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August 2009 Minutes

From the President

Well, it’s been a month since I took over the top spot from my long time friend “Wild Bill” Barnhart and the first thing I need to say is Thank You to all of the fans, drivers, crew members and Promoters who have come up to me at the tracks and offer words of encouragement and support as I get used to this new position of president. I need your help and here is what I need. I need for all of you that want to receive the newsletter by e-mail only to e-mail me at and let me know. I realize that you may have done this with Wild Bill but I want to be sure and have your latest e-mail address. Please include your name with the e-mail so I know for sure who it comes from.

We also sent out the 2009 raffle tickets with the newsletter. Please try to sell these as this is the club’s most important fund raiser for the year. If you need more then please contact me and I will be sure to get some more to you. A great big Thank you goes out to Pat Moran of The Moran Automotive Family for sponsoring the ticket printing for the raffle. The Moran Automotive Family carries the Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC, and Saturn lines of vehicles and has been a long time supporter of MARFC as well as being a supporter of local Auto Racing.

The racing season is beginning to wind on down to the end so make sure to get out to a track near you or take advantage of the last remaining fan club days for 2009.

I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of club member Jim Efaw who recently passed away. Jim was a crewmember on the Late Model #71 of Terry Bogusz Jr. and was just an all around great guy and lover of racing. God Speed Jim.

I would also like to extend sympathies to “Wild Bill” Barnhart and his family on the recent loss of his Mother Shirley Jean McCormick. Mrs. McCormick had been battling many health issues as of late and finally her body could take no more and she was called home. Please keep these two families in your prayers as well as the family of Harold Curtis who was fatally injured in an incident at the Hartford Speedway. Harold was a member of the safety crew and also a fireman.

Dave DeHem, MARFC President




MARFC made it to the Toledo Speedway on June 26th with the helmet bag being presented to Matt Brazeau in recognition of his support of the 4 cylinder divisions at both the Toledo and Flat Rock Speedway. The MARFC Door Prize drawing went to MARFC Member Patti Bihn. Thanks to our table helpers, Laura Tucker, Steve & Cory Russell, & club photographer Paul Anton. A big Thank You goes out to Ron Drager, Roy Mott, and Scott Schultz as well as Gary Lindahl for the great PR.




June 27th saw the club head west to the Galesburg Speedway for some great racing action. Our Helmet bag was presented to Late Model driver Jesse t support Jesse and his family have given to the Galesburg Speedway and to the division over the years. Door prize winner was Bob Town. A big Thank You to the Warning family and the staff at Galesburg Speedway for another great night of racing.

The annual MARFC Picnic was held at the Stoney Creek Metro Park on Sunday July 12th. A great time was had by all who attended as they were treated to some great grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and side dishes. Once again the grilling was done to perfection by the official MARFC “Chief Hot dog burner upper”, Larry Iacoboni. Great job on the grill, Larry. Wild Bill was on hand to lead the games and enjoy the day along with the over 65 people coming out to enjoy a day next to the lake.




July 24th saw the club head over to Mt. Pleasant and the Mt. Pleasant Speedway where we were the guests of Betty and Mario Crook along with Bill Long. The MARFC Helmet Bag was presented to up and coming UMP Modified # 13 Driver Andy rize went to Vernon Van Wagoner. Many thanks to our table helpers Kenny and Larry Letts, and Wild Bill Barnhart as well as The Crook family, Leo Pego for his PR and the staff of the Mt. Pleasant Speedway.




July 25th was to be Fan Club Day at Merritt Speedway but Mother Nature had other ideas. Rod Ancel and staff re-scheduled for August 8th so we will have an update next month.



MARFC is sponsoring a bus in the school bus figure 8 to be held at the Flat Rock Speedway on September 12th. The club also has tickets available for this event and will provide you with a general admission ticket for that night with each $10.00 donation. Events scheduled for that night include the Toledo Factory Stocks, Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Michigan Legends Series, Boat figure-8, Back-up Race, Racecar Bowling, and of course the ever popular School Bus Figure-8. Come on out and support one of our member tracks. Please contact me at to order your tickets.



When going to the fan club day on Friday august 14th at the Michigan International Speedway you must go to the gate 24 ticket office and present your 2009 membership card to receive your ticket for admission. The day will feature Sprint Cup Practice with Gatorade qualifying for the Carfax 400 to be held on Sunday August 16th.