2019 Champions Awarded by MARFC in January 2020!

Mother Nature tried her best to upset our Annual Awards Banquet, but we moved forward and still have a great turn out of fans & champions on hand for the evening’s festivities. Surprise award at the last minute was given out by Eddie Sachs Jr. and to help with the presentation Ken Schrader. The new award was called the MARFC Junior Motorsports Driver of the Year and was given to third generation driver Andrew Bogusz. Then Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame President Dave DeHem presented Scott Schultz with the Lifetime Dedication Award for 2019 as Scott was unable to be at the MMSHoF Banquet back in November. Special Thanks go out to all the folks who assisted in the setup, take down and during the banquet. Bill & Linda Walters, Chuck Horan, Rob & Lisa Michon, Al & Kyle Peltier, John Jackson, Eric & Kimille Fitzpatrick, Laura Tucker, Dennis Whisman Sr. & Dennis Whisman Jr. Even more thanks go to Paul Anton & Rand Thompson for all the photo’s taken at this great event. Also, thanks to Rob Michon for the video assistance and Lisa Michon for her help at the auction table. (Photo Left: Laura Tucker for Lane Automotive & President Bill Barnhart) (Photo Right: Bill Barnhart, Ken Schrader & Eddie Sachs Jr.)

Top Award Winners for 2019
MARFC Presidents Award -George Lane & Lane Automotive
MARFC/ Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award- Ken Schrader
MARFC /Vito LoPiccolo Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award- Randy Sweet
MARFC Media Award -Tim Frost & National Speedway Directory
MARFC Special Achievement Award- Rusty Daggett*
MARFC Special Achievement Award- Walter Vanvyve
MARFC Surprise Awards for 2019
MARFC 2019 Promotor of the Year Award -Tom Sprague & Thunderbird Raceway
MARFC 2019 Mechanic of the Year Award – Fred Dow Sr.
MARFC 2019 Fan of the Year Award – Misty Bolt
MSPA Promotor of the Year Award for 2019 – Gary &Donna Howe /Kalamazoo Speedway
Michigan Motosports Hall of Fame Dick Beebe Memorial Award – Scott Schultz
MARFC Appreciation Awards for 2019:
Chris Fitzpatrick Racing, Printing by Johnson, Rocky Fisher, Joe Nabraba, Eric Hoffman & MCR Dwarf Cars, Jack Colpean Sr. & Jack Colpean Jr. And Dennis Whisman Jr.
For all the banquet photos please see the banquet photo link!

The Show Will Go On!!

ATTENTION ALL RACE FANS & CHAMPIONS: Our 54th Annual MARFC Awards Banquet will proceed as planned no matter what Mother Nature has in store for the weather on Saturday January 18, 2020.

We have never cancelled a banquet in 54 years due to weather and will not now or in the foreseeable future do so.

Doors will open at 5 pm and dinner served at 6 pm. So please give yourself some extra time for travel and come and enjoy yourself and help us honor all our great champions from all across the state.

See you there and As Always Keep Racing!
Wild Bill Barnhart
MARFC President


From all of us here at MARFC we would like to wish every one of you the Happiest and Safest New Year possible. Here’s to hoping that all your gifts from Santa are the ones you wanted and your time with family and friends were outstanding. Many the new year bring us all a fantastic & safe year in racing. Let us all remember those who we have lost this past year and always have the memories we had together.

May you all be Blessed with great health and happiness for 2020 and May the Lord be with You and Yours Always!

As Always Keep Racing!
Bill Barnhart
MARFC President

Former MARFC Fan of the Year Passes Away!

We here at MARFC just heard the news of the passing of one of our MARFC Fan of the Year winners. Jack Colpean Jr. passed away suddenly during back surgery in late November. His wife Diane contacted me about his passing last week. Jack & his Dad Jack Sr. were at the races just about every time there was a MARFC event. True race fans were he and his dad. They also were great supporters of our club donating items for our auctions at the banquets and even toys for our annual children’s Christmas party events. Enjoyed every minute of time I spent with him and Jack Sr. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Colpean family at this time. (Photo: Jack Jr. & Jack Sr. at MARFC Banquet 2018)