MARFC April General Meeting & Elections for 2022!

The April 9th meeting at the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grill was held in conjunction with the ARCA/Flat Rock/Toledo Racers” Reunion.  After a two year pause due to Cov-id, there was a very nice turnout of former racers and fans Brian Norton, Scott Schultz and Ron Drager did an outstanding job of hosting the event. MARFC held the April general membership meeting following the Reunion. The Bi-annual election of the Board of Directors told place at the meeting. The results of the election are:

President –                        John Jackson

Vice President                  Dave DeHem

Secretary/Treasurer        Nancy May

New Board of Directors: Rusty Daggett, Eric Fitzpatrick, Rich Frantz, Kelly Hollister, David Howe, Rob Michon, Rand Thompson, Karl Zarbo

Following the election of the Board of Directors, we had four great speakers. Ron Drager and Scott Schultz gave attendees updates on Flat Rock Speedway, Toledo Speedway and ARCA. Scott talked about plans for Flat Rock’s 70th Anniversary night of racing and celebration on July 9th. Outgoing MARFC President Bill Barnhart shared some historical perspectives about MARFC and his observations from his long tenure on the Board and as President. Those in attendance at the meeting also enjoyed hearing from longtime ARCA Menards Series driver Brad Smith, a lifetime Michigan resident who teamed for several years with the legendary James Hylton. He shared he will run a total of 24 races this season in the ARCA Menards and ARCA East Series. Smith had already driven in races at New Smyrna, Daytona and Five Flags Speedway in Florida, as well as Phoenix. (Photo Top Left: President John Jackson & Brad Smith) (Photo Center: Ron Drager) (Photo Right: Scott Schultz)


There was another great turn-out for the March General Meeting at the Royal Scot Bowling and Golf Center in Lansing which also included the Annual Bowling Tournament. 46 Bowlers and over 80 people attended. Details about the winning individuals, teams and special award winners can be found on our Facebook page and soon on our website. A huge thank you to Chuck Darling and family for organizing this again and to Jeff Finley and Northside Towing for being the title sponsor. Thanks also to Speedway for the gas cards, Chad Finley, Drive Train Specialists, Reflections Boutique and the many other donors for the raffle. (Photo Left: Jeff Finley)  ( Photo: Right: Zach Hiser & Rich Frantz)

MARFC Lifetime/Charter Member Passes Away!

We here at MARFC are deeply saddened by the new of one of its Lifetime Charter members since 1965. Ray Angelelli has passed away in his sleep this pasted Wednesday March 23, 2022, at the age of 84. Ray was a force behind Mancini Racing. We send our thoughts & prayers to his family and friends at this time. “Gods Speed” friend Ray until next time! The following was posted on Facebook and listed is the visitation times for Ray.

Ray Angelelli, Roseville – ANGELELLI, Ray. March 23, 2022. Age 84. Beloved husband of Pat. Loving father of Cheryl (Shawn Kornoelje) Angelelli and Daniel (Jennifer) Angelelli. Proud and adored grandfather of Cooper. Dearest brother of the late Danny. Cherished uncle of Donna Craner and Tina Angelelli. Visitation Sunday from 2-9pm at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Instate Monday from 10:30am until the time of 11am Mass at St. Pio of Pietrelcina Catholic church, 18720 13 E Thirteen Mile Rd, Roseville. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Please share memories with the family at their “On-Line Guestbook” at

It is with sadness that we announce the death of our founder and patriarch, Ray Angelelli, who passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday morning with his family by his side. Known as “Jaws” among friends and fellow racers, Ray along with his brother Danny, and Super Stock racer Ron Mancini, founded our company back in 1972. Through Ray’s hard work, business acumen, and guidance, Mancini Racing would grow to become one of the largest Direct Connection and Mopar Performance Parts warehouse’s in the world. Even at the age of 84, Ray came into the work every day to package orders, work with Mopar on supplying parts, or just to make sure we did our job taking care of our loyal customers. Ray’s presence will be missed, but his spirit will always be a part of Mancini Racing.


The Final Checkered Flag waved for Longtime MARFC Member!

We here at MARFC are very saddened by hearing the news that longtime member Doug Spodeck passed aways on Sunday morning February 20, 2022. Doug’s wife Karen said that he fought as hard as he could, but his kidneys and the infection were just too much for him. She believes he was overhead watching the Daytona 500 with his smiling face that he always had when he was at the racetrack. Per Doug’s wishes no services are planned but, if you wish to send the family a card, please contact me and I will get it to you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Doug wife Karen and the Spodeck family.” God Bless Always”! Rest Well my friend until we meet again!!

(Photo of Doug & Karen at a MARFC meeting a few years back)