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Tony Tellier’s 2012 Baja 1000 Top Tips

Once again Tony Tellier lists his Top Tips for this years 45th running of the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.  This year I added a new twist and had Tony record his thoughts on the top ten vehicles that he expects to finish.

Baja 1000 Top Tips REVISION “G” ENDS ODDS
TROPHY TRUCK
1 2 “Popgun Pedro” Sohren 15 minutes of fame … 7 miles to 1
2 12 Kory Scheeler / Gaughan / Brian Collins Best chance – ever! 4 to 1
3 93 Chris Kemp May be a player … 5 to 1
4 20 Rob MacCachren When in the clear – long gone 2 to 1
5 23 Dan & Mark McMillin / Chuck Could get in front 3 to 1
6 34 Ken Losch “Bumper” time? 5 to 1
7 97 B.J. Baldwin Nutrition/trainer -> Just crazy enough to do it 2 to 1
8  Bryce Menzies & Jesse Jones Dream Team?  Nightmare … to some … 3 to 1
9 31 Andy McMillin Might make a fast break … team obviously strong 3 to 1
10 9 Mark Weyhrich Expect a “Talladega-ish” start 3 to 1
11 76 Jesse Jones Expect a “Talladega-ish” start 3 to 1
12 JCL & RG: “Speed” racers Guy IS dumb-fast … plus RG = Dream Team 3 to 1
13 19 Tim Herbst Expect a “Talladega-ish” start 3 to 1
14 14 Cameron Steele OK, crucify me … Cam has the experience, the speed … just needs a once-in-a-lifetime non-WD-40 prep 4 to 1
15 94 Steve Strobel The “N” in “Nebraska” is for “(K)nowledge” 4 to 1
16 50 John Langley Tough rookie race 7 to 1
17 88 Sergio “Mike Julson” Salgado Mike not tending to his knitting … 6 to 1
18 59 Craig Potts Has good store of tools 6 to 1
19 26 Jay Reichert Rear section rebuilding 8 to 1
20 73 Rob Reinertson Second tier 7 to 1
21 16 Cameron Steele Two-vehicle effort too bizarre not to overlook … 4 to 1
22 62 Billy Bunch Out early? 8 to 1
23 53 Jose Flores DARK HORSE? 4 to 1
24 84 Nick Vanderwey A little (bad) luck goes a long way … 3 to 1
25 13 Ed Stout Yard 4 Sale 7 to 1
26 92 John Clark Gable Curt will carry 5 to 1
27 48 Jimmy Nuckles Geometry fixed? 8 to 1
28 21 Gus & Tavo Vildosola Should race the “Geiser” 5 to 1
29 45 Gary Magness Get rattled? 8 to 1
30 10 Greg Nunley Improving 5 to 1
31 37 Tommy Greer Skippy demoted to … a Dodge 7 to 1
32 49 Ryan Arciero Good for the long run 4 to 1
33 15 Armin Schwarz R&D @ Peninsula Run? 5 to 1
34 71 Rick D. Johnson Look for decent effort 3 to 1
35 39 Ron Whitton Finisher 9 to 1
36 60 Mike Voudouris Ender 9 to 1
37 66 Harry Hepler APB for HH? 9 to 1
38
39 CLASS 1
40 101 Monica Greenhill Over which hill? 6 to 1
41 102 Ronny Wilson / Tucson Juan TOP TIP 2 to 1
42 103 Luke McMillin / Beano Top support 2 to 1
43 104 Buddy Feldkamp Fight tooth n nail 3 to 1
44 105 Tony Miglini “Gatita Hola!” 5 to 1
45 106 Clyde Stacy Not @ RG’s pace … 4 to 1
46 107 Jon Walker Needs to be a “runner” 8 to 1
47 108 Brian Wyborny Out of his league 7 to 1
48 109 Pfankuch / Eugenio / Araiza Unproven? 3 to 1
49 110 Josh Rigsby Variable results 5 to 1
50 111 Tom Koch “Mister Excitement” 5 to 1
51 112 Brad Etter Under the radar 4 to 1
55 113 Travis Chase Under cover 5 to 1
56 114 Erik Jacobs Expect trouble 7 to 1
57 115 Todd Tuls Missing all the tools 8 to 1
58 116 Rudy Cortez Finisher 5 to 1
59 117 C. J. Hutchins Never anything but FAST! 5 to 1
60 145 Nils Castillo / Joe Custer Haas talent … 4 to 1
61 147 Patrick McCarthy Eye-opener! 9 to 1
62 148 Cody Parkhouse DARK HOSS 3 to 1
63 149 Cory Kruseman Swallowed up by San Flippy 7 to 1
64
65 CLASS 1600
66 1601 George Peters Hits all the stop in 2012 5 to 1
67 1602 Brad Maurer Up against the wall! 4 to 1
68 1603 Rob Archibald Experienced 3 to 1
69 1604 Arturo Velazco Twins t’win? 2 to 1
70 1605 Hiram Duran TOP TIP 2 to 1
71 1606 Jesus Velez Excitable niño 6 to 1
72 1649 Eliseo Garcia SLEEPER 3 to 1
73
74 CLASS 3
75 300 Donald Moss War Horse Even
76 349 David Moore Moved to easier class, er, uh, “8” Steven
77
78 CLASS 5
79 501 Sandy Hall Jim n Ann in action! 5 to 1
80 502 Drew Belk In The Game 3 to 1
81 503 Cody Kellogg Contender 3 to 1
82 500 Kevin Carr Will beat (most) “8s” 3 to 1
83 505 Wendell Mortensen Back … 7 to 1
84 506 Victos Cessena, Jr. In the hunt 3 to 1
85 507 Louis Zavas Further back? 7 to 1
86 508 Ray Gray Searching for www partners = never a good sign 7 to 1
87 509 Jose Lopez Proven winner 3 to 1
88 519 Vince Wavra Pajero Loco in H2O-pumper 3 to 1
89
90 CLASS 5-1600
91 551 Erich Reisen Canny Canucks 3 to 1
92 552 Armando Garcia Ruiz ANY Mexican can win “5-1600” 5 to 1
93 576 Dave Gaspar Shoe-in? 2 to 1
94 577 Enrique Zazueta, Jr. Never heard of him … 9 to 1
95 578 Trevor Anderson Be cool => win 2 to 1
96 579 Clyde Stacy Smells like … victory? 2 to 1
97
98 CLASS 6
99 601 Peter Lang Tough move from SPB to “6” 4 to 1
100 602 Steve Kovach As well as anyone, right? 3 to 1
101 617 Gavin Skilton Unibody good for the Peninsula Run? 3 to 1
102 600 Heidi Steele Win expected 2 to 1
103 619 Eduardo Laguna Proven winner 2 to 1
104
105 CLASS 7
106 700 Dan Chamlee Challenged! Alert the media … 2 to 1
107 701 Brandon Walsh “Sometimes” impatient 2 to 1
108 719 Francisco Chavez Could pick up the pieces 7 to 1
109
110 CLASS 7SX
111 740 Elias Hanna Good 2 go 2 to 1
112 759 Justin Fisher Angling for a finish 5 to 1
113
114 CLASS 8
115 801 Francisco Monroy Headin’ home 3 to 1
116 802 Alfredo Carballo Knows southern section 7 to 1
117 838 Moore/CW/Glenn/Evans/Flaharts Cast of 1,000s 2 to 1
118 839 Rodolfo Iribe Will have his hands full 2 to 1
119
120 CLASS 10
121 1001 Thieriot / Grider / Vessels Can Kash carry new car … ? 5 to 1
122 1002 Mikey Lawrence Might lead to Cabo 3 to 1
123 1003 Chip Prescott Quick study? 4 to 1
124 1004 Dean Grizzle Grizzled vet or newbie? 8 to 1
125 1005 John Martensen Skippy –FIRED! (See TT #37) 5 to 1
126 1006 Ross Savage You tell me … 6 to 1
127 1007 Peter Hajas Locked up the trailer? 4 to 1
128 1008 Mark Lawrence Top Tip: Fill fuel cell 5 to 1
129 1009 Matt Cullen Championship run 3 to 1
130 1048 Lee Banning Has it together 3 to 1
131 1049 Rick Boyer TOP TIP 3 to 1
132
133 SCORE LITES
134 1204 Brent Parkhouse Obvious choice 2 to 1
135 1202 Matt Drever Good effort expected 3 to 1
136 1201 Pedro Velasquez Once in “Cinco” 5 to 1
137 1203 Juan Guillen La Pazian 7 to 1
138 1248 Otoniel Huerta Sonoran solid 2 to 1
139 1249 Moises Torres F. He will call “Tio!” 7 to 1
140
141 CLASS 11
142 1101 Alfonso Lacarra “Das richtig!” 3 to 1
143 1102 Eric Solorzano Due for a finish! 2 to 1
144 1149 Mark Murrell Sadly mistaken! 9 to 1
145
146 STOCK MINI
147 761 Andy Bell “Hand on the Glock”? 5 to 1
148 762 Rod Hall One for the ages 2 to 1
149
150 PROTRUCK
151 1350 Chelsea Magness Needs to watch clock 7 to 1
152
153 CLASS 4
154 401 Mike Shaffer Bring a bag o’ belts 2 to 1
155 402 Jim Kirby Will not clean up 6 to 1
156 403 Jason LaFortune Some times does not pay attention … 6 to 1
157 439 Derek Fletcher RPM-ing 2 to 1
158
159 STOCK FULL
160 861 Joe Bacal Must stay close 3 to 1
161 862 Mickey Van Dyke / Mattey Bros. Vehicle’s been eatin’ trannys in SF 9 to 1
162 80 Wes Bevly III Usual winner 2 to 1
163
164 CLASS 7-2
165 721 Dave Sykes Loads of laughs 999 to 1
166 720 Reid Rutherford Only a “Win” will do! 2 to 1
167 723 Riggs Lennon Imagine … winning 9 to 1
168
169 CLASS 2
170 201 Christian Hammerskjold Can’t “buck” Clyde … 5 to 1
171 219 Clyde Stacy Entered as a chaser … ? 2 to 1
172
173 BAJA CHALLENGE (BC)
174 BC1 Steve Hilbert Minga makes it happen? 2 to 1
175 BC2 Bud Brutsman Rich runs em home? 3 to 1
176
177 SCORE SUPER 8 TRUCK
178 851 Bob Dixon No class too small … 9 to 1
179 852 Nick Mills Punching bag? 9 to 1
180
181 SPORTSMAN BUGGY
182 1401 Todd Welling Might get sick of it 7 to 1
183 1402 Robert Becker “They’re too damn skinny or way too long … “ 2 to 1
184 1403 George Jackson Stay out of them snarling chollas! 4 to 1
185 1404 Jung-Taek Yoon ” … of some young boy” 9 to
186 1449 Jim Bunn Long day’s journey into night (repeat as necessary) 7 to 1
187
188 SOLAR PLEXUS
189 DNE Justin Hermann Pls “Western Union” $300K for batteries, ASAP 1/0 to 1
190
191 SPORTSMAN TRUCK
192 1500 Randy Swink Finisher 4 to 1
193 1501 Brandon Steele Untempered 8 to 1
3 Mark Post Regain past glories? WD
57 Mike Palmer Not many “Baja” miles, yet Endo-ed out
77 Robby Gordon /  Win or break …  WD
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    renecap
  • November 5, 2012
this guys awesome brutaly honest love it! sup with the 3 crossed out trophy trucks at bottom. mainly mark post in the 3 truck and gordon in the 77 did they drop out??????
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    • November 5, 2012
    post and robby got bad draws so post will not be racing ant robby will race with juan carlos lopez
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      • November 6, 2012
      BUMMER!! that will be interesting though im sure they will tear it up out there.. almost like a dream team haha
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wht about the bikesn at least say somthing if it werent for the bikes we would not be racin baja !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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