17 U.S. States, 8 countries so far–54th SCORE Baja 500 – SCORE-International.com

17 U.S. States, 8 countries so far–54th SCORE Baja 500

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

May 2, 2022

 

Race week—June 1-5

BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500,
presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Gaughan, Lambert, Brady, Lawrence-x2, Wright,
Reid, Steele, Thompson all among latest entries

 

Round 2 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship
in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games;
Racer registration, event info available at www.SCORE-International.comNOTE: Current Unofficial Driver/Rider of Record entry list, by class, at bottom of text

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Brendan Gaughan, Justin Lambert, Scott Brady, Clay Lawrence, Mikey Lawrence, Brandon Wright, Shelby Reid, Cameron Steele and Kevin Thompson are the latest early entries for the upcoming BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
To be held June 1-5 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the race will start/finish and colorful pre-race activities are returning for the first time in four years to the heart of Ensenada at the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center and the adjacent fantastically fan-friendly Boulevard Costero.
Ensenada, ‘The Off-Road Capital of the World’, is located 80 miles South of the U.S. Border near San Diego.
Entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration continues for Round 2 of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship.
EARLY BIRDS
Leading the latest early entries are Las Vegas’ Gaughan in the unlimited Class 1, Lambert of Bakersfield, Calif., in Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction), Brady, Gerber, Calif. in Class 7, C. Lawrence, Banning, Calif., in Trophy Truck Spec, M. Lawrence, Banning, Calif. in SCORE Trophy Truck, Wright, Oak Hills, Calif. in Pro Moto Ironman, the mother/son team of Shelby and Cody Reid, Yucca Valley, Calif., in class 1, Steele, San Clemente, Calif. in SCORE Trophy Truck and Kevin Thompson in SCORE Trophy Truck.
DETAILS
With over 250 entries expected from 30 U.S. States and 15 countries, 45 competition classes are offered for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. To date, there are 71 total early entries from 17 U.S. States and eight countries. Joining the USA in the field so far are racers from host country Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, France, New Zealand and Peru.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the ESPN2 World of X Games programming.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Intro announcer for the race show will be Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee and SCORE champion desert racer Cameron Steele who will again pull double duty racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck class as well in his No. 16 Desert Assassins Monster Energy Ford Raptor.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout race week on the SCORE website. Colorful Rat Sult is in his seventh season as the host and lead announcer of SCORE Live. Assisting him again at this race will be veteran voice Dave Arnold.
All four 2022 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the seventh consecutive year.
SCORE, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, is celebrating its 49th season in 2022.
CITY LIGHTS SHINE
Prominent Las Vegas businessman, former NASCAR star, Georgetown University football and basketball player and second-generation desert racer Brendan Gaughan is back in his desert racing roots again as he has entered the unlimited Class 1 for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
The gregarious and very personable Gaughan, 46, is a veteran of 23 years of driving in NASCAR’s three elite division including the top tier Cup Series along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Truck Series.
Driving South Point Casino (Las Vegas) vehicles, Gaughan had 67 starts over nine seasons in the Cup series, 219 starts over 10 seasons in the Xfinity series and 217 in the Truck series over 14 seasons. He retired from NASCAR racing officially after the 2020 season.
In 2019 Gaughan returned to his roots for an emotional Class 1 victory in the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000. Also driving that race with Gaughan were R.J. Anderson, Buddy Feldkamp and Billy Gereghty.
Gaughan, who also is a part of numerous national radio programs, is the son of legendary Las Vegas hotel/casino magnate and former SCORE champion racer Michael Gaughan.
In the SCORE Baja 500, the owner of City Lights Shine distillery in Las Vegas, will be the driver of record in the No. 162 South Point Hotel HMS-Chevy. Gaughan is also an administrative executive at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
Splitting the time with Gaughan in this race will once again be second-gen SCORE racer Buddy Feldkamp whose father Dr. Bud Feldkamp earned numerous SCORE race wins in his career back in the 1970s and 1980s including three in the SCORE Baja 500.
COGNITO MOTORSPORTS
With SCORE races limited as he continues to expand his Cognito Motorsports after products company in Bakersfield, Calif., Justin Lambert, 46, is coming off an impressive Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) victory at the SCORE San Felipe 250 over 29 starters in his class.
Driving his No. 2918 Cognito Motorsports Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo S, he is also fourth in SCORE overall points after the first round of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship.
After finishing first in class in San Felipe, Lambert commented, “It was probably one of the roughest races I’ve ever been in. Compared to last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, this was five times as hard. But the weather was nice and we only got one flat tire as rough and rocky as it was, so this UTV held up great. This is only the second SCORE San Felipe 250 we’ve done and it’s very different in a very good way now having it here at El Malecon.”
BRADY BUNCH
Hoping for a repeat from his Class 7 victory in the 2022 season opener in San Felipe, Scott Brady, 55, Gerber, Calif., No. 703 Ford Ranger was quick to enter the upcoming SCORE Baja 500.
A SCORE regular for several years, this was his first Class 7 win in San Felipe.
Overjoyed at the finish line in San Felipe, Brady shared, “The course was incredible. It was rough enough to keep the slow guys slow and the fast guys fast. I like that. We had a flawless day, absolutely no issues whatsoever. This is the start of the season we wanted. This is what SCORE Baja racing is all about for us, being here with all the people. Look at how many people come to cheer for us and let us do what we love in their country. You really can’t describe it, it’s incredible.”
LAWRENCE-x2
Another of the family entries in the SCORE Baja 500 is the Lawrence family of Banning, Calif. that features two generations of racers a nephew and his uncle racing in two separate classes.
In San Felipe the Lawrence family has one entry in SCORE Trophy Truck and one in SCORE TT Legend.
Both with top finishes and championships, Mikey Lawrence, 33, is the driver of record in the No. 85 GMC truck built by Herbst-Smith Fab in SCORE Trophy Truck while his uncle Clay Lawrence, 59, is the driver of record in the No. 85L GMC truck built by Herbst-Smith Fab in SCORE TT Legend.
A former SCORE class point champion, Mikey Lawrence opened the 2022 campaign with a 15th place finish in SCORE Trophy Truck while his uncle Clay Lawrence finished on the podium in third place in SCORE TT Legend.
Mikey Lawrence has one class win in the SCORE Baja 500, 2009 when he won Class 10.
SOLO WRIGHT
Following several seasons co-rider on winning Pro motorcycle age group classes, Brandon Wright, 45, Oak Hills, Calif. not only won the Pro Moto Ironman (for solo riders) class in this year’s King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250 over 10 starters in his class, he earned enough points to be the current overall SCORE Pro Motorcycle point leader.
With 100 points for his class win in San Felipe, he rides the No. 750x Husqvarna FE501 motorcycle.
At the finish line in San Felipe, the victorious Wright said following his first SCORE Pro Ironman win, “It was really rough the whole way. I did pretty well for most of the time and was just trying to decide what pace to keep as I wasn’t sure where my competition was at. I was just trying to stay comfortable and everything was going well until about 15 miles to the finish when the whoops finally hit me. I thought I was done. I was just on survival mode at that point. But I made it!”
In last year’s SCORE Baja 500, Wright was a co-rider on the Pro Moto 40 class winning team led by Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif.
MOTHER AND SON REUNION
After racing in separate classes for a several years, Shelby Reid is again reunited this year with her son Cody Reid to form a very formidable unlimited Class 1 team for San Felipe.
From Yucca Valley, Calif., Shelby Reid, 54 and Cody Reid, 29, are both former SCORE class point champions. For this year’s SCORE Baja 500, they will again split the driving in their all-wheel drive No. 168 all-wheel drive Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car. The Reids debuted their AWD open-wheeler by winning Class 1 in the 2021 SCORE San Felipe 250.
Both are former SCORE class point champs.
STEELY CAM
He may not play a musical instrument or carry a note singing, yet he is another of the many second-generation SCORE desert racers. Cameron Steele is not only a two-time SCORE Trophy Truck race winner he is also the affable leader of the Desert Assassins race team.
He also finds time to help operate his Baja HQ aftermarket company, lead both an annual motorcycle and an annual truck tour down the Baja peninsula, emcee numerous events, host media shows, and is an action sport TV commentator who has announced a variety of competitions from IndyCar to the X-Games to SCORE race coverage shows. He is the regular intro announcer for the telecasts of the SCORE races.
As far as racing is concerned, Steele, 54, of San Clemente, Calif., loves to stay busy and in years past has competed and had podium finishes in multiple classes in the same race, but now focuses on his No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Ford Raptor in SCORE Trophy Truck.
While he won the last two SCORE Trophy Truck races of the 2018 season after finishing second in the iconic 50th anniversary of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017, he is still searching for his first SCORE race win in the marquee class in the SCORE Baja 500.
Steele’s second driver will be third-generation champion racer Ryan Arciero, 48, Foothill Ranch, Calif., who has four career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
CONCRETE MOTORSPORTS
After struggling to reach the finish line for a few years, back in SCORE Baja races after a short sabbatical, Kevin Thompson and Harley Letner split the driving in the SCORE Trophy Truck class in their No. 70 Concrete Motorsports Chevy Silverado built by SoCal’s Herbst/Smith Fab. In the season opener this year in San Felipe, the pair finished in 14th position out of 34 starters.
Working hard to build their resume as a team in SCORE Baja racing, Thompson, 48, New Braunfels, Texas and third-generation SCORE racer Letner have won several races and titles in domestic races in the U.S.
Letner and his late cousin Kory Halopoff teamed for years in SCORE racing, winning several titles and races, including the overall victory in the 2009 SCORE Baja 500 racing in the unlimited Class 1.
ONLINE RACER ENTRY APPLICATIONS
Racer entry applications are now available at www.SCORE-International.com under Race Info on the SCORE Baja 500 page. Questions should be directed to SCORE Registration and Membership Director Eduardo Kawanishi at 775.852.8907. Online racer entry applications will be accepted through Friday, May 20.
START ORDER/DRAW DEADLINE
The starting order within each class for this race is being determined by the individual finishes at this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, if the individual entry is received and all fees paid in full by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20.
All entries received and paid in full by May 20 who didn’t race in San Felipe, will be part of a drawing to determine the remainder of the start order within each class. The draw results will be posted on the SCORE website at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, May 27.
Up until and 5 p.m. PT on May 27, entries will be accepted in person at the SCORE Ensenada office but those entries received after May 20 will not be in the start draw. Late, on-site racer registration will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (June 1-3) and will be given the next available start position within their respective classes.
All entries received after 5 p.m. PT on Friday, May 20 will be given the next available starting position within their respective classes.
ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the Salon Rojo at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada, regular on-site and late racer registration will be held on Wednesday (June 1) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT, on Thursday (June 2) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT and on Friday (June 3) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No new entries will be accepted after 7 p.m. on Wednesday (June 1), 3 p.m. PT on Thursday (June 2) and 3 p.m. PT on Friday (June 3).
PRE-RUNNING
Official practice, or pre-running, on the official 450.00-mile race course for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts will begin at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday, May 21 starting at race mile 33.78 and finishing at race mile 418.00. The section to rm33.78 section will be open only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (June 2-3). Outbound pre-running on these dates will start at rm4.82.
The official SCORE Racer Brief, Penalty brief, course map and GPS files will be available by 8 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 19 on the SCORE website under race info/SCORE Baja 500.
COURSE PREVIEW
With pre-running opening on Saturday, May 21 for the BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva is putting together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers. The finished distance will be approximately 450 miles.
It will start and finish for the first time in four years (since 2018) on Blvd. Costero adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada. Contingency will also be held on Blvd. Costero on Friday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.
GRAN HISTORIA
This year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. After NORRA was removed from Baja after the 1972 race, the local Baja Sports Committee produced the 1973 event. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 in Ensenada as the first of nearly 160 SCORE Baja races.
This year’s SCORE Baja 500 will start for the 48th time in Ensenada and finish for the 44th time in Ensenada.
BFGOODRICH TIRES UNMATCHED
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 46 years, received two awards for the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored after the 2021 season as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 31st time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 33rd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 34 of the 53 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 32 of the 54 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2022.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 29 of the 35 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 250, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the lone SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and one of the two overall winners in the SCORE Baja 400.
This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 overall victory by San Diego’s Luke McMillin marked the 100th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja overall race win.
BFGoodrich Tires has posted a contingency bonus for the overall winner of this race of US$20,000.
PRESENTING SPONSOR
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500 is 4 Wheel Parts, the Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship.
SCOREscope
2022 SCHEDULE

Here are the remaining three dates in the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which is being held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 1-5, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 3rd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 13-18, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
ESPN TV NETWORKS AGAIN IN 2022
For the fourth straight year, the 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship races will air on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalists Sam Posey and Jack Arute.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV.
SCORE SPONSORS…
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 4 Wheel Parts-Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino and PCI Race Radios.
SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada and Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 500,

presented by 4 Wheel Parts
Round 2 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship
June 1-5 – 450.00 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 71 (as of 5/02/22)
(from 17 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada,
Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Peru)
 (Numerical order, by class)
Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (19*)
1 Rob MacCachren
7 Bryce Menzies
16 Cameron Steele
19 Tim Herbst
*21L Gustavo Vildosola Sr
23 Dan McMillin
*25L Mark Winkelman
31 Andy McMillin
43 Larry Roeseler
58 Tracy Graf
*65L Greg Adler
70 Kevin Thompson
82 Sam Baldi
83 Luke McMillin
85 Mikey Lawrence
*85L Clay Lawrence
87 Dallas Luttrell
89 Mike Walser
92 Paul Nauleau
*SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (2)
162 Brendan Gaughan
168 Shelby Reid
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (9)
213 Karl Ebdrup
217 Joe Belt
219 Christian Sourapas
240 Chris Miller
249 Dustin Swanson
263 EJ Herbst
264 Pierce Herbst
294 Vincent Munoz
299 Charles Dorrance
CLASS 10 (5)
1023 Britney Myers
1047 Zack McLaren
1049 Ty Godde
1079 Manlio F. Diaz
1082 Carlos Jimenez
PRO UTV OPEN (1)
1860 Ryan Laidlaw
CLASS 7 (1)
703 Scott Brady
PRO UTV FI (5)
2902 Adam Castaneda
2918 Justin Lambert
2920 Roberto Ruiz
2941 Steven Poole
2987 Edgar Garcia Leon
PRO UTV NA (2)
1985 Adrian Orellana
1995 Kaden Wells
CLASS 1/2-1600 (1)
1655 Ted Baker
PRO UTV STOCK (4)
3908 Broc Kelly
3910 Brent Stowell
3930 Douglas Cornwell
3957 Bruce Jett
CLASS 8 (1)
818 Jessalyn Sells
CLASS 3000/TROPHY LITE (1)
6005 Pete Waldroop
CLASS 11 (3)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1188 Mike Kay
1156 Arthur Penner-1st RS
Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)
10x Juan Carlos Salvatierra
19x Drew Watson
69x Oliver Gamez
PRO MOTO 30 (2)
325x Jano Montoya
332x Jack Lundin
PRO MOTO LIMITED (1)
103x Giovanni Aviles
PRO MOTO 50 (1)
500x Giovanni Spinali
PRO MOTO 40 (4)
400x Ryan Liebelt
401x James Avery
415x Brad Baker
441x Alirio Amado
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (2)
748x Guillermo Hale Bolio
750x Brandon Wright

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (2)
7a Luis Ernesto Villafana
27a Carlos Napoles

Sportsman

SPT M/C (1)
245x Filiberto Garcia