February 2009 Minutes

From the President

As we head into the next couple of months leading to the start of the 2009 racing season we still need to think of all our loved ones serving our country here at home and over seas. Take the time to say a prayer for all their safe returns. We look forward to a great race season and wish to thank all our membership tracks for their continued support of our club. So when you see the promoters at the tracks stop by and tell them thanks because without them we as race fans would not see some of the best short track racing in the country.

If your name has been “HIGH LIGHTED IN ORANGE” on your regular mailed newsletter you need to renew your membership for 2009 RIGHT NOW. To save on postage and printing we will not be able to carry anyone after this month’s newsletter that has not renewed for 2009. You will not want to miss out on any of the events that the club will be having during the 2009 season. So don’t wait until it is too late and you are dropped from our mailing list. Membership cards will be mailed out along with your March newsletter.

As Always Keep Racing!

Bill Barnhart – President MARFC


Awards Banquet

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2009 BANQUET RECAP: I am proud to say that over 400 members, drivers, crews, promoters, and VIP’s braved their way to our 43rd Annual Awards Banquet. Mother Nature thru just about everything she had at us for our night’s great event. In the end we were the ones waving the checkered flag. Many, many thanks to all who did make there way to the banquet and I hope no one had any major problems getting home afterward.

Paul Page (center) received the “MARFC/ Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award”

Our night started out just a little behind schedule but with the great help and outstanding announcing by “Big Ed” es we made up time and finished on time. Our President’s Award was awarded to Brad Keselowski. As Brad had a prior commitment with NASCAR in Daytona he was able to send us an acceptance speech via DVD. His Business manager Charlie Legeman was on hand to accept for him and said that Brad really did want to be with us. Veteran announcer from Indy Paul Page was presented the MARFC/Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award by Eddie Sachs Jr. who did a great job introducing Paul.

MARFC President Bill Barnhart (R) presents the MARFC Motorsports Writer of the Year award to columnist Darcie Fuzi.

Darcie was given our 2008 Motorsports Writer of the Year Award for her outstanding journalistic coverage of our sport in many of our states local racing papers as well as in the National Speed Sport News. The 2008 Promoter of the Year was stunned when we announced that the Cherry Speedway & Alan Lardie were our winners. Chris Silva the Crew Chief for his brothers Championship Modified at the Dixie Motor Speedway Chuck Silva was the 2008 MARFC Mechanic of the Year. Other surprise awards given where the 2008 Fan of the Year given to Robert Wilkinson who had car troubles getting there and didn’t make it to the banquet but was grateful for the award when contacted later about it. . The award was sponsored by Jim’s Industrial Catering in memory of Big Jim Gullett founder.

Fran Russo

A special appreciation award was given to long time MARFC member and 40 plus years on the board of directors Frances Russo. We appreciate Brain Bauman, Cory Russell, Laura Tucker and Susan Ginter with the many thanks for their continued support of the club. A big Thank You to Petitpren, Inc. for all the Budweiser item used for our door prize drawing and to Larry Iacoboni for all his work getting all of our raffle prize items we say thanks. Thanks also to DeCarlo’s Banquet & Convention Center for great service & food.

Michigan Racing Scene Newspaper publisher, Terry Fitzwater (L) presents the 2008 Michigan Racing Scene Newspaper Driver of the Year award to long time driver and champion John McCaul. Michigan Racing Scene Newspaper publisher, Terry Fitzwater (L), presents the “Tom Carnegie Track Announcer of the Year” award to Ed Inloes (R) as MARFC President Bill Barnhart (Center) assists with the presentation.

Terry Fitzwater publisher of the Michigan Racing Scene was on hand to present two of his special awards. The first was the Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year to a very stunned & surprised “Big Ed” Inloes who announces at both Spartan & Springport Speedways in 2008 and will move over to assist Larry Loynes at Auto City in 2009 as well as Spartan. Then John McCaul was presented the Driver of the Year Award from Terry. 

ARCA President Ron Drager (L), representing the MSPA for 2008, presents their surprise Promoter of the Year award to Mr. Ron Flinn and his Crystal Motor Speedway located in Crystal, Michigan.

Ron Drager President of the MSPA awarded the MSPA Promoter of the Year award to the Ron Flinn and the Crystal Motor Speedway and a very humble Ron accepted it on behalf of the speedway.

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: president@marfc.org

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 president@marfc.org


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.