Burroughs atop Overall/Pro UTV points; D. McMillin in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship
Samuels team leads overall m/c points, Stacy leading SCORE TT Legend; other class point leaders include Creel in Trophy Truck Spec, K. Matlock, Tagle, Proctor, Cafro, Lesle, Hernquist, Muncey, Septien, Kennedy, Salvatierra, Robles Jr
Online registration opens Oct. 8 for BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Monster Energy key executive Matt Burroughs leads the SCORE overall and Pro UTV FI class points after the first of two races in the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. Racing in the Pro UTV FI class that had a race-high 21 entries, Burroughs, won his class at the recent season-opening BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, which was held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. SCORE BAJA MIL
The pandemic-abbreviated two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship will conclude with the iconic BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts. This year’s internationally-televised Granddaddy of All Desert Races will be held Nov. 17-22 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and contested over a spectacular 934.47-mile race course starting and finishing in Ensenada.
With online racer registration opening this Thursday (Oct. 8) pre-race activities for the world’s most prestigious desert race will be held in Ensenada on Nov. 17-19 and the race will start on Friday, Nov. 20 and the course will close early Sunday morning Nov. 22. BIOSECURITY PROTOCOLS
As was the case at the recent SCORE Baja 500, significant BioSecurity health and safety protocols are being finalized by SCORE and the government authorities and health officials to be implemented at the event. With everything still fluid in regards to this pandemic, announcement of the specific protocols for this race are expected to be announced within the next three weeks. BURROUGHS LEADS OVERALL & UTV
A senior vice-president of Monster Energy and winner of his Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class at the SCORE Baja 500 for his first SCORE race victory, Burroughs, 51, Norco, also leads the 2020 SCORE Overall point standings.
Burroughs, who joined the Can-Am factory UTV team in 2017, split the driving in San Felipe with Bradley Howe, Leona Valley, Calif. and Mitchell Alsup, Bakersfield, Calif. in the No. 2948 Can-Am X3 turbo UTV. He has earned 111 season points to lead the field heading to November’s season-finale. POINT REGS
SCORE point regulations for 2020 have both races counting for final points.
SCORE points are calculated on a set amount of start points and finish points for each race along with a variable amount for placement points for finishers based on the number of starters within each class. TOP FIVE IN OVERALL POINTS
Second in SCORE overall points and second in the Pro UTV FI class is the brother team of Jason Murray, Tustin, Calif. and Derek Murray, Yorba Linda, Calif., with 105 points in their Can-Am X3.
Third overall and leading the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck season point standings is San Diego’s Daniel McMillin, who was the overall winner of the recent BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts with 104 points in his No. 23 Mark Racing Mason-built Chevy C1500.
Fourth overall and third in the Pro UTV FI is Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. with 101 points in his No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo. Kristen Matlock, Wayne’s wife, won here Pro UTV NA class in San Felipe and was the fastest overall of 36 Pro UTVs in four different classes in the season-opener and has 95 points in her No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000.
Fifth overall after one race and leading the Trophy Truck Spec class in his No. 260 Jefferies-Chevy is Santiago Creel, of Mexico City, with 100 points. Creel split the driving in San Felipe with Ensenada’s Jorge Sampietro. SAMUELS LEADS M/Cs AGAIN!
Two-time reigning SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class point championship team lead by Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., has now won nine consecutive SCORE Baja races following their SCORE Baja 500 victory in San Felipe. His principal co-rider this year is once again Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., who now has 12 straight individual SCORE Baja race wins. Third rider for the team is Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif. The trio leads the Pro Moto Unlimited class with 95 points on their No. 1x SLR Honda CRF450X. SCORE TROPHY TRUCK LEADERS
Celebrating its 27th season as the marquee racing division in the sport, lined up behind the Daniel McMillin, who split the driving duties with Las Vegas’ Justin B. Smith in San Felipe, in the point standings in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower custom trucks are several more of the world’s finest desert racers.
In second place in SCORE Trophy Trucks and sixth in SCORE overall points with 98 points is Las Vegas’ Tim Herbst in hi No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Herbst-Smith Ford F-150. The middle of three Las Vegas racing brothers, Tim Herbst, who shared the driving duties in San Felipe with Las Vegas’ Pat Dean, has 98 points.
Third in SCORE Trophy Truck points following his performance at this year’s SCORE Baja 500 is Daniel McMillin’s younger brother Luke McMillin, also of San Diego, with 94 points in his No. 83 Mark Racing Racer-built Ford F-150.
Fourth in the SCORE Trophy Truck class are Ensenada brothers Alan Ampudia and Aaron Ampudia, winners of last year’s SCORE Baja 1000 with 91 points in their No. 10 Papas Y Beer ID-built Ford Raptor.
Fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck points and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee (2019) is former Indy Car/NASCAR Cup series driver/NASCAR Team owner/Dakar Rally racer and desert racer is Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C. with 89 points in his No. 77 Speed Energy Custom-Chevy Silverado.
Sixth on the SCORE Trophy Truck point grid is AMA and ORMHoF inductee Larry Roeseler Boulevard, Calif., who drives the No. 43 Baja Jerky/Cantina Racing ID-Toyota Tundra and has 88 total points. SIX CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 12 OVERALL
Including Burroughs in Pro UTV FI, Daniel McMillin in SCORE Trophy Truck and Creel in Trophy Truck Spec, a total of six classes have at least one racer in the top 12 SCORE Overall 4-wheel point standings of the two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The classes among the top dozen point leaders are Pro UTV FI (5 racers), SCORE Trophy Truck (2), Trophy Truck Spec (1), Class 1 (1), Class 10 (1), SCORE Lites (1) and Pro UTV Unlimited (1).
Besides Pro UTV FI, SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec the other three 2020 class point leaders in the top dozen in the 2020 SCORE Overall points are Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1, Jimco-Chevy), Ivan Tagle, Chula Vista, Calif. (Class 10, Alumi-Craft-Chevy) and Gustavo Pinuelas, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE Lites, Jimco-VW). MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
Among the other 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship class point leaders in Pro car/truck/UTV classes are Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix (No. 5L SCORE TT Legend, Chevy V16), Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif. (No. 3955 Pro UTV Stock, Polaris RZR Turbo S), Chris Racan, Oceanside, Calif. (No. 1696 Class 1/2-1600, Custom VW), Jeff Proctor, Glendora, Calif. (No. 709 Class 7, Honda Ridgeline), Mike Lesle, Wildomar, Calif. (No. 1869 Pro UTV Unlimited, Polaris XP Turbo), Trey Hernquist, Encinitas, Calif. (No. 501 Class 5, VW Baja Bug) and Edward Muncey, San Diego (No. BC4 Baja Challenge, BTC-Subaru).
Besides the Samuels team, among the other rider of record class point leaders in Pro motorcycle classes are Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (No. 370x Pro Moto 30, Honda CRF450X, Vance Kennedy, Peoria, Ariz. (No. 522x Pro Moto 50, KTM 500XCW) and Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Bolivia (No. 725x Pro Moto Ironman, KTM 500EXCF).
Leading the Pro Quad class in 2020 is the team led by rider of record Javier Robles Jr, Mexicali, Mexico (No. 10a Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R). SPORTSMAN LEADERS
The 2020 Sportsman motorcycle leader with 95 points is the team led by Carlos Silva, Mexicali, Mexico, on the No. 200x Honda CRF450X.
Winning the Sportsman Quad division with 98 points is the team led by Estevan Ramirez, Tecate, Mexico, on the No. 119a Honda TRX450R. SCOREscope 2020 SCORE SKED
November 17-22, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico 2021 SCORE SKED
Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:
November 15-20, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico ABC TV AGAIN IN 2020
For the second straight year, the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship will air on the ABC family of networks. The two-races will air as specials on ABC TV’s World of X Games program with replays 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 journalist Sam Posey.
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, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino. SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
2020 SCORE World Desert Championship Point Leaders
2020 SCORE World Desert Championship Race-by-Race Class Winners
BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500 Presented by 4 Wheel Parts
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Sept. 26-27, 2020
Total Starters: 129 Total Finishers: 78 Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—23 Daniel McMillin, San Diego/Justin B. Smith, Las Vegas, Chevy C1500 SCORE TT LEGEND—5L Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy V16 CLASS 1—127 Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico/Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy CLASS 10—1087 Ivan Tagle, Chula Vista, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy PRO UTV FI—2948 Matt Burroughs, Norco, Calif./Zachary Burroughs, Norco, Calif., Can-Am X3 SCORE LITES—1218 Gustavo Pinuelas, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-VW PRO UTV NA—1954 Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000 CLASS 1/2-1600—1696 Chris Racan, Oceanside, Calif./Enrique Guerrero, Ensenada, Mexico, Custom-VW PRO UTV STOCK—3955 Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Adan Leggs Ibarra, Ensenada, Mexico, Polaris RZR Turbo S CLASS 8—No Finishers CLASS 7—709 Jeff Proctor, Glendora, Calif./Pat Dailey, Vista, Calif., Honda Ridgeline CLASS 1700—No Finishers HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD—Mike Hales, Rogers Ark./Jake Hales, Rogers, Ark., Jeep Wrangler PRO UTV UNLTD—1899 Mike Lesle, Wildomar, Calif./Dustin Miller Salt Lake City, Polaris RZR XP Turbo CLASS 5—501 Trey Hernquist, Encinitas, Calif./Bill Hernquist, Encinitis, Calif., VW Baja Bug CLASS 3—No Finishers CLASS 5-1600—553 Cesar Iniguez, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug BAJA CHALLENGE—BC4 Edward Muncey, San Diego, BTC-Subaru CLASS 7F—Doug Siewert, San Marcos, Calif./Bruce Landfield, Yorba Linda, Calif., Jeep Gladiator CLASS 7SX—742 Brandt Anderson, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./John Holmes, Cardiff, Calif., Ford Ranger CLASS 11—No Finishers
SPT UNLTD TRUCK—No Finishers SPT OPEN WHEEL—No Finishers
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED—1x Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif./Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X PRO MOTO 30—370x Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Shane Esposito, Temecula, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF450X PRO MOTO LIMITED—180x Fernando Beltran, Ensenada, Mexico/David Zarate, Los Cabos, Mexico, Yamaha YZ250F PRO MOTO 50—522x Vance Kennedy, Peoria, Ariz./Dennis Belingheri, Reno, Nev., KTM 500XCW PRO MOTO IRONMAN—725x Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Bolivia, KTM 500EXCF Pro Quads PRO QUAD—10a Javier Robles Jr, Mexicali, Mexico//Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Jose Meza, San Felipe, Mexico/Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico/Christopher Avalos, Yuma, Calif., Honda TRX450R