2008 Minutes

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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

July 2008 Minutes

From the President

This is not a good way to start off a newsletter but, we must go on. What a sad month for racers here in the Michigan area. First off former ARCA driver Jerry Churchill died Saturday, June 7, after a brief hospitalization. He was 69. His driving career spanned over the course of four decades. Jerry was one of our special guest speakers at an old timer’s round table many years ago and had great stories to tell all. He will be missed by many in the racing community.

Then sad news to report on the night of our Fan Club Day event at the Toledo Speedway we learned that long time member and club supporter Neil Perlick passed away just hours before the race night started. Neil owned Action Video Productions and was the video man at both Flat Rock & Toledo Speedways for many years. Neil was 58 years old. Our thought and prayers go out to his wife Margret and his family at this time. “God’s Speed our Friend”.  Then add the news of the terrible tragedy hearing of the lost of Scott Kalitta who died at the young age of 46 last month when his Funny Car burst into flames and crashed at the end of track during the final round of qualifying for the NHRA Super Nationals in New Jersey. Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire Kalitta family and team at this time. With all these passing’s it sure makes for a bad month in the racing world. “May the good Lord be with them and theirs always”!

Just a reminder about our MIS Fan Club Day event is on Friday August 15th and you will need to go to the main ticket office near GATE #24 and show your current membership card at that time to receive a hard event ticket to use at the entrance gates. Remember GATE # 24 ticket office only! Hope to see many of you there and have a great time.


Bill Barnhart

President MARFC


June Fan Club Days


Finally sunny & warm weather on hand for a great night of racing. Longtime car owner Robert Martel was awarded out MARFC/ Uniform Helmet Bag for his continued support of racing over the year bringing 2 to 3 figure eight cars to help fill the field each week with various drivers and current Flat Rock Champion Robbie Loving. Winner of our MARFC members raffle was new member Daniel Bowman. Thank you to Scott Schultz, Ron Drager and the staff of Flat Rock for a great time.

Photo by Paul Anton


Once again nice weather on hand for an outstanding night of racing for all. Our MARFC/ Uniform Helmet Bag was presented to Kevin Little a former Late Model owner for Ron Allen and now Factory Stock # 00 driver. Thanks to Gary Lindahl for all the PR for our night and Special thanks to Ron Drager, Roy Mott and Scott Schultz for once again having us this season and look forward to our return next year. Congratulations to Patti Bihn who was the winner of our MARFC membership prize.

Photo by Paul Anton


Great amount of cars in all divisions on hand made for awesome dirt track racing. Late Model driver # 10 Tom Dusen was given our MARFC/ Uniform Helmet Bag for having hard luck the week before in destroying his car and rebounding to race again on this race night along with his support of the speedway. Our membership raffle winner was Kim Edsall of Auburn, MI. To Ron Flinn and the entire Crystal Motor Speedway crew we say thanks for a great night. To “Shut Up Roger” thanks for all the announcements about the club while we were there.

Photo my Mark Fuzi

Scott Kalitta

June 22, 2008

We here at the Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club heard the news of the terrible tragedy of the lost of Scott Kalitta who died at the young age of 46 when his Funny Car burst into flames and crashed at the end of track during the final round of qualifying for the NHRA Super Nationals in New Jersey. The Kalitta Family has special local ties to many here in Michigan. Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire Kalitta family and team as well as fans at this sad time.

Bill Barnhart

President MARFC