In order to win you need to have a plan and a flawless day. Sounds simple but not everybody was able to stick to such a simple formula. Brian Collins (Trophy Truck #12) however did exactly that. He had no flats and never got tempted to steer away from his race plan. “… I put a plan together, being patient, and I told Billy (my co-driver) that’s what we were going to do and he monitored my speed all the time down the real rough sections so we didn’t have a flat or hurt our shocks and we just had a great day. It’s nice when you put a plan together and it works.” said Brian after his win at the finish line. “I told people I was going to go slow off the start and no one ever believes you. I just drove my own race today and everyone came to me. That’s a lucky day of racing and I wish every one of them were that way.”
At around RM 167 it looked like a battle between Brian Collins and BJ Baldwin (TT#1) for the win. BJ Baldwin was first on course followed shortly by Brian. But yet another equipment failure haunted last years SCORE Trophy Truck champions chance for a win. At around RM 190 a ring and pinion failure forced TT#1 to be parked until repairs could get completed. A sixth place was the consequence but it helped to elevate BJ in the points standings a bit.
Robby Gordon (TT#77) was as usual, the most spectacular vehicle to watch on the course. He had a flat tire early in the race and lost lots of time to change it out. His jack system failed and a simple 2 minute tire change turned into a 20 minute delay as he had to limp on the flat tire for a while while finding local volunteers alongside the course to help change the tire. However he made up time to eventually finish 2nd in his class and overall with just 12 minutes 31 seconds after the winner. However after the race there was heated talks between Robby Gordon and his competitors over some alleged course cutting. Robby admitted that he dropped off a 10ft cliff instead of driving around it. Andy Grider, a motor cycle rider, is his co-driver and perhaps Andy pointed out some of the faster bike lines.
An appeal is pending the 2nd place finish of Robby Gordon and SCORE will make a final decision by the end of the week.
Also notable Adam Householder finished 11th overall and 5th in class. Adam is new to the class and now possibly 3rd in SCORE TT points.
Ronny Wilson took the win in class 1. The Wilson brothers are always good for a win so this one did not come as a surprise.
The Herbst brothers are back in desert racing after a year of absence. Troy Herbst navigated a new Trophy Truck to a 7th place finish in class while Tim drove the old shark class 1 car finishing 2nd. Whatever was once the familiar Herbst red is now black with bright green Monster Energy decals.
The All German Motorsports team of Armin Schwarz and Marten Christensen had a flawless day but were unable to defend their 2009 win in San Felipe. Third place had to do this time around.
SCORE decided to remove tracking devices from the list of requirements and without such technology and safety equipment in place it opens the doors for heated debates after the event. SCORE has checkpoints in place that racers need to pass through and get registered. However anything in between seems to be fair game if the enforcement is non existent. We witnessed one car take a parallel line to the race course that was much smoother and faster. Short of calling it cheating we have to assume it was a navigational mistake.
When talking about cheating the question is who do you cheat? The promoter? The competitor? The fans? We feel that you cheat yourself foremost. A simple last place finish after driving every single mile and not breaking the rules does feel a lot better then a shortcut. Cheaters. Try it sometime.
We hope that some form of electronic inch by inch tracking will come back to SCORE asap.
Besides all the fun there are also reports of injuries of spectators that were standing too close to the course. There is also an unconfirmed rumor of a spectator fatality floating around the net. We wish a full and quick recovery to all those that left San Felipe with injuries.
Top 20 Overall Finishers
1. Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram 1500, 3:47:49 (61.21mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 3:59:20 (58.26mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
3. Ronny Wilson/Rick Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:05:43 (56.75mph) (Class 1)
4. Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 4:07:57 56.24mph (SCORE Trophy-Truck
5. Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithuilt-Ford, 4:13:17 (55.05mph) (Class 1)
6. Chet Huffman, Northridge, Calif./Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif., Chevy C1500, 4:17:05 (54.24mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
7. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Jimco-BMW, 4:19:42 (53.70mph) (Class 1)
8. Julio Herrera/Carlos Olmos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 4:23:05 (53.00mph) (Class 1)
9. Dale Lenk/Brett Lenk/Grant Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 4:25:16 (52.57mph) (Class 1)
10. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Rick Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:34:01 (50.89mph) (Class 1)
11. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 4:34:40 (50.77mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
12. Paul Keller, El Cajon, Calif./Charles Rudolph, San Diego, Jimco-Chevy, 4:42:14 (49.41mph) (Class 1)
13. Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif./Ben Monroy, Torrance, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:48:35 (48.32mph) (Class 1)
14. Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Tommy Kirkmeyer, Adelanto, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 4:48:45 (48.29mph) (Class 1)
15. Jose Canchola Jr./Francisco Gonzalez, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 4:51:48 (47.79mph) (Class 7)
16. Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif./Blake Kirkpatrick, Hacienda Heights, Calif./Joel Liska, Banning, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 4:54:43 (47.31mph) (Class 10)
17. Rick St. John, Encinitas, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Duvel, 4:54:48 (47.30mph) (SCORE Lite)
18. Josh Rigsby/Steve Ewers, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Penhall-Chevy, 4:58:15 (46.75mph) (Class 1)
19. Dave Crinklaw, Reedley, Calif./Mike Thurlow, Kingsburg, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:59:05 (46.62mph) (Class 8 )
20. Kevin Carr/Noe Valdez, San Diego, 5:11:18 (44.79mph) (Class 5)
Next on SCORE’s schedule is the Baja 500 June 5th-7th in Ensenada Mexico.