October 2008 Minutes

From the President

The season is now mostly over and it’s time for MARFC to get into the swing with it’s general meetings and the up coming 43rd Annual Awards Banquet that will be held on January 17, 2009. Don’t forget to RSVP for out MIS tour for our October 19th meeting.

We send our condolences to the family or Bob Dera longtime MARFC member who passed away last month. Our thoughts & prayers are with the Dera family.

As the holiday season approaches you might just wonder what to get the race fan in you life for Christmas. Well we have just the idea for you we have our MARFC Wearable’s on hand and how about getting a new friend or family member a 2009 membership for a stocking stuffer. Both are not too expensive and a gift that will last all year long. Just a thought!

Speaking of memberships it is time to get started on the 2009 renewals. Get a jump start on 2009 and get yours renewed early and you won’t be on the hi-lighted list come January. Thanks to all you have already renewed for 2009!

As Always Keep Racing!

Bill Barnhart – President MARFC


September Fan Club Days

SPRINGPORT MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Round two went off without a hitch. Great weather & racing at Springport made for an outstanding night for race fans. Our MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag was given to Pony Stock driver Bill McBride for his perfect attendance & track support for the year. Special thanks to “Big Ed” & Linda Inloes for their help talking & working the club up all night long. Thanks to Jim Leisure and Paul Zimmerman for rescheduling this event.

TOLEDO SPEEDWAY: Fantastic weather on hand for this night of racing. I did see many members take advantage of the $5.00 off general admission ticket price for the Glass City 150 late model race. Many thanks to Ron Drager, Roy Mott, and Scott Schultz for making this event possible for our members.

September 2008 Minutes

From the President

As most Championships are finished and new Champions are crowned we get set for the September feast of special shows across the state, There are plenty to choose from with every style venue of racing. So if you get the chance take in one or two of these great racing shows, be sure to tell the promoters thanks for putting them on. I say this because Michigan is the best place to see some of the best short track racing in the country.

I know that it has been hard for promoters, racers and fans this season but, I’d like to tell each and everyone who attended races this year Thank You for your support of our sport. To all the MARFC membership tracks & promoters we here send our deepest THANKS for all you have done for our club. Your support has been outstanding in these hard financial times and we sincerely appreciate all you do for us and our sport. Thank You to the following MARFC Membership tracks: Auto City Speedway, Berlin Raceway, Cherry Speedway, Crystal Motor Speedway, Flat Rock Speedway, Galesburg Speedway, I-96 Speedway, Kalamazoo Speedway, Kinross Speedpark, Merritt Speedway, Mt. Pleasant Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Spartan Speedway, Springport Motor Speedway and Toledo Speedway.

The winner of our Children’s Christmas Party Raffle will have their choice of one of the above helmets.  The drawing will be held at our November meeting. One helmet is signed by all the ARCA RE/MAX drivers for the Kansas 2008 race and the other signed by drivers from the NASCAR Cup race at the Michigan June 2008 race. If you would like to help support this event by purchasing some of these tickets please contact me and I will get them to you. Contact me at: president@marfc.org

As Always Keep Racing!

Bill Barnhart – President MARFC

August Fan Club Days

KINROSS SPEEDPARK: A great night of racing was on tap at the Speedpark but track officials had problems at the last minute with qualifying timing and race time was delayed for a bit. With time a factor our MARFC/Uniform Helmet bag was not presented on this night but, would be given at a later date. A big Thanks to Gerry Liscumb and the staff of Kinross for a fast paced race night.  


Very clear & warm weather was on tap for our annual outing to MIS for 2008. Seen a few members there enjoying the day’s events with practice & qualifying! Special thanks to Roger Curtis & Dennis Worden and the staff at MIS for having us back once again.


Rainy afternoon and early evening made it a hard night for racing. Our staff had to pack it in early because of the rain but, the staff of the Raceway worked hard to dry the track and continue the night’s events. Our MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag was given to Late Model driver Terry Van Haitsma for setting fast time for the night. Many thanks to Mike Strevel and the entire staff for having us!

August 2008 Minutes

From the President

5th Annual MARFC Family Picnic

If you didn’t attend our 5th Annual MARFC Family Picnic you missed out big time. The weather was just great! With lots of food and games for all who did attend this fun filled day. Chef Larry did an outstanding job cooking all the burgers and dogs. Many thanks to all who brought a dish to pass and those who helped set up and clean up after. Thanks to my game judges and to Cathie Rohloff for helping with all the games. To Cory Russell who assisted in all the prizes. All who played the games enjoyed their wins and prizes. We had potato sack races, three legged races, eggs toss and water balloon toss games along with other fun games for children of all ages and the big kid’s too you know the adults! Thanks again to all who came and those who helped out. Hope to see more of you next year.

As Always,

Keep Racing!

Bill Barnhart

President MARFC







This just released!


MARFC member in the news!  Paul Anton – MARFC Member since 1972 – was recently selected as one of 20 very active Auto Racing Fans to participate on the inaugural 2008 Michigan International Speedway (MIS) Fan Advisory Board. The goal and mission of this Board is to improve the racing fan experience at MIS in order to “Create lasting memories for every person, every time”! As part of this effort, Paul is asking that any MARFC members having constructive comments to offer relative to the races and fan experience at MIS to email their comments to him and he will forward them to the Advisory Board members for subsequent consideration by the MIS management team. Please submit any comments to the following email address: panton@peoplepc.com


July Fan Club Days

GALESBURG SPEEDWAY: Mother Nature was near by but racing continued at the Galesburg Speedway. Our MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag went to Late Model driver # 00 Ken Kirby for his Sportsmanship & support of the track. The MARFC Raffle membership winner was Abigail Case new member. We thank Ralph Warning and all the folks at Galesburg for having us back again this year and look forward to 2009. Helpers for the night were Sue Ginter and Cathie Rohloff. Photo by Mark Aldritch


With beautiful weather on hand for our annual trek to the Cherry Speedway to see some dirt racing again this season. The MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag was given to Late Model driver # 1 Rail Roko for his track dedication and fund raising efforts for the Tackling TS Charity for the Gibson Family this season. Barb Fuzi was the winner of our membership raffle for the night. Many Thanks to Al Lardie and his staff for a grand time!  

SPRINGPORT MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Sad to say but. Mother Nature wins for the second time this season. Our 2008 Fan Club Day event at the Springport Motor Speedway was cancelled and this just released RE-SCHEDULE DATE IS SATURDAY AUGUST 30, 2008 Full show with Super Pro Series. Thanks to Jim Leisure and Paul Zimmerman for working with us again this season and hope next season will be better for the Speedway.


Beautiful clear skies on hand for a fantastic night of dirt track racing for all our members who attended this event. It was great to see so many faces that stopped by to say HI and even go the chase to see an old friend and former Figure “8” Champion from the Flat Rock Speedway Ben Benedict. Our MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag was given to a racer who has had some awesome hard luck this season he is the driver of Street Stock # 6 Bryce Van Buskirk. Taylor Fischer won our MARFC membership raffle prize. Thanks to Betty & Mario Crook and the entire staff for having us again this year. Thanks to “Chief” Leo Pagel for his PR assistance for the night.



The weather was great at Merritt for an outstanding SOD Sprint car show. Pro Truck driver # 44 Adam Sloat was chosen to receive our MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag for his dedication to racing in his division he flipped his truck twice this season and keeps returning to race each week. Way to go Adam! Club member Barry Meschke won our MARFC members raffle. Many thanks to Rod Ancel and all the folks at Merritt for all they do for our club.

Weather Wins at Springport

The Fan Club Day at Springport Motor Speedway has been cancelled due to weather.  Please inform those without internet or e-mail access.


Bill Barnhart,

President, MARFC