January 7, 2022
Presented by 4 Wheel Parts
ESPN2 airing special at 8 p.m. PT on Sunday
on BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000
1226.35-mile race had 299 starters, 206 finishers in Ensenada to La Paz adventure
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Coverage of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship continues on ESPN2 on Sunday (January 9) with the premier of multiple airings of the BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
The one-hour special of the popular SCORE race will be broadcast on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 on Sunday (Jan. 9). It is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. PT, but check local listings to confirm the time in your region.
Host of the World of X Games show for this 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship season-finale is popular announcer Rat Sult, who has been the lead announcer for SCORE live streaming from its races since 2016.
Co-producing the show with SCORE is award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Bud Brutsman is the executive producer.
2021 ON-LINE OFF-ROADSMAN AWARDS VOTING CLOSES TONIGHT
Online voting for 2021 SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards closes tonight at 6 p.m. PT (Friday, Jan. 7).
Having completed 48 years as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, SCORE International has eight annual SCORE Off-Roadsman Award winners selected by online voting on the home page of the SCORE website at
Individuals as well as manufacturers and organizations are honored through eight distinct SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards, whose winners are decided by several thousand SCORE fans through online voting including the entire SCORE membership of more than 2,600.
This magnificent iconic event was a peninsula run for the first time in four years with over 300,000 spectators spread out along the course, started in Ensenada, Baja California and finished in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
A total of 299 starters raced in Pro and Sportsman Motorcycles for cars, trucks, UTVS, motorcycles and quads competing in 51 classes. The awe-inspiring race course, which ran down the Baja California peninsula, covered a total of 1226.35 miles, second most in history for a race finishing in La Paz. Entries came from 35 U.S. States, U.S. Territories Guam and Puerto Rico, along with host Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, India, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Spain and Sweden.
Following complete data-tracking review the results were made official.
There were 299 official starters, with 206 official finishers for an absolutely astonishing 68.94 percent finishing rate considering the difficulty and overpowering length of the course in the elapsed-time race.
ROB MAC & COOL HAND LUKE
In a race full of ‘SCORE Super Teams’, admired as the G.O.A.T. in desert racing, Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, 56, was driver of record for San Diego’s budding youthful super star Luke McMillin, 28, and together they rose above the rest in a field of 299 starters Nov. 18, 2021 to win the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck title in the legendary season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
Starting second physically on the road in the elapsed time race and splitting the driving in McMillin’s Big Blue M racing machine all-wheel drive 4 Wheel Parts/BFGoodrich Tires No. 11 Chevy Silverado (built by Mason Motorsports) the dynamic duo patiently worked their way to the front of the pack and finished the beautifully bodacious 1,226.35-mile race down Mexico’s majestic Baja peninsula in a stunning time of 20 hours, 45 minutes and 59 seconds with an astonishing average speed of 59.05 miles per hour.
The SCORE Baja 1000 is at the pinnacle of motorsports as the oldest, most iconic, most prestigious, toughest and longest continuously held desert race in the world.
Two more ‘SCORE Super Teams’ completed the podium.
Following the Mac Attack/Cool Hand Luke talented tandem onto the podium where Mexico’s legendary Vildosola Racing family and Hall of Fame SCORE champion/Action Sports Television announcer Cameron Steele of San Clemente, Calif.
Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, 39, of Mexicali, Mexico, finished second while splitting the driving with his champion father Gustavo Vildosola, 68, Mexicali, and Hall of Famer Ricky Johnson, 57, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. They drove in their sparkling new Mason AWD No. 21 Ford Raptor to a time of 21:18:47 (57.54mph).
Third on the podium was another ‘SCORE Super Team’ of Steele, 53, Ryan Arciero, 48, Foothill Ranch, Calif. and Rhys Millen, 48, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand). Their finishing time in the No. 16 Desert Assassins Monster Energy Ford Raptor (built by Geiser Brothers) was 21:27:00 (57.17mph).
TOP 10 FINISHERS
Besides podium finishers MacCachren/L. McMillin, Vidosola Jr/Vildosola Sr/Ricky Johnson and Steele/Arciero/Millen seven of 10 the top 10 overall four-wheel vehicles were SCORE Trophy Trucks. SCORE Trophy Truck is the marquee racing division in the sports for high-tech, 1000-horsepower unlimited custom trucks. The class was created by Sal Fish, who owned SCORE for 38 years, created the ‘Monsters of the Desert’ in 1994.
Fourth Overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was another ‘SCORE Super Team’ of Alan Ampudia, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Jax Redline, 16, Amarillo, Texas/Ken Block, 53, Park City, Utah in the No. 16 Chevy G-6 truck built by Geiser Brothers.
Finishing fifth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck Las Vegas’ Tim Herbst, 58/Pat Dean, 51, Las Vegas/Troy Herbst, 56. Las Vegas (No. 19 Ford F-150-Herbst/Smith).
Sixth overall and a surprise first-time winner of the Trophy Truck Spec class was Pennsylvania’s Elijah Kiger, 22, of Kirby, Pa./Sean Bogdan, 28, Kirby, Pa./Christopher King, 26, Kirby, Pa and Jason Coleman, 37, Huntington Beach, Calif. in the No. 238 TSCO-Chevy, prepped by Collins Motorsports of Las Vegas.
A solid seventh overall and sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck was Justin Matney, 36, Bristol, Tenn. In his No. 4 RPM Racing Chevy R-6 built by Geiser Brothers. Sharing the driving were Josh Daniel, 46, Vista, Calif. and C.J. Hutchins of Henderson, Nev.
Brothers Justin, 28 and Jeremy Davis, of Chino Hills, Calif., and third driver Dustin Grabowski, Upland, Calif., finished eighth overall and second in Trophy Truck Spec in their No. 258 Green Army Brenthel-Chevy.
Winning the SCORE TT Legend class, seventh among SCORE Trophy Trucks while finishing ninth overall was the team led by driver of record Rolf Helland, 62, Morris, Ill. in his Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports. Sharing the time behind the wheel with Helland were Rick D. Johnson, 55, Barstow, Calif. and Jon Walker, 55, of Guam.
Finishing 10th overall and third in Trophy Truck Spec was defending series class point champion Jorge Sampietro, 30, Ensenada, Mexico in the No. 200 Mason-Chevy. Also driving part of the race were Mexico City’s Santiago Creel, 34, Mexico City.
OVERALL UTV, ETC.
Finishing his rookie season in SCORE racing, multi-time UTV World Champion Phil Blurton, 35, Auburn, Calif., was the driver of record in winning his first SCORE Baja 1000 title and his first overall UTV title over 62 starters in four classes while winning the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class. He was timed in 26:58: in his No. 2944 Can-Am X3. Also driving with Blurton was Beau Judge, 44, Rockland, Calif. Blurton had a victory margin in his class that had 29 starters of just 33 minutes over Las Vegas’ Wes Miller who was DOR for the No. 2989 Polaris RZRXP4 Turbo.
Winning the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class was Ensenada’s Elias Hanna, 39, in his No. 1920 Proctor Racing Honda Talon 1000R. Hanna, 40, of Ensenada, Mexico, led a five-driver team in this fabled SCORE Baja race.
Capturing the checkered flag to remain undefeated this season in the Pro UTV Open class was Justin Elenburg, 44, Mesa, Ariz. In his No. 1870 Can-Am X3.
Finishing the season with his fourth straight 2021 victory in the Pro UTV Stock class was Mike Cafro, 51, Fallbrook, Calif. in his 3955 Polaris RZR Turbo.
SLR M/C SAGA CONTINUES
Continuing their winning ways individually and as a team, Mark Samuels, 32, Yucca Valley, Calif. and his teammates Justin Morgan, 31, El Cajon, Calif./Kendall Norman, 37, Santa Barbara, Calif. and Brandon Prieto, 30, Ensenada, Mexico who won their 12th consecutive overall motorcycle title in a SCORE race on their No. 1x Slam Life Racing Honda CRF450X.
Winning their 12th consecutive SCORE race (that they entered) as a team in the SCORE World Desert Championship, the super team finished the grueling course in a time of 23:07:18 with an average speed of 53.04mph.
Morgan won the SCORE Baja 1000 last year with Samuels and Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif.
Morgan has 15 consecutive SCORE race wins over the last five years. Individually this was the sixth SCORE Baja 1000 overall victory for Samuels, fifth overall for Morgan, seventh for Norman and first for Prieto.
Morgan started the race and rode the first 444 miles. Samuels took over from there to rocket to race mile 816. At the point, Norman took over and rode the motorcycle to race mile 1000 where Prieto jumped on and cruised it to the finish line and a victory margin of over one hour, 15 minutes.
The victory also earned Honda motorcycles its race-record 31st overall motorcycle victory in the SCORE Baja 1000.
The race featured a course, designed and plotted by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 1226.35 miles of raucously rugged Baja California Terrain.
It ran east from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, south to Valle de Trinidad, back southwest to Colonet, south to San Quintin. The course starts heading inland to Catavina then south to Coco’s Corner to Bahia de Los Angeles. From there it heads inland to San Ignacio and back to the Pacific Ocean at race mile 750.
At about race mile 825 it headed east to the Sea of Cortez at race mile 880 and down along the Sea of Cortez past Loreto. After Loreto it ran southwest and back along the Pacific past Villa Insurgentes and Ciudad Constitucion until race mile 1180 were it turned southeast and finally into the finish in La Paz.
The historic race course featured three physical checkpoints, 236 virtual checkpoints, including 23 speed zones (37 or 60 miles per hour) for a total of 196.18 miles.
The three physical (full stop) checkpoints were: Checkpoint No. 1 at Chapala (race mile 421.30), Checkpoint No. 2 at the Vizcaino road crossing (race mile 633.31) and at Insurgentes (race mile 999.91).
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 after the 2020 season 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 33 of the 53 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 32 of the 54 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires was also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021 and will be again in 2022.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 34 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 first SCORE Baja 400.
BFG BIG BONUS
SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires posted a US$40,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate the Granddaddy of All Desert Races. The bonus obviously went to the MacCachren/L. McMillin team.
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:
- 35th SCORE San Felipe 250—
March 29-April 3, San Felipe, Mexico
- BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—
June 1-5, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- 3rd SCORE Baja 400—
September 13-18, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
- BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—
November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, 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. The BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, is scheduled to air 16 8 p.m. (PT) on Sunday (January 9, 2022). Check local listings for exact time.
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, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios.
SCORE Official Partners: 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, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Ensenada Tourism Marketing Committee and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.