RAIN OR SHINE, IT'S RALLY TIME! by ProQuest

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On Saturday, May 22, Detroit Region presented the Eastern States Rallycross Championship (comically dubbed the "Eastern Underwater Championships") at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in Adrian, Mich. Because of rain and a lack of drainage, the horse track site quickly turned into an unusable muck pit.

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									                                                  track,” Martin told us. “It was a          Warren Elliott drove the Terminator, an
        GETTING DIRTY                             challenge, but when we all worked          Audi A4, to victory in a competitive
        RALLYCROSS BY LUCAS LAESER                together we turned a lemon into            13-car class.
                                                  lemonade. We used pneumatic hoses             “The M4 class had a lot of talent in
        RAIN OR SHINE,                            at the start and fi nish timing area and    Detroit, and I did not post the fastest
        IT’S RALLY TIME!
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                                                  ran over 900 runs in the rain and mud      times,” Elliot said. “I hit two cones after
                 n Saturday, May 22, Detroit      with zero timing problems! I’d like to     the finish on the first run, the next 15
                 Region presented the Eastern     make special mention of Ken                runs were clean. My competitors were
                 States Rallycross                Wiedbusch for his efforts in               not able to run clean and fast in the
        Championship (comically dubbed the        developing and improving this system       slick conditions. Both Nathan Usher and
       “Eastern Underwater Championships”)        so that it can work flawlessly all day in   Orion Fairman were tough competitors
        at the Lenawee County Fairgrounds in      any conditions.”                           who could have taken the win if the
       Adrian, Mich. Because of rain and a           The Stock Front winner was DC           cones went the other way”
        lack of drainage, the horse track site    Region’s Brent Trail in his Honda CRX.        Elliot also commented, “My favorite
        quickly turned into an unusable muck      American muscle dominated the Stock        thing at the event was the fast left
        pit. Plan B was a grass field behind the   Rear class and Detroit Region’s Steve      hand turn in the third run group. I did
        facility, which was also too wet.         Baumbach charged to first in a Black        six great pendulum turns in a row.
        Undeterred, 56 psyched RallyCrossers      Dodge Challenger. Detroit’s Chris          Thanks Team O’Neil!”
        from across the country put Plan C,       Lanctot slipped his “RallyTaco”, a            “The Detroit Region organizers did
        the only other option, into action on a   Toyota Tacoma, to fi rst in Prepared        a great job with what Mother Nature
        gravel road with three slight             Rear. In Prepared Front, Detroit           gave them – about five inches of rain
        configuration changes for a total of 16    Region driver Doug Harvey scored           within three days of the event. [The
        slippery stages.                          another win in his Plymouth Neon.          region] made the best of less than
           “Although the runs were short, they    In Mod 2, New England Region’s Hal         perfect conditions at the fairgrounds,”
        were sweet and, best of all, we didn’t    Denham took the first spot in the           commented Denham.
        have to cancel [the event],” said         10-driver class, piloting his VW GTI.         For more i
								
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