August 4, 2010
NASCAR’s R. Gordon, defending race champion among early entries
For start draw for 15th SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300
SCORE’s 37th season continues Sept. 10-12 with nearly 125 entries
LOS ANGELES—NASCAR Cup team owner/driver and defending overall race winner Robby Gordon is among the early entries who will be part of Saturday’s computerized drawing for starting positions in next month’s 15th annual SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300 desert race, to be held Sept. 10-12 in Primm, Nev. The computerized drawing, which will determine the starting order within each class, will be held at the Los Angeles headquarters of SCORE International.
Round 4 of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series, will feature 18 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in Primm, located 45 miles south of Las Vegas at the California border. This year’s starting grid is expected to reach nearly 125 vehicles. Late entries will be accepted up until race morning.
Gordon, of Charlotte, N.C., who drives the No. 1 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500 SCORE Trophy-Truck as the reigning SCORE Overall point champion, is a two-time overall winner in this race, having won both the inaugural race in 1996 as well as last year’s event.
Like he did last year, Gordon is scheduled to have a replacement driver behind the wheel of his NASCAR Toyota Camry in Richmond, Va., while he competes in his SCORE Trophy-Truck in the Southern Nevada desert.
A total of 23 SCORE Trophy-Trucks, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks have entered in time for Saturday’s start draw.
Seven of last year’s class winners have also entered so far, including six of last year’s top 10 overall finishers.
Starting behind the 23 SCORE Trophy-Trucks will be the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars, which has 16 official entries so far that will be included in the start’s start draw. In the first 14 years of the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300, SCORE Trophy-Trucks have 10 Overall race wins while Class 1 has four. SCORE Trophy-Trucks have won seven straight overall titles.
Among the early entries in Class 1 is the international team of Germany’s Armin Schwarz and Denmark’s Martin Christensen. Schwarz/Christensen have teamed up to win Class 1 in this race the last two consecutive years.
The highly-competitive 2010 SCORE Desert Series has 20 racers separated by just 65 points in the Overall standings after the 16th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, 24th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert races.
For the ninth consecutive year, the race will be split into two groups with the open wheel, slower truck and VW baja bug classes starting at 6 a.m. The faster truck classes, including the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division along with the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars, will start at 1 p.m. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race.
The main pits and start/finish area will be located behind Buffalo Bills Resort on the North side of the property.
Pre-race festivities on Friday, Sept. 10, for the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300, including tech and contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind Buffalo Bill’s Resort. The post-race awards celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 12) in the conference center at Terrible’s Primm Valley Resort.
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 car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 25th consecutive year, a total of 22 drivers remain eligible after Round 3 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.
Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkwagen-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, MasterCraft Safety, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
Additional sponsor for the Primm event is Terrible’s Casinos.
For more information regarding the series, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.