Pre-running opens Saturday for 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250 -

Pre-running opens Saturday for 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250

Race Dates April 3-7
 Pre-running opens this Saturday on rugged, race-record
long 349.91-mile course for 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
Season opener of four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship;
Start Draw deadline–Tuesday, March 26; airing on ABC World of X Games
   ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Launching its 46th season as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, pre-running opens Saturday on the rugged, race-record long 349.91-mile course for next month’s 33rd annual SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico.
    The season-opening event of the four-race internationally-televised 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held April 3-7 in San Felipe, the picturesque, peaceful fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 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.
    Many of the sport’s top stars are among the 184 official entries as of today from 28 U.S. States, host country Mexico along with the additional countries of Australia, Canada, Finland, Italy and New Zealand. Featuring Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, the race will air domestically on the ABC Network’s World of X Games show.
    SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva has 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 this popular desert race.
    This year’s grueling race course will be another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It runs 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.
    There will be three full stop checkpoints in addition to the start/finish line which will be located for the just the third time in the history of this race on the Malecon along the Sea of Cortez in the heart of San Felipe. There will also be 96 virtual checkpoints and four speed zones (for approximately 35 miles total).
    Checkpoint 1 will be located at El Morelia Junction (race mile 107.80), the second at Nuevo Junction (rm 185.5) and the third will be at the El Chinero at the Chinero highway crossing (rm 308.73).
    Leaving the Malecon, the course heads South on old Puerecitos Road to Azufre Wash. At approximately rm45, the course goes West, entering Matomi Wash going uphill and at the end of Matomi, the course heads North to Morelia Juncion.
    After Checkpoint 1, the course continues North over Diablo dry lake bed and out to the highway for a long speed zone of over 30 miles all the way to Valley de Trinidad. From there, the course winds up the Goat Trail to Checkpoint 2. After Check 2, the course runs northeast up the Summit and down to Coabuso Junction and through Coabuso Wash. From there it turns East to Saldana then South to El Chinero and Checkpoint 3. From there it goes South for the final 41 miles to the pole line and crosses Zoo Road heading to San Felipe and the finish line.
    The start line and celebratory finish area will be on the SCORE start/finish podium ramp in front of the Rockodile night club on the Malecon.
    The infamous Summit section has been run by SCORE for several years and Matomi especially is always exceptionally challenging, according to Grijalva.
    While the race has an 18 hour time limit this year, the fastest car/truck is expected to finish in about six hours, 30 minutes and the fastest motorcycle is expected to finish in around six hours, 45 minutes.
    The 33rd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 racer brief, course map and GPS files will be available by 8 p.m. PDT this Thursday (March 21) on the SCORE website on the race page under the Race Info tab.
    The deadline to enter online and in time to be in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 8 p.m. PT on Tuesday, March 26.
    Celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at
     This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 includes 40 SCORE Trophy entries to date (including seven in the SCORE TT Legend class for racers over 50 years old.
     Besides SCORE Trophy Truck, the other classes with double figure entries to date and their totals are Trophy Truck Spec (23), Class 1 (17), Pro UTV FI (14) and Class 10 (13).
     A total of 15 class winners from last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 have already entered this year.
    Leading the way is last year’s overall race winner Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck, No. 11 Ford F-150). Other car/truck/utv class winners from last year entered so far are Russell Buehler, Liberty, Mo. (SCORE TT Legend, No. 79L Ford Raptor), Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif. (Class 1, No. 185 Jimco-Chevy), William Hedrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec, No. 295 ID-Chevy), Chase Warren, Phoenix (Class 10, No. 1008 Alumi Craft-Chevy), Vincent Munoz, Yucaipa, Calif. (Class 8, No. 894 Ford Ranger), Mike Coleman, La Jolla, Calif. (Class 7, No. 721 Ford Raptor), Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV FI, No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo), Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV NA, No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000) and Art Penner, Lynden, Wash. (Canada) (Class 11, No. 1156 VW Sedan).
     The motorcycle/quad class winners entered this year to date are Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico (Pro Moto Limited, No. 100x KTM 350EXCF), Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico (Pro Moto 30, No. 360x KTM 500EXCF), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 500x Honda CRF450X), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 730x KTM 450EXCF) and Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif. (SPT Quad, No. 110a Honda TRX450R).
    For this year’s race, Munoz has moved Trophy Truck Spec (No. 294) and Septien will be racing in Pro Moto 30 (No. 370x).
     An international motorcycle rally racer, Creel is entered in four classes– Pro Moto Unlimited (4x), Pro Moto Limited (100x), Pro Moto 30 (360x) and second driver in Trophy Truck Spec (No. 260x)
    Pre-race festivities will be held in San Felipe on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday April 3, 4 and 5 with race days on April 6-7 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at Noon PT on Sunday, April 7.
    The colorful pre-race contingency and Manufacturer’s Midway, the starting line and the finish line will be on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe for the third straight year. Contingency will be held on two days for the first time in the history of this race with classes split with some going through the line on Wednesday (April 4) and the balance, including the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, going through on Thursday (April 5). The post-race awards celebration will be held on the start/finish line ramp on the Malecon.
   While three racers have three overall victories in the SCORE San Felipe 250, Las Vegas’ Hall of Fame racer Rob MacCachren might have set a standard that will last for awhile, unless he breaks his own record of six overall wins, all in SCORE Trophy Truck.
    MacCachren, who won the overall in San Felipe last year to give him 10 class wins in this race, earned his first SCORE Trophy Truck overall in this race in 2003 when he split the driving with Mexico’s Gustavo Vildosola Sr and his second in 2007 when he split the driving with Mark Post.
    MacCachren earned back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2012 driving solo and again back-to-back winning his fifth in 2017 and his sixth last year driving solo again in his No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Rockstar Ford F-150.
    For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the rugged, rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the SCORE San Felipe 250.
    Under the supervision and direction of SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva and SCORE Tech Director Dan Cornwell with editing and updating by SCORE Ops personnel Lawton Shank and Christine Wait, the 2019 SCORE Rule Book is currently in final review along with the 2019 Rule Book Addendum. All relevant items will be available in the near future on the SCORE website and updated as needed during the year under the race info page.
      BFGoodrich Tires is celebrating over four decades as a major player in SCORE Baja racing. In addition to being the official tire of SCORE International for over four decades, BFGoodrich Tires has now produced the tire of choice for 30 of the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in the SCORE Baja 1000, including 30 of the last 33 years along with a record-run of 20 straight from 1986 through 2005. In total, BFGoodrich Tires has now be the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winner in 91 SCORE Baja races including 32 in the SCORE Baja 500.
     BFGoodrich Tires also provides unmatched pit support for racers using their tires with multiple full service pit areas and more than 100 support crew personnel spread along the race course and complete radio relay the entire race course.
     BFGoodrich Tires will also award $10,000 contingency bonus money to the overall winner of this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 who runs exclusively on BFGoodrich Tires.
     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 confirmed 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.
     Hall of Fame racer Cameron Steele’s popular ‘Trail of Missions’ show has been shown as part of ABC’s World of X Games series for the past several years.
     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.
     Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
     SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte.
     Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
     For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at
 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
April 3-7, 2019—349.91 miles –San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 184 (as of 3/20/19)
(from 28 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Italy, Finland, New Zealand)


(numerical order, by class, before start draw)
Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
*1L Scott Bailey
2 Cameron Steele
2T Tony Smiley
3 Mark Post
4 Justin Matney
*5L Clyde Stacy
6 Ricky Johnson
7 Bryce Menzies
9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
19 Tim Herbst
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildsola
23 Dan McMillin
24 Adam Householder
*25L Mark Winkelman
26 Dave Taylor
27 Jonathan Brenthel
28 Corey Keysar
30 Robbie Pierce
32 Ryan Arciero
31 Andy McMillin
33 Todd Tuls
*37L Rolf Helland
40 Chris Miller
41 Justin Lofton
45 Gary Magness
46 Luke Johnson
50 Zak Langley
51 Steve Olliges
54 Troy Herbst
*55L Jose de Jesus Flores
67 Jose L. Leon
*72L Rob Reinertson
77 Robby Gordon
*79L Russell Buehler
83 Luke McMillin
85 Mike Lawrence
95 Victor Gruber
97 Robert ‘BJ’ Baldwin


CLASS 1 (17)
100 Brad Wilson
105 Mason Cullen
106 Derek Fletcher
110 Josh Rigsby
111 Eli Yee
113 Damen Jefferies
116 Chris Paxson
120 Kelly Ross
127 Brian Parkhouse
129 Brandon Bailey
138 Ronny Wilson (DOR-Brian Wilson)
150 Morgan Langley
155 Brad Vicic
162 Brendan Gaughan
167 Rhys Millen
168 Shelby Reid
185 Justin Davis


204 Sara Price
207 Steve Kovach
208 Andrew Entwistle
209 Rafael Navarro IV
211 Pat Sims
218 Chad Dohrman
232 Chelsea Magness
234 Jason McNeil
240 Bobby Patton
244 Brad Lovell
246 James Scully
250 John Langley
251 Joe Lombardo
260 Luis Javier Pelayo
266 Scott Biernot
270 Kelly McArthur
274 Elias Hanna
279 Austin ‘A.J.’ Jones
294 Vincent Munoz
295 William Hedrick Jr
296 Alex Gonzales
297 Bill McBeath
299 Charles Dorrance

CLASS 2 (1)

2022 Hammond Meredith


4421 Mike Hales

CLASS 10 (13)

1002 Clay Lawrence
1007 Cody Robinson
1008 Chase Warren
1011 Cesar Cuevas
1013 Esau Rodroguez
1020 Carlos Albanez
1022 Rafael Aguirre
1030 James Anderson
1045 Matt Rusich
1048 Kevin Price
1062 J.J. Schnarr
1068 Cody Reid
1078 Augie Cortez

CLASS 7 (4)

700 Dan Chamlee
703 Scott Brady
721 Michael Coleman
722 Austin Stobaugh


8001 Richard Garcia
CLASS 5 (2)
509 Jose Luis Lopez
510 Gerardo Ibarra

Pro UTV FI (15)

2904 Jason Flanders (DOR-Cory Sappington)
2905 Marc Burnett
2910 Scott Trafton
2912 Tony Riggs
2919 Patrick Stone (DOR-Brandon Schueler)
2925 Victor Rojas
2930 Sean Cook
2938 Ian Black
2940 Erick Kozin
2971 Wayne Matlock
2977 Justin Elenberg
2983 Nicholas Gurries
2987 Edgar Garcia
2989 Wes Miller
2995 Daniel Parker


1202 Matias Arjona IV
1203 Oliver Flemate
1206 Freddie Willert
1224 Javier Rochin
1237 Jesus de la Torre
1238 Robert Illian
1247 Wes McKenzie
1258 Jeremy Davis

Pro UTV NA (5)

1907 Zach Van Matre
1912 Rickey Arslanian
1954 Kristen Matlock
1978 T. Bradley Millner
1995 Travis Wells (DOR-Kaden Wells)

CLASS 1/2-1600 (4)

1600 Oscar Alvarez
1609 J. David Ruvalcaba
1625 Eric Pavolka
1633 Avery Stewart
Pro UTV UNL (0)
CLASS 8 (0)


8161 Len Wansbrough

CLASS 5-1600 (1)

550 Luis Herrera

CLASS 7F (4)

701F Brandon Walsh
704F Aaron Celiceo
714F Justin Park
724F David Cole

CLASS 4700 (1)

4747 Billy Bunch
CLASS 11 (5)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1113 Kent Thygerson
1150 Adrian Esparza
1152 Elmer Cayetano
1156 Art Penner
1414 Jessalyn Sells
1474 William Wolfard
1515 Chris Parks
Pro Motorcycles
4x Ray Dal Saglio
9x Oscar Garcia
13x Derek Ausserbauer
14x Ian Luenberger
15x Lawrence Janesky
20x Miguel Pena
66x Santiago Creel


100x Santiago Creel
116x Eric Kirby
180x Fernando Beltran

PRO MOTO 40 (2)

410x Mike Kay
444x Jason Trubey

PRO MOTO 30 (6)

300x Luis M. Gomez
304x Chris Racan
308x Ryan Liebelt
360x Santiago Creel
365x Nick Lanning
370x Francisco Septien


704x Robert Rael

PRO MOTO 50 (1)

500x Giovanni Spinali
PRO MOTO 60 (0)
Pro Quads
Pro Quad (3)
1a Said Sanchez
2a Don Higbee
11a Ricardo Gonzalez
100a Danny Magdalena
101a Ery Sandoval
123a Ismael Hernandez
170a Carlos Naples
180a Cesar Valdez

SPT M/C (7)

201x Scott Borden
212x Carlos Silva
223x Mike Mettler
228x Mike McIntosh
262x Joel Magallenes
272x John Fails
284x Schane Schorno


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