2004 in Review

Updated 10/23/04

Marc Sets Track Record at
Redriver Speedway

10/20/04
Received an email from the Promotor/Owner of Redriver Speedway to inform us that we now hold The "Track Record". (see copy of email below) And that there will be a Billboard at the track with my name on it! Thanks Mike Cooper, as we are honored to carry the title of "Track Record Holder" at his track.
Marc


Subject: Track Record
To: Marc@marcmadison.com
From: Michael_L_Cooper@bcbstx.com
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 08:54:30 -0500

Marc we worked on all of our numbers last night and you hold the track record. We will time trial twice next year once at the beginning of the season and then again at the Championship. We are having a billboard made and your name will be on there for holding the track record for the Smiley's Modifed Divsion.

Congratulations and we hope to see you next year.

Mike Cooper
Redriver Speedway
Wichita Falls, Texas


Official, Sponsors for 2004, RaceTech Racing Communications, Ultra-Shield Race Products,
S-Line Motorsports, & Valvoline Oil. Visit our Sponsors Websites,



North Texas Championship
Redriver Speedway
October 16-17, 2004

WOW!
What a way to end the season! We ran the "North Texas Asphalt Championship Race" at Redriver Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on Oct. 16th & 17Th. Qualifying was Saturday night along with 2 Qualifying Features to determine the starting line up for Sundays 50 lap Feature.
I turned the quickest time with a 14.70 lap, winning my first career pole on Asphalt. Then I went on to lead every lap of the first Qualifying Feature for the Victory.
Jay went on to win the second Qualifying Feature and pulled off a Clean Sweep on Saturday night for our Team.


Oct. 16th Results
Fast Time, #19 Marc Madison Time 14.70 seconds
Winner of First Qualifying Feature, #19 Marc Madison
Winner of Second Qualifying Feature, #98 Jay Guthrie


On to Sunday and the 50 lap Feature. On the start the #17 pulled ahead with me on his bumper. The #17 and I pulled away from the rest of the field for a 2 car race for the lead. Jay was in a 4 car battle for 3rd through the 6th positions. I could stay on the back bumper of the #17, but unless he made a mistake, I didn't have anything for him. Several Cautions bunch the field back up, when the green flew it was back to a 2 car battle for the lead. My car was good on short runs, I could pull up to his bumper. As my tires heated up, the car developed a push. Jay survived a couple of yellows he was involved in to come back and finish 5th as I settle for a very happy second place finish behind the #17.

Oct. 17th 50 Lap Feature Results
2nd place #19 Marc Madison
5th Place #98 Jay Guthrie


Like I said before, WOW! what a weekend to end the 2004 Season. Our first year in Asphalt Modifieds, Jay and I each get a Victory along with me setting fast time and a second place finish in "The North Texas Asphalt Championship Race".
We want to thank all our Sponsors for backing us this year along with or friends and family that support our racing effort.
Looking forward to 2005!
See ya at the Races next year, Marc

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Marc & Jay Replace
broken rotor before Feature

Jay Resting prior
to 50 Lap Feature

Marc taking walk
before Feature

#17 & Marc pulling
away in Feature

Putting distance on field
as Jay runs 4th

Jay racing
for 3rd thru 6th

#17 & Marc
Racing for the lead

1st & 2nd
going into turn 3

Marc Getting some
pressure from #83

Jay running
thru turns 3 & 4

Jay looking to
pass car #88

Finishing 2nd
behind #17

Jay rolling off
scales after Post-race Tech

Marc Passing Tech
seals a 2nd place finish

Marc
Celebrates

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Thunder Hill Raceway
September 25, 2004

Returning to Thunder Hill Raceway we had high hopes of doing better. My car was pushing up the track like a snow plow. Tried some changes for qualifying, but nothing helped, turned a slow time. Decided to make major changes for the feature, changed springs and put it on the scales at the track. It was a big race night at THR, pits were full of cars. Jay had his best qualifying run this year. Jay had a time of 16.096 great job. He out qualified me, I had a 16.313.

The race was caution filled, lost count of how many cautions there were. My car was much better after the changes. Everytime there was a wreck or spin, it seemed like it was right in front of Jay and I. Jay's car was overheating from damage on the nose, I had a flat from contact. We both lost time in the pits. The race was shorten to 35 laps instead of 50 due to all the cautions and wrecks. Jay finished 14th, 4 laps down and I finished 15th, 5 laps down. we both had minor damage to the cars.You can see pictures from THR below.

Next and last Race of the year will be "The North Texas Championship Race" at Redriver Speedway Oct. 16 & 17 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
See ya at the track,
Marc

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Pre-Race
Ceremony

Pre-Race
Ceremony

Pre-Race
Ceremony

Pre-Race
Ceremony

Pre-Race
Ceremony

Pre-Race
Ceremony

Pre-Race
Ceremony

Jay & Marc
Before Feature

Billy, Scott
Kelly & Marc

Scott Checking
New Pitcart

Billy & Scott
Pre-Race Work

Jay racing
in Feature

Marc In
Feature Action

Jay avoiding
wrecked cars

Marc Making
inside pass

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NEW PIT CART
Getting Ready for Next Race

Finally finished new pit cart to be used at out next race at Thunder Hill Raceway
on September 25th, both cars are ready and so are we!
Marc

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New Pit Cart
Ready for Action

New Pit Cart
Front Steering Assembly

New Pit Cart
Nitrogen Stored in Bottom

Both Cars
Redy to Go!

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SAN ANTONIO SPEEDWAY
August 28, 2004

1st time at San Antonio Speedway, Qualified 17th in a field of 21 cars. Finished 12th in the 50 lap Feature. Had a great time, still running about .90 seconds off the leaders times. Need to find at least 1 second more from the car and the driver. Thanks to My Spotter, Billy O'Brien, my crew Ben Reeder, Tammie & Jay. Brought it home without a scratch. San Antonio Speedway is one fast half mile track.
Marc

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Ben & Billy watch
as Marc straps in

On the High Banks
in turn 3 & 4

Coming off the banks
Turn 4

Getting up to
Speed

Getting more
seat time

Entering the bank
in turn 3

Turn 3 at
SAS

Turn 3 again
SAS

On the Gas,
long fast straights

Tammie's
"Race Face"

Bench Racing
at SAS

more
Bench Racing

More Speed
at SAS

Cool dowm lap,
coming in

Rain Threatens,
Racing goes on

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3rd PLACE IN THE FEATURE AT RED RIVER SPEEDWAY

8/06/04
Decided to go to Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls Texas Friday August 6th to race in the asphalt modified division there. We had tested there earlier in the year. Just took my car as Jay's car did not match their rules close enough. Had a great time on the little 1/4 mile asphalt track. I had to start at the back of the heat and feature as the track goes by point average. Had 2 solid runs, in the heat we finished 2nd and in the Feature we finished 3rd. Thanks to the promoter, Mike Cooper for inviting us out and we will plan a return trip in the near future.

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Marc & Jay Checking out the Track

Pre-race Drivers Meeting

Going out for Hotlaps

In Turns 3 & 4

Coming off Turn 2

Returning to pit area

Having Fun

Lining up for the Feature

7/31/04
We attended the 3rd Annual Sonic Drive-in Car Show in Pilot Point, Texas on Saturday July 31st. Had a great time, saw some cool custom cars. Click on link below for all the pictures at the event.

Click here for all the pictures from the Sonic Drive-In Car Show



7/10/04
Second visit back to Thunderhill Raceway for the "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.) race on July 10th. Getting Faster, picked up .50 seconds over last time we qualified at THR running a 15.33, qualified 18th. Started moving up when green flag dropped. Car was loose and I did a solo spin off turn 2 without hitting anything. Restarted on the rear, had moved back to just out side the top ten, 11th, when I got tagged in turn 1 and spun with 2 other cars. On the restart TAMS Officials gave me back my running position of 11th. But when the green flag flew there was a very bad vibration in the rear of the car. Took car to the pits on lap 26, rearend grease was poring out on the ground. Something in the reareand broke, will fix and try again.
Jay was running good in the feature also when a fuel/carb problem put him out for the night 31 laps into the race. Even though we didn't take the checkered flag we finished 16th and 17th in the race.

Click here for all the pictures from Thunder Hill Raceway

It's Official, Sponsors for 2004 are, RaceTech Racing Communications, Ultra-Shield Race Products,
S-Line Motorsports, & Valvoline Oil. Visit our Sponsors Websites,



6/19/04
Our first race at Thunderhill Raceway for the "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.) race on June 19th. My qualifying time was a 15.83, still I stated near the back, 24th and Jay started 25th. I had a blast for the first 40 laps, moving all the way up to 8th place on the lead lap with the leaders with 10 laps to go. Then it happened, got tagged in turn 1 causing me to spin and bring out the yellow flag. The rear bumper was rubbing the tire, came to the pits, the crew worked hard getting the bumper pulled off. I returned to the track 6 laps down and went on to finish 12th on the track, but I was penalized for jumping on a restart and moved back to finish 13th, shame on me. Not bad considering what happened.
Jay stayed out and ran smooth laps to finish 10th, 4 laps down. Both car took the checkered flag and drove to the pits. Good finish for both cars considering 25 cars took the green flag.

Click here for all the pictures from Thunder Hill Raceway

It's Official, Sponsors for 2004 are, RaceTech Racing Communications, Ultra-Shield Race Products,
S-Line Motorsports, & Valvoline Oil. Visit our Sponsors Websites,



3/29/04
We made it to our first "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.) race at Houston Motorsports Park Saturday March 27th. Had New Car Blues , Had rear suspension problem during pactice. Finally got in 3 good practise runs, qualified for the feature. But got only a few laps into the feature when the rear suspension broke again. It was probably a good thing, the brakes were not right and had trouble getting into the turns. Everyone made us feel real welcome to the series. Will fix and refine car and try again. And we will continue work on Jay's #98 to get ready to race.

Click here for all the pictures from Houston Motorsports Park

It's Official, Sponsors for 2004 are, RaceTech Racing Communications, Ultra-Shield Race Products,
S-Line Motorsports, & Valvoline Oil. Visit our Sponsors Websites,



3/14/04
Work continues on both cars for 2004 "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.). Below are some more pictures of my car, #19, with all of the body work completed. The engine block just got out of Machine Shop. The last 2 pictures is of Jay's car, #98, a rolling chassis now.
Both cars are getting closer to race ready.

It's Official, Sponsors for 2004 are, RaceTech Racing Communications, Ultra-Shield Race Products,
S-Line Motorsports, & Valvoline Oil. Visit our Sponsors Websites,
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2/22/04
Lots of hard work continues on both cars for 2004 "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.). Below are pictures of my car, #19, with most of the body work completed except hood and nose. Bumpers and side bars to come with engine being assembled soon. The 1st picture is of Jay's car, #98, painted dove gray and ready to be assembled.
Both cars are getting closer to race ready.

Official Press Release announcing Sponsors for 2004 Coming Soon! Still working on a couple more.
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1/18/04
Work continues on the both cars for 2004 "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.). Had to make a number change due to numbers being registered in 2003. There was a number 14 already in the TAMS Series last year. I applaud the TAMS Officials for taking care of the people who race their Series. But due to that we had to change Marc's car number to number 19, Jay's will remain number 98.

19 & 98, has a good ring to it!


Official Press Release announcing Sponsors for 2004 Coming Soon! Still working on a couple more.
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1/2/04
Work has started on the new chassis for 2004 "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.). Had a little down time when Marc tried to cut his thumb off with the chop saw. Marc recovered and He and Jay are hard at work to get 2 cars completed for the 2004 season.

Below are some pictures of the work being done. Besure to check back for updates on the progress of both cars. Jay and Marc are very excited about the 2004 season.

Official Press Release announcing Sponsors for 2004 Coming Soon!
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10/13/03
For 2004 we will be competing in the "Texas Asphalt Modified Series" (T.A.M.S.). Guthrie Motorsports will field 2 cars for 2004.

Marc will bring back the number he won track Championships and broke Track Records with all across North Teaxs, the number 14. (see paint scheme below)

The second car will be driven by team owner, Jay Guthrie. Running the number that he had great success with, number 98.

Official Press Release announcing Sponsors for 2004 Coming Soon!

"2004 PAINT SCHEME"






"Just For Laughs"


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