Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Advance 5.26.11

May 26, 2011
Over 250 entries expected

Last seven SCORE Trophy-Truck race winners among entries
For next week’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race

June 2-5 event in Ensenada has entries from 30 States, 7 countries; course map available
www.score-international.com; Pre-running continues on rugged 454.69-mile course

LOS ANGELES—Leading over 250 race vehicles into the Mexican desert during next weekend’s 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be 29 massive SCORE Trophy-Trucks and included in that field are the last seven race winners in the marquee SCORE racing division and nine of the 17 former race winners in the unique class for high-tech, 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks.
Created in 1994 by SCORE CEO/President Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy-Truck features the world’s best desert racers and the field this year includes the SCORE Trophy-Truck division winners from the last seven years—Alan Pflueger (2004), Robby Gordon (2005), Brian Collins (2006 and 2007), B.J. Baldwin (2008), Rick D. Johnson (2009) and Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin (2010). The two other SCORE Trophy-Truck winners in this race entered to date are Curt LeDuc (1995) and Rob MacCachren (1996).
As pre-running on the rugged 454.69-mile course continues in earnest this weekend for the second-oldest desert race in the world, Round 3 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series, will feature over 250 entries, competing in 28 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, June 2-5 in Ensenada, Mexico.
SCORE is in its 38th year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization. This race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule, and most the world’s best desert racers are expected to be in action at this year’s 43rd anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
With late entries accepted up to race morning in the 454.69-mile race, entries so far have come from 30 U.S. States from Hawaii to New York and the U.S. Territory of Guam along with the additional countries of Mexico, Canada, Finland, Germany, Guatemala and Japan. The green flag will drop for the race at 6 a.m. next Saturday (June 4) for the motorcycle and ATV classes in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, followed by the car and truck classes three hours after the last ATV at approximately 10 a.m. The elapsed-time race will start and finish in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Boulevard Costero in the heart of Ensenada, leaving and returning into the city through the Arroyo Wash. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race.
“SCORE Trophy-Truck is an invention that we are extremely proud of at SCORE,” commented Fish, who has led SCORE since soon after it was founded in 1973. “This unique racing division showcases the greatest equipment, the most sophisticated technology and the most talented drivers in a sport that has always been the ultimate challenge of man and machine.
“These magnificent racing machines cost upwards of US$500,000 to build and reflect all of the passion and ingenuity of these marvelous racers and their passionate teams. This class is a true testament to the creativity and commitment of people who continue to stretch the boundaries of possibility and create new realities of human competition and development.  We are humbled and honored to be able to provide a platform for all of these things to be displayed on an international stage.”
While the eight returning race winners provides a formidable field by themselves in SCORE Trophy-Truck, the field includes 16 drivers who have combined for 61 wins out of the 100 races the class has run in its 17-plus-year history.
Leading the group of SCORE Trophy-Truck race winners is all-time leader Tim Herbst of Las Vegas, who has 11 career race wins in the division and who will split driving in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 with Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150. Roeseler has 16 class wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 including a race-record 11 overall wins and he also has three career SCORE Trophy-Truck race victories.
In addition to Tim Herbst and Roeseler, the other drivers who have at least one SCORE Trophy-Truck race win entered in next week’s race are: Gordon (nine career race wins), MacCachren (8), Collins (6), LeDuc and Andy McMillin (4 each), Baldwin (3), Jesse Jones, Scott McMillin, Roger Norman, Pflueger and Gus Vildosola Sr. (2 each) and single SCORE Trophy-Truck race winners Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Gus Vildosola Jr.
Among the SCORE Trophy-Truck entries are 12 of the 17 all-time season point champions in the division. Herbst (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003) again leads the way with four career SCORE Trophy-Truck season point titles followed by two-time champions Baldwin (2006 and 2008) of Las Vegas and Gordon (1996 and 2009) of Charlotte, N.C. and MacCachren (1994 and 2007) of Las Vegas. The other former season SCORE Trophy-Truck champs entered in next week’s race are LeDuc (1997) of Cherry Valley, Calif. and Jones (2010) of Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Last year’s overall race champions are also among the entries in this year’s race. The overall 4-wheel winner in 2010 was the son/father team of Andy and Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., who drive the No. 31 Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck. Recording the fastest overall time while leading all motorcycles in last year’s race was the JCR Honda Racing Team riders Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif., on a Honda CRF450X while the fastest ATV was the Honda TRX700X riding by Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles.
The rugged 454.69-mile course is a very similar to the last three years, although it is about 16 miles longer and the terrain has changed because of natural weather patterns that impact both sides of the race course on the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez and in the middle in the summit section. The course, which runs in a clockwise direction, resembles a deflating balloon, winding east to Ojos Negros, down to near San Felipe, back West to the Pacific Ocean below San Vicente and back north east through Santo Tomas on the way back to Ojos Negros and then Ensenada.
“This year’s course will be another unique singular challenge just like people always expect in SCORE Baja races,” said Fish. “SCORE with the help of the city of Ensenada has even sent heavy equipment to a remote new section of the course near the summit by Santa Catarina to help widen it and rework what was already there to make it more drivable for the race itself.”
The only pre-running that will be allowed on the first 36.83 miles of the course will be outbound only and only on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3. No inbound pre-running on the last 36.83 miles of the course will be allowed. Pre-running of the rest of the course will start and finish in the Ojos Negros area.
While late entries will be accepted up to race morning, as of the Start draw, the Pro 4-Wheel vehicles classes with the most entries are: SCORE Trophy-Truck (29), the unlimited Class 1 (26), and Class 1-2/1600 (14) and SCORE Lite (11).
Leading the Pro Motorcycle classes in entries so far is Class 22 (9).
Class 24 leads the Pro ATV classes with 11 entries to date.
Among the Sportsman classes, SPT Motorcycles 450cc and over has the most with 23 entries.
For the fourth straight year and just the fourth time in the 43-year history of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race, the colorful pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and Contingency, the start and finish line will all be located in the heart of Ensenada, Mexico on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. It will be the fourth time in race history that both the pre-race activities and the finish will be held on this historic boulevard.
The SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 3 on Blvd Costero. Racer registration will again be held in the Grand Ballroom of the San Nicolas Hotel. Registration hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday June 3.
The awards celebration will be held poolside at the San Nicolas Hotel on Sunday, June 5 at 11 a.m.
In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are attempting 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 26th consecutive year, a total of 38 drivers remain eligible after Round 2 of the 2011 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, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance and Slime-official tire sealant. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
While Tecate is title sponsor of the 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500, additional race sponsors are the Office of the Secretary of Tourism of Baja California and ProTurismo de Ensenada.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at

43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500
SCORE Trophy-Truck Official Entries
(By Class Starting Order-as of 5/25/11)

SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)–
70 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas/Ricky Johnson, Encinitas, Calif., Ford F-150
31 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150
19 Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150
84 Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif./Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Chevy Silverado
27 Dave Crinklaw, Reedley, Calif./Mike Thurlow, Kingsburg, Calif., Ford F-150
24 Adam Householder/Terry Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado
54 Jesse James, Austin, Texas, Chevy Silverado
98 Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150
20 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
16 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart/Pat Dean, Las Vegas, GMC Sierra
1 Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-250
30 Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150
7 Scott Steinberger, Signal Hill, Calif./Dave Sykes, Del Mar, Calif., Ford F-150
39 Ron Whitton/Chase Dana, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150
78 Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif./Adam Ashcraft, Oceanside, Calif., Ford F-150
10 Ken Losch, Tempe, Ariz./Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif., Chevy Silverado
8 Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150
18 Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado
71 Rick D. Johnson/Brian Sallee, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150
28 Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado
49 Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150
47 James Bult, Monee, Ill./Jacob Bult, SandPoint, Idaho, Dodge Ram2500
60 Mike Voudouris, Austin, Texas/Billy Goerke, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
51 Kory Scheeler/Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2 Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150
77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500
97 B.J. Baldwin/Bobby Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
21 Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150
95 Scott Whipple, Scott Gailey, Norco, Calif., Ford F-150

Tecate SCORE Baja 500 SCORE Trophy-Truck Class Winners
1994—Ivan Stewart
1995—Curt LeDuc
1996—Rob MacCachren
1997—Ivan Stewart
1998—Ivan Stewart
1999—Ivan Stewart
2000—Larry Ragland
2001—David Ashley/Dan Smith
2002—Mark Miller/Larry Ragland
2003—Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero
2004—Alan Pflueger
2005—Robby Gordon
2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland
2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins
2008—B.J. Baldwin
2009—Rick D. Johnson
2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin

SCORE Trophy-Truck®
(debuted in 1994, for 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks-97 total Desert races, 3 Stadium-short course)

All-Time SCORE Trophy-Truck Race Winners

(1994 through 2011 MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250)
Wins   Driver(s), Years
Ed/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1997, 1998, 1999(3), 2000(2), 2001, 2002, 2003(2)
Larry Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy, 1995(2), 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 (w/ Mark Miller), 2005-2006-2007 (w/B.Collins)
Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Ford F-150, 1996(4), Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006* (2) (one w/A. McMillin), 2009 (2)
Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150, 1998(2), 2000, 2001(3), 2002(3)
Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5, 1994(3), 1995(2), 1997, 1998(2), 1999
Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1994, 1996(2), 2003 (w/ G. Vildosola), 2007(3) (w/M. Post), 2011
Mark Post, Laguna Beach,CA, Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/J. Whelchel), 2007(3) (w/R. MacCachren)
Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2001, 2005-2006-2007 (w/L. Ragland), 2008, 2009
Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee, 1995, 1997(3)
Andy McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2006 (w/R. Gordon), 2009 (w/S. McMillin), 2010 (2) (one w/S. McMillin)
Mark Miller, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2002 (w/ Larry Ragland), 2003(2), 2004 (w/ R. Arciero)
Paul/Dave Simon, Fallbrook, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994(2), 1995(2)
Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/M. Post)
Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2003(2), 2004 (w/ M. Miller)
B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2006, 2007, 2008
Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Chevy K1500, 1999, 2008 (2) (w/R. Norman)
Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2006, 2007
Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2010 (2)
Scott McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2009 (w/A. McMillin), 2010 (w/A. McMillin)
Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150, 2008 (2) (W/L. Roeseler)
Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado, 2004(2)
Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006
Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2003 (w/ Rob MacCachren), 2010 (w/ Gus Vildosola Jr.)
Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005
Brian Coats, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy C1500, 1997
Marty Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005*
Gary Dircks, Anthem, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2004
Dale Dondel, Hemet, Calif, Chevy Silverado, 2005
Juan C. Ibarra, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy C1500, 1998
Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 2009
Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 2011
Rich Ronco, Peoria, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2008
Jim Smith, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994
Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2010 (w/ Gus Vildosola Sr.)
*non-points stadium-short course race

17 Years of SCORE Trophy-Truck Season Champions
1994–Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
1995–Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5
1996–Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150
1997–Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee
1998–David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150
1999–Ed & Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2000–Ed & Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2001–David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150
2002–Ed & Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2003–Tim & Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2004–Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150
2005–Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500
2006–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2007–Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2008–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2009–Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500
2010–Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Chevy Silverado