BFG Tires, KTM, Cummings, Strobel, Stapleton All big winners at 2012 SCORE Awards Night – race-deZert.com

BFG Tires, KTM, Cummings, Strobel, Stapleton All big winners at 2012 SCORE Awards Night

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominiccnv@aol.com

January 12, 2013

Jimco repeats in Original Chassis Manufacturer points; Kroyer repeats in Engine Builder points

 

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—BFGoodrich Tires, KTM, tire rep Jeff Cummings, racer Steven Strobel, and mechanic Mike Stapleton were among the big winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series with the annual SCORE Awards Night in SoCal at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport Beach.

SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 11 categories along with the 16 winners of the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Sal Fish’s five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 and a worldwide audience via the live webcast of the festivities, the evening was also a celebration of 39 years of SCORE championship desert racing.  Following the lengthy salute to the stars of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series, SCORE President/CEO Sal Fish officially ended the historic evening by formally turning over the original SCORE International, founded in 1973, to new SCORE owner Roger Norman.

BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 37 years was honored as the 2012 SCORE Contingency Company of the Year and the 2012 SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year. It was the 22nd time BFGoodrich Tires has been voted the SCORE Contingency Company of the Year and it was the 24th time that BFGoodrich Tires has been voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year.

The SCORE Off-Roadsman awards were determined for the second straight year by a public, online vote. Among the other honorees were the top point leaders from the 2012 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series. Several thousand votes were cast in the month-long voting window in November and December following the season-ending 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race down Mexico’s Baja California peninsula from Ensenada to La Paz.

KTM Motorcycles, which fielded a factory team in the 2012 SCORE Desert Series led by rider of record Kurt Caselli that finished second in Class 22 points and won the overall at the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, was honored for the first time as the SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year.

Cummings, based out of Las Vegas, is a long-time BFGoodrich Tires desert racing support coordinator, was voted as the 2012 Sal Fish SCORE Person of the Year. It was his first selection to this honor. Previous BFGoodrich Tires personnel who have been voted winner of this award are Athene Karis (1982), Frank DeAngelo (1985), Dan Newsome (1992, 1996, 1998) and Debbie Dickerhoof (2001).

“Like a vintage wine with great flavor that is enhanced with time, this year’s SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards have been earned by very special companies and people, who are all part of the foundation of this great racing organization,” commented SCORE’s Sal Fish. “This evening with all its memories and accolades will be cherished forever by myself and my wife Barbara, who has seen me through every bit of my long and dusty journey to this touching farewell evening.”

With very tight voting in most categories, Strobel, of Clark’s Neb., was selected as the 2012 SCORE Rookie of the Year after his sterling season in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. Driving the No. 94 Strobel Motorsports Ford F-150, Strobel finished fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck season points while finishing in the top seven in four of the five races, including a season high of third place in Round 2 at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

Stapleton, the crew chief of the prominent Wilson Motorsports team of Long Beach, Calif., was voted the SCORE Mechanic of the Year for the third time.  He previously won the award both in 2001 and 2009.

“BFGoodrich Tires has been supporting all of desert racing, especially SCORE, for 37 years,” said Fish, during his final official appearance as the SCORE owner. “To win the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 once is a major feat, but to capture the world’s most prestigious desert race 20 straight years (1986-2005) and 25 times all together is unbelievable.  BFGoodrich Tires are the most dominant desert racing tires in the world and we are privileged to be able honor them.  BFGoodrich Tire’s grassroots support of desert racers is unparalleled. I am personally deeply humbled to have had the relationship with BFGoodrich Tires that I have had for nearly four decades. No motorsport has a more involved nor a more committed sponsor, contingency donor and pit support group than SCORE has in BFGoodrich Tires.”

Mike Julson, of Santee, Calif., who is a SCORE regular co-driver in both SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1, saw his Jimco open-wheel desert race cars win the 2012 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship for the 19th time and 18th straight.

Kroyer Racing Engines of Las Vegas captured the 2012 Engine Builder point championship for the third straight year.

A rugged group of 16 SCORE racers from 10 Pro classes for cars and trucks  were also honored as 2012 SCORE Toyota Milestone Award winners after finishing all 1,920.19 race miles during the season. Joining Fish in presenting the prestigious awards were Les Unger, Toyota’s National Motorsports manager along with former champion Toyota desert racer Ivan Stewart. This was the 27th consecutive year that Toyota has presented these unique awards.

Veteran journalist Jim Ryan, publisher of Dirt Sports Magazine, was honored for the first time as the Judy Smith SCORE Journalist of the Year, while My Baja Photo (Alexander Ponce) earned the Jim Ober SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the second straight year while winning the Blue C SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the second straight year was Mexico’s Cactus Films (Esteban Flores).

Leading the parade of 2012 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the three overall titlists—Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin. (Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado), Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Overall motorcycle and Class 40 on a Honda CRF450X) and Rafael Torres, San Felipe, Mexico (Overall ATV and Class 24 on a Honda TRX450R).

For Baldwin, who had two race wins and two seconds in 2012 along with one unusual ‘did not finish’, it was his first SCORE Overall and third SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship. As for his ‘dnf’, Baldwin was battling for the lead on the second lap of Round 2 of the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge when he pulled off the course to assist his father (Bobby Baldwin) who suffered a medical issue while racing and had pulled off the course.

For Kaplan, who won Class 40 in all three SCORE Baja races, it was his first SCORE Overall Motorcycle and 12th class point title and first SCORE Overall ATV and first class season win for Torres, who had two victories and one fourth place finish in 2012 in Class 24.

Emcees for the evening were prominent racer/action sports TV announcer Cameron Steele and Jim Riley, CEO of Intersect Beverage and Azunia Tequila.

Special presenters for the transition segment for Fish and Norman, were public relations executive Marty Fiolka and former champion desert racer Ivan Stewart.

The live webcast of the special show was produced by SCORE Media House in association with Curbsyde Productions.

MOVING FORWARD

The new SCORE International opens its three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series with the 27th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico, March 8-10.

The original SCORE International founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish since 1974, continues today as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 36 Pro and five Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. Fish transferred ownership of SCORE International to Norman on Dec. 20, 2012.

SCORE SPONSORS

Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the three SCORE Baja races.

MasterCraft Safety is co-title sponsor of the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.

Official Sponsors of the 45th SCORE Baja 1000 and the SCORE Desert Series are:

-Tecate Beer, Official Beer

-BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire

-Graham Watchmakers, Official Timekeeper

-Red Bull, Official Energy Drink

-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle

-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel

-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink

-Slime, Official Tire Sealant

-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance

-Bullet Liner, Official Spray-On Bedliner

-SatellitePhoneStore.com-Official Satellite Phone Rental Company

-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline

-Fox Car Rental, Official Rent-A-Car

-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light

-Maxtrax, Official Vehicle Recovery Device

-Azunia Tequila, Official Tequila

-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber

-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance

Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Baja California Sur Tourism, Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.

2012 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Award Winners

SCORE Contingency Company of the Year—BFGoodrich Tires

SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year—KTM Motorcycles

SCORE Mechanic of the Year—Mike Stapleton, Wilson Motorsports

SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year—BFGoodrich Tires

Judy Smith SCORE Journalist of the Year—Jim Ryan, Dirt Sports Magazine

Jim Ober SCORE Photographer of the Year—My Baja Photo (Alexander Ponce)

Blue C SCORE Videographer of the Year—Cactus Films (Esteban Flores)

SCORE Rookie of the Year—Steve Strobel, SCORE Trophy Truck

Sal Fish SCORE Person of the Year—Jeff Cummings, BFGoodrich Tires

*SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer—Jimco (Mike Julson)

*SCORE Engine Builder—Kroyer Racing Engines (Kevin Kroyer)

 

*Determined by points; others-public, online voting

 

All-time SCORE Off-Roadsman Award Winners

Current Awards (1974 thru 2010, voted by SCORE membership, since 2011 public, online voting)

SCORE CONTINGENCY COMPANY of the Year

1977—NGK Spark Plugs

1978—Pennzoil

1979—BFGoodrich Tires

1980—Rough Country

1981—Bridgestone

1982—BFGoodrich Tires

1983—BFGoodrich Tires

1984—BFGoodrich Tires

1985—TIE-BFGoodrich Tires

& Yokohama Tires

1986—Yokohama Tires

1987—BFGoodrich Tires

1988—Yokohama Tires

1989—Yokohama Tires

1990—Yokohama Tires

1991—Yokohama Tires

1992—Yokohama Tires

1993—BFGoodrich Tires

1994—BFGoodrich Tires

1995—BFGoodrich Tires

1996—BFGoodrich Tires

1997—BFGoodrich Tires

1998—Duralast Batteries

1999—BFGoodrich Tires

2000—BFGoodrich Tires

2001—BFGoodrich Tires

2002—BFGoodrich Tires

2003—BFGoodrich Tires

2004—BFGoodrich Tires

2005—BFGoodrich Tires

2006—BFGoodrich Tires

2007—BFGoodrich Tires

2008—Volkswagen of America

2009—BFGoodrich Tires

2010—Sunoco

2011—BFGoodrich Tires

2012—BFGoodrich Tires

 

SCORE MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER of the Year

1974—Husqvarna

1975—American Honda

1976—Husqvarna

1977—Husqvarna

1978—Husqvarna

1979—Husqvarna

1980—Yamaha

1981—American Honda

1982—American Honda

1983—American Honda

1984—American Honda

1985—American Honda

1986—American Honda

1987—American Honda

1988—American Honda

1989—Kawasaki

1990—Kawasaki

1991—Kawasaki

1992—Kawasaki

1993—Kawasaki

1994—Kawasaki

1995—Kawasaki

1996—Kawasaki

1997—American Honda

1998—American Honda

1999—American Honda

2000—American Honda

2001—American Honda

2002—American Honda

2003—American Honda

2004—American Honda

2005—American Honda

2006—American Honda

2007—American Honda

2008—American Honda

2009—American Honda

2010—American Honda

2011—American Honda

2011—KTM

 

SCORE MECHANIC of the Year

1974—Scott McKenzie

1975—Dick Russell

1976—Jim Fueling

1977—Scott McKenzie

1978—Scott McKenzie

1979—Scott McKenzie

1980—Bill Stroppe

1981—Tom Strong

1982—Bill Stroppe

1983—Bill Stroppe

1984—Bill Stroppe

1985—Bill Stroppe

1986—Randy Anderson

1987—NONE SELECTED

1988—Jon Nelson

1989—Russ Wernimont

1990—Call Wells III

1991—Ivan Scoppertone

1992—Russ Wernimont

1993—Russ Wernimont

1994—Russ Wernimont

1995—Curt LeDuc

1996—Steve Silverthorn

1997—NONE SELECTED

1998—Mike Smith

1999—Mike Smith

2000—Mike Smith

2001—Mike Stapleton

2002—Barry Beacham

2003—Mike Smith

2004—John Hoffman

2005—Mark Cowan

2006—Rick Geiser

2007—Jim Blackmore

2008—Andy McGaw

2009—Mike Stapleton

2010—Rick Geiser

2011—Jeff Geiser

2012—Mike Stapleton

 

SCORE PIT SUPPORT TEAM of the Year

(PIT CREW CHIEF—1974-76)

1974—Bill Mears

1975—Jack Miller

1976—Steve Kassanyi

1977—Checkers

1978—F.A.I.R.

1979—Checkers

1980—Budweiser

1981—Budweiser

1982—BFGoodrich Tires

1983—Checkers

1984—BFGoodrich Tires

1985—TIE-Checkers & F.A.I.R.

1986—Spirit Racing

1987—BFGoodrich Tires

1988—BFGoodrich Tires

1989—BFGoodrich Tires

1990—Sage Council

1991—BFGoodrich Tires

1992—BFGoodrich Tires

1993—Checkers

1994—BFGoodrich Tires

1995—BFGoodrich Tires

1996—BFGoodrich Tires

1997—BFGoodrich Tires

1998—BFGoodrich Tires

1999—BFGoodrich Tires

2000—BFGoodrich Tires

2001—BFGoodrich Tires

2002—BFGoodrich Tires

2003—BFGoodrich Tires

2004—BFGoodrich Tires

2005—BFGoodrich Tires

2006—BFGoodrich Tires

2007—BFGoodrich Tires

2008—BFGoodrich Tires

2009—Baja Pits

2010—BFGoodrich Tires

2011—Baja Pits

2012—BFGoodrich Tires

 

MASTERCRAFT SAFETY SCORE ROOKIE of the Year

1974—Frank Vessels

1975—Carroll Ditson

1976—Jackie Thomison

1977—Jerry Boone

1978—Jim Jacobus

1979—Dixie Hawkins

1980—Ray Encabo

1981—Malcolm Vinje

1982—Roger Mortenson

1983—Mike Falkosky

1984—John Clark Gable

1985—Rob Tolleson

1986—Brian Stewart

1987—Robby Gordon

1988—Doug Fortin

1989—Scott Reams

1990—Charlie Townsley

1991—Dan Smith

1992—Brian Goodrich

1993—Ricky Johnson

1994—Tom Rusich

1995—Jimmie Johnson

1996—TIE-Chuck Harris

& Tom Dittfield

1997—John Herder

1998—Bekki Freeman

1999—Jared Hardin

2000—Jeremy Spirkoff

2001—Jason Hunter

2002—Alan Pflueger

2003—Brian Ickler

2004—Andy McMillin

2005—Caleb Gaddis

2006—Garron Cadiente

2007—Eric Chase

2008—Lee Banning

2009—Brian Wilson

2010—Luke McMillin

2011—Bryce Menzies

2012—Steve Strobel

 

SCORE PERSON of the Year

1974—Walt Lott

1975—Doc Sauers

1976—Ivan Stewart

1977—Jim McCullick

1978—Quico Santana

1979—Hal Harris

1980—Malcolm Smith

1981—Joe MacPherson

1982—Athene Karis

1983—Walker Evans

1984—Ivan Stewart

1985—Frank DeAngelo

1986—Walker Evans

1987—Bob Steinberger

1988—Walt Lott

1989—Evan Evans

1990—Michael Gaughan

1991—Peri Comb

1992—Dan Newsome

1993—Michael Gaughan

1994—Jimmy Smith

1995—Danny Hamel

1996—Dan Newsome

1997—Joe MacPherson

1998—Dan Newsome

1999—Larry Roeseler

2000—Bob Steinberger

2001—Debbie Dickerhoof

2002—Jeff Quinn

2003—TIE-Mike Julson

& Corky McMillin

2004—Ed Herbst

2005—Corky McMillin (posthumously)

2006—Cameron Steele

2007—Cameron Steele

2008—Rob MacCachren

2009—Robby Gordon

2010—Robbie Pierce

2011—Johnny Campbell

2012—Jeff Cummings

 

JUDY SMITH SCORE JOURNALIST of the Year

1975—Jean Calvin

1976—Sam Wilshire

1977—Sam Wilshire

1978—Judy Smith

1979—Steve Kassanyi

1980—Judy Smith

1981—Jean Calvin

1982—Judy Smith

1983—Jean Calvin

1984—Jean Calvin

1985—Jean Calvin

1986—Jean Calvin

1987—Jim Short

1988—Jean Calvin

1989—Jean Calvin

1990—Jean Calvin

1991—Judy Smith

1992—Judy Smith

1993—Tony Tellier

1994—Jean Calvin

1995—NONE SELECTED

1996—Judy Smith

1997—Jean Calvin

1998—Judy Smith

1999—Judy Smith

2000—Judy Smith

2001—Judy Smith

2002—Judy Smith

2003—Judy Smith

2004—Judy Smith

2005—Judy Smith

2006—Marty Fiolka

2007—Judy Smith

2008—John Calvin

2009—Tim Sanchez

2010—Tim Sanchez

2011—Gabriel Garcia

2012—Jim Ryan

 

JIM OBER SCORE PHOTOGRAPHER of the Year

1975—Dave Cody

1976—Trackside

1977—Ariz. Comp. Photos

1978—Trackside

1979—Trackside

1980—Trackside

1981—Action Photo

1982—Trackside

1983—Trackside

1984—Trackside

1985—Trackside

1986—Trackside

1987—ESPN

1988—Trackside

1989—Trackside

1990—Carrera

1991—Carrera

1992—Carrera

1993—Carrera

1994—Carrera

1995—NONE SELECTED

1996—Carrera

1997—Carrera

1998—Carrera

1999—Carrera

2000—Trackside

2001—Carrera

2002—Trackside

2003—Trackside

2004—Trackside

2005—Trackside

2006—HighRev Photo

2007—Trackside Photo

2008—Durka Durka Photo

2009—HighRev Photo

2010—HighRev Photo

2011—My Baja Photo

2012—My Baja Photo

 

Blue C SCORE Videographer of the Year

2011—Cactus Films

2012—Cactus Films

 

SCORE ORIGINAL BUGGY CHASSIS MANUFACTURER of the Year

1974—Funco

1975—Hi-Jumper

1976—Chenowth

1977—Chenowth

1978—Chenowth

1979—Funco

1980—Funco

1981—Funco

1982—Raceco

1983—TIE-Chenowth & Raceco

1984—Raceco

1985—Raceco

1986—Raceco

1987—Raceco

1988—Chenowth

1989—Chenowth

1990—Chenowth

1991—Chenowth

1992—Jimco

1993—Mirage

1994—Chenowth

1995—Jimco

1996—Jimco

1997—Jimco

1998—Jimco

1999—Jimco

2000—Jimco

2001—Jimco

2002—Jimco

(By Points since 2003)

2003—Jimco

2004—Jimco

2005—Jimco

2006—Jimco

2007—Jimco

2008—Jimco

2009—Jimco

2010—Jimco

2011—Jimco

2012—Jimco

 

SCORE ENGINE BUILDER of the Year

1974—Lee Leighton

1975—Brian Skipper

1976—Lee Leighton

1985—FAT Performance

1986—Keith Black

1987—Louis Unser

1988—Mike Evans

1989—Mike Evans

1990—FAT Performance

1991—FAT Performance

1992—Major Performance

1993—FAT Performance

1994—Wik’s Racing

1995—FAT Performance

1996—FAT Performance

1997—FAT Performance

1998—Wik’s Racing

1999—Wik’s Racing

2000—Wik’s Racing

2001—Wik’s Racing

2002—Dave Bonner

(By Points since 2003)

2003—Major Performance

2004—FAT Performance

2005—FAT Performance

2006—Major Performance

2007—Major Performance

2008—Major Performance

2009—FAT Performance

2010—Kroyer Racing Engines

2011—Kroyer Racing Engines

2012—Kroyer Racing Engines

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