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Address: 237 N. River Road
City: Mount Clemens State: MI Zip: Unknown Phone:  
County: Macomb
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7/1/2014 - Tom Porzondek
This post is in reply to the posting of Vince Cuker last March: I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your great work with the flags. Although we have never met, I spent many nights (and some Sunday afternoons) watching and enjoying the races at the Mount over the years from the early 1960's until the place closed. When we (my dad and I) first started going to Mt. Clemens in 1963, Eddie Janis was on the flags and he also did a great job. Thanks to ALL the folks who helped with putting on the races, they were all appreciated.

I can't believe it has been 51 years since I first went to the Mount, where did the time go?? Thanks again, Vince, and take care.
5/4/2014 - Matthew burns
On May 3rd Bernie DeSmith passed away, he found out 7weeks ago he had lung cancer. On May 7th & 8th he will be shown at Tiffany-Young & Hauss located in Armada Mi on North ave. the viewing times are Wednesday the 7th 2-9pm then Thursday from 9am-10am, starting at 10am will be a service for Bernie then a luncheon will follow afterwards.
4/17/2014 - Chris Fitzpatrick
Sadly I am posting to let all my dads (Bob Fitzpatrick) friends and fans know that he has passed away today 4-16-14 at the age of 74. He enjoyed racing and being at the track with all of his family and friends. Please keep our family in your prayers We will post funeral arrangements as soon as we can.
3/21/2014 - Vince Cuker
This is my annual visit to this site. It sure brings back lots of good memories reading all the input from the fans, drivers and officials from the MCRT. In my 29 years affiliated with the track, It's nice to read about everyone who has touched my life while at the track. Each story brings back good memories of those metioned, and others related to the hobby. Thanks, and keep the articles and input coming.

3/12/2014 - Mike Florindi Jr.
Wow, I've grown up hearing my dad speak of most of the people listed up here. He worked in the pits for Stan Yee and transported the car to many races. I can't wait to tell him of the website. I'm sure he will be excited. The stories I have heard though the years and haven't ever met anyone.

I was fortunate enough to attend school with Rod Robarge (son of Lisle. ) I believe I have some pics of Yee's car. #33 if I remember correctly. I'll have to dig them out.

I'll post if I can find anything.
12/12/2013 - Robin Wagenhals
My mom, Pauline Paller (Polly) used to race at Mt Clemens and also in Detroit. She started with the Powder Puff from what she has told me. Chevrolet sponsored her. She drove the 3 J's and dad was #55. My dad, Earl Lindsay, also raced.

He had no sponsor. I have many photos of gatherings, some formal. I have her racing uniform and her M M S R A annual license, trophy's, track flag. Not sure what to do with all of this.

The pictures are priceless. Any suggestions for me. I am sure there are many out there she raced with that are still around, if not, their children.

12/11/2013 - Chuck Sommers
I plan on attending the get together and looking forward to it.
11/21/2013 - Tom Urban
The 8th (9th) annual Mt. Clemens Race Track Get Together is scheduled for Jan 25th 2014. It`s being held at Kart2Kart, Van Dyke Ave. just south of 19 mile road. Registration to race starts at 5:30 p.

m. Racing will start around 6:00 p. m. Videos will be shown in the big conference room.

If you`re not racing, show up anytime after 6:00 p. m. to watch videos and tell stories. If racing and it is very cold outside, bring warm clothing because the track is ventilated by opening the outside doors.

See you all there.
10/14/2013 - Tom Porzondek
To The Goodrich Family: I am sorry for your loss of both Gene & Lloyd. I do not remember seeing Gene race, but I do remember Lloyd racing. He was part of that group of sportsman drivers from the late 60's thru the early 70's who really put on a great show on the dirt, both on the 1/4 mile and the combined tracks when they ran the infamous double O. I can still hear those small block chevy engines screaming as they downshifted from high gear to enter turn 1 on the 1/4 mile after running their lap on the 1/2 mile. Don't know how those guys ever kept a rear main seal in those motors after all that.

Maybe they didn't, eh ???? Sure was fun to watch.
10/2/2013 - Randy
Obituary for Gene Goodrich: GOODRICH, GENE Age 71, born August 18, 1942 in Detroit, Mich. , passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe. Gene was a loving and caring husband and father who leaves behind his wife Helen, his very grateful son, Russell (Stacy), his two darling grandchildren Anna and Owen. Gene graduated from Cass Tech High School and worked in the Tube Fabrication Industry at Bundy Tube before helping to start Auto-Fab Engineering, Inc. in 1971.

Gene enjoyed corvettes, car shows, the outdoors, motorcycles and spending time with family and friends. Gene was a long time member of the charitable organization, The Nottingham Sportsman's Club. Funeral Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Kaul Funeral Home, 35201 Garfield, Clinton Twp, MI. Visitation Friday, October 4, 2013 form 2 p.

m. to 9 p. m. In lieu of flowers the family request donation be made to The Nottingham Sportsman's Club c/o Kaul Funeral Home.

10/2/2013 - Randy
Just read this post on FB from Russell Goodrich: I was surprised to find there is a Facebook page for the Mt. Clem Race Track. I am posting a death notice in case anyone on here remembers my dad or his brother and would be interested in the info. Gene Goodrich passed away on Sept. 29, 2013.

He raced at Mt Clemens Racetrack around late 60's early 70's. My mom said he was never really that good, but I know he enjoyed it. He also worked in the pits for his brother Lloyd Goodrich, who from what I have been told was pretty good. Lloyd passed away several years ago.

Randy: Both drove the #85 - 57 Chevy, when Lloyd drove it, it was painted a 'champagne purple' and when Gene drove it, it was orange. Lloyd won Championships in both the 1/4 mile Sportsman class and the Double O. Both loved racing but Lloyd was the better of the two. God Bless the Goodrich Family and condolences to all family & friends.

3/25/2013 - LAURA TUCKER
Bill Giordano passed away today. Better known to all of us as Diego, he was crew chief for Jay Sommers for many years.
3/6/2013 - Tom Porzondek
Laura - Thank you for the update about Lisle. I remember him well for his great driving ability on the dirt and his happy demeanor. I also remember the time that he and a couple of the other sportsman drivers decided to go for a dip in that small pool across the midway from the saloon. He was a fun guy to be around.

3/4/2013 - LAURA TUCKER
Lyle passed away on February 9, 2013. Mt. Clemens Race Track has a Facebook page for information, too.
2/26/2013 - Tom Porzondek
Does anyone have further information about Lisle Robarg as to how he is or anything else?.
1/27/2013 - Tom Urban
The previous post concerning the Get Together at Kart2Kart is incorrect. The event is on as scheduled.
1/16/2013 - Vince Cuker
The next Kart-2-Kart sure got here fast. I'll be coming in from Chelsea that day, and will try hard to make it. Last years' was great. I just read the last 10-12 inputs and it's nice to see all those names from the past. Every one have a save winter and hope to CU at the Kart.

12/31/2012 - Tom Urban
For those of you not on the Mt. Clemens Race Track Facebook page, the 7th annual Mt. Clemens Race Track Get Together will be held on Jan. 26th 2013. It will be held at Kart2Kart, located on Van Dyke Ave just south of 19 Mile Rd.

Come on down and race the carts, or come down and just watch. We`ll have lots of videos and lots of story telling. Some true, some not. If you want to race the carts, registration starts at 5:30p.

m. If not racing, show up anytime after 6:00p. m. Watching and story telling is free.

Also if you`re racing and it`s very cold outside, bring some warm gloves as it gets pretty cold inside as they open the big doors for ventilation. First race goes off at 6:p. m. The cost of racing the carts is $45.

00 dollars. This gives you 3 8 minute sessions. One practice, one qualifier, and then a feature. So come on down and have some fun.

Hope to see you there.
12/29/2012 - Leonard Dale Priest
I would like to see or hear something about my dad Dale Priest.
12/3/2012 - John Zimmerman
Just wanted to say hi. Have been reading this site for a while and am glad to see so many familiar names. I worked at Yees racing when the late John Anderson and Artie drove for Stan.
10/26/2012 - Thomas Anigne
I ran several times at Mt Clemens, as well as other Mi. tracks in 1968,69, 70 until my owner was killed by a drunk driver and his wife sold off everything. I had many pictures but unfortunately they were all lost in a fire back in 1994. It would be nice to see some of them again.

9/23/2012 - ron plettl
my brother in law was terry gaddy he owned 108 race car driven by erv baumgardner in the 60 70 they have both passed now.
9/6/2012 - Tom Porzondek
To Craig & Lance Pierson: I was reasonably sure that Artie did the motors for your dad although I did not know for how long. I remember standing next to your dad one night at Mt. Clemens when he was talking with Artie about his motor as I think he was having some problem and Artie was talking to him like engine builders usually did with one of their customers, so I assumed that Artie did the motor. I also do remember when Jay Sommers won the lottery (I think it was in the early 90's maybe) there were stories about it going around. I never really knew much about it, but I did see Jay & Artie racing at Toledo in the Iceman Series, I believe.

This next part is for anyone who may have known my brother Bob, or as he liked to be called, Harve. He was a regular spectator at Mt. Clemens for years until it closed, and went to lots of other tracks all over including the Brickyard, IRP, MIS, some in Canada, and lots more in Michigan. He and I were at Mt.

Clemens the night Jr. Hanley went through the fence around the turn three area. He never raced but he loved racing just like his older brother Tom and our father. He had some great experiences from watching racing and told me a real funny story about the time he had breakfast with Dick Trickle at a motel someplace in Canada, I think.

We lost Harve yesterday at the age of 57, probably of natural causes. He went to a lot of race tracks and liked to talk with just about everyone, so some of you may have met him. Also sorry to hear about Lyle Robarge, he was a real fun guy and a great dirt tracker. I can still see him in my mind's eye going out for hot laps one night and driving with one arm, I guess for laughs or something.

Never saw anyone else even attempt to try that.
8/26/2012 - Randy
Been making the rounds to some of the local short tracks and I saw Rick Sigsby at Owosso on my rounds. For those of you who don't know who he is, Rick is the author of an awesome book titled Living on the Edge, a History of Auto Racing in Michigan. I bought the book when I saw him at Owosso and it is very interesting as there are chapters from interviews with numerous Michigan drivers. Stories from Brad Keselowski to Bob Senneker to Jack Goodwin to Joy Fair. For any of you who are interested, he has the book for sale and is doing appearances thru-out MI at local tracks.

It is available also by going to www dot rsigsby dot com. I think it is well worth the money and great mentions of MI history. And what a great site WaterWinterWonderland is for letting us be able to share this kind of information. I will be submitting pics of tracks very soon.

thanks again WWW!!!.
8/26/2012 - Craig Pierson
Sad to hear about Lisle, he was fun to watch. I always remember him after the race walking around with a couple of beers in his hands. Tom/Lance - Artie did build Dad's engines for a couple of years and they were always fast. Yes, Artie's wife's name was Rose. I remember her being HOT! Artie's son won the Michigan Lottery a few years back.

8/13/2012 - Art Botte
Correction for Lisle Robarge. He is in Metilodge (spelling correction), in St. Clair,MI. 810-329-4736. Thank you,.

8/13/2012 - Art Botte
For your information, for those who know Lisle Robarge. He owned and drove Sportsman and Super Stocks in the 60's and 70's at Mount Clemens and other race tracks. He was track champinion in the Sportsman division in the late 1960's. He has been in a nursing home for the past 6 months. He is at Metalodge Nursing Home in St.

Clair Michigan. He would appreciate any visitors who would like to visit him.
8/13/2012 - Art Botte
This is to inform those of you who remember Joe Arnold. He owned a super late model Ford Fairlane race car in the middle to late 1960's. Marv Parenteau was his driver before he drove for Stan Yee. Joe then drove his own race car for a short time befoe he quit racing. He pasted away in May 2011.

7/21/2012 - David Williams
Rick, your dad Crazy Rick was the man to beat. I once seen him get a running start from down in the forth turn and just plow this dude in the first turn. he never let off the gas. It ripped the rear end out of the other car. I will never forget that.

I also would like to see some demo photos, as my brother and I were in a few demo. On the rare occasion I see an old chevy wagon, crazy Rick is the first thing that comes to my mind. my brother and I were also in the first enduro race they had. #5 and #10 I have one picture of us side by side on the site here.

6/8/2012 - ray clark
Ray Clark st. clair shores. Race at the track and work at the track. Work on stan yee for 5 years. Now work on jay sommers CRA late models and super series.

still racing a old Mt. Clemens Race car. is 222 and 4by8 car. evey year at Kalamazoo speedway at super shone.

5/28/2012 - Rick
Hello everyone, does anyone have any pictures of the demolition derbys that use to go on? My dad was #28 'Crazy Rick', or if anyone has any stories about seeing or knowing him when he raced I woud love to hear about it Thank you.
4/9/2012 - Don Harris
Does any one out there Remember MIKE THE KID MOWATT ? Who use to drive the RED TOW TRUCK WITH THE BIG (R) ON THE SIDE at Mount Clemens Race Track Thursday and Saturday Nights? WELL IT'S HIS BIRTHDAY APRIL !!th. AND THE KID WILL BE 51 YEARS OLD. AND HE STILL WORKS FOR THE SAME COMPANY 30 YEARS LATER. ! H A P P Y B I R T H D AY KID.

2/20/2012 - Chi Benedict
My grandfather is Sid Keller who raced back in the day for Al Schultz in the 000. I saw the posts by Eric Schultz and the pictures, one of which included my grandfather. I wanted to leave a message thanking him for the picture of my grandpa being posted and was hoping he could contact me with more information on my grandfather's racing career. I have heard his Dad's name (Al Schultz) over the years in connection with grandpa and I knew they were friends. I wanted to let him know that my grandfather passed away today, which is why I was looking for information on him and ran across this site.

Thanks again!.
2/20/2012 - Sandy Pluszczynski
Hi, I never raced there but my dad did, Larry Pluszczynski (000) & (2 Midas), i remember going there every weekend as a kid.
1/31/2012 - Tom Urban
Once again, the Get Together was a huge success. Thanks to all who helped and attended. Special thanks once again to Tracy Leslie for supplying the pizza. The silent auction also went off well. Next year`s date will be Jan 26th.

1/16/2012 - Don Harris
Jim Laraway on Your reply of photo posted: The photo posted of Carl Shultz #44, The orange #16 of Jim Laraway, Jim didn't remember who drove the #25 Car back in the Mid-to-late 60's The Driven was WAYNE LEE AKA Burton Wayne Lee 6-26-30~6-19-06 R I P Racer.
1/15/2012 - Todd Reed
Hey i remember sneaking in the backwoods to get in for free, but most of all i remember Tommy Gullett flipping over upside down over the finish line for the checkered flag in the super v-8 if i remember right as i watched my cousin win but didn't know how he was until he emerged on top of the car ok after all that? wow yes i miss the old track in the clem, and where the hell r u Tommy and Jimmy? R u still in the clem give a relative a shout out. Still here on Lawndale.
1/6/2012 - Tom Urban
Just about 3 weeks until The Get Together. Jan. 28th, Kart2Kart, Van Dyke just south of 19 mile road. If the weather is cold, bring some gloves to wear if you`re racing. It gets pretty cold on the track.

Registration is at 5:30. Green flag drops at 6:00. See ya there!.

1/3/2012 - rick skinner
Butch ludemans race car pics anyone? Just found this site Fantastic Lots of memorys.
12/29/2011 - John G.
I saw Joy racing in the 90's at flat rock spectating that day with my mother. she about fell off her seat when she saw joy was still racing. wow what a career. Thank you Joy.

12/14/2011 - Tom Porzondek
To All Who Knew Joy Fair or Saw Him Race: Having lived in the Detroit area for all of my 64 years, I have been fortunate to have enjoyed watching many people in sports who excelled at what they did, such as Al Kaline in baseball, many great football players, and Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. But like the beer commercial used to say, It doesn't get any better than this, that is the best way to describe Joy Fair, both as a man and a race driver. What else can one say.

12/13/2011 - doug meyer
I race at Mt. Clemens Race Track in 1980.
12/13/2011 - LAURA TUCKER
Arrangements for Joy Fair funeral: Modetz Funeral Home 100 E. Silverbell Rd. Orion, Michigan 48359 248-371-3777 Wed, December 14, 2011 5-9 PM Thursday December 15, 2011 2-8 PM Friday December 16, 2011 10 AM Funeral service from Funeral Home.
12/12/2011 - Cyndy Winkler
It was sad to read that Joy has passed away. He was a wonderful driver and a super nice man. He was well respected and he respected others. He lived his life excelling in motor sports, and was a fine example to others. He will be missed by all who followed him, and ran against him.

My sympathy goes out to the family on this loss. Rest in Peace, Joy. Hope we meet again in heaven. Cyndy Winkler, Mt.

Clemens Race Track.
12/12/2011 - Joseph Dalessio
god bless joy fair will miss you. i have been around racing in Michigan for forty years and drivers like fair or Danny Byrd are what drew people to the tracks. its not the same today with the drivers. or tracks like the mount. miss it all.

days gone by to bad.
12/11/2011 - louie
it is being reported that mr. joy fair of the famed #1 yellow school bus color has passed away at age 81, mr. fair was a fan favorite & star wherever he ran, he won many race with flat rock, & mt. clemens being his home track for most of his career. GOD bless mr.

Fair.
12/2/2011 - Tom Urban
The Get Together is coming up soon. There will be a silent auction held to benefit Cheeseburger`s estate. He was an avid collector of racing memorabilia and he had a lot of nice things collected. So come one, come all , and watch the kart racing, the videos and/ or to bid. January 28th, Kart2Kart, 19 mi.

and Van Dyke.
11/21/2011 - Mark Desjardins
Looking for Tie Rod Tom Urban just a little note that the Checker Flag reunion in Windsor ont Canada is back for another year on September 30th 2012 so mark your calenders we always have a blast also if you would like to join us we have a page on Facebook which is call stock car racing in Ontario which we have lots of picks of you guys from the Mt since a lot of you raced at Checker Flag some come join our group a have a blast from the past thank you everyone see you on Facebook Mark.
11/20/2011 - W. Bill Springer
Seeking photos of Mt. Clemens race track & Clinton Grove Cemetery, Mt. Clemens, MI. (Any other landmark photos).

11/18/2011 - Tom Porzondek
To Randy: Thank you for the nice words. I lost a son in 2006 at age 34 and I can understand the loss felt by Sean's dad. He sounded like a nice kid and he reminded me of myself and some of my racing friends who were nutty about racing. Bob Fredericks said that to me once back in 1968 when I was hitching a ride in the back of his truck to go to Toledo Speedway, as there was no room in the cab and he said I could ride in the bed along with all the racing stuff, tires, gas, and whatever else there was. Don't think you could get away with that today, but hey, I was only going on 21 and didn't care.

I just wanted to go racing.
11/15/2011 - Tom Urban
Race Fans more sad news. Steve Stein, aka Cheeseburger, recently passed away. He was in North Carolina recuperating from cancer surgery when he was hit with a brain aneurysm. On Nov. 25th, there will be a celebration of life held at The Burning Tree Golf Course, located at 21 Mile Rd.

and North Ave. Times will be from 6 p. m. to 10 p.

m. Godspeed and R. I. P.

Cheese.
11/15/2011 - Tom Urban
Race Fans more sad news. Steve Stein, aka Cheeseburger, recently passed away. He was in North Carolina recuperating from cancer surgery when he was hit with a brain aneurysm. On Nov. 25th, there will be a celebration of life held at The Burning Tree Golf Course, located at 21 Mile Rd.

and North Ave. Times will be from 6 p. m. to 10 p.

m. Godspeed and R. I. P.

Cheese.
11/14/2011 - Randy
Tom P. I knew Sean (in person & via the internet). He did indeed make it to Auto City and Dixie that I know of (sometimes even going to both on the same night in the 2008 season). He was from the Detroit area (as I was too at that time). Not only did he have a love for local short track racing, but he was also heavily involved with the local Detroit Music scene.

His dad even did a music benifit after Sean's passing. He was very opinionated about both racing & music. regardless of what other people thought (if he was wrong or right). Sean was a loyal, dedicated race fan.

he is truly missed. and God Bless the Fitzgerald Family. And Tom, thank you for the rememberance, his dad would be proud to know people are still thinking of him!!!.

11/14/2011 - Tom Porzondek
To all who visit this site: I never met or talked with Sean Fitzgerald, but this Thursday (November 17) will be three years ago that he died. I enjoyed reading his posts as he certainly loved short track auto racing. I don't know if he ever saw me race at Auto City or Owosso, but if he did I hope I helped contribute to his enjoyment of the shows. I miss his posts and enthusiasm for short track racing.

10/15/2011 - john gucciardi
i used to work for dick gold and it was my 56 ford that we made into a racecar. i learned a lot from wayne (Buddy) , i remember a lot of the old guys like homer newland, benny parsons, shalden, doc, art bickens they where all great guys. they called me big bad john. they talked a lot about moter city speedway and the car dubble 0 ( at lease i think it was dubble 0).

10/15/2011 - JG
so sorry to hear that terry email sent.
10/11/2011 - JIMMY GULLETT
Terry Bennett your dad won tons of races and was way ahead of his time.
10/10/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland
To Dennis Schalm thanks for the condolences and comments about dad (Wayne Bennett). I have a slide show I will try to post for everyone to enjoy.
10/10/2011 - Dennis Schalm
First off to Terry Bennett-Gilliland. I'm also sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Great driver. (I was prejeduce to all Ford drivers, anyway. ) Next, about the radio broadcasts by WBRB.

My dad and John Cwikla's dad worked together so John and I would hang out with each other at the track. Both of us fed the DJ with info of what was going on. Alas, John was 16, and I was only 12, so guess who got a job offer, and who didn't. Everything turned out for the best anyway, and I got my TV time later.

:-D.
10/9/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland
Thanks, Tom for the condolences and kind words about dad. We had his service today and his legacy will live on. Also, to J. Gucciard. I talked to dad on Monday before he died on Tuesday about racing with your dad and he did remember.

I hope to find the time to share everything I have about his racing days. I did post some pictures on the waterwinterwonderland's Facebook page if you want to check it out. I sent my email address to the Webmaster and he was going to forward it to you.

10/7/2011 - Tom Porzondek
To Terry Bennett-Gilliland - I am truly sorry to hear that your dad has died, he was one of the best ever to strap on the belts. I have lots of memories of his racing and thankfully we also have some great pictures of him provided by many folks who contribute to this website. I also have the 1958 program from Motor City Speedway that your dad autographed for me. Thank you for letting everyone know. Take care.

10/7/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland`
Thanks, Randy. Thanks, Billy. Dad didn't really have a favorite charity. He helped so many people in general since he owned his own business, but thanks for asking.

10/6/2011 - Billy Simmons
Dad always liked running against Wayne. He has told me a few stories about Wayne and Dick Gold. The Simmons Family offers their condolences to the Bennett family. Did Wayne have a favorite charity?.

10/6/2011 - Randy
Terry, that is very sad news. my prayers, thoughts and condolenses go out to you and your family. God Bless you all.
10/5/2011 - Randy
I remember the radio program would ask a 'trivia' type question and tell listeners to head to the 'wagon' if they knew the answer. and I actually won a 'water decal' one night. man I miss that place. and have to say, I was all about the clay track racing. what awesome memories!!!.

10/5/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland
I have sad news for the race fans that remember my dad Wayne Bennett who drove in the l950's and 1960's at Mt. Clemons, Flat Rock, Toledo, Michigan Fairgrounds, etc. He passed away at 9:00 p. m. tonight (10/4/11).

10/4/2011 - Chuck
WBRB was on Gratiot. When the track was dirt John Cwikala did driver interviews and gave race reports.
10/3/2011 - Dan Baumgarten
WBRB was at 1430 AM, I think HQ was near Gratiot and the Beach Hwy.
9/28/2011 - Tom Urban
Hi everyone. The 5th annual Mt. Clemens Race Track Get Together will be held on January 28th, 2012. It`s at Kart2Kart, 19mi. rd.

and Van Dyke. Same as last time. If you`re racing, be there at 5:30 for registration. Racing begins at 6:00.

Not racing, come anytime after 6:00. Does any one remember when the local a. m. radio station broadcasted from the race track on Thursday nights.

I believe the radio call letters were WBRB. Any one remember the number on the radio dial where they were located?.
9/16/2011 - Don Harris
Yes JUNIOR we all remember the Mount Cleamens SEWER TREATMENT Center Next to The Mount Clemens Race Track! Thanks for the Memories. My father David Wyatt raced at this track when I was a kid. He owned Wyatt Brothers Union 76 Gas Station across from Mt. Clemens hosipital. He was a racer and a sponsor a the time.

I was just a kid, but have fond memories of the sounds and smell!.
9/14/2011 - David L. Wyatt Jr.
My father David Wyatt raced at this track when I was a kid. He owned Wyatt Brothers Union 76 Gas Station across from Mt. Clemens hosipital. He was a racer and a sponsor a the time. I was just a kid, but have fond memories of the sounds and smell!.

9/5/2011 - jt
Terry, Jim Gullett's phone number is 586-463-8107.
8/31/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland
If anyone knows a guy named Jim Gullett I have a note written to my dad Wayne Bennett on a napkin from him. It is a real treasure to us He must have been a huge fan.
8/7/2011 - Tom Porzondek
To Terry Bennett-Gilliland: Terry, I have a program from Motor City Speedway that I got in what appears to be 1958. On the back of this program are the autographs of Joy Fair, Tommy Hill, and your dad Wayne Bennett when he drove #101. There is another autograph of Joy Fair that I got from him down at Toledo in 1994 as I used to sit with him, Gary Lindahl, Joy's daughter, and a bunch of others almost every Sunday back in the 90's when the Iceman Series was running. I told Joy the story about having his autograph on this old program from when I was ten years old at Motor City, so he asked me to bring it and he signed it again with his original autograph covered up so we could compare if his signature had changed in 46 years. When I got your dad's and the others autographs the night I did, it was because I begged my dad to take me down in the pits after the races and not go home right away.

He finally said okay and I still have the program which is now 53 years old. I scanned the pages mentioned with your dad's autograph and picture, and if you will supply an e-mail address I will send them to you as attached PDF documents which usually come out real good. Tom Porzondek e-mail address is porzondek1@hotmail. com.

8/5/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland
To Tom Porzondek: Thanks, Tom. It's good to hear from folks who were there back in the day, and you are so right about all of the drivers that you mentioned, and thanks for telling me about the Pontiac Speedway because I don't remember going to that one as a kid.
8/3/2011 - Tom Porzondek
To Terry Bennett-Gilliland - I remember your dad very well from his racing days at Mt. Clemens & Motor City Speedway. If you check out the page on this site for Pontiac Speedway, there is a fantastic picture of Mickey Katlin, Joy Fair, and your dad Wayne Bennett, each one a racing legend. I have watched races at a lot of places, built and raced a car, and talked with lots of people in racing whose opinions I respect, and they all said Wayne Bennett was one of the very best at building a race car and making them go fast. Those of us who are old enough to have watched and been around such racers as Wayne Bennett, Joy Fair, Felix Brooks, George Cooper, Homer Newland, Junior Hanley, Benny Parsons, Danny Byrd, Jack Goodwin, Ed Howe, and the list goes on, were very fortunate to say the least.

The folks of today have their favorites, but I think we really had some great ones. Tom Porzondek.
8/3/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland
Hey Chuck, thanks for posting. My dad got Benny started and built the cars until we moved in 1966. I have sent some pictures to Steve Wolski to post and I will be sending many more along with news clippings. I was only nine when we moved but I have some fantastic memories of Mt. Clemons.

8/1/2011 - Chuck
Terry, I remember your dad racing at Mt. Clemens. Always enjoyed the way he raced. As I recall he and Benny showed up at times with identical cars. The competition then was as good as it gets.

To bad they paved the track. Long term It is the worst thing they could have done.
7/31/2011 - Terry Bennett-Gilliland
Hey race fans! I just discovered this website after Steve Wolski called my dad Wayne Bennett last week. I looked at the pictures on this site and the one that has the #98 sponsored by Northland Ford is driven by my dad Wayne Bennett. I have the same picture!! My dad sold Benny his car and race car hauling truck when we moved to Alabama in 1966. My dad is the one who got Benny Parsons interested in racing. I posted on the Flat Rock Speedway how that actually happened and when Benny was inducted in the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame my dad was there as a guest.

I will be sending pictures and newspaper clippings for posting in a few weeks to share with everyone. My dad raced in the 1950's and 1960's at Mt. Clemons, Flat Rock, Motor City Speedway, Toledo, in Pennsylvania, and many other tracks. At Mt.

Clemons he drove car #98. He competed with Danny Byrd, Ray Nece, Joy Fair, etc. I have really enjoyed this website!! My dad was a terrific racer. He built and drove his own cars.

We loved going to the races as a family. It was a different time back then. Things were so simple, safe and honest. It was actually the best time of my life living in Michigan.

Thank you to the creator of this website and to the many fans of auto racing!!.
7/16/2011 - Keith
I have fond memories of Mt. Clemens Race Track. My father took me during some of my younger years (late 70's). Many of the drivers posted here I remember. It is very disappointing that there is no track within ten miles of the old track.

I have to drive to Autocity or Toledo, but the distance is depressing. My boys enjoy racing. Hopefully a track will come to our area.

7/8/2011 - LAURA TUCKER
If you are a Facebook follower, then you should become a friend of the Mt. Clemens Race Track Facebook page. Lots of great pictures, videos and trivia questions are posted there, too. You can reconnect with alot of Mt. Clemens drivers, crews, officials and fans on that page.

6/20/2011 - Rex Manglos
I was in Mt. Clemens for the Hot Rod Powertour event last week, and went to the old track to walk around it. It was strange to sence that it was once the marvel it was. Now it's a shopping center that makes no mention of the old track. I think a sign should be erected that makes notice of the Mount.

Before I left I closed my eyes and tried to see it once again in my mind, and also thought I could hear those old motors screaming down the backstretch again. It was sad, but made me smile to think I spent many nights at that old delight.
6/15/2011 - Tom Peltier
I have MCRT videos for sale if anyone is interested. I have 1 night from 1983, 2 nights from 1984 & 5 nights from 1985. Please contact me at tdpeltier@gmail. com if you are interested.

6/9/2011 - Chuck Hellebuyck
Just came across this site about Mount Clemens and read through many of the posts. What a great trip down memory lane. I know the owner of this website. His son played in a band with my son and lives right around the corner. Never knew this topic existed.

6/5/2011 - Fred Pickard
I wished somebody would try to get Felix Brooks in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame, I remember he drove and run the pit shack at Mount Clemens for a long time, he treated people great.
4/17/2011 - Rex Manglos
It is good to see the sight is still active. I spend a lot of nights at the Mount growing up. Many times we went under the fence to see all the greats of dirt racing in the 60's. Me dating Denise Baumgarten at the time, you know who was my driver!!! I still have some of the programs and pics of the place. It is always good to come to the sight and remember the names and some of the events of that track, Like Erv going over the fence on the backwall of turn three! Please keep this sight active, it is a joy to come here!! Still in the Pittsburgh area and still drag racing at the local track.

At age 60 the fire is still there!! Peace,,,,.
4/12/2011 - MICHAEL CHAMPINE
RACES FROM 1960 TO1964.
3/18/2011 - Tom
Louie, March 31st is my last day.
3/17/2011 - louie
tom you retire yet & i saw 040 harry yesterday.
2/25/2011 - david pumfrey
I need some help. John Williams drove at Mt Clemens speedway , early 70s. He bought Thunder Road Speedway in Cass City MI. My father worked on his car. I sure would like to find John , to talk to him.

Any help would be great. Thanks for reading , have a lot of great memories of the Famed Mt. Clemens speedway.

2/5/2011 - Eileen Champine
Just to let you know Greg you are right about car #333.
1/27/2011 - Greg Anderson
in re posting of l-18-20ll: Upon further introspection, I really think the Mike Champine car was: body silver, three nebulous pinkish red ovals with black 3's, making a 333 number (?).
1/25/2011 - Tom Urban
The Get Together is done and it appeared everyone had a good time. A HUGE THANK YOU to Tracy Leslie for supplying us with pizza. THANKS. Wild Bill, what more can I say. Always ready with the big screen and videos.

Thanks to Louie Bennett. I know you worked your tail off trying to come up with a mystery guest for this year. Maybe next year. To all that showed up, thank you.

1/23/2011 - Pam OConnor
Just got some photos of my dad, Patrick O'Connor, and his days at MCRT. Definitely late 60s, early 70s. He started in the Sportsman class, #98, the graduated to Super Stock. He had two cars in that class that I recall, both Ford Fairlanes, #72 and #15. He is still with us, having just turned 70 however, he is in FL.

Does anyone know how I might get some old clippings or photos of that track from that era? My favorite race was the Australian Pursuit. I, too, remember Ray Nece, Artie Sommers, Erv Baumgarten, Marv Parenteau, Danny Byrd, Stan Yee, and have wonderful memories of summers spent there.
1/18/2011 - Greg Anderson
My dad owned a Sinclair gas station on Cass Ave. (next to Cass Cycle & Hobby), and he sponsored the '56 Chevy driven by Mike Champine. I think it was in '64 or 65. I was at the station the day they painted the car (I'm almost certain the body was painted with a brush) and the number, a nebulous background with a pinkish red 333 on top. We towed the car to the track that evening, My dad in the station wrecker and Mike and myself in the car.

The paint was still wet when we got there, but that didn't keep Mike from winning his heat race!.
1/7/2011 - Stephanie Kimball
My dad and my uncles race here before and while i was growing up. My dads name is Gary Kimball. and my uncles are Randy Kimball and Lyle Robarge. I also have my boyfriends uncle Eric St. Peter.

12/27/2010 - Tom Urban
A little less than a month until The Get Together. Same place, Kart2Kart, Van Dyke just south of 19Mile Rd. Check in time for kart racers is at 5:30p. m. Green flag drops at 6:00pm.

Just want to bench race and watch videos, drop in after 6:00p. m. If anybody has race videos from the track, DVD`s, bring them with you. We would like to see them.

Hope to see everyone on the 22nd.
12/24/2010 - Jeff Fetter
Wondering if any photos from the 25th reunion are posted anywhere?.
12/18/2010 - Lance Pierson
Thanks Tom, here is an old memory I have. Artie Sommers was a good racing friend of my dad and family. Even though i was about seven or eight I got to spend the night at his house. He and his wife, I believe her name was Rose were great. You do have a good memory, my dad's car was 09.

If I can ever figure out how to scan I will submit some pictures.
12/17/2010 - Tom Porzondek
To Lance Pierson - I remember your dad, Art Pierson, very well. He drove the #09 Chevelle and really got it done with the rest of the super stock guys. I think he must have had Artie Sommers doing his engines, although I could be wrong. It was really fun in those days (the late 60's) to stand up on the dirt banks between turns three & four and listen to the motors and watch the hot dogs pouring the coals to em sliding through the corner and then drag racing down the front strech. The one regret I have from my own racing days was that I never ran the dirt anywhere.

It looked like a lot of fun. They sure had some great ones on the dirt at the Mount, like Homer, Art Sommers, Ray Nece, Benny, Lyle Robarge, and lots more. Tom Porzondek.

12/15/2010 - Lance Pierson
Mark Kornosky, it is so funny you bring up Lyle Robarge, he was my favorite driver when I was a kid. I had a glossy picture of his car in a frame that I kept in my room. My father, Art Pierson, raced at the same time he did. We were just talking about him last week. Marv and Jim, I also remember watching you guys as well, do you remember my dad?.

12/8/2010 - Dennis Schalm
in case you haven't heard already, Bob Gilley Gillian, Joy Fair's racing partner, owner of Dearborn Crankshaft, and Moldex Crank, passed away today, Dec. 8th. That's all the info I have.
12/8/2010 - Cameron Morehouse
My names Cameron. My dad won a King of the hill race back in 1981 with his stock white Corvette. I know the race was filmed. Is there any chance of finding this footage? Please e-mail me at cmorehouse@airadv. net if you can help me.

My pop passed away at an early age & I have no video of him. Obviously finding this tape would mean alot. Thank you.

12/6/2010 - LAURA TUCKER
Thanks to everyone who attended the 25 year reunion. We had over 200 guests with fabulous food from Fast Eddie's in Mt. Clemens. The absolutely awesome desserts were handmade by Patricia Leslie. A special thanks goes to John Nece for providing the slideshow and Wild Bill Barnhart for the videos.

I am truly grateful for my crew: Terry Bogusz Jr, Jeff Moroni, Chuck Horan, Steve and Cory Russell, Dave Dehem. All that attended were provided with a program that had pictures, history, and some facts. Thanks to Terry, Chuck, Jeff and Dave for helping me with the program.

12/6/2010 - Cyndy Winkler
The 25th reunion party was so well planned and attended thanks to Laura Tucker and her back up crew and helpers. That is no easy feat to get the word to everyone and round up sponsors, do a program, sell some ads, get the videos and slides and memorabilia up. Thanks so much. It was great seeing so many from the MCRT family. I hope I am there for #50 too.

Cyndy Winkler.
12/5/2010 - Ron Valcke
Yo Butch, I was looking for you at the reunion party. Where were ya? E-mail a line at this address: fast65chevyii@yahoo. com Maybe we can get together and kick around some BS.
12/5/2010 - Vince Cuker
What a fantastic time I had at the 25th Reunion. I can honestly say that I recognized 9 out of 10 of everyone I met there. Laura Tucker and her crew put on a great get-together. Everyone I talked to were in awe at the response to the event, and commented on how exciting it was to have the MCRT Family reunite once again in this festive environment. I, along with every one else, very much enjoyed the slide show and video presentations.

It was very enjoyable viewing the races on-screen without the tension of having to make any split-second decisions. LOL. How about a 50th? I'll be there!!!.

12/5/2010 - louie
thank's laura tucker and crew,,,,,,,,party was a total sell out and success many OLD faces,lot's of bench racing,photos,and videos,,,,,,,,,,,too many names to mention c ya in another 25.
12/4/2010 - Joe Schalm
Kim Champine. Sorry for the late response to your post of July. While I don't believe I have any pics of the 333, I do know a great deal about the car. It was a 56 Chevy which was owned by my Grandfather, Burt (Bunny) Yennor. Dennis Schalm was right, it was Silver with neon red numbers.

I remember watching your dad race it. one night in particular when the RF spindle broke. I was too young to have pics. but if anyone might have them it would be my Aunt Kay.

I will check w/her.
12/3/2010 - John Rohde
Are there any tickets left of that reunion on the 4th of dec. at the elks lodge?or can i get them at the door?Any one can call my cell at 586-549-3436.
12/1/2010 - Tim Brown
Ray Brown- Father #611 ( Ed Wolfe? usually drove it) Ron Brown- Uncle #611 Ed Peters- Uncle #610 Dennis Peters- Uncle (ARCA Talladega Super car owner, Dennis Metapetagan-driver) George Peters- Grandfather #610 Ed Slawinski- Racer friend #99 Bob Slawinski- Racer friend Wayne Pelky- Racer friend All raced at good ole Mt. Clemens through the years. I always enjoyed watching Stan Yee and Pat Haywood. His figure 8 car had the black hood, right?! My brother was a #500 Norm Tucker fan. Loved the spark plug on his roof!!! Dad always said Grandpa had a whole bunch of wheels lost in the infield pond through the years! Good memories.

I still think of the track every time I hear Do you know the way to San Jose? on the radio! That's the one song I remember on the PA system at the track! Thanks for the memories!.
11/30/2010 - Butch Klotz
Hey. Ron Valcke. how ya doing Pinky? Yes. I remember racing slot cars in my basement. the slot track is long gone but I still have a lot of the race cars.

those were the times. glad you are still around. we should get together and do some hot lipping.

11/30/2010 - Terry Bogusz Jr.
~ATTENTION~ final head count is in for dinner, THERE WILL BE 30 TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, FIRST COME ONLY still $25 dollars each Looking forward to seeing everyone on this saturday.
11/30/2010 - Jim Laraway
I can't make either of the upcoming parties, I now live in Arizona, I hope someone will take some photo's and share them on this site. Jim Laraway laraway@comcast. net.
11/22/2010 - Tom Urban
Hey Ron. Good to see you`re still around. You goin` to the reunion on the 4th? How bout` coming to my get together on Jan. 22nd. My deal is at Kart2Kart.

Registration for racing is at 5:30p. m. with the first green flag at 6: p. m.

Cost is $45. 00 to race. Don`t feel like racing, show up any time after 6 p. m.

No charge for bench racing and watching videos. Hope to see at either one or both events.
11/19/2010 - Ron Valcke
Just was scrolling through this web site. Man, seeing some of the names brings back lots of old memories. I don't know if any of you remember me (HobbyStock#197) but a lot of the names I see , I remember. I'm 62 years young now and still am racing. Drag racing, that is.

Good for the heart you know. I still love goin fast. Race as much during the summer as I can. Race over in Canada quite a bit.

Tom Urban, whats up old man? Aint seen you in a long time. Butch Klotz, remember racing slot cars down in your basement? I still got some of the slot cars. They are to cool to get rid of.

11/17/2010 - BOB kRUPA
I remember Larry Moore won a big race, in a Monte Carlo. Don't know witch race it was.
11/16/2010 - marv parenteau
it was either latham or chuck mcwilliams that won the yankee 150. i guess old age has set in SEE YOU ALL AT THE PARTY ON THE 4th.
11/15/2010 - Scott Daloisio
Did Ralph Latham win the Yankee 150? For some reason it seems to me it was Rodney Combs. Long time ago though and the cob webs may be distorting my memory. Somewhere, I still have the t-shirt from that race. I was 12 or 13 years old.

11/14/2010 - John Rohde
I remember alot about mount Clemens,race track. helping Pitcrew for Rick Sheppard back in those days(late70's-early80's). Especially sneaking into the pits after dark because i was underage to be in the pits. And i kept all the colored arm bands there were,so when each night of racing came i would see what color was being worn by other crew members then,slip that color on and go in. Funny no one caught on to how i always got in back then,mmm.

now a days i still help pit for Rick,and his son Derrick Sheppard,with his late model&enduro cars at flatrock&toledo. my email is jcrohde@sbcglobal. net if anyone would like to talk sometime,sincerely johnRohde.

11/8/2010 - Dennis Schalm
Just a little warning to the sim-racers out there. I'm trying to learn Sandbox so I can make 4 versions of MCRT for NR2003 by Papyrus. Half-mile version, a 1/4 mile version, a Fig. 8 version, AND A DOUBLE 0!!!! Due to the limitations of NR2003, I'll have to make some creative alterations to the authenticity. Like putting in a pit road that you would enter at turn 1 and exit at turn 4, between the half and the quarter miles.

Also would have to put the Fig. 8 s/f line in the middle of turns one and two. And the s/f line for the Double 0 after turn one of the quarter, but before turn one of the half in order finish a lap by coming off the quarter. When (if?) done it will be at www.

masgrafx. com.
11/4/2010 - Tom Porzondek
Hello Mark, I remember Lyle very well and would like to know how he is doing. He was a real good driver and competitor and was among the sportsmen drivers who always put on a GREAT show. Also remember he had forearms like Popeye the Sailor. LOL Saw him go out one night and hot lap the car with only one arm, and they had no power steering in those days. Tom Porzondek.

11/4/2010 - Jim Laraway
Mark I remember Lyle,# 14 His front bumper had many different colors of paint on it Is he still with us? Does he have an email address? Jim Laraway laraway@comcast. net.
11/4/2010 - Guy Bradmon
Wow this is incredible, my Father Jay Bradmon drove the pace car a few times he was sales manager at Bill Lee Oldsmobile in the 60's We would bring a new Olds 98 convert and put some boy scouts in the back seat and do a lap or two holding the Flag during the singing of the National Anthem. as I got older I drove street stock a few times for Butch Ludeman owner of North Eastern Auto Salvage. What memories Nice to see the legend lives on.
11/4/2010 - LAURA TUCKER
I remember Lisle Robarge very well. I just sent him a flyer to come to the Mt. Clemens Race Track 25 year reunion. There are still tickets available for dinner, drinks and dancing on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Mt. Clemens Elks Lodge at 179 S.

Main, Mt. Clemens. Send a check for $25. 00 to Laura Tucker, PO Box 46119, Mt.

Clemens, MI 48046.
11/2/2010 - Mark Kornosky
My girlfriends father raced for many years at Mt. Clemens, his name is Lyle Robarge if anyone remembers him. I have seen lots of cool pictures of his race days, not to mention all the trophies.
10/20/2010 - Dennis Schalm
@ Kim Champine, I Knew your dad, I think through my father. He worked with an Ed Champine at the Mt. Clemens DPW, thought they might be related. I Remember you dad telling the story of one time he was painting the numbers on his car. The paint was so thin that a slight breeze caused it to run UP the door, defying gravity.

I believe it was a silver car with florescent red numbers.
10/13/2010 - Lee Ackerman
Jimmy: Do you know if anybody has a write up of that race or more information. I see Newland ran in ARCA and Cup. thanks.
10/12/2010 - JIMMY GULLETT
HOMER NEWLAND RAN SECOND THAT DAY IN THE 11 CHEVELLE.
10/7/2010 - Lee Ackerman
Looking for information on the Yankee 150 ran at Mt. Clemens Speedway on Sept 11-12, 1971. I believe Ralph Latham won the race. Thanks.

9/27/2010 - Tom Urban
The 5th? annual Get Together is on. January 22nd 2011. To be held at Kart2Kart. They are still located on Van Dyke Ave. just south of 19 Mile Road.

If you are racing the carts, registration to race starts at 5:30 p. m. with the first race going off at 6:00 p. m.

As usual, racing fees are $45. 00. Not racing? Show up any time after 6:00 p. m.

No charge for watching or story telling. So come on out and have a good time. Don`t forget, Saturday January 22nd 2011.

9/23/2010 - Dennis Schalm
Tina, I spent many hours at your Dad''s shop bench Racing with him and Ray. I was self-employed, so whenever I didn''t have anything going I would stop by. I rode with Ray from your Dad''s place to pick up his wife from work a few days before he passed. Your dad was my favorite sportsman driver and Ray was my favorite super stock driver. It must be why orange is my favorite color.

(Although your dad did have that one blue car. ) I truely miss them both.
9/9/2010 - louie bennett
laura : i hope this party that is planned, is in celebration of the many fun & sometimes sad times of many years of making new friends, meeting new people, and making great - ok some not so great drivers, fun thru many promoters,dirt and asphalt, and almost asphalt, and not a bantering of why the track closed ,as i know of no-one except for those selling velvet elvis photo''s and dollar trash,were'' all saddened by it''s closing, but it was a big part of many people''s life,so let''s celebrate let''s get em on the front strech NOW.
8/27/2010 - Tom Porzondek
To Bob Krupa; I looked at the pics of the #44 (Carl Scholtz), #16 (Jim Laraway), and if memory serves me correctly, the #25 may have been Neil Priest. I think that he was one of the guys along with Lyle Robarge and cannot remember the third guy who were involved in the pool incident with the security guard in 1966.
8/27/2010 - Terry Bogusz Jr.
On facebook now: Mt. Clemens Race Track, join the group.
8/26/2010 - Jim Laraway
Robert KrupaThe photo of Carl Shultz, The orange 16 is Jim Laraway, can''t help you on the 25.
8/26/2010 - LAURA TUCKER
I have been to alot of those car shows in Mt. Clemens on Wednesday nights. Always fun running into old faces like Carl Scholz. Carl is having the 24th annual Scholz Autofest on September 26, 2010 with over 1800 vehicles.

8/22/2010 - Jim Laraway
Tina Sanders,I remember your Dad well, Hellava ManI grew up three houses away from his last shop on GroesbeckJim Larawaylaraway@comcast. net.
8/20/2010 - Vince Cuker
What a shock to hear of the passed of Paulette Escalante Livingston, on July 28th in Ft. Mohave AZ. I remember Paulette as a very outspoken; happy and smiling all the time as a Powder Puff driver at the MCRT. She showed her strong excitement every time she won a race and waved the checkered flag to the fans in the stands. She radiated above those in any crowd she was amongst.

My sincere condolences to her family. My thanks to Tom Peltier for passing this sad information to me.
8/20/2010 - louie bennett
laura may i suggest you drop over to downtown mount clemens on a wed. nite, appox. 6:30 ish to spread the word re:the 25th year ann. of the closing of the mount party, as a lot of the old racers hang out there,, i''ll do the same.
8/15/2010 - Tina Sanders Mclelland
I have found memories to my dad used to race at the fast track till around 69 his # was 002 after my mom made him quit he took us there every saturday I also remember the wonderful Ray Neice he was a great man.
8/6/2010 - Dave Sheldon
So many memories from The Fast Track as it was called. From the early 60''s until it''s end Mt. clemens Racetrack will live on in my heart as the place our family enjoyed our time together, every Monday, Thursday, and of course Saturday Night.
8/5/2010 - LAURA TUCKER
THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION IS ON! It was a sad day 25 years ago when our favorite race track closed the gates for the last time. However, the family lives on and therefore we are going to have a reunion on December 4, 2010 at the Mt. Clemens Elks Club. Circle the date on your calendar. Tickets are $25.

00 per person for dinner, drinks and dancing. Hope to see you there. More details coming soon.

7/30/2010 - carrie
Thank You to all the Mt. Clemens Race Track fans for creating all the wonderful memories of my childhood summers. I will never forget the summer the track went silent and it still to this day feels like Mt. Clemens is missing something. I really miss the sound of the track at night.

7/15/2010 - BILL MURAWSKI JR
i would like to say thanks to tom at shadowoods for putting a kick ass dirt motor together for me we won 4 features and pick up are frist mid season camp this year thank you shadowoods , tom thanks bill murawski jr.
7/5/2010 - suzi
i remember the pelka family was in the races a lot the powder puff and the derby.
7/5/2010 - Kim Champine
I remember going t the Mt. Clemens race track as a very young child. My fatherMike Champine raced there when it was a dirt track 1960 - 1969 he was Number #333 Dad is not doing to well and it would be a blessing if anyone has any footage from back in those days to show or give to my father.

Its sad that that part of Mt.

clemens is no longer.
7/1/2010 - GARY HESS
I AM SO HAPPY I FOUND THIS SITE WHILE SURFING. I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF GOING TO THE TRACK ON SATURDAY NIGHTS IN THE 60s. I ESPECIALLY REMEMBER ONE SUMMER WHERE DANNY BYRD WAS ALMOST UNBEATABLE DRIVING A 1958 EDSEL OF ALL THINGS. MT. CLEMENS LOST A REAL TREASURE WHEN IT CLOSED.

6/30/2010 - louie bennett
my guess is mark malcuit-about 1980.
6/28/2010 - darrell
is it art summers or stan yee.
6/15/2010 - Unknown
my guess on that one would be mark malcuit what year was that my guess i think was 1981. joseph.
6/15/2010 - BOB kRUPA
Here is a little Trivia. Jr. Hanley won 17 out of 18 races at the mount one year. Who won the other one?.
5/16/2010 - Terry Bogusz
Thanks Dennis,I heard I''ll have to get with Tom DeVette for the Mini Champ pix from the west side of the state. Never could believe Robin Metdepenningen and I raced at so many tracks with those Mini Indy Rockets. After going over some old Track info to remember I finished 2nd my very 1st Feature (Southbend Speedway) and didnt even know it. That cement bull ring was a trip.



When my New Mace Thomas minichamp was finished we donated the old car to the Michigan Auto Racing Hall of Fame because belonged to the 2 time Season Champ, 3 years before I bought it. Hope it didnt get lost or ???Cant find any info on that establishment ????Thanks again. E/mail what you find to: terry. bogusz@spiritair.

comTerry.
5/3/2010 - Dennis Schalm
Terry, I think I have three of those, but they''re not prints. If I have them then they are JPEGs on my other computer. Been scanning some slides from about ''67 to ''69. Slow process, but I''ll get them done eventually.

4/20/2010 - Terry Bogusz SR.
It was a great party. I was able to get a couple old pics of my cars I didn''t have. I am still looking for (5X7) pics of:From 1975 #71 Dodge Challenger Super 6From 1978 #71 Dodge Dart Kit Car (Burgandy and Gold) Limited Sportsman V-8From 1980 (or 81?) #46 (Dennis Metdepenningen) Dodge Grabber Blue Aspen Limited Sportsman V-8#46 AND #71 MinichampsFrom 1984 #71 Red Dodge Mirada Sportsman V-8. ThanksSee ya all at Auto City.





Terry Sr. #71''terry. bogusz@spiritair.

com''.
4/9/2010 - KENT KRIMMEL
JUST A QUICK MESSAGE. ITS SO GREAT TO SEE ALL THSE PICTURES AND NAMES. BRINGS BACK GREAT MEMORIES. MY DAD WOULD BRING ME OUT TO MT CLEMENS. ALMOST ON A WEEKLY BASIC.

AS A YOUNG CHILD WE WOULD GO TO MOTOR CITY SPEEDWAY. AFTER IT CLOSED WE WENT TO THE MOUNT. AS I GOT IN MY 20s I STARTED TO COME WITH ART SOMMERS AND CLARENCE SHAW, LARRY LEMAY, AND MIKE SHAW. WHAT A GREAT GROUP OF RACERS.

STILL CREW CHEIFING HERE IN INDIANA AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. KEEP THIS PAGE GOING. THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES.



2/17/2010 - Claude Plante Jr
Just wanted to inform everyone that Hugh Fair passed away last night. He is Harold Fair''s father and drove for many years at many tracks in the Michigan area. He was still going to the track and will be greatly missed.
2/12/2010 - Dennis Schalm
Two thumbs up for you Tom for putting together another good one! I forgot that at one time I was 65 pounds or so lighter. Thanks Wild Bill, really needed that one! It jogged the memory on a couple of kind of cool things; winning (with Bill Breen) Most Popular Driver in ''85, and having all the final champions being customers of mine, maybe all the Best Appearing Cars that year, also. I''ll have to check that one again. Anyway, looking forward to next year. I''ll have to try harder to get my mom, and Fair there.

2/2/2010 - Gary Lindahl
Had a great time at the reunion, visiting with everybody and watching the racing action. Good time talking to you again and nice job on the party Tom. See Ya.
1/28/2010 - Vince (red socks) Cuker
Hi all: Well, I guess the cat''s out of the bag! I was going to be the surprise guest, and I so much looked forward to being there. Sounds, and looks like (I received some pictures, thanks to Roger Williams and Louie B. ) everyone had a great time. Oddly enough, I did recognize most of those in the pictures. I worked for a long time planning, and arranging, to be there.

But due to the wife''s radiation and chemo, she insisted that I be by her side at the last minute. I was going to go with Roger W. , and I''m glad that he attended without me. Next year, for sure, but I won''t be the surprise guest! Not being to vain, I had a small group of autographed pictures and copies of My Racing Bio which some might have found interesting.

Next year! Thanks to Roger W. and Louie B. for continually prodding me to attend, and Rogers wife (my step-daughter in-law), offering to stay with my wife. Every one have a successful year, and keep the comments coming.

I really enjoy reading them.
1/26/2010 - Tom Urban
Thanks everyone for showing up at the Get Together. Due to unfortunate circumstances my mystery guest, Vince Cuker, was unable to attend. Thanks to all my wonderful friends for helping. We will do it again next year. If you had a good time, tell someone who didn`t attend.

Again, THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!.
1/25/2010 - Cyndy Winkler
Big thanks to Tom Urban for organizing this outing every year. Hope next year the knees are completely healed and you can cart again. This event seems to be getting better and better. So many drivers and fans and pit crew to catch up with. It was super.

Sorry Vince could not be there. Hope he can make it next year. My mom had a great time. So many remembered her from tending the bar.

most called her mom back then too. Mary D had a great time and promised to be back.

Thanks to Louie Bennett, who has always been my friend and supporter. Love your new car Louie. Gary, thanks for this website. What a special conduit it is to get folks together and keep them in touch.

It was definitely worth the train ride from Toronto. Will be back next year, God willing.
1/24/2010 - joseph
hey guys gad a great time at the get together sat night at kart to kart. Had to leave at 9. 30 though and did not get to see who the mystery guest was. antone know?.
1/24/2010 - louie
thank you very much , mr. web master, tom''s kart2kart was very suscessful due to your site, and many (appox150) were thankful and happy to be there, and many karted and more b''s''ed,thank,s to cindy for takin'' the train in from toronto, her mom, jack goodwin for coming up from fla.

and j and tracy,and larry and george, marv pareantiu. oops.

and bill simmons, and lindell, and norton & 144 others, thank you all for making it such a wonderful time,,,,,wild bill for doing slides and films, and of course my kids,thanks to all who just showed up.

1/24/2010 - Billy Simmons
Just got back from the Reunion. Had a great time, Seen a lot of old friends and racers. Big Thank you to Tom Urban on your great effort for keeping the memory of Mt Clemens alive. See you there next year. Bill Simmons.

1/23/2010 - Unknown
Chellyn Lowran: Just wanted to send a Hi from my Dad, George DeCraemer, to everyone there tonight. He really wanted to be there at the gathering, but is in Las Vegas at the moment. (He turned 81 yesterday).
1/19/2010 - Tom Urban
Another update. In addition to our mystery guest this Saturday, we have a surprise guest showing up. He`s none other than Michigan racing legend, Jack Goodwin. He called me this past Monday requesting information on the Get Together. He said he will attend.

Hope to see every one there.
1/12/2010 - Dave DeHem
The deal on the 23rd of January is the 4th annual Mt. Clemens Race Track Get Together. It is a deal put on by former super-six champion and MCRT Pit Steward and official Tom Urban. Tom got some of us together 4 years ago at the Kart 2 Kart indoor karting center in Sterling Hgts. to reminisce, to swap a few lies and stories and to do a little bench and go-kart racing.

If you want to race the karts you need to be there before 5:30 PM so you can register. If you are not driving then you can show up anytime after 6 PM for the get together. You will see many past drivers, officials, and fans of our beloved MCRT. Folks bring some meorabilia and usually there are films of the races being played so you can enjoy seeing Jr.

Hanley and Don Biederman battle it out as well as LeMay, Leslie, Fair, Monaghan, Mallott and a many more. Kart 2 Kart is located on Van-Dyke just North of 18 mile rd. on the west side of the street. Come on out, you are sure to have a blast.

1/11/2010 - jdalessio
I do remember back in the seventies they would have a hundred or more hobby stocks. I am i late model guy but the hobby stocksand sporTSMAN(DOUBLEO)WERE GREAT also. They seem to put a better show on at mt. clemens then anywhere else including flat rock or toledo. But the late models do put on a heck of a show at toledo.

MTclemens was so big and wide(half mile was bigger than a true half mile most tracks are measured from the outside mt clemens was a halfmile from the inside groove of the half mile. What is going on the 23 of jan. a reunion of drivers? joseph.
1/11/2010 - Bill
I remember Jr''s car that night. One of the RR ties from the armaco went right a above where Jr''s ankles where. Someone mentioned that Howe recomended the seat be mounted lower then the pedals, as the feet would be less likly to fly upward in event of an accident. If true it saved Jr''s. Boy we all miss that Place.

Hobby stocks, hobby stocks, line ''em up on the half-mile Jan 23 be there!!!!!!!!!.
1/11/2010 - joseph
Roger Hanleys car was a mess that night,i seen up close. one of the worst short track wrecks i ever seen. Some debris even came up thru the bottom of the car and just missed him in the drivers area. the macomb daily covered this in the paper that year but pictures dont do that wreck justice until you were up close. Oneof the many bad ones over theyears i seen out there.

Ibelieve don biederman went on to win the second leg of the winston 100 that night. joseph.
1/11/2010 - louie bennett
surprise guest has confirmed ( he - she ) will be at the event stated what the heckthat''s a event i gotta do ,,,,,,,,,many will be very happy and surprised, even winklerto see this person, and to guest i wish to thank you in advance,with all you got going on,,,,,,,,,,.
1/11/2010 - joseph
Roger I do remember that night (the winston 100) hanley crashed. His car was so mangled debris came up thru the bottom of his late model just missing him. the detriot free press and macomb daily had a story and picture of his car but i seen it in person and one of the worst i have seen on a short track. I believe don biederman went on to win the second fifty lapper that night. Imiss those days at the track.

joseph.
1/9/2010 - Roger Williams
JosephIf I remember correctly Jr. Hanley crashed 2 times that night. It was the twin 50 lap race. He crashed in the first 50, went in the pits, repaired his car and went out for the 2nd 50 laps and crashed again. Thats the only time i ever seen hanley crash.

12/29/2009 - Joseph Dalessio
hello everyone spent my entire chilldhood around stockcar racing but never missed Thursdays and Saturdays(Sundays to start the year off but only die hard fans would know that)for thirty years at mt Clemens racetrack. was there the night hanley went thru the wall and patty simko flipped wildly several times and boob kesoloswki hit one of the light poles on the backstretch and knocked the power out on the track. have tons of stories hundreds of photos and other things fro mthe old track including my old racing rascal and big wheel race trophies. would love to share stories and danny byrd was and is my favorite driver even have the door from of his rides and it is autographed by him thats my prized piece out of thousands of items i have ,nascar and all.

12/24/2009 - Baron LeBlanc
Hi everyone!Very neat site!I recognize some of the names in these pics/programs. My dad,Gerald(Jerry)LeBlanc drove stock cars in the 60s and a midget in the late 60s/early 70s at Mt Clemens and several other tracks in the area. Some may remember him as the Corvair Kid as he was running a corvair in the midget in the 70s. He was #0 and a company called Fabu-chem sponsored him. The car was blue and yellow until 1973 when he painted it pink because my sister was born.

He raced in AMRA and sometimes USAC. I was born in 1967 so I was a youngster at the time. I remember bugging my parents for money to ride the fairground rides at several tracks. I Knew the National Anthem as The Midget Song.

What great memories and a fun childhood that most kids at school just did''nt understand. I did run an Enduro race,Ibelieve it was 1985. I survived 1000 left turns!as the T-shirt stated!I finished 20 something out of about 230 cars. Just outside the top 20 payout.

Tons of fun!I''ll post pics and more info as I find it. Bye now.
12/23/2009 - Tom Urban
Update on the update. The date is Jan. 23rd. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.

12/21/2009 - Tom Urban
Update on the Get Together. If you`re racing, registration begins at 5:30p. m. First race is at 6:00p. m.

If you`re not racing, show up ant time after 6:00p. m. There is no food available. For any one new coming, Kart2Kart is located on the west side of Van Dyke Ave.

just south of 19 Mile Rd. Hope to see every one there.
12/16/2009 - louie
let''s all try to remind someone of tom''s kart to kart deal, as many of the old timers don''t even know how to turn on the puter yet,,and happy holiday to all, and be safe.
12/10/2009 - Tom Urban
Hi everybody. It`s about 5 weeks to the Get Together. Jan. 23rd. If you`re racing ,be there by 5:30 to register.

If not, any time after 6:00. The mystery guest is about 95% committed. Hope (s)he can make it. I won`t be racing this year due to knee replacement surgery.

Hope to see everyone there.
12/5/2009 - Jim Lee
Does anybody have any pictures of the 003 70 mustang? I have a few. I am interested in getting more because the car was drove by Bobbie Allison and the last motor that was in it was built by Jack Roush before he became famous.
12/5/2009 - Jim Lee
The 003 57 Ford picture that is posted was drove by Dick Carpenter. Idrove it the following year. I also drove a 57 and 58 Ford,62 Fairlane,64Comet. The last year I raced at MCRT I drove a 70 Mustang. I am the guy you guys are referring to that had on the first flame retard racing suite.

I have a scrape book with newpaper clipping and pictures. I live in Alabams now.
11/28/2009 - Rex Manglos
Happy Holidays to everyone who keeps this site and the memory of the Mount alive, from a person who won''t forget where he came from Peace, Rex,,,.
11/26/2009 - LAURA TUCKER
The Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club will be represented in the annual Mt. Clemens Santa Parade. We will have racecars of Terry Bogusz Jr. , Brian Bauman and Scott Menlen. This is the fourth year that we are going to participate in the parade down Main Street in downtown Mt.

Clemens at 10am on Friday, November 27, 2009. Board of Directors including President Dave Dehem, Vice-President Wild Bill Barnhart, Laura Tucker, Cory Russell, Bill Walters, Sue Ginter, and Larry Iacoboni along with other fan club members will pass out candy on the parade route. The highlight of the parade is when the kids yell oooh, racecars! Come on out and say Hi!.
11/21/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Tom Peltier (tdpeltier@comcast. net) a very enthusiastic supporter of MCRT has done a project of making the last souvenir program of the final season of drivers at MCRT. It has been a labor of love. He has it available in PDF format and will share it with anyone who is interested. They then, can print it out if they want a hard copy.

It contains the point standings for all divisions, photos of the top drivers, hometowns, and other information. Send Tom an email and you will see what a super job he has done. Looking forward to the party again. Don''t know who the surprize guest will be this year, but I am sure they will appear older than you remember.

See you then. Thanks again Tom for your organization and efforts.
11/10/2009 - Eric Schulz
For you old timers (race time 1952-1960) you may remember my dad Al Schulz. He teamed up with a guy named Sid Keller and produced some pretty good race cars. The number ''000'' Dodge , Plymouths and sprint cars. You may remember the sprint for the monster Chrysler Hemis he ran. He was known for his ability to get a car to handle and was able to get cars of lower classes to compete with the higher powered ones.

He won a number of championships in the mid 1950s at Mt. Clemens and Motor City. He past away October 28th. He and Sid had held their freindship all these years and I know Sid along with all of us will deeply miss him.

His first race car was purchased by my grandfather from Marion Adams. It was a T roadster that Iggy Katona had built and driven to many wins (the T-3 car) Lucky me!! I still have that body. It''s something I could never part with.

10/24/2009 - Vince Cuker
Dennis S. : Thanks for the info. Yep, Brownie. How well I remember. And your father did a fantastic job on the old dirt track.

Sorry to hearabout the health problems that caused you to have to quit with ARCA. CU later down this site.
10/24/2009 - Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis (Vince Cuker) I remember Vince when I raced at the Mount back in the middle seventies as a very professional starter. As all racers know we can never see a black flag given to one of us during a race. So one Thurs after qualifying Vince decided to address the problem He claimed he would show the black flag once to the culprit & if that didn''t work he would display it once again. The third time he would throw the red flag to stop the race , pull the guilty party up to the front to show the leaders who caused the stoppage and they could deal with this Driver out in the parking lot after the races. Well guess what everyone that night acted to the Black Flag the first time displayed ! I don''t know if you remember this Vince but I still tell this story to up and coming racers at our local track.

Enjoy your retirement and stay well.
10/23/2009 - Dennis Schalm
Vince: Haven''t worked for ARCA for a while, health issues. People only saw my dad drive the water truck, after Henry Brown (Brownie) passed. What they didn''t see was him grading the track at 4:00 AM on Monday''s and Thursday''s, in order to get the track ready and then get to work on time, 7:00 AM, for the City of Mt. Clemens. (He could sleep in some on Saturday''s.

) He did that for a lot of years that people weren''t aware of. He cared for the sport as much as anybody, his contribution was somewhat less noticable than others. I would walk a little taller as a kid whenever I overheard drivers talk about, ''How great of condition the track was in tonight. '' While working for ARCA, I would still hear comments like that, mostly from Benny Parsons and mostly at MIS, when he talked to people about his early career in the area.

Don''t worry about the response time. I don''t get here that often either. It''s a little tough jogging certain momories loose.

10/14/2009 - nick
I just found this site today, and I am a huge fan. Is there any plans to restore any of the tracks on this list? Or are they just a thing of the past?.
10/11/2009 - Vince Cuker
OK everyone, put on you thinking caps. I need to know who were the Mid-Season Champions in the OO division and the Mini-Modified division that ran on July 16, 1983? I know, I flagged the races, but my memory isn''t quite that good. Looking through my documentations, I do not have the Macomb Daily results for that night in my archives. Thanks.
10/4/2009 - Vince Cuker
Dennis Schalm: Thanks for the kind words. This is my annual visit to this site, so I don''t know when you posted. Please don''t think I just ignored your comments. I''m pretty sure it was your father who drove the water truck around the track in the good old dirt days. Someone had to know what they were doing to get the right amount of water on the track so it could be worked in.

Boy, we had a hard time getting the drivers to work in the dirt track with their clean and pretty cars.

Are you still working with ARCA? Have a good fall.

9/22/2009 - Mark
CHECKER FLAG REUNION IS THIS SUNDAY AT 1PM AT THE MOOSE LODGE IN WINDSOR ONT CANADA 777 T ECUMSEH RD WEST COST IS $2. 00 PER PEESON WE HAVE 11 INDUCTEES TO OUR HALL OF FAME HOPE YOU CAN MAKE EMAILS CAN BE SENT TO MDESJARDINS13@COGECO. CA SEPTEMBER 27 TH 2009 REUNION DATE.
9/17/2009 - LAURA TUCKER
Many thoughts and prayers go out to the Fast Company Motorsports #71 racing team of Terry Bogusz on the recent loss of the crew chief, Mike Wilhite. Mike was a great guy who helped out the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club with some of our events, including the Santa Parade in Mt. Clemens. God Speed, Mike.

9/6/2009 - Dennis Schalm
Vince, I wish I had been at Flat Rock to see you. Eddie Janis and yourself, had very much influenced the way I handled the job in ARCA. Being on such a big stage in front of thousands of people and national TV, you needed to have good examples to look to. You two and Jim Clarke are the only good examples I''ve ever had. Not like what I''ve been mostly exposed to, and seen there.

9/3/2009 - Kevin
I have DVD copies of the 1984 racing season - The fifth Turn. I also have the 1982 Stock car racing shows 1 and 2Please let me know if you are interested. kevin. danaj@mvpcomm. com.

9/1/2009 - Tom Urban
For Norm Nieman, Kart2Kart is located on Van Dyke Ave. just south of 19 Mile Road. It`s on the west side of Van Dyke. If you want to race the carts, it`ll cost around $50. 00.

Registration to race will start at 5:30p. m. First race at 6:00. Racing consists of 3 separate sessions of approximately 8-10 mins.

each. We have practice, qualifying, and then the various features, depending on how many people race. So come on over and bring any race track videos you may have. Hope to see you there.

8/31/2009 - Vince Cuker
Just me again!For Dave Dobner: So that''s where the good stuff went? Glad the articles are in very good hands. Thanks for jogging my memory! I remember giving the good advice, If you stay in front for the whole race, you will win! Smart statement, huh? Thanks for the update info. For Wild Bill: The address is on its way. Had to send it two times. For some reason the mailman didn''t like the first one.

And, my apologies for spelling your last name wrong in my article WHAT AN HONOR. I happened to notice it while reading my printout. I know how your last name is spelled, and I will blame it on my finger. (The H is just above the B on the keyboard.

) Now I think I will go to the pictures below, and download some to my MCRT files.
8/30/2009 - Norm Nieman
Hi guys, I am interested in this Jan. race. Could some one tell me some more info. on where it will be, and how much it is. Thanks Norm.

8/28/2009 - Jimmy Tucker
Thanks Tom we will be there this will be the 4th year and ill be looking for my 3rd A-main win hope to see ya''ll there.
8/24/2009 - Tom Urban
Hi everyone. The Get Together is scheduled for January 23rd. Same deal as before. Registration to race starts at 5:30, racing starts at 6:00. Cost to race will be the same.

Don`t want to race? Come on down and bring your best stories. Hope to see everyone there.
8/24/2009 - Wild Bill
Just thought I woud say that it was great to see Vince in the flag stand at Flat Rock and I have a couple of photo''s sent in for all to see Vince drop me an e-mail with your address & phone and I will send you copies Thanks for being thereWild Bill.
8/22/2009 - Dave Dobner
I have just sent the webmaster two photos to go along with this post. First in response to Shawn Siterlet I have a photo of Tom Siterlet''s #157 Firebird. The film sat in an old camera undeveloped for some time and the picture is not very good quality. I remember the car well because I was in process of building my first race car also a 1970 Firebird for the Mt Clemens street stock class. And second to Vince Cuker, best wishes and hello.

I wish I would have been there to witness your return at Flat Rock! Vince you were always a gentleman and had kind words of encouragement for myself (a very young driver at the time) and my father. The highlight of my racing career is winning the final Double-O feature run at Mt Clemens Race Track, the 1985 season championship race. I was starting on the pole which meant I was last to get strapped in the car after driver introductions. Vince, I will always remember you walking over to our car as I was preparing to jump in and you told my Dad and myself all we had to do was keep her out front for 40 laps and bring it home which we did.

Now fast forward to the track equipment auction where my Mother purchased both the flagstand and decking behind the infield front stretch wall for $10. 00. We dismantled and brought home the deck and upper third of the flagstand. Vince, you were brave man to climb atop that stand, it most certainly had seen better days.

Anyway, I have submitted a photo of the flagstand, and I have circled an area in the photo of the box that housed the phone of VINCE PHONE fame. I still have this box in my basement along with other Mt Clemens Race Track memento''s such as the seating section plank my family sat on weekly in the stands which Elmer Simko kindly let us retrieve after he had purchased the wooden stand section at the equipment auction. In closing Vince I just want to commend you once again on a great career at Mt Clemens Race Track - Thank You, from Dave Dobner and the Dobner family.

8/19/2009 - Vince Cuker
Dave DeHem: Thanks for all the kind words. Health (of both my wife and myself) will dictate my presence at the next racers reunion. But, I won''t get on the flag stand next time. Saturday was my last hurray What a thrill.
8/18/2009 - Dave DeHem
Vince, What a thrill it was to see you last Saturday, not only to talk with you but also to see you on the flagstand one more time. As I stood down on the infield between turns 3 and 4 I had a tear in my eye and a huge smile on my face once again seeing your expertise with the flags. I realized that the last time I saw you on the flagstand you were waving the checkers over my old blue #99 the last time I drove it and my last time ever at Mount Clemens. I was very fortunate to be trackside once again to witness you unfurle the green, the white, and the checkers. Thank You for all you did back then, it was a pleasure having you as our flagman back in the good old days at The Mount.

I too enjoyed seeing all the people from our great past down at The Rock. I am fortunate though as I see many of them on a regular basis in my travels from track to track. Many of us from those days are still going from track to track to get our racing fix now that our beloved Mt. Clemens Race Track is gone.

I believe too that is wasn''t just the track that was so great, it was the closeness of the people that were involved, whether driving, wrenching, watching, or officiating. It was a big family that for the most part got along. Seeing people from those days over the course of the summer keeps it all close to my heart and keeps the good old days alive for me. I have never set foot on the property at 237 North River Rd.

since it closed but if there is a piece of the track left that I can see, feel, and touch, I might just break that rule and join you out there to pay homage to our memories. The track has been closed coming up on 25 years now but I can still close my eyes and be there. I still remember you lining up the fish flies on the railings during caution flags. Thanks for waving the flags last Saturday and Thank You Flat Rock Speedway, Ron Drager, Scott Schultz, and Gary Lindahl for having you up on the stand.



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8/17/2009 - Vince Cuker
WHAT AN HONOR! It was very exciting from the time I walked through the gates until I left the parking lot at Flat Rock last Saturday night. (8/15). I couldn''t have been treated more royally. Thanks to Tom Peltier for chauffeuring me there. I had the honor to meet and talk with several drivers and persons from our great past; Al Peltier, Danny Byrd, Jeff Medepenningen, Dave Dehem, Wild Bill Harnhart, Bob Fitzpatrick, Marv Parentau, George Decock, Don Johnson, John Nece and many ARCA officials I haven''t seen in a long time.

It was quite a thrill as I climbed the flag stand and flagged the 1st heat for the late models. How fast memories return. And to hear the announcer say over the PA system; Vince - phone, Vince - phone. But he didn''t have to announce that they didn''t have radio communications, just phones when Vince flagged back in 1935! ! ! Thanks to flagmen Frank Bockstanz and Larry Arnold for having me up there with them.

John Nece: Thank you very much for the picture and kind thoughts, it is really appreciated, and I have it in a special location amongst my other racing items. Jim Gullet: Thank you for informing me that it was Tommy Gullet in that picture and not George Decock. In those days with the long hair and beards, you all looked the same. Cindy: Thanks for the plug on the Macomb Daily article.

It was a great writeup. Louie Bennet: Something came up at the last minute and we couldn''t make that tour of the race track area. It''s rescheduled for a future date!I might also mention that during the interview with George Pohly (Macomb Daily Sports Editor) he was extremely impressed with the faithful following we all have with the MCRT history. I was told at Flat Rock, it isn''t so much the track, but the closeness of the people associated the the track as spectators, drivers, workers and crews.

Thanks for reading this. (If I''d get on here more often I wouldn''t rant on so much!)Vince.
8/15/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Sorry to hear about Sonny Adams. He was well known in the racing community. Sympathetic wishes to his family and loved ones. He was, however, never the owner of MCRT. He and John May shared the promoters duties, both while Clayton Stubbs and Doc and I owned the track.

He was Toledo''s owner and promoter, as far as I know. God Speed, Sonny. Cyndy Winkler.
8/15/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Macomb Daily had an article on Vince Cuker. Vince is being honored at Flat Rock and is deserved of the praise and attention. http://www. macombdaily. com/articles/2009/08/14/sports/prep/srv0000006119437.

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8/10/2009 - Jimmy Tucker
Family and friends may visit on Tuesday from 2-8 p. m. in the Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114-128 Alexis Road, Toledo. Funeral services will begin Wednesday at 10 a. m.

in the funeral home and continue with the Funeral Service in Crossroads Community Church at 11 a. m. Interment will take place in Richardson Chapel Cemetery in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Memorial donations may be given to the Toledo Humane Society or Crossroads Community Church in Ottawa Lake, MI.

Sonny Adams was a very close friend of my family and it really hits home to see him pass. I spent the last two holidays with Sonny, and i will always have those memories and stories from the good ol days. When I was a kid I remember riding in the Iceman Pace car with Sonny and my Dad. Sonny was a good guy and will be missed by my whole family My prayers go out to the Adams familyHe will always be remembered.

8/7/2009 - louie
tommy is referring to sonny adams who not only owned mt. clemens race track he was the one who converted it from dirt.





for more info go to arcaracing. comvery sorry to here this.
8/4/2009 - tommygullett
(thomas) Sonny adams we will miss you. You were a great frend. You were part of a lot of great times Thanks from all of the Jims Catering crew.
7/31/2009 - Chris Brunet
This site is amazing! You guys are bringing back memories for me of when I was a kid. I miss that place so much. My dad and I were there every week. That place and all of you driver''s planted the seed to drive race cars. Driver''s like Andy Farr, George DeCock, Dave Dehem, Scott Farr, Tracy Leslie, Dennis Fetter.

The list goes on. Louie Bennett, I haven''t seen you since I was a kid and Andy was running CASCAR. How are you doing? I race Legend Cars and I still get to see Dave Dehem. The youtube stuff is pretty cool too.

I am hoping to make it to the reunion this winter. It would be pretty cool to see you guys. You won'' remember me, I was a 9 year old kid when she closed, but I will never forget any of you. You were all heroes to me.

Thanks for everything.
7/23/2009 - Randy
Sorry, type-O - that was JIM LAFFEY (not Kim) on that #111 crew. thank you.

7/22/2009 - Randy
I want to let the folks on here know that Dave Smith passed away July 12th. He wrenched on the #111 Driven by Steve Lee and owned by Mike Moore (of Action Welding). Some of you might remember him and some of you might not. But when Steve Lee won his Championship at MCRT, Dave was on that pit crew along with Kim Laffey and Mike Phillips. God Speed my brother.

7/20/2009 - Shawn Siterlet
Hi everyone, My name is Shwan Siterlet and im looking for some pictures or videos of Tom Siterlet, he raced from 1978 to about 1982 car#157 1970ish firebird,orange,black and white. Team mates with Larry Lyons car #2 same colors just a camaro. i was only 2-3 yrs old back when he raced. He still has some great pictures from back then but i would like more myself as i am wanting to get a tattoo with him and his car. i am wanting to pick out the right one for me to do this.

To anyone who remembers him by the time i was 15yrs old we started sand drag racing. he kept that same #157 as it brought memorys of racing at MCRT. a bit different kind of racing but loved every minute of it. Thanks to all who can help me out on this, that place holds a huge part in my heart even tho i was very young.

believe it or not i do remember going to all of his races. my email is SLEDMONKEY_33@yahoo. com Thanks Again, Shawn Siterlet.
7/20/2009 - louie
please tell paul big hi.



and if you meet tuesday let me know a time i''ll drive over to 237 n. ave to see you bothlouie.

7/19/2009 - Vince (red socks) Cuker
Hi all: Just my semi-annual visit to this site. It''s always nice to see the interest everyone still has in the MCRT racing fraternity. I received a cell call today (7/19/09) from Paul Schaefer (the last, and best announcer, at the MCRT) as he was traveling up I-75 near Lexington, on his way to Sandusky for a show. Paul still works for NASCAR and writes articles for localracing. nascar.

com. Nice site. Look it up if you haven''t down so already. Was a nice lloonnnggggg conversation as we exchanged thoughts about the ''ol speedway.

It''s so nice to bring back all the good memories. Paul and I were to meet this Tuesday (21st) or Wednesday (22nd) and tour the fields where the track once stood. If you know where to look, even after 25+ years there''s still items laying around. My thanks to Tom Peltier (nephew of Al Peltier, driver of the yellow #21) for sending me items he is gathering in his quest to construct data on the history of the track.

As I mentioned in my last chat, Tom and I have exchanged information, news articles and photos of MCRT activities. I''d also like to thank Jim from Jim''s Catering for dropping off a framed picture of George DeCock and myself on the judges stand where George received a trophy. The picture was found by my back door one day and for several months it was a mystery where it came from until I yelled out the truck window as I passed his business on Cass Avenue in Mt. Clemens, and he yelled back, Did you get the picture? Mystery solved.

I wish the very best to all the race track drivers, fans and pit crews for many years of exciting times. They will always have a big place in my memory bank.
6/9/2009 - Terry Bogusz SR.
Can anybody contact Jeff and have him get hoild of me please?Best is to e/mail me at: terry. bogusz@spiritair. comThanks gang. #71 Senior.
6/2/2009 - Shane PEnnignton
If anyone has any pics or info on the Jerry Peenington or the Centerline Auto Parts 007, please email me at spxmet@aol. com Thanks.
5/26/2009 - Lisa Bonner
Finally got an answer from MVP- Sara was out of here office- Thanks all for the info.

5/25/2009 - Lisa Bonner
Tried to contact MVP, but e-mail failed. Any more info about the DVDS? Thanks.
5/25/2009 - Lisa Bonner
Hi All!I haven''t visited the site in a while, but glad to see the interest is as strong as ever. HI Cyndy! So sorry to hear about Wink. Everyone here is still going strong. My dad (Earl) has continued to be active with ARCA. He has served as an official with the Re/Max series for about 14 years now.

Was just at Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday nite and some of us were talking about the fun times at MCRT. (Pat ran the enduro) My dad is still building engines- That win by the way! (Two engine builder awards in the past 3 yrs, so that''s pretty cool) I sure hope all from MCRT that are out there remember the great times at that track. It was surely one of a kind in it''s day. We have great memories for sure! I''ll try to keep up with the site more.

I tell a lot of people to check out the MCRT link. Just remember- the ''Weekend Warrior'' will always rule!.
5/21/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
I have finally gotten a contact person and more specific info for the DVD's of MCRT. Here is what Sara from MVP wrote: ---------------------------- Anyone interested in a set can contact me either via phone (248-591-5162) or email (sara. atkinson@mvpcollaborative. com). I’ll process and ship the order within 2-3 business days as there are a few days I will be out of the office in the upcoming weeks.

At this time we are only selling the seven DVDs as a complete set, and they are priced at $95. 00 plus tax, $100. 70 total (shipping not included in that total). Shipping for one (1) complete set is $10.

00 and shipped out FedEx Express Saver (3-day, but known to arrive in 2 days). If someone decides to order multiple sets, or would like them to arrive faster, I will give them an updated shipping estimate before processing so they can decide if that is what they would like to do. Local pickup at MVP can be arranged if someone would like to come and pick up a set, but the times may be more limiting. I highly recommend shipping the order.

Preferred method of contact is by email titled “Mt. Clemens RT DVD’s” and include name, address (billing and shipping if different), phone number and number of sets they are requesting. I will call the requestor back for a credit card number since I don’t feel comfortable having it included in an email. They will receive an email from me with the tracking number and order receipt once the DVDs have shipped.

If anyone wants them for Father’s day, I recommend ordering by June 16 so that they can be shipped FedEx Express saver and still arrive in time. Preferred method of payment is Credit Card - Visa, MC, AMEX and Diners Club are accepted. Payment by check is acceptable if picking up at MVP. Let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information.

Sara --------------------- Hope this answers your questions. I have seen the DVD's and they are quite good.
5/9/2009 - Mike Mowatt
LOL, Vince no reason to feel dumb it has been too long since some of us have seen each other. You will always be my favorite flag man for the way you used to start the figure-eight features at The Mount. Sadly, my hero Bob Belz has passed but I am still in contact with Don Harris almost daily. Recently, Don and I took a trip to Florida and got a chance to see Al Grinde. I am still at Ruehle''s, hauling cars across country so I am not in town much.

Thanks for adding that special flair to your flaggin''!.
5/5/2009 - Vince Cuker
Yep, it''s me. Sitting in the wings reading all the mails from you guys. Sure is nice to hear from everyone! A couple weeks ago while standing in a long line at Walgreens, a pretty lady looked at me and said, Hi, Vince! No being to stupid, I asked where I had known her from. She told me she used to work at a bank I went to, I think that''s what she said!), and that she was the wife of Mike Mowatt. Boy, did I ever feel dumb! Due to the long wait, we had a very nice conversation about the good ''ol days! It''s so nice to meet such nice people who were attached to the MCRT.

I had a nice meeting with Bob Capps over at Kart-to-Kart a short while back. Bob wanted to interview me about the MCRT. I covered everything from my attending the very first race there in the summer of 1951, and the very last event on Sunday, September 29, 1985, the Enduro. I left my 3 binders of newspaper clippings and other articles for Bob to scan through and use any information he needed for his very interesting article found in the May 2009 issue of Vintage Oval Racing.

See pages 20 and 21! Thanks for the nice article, Bob. Thanks to Tom Peltier for stopping over at my house and exchanging racing information and programs. Tom left a couple I did not have, and he in turn received a couple from me that I hope completes his set. I was thrilled when he brought his son and daughter over the second time and they played with the original checker flag I used many times at MCRT, Checker Flag and the Mickey Thompson Offroad racing at the Pontiac Silverdome.

Tom''s bringing up his children to become very faithful racing fans! Thank you Tom for boosting my ego and asking for the autographed picture. Thanks Cindy for directing Bob and Tom in my direction so they could get some use out of my limied source of MCRT information. I got an email from Paul Schaefer, the most exciting race announcer I''ve ever listened to through my ear phones, and we have a date to go over to the grounds where the MCRT once was. There is still proof that a race track once stood on those grounds, if you know where to look.

Paul is still with NASCAR and works with the Camper World East Series. I hope good health (not mine) will prevail and I''ll be able to walk the grounds of the old track. Hey, I took up enough space. Just my semi-annual report.

God Bless all and it''s nice to be brought up-to-date on your life after the track.





4/28/2009 - Dan DeMeulenaere
How do you get photos on here? I have alot of them. Mainly of Carl Scholz I have one of my dad,Carl,and Eddie when he took his first championship in 1972.
4/23/2009 - Terry Bogusz Jr.
Tim Gietzen 810-750-1919.
4/22/2009 - Randy Morse
Cindy W. You were and still are the best thing that happened to MCR. I miss you and the track I grew up with. I''m your greatest fan. Randy.

4/21/2009 - Terry Bogusz Jr.
Timmy Gietzen lives in the house behind Travis country inn eastside of gratiot, He still does trans work, Motion Engineering 19393 Wallace street Roseville Mi. I am looking for a current phone number for him.
4/19/2009 - LAURA TUCKER
If you are looking for pictures and videos from Mt. Clemens Race Track, visit YouTube. com. Type in the search for Mt. Clemens Race Track and enjoy many pictures of our fondest memories.

4/14/2009 - Dennis Schalm
Interesting new stuff. Sad to see that Wink had passed. My first contact with him wasn''t through the race track.

I worked at St. Joseph Hospital-West ER when it first opened and he was a doctor there at the time. Cyndy: fw2arca@gmail. com and thanksClaude: Homer Newland also raced in many NASCAR Cup races in the 50''sLance Pierson: Your dad was one of many drivers who signed my cast when I was a kid.

Al Grinde: I see the hurricanes haven''t chased you back to Michigan. Keith Goodrich: I didn''t know your dad personally, but I sure knew of him.

John Cwikla''s and my father both worked for the City of Mt. Clemens. My dad was a road grader operator, which made sense that his other job was grading and maintaining the track surface at MCRT. Due to that, our family got a season pass every year, so I was at EVERY event as a kid.

The night your dad set the record at 16. 99, WBRB radio was broadcasting from one of the covered wagons (yes, they were that old). John Cwikla and I would get the radio guy bits and pieces of info for his show. I had mentioned to him that your dad had just broke the 17 second barrier on the quater-mile.

Next break in the music when he came back on the air, he mentioned that fact as a little hype that track conditions were great and people should head to the track, because it promised to be an exciting night of racing. Why mention all this? I was 12 at the time, John Cwikla was 16. So guess who got the intern job at WBRB and went on to have a successful sports radio career. Yep, John.

Timing is everything. It''s funny that my last races there I would run in the low 15''s and still not be nearly fast enough to finish higher than second in a feature. For all those that know what I had been up to since MCRT, an update. Finally after 5 1/2 years my health is allowing me to persue the possibility of getting back to work for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, with the real goal of getting back up on the flagstand.

I reallly want to be back at Springfield, Ill. at the dirt track. It was where I had my heart attack during the ARCA race in 2001. That place owes me at least one more good memory!I''m still trying to get Joy Fair to one of the Kart2Kart deals.

The last time he was on a go-kart was in Daytona about six or seven years ago, beating the back bumper off Bobby Hamilton Jr. ''s kart. Chuck Newby would be a good one too. He broke his brother''s arm on a go-kart in Fla.

about a year or two later. Not exactly a timid one either.
4/10/2009 - lfbennett
tim gietzen worked with andy farr ( 04 ) i''ll have the word passed to andy and maybe he can help youi believe tim still lives in e. pointhappy easter to all racers,and familys, and have a safe seasonlouie.
4/9/2009 - Paulette Escalante
My son Steve would like to talk to Timmy G. for a transmission. I don''t know how to spell his last name. He sold transmission parts & fixed them back then. I would like a set of those Mcrt VIDEOS.

It would be nice to see everyone that raced and beat the tar out of me. Plus it''s a must see just for the Double-O!!Plus the x-tras. Maybe they''ll have the time those big birds where brought in for some of the racers to race. That was GREAT!!! And it showed what great sportsmanship we had at that track.

4/2/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Thanks. Since the kids are scattered, if anyone who remember Doc wants to send a message they have set up an email address. Send to hjwinkler_inmemory@hotmail. comThanks,.
4/1/2009 - l.f. bennett
the real henry winkler has passed away, as in Dr. winkler cyndy''s 1st mr. - let''s say a prayer for the extended family and all his children, his body has been donated to wayne state univ. his alma ma. for all those who knew him he was a good hearted and fun guy.

prayers to you dr. and all his childrenlouie.
3/27/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
As promised I have contacted MVP. If you have an interest in videos from Mt. Clemens Race Track-- MVP has made two sets of DVDs— One set consists of the 82 season of stock car racing (5 DVDs in this set. ) The second set consists of the Cable program series the Fifth turn (7 DVDs in this set). Each DVD has several programs on each.

I don’t have a catalogue of what’s on each DVD yet, but may be able to eventually get one. The production of these DVDs are quite labor intensive. They will be sold for $10-$12 per DVD so $50 to $60 for Set One, and $70 to $85 for Set Two. Shipping charges would be in addition to these prices.

We need to see what sort of demand there is for these archived DVD’s so if you have an interest in getting a set, please respond back to me and let me know of your interest. (cynwinmail-mcrt@yahoo. ca).
3/26/2009 - Louie B
by all means not trying to take away from this great communicating site; however if you go to youtube. com and type in mt. clemens race track there is about 23 entry''s re: the track. films, photos''s from ron leon, etc.

grab a cold one and enjoy. louie.
3/26/2009 - James Gullett
Hello, My name is James Gullett, son of Tommy Gullett i was wondering if some one knew where i could find some old pictures of my old man in action. thank you.
3/25/2009 - Kathy Tosto
HI everyone WOW this was a life time ago,but what a life it was.
3/21/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Anyone who is interested in photos from the era that I owned the track can contact Ron Leon. You can reach him by email at peggypayne7@hotmail. com or call him at 586-771-9139. He says he still has about 90% of the negatives, so he should be able to help some folks with their photo requests. (Ron gave me permission to post this info.

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3/21/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Hi to George DeCraemer who is well remembered as a good, reliable safety crew member. Not too chatty, but always there when you needed him. Hope he will come to the reunion next year. Great to hear from Dennis Fetter and Paulette Escalante. Thanks again to the webmaster for keeping this site alive and a source for comments.

Tom Peltier has a You Tube channel with Mt. Clemens Race Track footage. If you type in Mount Clemens Race Track in the search on You Tube, you will see a listing of all of them. I am continuing to try and get some results on video copies.

I have saved emails from anyone who contacted me about them, so eventually, I will be in touch.
3/20/2009 - Dennis Fetter
Just a note. After 40 years of racing I retired from driving 2 weeks from the end of last year. My son Erik was put in #75 and will start this year as a rookie at Auto City. I just want to say to all racers that it has been great and this site is a great way to remember Mt Clemens. I am still looking for old pictures of my first 2 cars.

61 chev #34 and a 57 Chev #34. Limited cars denf_1999@yahoo. com.
3/16/2009 - louie
try getting ahold of ron leon i believe he lives in warren mich. he''ll have plenty of photo''s.
3/14/2009 - Keith Goodrich
#85 Lloyd Goodrich, Hello my name is Keith Goodrich and I ''m looking for any pics of my Dads car during the late 60''s. He held the 1/4 track record on Aug 10th 1968 at 16:99. I have some other pics of some of the cars during that time I will post as soon as I can. I can be reached at (734) 461-6819. Thanks and this is a great site.

3/14/2009 - Paulette E
Hellllooo again. My e-mail address is vanstarlee@msn. comThank you also to TOM S.

he was a real race fan - and it looks like he still is!!!I told my sister Judy about the site-can''t wait for her to chit-chat with one & all. Hugs & kisses.

3/13/2009 - Paulette E
One thing MCRT was great for was FAMILY. Anytime i''ve ever talked to the kids about it (now they are ADULTS) can talk & talk about how much fun it was for them. I didn''t know it at the time but my kids (Steve & Martha) have some great stories about those days. And it was safe for them. So not only keeping us safe on the track they kept OUR families safe in the stands.

Thank you all who came in contact with my 2 maniac''s-they remember alot of fun people. ONE more thing. I thank my pit crew for all they did- I knew less then Cole Trickle about the car. The people that put the real elbow grease in our the real STARS.

Has anybody heard anything about Cathy Tosto?Check ya''ll later.
3/11/2009 - Paulette Escalante
I''m remembered even if it is for just being a butt-head.
3/11/2009 - Paulette Escalante
somebody remembers me. I''m 54 now. That seems like a life time ago.
3/10/2009 - louie
welcome paulette you still pushing cars around the track ,we all miss you. welcome to the site were all here, and bob williams say''s hi too;;;;;;;;;cyndy''s on site too louie.
3/9/2009 - Paulette Escalante
WOW this is a great gift you have put together, I live in Arizona now. Hugs & kisses to all.
3/8/2009 - Unknown
Wish my Dad, George DeCraemer, was computer savvy and had access. He worked on the safety crew and trackside gates at Mt. Clemens and other tracks throughout Michigan. Wish I had known about your get together held in January, I''m sure he would have wanted to be there. He is now 80 years old and still works for USA Demolition.

I also worked in the concession stands at MCRT in 1970-71, and still miss the place dearly.
3/7/2009 - Mark
HI EVERY ONE JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU ALL KNOW WE WILL BE HOSTING A CHECKER FLAG CHILE FEST ON APRIL 4TH 2009 AT THE MOOSE LODGE IN WINDSOR AT 5PM AND DINNER AT 6PM COST IS $6. 00 PER PERSON ALL U CAN CHILI AND BEANS AND WIENERS , OTHER FOOD TO ORDER OFF THE MENU CASH BAR , JUST A GOOD TIME TO SIT DRINK, EAT AND CHAT WITH LOTS OF GOOD FRIENDS AGAIN. IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFO PLEASE EMAIL US AT MDESJARDINS13@COGECO. CA HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE MARK & MICHELLE DESJARDINS CHECKER FLAG REUNION ,HALL OF FAME AND WEB MATERS FOR THE CHECKER FLAG WEB SITE.
3/2/2009 - R.C. Smith
Norm Neiman, I remember your grandad very well. He was a very nice man. I used to help him and his son John with their car. John and I were pretty good friends. would like to hear from him.

E-mail is smittymarg@comcast. netWas looking through the posted pictures. The one marked anyone know, I dont remember the orange 87 but the blue 11 was driven by Johnny Johnson. I had a friend who later owned that car but never raced it.

the black car behind the 11 was the 040 of Harry Farr and I think the white car behind the 87 was the 178 car driven by Jim Hilla. Sorry we missed the get together but I work about 60 hours a week and was too tired to attend. Have heard from some old friends from my earlier post and was happy to hear from them.

2/24/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Farewell to a great supporter to the stock car racing industry in Michigan. Mr. Dick Beebe.

Unique, individual, enthusiastic and sincere. Good bye friend. You will be missed.

2/22/2009 - louie
let''s all take a moment to remember a racer''s racer who has just passed away, mr. dick beebe , of marc times , dealers choice , a great painter , etc. etc. let''s say a prayer for his family and remember many good times.



we''ve all had with mr. beebethanks for the great times mr.

dick beebelouie.
2/19/2009 - Norm Nieman
Did anyone know my grandpa Norm Nieman. He raced 1966-1981. His number was 64 and 47. I am trying to find pictures and story about him.

2/5/2009 - Dave DeHem
Tom Urban, Thanks again for keeping the faith and trusting that a place would open up for this years re-union. Another great time and always great to visit with and see so many from our days at Mt. Clemens. It was especially nice to finally see Cyndy after all these years and share a few stories and a hug. Very nice to see Mary DeAlbequerqe and watch her face as I pointed out who was who so she could put names to faces.

I also want to say thank you to everyone who brought pictures and exhibits to share with everyone and the model cars were great although he must not have liked me that much as there wasn''t one of my old blue #99. Thats quite alright as I thouroughly enjoyed seeing what he had to display. I look forward to next year and also the upcoming racing season. There are still a bunch of us old timers from Mt.

Clemens that are still deeply involved in racing and many of us can be found at the area tracks like Dixie, Owosso, Flat Rock, Toledo, and Auto City. I travel with the Michigan Legends Series as PR Director so I get to the races nearly every week somewhere. Another great deal is to join the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club. We have fan club days at 16 different tracks around the state and on those days our current members are admitted free to the general grandstands.

Our Board of Directors has many Mt. Clemens people on it like Cory Russell, Laura Tucker, Jeff Moroni, Bill Walters, Uncle Al Peltier, Wild Bill Barnhart, Fran Russo, and myself. The one thing about having the re-union is that while the race track might be gone, we keep it alive by visiting with each other and sharing the stories and re-kindling the friendships from those days. It was great to see Marv Parentau, Bob Slowinski, The Maki gang, Bobby Newby, and just a host of who made up the different divisions on every Thursday and Saturday nights.

If I tried to list every body that was there I would miss someone. Thanks again Tom, thanks to Kart 2 Kart, and thanks to all who came out to enjoy the night.
2/3/2009 - Tom Urban
Hi all, Sorry for the delay. Computer crashed. To all that attended the Get Together, thank you one and all. Thanks to Louie for all the help. Thanks to Wild Bill for sending the videos.

Hope your mom is doing better. Thanks to Dave Dehem for all your work. Thank you Gary( webmaster) for putting the announcement on the home page. Thanks George for all the phone calls you made.

We`re gonna do it again next year. It will be the Saturday after the MARFC banquet.
2/2/2009 - Randy
Lance, my email address is sixtychevys@aol. com - please email me there as not to use this form for conversation. thnx.
2/2/2009 - Lance Pierson
Randy, thanks for the reply. What a memory, my Dad had several trophies for the best looking car. We also lived in Madison Heights. As I was going through his scrap book i came across a mailing list of all the drivers and there addresses. Ray Nece, Artie Sommers etc.

and my favorite driver at the time Lyle Robarge. My dad has a tun of pictures and newspaper articles from that time period, When I learn how to do a scanner, I will share some.
1/30/2009 - Randy
LANCE - I do remember Art Pierson. always had an awesome looking car if I am not mistaken. And correct me if I am wrong, but did he (and possibly you) live in Madison Heights off Campbell (near 12 Mile)?.

1/29/2009 - Al Grinde
Just discovered this site and wanted say hi to everyone!. A special hello to Don Harris and Mike Mowatt.

it was great to see them when they stopped to visit us here in sunny Florida!.
1/29/2009 - Terry Bogusz Jr.
Any possibility to have the REUNION party the week before the MARFC banquet? My dad and myself would love to attend but had to be at the Auto City Speedway banquet? It sounds like everyone had a GREAT time!Terry Bogusz Jr. tkbogusz@aol. comwww. fastcompanymotorsports. com.

1/29/2009 - Lance Pierson
I was wondering if anyone remembered my dad, Art Pierson. He raced in the late 60''s early 70''s. He was number 09. He was good friends with Artie Sommers. I will send some pictures at a later date.

1/26/2009 - louie
tom:::::::;; you put in a lot of effort and would like you to know, it was a great time had by all,,,,,and appreciatedsurprise guest, mary D''albequri ? pay master, chit giver, office clerk, listerner, helper to all, cyndy''s right hand gal. was a great surprise guest. mr.

webmaster was also missedand seeing marv p. was a treat for many=============louie.
1/25/2009 - Cyndy Winkler
Thanks to Tom Urban for the great job he continues to do in getting folks together to remember MCRT and have fun on the karts. It is always fun to see old friends and acquaintances, and this year a few folks came that I did not see last year. Your comments again show that MCRT still holds high esteem in many folks'' memories. Dennis Schalm can you send me your email so I can copy those photos you mentioned you would like. Mary D had a great time seeing you all too.

Special thanks to Louie, Jimmy, Bob, Bob and Dave along with all of the folks that came up to say hi and share a memory. There has not been any progress that I know of since last year with the old track videos, but I will continue to check in and see if something can move along. I still have kept anyone who wrote me from last year, so I will get back to you once there is some news. It''s out of my hands, so I can only ask and hope that something is being done.

Hope everyone has a great 2009 and hope to see you again in 2010.
1/13/2009 - BOB kRUPA
Does anyone know if Ed Howe race at MC on the pavement? I seen Ed race on the dirt during the MC 200, in the #67 car. Also did Tom Maier came more than one time. Tom came for the 100 or 200 laps in the #61 Ed Howe Camaro, and won.
1/9/2009 - Tom Porzondek 01/09/09
Chuck: I was going to mention seeing Race Neece driving a midget up at Crystal, but I did not think anyone would believe it. I think the year was 1978, or so. I could not believe it myself at first, since he had lost a LOT of weight, but we went up to talk with him and sure enough it WAS him. When he drove supers at Mt. Clemens on the dirt, there was certainly more of him and he really wheeled that 58 Ford around there.

(Great shot of him and Benny, at least I am reasonably sure it is Benny, in the photo gallery this site). Also remember when Larry LeMay was crewing for Ray, I think. Does anyone remember the night when Bob Senneker and Johnny Anderson showed up at the track when it was still dirt? Also, there was a guy named Dean Crissman, I believe, who raced the dirt for a short time, and did a pretty good job. Used to have Dizzy Dean on his car above the door.

Anyone remember Pete Beer, Tim Nester, Harry Zechmann, Len Savagian (?), Mike Diviney, Don Eisen, Dick Carpenter, Jerry Miller, Don McCubbin, and for a while the guy from Flint named Don King?.
1/8/2009 - Chuck
Tom, You sure kindle good fond memories of following the Mt. Clemens guys to all the big dirt shows. Queen city, Eldora, Auto city, Mansfield Ohio. The Mt. Clemens guys were Kings in Pennsboro, West Virginia, Loved the Hillbilly 100.

Even after they paved Cheker Flag in Windsor many of the Mt. Clemens guys ran their. Remember going to Crystal to See Ray Nece in a midget. That was a sight.

1/8/2009 - Tom Porzondek - 01/07/09
To Randy: Yes, the dirt was a world all of its own. I actually started attending auto racing at Motor City Speedway back in the mid fifties, but that place closed in 1958 I think. The old man (my pop) said how about trying Mt. Clemens one day, so we took a ride out there, 1963 I believe. The racing wasn''t the best in those days, but it did get better.

By 1965 and later, there were some pretty good super stocks and the sportsmen were starting to put on a good show. Artie and Charlie Sommers, Lyle Robarge (I remember when Lyle got shot in the foot, 1966 I think), Denny Miller, Al Kukuk, Marv Parenteau, and many others. Also went to Auto City when it was dirt (Ed Howe, et. al.

); the State Fairgrounds, Oakshade in Ohio (there''s another goofball story), I-96 Speedway (Odessa), and Crystal in St. Johns. Also went to Tri-County Speedway (a. k.

a. Queen City Speedway) outside of Cinncinnatti one time, when it was dirt back in 1969. I always wondered why the hot dogs tasted better at a dirt track: Was it the dust and dirt in the onions that did it? Also remember seeing Homer Newland riding in his scooter at Auto City in the mid 90''s as I raced limited lated models with his son Mike. Am going to try to show up at the Go Kart place on the 24th.

I can be e-mailed at porzondek1@aol. com.
12/30/2008 - Terr Bogusz Jr.
We will not be able to attend this years reunion. Auto City Speedway''s banquet is the same night. I have to go to receive my Championship check and trophy. Everone have fun.
12/30/2008 - Tom Urban
It`s a little over three weeks to The Get Together. Please, any of you coming who were at the previous ones, let others know about it. Don`t forget Jan. 24th. If you`re racin, be there at 5:30 for registration.

Green flag for first race is at 6:00. Van Dyke just south of 19 Mile Rd.
12/30/2008 - Steve Smith
My name''s Steve Smith. My old man used to crew chief for John Nece back in the day, his name is Steve Smith also. I vaguely remember going to Mt. Clemens when I was little (born in ''82). Anyway, the old man told me about the reunion and I think we will be there.

I''d like join everyone on the track too.
12/30/2008 - Claude Plante Jr.
Actually Homer Newland drove for my grandfather Bob varney for a few years. they even traveled some and raced in WV and some other big shows like the Hillbilly 100. When I started racing street stocks in 1993 at Auto City Homer''s son Mike was racing then and Homer was at the races alot in a his motor scooter. It was nice to be able to meet him and since my Grandpa built my motors and went to every race with me it was a chance for them to catch up to. Cant wait for the reunion again Tom, see you there and I will be sitting in a Kart seat attempting to drive lol.

12/28/2008 - Randy
Tom, I do remember the boycott. my dad and I were thinking ''this could be the end of Mt Clemens''. And Homer Newland was one of those dark horse drivers from what I remember.

He was good, but not that much attention on him as the likes of Sommers, Neece, Baumgarten, etc got more of the lime light. I am pretty sure that Homers son tried his turn at racing.

I remember his name being called out up at Auto City Speedway a few years ago. And Pete Magree.

I do remember him kneeling and waving those flags in the back of the pace car for the big races. I remember, I think during that boycott possibly, that he had a nickname of ''Pete Magreedie'' from a few of the drivers. And I ''was'' a true dirt fan due to Mt. Clemens.

it was all about MCRT, Thunder Road, Owendale, Auto City (at the time), Checkered Flag in Windsor, State Fairgrounds, etc.

life was so much more fun back then.

simpler too!.
12/23/2008 - Tom Porzondek
To Randy: Yes, Jerry D''Ambrosio (the sharpener) lived on 14 Mile Road, just west of Campbell Road in Royal Oak. Thank you for the nice words. To Louie: You are right about the police hanging around donut shops, and I like the pun about not being sharp enough. To Bill Murawski about Junior: You may be correct about him looking for another ride after getting out of his wrecked car as that certainly describes the way he was about racing. Does anyone know if Junior ever raced on the dirt? Some of the guys I saw over the years were great on pavement and dirt, and some only liked one or the other.

Homer Newland was real good on both as well as many others. I sure missed the dirt when they paved Mt. Clemens, though. It used to be fun to stand up on the mounds of dirt behind the wall in turn four and watch the races from there.

No fences or anything. In a long race the whole left side of your face would be covered with dirt and the dust would get in your eyes as well as your hair. I wore glasses in those days and it still got in my eyes a lot. Anybody else remember those days? Saw Artie Sommers hit a guy one night who was running across the track during a caution; the guy flipped up in the air a bit but wasn''t seriously hurt, if I remember right.

Also used to get a kick out of Pete Magree kneeling in the back seat of the convertible pace car and waving the flags to start the feature when thay had a big race sometimes. Anybody remember when the super stock drivers boycotted the track for a while because they wanted more money??.
12/23/2008 - Bill Brown
Tom, I''ll be there Jan 24th, not sure about driving a cart. Will there be a ''C'' main? About Jr''s mishap I beleive it happened about half way down the back straight. My veiw of it was blocked by the house that used to sit in the infeild. But I do remember going in to the pit and all of us examining the car, and being thankful Jr was still walking. It''s scary to thing back at the things we got a way with when we where young.

12/21/2008 - Jim Bennett
Hi Tom, THANKS for keeping this GREAT time going You can count me in for 2, also I do believe Andy Farr will make it also. Thanks again and can''t wait HAPPY HOLIDAYS to alll.
12/21/2008 - bare
i was also there the night junior went through the wall, and i seem to remember that after he got back to the pits, he tried to borrow different cars so that he could get back on the track. does anyone else remember this or was i thinking of another time. i seem to think one of the cars was the jim''s catering car.
12/20/2008 - Louie B.
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12/20/2008 - bill murawski
i was about 6 years old when jr went went through the wall it took them along time to get him out of the car ,the rail road tie had him pined in the car up side down. everyone one thought it was for the worst. but he came out ok.
12/18/2008 - Randy
To Tom Porzondek:I am sorry to hear about your father-in-law as well. I do remember him being everywhere. I have to ask, did he live on 14 Mile Rd? I thought I saw him pulling in to a driveway there many times.

and it just clicked when I drove by there the other day. totally his family and yours have my condolenses!Try to have a Happy Holiday and remember the good life he lead and the memories he gave you and all of us.

12/17/2008 - Tom Urban
Kart2Kart is now officially open. The Get Together is officially on. Jan 24th. If you`re racin, registration starts at 5:00pm. If not,you can show up any time after 6:00pm.

Kart2Kart is at it`s old location, Van Dyke just south of 19 mile road. I`ve got a mystery guest again this year. Come on out and see who the guest is. Hope to see every one there.

I still would like to get a head count on who`s racing.
12/12/2008 - louie
after that wreck of jr. going thru the wall all his, and most other cars were made with what was called a hanley bar left foot area protection naw i don''t think no cop was sharpening knives they were too sharp to do that and were probably at the donut shoplouie.
12/11/2008 - Tom Porzondek
I got scrolling through the pics on this site after doing my posting and just had to comment on the pics of Junior Hanley''s car before and after going through the fence one night (somewhere around turn three, I believe). I was a spectator at numerous speedways for a long time before I got my own car, and I was there with my youngest brother the night Junior crashed, BIG TIME. You could just see it coming as he only had one throttle position; all the way down ALWAYS. You could sooner get a zebra to change its stripes than get him to lift. He was lapping everything and everyone in sight and was coming up on a back marker or lapped car, I think.

(Just about the way Rich Vogler wrecked and was killed at Salem) He went to blast around on the outside I believe and BOOM, the guy went the wrong way. Right THROUGH the fence and out into the night. He got out and came back waving I think, so that people knew he was okay. What the pics do not show is the RAILROAD TIE that was in the driver''s compartment under where his legs probably were when he crashed.

They used to back up the wall with those railroad ties and Junior was real fortunate that night. My brother also remembers that they brought his car back between two wreckers (no flatbeds in those days, I guess), right past the grandstands and stopped cars on the frontstretch. (Claude Plante also told me he remembered that part). Anyway, my brother said that Don Biederman was apparently applauding as Junior''s car went by.

I honestly don''t remember that part, but I did go to the pits afterward and saw the piece of railroad tie that was in the car. I always thought he was the best I ever saw (not to slight my other favorite, Joy Fair). Even put number 72 on my car when I raced. Does anyone else remember that particular night at the Mount?.

12/11/2008 - Tom Porzondek
Hi Shane: Thank you for the nice words about Jerry. In answer to your question about if he went into Sterling Hts. , I really do not know. He went to MANY communities over the years and was asked to leave by the police in some. (Maybe a cop was also a knife sharpener there, eh ?) He used to come rolling in just after dark, many times with a pizza.

(He would rather eat a pizza than prime rib, no kidding). Also for Jimmy Tucker: I remember your grandpa Norm very well at Mt. Clemens. I talked with him a bunch of times and he was a really funny guy.

I do remember when he got burned real bad and then came back to race again in his tee shirt (purple ? I think). Hardly anyone in those days used a racing suit, let alone the fire suits of today, as most guys raced in either a white tee shirt and white pants, or some other regular shirt. Ya gotta remember also that in those days, NOBODY that I ever saw had or used a fuel cell, just a regular gas tank strapped in the back where the trunk used to be. In 1968 I think, there was a guy named Jim Lee that showed up in a REAL firesuit and Eddie Janis pointed it out to the guys in a driver''s meeting once, but they apparently were not mandated until later years.

I do believe that Jack Goodwin had a racing suit, but don''t know if it would have done much good in a fire. Now THERE was a character. Last time I saw him was in the early 90''s up at Auto City, as they were having an old timers race or something, and he was waiting around all night to go out and drive. Don''t know if he ever did, as it was real late and I had to leave.

More later.
12/3/2008 - Shane Pennington
Hey, Tom. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Did he do routes in Sterling Heights? Because I knda remember a guy who came around every so often when I was a little kid who sharpened knives for my grandma''s neighbors. I hated the sounds that it made.

12/1/2008 - Tom Porzondek
To All Who Visit This Web Site: I am sure there are many people, especially maybe some older ones, from the Metro Detroit area who remember the short man who drove around on the three wheel cushman scooter and sharpened lawn mowers, knives, and scissors. He did this for over fifty years (that I know of) and was featured many times in newspaper articles. I am sorry to announce that Jerry D''Ambrosio, age 86, died last Monday, November 24, 2008. He was the father of my wife and we buried him yesterday in Cadillac Memorial East, Clinton Twp. I did take him and his family once to Toledo Speedway back in the seventies and he liked it quite a bit.

I am sure there are many Mt. Clemens race fans that may have known of him or had things sharpened by him. Tom Porzondek porzondek1@aol. com.

11/30/2008 - Tom Urban
Great news every one. The Get Together is back on. Kart2Kart is reopening in December. They are in the same location. Van Dyke just south of 19 mile road.

The date for the Get Together is Jan 24th. If you want to race, registration starts at 5:30, racing at 6:00. Cost is the same. I need to know how many of you want to race so maybe we can get a break on the price.

11/27/2008 - jeff jablonski
Hi guysI met sean about ten years ago and became a close friend of his. We were both musicians and he actually recorded some of my music, as he did for many people among pockets of local music all over michigan. The last show he booked at the Lager House on the 29th has become somewhat of a memorial show for him. Some friends of mine an I are putting together a collage for the occassion as well as a slide show. When i look at the pictures, while there are plenty with him and his guitar, i feel like something is missing.

I know that his memories of the race track were some of the fondest of his life. When he would talk about them his body language would perk up and his eyes would light up. if you knew him well my best wishes if you have any questions about the showand/or any pics you would like to send please e-mail atjeffjablo@hotmail. com.

11/23/2008 - Jimmy Tucker
I am very sad to hear the news about Sean i enjoy speaking with him several time on the internet hearing some good ol'' days storied my prayers go out to his family. if anyone has any funeral details please call me at 586-321-2790.
11/22/2008 - BILL MURAWSKI JR