WHO’S WHO?

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WHAT WE
DO

Birch Run Speedway is committed to bringing a broad variety of racing events to Mid-Michigan fans. The fun and often hilarious EVE of DESTRUCTION features traditional Push-Pull races, Spectator Drags, a Burnout Contest, the Figure 8 Enduro, Flag Pole Race, Figure 8 Trailers, and the Figure 8 Buses.

Feature races almost always have detailed specifications regarding body styles, weight, engines, fuel standards, shocks, safety equipment, tires, and a host of other rules to which drivers and their vehicles must adhere. For new fans, these requirements can be a little daunting to understand.

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FEATURED
RACERS

GERALD PERSAILS, JR.
Gerald Persails, Jr. is from Flint, and has been racing for more than 15 years. His father and grandfather were both involved in racing so
JUSTIN PEPTITONE
Justin Pepitone is from Flint, and has been racing for about 4 years. His friend and fellow racer, Josh DeLong, got him hooked on racing.
JOSH DELONG
Josh DeLong is from Flint, and has been racing nearly 10 years. A friend got him involved, and he began by competing in maximum destruction
TRAVIS EDDY
Travis Eddy was originally from Midland, but now lives in Beaverton, MI, and has been racing about 11 years. His dad was a professional racer,
CARSON HOCEVAR
Teenage driving sensation, Carson Hocevar, lives in Portage, MI with his family. (His mom grew up in Davison.) Carson’s fascination with racing began by watching
JIMMY MCCUNE
Jimmy McCune is from Toledo, Ohio, and has been racing for nearly 30 years. Racing is a family tradition. His grandfather raced in the 50’s
HOPE HORNISH
Hope Hornish is from Defiance, Ohio, and has been racing about 15 years, most of her young life. She started driving Go-Karts at 4, and
MYSTERY DRIVER?
  The MYSTERY DRIVER could be you! Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the driver’s seat of a race car? The

RACE
INFO

BEHIND THE SCENES

On race day, the activity at the Birch Run Speedway begins long before the fans arrive. In the pits, drivers and crew members have been busy for hours. Cars are registered and inspected to make sure that they comply with the detailed specifications for each race. Practice laps give the driver a chance to test the vehicle, discover, and correct any mechanical problems. The pit crews continue to fine tune the vehicles until immediately before race time.

In traveling series and special events, individual time trials of one or two laps pit drivers against each other and themselves for the fastest qualifying speed.

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A FAN’S GUIDE TO RACING

A PACE CAR is generally used at the start of each event, and on caution laps. The leader(s) will gradually and steadily pick up speed after the pace car pulls away, accelerating quickly when the starter “throws” or waves the green flag.

The flagman controls the race from his perch above the track, constantly watching for signs of trouble with assistance from spotters and the tower. A GREEN flag means “GO!”, and is used at the beginning of a race, and on restarts. During the race, experienced fans watch for cars attempting to catch up or pass on the straightaway, jockeying for position, and how drivers handle the turns.

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UP CLOSE
AND PERSONAL

Mike SzukhentFred LynchDennis FreemanJoAnne Noyce
MEET MIKE SZUKHENT, GENERAL MANAGER OF BIRCH RUN SPEEDWAY & EVENT CENTER

Mike Szukhent, General Manager of Birch Run Speedway & Event Center, has a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwood University in Business Administration, and prior experience as Vice President of New Business Development for Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan; Senior Consultant, President, and CEO of the Birch Run Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitor’s Bureau; City Council, Mayor Pro-Tem, and Planning Commission member for the City of Flushing; with proven expertise in strategic planning, organizational/program development, operations management, marketing, event planning, and public relations. Mike is a problem solver who works tirelessly and quietly to get the job done, a team leader who inspires confidence and loyalty from others.

MEET FRED LYNCH, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Fred Lynch has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations Management, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Michigan – Flint with an extensive background in sales, real estate, and property management. His entrepreneurial spirit and “get it done” attitude makes Fred the “Go-To” guy for anything that needs to be done at the track! Fred is passionate about baseball, and is well on his way toward accomplishing a personal goal to visit all of the Major League Baseball Stadiums.

MEET DENNIS FREEMAN, WEBMASTER, FACEBOOK ADMINISTRATOR, AND PHOTOGRAPHER

Dennis Freeman is the Webmaster, Facebook Administrator, and Photographer for the Birch Run Speedway & Event Center. He has been a minister of music, and owned/operated an auto body shop for nearly 20 years. Dennis is a retired music teacher with additional coursework beyond a Master’s in photography and computers, and experience in website design/maintenance and social media communications for non-profits, including schools, churches, Back to the Bricks, and businesses. Introduced to the racing scene a few years ago by a grandson with a fascination for NASCAR, Dennis is proud to be part of the team.

MEET JOANNE NOYCE, ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

JoAnne Noyce grew up in Frankenmuth, but has lived in Millington for many years. She and her husband Scott, bus driver/racer at the Birch Run Speedway, are avid NASCAR fans. JoAnne studied Accounting at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and is an Account Manager for Suski Chevrolet/Buick in Birch Run. She is in charge of Accounts Payable for the track, but most people will recognize JoAnne as the smiling face that greets the “kids,” big and little, as they enter and exit the school bus for a spin around the track each night before the featured races.