Round 1 of four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
Morgan/Samuels/Jones take overall M/C title, W. Matlock claims overall UTV,
other class winners include A. J. Jones, Bailey, Brad Wilson, Cuevas, Willert, K. Matlock,
Pavolka, Penner, Coleman, Liebelt, Pena, Trubey, Spinali, Richardson, Sanchez;
239 total starters from 29 States, 13 countries on race-record 349.91-mile course; SCORE record
44 SCORE Trophy Truck starters, Official results available at www.score-international.com;
SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – Prominent San Diego third-generation desert racer Andy McMillin returned to his desert racing roots Saturday, overcame an early rollover and two flat tires to hold on and capture the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race win at the 33rd annual SCORE San Felipe 250.
The popular ‘Spring Break’ season-opener of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship was held in San Felipe, the peaceful fishing village on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
All four 2019 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the fourth consecutive year. The race will be televised on a delayed-basis as a one-hour special on the ABC World of X Games show, produced by SCORE in association with award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles.
Featuring the longest course in race history at 349.91 miles, this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 started and finished for the third straight year and just the third time in race history on the Malecon beach walk along the edge of the water in the heart of town. The rugged route official closed Sunday morning at 5:36 a.m. PT. Following complete data-tracking review, results were made official at 10:30 a.m. PT on Sunday.
A total of 239 official starters raced in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Entries came from 29 U.S. States along with the additional countries of host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand. The race had 164 official finishers for a finishing rate of 68.62 percent in the extremely challenging elapsed time race that had an 18-hour time limit.
The 239 total starters were the 11th most in the 33-year history of the race and the 164 finishers tied for sixth most finishers in race history.
Helping mark the launch of 46th year of SCORE International, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization was the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division with a SCORE-record total of 44 of these ‘Monsters of the Desert’ officially starting the race, including seven in the SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old. Created by SCORE and started in 1994, SCORE Trophy Truck is the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
Earning his 10th career SCORE Trophy Truck race and his second overall title in this race, Andy McMillin in the SCORE Trophy Truck division and powered his No. 31 Chevy Silverado (built by Mason Motorsports) to the SCORE Overall and class win with a penalty-free elapsed time of six hours, four minutes and 26 seconds. His 10th career SCORE Trophy Truck win puts him in third place on the SCORE All-Time win list in the class behind Rob MacCachren (17), Ed/Tim Herbst (11) and Robby Gordon (11).
Just a high school senior star basketball player at the time at Poway HS in the San Diego area, Andy McMillin, now 31, won his first overall title in this race in 2005, splitting the driving in the unlimited Class 1 with his father Scott McMillin. The SCORE Overall win was just one of three Class 1 victories since SCORE Trophy Truck debuted 26 years ago.
After driving solo to win the race Andy McMillin commented at the finish line, “What a day. That was a really fun race; a lot going on. We rolled the truck, got a couple flat tires and still were able to pull it off because others like Bryce Menzies had more trouble than we did. It was a gnarly course, but I really like it. It was very fun, very challenging. I think the more the challenging the better.”
“I like the longer courses, the rougher the better for me, more mentally challenging. SCORE does a great job challenging us and pushing us to the limits with their rugged race courses. We made one little mental error today and rolled it, but we kept pushing. We never gave up and it was a great day.”
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
Reigning SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class season champions, Justin Morgan and Mark Samuels, with some added help from Justin Jones, defending their class win in this race while earning the SCORE Overall Motorcycle victory in 6:50:32 (51.14mph) on their number 1x Honda CRF450X. In addition to being the second straight win in San Felipe for Morgan, 29, El Cajon, Calif., it was the fourth straight for Samuels, 29, Yucca Valley, Calif. and second for Jones, 27, Murrieta, Calif.
Morgan rode the first 92 miles and from race mile 310 to the finish, Jones rode from race mile 92 to 179 and Samuels rode their bike from race mile 179 to 310.
M/C WINNERS QUOTES
“I like this type of riding,” said Morgan. “Matomi Wash was good for me so it worked out really well for me and this new Honda bike is awesome; it has six gears. The first gear is nice and low to get through the rocks. The beginning of the race was interesting, we had a little bit of traffic ahead of us and the sun was coming up so it was difficult to see so I was glad we were able to get it out front. It makes it safer when you are in the clean air. A really great way to start defense of our title and keep the 1X plate.”
Helping marking the launch of the 26th year of the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, a race-record total of 44 of these ‘Monster of the Desert’ officially started the race and 32 of them finished (including six of the racers in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old.
SCORE Trophy Trucks have now won 23 overall in San Felipe in the 26-year history of the featured SCORE racing division. In this year’s race, SCORE Trophy Truck captured the top 13 overall finishing positions.
In 33 years of this race, Honda has now earned 22 overall motorcycle victories (including 20 of the last 23 years), Kawasaki has seven, KTM has three and Husqvarna has one.
The fastest Pro UTV in the race and Pro UTV FI class winner was Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., 41, Alpine, Calif. who won in 8:23:51 in his No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo. Wayne Matlock defeated a total of field of 30 UTVs in San Felipe including 21 starters in the Pro UTV forced induction class.
It was also his seventh class win in San Felipe and third win in a row in this event.
…AND MRS. MATLOCK
Crossing the finish line shortly after her husband Wayne left the finish line ramp, Kristen Matlock, 38, kept things exciting for the Matlock family while winning the Pro UTV (Normally Aspirated) class with a time of 9:12:56 in her No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000.
As added icing on the Matlock victory cake, both Wayne and Kristen drove solo in the race. Kristen also finished fourth overall among the 30 UTVs in three classes that started the race.
It was also the second straight year that the Matlocks both won their respective classes in San Felipe. And for the second consecutive year they both ran penalty-free races.
MORE MCMILLIN MAGIC
All third-generation SCORE desert races, joining Andy McMillin among the top five finishers this year from the McMillin family were Andy’s cousins Dan McMillin and Luke McMillin. Dan McMillin, 31, finished third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in a time of 6:06:30 at 57.28 mph in his No. 23 Ford F-150 (Racer). Luke McMillin, 26, finished fifth overall and in the marquee SCORE racing division in 6:09:44 with an average speed of 56.78 mph in his No. 83 Ford F-150 (Racer).
Practically raised in SCORE Baja racing by his grandfather, the late Corky McMillin and their fathers Mark McMillin (Dan and Luke) and Scott McMillin (Andy). All the prominent McMillin family of racers has had multiple career class wins in SCORE Baja races.
In last year’s SCORE San Felipe, the McMillin trio finished in the top six Overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck with Luke third, Andy fourth and Dan in sixth place.
TOP 5 SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS
Besides the three McMillins, rounding out the top five finishers overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck were Ryan Arciero and Zak Langley. Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., improved on his fifth-place finish in 2018 by finishing second behind Andy McMillin this year with a time of 6:06:14 (57.33mph) in the No. 32 Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith).
COPs racing put Zak Langley in the top five with a fourth place overall and SCORE Trophy Truck finished with a time of 6:09:40 with an average speed of 56.79mph.
ANOTHER CLASS WIN
In addition to Andy McMillin, Samuels, W. Matlock, K. Matlock, some other racers added to the multiple win totals in San Felipe.
Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., won for the second time in the unlimited Class 1, Mike Coleman, LaJolla, Calif., won for the second straight year in Class 7 and Art Penner, Lynden, Wash. (Canada) also won for the second consecutive year as well in Class 11.
Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico, won for the third time in the Pro quad class.
Giovanni Spinali, 52, El Cajon, Calif., won the Pro Moto 50 class (riders over 50 years old) for his fourth class win and third straight in San Felipe. Part of Spinali’s team, Earl Roberts of Mexicali, Mexico picked up his fifth class win in this race.
Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif. won in SPT quad for the second straight year.
Several racers won in the SCORE San Felipe 250 for the first time as driver or rider of record.
Among the car, truck and UTV classes, first-time winners included Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif. in SCORE TT Spec and Austin A. J. Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz. in Trophy Truck Spec. Jones drove solo to victory. For Jones, the 23-year old son of 210 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Jesse Jones, it was his first SCORE race victory as driver of record and Bailey is the reigning SCORE TT Legend class champion and his first win in San Fellipe.
Bailey also finished 14th overall in winning his class while Jones finished 16th overall among four-wheel vehicles, both very impressive feats.
Both SCORE TT Legend (7) and Trophy Truck Spec (29) had SCORE-record number of starters.
Other 4-wheel vehicle class winners included Cesar Cuevas, Chula Vista, Calif. in Class 10, Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif., in SCORE Lites, Eric Pavolka, Sonoita, Ariz. in Class 1/2-1600, Josh Herzing, Cypress, Texas in Pro UTV Unlimited, Don Daley III, San Diego, in the Baja Challenge class and Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif. in Class 7F.
Among the first-time winners in the motorcycle classes as rider of record were Aaron Richardson, Canada, in Pro Moto Ironman for solo riders, Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. in Pro Moto 30 and Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev. in Pro Moto 40.
Inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010, SCORE Baja racing legend Johnny Johnson was the Grand Marshal for this year’s 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250.
Among his many class race wins, Johnson had 15 class wins in the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 stretching from his first in 1968 to his last one in 1992. Amazingly, he won in seven different classes in his illustrious racing career.
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva worked diligently with the government officials and ejidos of the Mexicali and San Felipe areas to develop a memorable SCORE San Felipe 250 race course of 349.91 miles, the longest in the history of popular SCORE Baja desert race.
This year’s grueling race course was another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It ran in a clockwise direction running over high-speed dry lake beds, through low-speed winding, rock-strewn, twisting canyons and trails, along quick-paced dirt roads and through three of Baja’s most infamous washes in Azufre, Matomi, and Coabuso.
It featured three physical, full-stop checkpoints and 96 virtual checkpoints.
Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:
- 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
- 51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
- Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 19-23, Ensenada, Mexico
- 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico
ABC TV IN 2019
SCORE has announced that the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be televised on the ABC TV family of networks, marking the first time back on the ABC network since the 1967 and 1968 coverage of the Baja 1000 on ABC’s old Wide World of Sports show.
The one-hour shows on the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, 51st SCORE Baja 500 and the 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised as part of ABC’s World of X Games year-long programming. Presented by SCORE sponsors Monster Energy and BFGoodrich Tires, the ABC World of X Games series profiles iconic action sports figures and also highlights athletes, artists, event previews and recaps.
SCORE also announced that the inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 next September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN TV.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows will continue to air internationally in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and South America via syndication and ESPN International.
SCORE San Felipe 250 All-Time Overall Champion (1982 through 2019)
NOTE: This race was not held during the first five years of the combined HDRA/SCORE Desert Series (1985-1989).
Pro Cars, Trucks, UTVs
Year–Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)
1982–Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1983–Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1984–Scott McMillin/Corky McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1990–Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1991–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class 8)
1992–Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)
1993–Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)
1994–Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1995–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1996–Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1997–Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1998–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)
1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2000–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2001–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2002–Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2003–Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2004–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2005–Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
2006–Garron Cadiente, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2007–Mark Post/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2008–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2009–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2010—Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Jimco-BMW (Class 1)
2011—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2012—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2013—Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2014—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2015—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2016—Billy Wilson, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2017—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2018—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2019—Andy McMillin, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1982–Bob Balentine, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1983–Jack Johnson, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1984–Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna CR500 (Class 22)
1990–Dan Smith/Danny Hamel, KTM (Class 22)
1991–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1992–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1993–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500(Class 22)
1994–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1995–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1996–Paul Krause, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1997–Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1998–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1999–Johnny Campbell/Cole Marshall, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2000–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2001–Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2002–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2003–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2004–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2005–Chris Blais/Andy Grider/Quinn Cody, KTM MXC525 (Class 22)
2006–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2007–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2008–Robby Bell/Johnny Campbell, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2009–Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2010—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2011—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2012—Kurt Caselli/Ivan Ramirez, KTM 450SX-F (Class 22)
2013—Tim Weigand/Colton Udall, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2014–Ricky Brabec/Shane Esposito/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki KX450F (Class 22)
2015—Colton Udall/Justin Jones, Honda CRF450X (Open)
2016—Colton Udall/Mark Samuels, Honda CRF450X (Unlimited)
2017—Mark Samuels/Daymon Stokie/Ryan Penhall, Honda CRF450X (Unlimited)
2018—Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels, Honda CRF450X
2019—Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda CRF450X
SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, [email protected]
April 7, 2019
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
Round 1 of four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 6-7, 2019—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (349.91 miles)
Total Starters: 239, Total Finishers: 164 (68.62 percent)
(from 29 U.S. States, Host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Italy, Ecuador,
Finland, France, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand)
(Following complete date tracking review with penalties assessed)
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
(Number, driver/rider of record/additional drivers/riders, vehicle, engine)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited CustomTrucks)–
(44 Starters, 26 Finishers)
1.31 Andy McMillin, 31, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 06:04:26 (57.61 mph); 2. 32 Ryan Arciero, 45, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Kyle Washington, 48, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 06:06:14; 3. 23 Dan McMillin, 31, San Diego, Ford F-150 (Racer), 06:06:30; 4. 50 Zak Langley, 44, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Kyle Jergensen, 23, Oak Hill, Calif., Ford F-150 (ESM), 06:09:40
5. 83 Luke McMillin, 26, San Diego, Ford F-150 (Racer), 06:09:44; 6. 2 Cameron Steele, 50, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 06:15:33; 7. 14 Bobby Pecoy, 55, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 06:18:03; 8. 41 Justin Lofton, 33, Brawley, Calif., Ford Raptor (Jimco), 06:22:55;
9. 40 Chris Miller, 45, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, 50, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra (ID), 06:24:10; 10. 77 Robby Gordon, 50, Charlotte, N.C./Steven Stahovich, 30, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Custom), 06:28:31; 11. 7 Bryce Menzies, 31, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Huseman), 06:31:26
12. 19 Tim Herbst, 55, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, 57, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 06:43:08
13. 97 B.J. Baldwin, 39, Las Vegas/Todd LeDuc, 37, Peoria, Ariz., Toyota Tundra (ID), 06:45:35
14. 10 Alan Ampudia, 28, Ensenada, Mexico/Aaron Ampudia, 26, Ensenada, Mexico/Rodrigo Ampudia, 34, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (ID), 06:47:14; 15. 85 Mike Lawrence, 31, Banning, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 07:10:10; 16. 46 Luke Johnson, 27, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 07:14:30; 17. 15 Billy Wilson, 33, Corpus Christi, Texas/Chase Laven, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado (Jimco), 07:22:08; 18. 11 Rob MacCachren, 54, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Geiser), 07:27:29; 19. 26 Dave Taylor, 45, Page, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (Geiser), 07:37:19
20. 45 Gary Magness, 65, Denver/Devin Housh, 37, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150 (Custom), 08:45:26; 21. 2T Tony Smith, 48, Buckeye, Ariz./Jeff Geiser, 52, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (Geiser), 09:05:04; 22. 95 Victor Gruber, 59, Costa Mesa, Calif./Clay Bintz, 56, La Habra, Calif./A.J. Loera, 31, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Racer), 09:24:38;23. 4 Justin Matney, 33, Bristol, Tenn./Kellon Walch, 36, Alamo, Nev.Chevy Rally Truck (Geiser), 09:55:54; 24. 6 Ricky Johnson, 54, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 11:14:17; 25. 33 Todd Tuls, 49, Columbus, Neb., Brad Richards, Bennington, Neb. /Nathan Ellis, Apple Valley, Calif., Ford Raptor (Racer), 13:46:42;
26. 18 Juan C. Lopez, 44, Tecate, Mexico/Reynaldo Zavalaz-Galvez, 45, Tecate, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Racer), 14:41:16
*SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old)–
- Starters, 6 Finishers)
1.*1L Scott Bailey, 58, Riverside, Calif./Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif., Ford Raptor (builder-ID), 06:47:01 (51.58 mph); 2. *37L Rolf Helland, 59, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 53, Barstow, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 07:05:48; 3. *72L Rob Reinertson, 56, Woodside, Calif./Mike Salimbeni, 52, Lathrop, Calif., Ford F-150 (North American), 07:15:37; 4. *79L Russell Buehler, 60, Kansas City, Mo./Wes Uhlig, Kansas City, Mo./Ed Maurin, Kansas City, Mo., Ford Raptor (Jimco), 08:07:04; 5. *5L Clyde Stacy, 74, Bristol, Va./Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Rally Truck (Geiser), 09:32:55; 6. *55L Jose de Jesus Flores, 55, Culiacan, Mexico/Armando Bravo, 52, Los Angeles/Eduardo Perez, 47, Culiacan, Mexico/Gamaliel Lopez, 34, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (Jimco), 10:13:09
CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)–
(16 Starters, 7 Finishers)
1. 100 Brad Wilson, 29, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, 32, San Clemente, Calif./Ronny Wilson, 57, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 07:27:53 (46.88 mph); 2.168 Shelby Reid, 51, Apple Valley, Calif./Dale Ebberts, Wilton, Calif., RPI/Jefferies-Chevy, 07:41:45; 3. 185 Justin Davis, 25, Chino Hills, Calif./Larry Job, Jimco-Chevy, 07:56:15; 4. 105 Mason Cullen, 19, Long Beach, Calif./Matt Cullen, 51, Long Beach, Calif./Matt Moulton, 29, Newport Beach, Calif./Jeff Rucker, 49, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 08:14:57; 5. 162 Brendan Gaughan, 43, Las Vegas/Billy Goerke, 44, Las Vegas/Jake Gaughan, 17, LasVegas, Jefferies-Chevy, 08:16:43; 6. 129 Brandon Bailey, 37, Riverside, Calif./Larry Job, 59, Las Vegas, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 08:55:43;7. 106 Derek Fletcher, 34, Abingdon, Va./Christyan Samano, 29, Ensenada, Mexico, Tatum-Chevy, 10:05:58
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed engines)–
(29 Starters, 20 Finishers)
1. 279 Austin ‘A.J.’ Jones, 23, Litchfield Park, Ariz., TSCO-Chevy, 06:48:02 (51.45 mph); 2. 204 Sara Price, 26, Canyon Lake, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 06:54:18; 3. 244 Brad Lovell, 42, Colorado Springs, Colo./Jason Hutter, 45, Aspen, Colo., Geiser-Ford, 07:18:09; 4. 299 Charles Dorrance, 44, Austin, Texas/Craig Brockman, 43, Austin, Texas/Dave Carapetyan, Austin, Texas/Dylan Herman, Reno, Nev., Geiser-Chevy, 07:30:58; 5. 232 Chelsea Magness, 31, Denver/Matt Robinson, 34, Cathedral City, Calif./Steve Knudson, Palm Springs, Calif., Mango-Chevy, 07:32:24; 6. 209 Rafael Navarro IV, 25, Temecula, Calif./Rafael Navarro III, 50, Temecula, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 07:43:55; 7. 247 Scott Shields, 42, El Cajon, Calif./Kevin Shields, 34, San Diego, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 08:02:32; 8. 274 Elias Hanna, 36, Ensenada, Mexico/Francisco Verdugo, Ensenada, Mexico, HN-Chevy 1500, 08:19:34
9. 246 James Scully, 38, New York, N.Y./Chris Pearson, 36, San Diego, Brenthel-Chevy, 08:23:01
10. 250 John Langley, 75, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, 43, Flagstaff, Ariz., Mason-Chevy, 08:54:49; 11. 294 Vincent Munoz, 32, Yucaipa, Calif./Roy Tomkins, 34, Redlands, Calif./Steven Yates, 32, Yucaipa, Calif./Michael Munoz, 20, Yucaipa, Calif., ORD-Ford, 08:58:29; 12. 295 William Hedrick Jr, 23, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/William Hedrick, 53, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/German Encinas, 43, Ensenada, Mexico, ID-Chevy, 09:14:01; 13. 260 Luis Javier Pelayo, 35, Mexico City, Mexico/Santiago Creel, 32, Mexico City, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 09:17:55; 14. 226 Alexis Lopez-Gomez, 19, Tecate, Mexico/David Sampedro-Avila, Curry-Ford, 09:26:19; 15. 253 Mike Perez, 36, Houston/Aaron Shoemann, 29, Magnolia, Texas, Brenthel-Chevy, 09:47:34; 16. 211 Pat Sims, 52, Eunice, N.M./Timothy Wilson, Boulder City, Nev./Jeffrey Wilson, Boulder City, Nev., ESM-Chevy, 09:56:55; 17. 218 Chad Dohrman, 36, Murrieta, Calif./Tim Weston, 33, Corona, Calif./Andrew Ortiz, 33, Menifee, Calif./Tucker Conroy, 28, Murrieta, Calif., Get-Ford, 10:29:21; 18. 266 Scott Biernot, 52, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Phil Casey, 44, New Zealand/Lee Biernot, 54, Phoenix, Blitzkrieg-Chevy, 12:30:38; 19. 270 Kelly McArthur, 41, San Dimas, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 13:18:21; 20. 240 Robert Patton, 55, Fort Worth, Texas/Timothy Vail, 57, Houston, Jimco-Ford, 14:19:45
CLASS 2 (Unrestricted cars/trucks including turbo & supercharged)—
- Starter, 1 Finisher)
1.2022 Hammond Meredith, 38, Laramie, Wyo./Nathan Moreno, 26, Huntington Beach, Calif./Alex Nicholas, 28, Dallas/Preston Murray, 21, San Clemente, Calif., ID-Chevy, 15:10:43 (23.05mph)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLIMITED (unlimited, 4-wheel drive Rock Crawler)—
(1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
1.4421 Mike Hales, 39, Rogers, Ark./Brian Cornett, 31, Rogers, Ark., Jeep Wrangler
Calif./Tucker Conroy, 28, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Jeep Wrangler, 14:33:17 (24.04mph)
CLASS 10 (Limited, sealed engine, single or two-seaters)–
(15 Starters, 10 Finishers)
1.1011 Cesar Cuevas, 43, Chula Vista, Calif./Moises Cuevas, 39, Chula Vista, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 07:50:24 (44.63 mph); 2. 1008 Chase Warren, 29, Phoenix/Martin Richardson, 41, La Mesa, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 07:59:36; 3. 1022 Rafael Aguirre, 39, Monterrey, Mexico/Adrian Sauceda, 328, Monterrey, Mexico/Agustin Moreno, 27, Monterrey, Mexico/Jorge Sauceda, 36, Monterrey, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy, 08:25:17 4. 1068 Cody Reid, 26, Apple Valley, Calif./Michael Ward, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 08:26:22 5. 1016 Hiram Duran, 41, Tecate, Mexico/Evan Duran, 46, Tecate, Mexico/Eric Duran, 47, Tecate, Mexico/Eric Fernando Duran, 18, San Diego/Evan Duran, 16, San Diego/Francisco Arriaga, 33, Guadalajara, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 08:27:41; 6. 1002 Clay Lawrence, 57, Banning, Calif./Brad Manka, 43, Perris, Calif., LMS-Chevy, 09:07:09; 7. 1088 Sergio Salgado, 42, Mexicali, Mexico/Joel Serna, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 09:21:55; 8. 1077 Esau Rodriguez, 47, Hermosillo, Mexico/Sergio Frias, 45, Ensenada, Mexico/Fernando Blanco, 24, Hermosillo, Mexico/Claudio Hernandez, 44, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 10:21:38; 9. 1013 Harley Meservey, 48, Coos Bay, Ore., Fusion-Chevy, 12:26:10; 10. 1058 Jeremy Davis, 18, Chino Hills, Calif./Tyler Peterson, Jimco-Chevy, 15:00:43
CLASS 7 (unlimited, six-cylinder, production appearing trucks or SUVs)–
(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
1.721 Michael Coleman, 52, La Jolla, Calif./Mitchell Coleman, 17, La Jolla, Calif., Ford Raptor, 08:45:11 (39.98 mph); 2. 700 Dan Chamlee, 56, Montecito, Calif./Kurt Kimball, 57, Santa Barbara, Calif., Ford Ranger, 15:00:21
HEAVY METAL (Open Trucks, SUVs, stock appearing body, open displacement)
(1 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited Baja Bugs, VW concept engines allowed)–
- Starters, 2 Finishers)
1.510 Gerardo Ibarra, 49, Calexico, Calif./Manuel Ibarra, 51, Mexicali, Mexico/Ruben Miramontes, 35, Brawley, Calif./Cristian Zazueta, 22, Mexicali, Mexico/Aaron Gonzalez, 42, Mexicali, Mexico, 13:12:40 (26.49 mph); 2. 516 Jose Enriquez, 37, Ensenada, Mexico/Erick Velazsco, 26, Ensenada, Mexico/Alejandro Lopez, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Gilberto Patron, 56, Ensenada, Mexico, 16:54:49
PRO UTV FI (two-seat Forced Induction, OEM engine UTVs)–
(21 Starters, 15 Finishers)
1.2971 Wayne Matlock, 41, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 08;23:51 (41.67 mph); 2. 2975 Mike Cafro, 49, Fallbrook, Calif./Jamie Kirkpatrick, 38, Olympia, Wash., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 08:49:10; 3. 2905 Marc Burnett, 48, Lakeside, Calif., Can-Am X3, 09:05:25; 4. 2919 Pat Stone, 49, Payson, Ariz. (DOR- Brandon Schueler, 29, Phoenix)/Trae Herman, 28, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 09:06:32
5. 2987 Edgar Garcia Leon, 31, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Nancy Garcia, Can-Am Maverick X3, 09:48:18; 6. 2977 Justin Ellenburg, 41, Mesa, Ariz./Ernesto Taylor, 32, Mesa, Ariz., Can-Am X3, 10:23:05; 7. 2930 Sean Cook, 52, Twain Harte, Calif./Ross Bohlin, Australia/Brendan Cook, Oroville, Calif./Carlos Diaz, San Diego/Eric Cook, Folsom, Calif., Can-Am X3, 10:50:52; 8. 2989 Wes Miller, 49, Las Vegas/Donny Powers, 30, Morgan Hill, Calif., Polaris RZR XP Turbo, 11:58:12; 9. 2938 Ian Black, 33, Holtville, Calif./Rafael Aros, 30, Calexico, Calif., Can-Am Maverick X3, 12:48:59; 10. 2964 Derek McGaughy, 39, Alpine, Calif./Marc Benhnke, 74, El Cajon, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 13:04:11; 11. 2995 Daniel Parker, 40, Gilbert, Ariz./Casey Parker, 34, Glendale, Ariz./Mike Podratz, 48, Polaris RZR XP Turbo, 13:05:05; 12. 2926 Christine Giampaoli Zonca, 25, Las Vegas (Italy/Spain) Can Am Maverick X3, 13:14:46; 13. 2949 Alonso Lopez, 45, Murrieta, Calif./Mario Amezcua, 45, Tijuana, Mexico/Sergio Lozano, 34, Tijuana, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP1000 Turbo, 13:42:45; 14. 2983 Nicholas Gurries, 34, San Jose, Calif./Kyle McLaughin, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 15:50:01; 15. 2912 Tony Riggs, 50, Newhall, Calif./Tim Dunbar, 42, Huntington Beach, Calif./David Clay, 36, St. Lake City, Utah, Polaris RZR Turbo, 15:55:34
SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)–
(9 Starters, 7 Finishers)
1.1206 Freddie Willert, 49, El Cajon, Calif./Stan Potter, 56, San Marcos, Calif., Jimco, 08:51:58 (40.22 mph); 2. 1237 Jesus de la Torre, 47, Mexicali, Mexico/Jaime Moreno, 47, Mexicali, Mexico/Leonardo Navarrate, 43, Mexicali, Mexico/Ivan Gomez, 39, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 09:12:23; 3. 1202 Matias Arjona IV, 19, Ensenada, Mexico/Matias Arjona III, 54, Ensenada, Mexico/Franciso Pena, 36, Ensenada, Mexico, Mirage, 09:25:41; 4. 1212 Martin Lizarraga, 47, Tijuana, Mexico/Oscar Venegas, 46, Rosarito Beach, Calif./Juan Ortiz, 46, Tijuana/Juan Vazquez, 34, Tijuana, Mexico, Venegas, 12:13:02; 5. 1210 Luis Barragan, 54, Mexicali, Mexico/David Garcia, 48, Mexicali, Mexico/Luis Martinez, , 55, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodolfo Godinez, 42, Mexicali, Mexico/Pedro Morquecho, 46, Mexicali, Mexico/Edgar Yepiz, 37, Mexicali, Mexico, Seagrove, 13:00:57; 6. 1224 Javier Rochin, 36, Ciudad Constitucion, Mexico/Alan de la Rosa, 36, Ciudad Constitucion, Mexico/Oscar Balderrama, 30, Mexicali, Mexico/Saul Laredo, 30, Mexicali, Mexico, Porter, 13:29:12; 7. 1238 Robert Illian, 38, La Canada, Calif./Robert Mota, 28, North Hollywood, Calif., Jimco, 13:39:23
PRO UTV NA (two-seat Normally Aspirated, OEM engine UTVs)–
- Starters, 2 Finishers)
1.1954 Kristen Matlock, 38, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000, 09:12:55 (37.97 mph); 2. 1995 Travis Wells, 47, St. George, Utah(DOR- Kaden Wells/Ivan Gutierrez, 31, Ensenada, Mexico/Rory L’Hommedieu, 37, Mesquite, Nev./Michael Wells, 33, Idaho Falls, Idaho/Corbin Wells, 21, St. George, Utah, Polaris RZR XP1000, 10:03:23
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)–
(8 Starters, 6 Finishers)
1.1625 Eric Pavolka, 50, Sonoita, Ariz./Andy DeVercelly IV, 36, Jamul, Calif./Andrew Pavolka, 26, Mesa, Ariz., Foddrill, 9:11:53 (38.04 mph); 2. 1609 J. David Ruvalcaba, 45, Ensenada, Mexico/Rogelio Panda, 47, Ensenada, Mexico/Esteban Cruz, 46, Ensenada, Mexico/Leonel Ruvalcaba, 39, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR, 09:57:03; 3. 1614 Bruce Yee, 19, Chula Vista, Calif./Ignacio King, 47, Ensenada, Mexico/Jose Robles, 40, Mexicali, Mexico/Guillermo Luna, 38, Chula Vista, Calif., Alumi Craft, 10:20:45; 4. 1664 Emilio Salcido, 43, Mexicali, Mexico/Emilio Ruben Salcido, 22, Mexicali, Mexico/Javier Gutierrez, 39, Mexicali, Mexico, Pelon, 11:37:15; 5. 1639 Fernando Melendez, 44, Cd. Juarez, Mexico/Bruce Barraza, 27, Cd. Juarez, Mexico, Romo, 12:47:36; 6. 1644 Cesar Fiscal, 34, Tijuana, Mexico/Fabian Fiscal, Tijuana, Mexico/Enrique Fiscal, Tijuana, Mexico/Carlos Suarez, Tijuana, Mexico, Romo, 13:57:25
PRO UTV UNLTD (two-seat unlimited UTV open-displacement)–
(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
1.1877 Josh Herzing, 32, Cypress, Texas/Zach Johnson, 33, Cypress, Texas, Polaris RZR XPT1000, 11:35:53 (30.17 mph); 2. 1850 Jesus Mendez, Jr, 21, Mexicali, Mexico/Francisco Pimentel, 37, Mexicali, Mexico/Jesus Mendez Sr, 52, Mexicali, Mexico, Can-Am Maverick XRS, 16:05:40
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive truck/SUV, no displacement limit)–
(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
BAJA CHALLENGE (Spec, Subaru-powered Baja Touring Cars equipped with BFGoodrich Tires)–
(7 Starters, 5 Finishers)
1.BC3 Don Daley, 43, San Diego/Rick Fouquette, 51, Sautes, Calif.13:08:42 (26.62 mph); 2. BC7 Michelle Hawryluk, 39, Thailand/Jonathan Hawryluk, 35, Thailand/Edar Herreno, 43, France, 14:56:19
3. BC5 Christine Stern, 52, Thailand/Benjamin Roberts, 33, Australia/Ilyan Shrestha, 16, Thailand, 16:05:06; 4. BC2 Barry Thompson, 61, Martinez, Calif./Tim Spurgeon, 58, Danville, Calif., 17:01:09
5. BC6 Ramon Estrada, 43, Thailand/Helik Shrestha, 15, Thailand/Mark Smith, 45, New Zealand, 17;46:42
STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized Trucks)–
(1 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)–
(2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
1. 599 Hector Hurtado, 40, Tijuana, Mexico, Pedro Lopez, 50, Tijuana, Mexico/Fernando Flores, 50, Mexicali, Mexico/Victor Guerrero, 58, Tijuana, Mexico, 12:29:59 (27.99 mph); 2. 550 Luis Herrera, 38, Granada Hills, Calif./Ernie Negrete, 45, Chula Vista, Calif./Jose Garcia, Los Angeles/Michael Murray, Escondido, Calif./Jim Yourdon, 42, Bend, Ore., 14:37:35
CLASS 7F (Stock frame, 2 or 4-wheel drive mini or mid-size trucks)–
- Starters, 2 Finishers)
1.701F Brandon Walsh, 32, Encinitas, Calif./Cody Weaver, Pennsylvania, Toyota Tacoma, 13:58:38 (25.03 mph); 2. 725F Kelly McNeil, 56, Mesa, Ariz./Mitch McNeil, 28, Mesa, Ariz./Dustin Nowak, 24, Mesa, Ariz./Mark McNeil, 25, San Diego, Ford Ranger, 14:52:10
CLASS 7SX (2 or 4-wheel drive mini or mid-sized trucks)–
(2 Starters, 1 Finishers)
1.751 Mike Lesle, 58, Wildomar, Calif./Miguel Averado/Jerry Mann/Kevin Boss/Karl Scanlan, Jeep Comanche, 13:22:50 (26.15 mph)
CLASS 4700 (Jeep Speed Trophy)—
(1 Starters, 1 Finisher)
1.4747 Billy Bunch, 75, La Quinta, Calif./Jesse Archer/Ryan Moore/Craig Johnson, Dodge Dakota, 11:24:46 (30.66 mph)
CLASS 11 (stock VW sedans, safety modifications)–
(7 Starters, 4 Finishers)
1.1156 Art Penner, 62, Canada/Marco Carmona, 67, Ensenada, Mexico/Sergio Gutierrez, 59, Ensenada, Mexico, 13:17:13 (26.34 mph); 2. 1153 Ruben Osuna, 40, Mexicali, Mexico/Omar Iniguez, 34, Mexicali, Mexico/Miguel Estrada, 24, Mexicali, Mexico/Yaroslao Duran, 34, Mexicali, Mexico, 13:51:43; 3. 1111 Eric Solorzano, 59, Tijuana, Mexico/Elmer Cayetano, 30, Santa Ana, Calif./Jerome Robinson, Cypress, Texas, 14:22:25; 4. 1152 Elmer Cayetano, 30, Santa Ana, Calif./Jerome Robinson, 36, Cypress, Texas/Hector Maymes, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Junior Franco, 34, Tijuana, Mexico/Mickey Novoa, 48, Tijuana, Mexico/Clark Gardner, 47, Santa Monica, Calif., 16:36:05
SPT UNLTD TRUCK–
- Starters, 1 Finishers)
1.1474 William Wolfard, 53, Silverton, Ore., Chevy Silverado (Jefferies), 09:50:49 (35.54 mph)
(1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
1.1515 Chris Parks, 33, Knoxville, Tenn./Thomas Fernandez, 44, Mexico, Desert Dynamics-Chevy, 12:49:07 (27.29 mph)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (400cc or more)–
- Starters, 6 Finishers)
1.1x Justin Morgan, 29, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, 29, Yucca Valley, Calif./Justin Jones, 27, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 06:50:32 (51.14 mph); 2. 4x Ray Dal Saglio, 28, Scottsdale, Ariz./Troy Vanscourt, Norco, Calif., KTM 500EXCF, 07:15:27; 3. 66x Santiago Creel, 32, Mexico City, Mexico/Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico/Roberto Villalobos, Mexicali, Mexico/Massimo Mangini, 31, Puebla, Mexico (Italy), KTM 500EXCF, 07:51:37; 4. 13x Derek Ausserbauer, 25, Santa Ynez, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 08:39:48; 5. 14x Ian Luenberger, 41, Canada/Steven Duerst, 31, Canada/Mitch Watt, 27, Canada/Cory Dyck, 50, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 10:03:36; 6. 15x Lawrence Janesky, 54, Middlebury, Conn./Tanner Janesky, 24, Middlebury, Conn./Richard Janesky, Blacksburg, S.C., Honda CRF450X, 11:16:37
PRO MOTO LIMITED (less than 400cc)–
(6 Starters, 5 Finishers)
1. 120x Marco Pena, 28, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico/Miguel Cordovez, 30, Ecuador/ Francisco Teran, 50, Ecuador/ Mauri Herrera, 20, Ensenada, Mexico/Bryayon Widerman, 22, Ensenada, Mexico/Mario Molina, 31, Neuvo Casas Grande, Mexico, Husqvarna 350FE, 08:20:15 (43.04 mph)
2. 100x Santiago Creel, 32, Mexico City, Mexico/Alberto Heredia, Ensenada, Mexico/Larry Serna, Tijuana, Mexico/Homero Diaz, Mexico City, Mexico/Carlos Casas, Mexicali, Mexico/Alfredo Sardit, Mexico City, Mexico (Italy), KTM 350EXCF, 08:34:15; 3. 116x Eric Kirby, 35, Odessa, Texas/Zach Myers/Marck Anthony/Arnulfo Verdugo, KTM 350XCF, 09:04:38; 4. 106x Philip Jaramillo, 21, Tijuana, Mexico/Jorge Ramirez, 18, Ensenada, Mexico/Tucker Hopkins, 25, Venice, Calif./Marco Guizar, 19, San Diego, KTM 350EXCF, 09:06:38; 5. 180x Fernando Beltran, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/David Zarate, 29, Los Cabos, Mexico/Javier Ibarra, 19, Tijuana, Mexico/Rodolfo Patron, 38, Tijuana, Mexico/Marco Maclish, 20, Santa Rosalita, Mexico, Yamaha YZ250F, 11:38:01
PRO MOTO 40 (Riders over 40 years old)–
- Starters, 2 Finishers)
1.444x Jason Trubey, 43, Henderson, Nev./ Dennis Belingheri, 48, Reno, Nev./Steve Tichenor, 42, Reno, Nev./Paul Luce, 44, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 450XCF, 08:20:55 (41.91 mph)
2. 427x Oscar Garcia, 45, Tijuana, Mexico/Salvador Sainz, 53, Tijuana, Mexico/Esteban Garcia/Carlos Valdez, 55, Chula Vista, Calif., Husaberg 501FE, 14:01:01
PRO MOTO 30 (Riders over 30 years old)–
(8 Starters, 7 Finishers)
1.308x Ryan Liebelt, 38, Reedley, Calif./Greg Bardonnex, 43, Visalia, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Sanger, Calif./Justin Shultz, 35, Lake Forest, Calif./Brandon Wright, 42, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha WR450F, 08:03:05 (43.46 mph); 2. 360x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Kevin Murphy, 42, Camarillo, Calif./Jim O’Neal, 72, Simi Valley, Calif. /Homero Diaz, Mexico City, Mexico/Massimo Mangini, 31, Puebla, Mexico (Italy)/Ricardo Munoz, Mexico City, Mexico, KTM 500EXCF, 08:20:10; 3. 325x Jano Montoya, 47, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru)/Alberto Ruiz, 43, Ensenada, Mexico/Jeff Kawell, 46, San Bernardino, Calif./Jesse Canepa, 31, Las Vegas, KTM 450EXCF, 09:18:50; 4. 310x Enrique Fuhrken, 38, Mexico City, Mexico/Ishwari Mancillas, 43, Metepec, Mexico/Abel Burgeno, 47, Mazatlan, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, 45, San Quintin, Mexico, KTM 500XCF, 09:30:23; 5. 304x Chris Racan, 38, Encinitas, Calif./Gilberto Cervantes, 44, Chula Vista, Calif./Delvin Chatterjie, 32, San Diego/Michael Valenzuela, 30, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 10:00:28; 6. 365x Nick Lanning, 37, Baton Rouge, La. (Beaumont, Texas)/Aldo Muller, 42, Huffman, Texas/Peter Eiland, 39, Dallas, Honda CRF450X, 10:06:57; 7. 300x Luis Gomez, 38, Obregon, Mexico/Joaquin Platero, 46, Ensenada, Mexico/Edgar Espinoza, 41, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodrigo Gollaz, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 11:57:30
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (Solo Riders)–
(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
1.739x Aaron Richardson, 46, Canada, KTM 500EXC-F, 09:41:36 (36.73 mph); 2. 729x Michael Skurkis, 41, Henderson, Nev., Husqvarna FE501, 09;46:46
PRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 years old)–
(1 Starter, 1 Finishers)
1.500x Giovanni Spinali, 52, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts, 57, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, 51, Ramona, Calif./John Griffin, 51, Lake Forest, Calif., Yamaha YZ450FX, 08:40:28 (40.34 mph)
PRO QUAD (Open engine displacement)–
- Starters, 4 Finishers)
1.1a Said Sanchez, 32, Tijuana, Mexico/Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Javier Robles Jr, 28, Mexicali, Mexico/Cristian Vera, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 07:52:24 (44.44 mph); 2. 21a Adolfo Arellano, 36, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450, 08:22:44; 3. 22a Javier Ibarra, 19, San Diego/Juan Sanchez, San Diego/Hector Chavez, Tecate, Mexico/Edgardo Marquez, 16, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 09:02:41; 4. 2a Don Higbee, 51, Casper, Wyo./Rick Cecco/Jose Tores/Cody Mitchell, 26, Henderson, Nev., Can-Am Outlander 1000r, 10:22:50
(9 Starters, 7 Finishers)
1.100a Danny Magdalena, 21, Acton, Calif./Jorge Lopez, 26, San Felipe, Mexico/Eddie Bareno, 34, Mexicali, Mexico/Bennie Beltran, 31, Yuma, Ariz./Amador Beltran III, 35, Hanford, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 08:35:47 (41.14 mph); 2. 101a Ery Sandoval, 19, Brawley, Calif./Imanol Gome, 18, Mexicali, Mexico/Jesus Torres, 40, Mexicali, Mexico/Jesus Osuna, 17, Mexicali, Calif./Francisco Espinoza, 47, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 09:12:06; 3. 123a Ismael Hernandez, 39, Escondido, Calif./Hector Comacho, 21, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Cristobal Quezada, 44, Tijuana, Mexico/Zachary Hayward, 39, San Diego/David Guerro, 29, Tijuana, Mexico/Alfredo Rodriguez, 25, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 09:13:56; 4. 115a Norberto Arce, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Fidel Gonzalez, 34, Viscano, Mexico/Dorian Mendez, 30, San Felipe, Mexico/Carlos Lopez, 47, San Felipe, Mexico/Argenis Murillo, 23, Bocana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 09:20:56; 5. 145a Jovani Marquez, 34, Los Cabos, Mexico/Angel Perez, 18, San Felipe, Mexico/Daniel Nunez, 18, El Rosario, Mexico/Mario Sanchez, 22, Los Cabos, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 09;49:33; 6. 180a Cesar Valdez, 38, Tijuana, Mexico/Rafael Marquez, 43, Tijuana, Mexico/, Saib Marquez, 21, Tijuana, Mexico/Miguel Perez, 35, Tijuana, Mexico/Adrian Morones, 32, Tijuana, Mexico/Luis Arredondo, 30, Tecate, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 10:03:30; 7. 111a Alejandro Bourge, 19, San Felipe, Mexico/Ivan Soberones, 22, San Felipe, Mexico/Mauricio Madueno, 21, San Felipe, Mexico/Marvin Carrillo, 19, San Felipe, Mexico/Armando Aguiar, 19, San Felipe, Mexico/David Bourge, 28, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 11:40:32
(7 Starters, 6 Finishers)
1.284x Shane Schorno, 32, Discovery Bay, Calif./Don Crane, 39, Brentwood, Calif./Tyler Evangelista, 27, Nick Robertson, 27/Steve Herstad, 40, KTM 500EXCF, 07:59:36 (XX.XX mph); 2. 212x Carlos Silva, 42, Mexicali, Mexico/Oswaldo Mancada, 28, Ensenada, Mexico/Joe Leal, 45, Mexicali, Mexico/Hector Cardenas, 28, Ensenada, Mexico/Javier Salazar, 22, Tijuana, Mexico/Sergio Silva, 41, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 08:02:15; 3. 228x Scott McIntosh, 58, Bozeman, Mont. (Kent, Wash.)/Mike Frick, 51, Snohomish, Wash./Risto Neimi, 48, Finland/Carlos Almanza, 40, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 08:55:55; 4. 272x John Failes, 40, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Forrest McKenna/John Salazar, 38, Oak Creek, Colo./Devin Maldren, 26, Hayden, Colo., Yamaha YZ450FX, 09:39:34; 5. 201x Scott Borden, 46, Steamboat Springs, Colo./R. Hank Salyer, 46, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Todd Fellows, 49, Portland, Ore., Yamaha YZ450F, 09:44:40; 6. 223x Mike Mettler, 44, Kuna, Idaho/Dan Mastrude, 38, Boise, Idaho, Yamaha YZ450FX, 10:01:24
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
Round 1 of four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 6-7, 2019—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (349.91 miles)
TOP OVERALL FINISHERS
Pro Cars, Trucks, UTVS
1. 31 Andy McMillin, 31, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 06:04:26 (57.61 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2. 32 Ryan Arciero, 45, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Kyle Washington, 48, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 06:06:14 (57.33 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
3. 23 Dan McMillin, 31, San Diego, Ford F-150 (Racer), 06:06:30 (57.48 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
4. 50 Zak Langley, 44, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Kyle Jergensen, 23, Oak Hill, Calif., Ford F-150 (ESM), 06:09:40 (56.79 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
5. 83 Luke McMillin, 26, San Diego, Ford F-150 (Racer), 06:09:44 (56.78 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
6. 2 Cameron Steele, 50, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 06:15:33 (55.90 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
7. 14 Bobby Pecoy, 55, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 06:18:03 (55.54 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
8. 41 Justin Lofton, 33, Brawley, Calif., Ford Raptor (Jimco), 06:22:55 (54.83 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
9. 40 Chris Miller, 45, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, 50, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra (ID), 06:24:10 (54.65 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
10. 77 Robby Gordon, 50, Charlotte, N.C./Steven Stahovich, 30, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Custom), 06:28:31 (54.04 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
11. 7 Bryce Menzies, 31, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Huseman), 06:31:26 (53.64 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
12. 19 Tim Herbst, 55, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, 57, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 06:43:08 (52.23 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
13. 97 B.J. Baldwin, 39, Las Vegas/Todd LeDuc, 37, Peoria, Ariz., Toyota Tundra (ID), 06:45:35 (53.07 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
14. *1L Scott Bailey, 58, Riverside, Calif./Jerry Whelchel, Ford Raptor (builder-ID), 06:47:01 (51.58 mph) (SCORE TT Legends)
15. 10 Alan Ampudia, 28, Ensenada, Mexico/Aaron Ampudia, 26, Ensenada, Mexico/Rodrigo Ampudia, 34, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (ID), 06:47:14 (51.56 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
16. 279 Austin ‘A.J.’ Jones, 23, Litchfield Park, Ariz., TSCO-Chevy, 06:48:02 (51.45 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
17. 204 Sara Price, 26, Canyon Lake, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 06:54:18 (50.67 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
18. *37L Rolf Helland, 59, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 53, Barstow, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 07:05:48 (49.31 mph) (SCORE TT Legends)
19. 85 Mike Lawrence, 31, Banning, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 07:10:10 (51.19 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
20. 46 Luke Johnson, 27, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 07:14:30 (48.32 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1. 1x Justin Morgan, 29, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, 29, Yucca Valley, Calif./Justin Jones, 27, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 06:50:32 (51.14 mph)
2. 4x Ray Dal Saglio, 28, Scottsdale, Ariz./Troy Vanscourt, Norco, Calif., KTM 500EXCF, 07:15:27 (48.21 mph)
3. 66x Santiago Creel, 32, Mexico City, Mexico/Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico/Roberto Villalobos, Mexicali, Mexico/Massimo Mangini, 31, Puebla, Mexico (Italy), KTM 500EXCF, 07:51:37 (46.49 mph)
SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, [email protected]
April 7, 2019
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
Round 1 of four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 6-7, 2019 – 349.91 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
(Finish line—as recorded by Jose Vazquez and transcribed by Cindy Clark)
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited CustomTrucks)
ANDY MCMILLIN, No. 31 (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Andy McMillin drove solo.) – – What a day. That was a really fun race; a lot going on. We rolled the truck, got a couple flat tires and we’ll see. They are saying that Bryce (Menzies) broke right before the finish so I’m not sure what that means. We will see what happens. It was a gnarly course, but I really like it. It was very fun, very challenging. I think the more the challenging the better. I like the longer courses, the rougher the better for me, more mentally challenging. We made one little mental error today and rolled it, but we kept pushing. We never gave up and it was a great day.
RYAN ARCIERO, No. 32. (Second in class. Ryan Arciero drove solo.) – – Probably the hardest race I’ve done. I have to dedicate this finish to Chris Crampton who is back at home. Chris got hurt at the Mint 400 a couple weeks ago and hurt his back really bad but we miss him a lot. He was the crew chief on this truck. I want to say hi to my wife and two kids. This was awesome. My team did a phenomenal job. We did our homework on the race course. That is what is so awesome about SCORE – being able to pre-run and finding your lines, knowing where the rocks are. I think it makes it safer as far as the racing goes. I got one flat tire around mile marker 270. My fault – the truck got out from under me and the guys did a great job getting it fixed. The guys at Herbst did a great job with this truck. We beat the crap out of this truck. The fans in Baja, California are the best fans anywhere. There is nothing better than the fans and SCORE putting on a great event. The amount of bumps that this course had absolutely relentless. It was incredible. It put you to the task. The truck did a phenomenal job.
DAN MCMILLIN, No, 23 (Third in class. Dan McMillin drove solo.) – – I started 37th so I know I finished better than that. I never got a flat tire, I never got out of the truck, I never had an issue all day. My BFGoodrich Tires were awesome, Fox Shox were great, I’m exhausted.
ZAK LANGLEY, No. 50 (Fourth in class. Zak Langley started and drove to race mile 140. Kyle Jorgensen drove from mile marker 140 to the finish.) – – The course was really rough. It’s more torn up than I’ve ever seen it. We were just holding on for dear life. In Matomi Wash, there was one SCORE Trophy Truck in front of me but we managed to get around him. For the rest of the day that kind of set the pace. We were seeing trucks fall off left and right. I knew how rough this course could be so that’s why we decided on two drivers. I decided to team up with Kyle for the whole SCORE season. We seem to be working well together. CO-DRIVER KYLE JORGENSEN said: The truck was flawless. It was a good day. Nothing slowed us down except we did have to fix the brakes. Glad to be here at the finish line. Thank you to SCORE for a great event.
LUKE MCMILLIN, No. 83 (Fifth in class. Luke McMillin drove solo.) – – The course was good. It was brutal. We lost the power steering at one point and had to change it and lost at least 20 minutes there. We tried to come back for Ryan (Arciero) but didn’t have enough time to close the gap, but I think we made the podium. We will see.
CAMERON STEELE, No. 2 (Sixth in class. Cameron Steele drove solo.) – – Today was certainly a lot more than just a race. We had a special hitchhiker with us. Pistol Pete’s family asked us to take Pete (Sohren) along with us today. It’s obviously very emotional for us to be here in San Felipe. Pete loved and we all love San Felipe. He lost his life here. Today we raced hard, but we raced with special wings. We just tried to keep it smooth. No matter how we finished, it doesn’t matter, we just want to say God Bless Pete and everything he did for our sport. He will always be in our heart. I want to thank Tammy and the whole Sohren family for allowing us to run Pete’s number on our truck and carrying him with us. It was really special. We want to say thank you to the community for embracing and putting their community arm around the Sohren family, whether it is running his sticker or buying shirts. SCORE went above and jumped right in to support the girls and the family and want to say thank you to them. I want to thank my wife and kids at home. It’s been a long week and I can’t wait to see them again. I wanted to get this truck to the finish line for Pete. It looks like both our trucks will finish in the top ten. I didn’t have a great day personally but I think having Pete hitchhiking with us was cool and it got better for sure. There was a lot of working our way through traffic.
BOBBY PECOY, No. 14 (Seventh in class. Bobby Pecoy drove solo.) – -The race was awesome; had a blast. Brand new truck to me, I think I had all of about 40 minutes in it and I jumped in it and it was like butter, it worked really good. This whole Desert Assassins team is absolutely amazing. It is mind blowing how well they put that truck together with only two weeks, not even that, they only had their hands on it for less than a week when we finally got it. Awesome race, had a lot of fun. It was challenging. All those whoops…welcome to San Felipe! Unbelievable. TRUCK OWNER CAMERON STEELE said: We are running both trucks all season. It’s just awesome… Bobby and I have been riding dirt bikes to Cabo San Lucas for the last eleven years together, we’ve race Pro Buggies together. For the last few years we have been teamed up, and he finished in the top 10 in the SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017 but has been focused on the Trophy Truck Spec class. So now it’s time to go SCORE Trophy Truck racing for both of us…big boy pants…and he did. He came in the top 10, maybe even the top five.
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 41 (Eighth in class. Justin Lofton drove solo.) – – That was a rough one. A good day all in all. Really happy with our Fox Factory No. 41 Jimco SCORE Trophy Truck. It was an experience for sure and we are looking forward to a good starting position for the SCORE Baja 500 and coming back and doing the SCORE San Felipe 250 next year. This is definitely a physical sport and the faster were go the more it takes. I have a dedicated navigator/prep guy and a big thank you to him.
CHRIS MILLER, No. 40 (Ninth in class. Chris Miller and Jimmy Nuckles shared driving duties.) – – SCORE did a great job. This race was just absolutely just killer. I loved it. It was basically a mini SCORE Baja 1000 – high speed, sand washes, turns, whooped out, beat-out stuff, goat trails, mountains, summits, wide-open desert sand. This was an unbelievable race. I’d like to thank Roger Norman and SCORE and everybody that put the race together. This was unbelievable. Great job. We put a whole new suspension package under this truck. It worked well during testing in Plaster City. But when we brought it down here we hadn’t done enough testing on it and this is a whole different terrain. We have a lot of work to do. We lost our throttle cable and had to pull over and fix that, probably losing five minutes there. And we lost first gear in the first 20 miles of the race so we had to go Matomi Wash and the silt beds in second gear. It was unbelievable. We struggled but we fought and made it to the finish line and I’m super thankful.
ROB MACCACHREN, No. 11 (18th in class. Rob MacCachren drove solo.) – – Everything was going good. We started first off the line until mile marker 80 or 85 we started having a converter run real hot and I tried to take care of it and baby it but it slowly kept getting worse and worse and finally we had to roll in and change the transmission at race mile 138. After that we had no problems, no issues with the truck. We won this the last two years and we wanted to make it three in a row but it wasn’t our day.
SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old)—
SCOTT BAILEY, No. 1L (First in class. Jerry Whelchel drove from the start to mile marker 140. Scott Bailey drove from mile marker 140 to the finish.) – – Gus Vildosola had surgery a couple weeks ago so he was unable to drive so we got Jerry Whelchel to drive for us. We will probably have him drive with us at the Baja 1000 too. We had a great race.
ROB REINERTSON, No. 72L (Third in class. Rob Reinertson drove solo.) – – It was a good race. The only issue we had is we had two flats, one about 65 miles out and the last one at about mile marker 270, but that was it. It was a rough course and a long day, but everything else was good. We are running for the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship.
CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)–
BRAD WILSON, No. 100 (First in class. Justin Munyon started and drove to mile marker 165. Brad Wilson drove from mile marker 165 to the finish) – – It was a pretty clean day. Justin had one flat tire that took out a brake line. That’s really where we lost our time. This course was brutal. We caught up to some trophy trucks and tried to get through safely. I made one driver mistake at around mile marker 300 and got another flat, but changed it with no problem. We made it to the end. I can say that I have never driven as hard as I had to in this race in my life. It was hold on and enjoy the ride. Everyone is going to say it, the course was brutal. We are no strangers to Baja but between pre-running and the race the course is so different. We took our time going over the summit. I’m a rock guy so I loved it. It’s our second race in this truck and we couldn’t be happier with the finish.
SHELBY REID, No. 168 (Second in class. Dale Ebberts started and drove to mile marker 160. Shelby Reid drove from mile marker 160 to the finish. ) – – We are excited. I have to thank for a great car, BFG’s are a great tire. We pushed hard all day. That was a rough course. It had everything in it. I’ve been fighting the car suspension-wise for about the last 100 miles or so; it kept stepping out on us when we hit something. I was on the nose most of the time. We tried to figure out where the Wilson’s were to see if we could back it down a little. Once we got confirmation that we could back it down, we did a little. The last forty miles of whoops are brutal so I just backed it down so I could get it to the finish line. Dale did a great job. He gave me the car in first place and we were able to keep it there. That was crazy. The SCORE San Felipe 250!
JUSTIN DAVIS, No. 185 (Third in class. Larry Job started and drove to mile marker 165. Justin Davis drove from mile marker 165 to the finish.) – – Larry drove a good pace. When I got in the car was solid but when I was going up the summit the whole shifter broke off so I had third gear and then half way through the summit the motor started doing weird stuff so we had like seven cylinders. I pushed it as hard as this car would go, to about the point of breaking. We ended up third or fourth. We will take it. It puts us in a good spot for the SCORE Baja 500 and we want to win that.
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 162 (Fifth in class. Brendan Gaughan drove solo.) – – I tell you what…that was the roughest SCORE San Felipe 250 in history. It was so much fun. I appreciate it. My nephew, Jake, this is first race of his life. He has never been in a race car before, and he finished his first race. Pop-pop will be really happy. Thanks to Pop-pops for getting us out here. My first race ever on BFGoodrich Tires. We didn’t get a single flat. And with the way this course was, pretty damn impressive. This is a 14-year old Class 1 car that I had twenty miles in and we just finished in the top five first race out. Better watch out the rest of the SCORE year. We are going to make them all. We broke a wheel and had a trailing arm and had to weld it back together so we lost about fifteen minutes welding that up. Other than that, not a single flat. And I knew I had to bring my nephew back home or my brother and sister-in-law might not let cross back over the border so I had to make sure I took care of their baby boy. So much fun to have him with me. I remember being 15 at my first Mexico races and it is so much fun to have my nephew do it with me. We are looking good in points going into the next race. I wish we were a little higher up but that is because I’m a race car driver and that’s what we want. But this track challenged us a little. Great job to the SCORE crew and SCORE officials and great job to all the people of Mexico. I tell you what, there were spectators in the middle of nowhere around this place. They love their desert racing here in Baja and it was a great, great race for all. What makes it great is the people and we love SCORE racing down here and we hope we are here for the next 50 years. I gotta thank Collins Motorsports for still taking care of baby Huey and my brother Mike; it’s the first time I got my brother Mike back down here to Mexico in 25 years so I think we are going to try to keep the Gaughan family coming back for many more. Thank you guys, thank you SCORE and VIVA BAJA!
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed engines)
AUSTIN ‘A.J.’ JONES, No. 279 (First in class. Austin “A.J.” Jones drove solo.) – – We had a good day. Today was flawless. We didn’t have any flats, my BFG tires were hooking up all day, my Vision wheels were absolutely flawless. TSCO Racing puts together a hell of a truck. We started out fourth, we got in first position around mile marker 20 and we never looked back. No flats, no problems, no nothing. Now we are here. First place!
SARA PRICE, No. 204 (Second in class. Sara Price drove solo.) – – That course was brutal. The whoop section was insane. I knew I had to beat AJ (Jones), he was in my sights the whole time, but I think I had an extra pit stop. But we were on it today. We were on point, pushing it, going very fast today. I was very pumped. We had a little bit of an electric issue – our GPS is broke but other than that we were good. We killed it. We cant thank our sponsors enough, RPM, BFG, Super ATV, Raceline Wheels, Rugged Radios, Polaris RZR. (Navigator) Erica (Sacks) did great job.
CHARLES DORRANCE, No. 299 (Fourth in class. Charles Dorrance drove solo.) – – I started out with a pace, passed a couple guys, got passed by a couple guys, but I didn’t really push or anything knowing that there was a lot of race here. I just avoided every rock like the plague. I did not want to hit my differential or my driveline so anytime I saw a rock I was trying to find a better line to get through and just take my time. It looks like it paid off. I’m fourth physically so we will see how it turns out in the end.
CHELSEA MAGNESS, No. 232 (Fifth in class. Denver Robinson started and drove to mile marker 145. Chelsea Magness drove from mile marker 145 to the finish.) – – It was a pretty smooth race. It was a lot of fun, a lot of whoops, it was really rough. The truck is just a little beat up. This is a brand new truck and we plan on racing it in the SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Baja 1000.
CLASS 10 (Limited, sealed engine, single or two-seaters)
CESAR CUEVAS, No. 1011 (First in class. Cesar Cuevas drove solo.) – – I drove the race all by myself. The course was terrible but we didn’t have any problems thanks to the Lord. The only problem was 45 minutes of bottleneck waiting for the cars in front to move out of the way in Matomi Wash. Once the trophy trucks passed that sections was destroyed by the trucks so we were having a hard time getting through there. There was a section 40 minutes before the finish where the whoops were very difficult. I’ve never seen whoops like that before in at the SCORE San Felipe 250 race, but we got in a rhythm and went through.
CHASE WARREN, No. 1008 (Second in class. Chase Warren drove solo.) – – We started in the back today. We knew it was going to be a long rough day today with a lot of rocks. We passed about half the field before the Matomi Wash and we got in there it was a dead stop. We were stopped for 45 minutes. We didn’t get stuck, it was a truck up ahead that was stuck and we had to wait. A couple of guys got through so we knew we were down about 45 minutes at that point at least, going out. We passed everybody back after that except one so we are just waiting to see where we end up on time. It was tough. A lot of rocks, a lot of whoops, a lot of silt. The only tough thing to stomach was the back-up at Matomi Wash. When you get stuck and everyone else gets to go, it’s a little tough. We thought we were only a couple minutes back by the last 40 miles left in the race so we were trying to make up the time so we went as absolutely as fast as we could all the way back in and it was hard, taking a lot of work on the hands and hits to the head.
CODY REID, No. 1068 (Fourth in class. Michael Ward started and drove to mile marker 162. Cody Reid drove from mile marker 162 to the finish.) – – I got to give SCORE credit. This is probably one of the roughest SCORE San Felipe 250 I’ve done yet. It is so square-edged out there between the rocks and everything. I made a few driver mistakes that cost us to fall back from second to sixth but we were able to push hard and never gave up and it looks like we picked a couple more spots back up; we will see how the time plays out and hope for the best.
CLASS 7 (unlimited, six-cylinder, production appearing trucks or SUVs)
MICHAEL COLEMAN, No. 721 (First in class. Michael Coleman started and drove to mile marker 150. Mitchell Coleman drove from mile marker 150 to the finish.) – – The last forty miles was awful, brutal. Great race. I can’t explain how rough it is. Thanks to SCORE for putting on a great race down here in San Felipe. It’s a great venue, a great location. It was a lot of fun, crazy, rough race. I don’t know how they can make it any more rougher next year. Everything was great except for the bottleneck in Matomi Wash. I wish we didn’t have that. We waited for 45 minutes and a lot of people got around us. I wish that didn’t happen because I like to be competitive overall with everyone else. We had a great time. Super truck. We never turned a wrench on the truck. We didn’t have any communications all day long but we kept running. The truck ran flawless. BFG’s were amazing. Ford trucks are tough. We love Raptors. We won last year when Mitchell (Coleman) was 16 years old and again this year when he was 17.
PRO UTV FI (two-seat Forced Induction, OEM engine UTVs)
WAYNE MATLOCK, No. 2971 (First in class. Wayne Matlock drove solo.) – – That was a rough SOB. We got our money’s worth out of that course. That was tough. I say it every year, but that was one of the toughest courses. I shouldn’t say one, that was THE toughest course I’ve ever done. I mean the SCORE Baja 500 is nothing compared to that. That was brutal. The rocks. My hands and wrists are aching. I haven’t been sore from a race in a long time. We pre-ran for about four days. We can’t say enough about the Polaris RZR. We got passed but then I put it in 4-wheel drive and passed him back and never saw him again.
MIKE CAFRO, No. 2975. (Second in class. Jamie Kirkpatrick started the race and drove to mile marker 160. Mike Cafro drove from mile marker 160 to the end.) – – We could get through many areas better than other cars with the four-wheel drive. We had a great race.
MARC BURNETT, No. 2906. (Third in class. Marc Burnett drove solo.) – – It was a rough race for sure. We had a lot of problems out there today but to win the race you have to have a flawless race. The car did great but we had a little problems here and there. But we finished the race, maybe in third. We would like to get first, that was my goal. I think we could have but we had a problem with the axle and it took a while to get it fixed so it happened and we got it done and we are here, which is nice.
PATRICK STONE, No. 2919 (Fourth in class. Patrick Stone drove solo.) – – My navigator kept me on course the whole time. The only major event all day was the bottleneck at Matomi Wash. Other than that it was pretty much a flawless race, other than a couple of gremlins that got us today. But you know, that’s racing.
EDGAR GARCIA, No. 2987 (Fifth in class. Edgar Garcia drove solo.) – – It was a very hard race but it was a lot of fun. It was very difficult…fun…but difficult. We had a few problems but here we are, we made it to the finish line.
SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)
FREDDIE WILLERT, No. 1206. (First in class. Freddie Willert started and drove to mile marker 38. Stan Potter drove from mile marker 38 to the finish.) – – Our race pace was set by the bottle neck in Matomi Wash. A lot of people waited their turn on the honor system but some did not and did some passing and that was kind of a bummer. Hopefully SCORE will look at that. Other than that this was a really challenging course and a hard day.
JESUS DE LA TORRE, No. 1237 (Second in class. Leonard Navarrate started to race and drove to mile marker 137. Alex Navarrate rode from mile marker 137 to mile marker 250. Jesus De La Torre rode from mile marker 250 to the finish.) – – It was a very difficult race but with the help of two other teams, Rayo Motorsports and Robots we were able to complete the race. We drove the hills in the back country without a clutch. It was difficult for the car to keep climbing and climbing in just first gear. The most difficult part was the last five miles. We could see the town of San Felipe but it felt like the car was not going to make it, but we made it happen.
PRO UTV (two-seat Normally Aspirated, OEM engine UTVs)
KRISTEN MATLOCK, No. 1954 (First in class. Kristen Matlock drove solo.) – – At race mile 108 we lost power steering and it never came back. Almost 250 miles with no power steering today. That was crazy. My hands will never be the same. We earned our champagne today. We purposely start last because we like to know where we are at at all times. That way as we pass people as long as we are in front of them we know we are winning. Takes the guess work out of it. Our crew has so much to do already, it’s something that we can take away from them so that we don’t have to think about that too. They can just check out our car and put gas in it and go. I want to thank Polaris RZR, Fox Shocks, Yokohama tires, Seal-it, my co-driver, navigator and cheer leader and my crew.
TRAVIS WELLS, No. 1995 (Second in class. Travis Wells started and drove to mile marker 170. Rory L’Hommedieu drove from mile marker 170 to the finish.) – – CO-DRIVER RORY L’HOMMEDIEU said: My wrists are pretty sore. The whoops are deep, so deep. It was a rough course but I had fun. This was my first SCORE race.
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
ERIC PAVOLKA, No. 1625 (First in class. Eric Pavolka started and drove to mile marker 170. Andy DeVercelly IV drove from mile marker 170 to the end) – – I love the course. I loved it. It was awesome. Great course. It was rough but that’s what we love, a rough, tight course. We’ve been coming her