CBS Sports Spectacular Sunday on CBS Sports Network
to air premier broadcast of
30th SCORE San Felipe 250
Coverage of more classes in broadcast of Round 1 of the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship,
the 249.5-mile race featured Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads;
promo video of one-hour show
RENO, Nev., USA—Texan Billy Wilson drove to a rookie race win to earn the spotlight duringSunday’s premier telecast of the 30th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 on the CBS Sports Network. The one-hour show, with multiple repeat airings scheduled, will debut Sunday (April 17) at 9 p.m. ET on the popular CBS Sports Spectacular show.
From award-winning show producers BCII TV, a video preview of the telecast is available above. Announcers for the CBS Sports Network telecast of the 30th SCORE San Felipe 250 are SCORE racer Cameron Steele and adventure sports announcer Jarod DeAnda.
Seizing the day as race favorites stumbled one by one on the rugged desert race course, Billy Wilson earned his first SCORE race win as he saddled up, rode hard and overcame all obstacles to capture the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory at the 30th SCORE San Felipe 250.
Round 1 of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship was held on a super-challenging, technical 249.5-mile course on a sensationally stunning sunny Saturday (Feb. 27) that started and finished in San Felipe on the northeast portion of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
Starting 10th out of 11 starters in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, Wilson, 30, of Corpus Christi, rode herd on the field in the No. 15 Bevly Wilson Racing Chevy Silverado to a winning time of four hours, 36 minutes, 41 seconds while averaging a strong average speed of 54.10 miles per hour.
Entries came from 20 U.S. States and eight countries competing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and Quads, the race had 164 starters of which 118 officially finished.
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
The overall motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited winner was the team of Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., who split riding time on the No. 1x Ox Motorsports Honda CRF450X. The duo took an early lead and never looked back, finishing in 4:46:41 at an average speed of 52.22 mph. It was the fifth overall motorcycle win in the SCORE San Felipe 250 for Udall and first for Samuels. Udall’s Ox Motorsports teammate, Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz. and his co-riders Nic Garvin/Daymon Stokie, Australia, finished fourth in the Pro Moto Unlimited class on another Honda CRF450X.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.
ON THE AIR
2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecast-Sunday, April 17, 9 p.m. ET)
SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 24, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go towww.cbssportsnetwork.com.
Billy Wilson’s biggest challengers among the field were pre-race favorites Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico and Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin both had mechanical issues that put them out of the race.
Vildosola, who was attempting to make history by winning the SCORE San Felipe 250 for the fourth consecutive year, was racing among the leaders when he was stopped at race miles 137.7 in the middle of the infamous Matomi Wash. Baldwin, who has never won a SCORE San Felipe 250 but is a four-time SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion, was pulling into a commanding lead when he went out at race mile 220.9 where Wilson got by him and galloped to victory in his first race in SCORE Trophy Truck. It was only the second race for the Bevly Wilson Motorsports new Jimco-built Chevy Silverado.
4-WHEEL TOP SIX
Finishing second overall among 4-wheel vehicles and second in SCORE Trophy Truck was Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo. with a time of 4:38:30 in No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.
Finishing third overall behind Billy Wilson and Keysar was Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez,the 21-year old phenom from Tecate, Mexico, in a time of 4:42:55 in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck. Lopez won the 2015 SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE Overall point championship en route to being voted SCORE Rookie of the Year.
Fourth overall was veteran SCORE race Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., who won the unlimited Class 1 in a time of 4:44.16 in the No. 138 Wilson Motorsports Jimco-Chevy. Veteran SCORE Baja racers, it was Ronny Wilson’s third class win in San Felipe. Wilson’s son Brad Wilson finished sixth in Class 1 in this race in the No. 153 Wilson Motorsports Jimco-Chevy.
Finishing fifth overall and second in Class 1 in 4:51:44 was the team of Scott Reuschenberg, Phoenix/Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif., in the No. 125 Tatum-Chevy. A new team, it was just their second race and first podium finish.
Sixth overall while winning Class 10 that had a race-high 22 starters was Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif. in 4:56:27 in an Alumi Craft Chevy.
MAKE THAT 16
Age-group racer and note apparel manufacturer Jim O’Neal, 69, of Simi Valley, Calif. added another class win to his trophy case for a SCORE race-high16 class wins wins–all in the last 16 years.
O’Neal has now raced in all 30 SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 17 career season class point titles, including last season in Class 30 as a co-rider on the over-30 years-old motorcycle team led by Mark Winkelman. This year in San Felipe he was part of Winkelman’s Pro Moto 50 winning team.
The race course was a single loop, run counter-clockwise for 249.5 miles. Starting and finishing at the San Felipe Arches monument, the course was considered to possibly be the toughest in the history of this popular race.
Fairly similar to the course run in 2010, it did not cross Highway 3 which goes to Ensenada. Instead it ran up to it along Highway 5 and then turned northwest just before Highway 3 and paralleled it for about 10 miles before it turned further south all the way down to the legendary Matomi Wash. It worked its way back north, headed southwest and then north and north west before it turned north back to the finish line.
In addition to Matomi, the course also included three other major Baja washes– Huatomote, Chanate and Amarillas. The course had three physical checkpoints at race mile 24.7, rm 148.5 and rm 244.7. There also was 45 virtual checkpoints along the race course.
The four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship includes four special events and for the first time all four will be held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
30th SCORE San Felipe 250, Feb. 25-28, San Felipe, Mexico
48th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-5, Ensenada Mexico
20th SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by Rosarito Beach, Sept. 14-18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
49th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.16-20, Ensenada, Mexico
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.