March 11, 2021
April 14-18, presented by Ford
Stacy, Matney, Parkhouse, Pierce, Wayne and Kristen Matlock
Latest entries in BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250
Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; Online entry deadline—Fri., March 26
Qualifying–SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend,
Class 1, Trophy Truck Spec on Thursday, April 15
4-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship; seven female drivers/riders of record
NOTE: Current Unofficial numerical entry list, by class, at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – As entries continue to climb, among the latest entries for next month’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford, are SCORE veteran champion desert racers Clyde Stacy, Justin Matney, Cody Parkhouse, Robbie Pierce, Wayne Matlock and Kristen Matlock.
In addition to Kristen Matlock, the current entry list includes a total of seven female drivers or riders of record, an all-time high for this SCORE race.
Returning after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online racer registration continues for the Round 1 of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held April 14-18 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s abbreviated season of two races that includes no spectators at contingency, the start or the finish but fans will be allowed again to watch out around the race course, following normal health and safety protocols.
Contingency, and the start/finish compound will all be located on the secured grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town.
With 52 classes offered for Pro and Sportsman Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads, 136 entries to date have come from 21 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and New Zealand.
San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2020 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
Celebrating the 34th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCORE-International.com for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
The deadline to enter online in time to be in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 8 p.m. PT on Friday, March 26. Starting positions for the other classes will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registrationwith the exception of entries that register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 7. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.
Starting his SCORE Desert Racing career in 2006 in his mid-60s, Clyde Stacy, 76, from Bristol, Va., has definitely made up for lost time with 11 SCORE season class point championships since his RPM Racing team debuted in the Baja desert. After Stacy retired as a leading executive in the Coal Industry he turned his energy into SCORE desert racing, something he had dreamed about doing for many years.
With his massive RPM Racing team behind him and several great additional drivers over the years, Stacy has earned three of the four SCORE TT Legend class titles since the class for SCORE Trophy Truck racers over 50 years old debuted four years ago.
Stacy won the first season of the class in 2017 with World Rally Champion veteran Armin Schwarz of Germany as his additional driver.
In 2019 and 2020, Stacy won the SCORE TT class championship with Nick Vanderwey as his additional driver.
Vanderwey, 54, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., has five career SCORE season class point championships in his career including the last two with Stacy.
Both Stacy and Vanderwey have two class wins each in the SCORE San Felipe 250, but none together or in the SCORE TT Legend class.
Stacy and Vanderwey will team up again for this year’s race, splitting the driving in the No. 5L RPM Racing Chevy V-16 truck built by Geiser Brothers of Phoenix in the SCORE TT Legend class.
WELCOME BACK JUSTIN
Co-owner of RPM Racing with Clyde Stacy, Justin Matney is returning after a one-year sabbatical from racing while he recovered from heart surgery and Valley Fever.
Matney, 35, of Bristol, Tenn., started racing in SCORE in 2006 along with Stacy. Matney has earned six career SCORE season class point championships including a SCORE-record three in 2011.
In San Felipe, Matney has two class wins with his most recent being in Class 1 in the 2014 race.
Making his return to racing with a clean bill of health from his doctors, Matney also returns to the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division where he is scheduled to drive solo in San Felipe in the No. 4 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado 4-wheel drive truck built by Geiser Brothers.
When asked about his health and his return to SCORE racing, Matney commented, “Everything is going great. We are both (Stacy and Matney) extremely excited to be back with the SCORE family and in the desert soon.”
A two-generation race team, veteran defending 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship Class 1 point champs Cody Parkhouse and his father Brian Parkhouse return in 2021 to defend their season crown starting in San Felipe. Fresh out of high school, Cody Parkhouse started his official desert racing career in 2006 racing in Class 1/2-1600.
Both from Long Beach, Calif., Cody Parkhouse, 33 and his father Brian Parkhouse, 61, teamed up to win both of the 2020 SCORE Baja races in their No. 100 Parkhouse Motorsports Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
With driving help from his father, Cody Parkhouse has won three SCORE unlimited Class 1 season point championships. The duo won the SCORE season crowns in 2012, 2013 and 2020.
In San Felipe, the Parkhouse duo won Class 1 in 2013 for their only win in this race.
Injured seriously in a race accident in the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000, Parkhouse has clearly returned to his championship form and will be the racer to beat in Class 1 in San Felipe.
One of the many Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees who is a SCORE desert racer, Robbie Pierce was voted into the Hall in the class of 2018.
Pierce, 61, of Alpine, Calif., is a prominent businessman and owned both Mastercraft and Impact Racing until he sold them in 2017 to Italian manufacturer Sparco.
He has also produced equipment for the military and since 2018 he has been the owner of Jimco Racing of Santee, Calif.
Selected the SCORE Person of the Year in 2010, Pierce started his desert racing career in 2004.
He has also raced in short-course off-road racing as was as in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks series.
For this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Pierce will be the driver of record in the No. 20L Chevy Silverado built by his own Jimco Racing company.
His additional driver is Bobby Patton, 57, Fort Worth, Texas, a part-owner of the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
MEET THE MATLOCKS
As if either needs an introduction, the most formidable husband and wife racers in the desert are SCORE champion drivers Wayne Matlock, 43, and his hard-driving wife Kristen Matlock, 40, of Alpine, Calif.
Racing in two separate classes as solo drivers for most races, both own SCORE season class point championships.
The Matlocks are another pair of veteran SCORE desert racers and both had superlative seasons in the last three years racing in two separate UTV classes. The Matlocks also have two young children, both boys.
With two race wins and two second-place finishes, Wayne Matlock was the 2018 SCORE Overall season point champion while winning the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class. He repeated his class point title in 2019 as well with one race win. Last year his finished seventh in the points in his class. This year he is moving to the Pro UTV Open class in his No. 1871 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo.
Wayne Matlock has won seven SCORE class season point championships in his illustrious career, the first five on a quad and he has five class wins in the SCORE Baja 500.
Kristen Matlock finished third in the season points in the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) in 2018 after starting the season with two impressive class victories. In the 2018 SCORE Baja 500 she was also the overall UTV winner, defeating over 50 UTVs in the race.
Kristen Matlock repeated that feat again in 2020 on her way to earning the Pro UTV NA season point title.
Kristen Matlock also finished second in season points in her class in 2019 earning two race wins along the way.
This year, the Matlocks added more to their resume competing in Polaris factory racing UTVs in the Dakar Rally for the first of a multi-year agreement.
7 FEMALE RACERS
There are several female co-drivers and co-riders in this race. However, including Kristen Matlock (Pro UTV NA), there are seven total female drivers of record in Pro car, truck and UTV classes and one in Sportsman Quad. And three of the female teams include only female drivers/riders.
The other female primary racers on their teams are Shelby Reid (Class 1), Tamara Myers (Class 10), Jessica Lopez (Pro UTV FI), Jordan Price (Class 1/2-1600), Valerie Clark (Trophy Truck Spec) and Lilia Rodriguez (SPT Quad).
Shelby Reid, 53, and her son Cody Reid, 29, both of Apple Valley, Calif., are both SCORE season class point champions and they have teamed up for this race to run in the unlimited Class 1.
Shelby Reid won the SCORE Class 1 season point championship in 2015 and Cody Reid won the SCORE Class 10 season points in both 2014 and 2015. They will split the driving in the No. 168 Alumi Craft-Chevy in San Felipe.
In Class 10, the sister team of Tamara Myers, 26, and Britney Myers, 25, both of Newport Beach, Calif., will split the driving in their No. 1023 Jimco-Chevy. The Myers duo are part of five Myers family members competing in three vehicles in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
Keeping it all in the family, the Myers girls father Steve Myers will be the second driver for his brother Dan Myers in SCORE Trophy Truck and the third Myers brother Andrew Myers will be driving in Trophy Truck Spec.
Another racer making her SCORE debut in San Felipe will be Jessica Lopez, 17, Tecate, Mexico in Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class in her No. 2915 Can-Am X3. She will be one of three siblings racing as her oldest brother Apdaly Lopez will be in SCORE Trophy Truck and her other brother Alexis will make his debut in Trophy Truck Spec.
Making her first appearance as a driver of record in a SCORE race will be Jordan Price, 17, of Fremont, Calif. Driving with her will be Breanne Patterson, 33, of Tehachapi, Calif. in the No. 1610 Custom-VW. Price’s father Kevin Price will be racing in Class 10.
Another surprise entry making her SCORE debut in San Felipe will be 16-year old Valerie Clark of Kansas City, Mo. Clark is driver of record in the No. 214 Geiser-Chevy in the Trophy Truck Spec class.
Another all-female team will be led by Lilia Rodriguez, 46, of Chula Vista, Calif. riding in the SPT UTV class on the No. 125a Honda TRX450R. Also riding on the team will be Aline Herrera, Tijuana, Mexico, Gissel Gomez, Mexicali, Mexico and Lupita Ramirez, Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
For just the second time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 15 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. Entries in these four classes must also be fully registered by Friday, March 26 to be eligible to qualify.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after March 26 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.
The first time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks. All are entered in this year’s race as well.
Qualifying will again be held on a four-mile loop south of the airport, which is located on the south end of San Felipe.
$2,222.22 WINNER ‘PISTOLA’ CLASS 5 BONUS
The late SCORE champion racer Pete Sohren is being posthumously honored as the Grand Marshal of this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. The colorful Sohren often said that San Felipe was the race he loved the most.
In conjunction with this honor, a special $2,222.22 bonus purse has been offered by Pistol Pete’s family and his Forever Pit Crew for the winner of Class 5 at the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Member’s of Pete’s family will represent him at the race and SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele is using Sohren’s No. 2 and Sohren’s paint scheme on Steele’s Ford Raptor in honor of the racer who died tragically in a non-race accident in the sand dunes of San Felipe in January of 2019.
In the SCORE San Felipe 250 Sohren had three career class wins (1997 in Class 5, 2001 in Class 5 and 2016 in Class 7).
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 32 of the 52 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 33 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and the inaugural SCORE Baja 400.
BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus to the overall winner of this race of US$5,000.
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 is Ford, the official vehicle and SUV of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship.
2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
- BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford—
April 14-18, San Felipe, Mexico
- BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—
June 9-13, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2021
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 4 Wheel Parts-Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford
Round 1 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
Total Entries: 136 (as of 3/11/21)
(from 21 U.S. States, host Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, New Zealand)
(numerical order, by class)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (35*)
1 Luke McMillin
2 Cameron Steele
4 Justin Matney
*5L Clyde Stacy
7 Bryce Menzies
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
17 Josh De Jong
19 Tim Herbst
*20L Robbie Pierce
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
*21L Gustavo Vidosola Sr
22 Jax Redline
23 Dan McMillin
24 Adam Householder
26 Dave Taylor
27 Jonathan Brenthel
29 Madix Bailey
31 Andy McMillin
35 Carlos Penunuri
*37L Rolf Helland
40 Chris Miller
41 Justin Lofton
43 Larry Roeseler
51 Steve Olliges
65 Dan Myers
73 John T. Lennon
76 A.J. Jones
77 Robby Gordon
*79L Russell Buehler
82 Sam Baldi
89 Mike Walser
85 Mike Lawrence
92 Paul Nauleau
*SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (6)
100 Cody Parkhouse
105 Mason Cullen
123 Broc Dickerson
168 Shelby Reid
179 Mario Fuentes
183 Frank Russell
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (24)
200 Jorge Sampietro
202 Chad Broughton
205 Jose Delucie
209 Rafael Navarro IV
211 Pat Sims
213 Karl Ebdrup
216 Valerie Clark
218 Chad Dohrman
226 Alexis Lopez
227 Kyle Jergensen
228 Ryan Hancock
233 Thomas Degen
234 Jason McNeil
238 Elijah Kiger
244 Brad Lovell
255 Brad Vicic
261 Jeff Bader
264 Pierce Herbst
277 Travis Williams
278 Carlos Ibarra
285 Clay Lawrence
294 Vincent Munoz
296 Andrew Myers
297 Bill McBeath
CLASS 10 (10)
1001 Oliver Flemate
1023 Tamara Myers
1024 Wheeler Morgan
1045 Matt Rusich
1048 Kevin Price
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1078 Augie Cortez
1081 Matt Winslow
1085 Jeremy Davis
1087 Ivan Tagle
CLASS 7 (3)
709 Jeff Proctor
710 Mike Shaffer
727 Rhys Millen
PRO UTV FI (18)
2915 Jessica Lopez
2916 Brian Mallenix
2918 Justin Lambert
2924 Luis Leal
2931 Craig Scanlon
2940 Erick Kozin
2941 Steven Poole
2948 Matt Burroughs
2949 Alonso Lopez
2959 Rafael Navarro III
2974 Jorge Cano
2967 Mike Pratt
2977 Justin Elenburg
2980 P.J. Jones
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
2985 Jason Willett
2998 Cameron Ornelas
2999 Bob Jablonsky
SCORE LITES (3)
1205 Miguel Cortez
1228 Jorge Cardona
1249 Hector Garcia Jr
PRO UTV NA (6)
1912 Rickey Arslanian
1920 Elias Hanna
1925 Zach Sizemore
1954 Kristen Matlock
1962 Dodge Poelman
1995 Kaden Wells
CLASS 1/2-1600 (2)
1610 Jordan Price
1621 Kevin A. Sanchez
PRO UTV STOCK (4)
3911 Victor Esparza
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3933 Randy Emberton
3953 Nick Bruce
CLASS 8 (0)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD (1)
4421 Mike Hales
PRO UTV OPEN (1)
1871 Wayne Matlock
CLASS 5 (3)
507 Greg Sullivan- RS
508 Miguel Pabloff
526 Jerry Longo
CLASS 3 (1)
313 David Orzolek
CLASS 5-1600 (0)
BAJA CHALLENGE (0)
CLASS 7F (2)
701F Brandon Walsh
714F Justin Park
CLASS 7SX (0)
E414 Matthew Blanchard
CLASS 11 (2)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1196 Alex Gonzales
SPT UNLTD TRUCK (0)
SPT UTV UNLIMITED (1)
1804 Adrian Juaquin Garcia
SPT UTV STOCK (0)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (1)
22x Shane Redline
PRO MOTO 30 (2)
320x Jorge Garcia
365x Nick Lanning
PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)
109x Christopher Gil
PRO MOTO 40 (2)
424x William St. Laurent
496x T.J. Juon
PRO MOTO 50 (0)
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (2)
726 Joseph Berlet
734x Bob Kimber
PRO MOTO 60 (0)
Pro Quad (0)
Pro Quad Ironman (0)
SPT M/C (4)
203x Giovanni Aviles
224x Edgar Najar
226x Raul Serrato
245x Filiberto Garcia
SPT QUAD (1)
125a Lilia Rodriguez