RALLY: Buffum and Smith Win Lake Superior ProRally

25 October 1999



    HOUGHTON, Michigan — It was shades of old times this weekend, as
11-time champion John Buffum and navigator Lance Smith fought Mother
Nature and the rally long known as the oldest, meanest and toughest
event on the Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship. When it was all
over, they had taken their Hyundai Elantra to the overall win in the
Oct. 22-23 D&N Bank Lake Superior ProRally, the final event of the
1999 season.
    LSPR, as the rally is known, is always a tough event, but this
weekend Mother Nature threw in rain, sleet and snow, as well as
powerful winds that built 15-foot waves on nearby Lake Superior. In
fact, the weather was so harsh that virtually every Weather Channel
bad-weather segment during the two-day event began by looking squarely
at this part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
    Buffum and Smith overcame the conditions and a formidable array of
challengers to take the overall win. In doing that, they finished a
bit less than two minutes ahead of 1995 winner Henry Joy and Chris
Griffin, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo II. Jon Kemp and Rod Hendricksen
were third overall and in the Open Class in their Audi quattro S4.
In seventh overall were Group 5 winners Mike Hurst and Rob Bohn, in a
Mazda Rx-7. Interestingly, they gave credit for their win to unwanted
tires bought from the team they beat for the Group 5 win. However,
that duo, Henry and Cindy Krolikowski, had bigger matters on their
minds. Despite four wins this year, they had to wage a very difficult
come-from-behind battle to win the class championship in their Dodge
Shadow GT. They did it by finishing second.
    Production GT winners Brian Pepp and Jerry Stang were able to
breathe a little easier once their prime competition was taken out by
an accident. After that they could concentrate more on Mother Nature's
challenges and the tough course itself. In the end, they brought their
Eagle Talon home three minutes ahead of second-place finishers Patrick
Richard and Claire Chizma, who were in a Subaru Impreza.
 Group 2 winners Bryan Hourt and Pete Cardimen had their share of
drama both before and during the event. Prior to the start, they had
many anxious moments searching for a replacement driveshaft for their
Honda Civic after discovering that their brand-new spare was
mislabeled and incomplete. They couldn't find one, but another team
loaned them something they thought might work. It did, and they got
the class win. The victory was doubly important, because they had been
in a very tight points race. The win gave them the Group 2 driver and
co-driver championships, respectively.
    The contest in the Production Class wasn't for the season
championship, which had been decided in a previous event. Rather, it
was a father-and-son battle. All the way through the rally, Evan Moen
and Tom Young (Plymouth Neon ACR), and Brain Vinson and Moen's father,
Ron (Volkswagen Golf GTi), traded fastest times. When it was all over,
they finished just 0.02 minutes apart – 1.2 seconds – with the younger
Moen and his co-driver getting the win. A navigation error opened the
apparent margin some at the finish, but it did nothing to diminish the
intensity of their battle.
                                                         — WRG —
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> D&N Bank Lake Superior ProRally
> Round 9 1999 Michelin SCCA ProRally Championship
> Houghton, Michigan
> October 22-23, 1999
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> Official Results
>                                                         Hours
> OA      Class                                           Minutes
> Pos.    Pos.    Driver/Co-driver        Car             Seconds
> ----- --- ---- ----- ------------------ ------------------------------------
> 1       1 Open  John Buffum             Hyundai         1:48:19
>                 Lance Smith             Elantra
> 2       2 Open  Henry Joy               Mitsubishi Lancer 1:50:06
>                 Chris Griffin           Evo II
> 3       2 Open  Jon Kemp                Audi quattro    1:51:55
>                 Rod Hendricksen
> 4       4 Open  Paul Choiniere          Hyundai         1:54:09
>                 Jeff Becker
> 5       5 Open  Karl Scheible           Mitsubishi Lancer 1:55:19
>                 Gail McGuire            Evo V
> 6       6 Open  Steve Gingras           Eagle Talon     1:57:51
>                 Bill Westrick
> 7       1 Group 5 Mike Hurst            Mazda Rx-7      1:59:31
>                 Rob Bohn
> 8       1 PGT   Brian Pepp              Eagle Talon     2:01:33
>                 Jerry Stang
> 9       2 Group 5 Henry Krolikowski     Dodge Shadow GT 2:02:09
>                 Cindy Krolikowski
> 10      1 Group 2 Bryan Hourt           Honda Civic     2:03:43
>                 Pete Cardimen
> 11      2 PGT   Patrick Richard         Subara Impreza  2:04:33
>                 Claire Chizma
> 12      3 PGT   Chris Czyzio            Mitsubishi Eclipse 2:05:03
>                 Eric Carlson
> 13      2 Group 2 Bill Malik            Volvo 240       2:05:34
>                 Christian Edstrom
> 14      3 Group 5 John Davbenmier       Chevrolet S-10  2:07:37
>                 S. Rosen
> 15      4 Group 5 Jim Anderson          Honda Prelude   2:07:49
>                 Mark Williams
> 16      3 Group 2 Bob Neilsen           Volkswagen Golf GTi 2:09:27
>                 Brenda Corneliusen
> 17      4 Group 2 Eric Burmeister       Volkswagen Golf GTi 2:11:37
>                 Mark Buskirk
> 18      7 Open  Carl Kieranen           Eagle Talon Tsi     2:12:08
>                 Jerry Bruso
> 19      1 Prod. Evan Moen               Plymouth Neon ACR   2:12:31
>                 Tom Young
> 20      5 Group 5 Ralph Kosmides        Toyota Supra Turbo  2:14:06
>                 Joe Noyes
> 21      5 Group 2 Doug Davenport        Volkswagen Golf GTi 2:14:06
>                 Al Kintigh
> 22      8 Open  John Rek                Audi quattro        2:14:33
>                 Mariusz Malik
> 23      6 Group 2 Richard Pilczuk       Volkswagen Golf GTi 2:15:43
>                 Brian Pilczuk
> 24      6 Group 5 Ted Grzelak           Mazda Rx-7          2:16:00
>                 Chris Plante
> 25      9 Open  Wojceich Hajduczyk      Plymouth Laser      2:17:07
>                 Cezary Fidler
> 26      2 Prod. Brian Vinson            Volkswagen Golf GTi 2:17:33
>                 Ronald Moen
>  27     2 Prod. Peter Malaszuk          Daewoo Nubira       2:17:57
>                 Darek Szerejko
> 28      10 Open Miroslan Babinski       Toyota Celica       2:18:34
>                 Dariusz Boesk
> 29      11 Open Arthur Wojcik           Mitsubishi Eclipse  2:24:18
>                 Charles Cox
> 30      7 Group 5 Dan Rathgeber         Ford Mustang        2:24:22
>                 Daniel Bodnar
> 31      8 Group 5 Colin McCleery        Mercury Merkur      2:25:00
>                 Jimmy Brandt
> 32      7 Group 2 Phillip Smith         MGB GT              2:25:24
>                 Pamela Smith
> 33      12 Open Paul Dubinsky           Eagle Talon         2:26:46
>                 John Dillon
> 34      8 Group 2 Charles Sherrill      Honda Civic CR-X    2:41:18
>                 Mark Rea
> 35      9 Group 2 Art Burmeister        Volkswagen Golf GTi 2:41:31
>                 Randy Moore
> 36      4 PGT   Janus Jastrzebski       Subaru Impreza      2:57:21
>                 Marcin Korneluk
>                 Noel Lawler             Hyundai Tiburon     DNF
>                 Charlie Bradley
>                 Garen Shrader           Mitsubishi Lancer   DNF
>                 Floyd "Doc" Shrader     Evo IV
>                 Mark Utecht             Dodge Omni GLH Turbo DNF
>                 Diane Sargent
>                 Jim Warren              Audi quattro        DNF
>                 Chuck Binder
>                 Alex Erisoty            Audi quattro        DNF
>                 Ben Greisler
>                 Leslie Suddard          Shelby Charger      DNF
>                 Marc Goldfarb
>                 Gail Truess             Mazda 323 GTX       DNF
>                 Pattie Hughes
>                 Kendall Russell         Dodge Shadow        DNF
>                 Dave Weiman
>                 Rod Dean                Plymouth Laser      DNF
>                 Nichole Dean
>                 David Green             Eagle Talon         DNF
>                 Michael Wilkenson
>                 Brian Scott             Eagle Talon         DNF
>                 David Watts
>                 Biegalski Wiktor        Mitsubishi Eclipse  DNF
>                 Pesko Oariuszg
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