LMS: Michigan fan club to honor 2005 champion

The Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club to honor 2005 ASA Late Model Series Champion, Stephen Leicht. During the 40th annual MARFC Awards Banquet on Saturday January 21, 2006. Lexington, Michigan (01/03/2006): The ASA Late Model Series Presented...

The Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club to honor 2005 ASA Late Model Series Champion, Stephen Leicht. During the 40th annual MARFC Awards Banquet on Saturday January 21, 2006.

Lexington, Michigan (01/03/2006): The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts are looking ahead to the 2006 season and all three traveling divisions within the ASALMS. The rewards of the 2005 season will be handed out during the 2005 ASALMS Awards Banquet on Saturday January 14, 2006 at the Quality Hotel and Banquet Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Not only will the top drivers and teams of the 2005 season be rewarded at the annual awards banquet, but more awards are on tap for the 2005 ASALMS Champion, Stephen Leicht even after the ASALMS Banquet. The soon to be 19-year-old (On January 9, 2006) future superstar in the world of auto racing, is in line for even more awards courtesy of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (www.marfc.org) who combined its' efforts with the ASALMS for two of its' fan club nights during the 2005 season.

Leicht as well as the majority of the local Michigan track champions will be honored at the 40th annual MARFC Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance on Saturday January 21, 2006 at the Imperial House in Clinton Township, Michigan. Happy Hour starts at 5pm with dinner slated for 6pm and awards will follow. Ticket reservations will close on January 10, 2006 and no tickets will be sold at the door.

The 2005 track champions from all over the state of Michigan and surrounding short tracks as well as traveling series', including the ASALMS and individuals, amongst others, will be honored for their achievements as they pertain to auto racing. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Announcer, Gary Lindahl, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the 40th anniversary event.

Also special awards to be handed out include; the MARFC President's Award, the most prestigious award given at the MARFC Banquet. In addition, the Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, the Michigan Electronic Media Award, the Motorsports Publication Award, as well as the Tom Carnagie Announcer of the Year Award.

In addition, the Michigan Racing Scene will present its' Driver of the Year Award to be given to part-time ASALMS driver, Cameron Dodson for his accomplishments during the 2005 season with the Auto Value Super Sprints Series. Dodson won the AVSS Series Championship and Rookie of the Year title during the season. Dodson also made two appearances in 2005 with the ASALMS and won the GM Performance Parts Shootout at the Baer Field (IN) Speedway on September 11, 2005.

During the racing season, if you are a Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Member, just show your membership card at the front gate of each event and you get into the grandstands for free. The ASA Late Model Series Presented by GM Performance Parts is proud to be a member of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Member.

The Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in motorsports in 2005 and is dedicated to the betterment of benefit of Auto Racing and those engaged therein. The MARFC was established on September 25, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The founding Board of Directors consisted of; Vito LoPiccolo-President, Willie Flokstra-Vice President, Marion Flokstra-Secretary/Treasurer, and Board Members, Barbara LoPiccolo, Bob Lewis, Norma Lewis

The MARFC is a non-profit organization for all those interested in, or actively involved in auto racing. The primary purpose of the club is to promote auto racing in and around Michigan and to honor those who have been successful in any aspect of auto racing. Currently, the President of the MARFC is Bill Barnhart, who has served as President since 1999.

Also on the staff of the MARFC include; Vice-President is Larry Iacoboni while Sue Ginter serves as the secretary/treasurer. The Public Relations Director is the Club's original President, Vito LoPiccolo, while Jimmy Tucker is the Junior Public Relations Director. The Board of Directors consists of: Dave DeHem, Jeff Moroni, Al Peltier, Cory Russell, Fran Russo, Bill Stone, Laura Tucker, and Bill Walters. The MARFC is also a proud member of the Michigan Speedway Promoter's Association (MSPA).

Club meetings are held monthly October through April and feature racing films, guest speakers, and tours of racing facilities in and around Michigan. During the racing season, Fan Club days are held at member tracks. During these Fan Club Days, members staff a booth where you may become a MARFC member yourself. To show appreciation to the host track, a drivers name is randomly picked to receive a MARFC helmet/uniform bag. With the exception of the banquet, all meetings are free to members. On Fan Club Days, members are admitted free to the host track by showing their current MARFC membership card.

The cost of annual membership dues is $10.00 for single person, or $15.00 married couple or family (Two adults and all children up to age of 15). Payment of dues entitles you to a membership card, window decal, and a monthly newsletter. Memberships run from January 1st of each year and expire on December 31st of the same year.

If you would like to become a member of the MARFC or would like additional information about the Fan Club, log onto their website at: www.marfc.org or e-mail MARFC President, Bill Barnhart at: info@marfc.org

The next scheduled event for the ASALMS will be the 2005 Awards Banquet to be held at the Quality Hotel and Banquet Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Saturday January 14, 2006, beginning with Happy Hour at 5:30pm.

The ASA Late Model Series will honor the 2005 ASA Late Model Series Champion, Stephen Leicht, as well as the 2005 Pat Bourdow Memorial Rookie of the Year, Brian Campbell and the top twenty drivers in the final points standings. In addition, the GM Performance Parts Winner's Circle participants will be awarded as will the GM Performance Parts Shootout Points Champion, Mark Hartline. Also Special Awards, as voted on by the teams of the ASALMS will be handed out along-with special appreciation awards.

The banquet is a semi-formal event and the ASALMS encourages everyone to put on their best. The ASALMS will continue with the tradition that started with the first annual banquet to begin the awards presentation first followed by dinner and dancing. Everyone is welcome to attend and to celebrate the 2005 season. Attendance is mandatory for all teams receiving awards. Tickets for the banquet must be purchased in advance through the ASALMS Office. All tickets MUST BE ORDERED by Saturday January 7, 2006!

In addition, there are some rooms that are blocked off for the ASALMS and some of those hotel rooms are still available at the Quality Inn by calling 1 (877) 240-2929 and using the ASALMS Member code #00802174 to get a 15% discount. Once all of those rooms are gone, you can call the hotel direct and get a room for $59 by letting them know you are part of the ASALMS. Please Call 1 (260) 484-7711. Pricing is discounted for both Friday and Saturday January 13-14, 2006.

Also on that same day, the 2006 ASALMS Owner/Drivers meeting will also be held at the Quality Hotel and Banquet Center from 9am-Noon. This meeting will be open for all three divisions and its' participants and the ASALMS management and staff encourages all teams that plan on running with any of the three traveling series in 2006 to attend or send a representative to the meeting.

The 2006 ASALMS Southern Division Owner/Drivers meeting is set for Saturday January 21, 2006 at the Quality Inn/Marietta Room in Marietta, Georgia from 10am-1pm. Just a reminder to all teams that plan to attend the January 21st Informational meeting in Marietta Georgia. This meeting is in addition to the ASALMS Owner/Drivers Meeting to be held the weekend before on Saturday January 14, 2006 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

It is very important that you register your attendees with the ASALMS South Office as soon as possible. There is no charge to attend the meeting but we will need an accurate head count to ensure that we are properly prepared. Please register via e-mail or call the Southern Division office at: (770) 630-4571 or you can e-mail Southern Division Director, Randy Rabinowitch at: randyr@asalatemodels.com

The ASALMS Southern Division will open the 2006 season on Saturday March 4, 2006 at the Bronson (FL) Motor Speedway near Gainesville in Bronson, Florida for the inaugural Florida 100. The televised ASALMS Challenge Division will open the doors on their 2006 season two weeks later at the famed Music City (TN) Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday March 18, 2006 for the Music City 200.

Finally the ASALMS Northern Division will hold its' inaugural event on Saturday May 6, 2006 at the wicked fast ½ mile of the I-70 (MO) Speedway outside of Kansas City in Odessa, Missouri for the inaugural Show-Me 100.

For more information about the 2005 ASALMS Awards Banquet as well as the approaching 2006 season with the ASALMS Challenge Division, and the ASALMS Northern and Southern Divisions; check out the websites at: www.asalatemodelsnorth.com and www.asalatemodelssouth.com

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