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See Ya at the races in 2006,
Marc

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2005 Racing Updates

Updated 11/27/05

2005
"A very fun, Exciting and Successful Year"

2005 will go down as a very successful and exciting year. 3 Feature wins, 7 Heat Race wins and 3rd in the Championship Points at Red River Speedway. Like every year made more new Friends to add to our racing Family. After 30 years of racing I still very much enjoy this sport.

I want to thank my Wife for her support and love, Jay Guthrie for being a true friend, my crew for their help, Ben, Billy, Vince, Scott and everyone that has help in this past year.

RACE STATS 2005
Races Run.....................22
Wins..............................10
Top 5 Finishes................9
Top 10 Finishes..............1
Top 15 Finishes..............2
Top 20 Finishes..............0
DNF's.............................0

See Ya at the races in 2006,
Marc

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4th Place Finish In 50 Lap
North Texas Asphalt Championship Race
October 16, 2005

Saturday Night Qualifying, Oct. 15th, 2005
Qualifying night at Red River Speedway. We Qualified 4th in the time trails, which put us on the outside of the second row for the first Qualifying Race. The first Qualifier was ran without any major problems. Finished 3rd in the first Qualifier. The second Qualifier was started with a total invert of the finishing order of the first. That would mean, I would start next to last row on the inside. This race was a rough one. With the slow cars starting in the front, it was a log jam going into turn one on the start. I hugged the bottom groove and made my way to 5th about half way through. Then I was hit from behind by an over aggressive driver, spun the car out and came to a stop at the bottom of turn 4. On the restart I Had to go to the back. Made my way up, after several cautions for cars bumping and spinning, to finish 6th in the second Quailifier. I think every car had front and back bumper damage after the second Qualifier, but luckly, no major damage to anyone.

Sunday Night 50 lap Feature, Oct. 16th, 2005
With out going into a confussing detail of how they came up with the starting line up, from Saturday nights Qualifying, lets just say my starting position for the 50 lap Feature was 5th, 3rd row inside. On the drop of the green I moved into 4th place behind Billy Becka, a TAMS Series regular driver, driving the number 0 car. And that is where I would finish after 50 laps. The top 4 cars, #14, #1, #0 and myself pulled away from the rest of the field. There were 3 cautions for minor 1 car incidents with the top 4 cars almost lapping the entire field by the end of 50 laps.
Congratulation to the Winner, #14 car of Burney Gibson, a well deserved Win!

No, we didn't leave the camera at home this time, but, in the confusion of 2 nights of racing, it was misplaced at the track in the pits, and vanished. We were hoping someone found it, but no one turned it in yet.

It was a fun and exciting end to a successful 2005 Season, 7 Heat Race Wins in a Row, 3 Feature Wins, 3rd Place finish in Points At RRS and a 4th at "The North Texas Asphalt Championship Race"

I want to thank all my sponsors,
C&S Trailer World
Pace American Trailers
Racetech Racing Comunications
Ultra Shield Race Products
Valvoline Racing Oil
S-Line Tie Downs & Seat Belts
and my wife for the support this year.

See Ya at the races in 2006,
Marc

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Gene Autry Music Fesival
October 1, 2005

Had a great time at the Gene Autry Music Festival on Saturday October 1st. Met a lot of nice people and race fans at the event. Handed out a lot of driver cards and autographs along wih making new friends and fans. See pictures below.

Tammie had her booth set up next to Race Car selling her product she has on here website at
www.CherubGarden.com
Be sure to visit Tammie's Site.

See ya at the track, last race is Oct.15th & 16th at Red River Speedway
Marc

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Yes, that is Marc in Cowboy Hat
Having a great time with fans.

One happy little boy
with his Daddy filming

Race Car & Trailer on display
at Music Festival

Tammie Madison in background
setting her booth up next to car

Car & Trailer
ready for Music Festival crowd

Another Happy Race Fan
Sits in Race Car

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2nd in Feature at RRS
August 26, 2005

This was the last night of Points at Red river Speedway. We had moved into 3rd place in points in the "Smiley's Modified Division". We had a mathmatical chance to win the champiohship, only if 1st and 2nd in points failed to make the heats or Feature. We ran a solid second in the Feature behind Sean Jones in the #0 car.
We ran second in the Feature and also got second in the Heat Race. But #88 Larry Hughes and #3 Brandon Pinson were able to start the heat and feature so we finished 3rd in Points at Red River Speedway for 2005. Congragulations to #88 Larry Hughes the 2005 Track Champion.

The season is over but not the racing. Our next Race will be the "North Texas Asphalt Championships" at Red River Speedway on Oct. 15th and 16th. I hold the track record at RRS and will defending it this fall. Hopes are I will break my own record.

We left the camera at home, again, this week, sorry no new pictures, below is the link to info on North Texas Asphalt Championships at RRS.
See ya at the track,
Marc

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2nd in Feature at RRS
"7 Heat Race Wins in a Row"
August 19, 2005

7 Heat Race Victories in a row! But this heat race wasn't easy. I was running 3rd in the heat behind the #88 Larry Hughes and #3 of Brandon Pinson with only 3 laps left. Going into turn 3 I decided to try the high groove to see if my car would stick in the second groove. The #88 and #3 made contact going into turn 3, causing the #3 to check up and I passed him the outside. Now I was on the back bumper of the #88. On the last lap I made a run under the #88 coming to the checkered Flag. The car got a good bite coming of turn 4 heading for the finish line. I managed to pull off my 7th heat race win in a row but only by inches. Both Larry in the #88 and myself had to wait for the officals to call the race it was soo close at the finish.

In the feature I had to start at the back due to winning the Feature last week. I worked my way up to second passing cars both on the outside and inside. by the time I got up to second place the leader, #17 of Dwane Ford, had about a straight away lead on me. With 4 laps to go a caution came out for #89 who spun and stalled the car in turn 2. That put me right on the back bumper of #17 with 4 laps left. I tried a couple of runs at #17 but had to settle for second place finish in the Feature.

Over all a good night of racing and a whole lot of fun. Next week will be the last regular night of racing at Red River Speedway. After starting late in the season at RRS, looks like we will finish 3rd in the points Championship run in 2005 at RRS.

We left the camera at home this week, sorry no new pictures, so I posted some of the cartoons from this year and past, enjoy!
See ya at the track,
Marc

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3rd Feature Win in 2005
August 12, 2005

3rd Feature Win at Red River Speedway and 6th Heat race Win in a row at RRS!

For the 3rd time this year we came away with another Victory in the Feature at Red River Speedway and captured our 6th heat race Win in a row. Jay also brought his #98 to RRS and finished 4th in the Feature. Good job Jay!

I want to thank Red River Speedway's Mike Cooper, his crew, the racers and fans at RRS for being so great to us. I also want to thank all my sponsors, C&S Trailer World, Racetech Racing Comunications, Ultra Shield Race Products, Valvoline Racing Oil, S-Line Tie Downs & Seat Belts and my wife for the support this year. Looking forward to finishing out the season at Red River Speedway.

See ya at the track,
Marc

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Helmet on Car
and Race Ready

Jay & Marc's Cars
Ready for Battle

Drivers Meeting at
Red River Speedway

Jay, Dwane Ford, Marc,
David Sevilla & David Machen
After Drivers Meeting

Burney Gibson's
#14 Modified

David Machen's
#81 Modified

Pitted Next to
#89 Modified

Celebrating Win with
Polish Victory Lap

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3rd Feature at RRS
August 5, 2005

5 Heat Race Victories in a row! Won another heat race ar RRS, that keeps our string of 5 heat race victories in a row alive.

Returning to RRS Speedway after a Feature win means only one thing, you have to start at the rear of the field in the Feature the next week. Race went green to checkered without any yellows. Worked my way up to 3rd place and that is where I would finish, a solid 3rd place run. Had a very fast car, but on this tight 1/4 mile track passing is very hard, I worked the second place car #88 of Larry Hughes hard. I did everything I could to get him loose and let him know I was there and wanting by. But Larry held his ground and refused to let me by, good run for Larry.

Before the races the modified drivers took their cars to he front straight and let the fans and kids onto the track for an autographh session and a chance to get up close and personal with the drivers and cars. Everyone had a great time. Below is pictures of the event as the drivers had as much fun as the kids.

See ya at the track,
Marc

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"Really, the Wegit
broke on the
Thingamajig"

BJ & Marc
Discuss Slick
Track Conditions

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2nd Feature Win at RRS
July 22, 2005

An almost perfect night of racing at Red River Speedway in wichita Falls, Texas

The Practice went well, turning times around 14.50 just like last week. We did change some front end settings to get tire tempertures better and was able to run an oustide line on the track, but times on the upper groove was about a half second slower.

We went out and won our heat race again, that makes 4 heat race wins in a row at RRS.

Front row pole of the Feature!.

Give me the front row at Red River Speedway and look out. I lead every lap of the feature for the 2nd Feature win in 2005. Only had a slight scare in the Feature passing a lap car. Made slight contact with the outside wall on the front straight while going around a lap car, the wall didn't win this one. Went on to pass lap car and cruise to a Victory.

Celebrated with a polish Victory lap around the track caring the checkered flag.

See ya at the track,
Marc

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Trailer and Pit
set up & Ready

Running down
front straight

Driving off
into Turn 3

Bench Racing
with fellow racer BJ

Unbelievable

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Red River Speedway
July 15, 2005

After last weekend in Houston it was time to head to Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls. The racers, promotor and fans at Red River are great. We always fell welcome when we run there.

The Practice went well, turning times around 14.50's. Car was a little loose, but at RRS thats a fast car if you are loose.

We won our Heat race again! That makes 3 heat wins in a row at RRS.

In the Feature we started at the rear, here at RRS if you Win a feature the next week you race you start on the back. The last time we ran we won, so we had to start at the back. A couple of cautions during the race for minor spins by other cars, put us up to third place by half way. I worked under the third place car #6 and put my sights on the leader.

I was the fastest car on the track turning times around 14.70, the leader was turning times around 15.00. I tried every move I knew on him, inside outside, a few taps on the back bumper, but Brian in the #3 car didn't miss his marks and keep the fast lane closed. With 2 laps to go I made one last effort to go to the out side. That didn't work and I settled for a very well deserved 2nd palce finish in the Feature.

See ya at the track,
Marc

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Marc
at Speed

Running down
back straight

Another Action
Shot

Marc, BJ
Billy & Buddy

Drivers
Meeting

Promoter Mike Cooper(leaning on window)
Talking with Marc after Drivers Meeting

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Houston Motorsports Park
July 9, 2005

I was looking forward to a return trip to HMP this year. Last race we were 11th quickest in time trials.

We were good right out of the trailer. First Practice I was consistanly in the high 14's, faster than we were the time earlier this year.

Made some ajustments for the second practice. Went out for second practice, car was immediatly tight in turns 1 & 2. Drove off into 3 hard, car pushed hard off 4, Hello Wall! Hit the wall hard coming off turn 4. Damage was to much to repair at track, so I became spotter for Jay in the Feature. Jay finished 17th in the feature and kept it off the wall.

We will repair car and will probably make a race at Redriver Speedway our next stop. See ya at the track,
Marc

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Welcome to
Houston

Marc getting Ready
for 1st Practice

Paula helping
Jay buckle up for practice

I fought the Wall
and the Wall Won

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Red River Speedway
June 24, 2005

AFter two 2nd place Feature finishs in the last 2 visits to Red River Speedway, I was determined to Win the Feature at RRS This week.

The Practice and the Heat Race went great. The only problem all night was the starter jumper wire came off right before the start of the heat. Some quick thinking by Randy, Crew Member for the #89 Modified, he jumped the starter with a screwdriver and we went on to win the Heat.

We started front row pole for the feature, it was my race to give away and I wasn't giving it away tonight. Lead all 20 laps of the Feature to get my first Feature win of 2005.

After the race I put my own twist on victory celebration. I took the checker flag, which the flagman gave me to carry around on a victory lap, but instead ran through the grand stands with it getting high fives from the fans. I want to thank Promoter Mike Cooper, his crew and all the drivers and fans at Red River Speedway, We have never been to a track that the people are so friendly and fun to race with.
(PS: I did take that Victory Lap with the Checker Flag!)

See ya at the track,
Marc

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Marc on ATV
at RRS

Marc & Doug Nance
talking racing

Celebration
Cartoon

Thanks Modified #89
Crew for all their help

Packing up after
Feature Win

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Red River Speedway
June 17, 2005

With the TAMS race at Thunder Hill Raceway canceled, we decided to load up and pay a visit to Mike Cooper's Red Revier Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday night June 17.

The night started a little rough, during the hot laps the car just quit. After getting pushed back to the pits, we discovered the ignition rotor had broke. Replaced the rotor and had a good second practice.

While staging for the heat race, I felt something wet on my right leg. Looking down I say the floor was cover with methanol alcohol. I immediatly shut the engine off and got out. The fuel gauge sensor had failed and was leaking under the dash. Needless to say I did not run the heat race.

Took the car back to the pits, again, and fixed the leaking fuel gauge. We had to start at the back of the feature. On the opening lap 2 cars in front of me got together, sending both of them into the back straight outside wall. On car flew up the wall, got airborne, tearing down about 20 feet of the fence above the wall. In dodging the wreck one car clipped my right front and cut the tire down. I came to the pits and the crew from the number 89 modified came over and changed the tire for me. The race was red flagged.

When the race was restarted, I worked my way up through the field to second right on the back bumper of the leader. I had the fastest car there, but this tight one grove track made it hard to pass the leader. with very few laps left I drove up behind the leader and bumped him to try to rattle him, maybe he would over drive or make a mistake. I bumped him about three times, but he held his line and drove a smooth race. I made one last move on the inside coming off turn four for the checkered flag, but came up short and finish a well deserved 2nd place. After the race I went over and congragulated the winner and we thanked each other for a clean and close race. The most fun I have had all year battling for the win at Red River Speedway.

See ya at the track,
Marc

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Marc prepares
car for racing

Pulling off Track
after hot laps

At Speed
in turn 3

Chasing #1 Modified
Feature winner

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Thunder Hill Raceway
May 14, 2005

When it goes bad, it really goes bad! On the first practice at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle Texas, our luck went bad. The car started loading up on fuel, brought it to the pits immediatly. When we checked, the float had collapsed due to a needle and seat failure. Repaired that, tried to start engine and noticed that the intake gasket had also blown out. The engine was not turning over smoothly so, due to the intake gasket failing and loading up on fuel, we were parked for the night until we could do a better check of engine damage. Upon checking the engine out at the shop, we also discovered that the distributer had failed. Carb problem, intake gasket blown and distributor failure, whick came first, who knows.

Jay managed to qualify and start the feature but retired with handling problems. But we still managed to have some fun

During intermission we were asked to walk the stands and give away an Autographed O'Reily's Auto Part Frizbee.(O'Reily's sponsors the TAMS Series) Will that was a good oppotunity to hand out Autographed Driver Cards to fans and kids promoting our Sponsors. (see pictues below) Handed out about 100 cards that listed our Sponsors on the cards. I never miss an opportunity to promote those who help us.

See ya at the track,
Marc

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Thunder Hill Raceway
Kyle, Texas

Pulling into
Race Track

Ben & Billy
Unload Trailer

Both Cars Sit
Ready to Practice

Marc Handing out
Driver/Sponsor Cards

Happy Fan
Gets Driver Card

Fans Reading
Driver/Sponsor Cards

Marc Enjoying
A Laugh with
#03 Matt Merrell Fans

Meeting More
Race Fans

Marc talking with
TV Producer
Dave Drapen

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San Antonio Speedway
April 30, 2005

Made the long drive down to San Antonio Speedway for the TAMS race, took both cars to the SAS Track. The day started out as normal, 3 practice sessions for the TAMS Modifieds. During one practice Jay got loose coming off of turn 4, kept it off the wall, but was hit by the #48 car. There was a lot of damage to the right rear of Jay's car. The crew was able to repair the car to start the feature, but not in time for Time trails. Jay started the back of the feature due to not qualifying, ran several laps before retiring an ill handling car.

I qualified 13th in the 22 car field. Started the 50 lap feature on the 7th row inside. As race progressed car got looser and looser. Was hanging on, hoping for a top ten finish when for the second race in a row, I was tagged by a car and spun. Managed to keep it off the wall, but was sent to the back of the field. Finished the 50 lap race with a 12th place finish, with no damage or broken pieces.
Thanks to everyone on the crew, Ben, Billy, Vince, Manuel, Angelia, Tammie, Paula and all the TAMS Officials.

After missing the first race of the year with TAMS and running the last 2, we have jumped to 15th in points. Have hopes of breaking into the Top Ten in points after the next race at Thunder Hill Speedway on May 14th.
See ya at the track,
Marc

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Tammie Helps
Marc Buckely Up

Jay Straps In
For Practice

Marc Up To
Speed On
SAS Track

Ben & Billy Get
Tire Temps While
Manuel Watches

Jay Up To
Speed On
SAS Track

Ben Checking
Tire Temperatures

My Biggest Supporter
Tammie

Close Racing
Action

Feature Racing
Action

More
Racing Action!

Vince Getting Ready
to Send Jay Out

Running The
Low Line

High Speeds
At SAS

More
Racing Action!

Passing On
The Low Side!

Marc Leads
Joe Shaffer

TAMS Offical
With A Tape?

Full Speed
At SAS

Billy, Marc
and Jay

San Antonio
Speedway

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Houston Motorsports Park
April 9, 2005

Got the car put back together from Redriver and headed down to Houston to run our first TAMS race of 2005

The car was pretty good right out of the trailer. Got to run 4 practice sessions. The first 2 we were turning laps in the high 15's, 15.60 to 15.90. The third and forth practices we got into the low 15's with a 15.25 being our quickest of the day.

Made a few more changes before qualifying in hopes it would improve our lap times. Then it was time to qualify, I was the 11th car out to qualify in a field of 21 modifieds that showed up. Don't know if the changes helped or I just drove a little harder. But I managed to turn a lap at 14.94 which qualified us in the 11th starting position. We were very happy with the qualifying. Picked up over .30 over what we had practice.

The weather was perfect for racing at this beautful race track. Had a great time with the pre-race ceromonies then it was time to race. Had several cautions and one red flag for a blown engine but stayed on the lead lap and ran in 9th and 10th most of the night. The car was a little loose at the first due to the heavy fuel load we started with, but car got better as the race went on. With 16 laps to go and holding on to 9th place, the 10th place car ran into the back of us going into turn 1, spinning me around to a stop. The caution came out, but the bad part was I had to go to the back of the line up on the restart with only 16 laps left. Managed to move up and get around some slow cars to finish 13th place. The driver who got into me came over right after the race and apologized, said it was his fault and he felt really bad about it. Apology accepted no hard feelings and I plan on showing him respect for coming down and saying that, Great Sportsmanship.

Over all a very good night, loaded car up in one piece with only minor damage to back bumper. Engine performed flawless, the whole crew did great.
See ya at the track,
Marc

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Arriving
At Track

Parked
In Pits

Billy & Ben
Unload Pitcart

Going out
for Practice

Ben Timing
Practice Laps

Qualifying Lap
UnderWay

Pre-Race
An Excited Fan

Another Excited
Fan

Billy gets
on his Race Face

The Spin
with 16 to Go!

Racing 3 Wide
Coming from the Back

Deep In Thought, or Asleep?
You make the call

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Redriver Speedway
April 2, 2005

Headed to Redriver Speedway for their opening night for 2005. We had high hopes of breaking the existing track record I set last year. Got the car ready and rolled out for hotlaps, car was working good, new 2 barrell set up was working fine. First few clean laps I was turning in the mid 14's, caught the number 1 car and was waiting for an opportunity to make a pass, then it happened.

The number 8 car lost an engine coming off turn 4 and oiled down the track all the way down the front straightaway. The number 89 car spun down the front stretch tagging the rear of the number 8 and the outside wall. I saw the smoke and car spinning as I came off turn 4 behind the number 1 car. Started braking to slow down, but I was in the oil and water. I tagged the outside wall with the right front.

The night was already over and we had just got started. Broke the right front spindle, shock and wheel. Everyone at Redriver Speedway was soo nice. The driver that blew offered any parts off his car that we could use, but no one had the correct spindle we needed.

So we loaded up and watched as cars rolled out on the track to try to break my track record. When the time trails ended, no one had managed to break my record.

I'll get to come back in the fall for the North Texas Asphalt Championship and defend my track record again. We will take the car back to the shop and try to get the parts and money to make the TAMS show in Houston next saturday 4/9/05.
See ya at the track,
Marc

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Hot laps
Before Crash

Turns 1 & 2
In Hotlaps

Leaving My Marc on Wall
Track Crews cleans Up Oil

Inspecting Damage
After Wall Bang'in

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Redriver Speedway
Feb. 5, 2005

Got to test both cars a Redriver Speeedway in Wichita Falls, Texas. Tested on the slicks, which is what we are changing over to on the 19 car. My track record I set last year was 14.75, We were turning laps around 14.15 consistantly all day. Very happy with car. Did have a little problem, the right rear brake rotor broke, but nothing major.
Jay's car ran great also, he was consistantly in the mid 14's all day. At the end of the day veryone got to take a few laps in Jay's car. Ben, Billy, Scott and Tom all got to run some laps. It was a fun and productive day of testing.
Now we are ready to start the season. My first race will be April 2nd at Redriver Speedway to defend my track record, then Jay and I both race on April 9th in Houston with the TAMS Series.
See ya at the track,
Marc

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Trailer supplied by
C&S Trailer World

Our 3 Girls
Cassie, Cristina & Mindy

Billy, Dave, Scott
& Marc

Rolling out
for practice

Crew prepares
car for Testing

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