The 48th annual Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, January 18th at DeCarlo's Banquet & Convention Center in Warren, Michigan. During the gala evening, Speed51.com was honored with one of the most prestigious awards of the evening, the 2013 MARFC Electronic Media Award.
The Electronic Media Award is given to the outlet displaying outstanding achievement and dedication to short track racing for coverage of motorsports in the state of Michigan.
"We are honored to receive this award from the MARFC," said Bob Dillner, Speed51.com owner and NASCAR on FOX broadcaster. "Michigan race fans are among the most passionate fans in the country. They support their local tracks, series and racers like no other group of fans. To be awarded this honor by a group of loyal and dedicated short track fans means a lot to our entire staff. We're humbled by this honor and we look forward to promoting the short track scene in the great state of Michigan even more in 2014."
With Dillner not able to attend due to prior commitments, Speed51.com's Midwest Editor, Matt Prieur, was in attendance on the night of the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of Dillner and the entire management and staff of Speed51.com.
Highlighting the list of honorees on this night was Bob Senneker, widely regarded as one of the best short track drivers ever and the all-time leader in career victories in the old ASA National Tour. The Dorr, Michigan legend received the MARFC President's Award, the most prestigious award given at the MARFC Awards Banquet.
Senneker, who was also the 1990 ASA National Champion in his familiar blue No. 84, was known throughout racetracks all over the country as he competed and won hundreds of features in a career lasting for several decades. When Senneker unloaded the "Bluebird", race fans knew, that more often than not, he would end up in victory lane at the end of the night. He competed in his last event during the 1999 racing season.
In addition, more honorees included veteran driver from Birch Run, Michigan Jay Woolworth. Woolworth received the MARFC Eddie Sachs Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, as he has announced that 2013 was his last behind the wheel.
Throughout the evening, MARFC also honored all the series and track champions from all of the MARFC member tracks from the 2013 racing season. Terry Senneker, Jr., was named the 2013 Pavement Driver of the Year as Zack Olger received the honors as the 2013 Dirt Driver of the Year.
Long-time Anderson Speedway P.A. Announcer, Denny Adams was the recipient of the Tom Carnegie Memorial Announcer of the Year award, which is given to a Michigan based P.A. Announcer at a weekly track or Michigan based touring series.
For more information about the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club, go to their website located at: www.marfc.org