Rick Cornell Honored as Grand Marshal at Cometic Gasket Halloween Classic

While Rick Cornell was committed to his job as a machinist near his home in Monroe, Michigan, he was even more committed to his family.

His wife of 25 years, Marcie; his children, Matt, Andrea and Billie, their spouses Lauren, Jeff and Anthony, and his grandchildren, Hannah, Hudson and Brooklyn, were his world, and he was theirs. 

When cancer took him from them and his friends in July, they turned to their many marvelous memories of him for comfort. 

At times crying and at times laughing, they recalled how Rick adored racing alongside Matt for years, how he was sure to shake hands with opponents before and after each round regardless of who won or lost, how he looked forward to attending the Halloween Classic with family and friends each year and how they would sit around the campfire and talk about everything from the cars to the costumes and the racing to the revelry.

They would lap it up well into the night, and when it looked they were finally winding down, they would lap it up some more. 

It was clear that Rick, a Halloween Classic grand champion, didn’t care about the loss of sleep, but did care about the companionship, camaraderie, connections and making sure that they continued.

And, as it turned out, his friends and family cared about all of the same things.

For those reasons and many more, Rick was the grand marshal for the Cometic Gasket Halloween Classic presented by Harland Sharp last weekend at Summit Motorsports Park, and many of his family members and friends joined Summit Motorsports Park president Bill Bader, Jr. on stage during the event's costume contest to pay tribute to him.

Mary Lendzion
Summit Motorsports Park Media and Public Relations
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