Lansing, MI (Sunday, March 21, 2021) - Despite having to utilize a new venue and still being in the midst of a pandemic, the 4th Annual Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club (MARFC) Presented by Northside Towing and Service Bowling Tournament can be considered a rousing success. 32 bowlers made their way to the Royal Scot Golf and Bowling center in Lansing, MI on Saturday, March 20th to gather and raise funds for the Randall Ginter Memorial Benevolent Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Bowlers and bench racers were greeted at sign-in with a raffle table full of prizes to be won courtesy of the generosity of race fans, drivers, track owners, and series officials from around the state of Michigan. All bowlers who competed were also given a free pass for any one of the house shows or Eve of Destruction events held at Birch Run’s Dixie Speedway. Other forms of revenue-generating for the benefactors came in the form of a 50/50 cash raffle, a Tony Stewart autographed die-cast auction, and a Jimmie Johnson jacket auction.
With the total raised from the bowlers ($128), donations from Northside Towing and Service ($250), Midwest Classic Racers ($100) as well as Horsepower Happenings ($100), prize table raffle sales ($283), the 50/50 cash raffle ($307 total with Becca and Zach Hiser’s half being donated back), and the Tony Stewart die-cast auction ($50), the event raised $1,268!
After the announcement of the totals raised, the bowling awards were handed out. Speedway Convenience Stores $25 gift cards and a trophy were awarded to the Men’s High Score (Jeffrey Brennan 266) and the Team High Score (Jeffrey Brennan and Theresa Beckner 984) while the Women’s High Score (Theresa Beckner 257) would receive the trophy and gift card as well as an extra $50 donated by Cindy Kramer. The Greg Yost Never Give Up Award for the lowest score (Sophia Curtis with a 10) received a trophy as well as $50 donated by Cindy Kramer.
The Chris Throgmartin Spirit Award Presented by Talin RV was awarded to Kevin England earlier in the day for his work at Galesburg Speedway. Kevin’s encouragement of racers from “The Burg” to visit other tracks while they were shut down showed true passion for the sport. Dave and Dora Howe of Beacon Sales and Service presented $25 to the two farthest travelers who were Rich Frantz and John Jackson.
“Big” Ed Inloes was the first guest speaker for the March MARFC general meeting, where he gave an update on working at Birch Run’s Dixie Speedway on Friday’s and the Owosso Speedway on Saturday’s. Sean Sprague came up next to talk about his switch from the dirt of I-96 Speedway to being back to where it all started for him at Corrigan Oil Speedway. Zach Hiser and Rich Frantz then spoke about their podcast on Monday nights as well as the coverage they plan to give local and national auto racing from around Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Jeff Finley was on hand and told of how his family got involved in racing as well as the Northside Towing business and going from being a driver to seeing his son transition from the local short tracks to NASCAR and then back to dirt racing. The Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame was represented by Dave DeHem as he talked about the history of the organization as well as planning for this year’s banquet to be held in Mt. Pleasant in November.
The Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club would like to thank the following for the support of this event:
Royal Scot Golf & Bowl
Jeff Finley and Northside Towing
Chris Throgmartin and Talin RV of Brooksville, FL
Les Glasco and Les’ SportsCards of Birch Run, MI
Dale Spencer and Dale Spencer Racing
Keisha Howe and Reflections Boutique of Charlotte, MI
Eric Hoffman and Midwest Classic Racers
Speedway Convenience Stores
David and Dora Howe/ Beacon Sales and Service of Charlotte, MI
Bing and Elaine Crosby
Scott Schultz/Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways
Chad Finley Racing
Jim Hanks/ Must See Racing
Shepard’s Indoor Speedway of Owosso, MI
Ed and Linda Inloes
Ken Williams/Owosso Speedway
Fred Lynch/Birch Run’s Dixie Speedway
Brian, Destiny, Cheyanne, and Jayden Howey
Anthony and Sophia Curtis
Details on next year’s event are being finalized and will be released on the MARFC website www.marfc.org as well as the MARFC Facebook page.
Story - Chuck Darling, Horsepower Happenings
Photo - Destiny Howey