Trick or Treat! Robby Gordon will start first at the Baja 1000

2017 Race-Dezert Baja 1000 coverage sponsored by Method Race Wheels

Yesterday night the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Legendary Baja 1000 begun at 7pm with the first Trophy Truck taking the green flag at Time Trials, one by one the drivers had to tackle the 3-lap loop on the .6 miles of Las Vegas Short Course track.

After some controversy on the SCORE social networks were drivers like Tavo Vildósola, Andy McMillin, Kyle LeDuc and Bryce Menzies showed their discontent for having to spend halloween night “working” instead of being with their families which SCORE replied that they are at mercy of the SEMA schedule and they couldn’t do anything to change it. At the end some of them showed up, some of them not.

Robby Gordon gave his son Max Gordon a unique way of trick-or-treating by having him as a co-driver picking something much better than candy, but the pole position being the fastest with a time of 2:52.73, Rob MacCachren was second with 2:52.73 and Brandon Arthur driving the #31 Truck of Andy and Tavo took third overall with just .28 seconds behind Rob Mac.

Also we have Ricky Johnson driving the C Team AWD TT in 4th, Bryce Menzies 5th, Apdali Lopez will start 12th and two positions below Bj Baldwin on 14th just to mention some of the favorites to win.

On the Legends Trophy-Truck Class only 2 teams classified, Gustavo Vildósola Sr. driving the #21 finished 22th overall but first on his category and Jeff Geiser driving the Twin Engine Trophy-Truck finished right behind Gustavo on the 23th position, worth mentioning that the truck was updated from using twin diesel engines to twin LS’s using race gas.

And the bad news are for Riviera Racing, who was driven by Harley Letner, crashed into one of the walls damaging the steering on the truck. Also the #91 of Terrible Herbst of Brett Sourapas had a bad day rolling his truck on the last turn of the track.

Overall, qualifying was a bit underwhelming. Though no doubt a huge marketing opportunity as part of the SEMA show, it was tough to watch these trucks skate around a short course track. Definitely not an accurate representation of what these trucks are capable of or the most iconic race in off-road racing itself.”

QUALIFYING RESULTS: (1.8 total miles, 3 laps of .6 mile dirt race course)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (29) (Unlimited Production Trucks) (42 Total Entries)

(Position, Vehicle number, qualifying driver/driver of record if different, hometown, vehicle, elapsed time, miles per hour)

  ULTIMATE DANA FAST QUALIFIER—77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy Silverado, two minutes, 52.26 seconds (37.3 miles per hour)

  1. 11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 2:52.73
  2. 31 Brandon Arthur, San Diego (Driver of Record–Andy McMillin, National City, Calif.) Ford F-150, 2:54.38
  3. 6 Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (DOR–Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio) Chevy Silverado, 2:54.60
  4. 7 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas Ford Raptor, 2:55.89
  5. 76 Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2:56.15
  6. 83 Luke McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150, 2:56.34
  7. 50 Luke Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (DOR–Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif.) Ford F-150, 2:56.49
  8. 41 Justin Lofton, Brawley, Calif., Ford Raptor, 2:57.23
  9. 4 Doug Fortin, El Cajon, Calif. (DOR–Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn.) Chevy Rally Truck, 2:57.93
  10. 19 P.J. Jones, Scottsdale, Ariz. (DOR–Tim Herbst, Las Vegas) Ford F-150, 2:58.94
  11. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 2:59.54
  12. 22 Casey Currie, Corona, Calif., Jeep Wrangler JK, 3:00.78
  13. 97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Toyota Tundra, 3:02.58
  14. 16 Pat Dean, Las Vegas (DOR–Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif.) Chevy Silverado, 3:03.01
  15. 15 Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford Raptor, 3:03.33
  16. 94 Steve Strobel, Clarks, Neb., Ford F-150, 3:06.83
  17. 23 Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150, 3:07.74
  18. 14 Bobby Pecoy, Anaheim, Calif.(DOR–Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 3:07.89
  19. 84 Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 3:09.11
  20. 9 Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 3:09.89
  21. *21L GustavoVildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 3:10.88
  22. *5L Jeff Geiser, Phoenix (DOR–Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va.) Chevy Rally Truck
  23. 30 Robbie Pierce, Lakeside, Calif., Ford F-150, 3:13.54
  24. 38 Brook Beckstrom (DOR–Eric Hustead, St. George, Utah) Ford F-150, 3:16.06
  25. 87 Dallas Luttrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dodge Ram 1500, 3:20.08
  26. 26 Dave Taylor, Page, Ariz., Ford F-1 50, 3:26.59
  27. 91 Brett Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Calif. (DOR–Troy Herbst, Las Vegas), Ford F-150, DID NOT FINISH
  28. Harley Letner, Corona, Calif. (DOR–Mark Post, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, DID NOT START

  *SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old)


Additional SCORE Trophy Truck race entries not qualifying:

20 Pat O’Keefe, 41, Martinez, Calif./Jason Scherer/Mark McMillin, Bonita, Calif., Ford Raptor
29 Enrique Murillo, 47, La Paz, Mexico/Guillermo Vizcaino, 56, La Paz, Mexico/Jorge Bernal, 45, Mexico CityFord Raptor
40 Chris Miller, 43, LaJolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, 50, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra
43 Mark McMillin, 61, National City, Calif./ Scott McMillin,  57, Coronado, Calif./Jessica McMillin, 32, La Jolla, Calif., Ford Raptor
44 Jayson Strachan, 43, Salt Lake City/Doug Anderson, Salt Lake City/Bill Apgood, Salt Lake City, Chevy Silverado
45 Gary Magness, 63, Denver/Devin Housh, 36, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150
55 Jose de Jesus Flores, 54, Culiacan, Mexico/Emiliano Fuenzalida, Santiago, Chile/Andrea Tomba, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Sandy Hall, Culpepper, Va., Chevy Silverado
59 Craig Potts, 46, Scottsdale, Ariz./Dale Dondel, 52, Temecula, Calif./Caleb Derby, 26, Parker, Ariz., Ford Raptor
62 Richard Armstrong, 49, Canada/Todd LeDuc, 37, Phoenix, Chuck Dempsey, 48, Oak Hills, Calif. , Chevy Silverado
68 Tim Weston, 31, Provo, Utah, Chevy Silverado
72 Aaron Celiceo, 45, San Diego/Pedro Mercado III, 33, Lemon Grove, Calif./ William Lind , 34, Fontana, Calif., Toyota Tundra
80 Jessi Combs, 37, Long Beach, Calif., Ford F-150
85 Mike Lawrence, 29, South El Monte, Calif./Louis Myers, 28, Paris, Calif., Ford F-150



One comment on “Trick or Treat! Robby Gordon will start first at the Baja 1000
  1. Robert Mason says:

    Ricky Johnson was racing the Team C 2wd truck. The awd wont race until San Felipe.

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