2005 Minutes

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February 2005 Minutes

February 2005

We hear at MARFC were saddened by the news of the passing of one of our members. Sharon Goulette lost her long battle with cancer last month. Her husband Dan Goulette and the rest of her family are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Next off I’d like to thank the Auto City Speedway for sponsoring our ticket printing for this years banquet. However I apologize to them for misprinting their opening date on the back of the ticket. It should be April16th, 2005 not the 26th. It was my mistake and I am truly sorry.  January 21, 2006 will be the date of our 40th Annual Award Banquet is mark it down now!

What a great night it turned out to be for our 39th Annual Awards Banquet.  Weather was a little cool but snow free were we. With nearly 400 folks on hand it was a night to remember. The Imperial House once again did an outstanding job with all the great food and fantastic service for our banquet. We thank them greatly for all they have done for our club with being the Official Banquet Hall for MARFC.

To have club members and long time friends Robin & Lynette Metdepenningen attend all the way from Mooresville, NC was fantastic. Frank Kimmel was also  on hand to receive his 6th award from our club and said that he was glad to be able to make it this year. Thank you to the following for having their championship cars on display during our banquet: Chuck Silva and Gorilla Racing Modified from Auto City Speedway, Eric Lee & Lee Motorsports Late Model from the Flat Rock Speedway, Dustin Daggett Racing for the SOD Sprints and the Ferns Racing Team for ¼ Midget car. Thanks again to you all.

Your membership renewal for 2005 must be turned in by February 22, 2005 or you will be dropped from our mail list as the cost of postage and printing is high and we need to cut expenses where we can. If you have already renewed your membership your 2005 cards will be in next months newsletter.  Don’t forget about our contest to help us with our membership. The current 2005 member who refers the most new members to sign up in 2005 will receive their 2006 membership & MARFC prize pack free from us here at MARFC. I will have more information on the prize pack in the upcoming newsletters. The new members must refer using your name in writing at the time of membership signup.

As always, keep racing!!

Bill Barnhart

President MARFC


January Meeting

39th Annual MARFC Awards Banquet

In addition to the photos below, an album of the entire event can be viewed here.

The MARFC Presidents Award for 2004 was presented to Ed Howe & Howe Racing Enterprises. Son Chas was there to accept for Ed as Ed is now semi-retired and lives in Florida now.


Eddie Sachs Jr. assisted in the presentation of the MARFC/ Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award to Gary Fedewa.

Gary was very happy to receive this honor.


Greg Yost host of “Race Day Review” picked up our Michigan Electronic Media Award for all his fine work supporting our sport through his radio show each and every Sunday morning. Greg thanks everyone and said that he couldn’t of done it without his partner on the show Jay Woolworth and also having his family’s support. Paul Anton accepted the Motorsports Publication of the Year Award for Mid-American Auto Racing News. Paul thanked the club on behalf of the paper. Our Surprise awards went as follows: 2004 MARFC Fan of the Year was a big surprise to one of our Canadian member Jack Lecot. Thanks to Jim’s Industrial Catering for sponsoring this award. Jason Fausey. promoter of the SOD Sprint Car Series won the 2004 MARFC Promoter of the Year. The 2004 MARFC Mechanic of the Year went to 3-time ARCA Truck Champion crew chief Chuck Carroll. MARFC Appreciation Awards went out to all these great folks who worked hard over the last few years to help our club grow like it has. They were: Larry Iacoboni, Dave DeHem, Jeff, Morini, Al Peltier, Cory Russell, Fran Russo, Laura Tucker, and Bill Walters. Way to go to them all.

Publisher & Editor of the Michigan Racing Scene Terry Fitzwater was on hand to present a couple of awards. Tom Carnegie was unable to be with us at the last minute because the Doctors gave him the red flag to stay home and get well for his up coming 60th Indy 500 race. But he did sent along a special video to announce the new award winner of the first Michigan Racing Scene/Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year to Gary Lindahl who was speechless for the first time in his history. What a great surprise to Gary and he is well deserving of it and to be the first to receive this new award is outstanding. SOD Sprint Series Champion Dustin Daggett won the MRS Driver of the Year Award for 2004. Dustin beat out many other great drivers to achieve this honor and was very grateful.

Ron Drager the President of the Michigan Speedways Promoters Association was in attendance to present the MSPA Promoter of the Year to the late Dick Crook co-owner of the Mt. Pleasant Speedway. Announcer Leo Pego was there to say thank you on behalf of the Crook family. Also, a very special thank you to Paul Anton for once again taking all the great photos during our banquet.

2005 Awards Banquet

39th Annual Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Awards Banquet

Celebrating Achievements during the 2004 Racing Season

Imperial House, Clinton Township, MI

January 17, 2005

President “Wild”Bill Barnhart
Vice President Larry Iacoboni
Secretary-Treasurer Susan Ginter
Publicity Director Vito LoPiccolo
Jr. Public Relations Director Jimmy Tucker
Board of Directors
Dave DeHem Jeff Moroni
Al Peltier Cory Russell
Fran Russo Bill Stone
Laura Tucker Bill Walters
Master of Ceremonies
Larry loynes
Ticket & Membership Chairperson Fran Russo
Raffle Tickets Laura TuckerSue Iacoboni Cathie Rohloff Cory Russell
Photographer Paul Anton
Webmaster Rob Michon
Raffle Prize Chairperson Larry Iacoboni
Ed Howe/Howe Racing Enterprises
MARFC President’s Award
Edie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award Gary Fedewa
Michigan Electronic Media Award Greg Yost “Raceday Review” WTRX Sports
Motorsports Publication of the Year Mid-American Racing News
ARCA RE/Max Series Frank Kimmell
ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series Chad Guinn
ARCA Late Model Gold Cup Series Dennis Strickland*
ARCA Late Model Over All- Flat Rock & Toledo Dennis Strickland*
ARCA Figure 8 Overall Dennis Whisman*
ARCA Four Cylinder Series Kevin Stepinski
Auto City Speedway Pro-Late Model Tony Brabbs
Auto City Speedway Modified Chuck Silva*
Auto City Speedway Factory Stock Mike Walther
Auto City Speedway Thunder Truck Kyle Hayden
Calhoun County Speedway Super Late Model Harry Foot Jr.
Calhoun County Speedway Modified Jim Butler
Calhoun County Speedway Street Stock Ben Hidey
Calhoun County Speedway Pony Stock Kenny Clark
Cherry Speedway Late Model Eric Spangler
Crystal Motor Speedway Late Model Bill Trueblood Jr.
Crystal Motor Speedway IMCA Modified Rick Stout
Crystal Motor Speedway Pro Stock Jeff Reist
Crystal Motor Speedway Hobby Stock Kevin Rohn
Dixie Motor Speedway Factory Stock Joe Hodgeson II
Dixie Motor Speedway Pro Late Model Jay Reinbold
Dixie Motor Speedway Modified Bob Szecsodi
Dixie Motor Speedway Factory Fours Steve Morris
Flat Rock Speedway Late Model Eric Lee
Flat Rock Speedway Street Stock B-Main Jimmy Rae*
Flat Rock Speedway Street Stock C-Main James Pankow
Flat Rock Speedway Figure 8 Dennis Whisman*
Kalamazoo Speedway Pure Stock Luke Krick
Kalamazoo Speedway Pro Stock Ben Raber
Kinross Speedway Late Model Nick Guerriero
Kinross Speedway 4 Cylinder John Claswson
Kinross Speedway Factory Stock Kevin Johnson
Merritt Speedway Late Model Eric Spangler
Merritt Speedway MMA Modified Matt Saxon
Merritt Speedway Street Stock John Wilkosz
Michigan Legends Series & Masters Bill Simons
Michigan Legends Semi-Pro Series Ryan Meldrum
Michigan Legends Pro Series Levi Rouster
Michigan Legends Series Rookie of the Year Krissy Kilbourn
Michigan Modified Association Asphalt Overall Harry Parish
Michigan Modified Association Dirt Overall Paul Bouwman
MId-Michigan Raceway Park MMA Modified Don Proctor Jr.
Mid-Michigan Raceway Park Street Stock Carl Thayer
Mid-Michigan Raceway Park Pro Stock Rich Clapp
Mt. Pleasant Speedway Modified Larry Wiggins Jr.
Owosso Speedway Super Late Model Scott Giroux
Owosso Speedway Limited Late Model Tommy Hoose
Owosso Speedway Street Stock John Forsythe Jr.
Owosso Speedway Four-Cylinder Series Chris Trinklein
Short Track Truck Series Joe Shuryan II*
S.O.D. Sprint Series Dustin Daggett
Spartan Speedway Late Model Harry Foote Jr.
Spartan Speedway MMA Modified Bud Perry
Spartan Speedway Street Stock Landon Hidy
Spartan Speedway Pony Stock Jerry Garland
Spartan Speedway Figure 8 Jeff Cummings
Tri-City Speedway Late Model Ray Meylan
Tri-City Speedway Modified Cale Wiltse
Tri-City Speedway Street Stock Kevin Harder
Toledo Speedway Late Model Joe Hawes
Toledo Speedway Sportsman Ron Allen
Toledo Speedway Factory Stock James Hazlett
Toledo Speedway Figure 8 Greg Studt
W.O.W Midget Series Ike Beasley
Tri City Heavy Honda & Heavy 160 Champion Brandon Johnson
Tri City Sr. Honda & Lt. Mod. Champion Nicholas Grodi
Tri City Jr. Honda Champion Max Thompson
Tri City Sr. Stock Champion Kerra Allen
Tri City Jr. Stock Champion Taylor Lynn Ferns
Tri-City Lt. 160 Champion Kevin Hawk

January 2005 Minutes

January 2005

I ‘d like to send our thoughts and prayers to club member Karen Bray who lost her son in a car accident early last month. May God Bless and Keep Karen and her family during this time.

Well we made it through another year isn’t that great? I hope Santa brought all of you everything you had on your Christmas list. Through out the 2005-year we will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary here at MARFC. Forty years can you believe that? It will be our best year ever I am sure. We have a lot of plans for the year and some surprises too! So remember to renew your 2005 membership now so you don’t miss anything.

I am currently working on a trivia question of the month contest that will start in February. There will be one question in the monthly newsletter as well as one on our website each month. We will have prizes each month with a big prize going out to one person at the end of the year. So keep checking for your newsletter each month and try to win. I’ll have the rules and first trivia question next month. Good Luck to you all!

As always, keep racing!!

Bill Barnhart

President MARFC


December Events

We had over 100 folks young & old at our December Children’s Christmas Party meeting. Weather was a little problem for some but we all had a grand time. Every child received a gift from Santa and won a door prize as well as a big bag of extra goodies. Everyone enjoyed a great lunch and “Bubbles the Clown” entertained everyone with balloons and magic.

All of this could not have been possible without your help. I wish to personally thank all those who donated items, food, or financial help. You all made it a special event for the kids.