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August 2004 Minutes

August 2004

I’d like to take the time to ask that all the MARFC Members take the time to stop and thank all the track owners & promoters for being a part of our club. These folks freely invite us each season to see some of the best short track racing in the country, right here in our own state of Michigan.  To have the great support of all these tracks is outstanding.  I personally would like to thank each and everyone of the tracks for all that they have done for our club, not only this year, but in all the past years.

Thank you to all the following:
















As always, keep racing!!

Bill Barnhart

President MARFC


July Meetings

2004 MARFC Picnic

Our 1st Annual MARFC Family Picnic was held on Sunday July 11, 2004 at Stony Creek Metro Park. For those who did not attended. Your Loss You Missed Out! Many MARFC Members and their families had a fantastic time with games & prizes and lots of great food. Thanks to all who came and had a fun filled day. Many thanks to all who brought a dish to pass and helped in setting up & the clean up afterwards.

A big Thank you to those who donated extra game prizes. A Special Thanks to Eddie Sachs and Metro Box & Pallets for a kind donation to help with the picnic. Make sure to plan on being at next years picnic.

View additional photos of the event.


Tri-City Speedway

Mother Nature tried to scare off the racing for the evening but the racing went on as planned. Great to see a track back in action after a few years being closed. The Kamlay family Jim, Loretta, Chris, and Erik have done an outstanding job getting the track back in shape. May thanks to the Kamlay’s and all their staff for the invite. Dave DeHem & myself presented Kyle Callahan the MARFC Uniform/Helmet Bag to Mini Stock truck driver # 14. Kyle has been through some tuff times this season but has never missed a night of racing. Best of Luck to Kyle and his team for the rest of 2004. Many thanks to all the members who stopped by to say Hi. Also thanks to “Hollywood” for all the kind words.


Kalamazoo Speedway

Weather was great for our first trip to Kalamazoo Speedway in many years. Great show with over a 100 cars in the pit area made an outstanding five in one show for all to see. Our MARFC Uniform/Helmet Bag was presented to along time over 25-year veteran official of the speedway Craig Schweikert. Craig has not missed a race at Kalamazoo in nearly 30 years as a fan or official a true dedicated race fan and worker. Great job Craig! Special thanks to Gary & Donna Howe and their entire staff for a fantastic time. Thanks to Larry & Sue Iacoboni and Doug & Sandy Jakeway for helping out.



Mt. Pleasant Speedway

Beautiful night for racing at a great dirt track. With nearly 100 cars in the pit area and a special race night to boot members seen some of the best racing on the dirt. Promoter Dick Crook was presented the MARFC/Uniform helmet Bag for all the support that he and Betty have given the club over the years. Our prayers are still needed for Dick as he continues to battle cancer that has slowed him down for many months. Thanks to all the staff at the speedway. Many thanks to Larry & Kenny Letts, Bob & Pat Wolfe, Jeff Moroni & son, & Larry Iacoboni for helping out at the table.



Merritt Speedway

Cool and clear weather for some more outstanding dirt track racing. S.O.D. Sprints were there for a great show. Pits were jammed packed with cars again. Modified driver # 22 Roger Stieg was given the MARFC/Uniform Helmet Bag as the luck of the draw. Special thanks to Ed & Carmen VanDuinen and staff for an outstanding evening. Nice to have folks stop by and say Hi like Ron Mitchell, and Darci Fuzi. Thanks to Herman Bratfish, Doug Jakeway, Bill Walters, and Laura & Jimmy Tucker for helping out at the event. To “Chief” thanks for all the great PR at both Merritt & Mt. Pleasant.



Toledo Speedway

Rained out and rescheduled for Saturday September 25, 2004 the night before the Glass City 200 Lap late model show.