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Veteran Larry Roeseler flies his No. 88 SCORE Trophy-Truck 161’ 6” For event record jump in Thursday’s $16,000 SCORE Laughlin Leap

Round 1, 2009 SCORE Desert Series Saturday and Sunday in Laughlin, Nev.

Veteran Larry Roeseler flies his No. 88 SCORE Trophy-Truck 161’ 6”

For event record jump in Thursday’s $16,000 SCORE Laughlin Leap

Preview to this weekend’s SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge draws nearly 5,000 spectators

LAUGHLIN, Nev. –Veteran desert racer Larry Roeseler lit up the Laughlin night, setting an event record in winning Thursday’s SCORE Laughlin Leap competition, a prelude to this weekend’s season-opening 15th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nev.

Winner of two straight SCORE desert races to end the 2008 SCORE season with Norman Motorsports teammate Roger Norman, Roeseler thrilled the standing-room only crowd of nearly 5,000, winning the SCORE Trophy-Truck truck division by sending his powerful No. 88 Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck off the six-foot dirt jump for an event record distance of 161 feet, 6 inches. Roeseler backed up his record leap with an identical 161’ 6”.

Roeseler eclipsed the event record of 160’ 6” set in 2004 by Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif. in another Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck.

It was Roeseler’s second overall win (1999 in SCORE Trophy-Truck) in the event and his fifth division win. He also won the SCORE Laughlin Leap in the small trucks division in 1998 and 2006 and the unlimited Class 1 in 2007.

Second in the SCORE Trophy-Truck division was Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif., who pushed his No. 5 Coyne Motorsports Ford F-150 to a leap of 154’.

In the unlimited Class 1 division for open-wheel desert race cars, James Scott, Hemet, Calif., recorded a long jump of 156’ in his RPS-Chevy to outdistance runner-up Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif., who went 154’ in his Jimco-Chevy.

Class 1-2/1600 racers Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., in a Fraley-VW and Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., in a Jimco-VW had leaps of 101’ 6” and 96’ 6” respectively.

In the Production Trucks division, Chris Taylor, El Centro, Calif., won his group for the third straight year with his best jump ever of 126’ 6” in a Ford Ranger.

In the Restricted Cars, the winner was Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., whose winning jump was 113’ 6” in a Wicked-VW SCORE Lite race car.

Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Bruce Woodbury Drive at Casino Drive will be tech and contingency day for the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge as the nearly 125 cars and trucks entered in the race go through the colorful manufacturer’s midway. The Laughlin Events Park is the spectator area for the race and it is also where the pits and infield portion of the 6.25-course is located.

The unique race, split into two parts, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the 17 classes divided into five race groups running multiple laps each day. The featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division will race at 1 p.m. each day followed by the unlimited Class 1 cars at 3 p.m.

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15th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge

$16,000 Laughlin Leap, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009

Top Finishers

SCORE Trophy-Truck
Pos. Vehicle No.-Driver, Hometown, Vehicle, Distance, Purse
1. 88 Larry Roeseler, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 161 feet, 6 inches ($2,400) (NEW EVENT RECORD: Old Mark, 160’ 6”, Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif., 2004)

2. 5 Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 154’ ($700)

Unlimited Class 1
Pos. Vehicle No.-Driver, Hometown, Vehicle, Distance, Purse
1. 117 James Scott, Hemet, Calif., RPS-Chevy, 156’ ($2,400)

2. 108 Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 154’ ($700)

Restricted Cars
Pos. Vehicle No.-Driver, Hometown, Vehicle, Distance, Purse

1. 1209 Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Wicked-VW, 113’ 6” ($2,400)

2. 1201 Dan Worley, Encinitas, Calif., Jimco-VW, 102’ 6” ($700)

Production Trucks
Pos. Vehicle No.-Driver, Hometown, Vehicle, Distance, Purse

1. 719 Chris Taylor, El Centro, Calif, Ford Ranger, 126’ 6” ($2,400)

2. 1502 Jonathon Libby, Dillingham, Alaska, Toyota Tundra, 117’ ($700)

Limited c.c. Cars
Pos. Vehicle No.-Driver, Hometown, Vehicle, Distance, Purse

1. 1649 Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif. Fraley-VW, 101’ 6”’ ($2,400)

2. 1616 Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., Jimco-VW, 96’ 6” ($700)

3. 1604David Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Lothringer, 96’


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