NASCAR’s R. Gordon increases Overall & SCORE Trophy-Truck
Point leads after four of five races in 2009 SCORE Desert Series
Computerized draw for start positions for 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to be held Saturday, Oct. 10
LOS ANGELES—Enjoying his full-time return to desert racing in between his ‘day job’ as a NASCAR Cup team owner/driver, Robby Gordon has increased his point lead in the 2009 SCORE Desert Series point standings following his second win of the year at the recent 14th SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300.
With 292 points, Gordon, 40, who returns to his desert racing roots as often as his NASCAR schedule allows (which is every race this year), is the SCORE Overall point leader and he additionally leads the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500.
While assuming a big lead in the 2009 SCORE Desert Series point standings, Gordon, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., actually missed the NASCAR Cup race in Richmond on Sept. 12 to run in the SCORE race in Primm and has earned his eighth and ninth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins this year along with one second and one seventh in the four races held so far this season.
After Gordon’s big lead of 24 points over second place in the SCORE Overall point standings (he also has an even larger 48-point lead in SCORE Trophy-Truck), only 16 points separate the rest of the top 10 in the 2009 SCORE Overall point standings.
SCORE racers are now preparing for the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, to be held in Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 18-22. The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, for the final round of five-race World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series will be held at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 10. It will be a loop race, starting and finishing in Ensenada.
After winning Class 10 in San Felipe, Ensenada and Primm in his Lothringer-VW, Mike Lawrence, Banning Calif., is leading the class he won the season championship in last year and stands second in SCORE overall points with 268.
“Prior to the start of this year’s SCORE Desert Series, we made a decision to run for the SCORE Trophy-Truck point championship and we are fulfilling our goal at this point and being the SCORE Overall Point leader is a big bonus,” said Gordon, who was the SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion in 1996, the last season he was able to run the entire series prior to this year. “We really have our Chevy CK1500 SCORE Trophy-Truck dialed in this year. The crew has done a great job in the shop and in the desert and my co-driver Andy Grider has helped immensely in many ways in every race.”
Wilson Motorsports of Long Beach, Calif., currently leads two classes as well as being tied for third and 11th in SCORE overall points after four races.
With two Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and two Class 1-2/1600 open-wheel cars with 1600cc VW engines, Randy Wilson, 50, the middle of three racing Wilson brothers, leads Class 1 and is 11th in overall points with 241. Ronny Wilson, 47, the youngest of the brothers, is fifth in Class 1 with 175 points while tied for the lead Class 1-2/1600 and tied for third in overall points with 265 is Brian Wilson, 24, Randy and Ronny’s nephew and son of Rick Wilson, 53, the oldest of the three Wilson brothers. In Class 1, both Wilson brothers drive Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race cars.
With a fourth place class finish in Laughlin, followed by a second place in San Felipe, a fourth in Ensenada and another fourth in Primm in a Kreger-VW, Brian Wilson is a field superintendent for the family business-Norm Wilson & Sons, a prominent Southern California general contracting company. Wilson is receiving considerable help this season from veteran co-driver Sammy Ehbrenberg, Las Vegas, who splits the driving with Brian Wilson when not mentoring him in the sport.
Brad Wilson, 20, who is Ronny’s son, also races in Class 1-2/1600 in a Penhall-VW where he is ninth after a third place class finish in Primm. Ronny Wilson has also entered a Jimco-VW and won in SCORE Lite in Primm, giving Wilson Motorsports five entries in the Southern Nevada race.
Tied with Brian Wilson for the lead in Class 1-2/1600 and tied for third with him in SCORE Overall points is Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., who has two class wins this year in his Fraley-VW.
Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., is driver of record for his family team and is fifth overall and third in Class 1-2/1600 in with 260 points in a Neth-VW.
SCORE points are based on starting and finishing as well as the number of starters in each class and placement position in every race. All class titles will go down to the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Tied for sixth in overall points with 255 points are Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif., undefeated in his class in all four races this year (Stock Mini, Honda Ridgeline) and Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., who is fourth in Class 1-2/1600 in a TL-VW.
While second through seventh in the 2009 SCORE Overall point standings are just 13 points apart, eighth through 10th place are separated by only 12 points.
Class 7 point leader Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., who has three race wins this season in a Ford Ranger, is eighth overall with 254 points.
Two SCORE Trophy-Trucks are ninth and 10th in SCORE Overall points and second and third in class. Las Vegas’ Brian Collins, who won in San Felipe this year, is ninth and second in the No. 12 Dodge Ram1500 with 244 points and Ed Stout, Santa Ana, Calif., is third and 10th in the No. 13 Chevy Silverado with 242 points.
One of female regular racers this season, Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., leads the Class 6 points in the Desert Assassins Ford Ranger. Heidi Steele won a SCORE season point title last year was in Class 7SX and has one Class 6 race win this year. Steele’s husband Cameron Steele is fifth in SCORE Trophy-Truck points.
Another SCORE regular female racer this season, Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif., and her all-female team, is tied for second in the motorcycle Class 20 points.
Among the car and truck classes, other point leaders include: John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif. (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va.. (Class 8, Chevy Silverado), Kevin Carr, San Deigo (Class 5, unlimited VW Baja Bug), Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 5/1600, 1600cc VW Baja Bug), Justin Matney, Briston, Tenn. (Stock Full, Dodge Ram1500) and Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11, stock VW Sedan).
With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three SCORE Baja races, the team of Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Craig Smith, Brawley, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif., leads the open motorcycle Class 22 standings with 150 points after the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on a Beta RR450.
Leading the overall motorcycle and Class 30 (motorcycle riders 30 years old and older), Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M., with 159 points on a Honda CRF450X.
The defending Class 25 open ATV championship team led by rider of record Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., on a Honda TRX700XX has 149 points.
Leading the overall ATV and the Class 24 point standings with 163 points is the team led by defending Class 24 season point champion Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif., on a Honda TRX450R.
Among the other motorcycle class point leaders are Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Brian Campbell, Bakersfield, Calif. (Class 40, KTM 450XCF) and Hector Castillo, Calexico, Calif. (Class 20, Yamaha WR250).
In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also racing to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 24th consecutive year, a total of 16 drivers remain eligible after Round 4 of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series.
Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant and Red Bull–official energy drink. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information regarding the series, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
2009 SCORE Desert Series Point Leaders
(as of 9/29/09)
(Through 14th SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300-Primm, Nev., Sept. 12; Remaining race: 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000-Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 18-22)
Top 25 Overall Cars and Trucks
(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)
1. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 292
2. Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif., Lothringer-VW (Class 10), 268
3. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Kreger-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 265
3. Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Fraley-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 265
5. Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 260
6. Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Ridgeline (Stock Mini), 255
6. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., TL-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 255
8. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7), 254
9. Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 244
10. Ed Stout, Santa Ana, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 242
11. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 241
12. Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Moulton-VW (SCORE Lite), 239
13. Alsonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (Class 5/1600), 239
13. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado (Class 8), 238
14. Mario Gastelum, El Centro, Calif., Jimco-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 237
15. Armin Schwarz, Germany, Jimco-BMW (Class 1), 234
16. Scott Gailey, Norco, Calif., GET-VW (Class 10), 229
17. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 228
18. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (Class 5), 219
19. Arturo Velazco, Banning, Calif., Porter-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 217
20. Samuel Araiza, La Paz, Mexico, Fraley-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 216
21. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., GMC Sierra (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 213
22. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7SX), 205
23. Rick St. John, Encinitas, Calif., Duvel-VW (SCORE Lite), 204
24. David Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Lothringer-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 202
24. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 202
2009 SCORE Desert Series Class Point Leaders
(With Class wins in parenthesis)
Pro Cars and Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK—1. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500 (2), 292; 2. Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram 1500 (1), 244; 3. Ed Stout, Santa Ana, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 242; 4. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 224; 5. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., GMC Sierra, 213; 6. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 196; 6. Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 196; 8. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 189; 9. Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 172; 10. Bobby Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 142.
CLASS 1—1. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 241; 2. Harley Letner/Kory Holopoff, Orange, Calif., Alpha-Chevy (1), 235; 3. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-BMW (1), 234; 4. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 202; 5. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 175; 6. Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 148; 7. Dale Lenk, Newport Beach, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 147; 8. Armin Kremer, Germany/Andreas Aigner, Austria, Jimco-Chevy, 142.
CLASS 1-2/1600—1. (TIE) Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Kreger-VW and Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Fraley-VW (2), 265; 3. Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth-VW, 260; 4. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., Curry-VW, 2555; 5. Mario Gastelum, El Centro, Calif., Curry-VW, 237; 6. Arturo Velazco, Banning, Calif., Porter-VW, 217.
CLASS 3—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (2), 160; 2. Darren Skilton, Orange, Calif., Jeep Wrangler (2), 150.
CLASS 5—1. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (3), 219; 2. Carlos Albanez, El Centro, Calif., VW Baja Bug (1), 193.
CLASS 5/1600—1. Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico (2), 239; 2. Marcos Nunez, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (2), 156.
CLASS 6—1. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Ross Savage, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 199; 2. Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 122.
CLASS 7—1. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (3), 254; 2. Igor Galvan, Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 198; 3. Jose Canchola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger (1), 152.
CLASS 7SX—1. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 205; 2. Norman Turley, Long Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 165.
CLASS 8—1. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado (1), 238; 2. Juan Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford F-150, 91.
CLASS 9—1. Daniel Reyes Jr., Calexico, Calif., Venegas-VW (1), 110.
CLASS 10—1. Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Lothringer-VW (3), 268; 2. Scott Gailey/Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif., GET-VW, 229; 3. Javier Robles, Gpe Victoria, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 162.
SCORE LITE—1. Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif./Chuck Sacks, Canyon Lake, Calif., Moulton (1), 239; 2. Rick St. John, Encinitas, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Duvel-VW (2), 204; 3. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Penhall-VW, 149; 4. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz., Foddrill-VW, 137; 5. Bill Hernquist, San Diego, Jimco-VW, 110.
STOCK MINI—1. Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Ridgeline (4), 255.
PROTRUCK—1. Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 65.
CLASS 11—1. Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico, VW Sedan (2), 150.
STOCK FULL—1. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Dodge Ram1500 (1), 164; 2. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570 (1), 144.
CLASS 22—1. Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Jimmy Lopez, El Cajon, Calif./A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif., Beta RR525 (1), 150; 2. (TIE) Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif./Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X and Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Brent Harden, Menifee, Calif./Jose Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 147; 4. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 145; 5. Adrian Butler, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 82.
CLASS 21—1. Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Nicholas Blais, Chino, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 146; 2. Carlos Casas/Noe Ibarra, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 143; 3. Ronnie Wilson, Glendale, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 141; 4. Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev./Scott Glimp, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 135.
CLASS 20—1. Hector Castillo, Calexico, Calif./Rene Pojodes, Mexicali, Mexico/David Gonzalez Jr., Chula Vista, Calif., Yamaha WR250 (1), 140; 2. (TIE) Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif./Talya Dodson, Truckee, Calif./Cathy Duncan, Los Alamos, Honda CRF250X and Manuel Reyes, Dulzura, Calif./Javier Ochoa, Tecate, Calif., Yamaha YZF250, 131.
CLASS 30—1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X (2), 159; 2. Sean Bradley, Ridgecrest, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., Kawasaki KX500, 143; 3. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Tom Willis, Las Vegas/Derrick Paiement, Corona, Calif./Brian Sweany II, Lancaster, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 136.
CLASS 40—1. Brian Campbell/Bill Cotton, Bakersfield, Calif./Pete Cochran, Laguna Beach, Calif., KTM 450XCF (1), 148; 2. Julio Abril/Oscar Hale/Mario Acosta, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha WR450, 144; 3. Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Lou Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif.,/Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii, Honda CRF450X, 132.
CLASS 50—1. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii, Honda CRF450X (1), 144; 2. Charlie Marshall, Carmichael, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Dave Potts, Burbank, Calif./Chuck Sun, Las Vegas, KTM530XCW, 134.
CLASS 60—1. Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Bill Nichols, Phoenix, Honda CRF450X (1), 85.
CLASS 25—1. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif., Honda 700XX (1), 149; 2. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Brandon Brown, Eumantilla, Ore., Suzuki LTR450 (1), 140; 3. Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Alfonso Cota, Tecate, Calif./Javier Robles Jr., Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Marc Spaeth, Ramona, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 95.
CLASS 24—1. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Steve Abrego, Covina, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Baltimore, Honda TRX450R (2), 163; 2. Roberto Ruiz/Francisco Espinoza, El Centro, Calif., Honda TRX450R; 138; 3. Luis Berumen/Sergio Lopez, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 132.
CLASS 26—1. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo./ Benn Vornadakis, Rico, Colo./Tony Valerio, Telluride, Colo., Arctic Cat (2), 150; 2. Rob Ransford, Downers Grove, Ill./Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif./Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif., Can Am Renegade, 98.
SPT TRUCK—1. Joe Aguayo, San Jacinto, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 158.
SPT CAR—1. Peter Lang/Terry Cottar, Santa Rosa, Calif., Homebuilt-Chevy, (3), 230.
SPT UTV—1. Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha Rhino, 104.
SPT M/C>250cc—1. Jeff Leonard, Bakersfield, Calif./Eugene Lane, Redondo Beach, Calif./Jack Cox, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 173.
SPT M/C<250cc—1. Humberto Valle, Tecate, Mexico/Javier Ochoa/Ivanhoe Ochoa, Tecate, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 160. SPT ATV—1. Manuel Jimenez/Carlos Lopez/Carlos Castaneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R (1), 161. Manufacturers Engine Builder—1. (TIE) Major Performance and FAT Performance, 198; 3. Wiks, 131; 4. Menards, 83; 5. Redline, 78. Original Buggy Chassis—1. Jimco,191; 2. Lothringer, 85; 3. Fraley, 56; 4.Curry, 49; 5. Duvel, 48.