they can schedule the reservation time. We invite anyone who has photos or items that they would like to share with others or if you just wish to come and bench race that is fine too. For more information contact me at:

As Always Keep Racing!

Bill Barnhart – President MARFC


Late November/December Events

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at MARFC!!


Our third invite to the Mt. Clemens Christmas Parade was cold but outstanding. We had two race cars on hand with special thanks to Brian Bauman and Mark Johnson who brought their cars out for the parade. Many thanks to all who volunteered to help during out at this event!

Over 50 children and their parents were in attendance at our annual Children’s Christmas Party. Once again DA the Clown entertained all young and old with a magic show and custom balloon making. There was and outstanding lunch for all as well as a MARFC back pack filled with goodies for each child who was there to see Santa. Then the big man in the Red Suit arrived to everyone’s delight and presented each child with a gift and Mrs. Claus was on hand to make sure they each got a candy cane as they got their photos taken with Santa.

December 2008 Minutes

From the President

With the holiday season coming upon us later this month we here at MARFC send out a “Very Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year” to all of our members across the state and country. May God Bless and keep us all safe through out this holiday season. 

With the state that the economy is in and heading we need to pray that things will turn around soon. There will be many new changes in our racing community in the 2009 season. With some tracks hurting badly this season they will find it hard to return next year and run a full schedule if they run at all. But, on the other hand there are a few good changes that were made earlier this year that will help make 2009 better. With Owosso & Dixie under new management and the sale of Springport to a gentleman who intends to make major improvements to the facility to make racing even better there. We here at MARFC wish all who are making changes for next season well and pray that we all will find great and outstanding racing in 2009. So keep your fingers crossed and we will see you at the races.

It is also time to renew your membership for 2009. In order save the club mailing costs we will be removing members who have not renewed as of our February newsletter so make sure you get your renewal in ASAP.

As Always Keep Racing! 

Bill Barnhart – President MARFC


It is Banquet Season!

Tickets are now available for the 43rd annual MARFC Awards Banquet being held on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at De Carlos Banquet Center in Warren, MI

For ticket information, please e-mail


November Meeting

What a great night we had with a nearly packed house on hand to see all the old Motor City Speedway photos and items on display.

First guest speaker on hand was the Toledo Speedway Sportsman Champion for 2008 Jim Froling. Jim told everyone about where he started racing and all about the Wolverine Racing Team that he drives for currently. Jim has raced karts, Street Stocks, Late Models Sportsman through out his racing career. He looks forward to the 2009 season with hopes the economy will turn around by race time.

Originally we were to have Ken Zeiter and Skeeter Ross as our other guest speakers but, unfortunately Ken Zeiter had shoulder surgery just a week before the meeting and Skeeter Ross was under the weather with an inner ear infection so they couldn’t attend the meeting.

Then Steve Wolski gave a power point presentation with nearly a 100 photos from the start to the end on the Motor City Speedway. He did a great job and had many other posters and original items from the speedway for all to see.

After a short break the legendary Joy Fair told us on a few of his stories from Motor City as well as others about his racing career.

November 2008 Minutes

From the President

November is the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving! So we must remember to give thanks to those who serve and protect us here at home and across the world. Our service men and women are doing a fine job keeping us safe and giving us the freedom to enjoy the sport we all love. So please stop and say a prayer for their safe return.

Please don’t forget to RSVP for our Children’s Christmas Party as we need to know how many will be attending so we have enough gifts & food on hand.

Our 43rd Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled for January 17, 2009. Tickets are now on hand. Some of our top awards are as follows: MARFC/Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2008 is Paul Page veteran sportscaster and racer with many years will be on hand that evening. Writer of the Year is local journalist Darcie Fuzi who now has articles in the National Speed Sport News. The MARFC Presidents award will go to an outstanding Michigan Native who had excelled in our sport Brad Keselowski.

Plus we will have our special surprise awards and all the different track champions will also be in attendance. So if you are planning on attending this event get your tickets early as there will be NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR! Contact me at:

As Always Keep Racing!

Bill Barnhart – President MARFC

October Fan Club Days

Cool temperatures with clear blue skies on hand for our VIP tour of M.I.S. in the Irish Hill’s of Michigan. For all those who attended this event it was a very informative time. MIS PR Director Dennis Worden along with his tram driver Terry did an outstanding job explaining all about the new changes the speedway will under take in the near feature as well as seeing the new improvements that the speedway has already made over the last couple of years.

It was also great the have volunteer veterans of 26 years at the speedway Larry & Ann Kast on hand to tell everyone what they do on race weekends. Larry & Ann have been club members for many years. We closed out our meeting inside the Champions Suites high above the speedway where we drew the winning MARFC Fund-raiser raffle prize winners.

Thanks to all who supported our club this year! We appreciate all you members have done to help keep our club continuing into the future. Once again thank you to Dennis Worden & M.I.S. for arranging the tour.