Eighth Annual Michigan Short Track
Racing Club Bowling Tournament is Set
Event Raises Money for Racing Families in Need
Event PR Report

The Michigan Short Track Racing Club (MSTRC) is proud to announce details regarding the 8th annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament! The widely popular fundraising and short track racing event will once again be held at the immaculate Capitol Bowl in downtown Owosso, Michigan on Saturday, February 12th, 2011.

The annual bowling tournament and bench racing extravaganza for the short track racing community in the state of Michigan was started in 2004 as a way for the racing community in the great auto racing state of Michigan to get together over the winter and bowl for a great cause.

The MSTRC Bowling Tournament is now one of the biggest fundraisers dedicated to the short track racing industry in the State of Michigan for racing families in need. This year's tournament will once again benefit two well known family members of the racing community in the Great Lakes State.

The first beneficiary of the 8th annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament will be Brock Cogswell, a regular Super Late Models competitor at the 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval of the Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal, Michigan. The Davisburg, Michigan driver was involved in an on track accident which resulted in him breaking his foot and ankle. Since the accident, Cogswell has been unable to work due to complications from those injuries.

The second beneficiary will be Dick LaPratt, a former Modifieds competitor at the  1/4  (0.250) mile semi-banked paved oval of the Spartan Speedway in Mason, Michigan. LaPratt, who resides in Mason, worked at the Lansing Board of Water and Light and over the years, has had significant Shoulder Problems which has required Two surgeries. Later, more serious concerns with such problems as Lung Problems and Kidney Failure have slowed LaPratt.

The 8th annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament will begin with Sign In and Lane Assignments at "High Noon" 12:00p.m., with Optional "Hot Laps" / Practice beginning at 12:30p.m. Practice will end at 1:15p.m. Then after the random drawing for partners, followed by an Invocation and National Anthem, bowling will start at approximately 1:30p.m.

A $10.00 donation is all it costs to join in on the fun and all participants will bowl Two (2) Games. Participants don't even have to bowl with their partner! Everyone can still bowl with the group you came with on one or more lanes.

In addition, you don't even have to bowl to participate! Everyone is encouraged to come out and support this annual event. Their will be numerous door prizes to be given away throughout the afternoon as well as 50/50 drawings and several special prizes to be distributed.

Following the bowling tournament, the MSTRC Bowling Tournament Awards Ceremony will be held approximately 45-60 minutes after the completion of Bowling in the bowling alleys' adjacent lounge, "The Capitol Bowl Hot Spot."

After the Awards Ceremony, the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards 2011 Season Opener, the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 will be shown live on SPEED from Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on the surrounding televisions throughout the massive bowling alley and inside the Capitol Bowl Hot Spot. Then later in the evening, the Budweiser Shootout for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be LIVE on the televisions as well!

Capitol Bowl is located at 219 South Washington Street behind the J.C. Penny's store and Roma's Back Door Pizzeria and directly across the street from Jumbo's Bar and Grill in Downtown Owosso, Michigan. For more information about Capitol Bowl and the surrounding downtown attractions as well as hotel accommodations, log onto their website at: www.capitolbowl.net

During the seventh edition of the tournament back on February 13th, 2010, Capitol Bowl was once again packed as the tournament benefitted two family members of the racing community; Jake Dickman of the Mt. Pleasant Speedway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and Alan Taft of A.T. Racing Engines in Ovid, Michigan.

As for the award winners of the 7th annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament, Kris Hudson and Jeremy Kelley were crowned the overall winners as they combined to roll a 716 in the two games bowled to win the Team High Series Award over Erin Kline and Matt Prieur, who finished just nine pins behind with a 707.

For the individual award winners, Ed Inloes rolled the highest game of the tournament with a 245 to win the Men's High Game while Denny Smith won the Men's High Series title with a 457 series. For the women, Erin Kline was the most successful bowler of the entire tournament as she finished second with her partner, Matt Prieur in the Team High Series. She was the winner of the Women's High Game Award with a 237 and she also rolled a high series of 411.

In MSTRC Bowling Tournament tradition however, no one bowler can win more than one award, so Teresa Beckner was awarded the Women's High Series trophy with a 396 series to keep the streak alive of a Beckner winning at least one award in the Bowling Tournament at four consecutive years.

Arlee Jenkins picked up the Greg Yost Memorial Never Give Up Award for rolling a "new record low" game of a 40. The award was renamed the Greg Yost Memorial Never Give Up Award in 2009 in honor of the late Greg Yost, a benefactor during the 3rd annual tournament, who passed away in August of 2006.

Dave and Eldora Howe of Beacon Sales and Service in Charlotte, Michigan were the winners of the 2009 / 2010 Chris Throgmartin Dedication and Spirit Award for their continuous efforts and support of weekly short track racing in Michigan.

"Team Big Mouth" took home the special Traveling Team Award pitting them against Team Gone Fishin. Team Big Mouth consisted of; Ed Inloes, Dave Kennedy, Matt Prieur, Shaun Whitney, and Roger Williams. Members of Team Gone Fishin included; Brandon Curtis, Chuck Darling, Brian Howey, Ken Shook, and Kyle Trinklein. Team Big Mouth won the special Five-Man Team Award as they defeated Team Gone Fishin 1454-1260 to take home the Special Traveling "We Whipped Your A$$ Award for the fourth year in a row.

The MSTRC Bowling Tournament was started in 2004 and for the first three years, was held at Nic's Restaurant & Bowl (Formerly Tri-Ami Lanes) in Ovid, Michigan. In 2007, a decision was made to move the tournament to a bigger facility and the newly renovated Capitol Bowl in downtown Owosso, Michigan and since then, Capitol Bowl has been the home of the MSTRC Bowling Tournament and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

Past beneficiaries of the MSTRC Bowling Tournament include; Buck Harsen (2004), Michael Putnam (2005), the Crook Family (2005), the Bouwman Family (2006), the late Greg Yost (2006), Verwayne Greenhoe (2007), the Persails Family (2007), Chad Faur (2008), Matt Schindewolf (2008), the Newman Family (2009), Daniel "Doc" Dutton (2009), Jake Dickman (2010), and Alan Taft (2010).

As in years past, the beneficiaries were decided on by the membership of the Michigan Short Track Racing Club as Nominations were presented on the MSTRC message board and decided on by the senior members of the MSTRC Bowling Tournament Committee. That committee consists of; Brenda and Chuck Darling, Linda and Ed Inloes, Elaine and Matt Prieur, and Verwayne Greenhoe.

For more information about the 8th annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament, and to make a donation to the tournament with door prizes, or if you can't make it to the tournament and would like to donate anyways; Please e-mail the following committee members;

For MSTRC Founder, Chuck Darling, you can e-mail him at; mstrc_ceo88@yahoo.com For MSTRC President, Verwayne Greenhoe, you can e-mail him at: bmoc66@gmail.com For Ed Inloes, his e-mail address is; gb48507@yahoo.com and for Matt Prieur, you can reach him at: mprieur@mph-promotions.com

You can also log onto the Michigan Short Track Racing Club Website at: www.mstrc.com Then click on "Michigan Auto Racing Discussion" and scroll down for the Thread titled "Official 8th annual MSTRC Bowling Tournament Information"