Arredondo draws first M/C start as entries from 24 U. S. States, Seven countries in start draw for 31st SCORE San Felipe 250 –

Arredondo draws first M/C start as entries from 24 U. S. States, Seven countries in start draw for 31st SCORE San Felipe 250



March 16, 2017


Season Opener March 29-April 2

Arredondo draws first M/C start as entries from 24 U. S. States,

Seven countries in start draw for 31st SCORE San Felipe 250


Pre-running opens Saturday, qualifying on March 30 for SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1,

Trophy Truck Spec in Baja California for four race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship


ENSENADA, Mexico – While qualifying will be held on race week for three of the top 4-wheel vehicle classes, international rally racer Franciso Arredondo drew the first motorcycle starting position Thursday for this month’s 31st annual SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race in Baja California, Mexico.

     Early entries from 24 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany and Guatemala are preparing for the popular season-opener of the four-race internationally-televised 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. The event will be held March 29-April 2 in San Felipe, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

Thursday’s start draw determined the qualifying start order for the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, unlimited Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec. This will be the first time qualifying has been held for any classes in the long history of this SCORE Baja race.

Guatemala’s Francisco Arredondo is a veteran SCORE racer who will be the rider of record on the No. 45x Chris Haines Racing Honda CRF450X. Arredondo and team owner Chris Haines are finalizing the co-rider list for the team.

While online racer registration continues until March 26, pre-running opens on the magnificent 271.9-mile race course on Saturday. Late, on-site registration will be held March 29, March 30 and March 31.


The 2017 season also marks the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held in mid-November. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the longest  and oldest continuously held desert race in the world.


Celebrating the 31st anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries continue to be accepted on the SCORE website ( for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.

Pre-race festivities for this popular ‘Spring Break’ race will be held in San Felipe on March 29, March 30 and March 31 with race day on Saturday, April 1 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, April 2.

     The Monster Energy SCORE Kickoff Welcome Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. PDT on Thursday (March 30).


For the first time in the history of this race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session on Thursday, March 30 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes.

Qualifying first in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks will be veteran racer/chassis builder Damen Jefferies, Yucca Valley, Calif.

Drawing the first qualifying position in the unlimited Class 1 was veteran SCORE female champion racer Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., whose son Cody Reid is a champion racer in Class 10.

First to make a qualifying run in Trophy Truck Spec will be Las Vegas’ Bill McBeath, a prominent casino executive and former SCORE Trophy Truck racer.


Among the many classes where starting positions were drawn, starting on the pole in their respective classes will be Miguel Tornel Sr (Class 10) and his son Miguel Tornel Z-A drew first start in the SCORE Lites class.

Also drawing first starts were Roberto Romo (Class 1/2-1600), Marc Burnett (Pro UTV FI), Giovanni Spinali (Pro Moto 50), Dominic Fagundes (Pro Moto Ironman) and Donald Higbee (Pro Quad).


In the start drawing, the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division had the most entries in the drawing with 25 followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 17 entries, Class 10 with 15 entries, unlimited Class 1 with 14 entries, Pro UTV FI with 13 and SCORE Lites with 10.

Leading the motorcycle entries in the drawing was Pro Moto Unlimited with seven entries.


Racer registration will be held at the Hotel El Cortez from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday (March 29), from Noon to 8 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday (March 30) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PDT) on Friday (March 31).

Media registration will be held at the Hotel El Cortez from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday (March 30) and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (PDT) on Friday (March 31).

The pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway, contingency and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday (March 31). Contingency will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) and tech/transponder check from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other.


SCORE President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva have worked with the government officials and ejidos of the Mexicali and San Felipe areas to develop a memorable SCORE San Felipe 250 race course of 271.9 miles.

This year’s grueling race course will be another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It runs in a counter clockwise direction running over high-speed dry lake beds, through low-speed winding, rock-strewn, twisting canyons and trails, along quick-paced dirt roads and through three of Baja’s most infamous washes in Chanate, Huatamote and Amarillo.

There will be two full stop checkpoints in addition to the start/finish line which will be located for the first time in the history of this race on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe. Checkpoint 1 will be located at El Chinero and the second will be at Morelia Junction.

The course will also pass through La Ventana, Saldana and Borrego as well as the Diablo dry lake bed.

There will be two road crossings, both on Highway 3. The first will be going north at km 192 after checkpoint 1 and the second one coming south near Borrego, crossing at km 179 on the highway.

The start line and celebratory finish area will be on the SCORE ramps in front of the Rockodile night club on the Malecon.


For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the ruggedly rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the SCORE San Felipe 250.


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 29-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
  • Rosarito Beach 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-17, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
  • 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication.

El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.

Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.

El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

     El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit


Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Raceline Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.

Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship


31st SCORE San Felipe 250

March 29-April 2, 2017—271.9 miles

San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 157 (as of 3/16/17)

(from 24 U.S. States, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico)

(starting order—from start draw, by class)

Pro Cars & Trucks


(Qualifying order)

13 Damen Jefferies

19 Tim Herbst

3 Mark Post

21 Gustavo Vildosola

9 Armin Schwarz

84 Nick Vanderwey

4 Justin Matney

97 B.J. Baldwin

83 Luke McMillin

11 Rob MacCachren

85 Mike Lawrence

38 Eric Hustead

2 Jason McNeil

30 Robbie Pierce

50 Zak Langley

15 Billy Wilson

1 Carlos Lopez

5 Clyde Stacy

23 Dan McMillin

40 Chris Miller

24 Cory Keysar

18 Juan C. Lopez

6 Larry Connor

45 Gary Magness

47 Jim Bult


CLASS 1 (14)

(Qualifying order)

168 Shelby Reid

111 Mike Malloy

103 Luis Saenz

109 Tony Murray

150 Morgan Langley

104 Rob Archibald

118 Ricardo Malo

153 Brad Wilson

105 Matt Cullen

138 Brian Wilson

116 Chris Paxson

114 Al Torres

121 Pat Bell-2nd RS

106 Derek Fletcher-1st RS



(Qualifying order)

297 Bill McBeath

250 John Langley

299 Charles Dorrance

274 Elias Hanna

227 Jonathan Brenthel

255 Lee Banning

200 Chad Broughton

224 Paul Nauleau

215 Chad Bunch

222 Pete Sohren

220 Craig Christy

211 Pat Sims

271 Carey Chrisman

203 Dion Podgumy

229 Brian Goldstein

201 Russell Buehler

232 Steve Knudson (DOR-Chelsea Magness)


CLASS 10 (15)

1018 Miguel Tornel Sr

1000 Rafael Navarro IV

1085 Justin Davis

1064 Justin Buckley

1060 Armando Boehme

1002 Clay Lawrence

1081 Todd Winslow

1032 Chip Prescott

1068 Cody Reid

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1004 Steve Grimsley

1048 Kevin Price

1078 Augie Cortez

1042 Lars Ferry

1023 Broc Dickerson


CLASS 8 (4)

852 Spencer Morgan

814 Kelly Ross

804 Jayson Walmsley

844 Noah Ostanik


CLASS 1/2-1600 (6)

1601 Roberto Romo

1606 Ruben Sanudo

1662 Rick Boyer

1609 J. David Ruvalcaba

1603 Oscar Alvarez

1608 Rob Archibald



1218 Miguel Tornel Z-A

1237 Jesus De La Torre

1238 Robert Illian

1202 Ricardo Torres

1201 Mario Alcala

1215 Juan Gallo

1299 Vic Bruckmann

1240 Miguel Bonilla

1274 Mike Aguilar

1205 Javier Buelna-RS


CLASS 5 (1)

505 Larry Rust



8094 Vincent Munoz


CLASS 7 (5)

721 Mike Coleman

701 Brandon Walsh

700 Dan Chamlee

719 Mark Johnson-RS

706 Brandon Walsh-RS


Pro UTV FI (13)

2905 Marc Burnett

2919 Brandon Schueler

2975 Mike Cafro

2904 Cory Sappington

2901 Daniel Parker

2930 Sean Cook

2910 Scott Trafton

29XX Don Whittington

2989 Wes Miller

2949 Alonso Lopez

2971 Wayne Matlock

2917 Derek Murray

2950 Rodrigo Elorduy


Pro UTV (5)

1998 Bill Whittington

19XX JT Holmes

1955 Paul Champion

1901 Greg Row

1954 Kristen Matlock


CLASS 5-1600 (2)

555 Tomas Fernandez

5XX Luis Herrera


CLASS 3 (3)

304 Chris Raffo-3rd RS

339 Chris Wilson-2nd RS

349 Ken Leavitt-1st RS



BC2 George Gilman V

BC3 Tim Spurgeon

BC4 Bud Pecoy

BC1 Marco Gonzales


CLASS 11 (2)

1156 Art Penner

1121 Dennis Hollenbeck


Pro Motorcycles


45x Francisco Arredondo

13x Derek Ausserbauer

46x Max Eddy

3x Ray Dal Soglio

23x Mark Winkelman

33x Garrett Poucher

1x Mark Samuels


PRO MOTO 30 (2)

300x Ryan Liebelt

333x Chad Thornton


PRO MOTO 40 (1)

400x Jano Montoya



125x Fernando Beltran

160x Santiago Creel


PRO MOTO 50 (3)

510x Giovanni Spinali

503x Brian Carpenter

550x Bill Sekeres



732x Dominic Fagundes

799x Dave Phillips

721x Jose Carrasco

702x Tony Gera-1st RS


PRO MOTO 60 (1)

609x Donald Lewis-1st RS


Pro Quads

Pro Quad (3)

2a Donald Higbee

22a Edwin Lopez

13a Said Sanchez-1st RS



SPT M/C (5)

209x Hank Salyer

207x Sidney Marchand

212x Mike Mettler

252x Hector Gutierrez

262x Tyler Acosta



109a Juan Dominguez

129a Israel Jimenez