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Entries rising for this month’s 35th SCORE San Felipe 250

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

March 1, 2022

March 30-April 3

‘Mr. Baja’, Herbst son/dad, Gaughan, Solorzano, McNeil,
Reid mom/son, PJ all in for 35th SCORE San Felipe 250

 

4-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship all in Baja California, Mexico
Airing–ESPN2 World of X Games; Online registration closes March 11
Qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend,
Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec on Thursday, March 31

NOTE: Current unofficial numerical entry list, by class, at bottom of text

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Among the growing number of new entries for this month’s season-opening 35th SCORE San Felipe 250 are Larry ‘Mr. Baja’ Roeseler, son/father pairing EJ/Ed Herbst, Brendan Gaughan, Eric Solorzano, PJ Jones, mother/son duo Shelby/Cody Reid and Jason McNeil. Round 1 of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Championship will be held on March 30 to April 3.
QUICK FACTS
Online racer registration continues for the exciting race that will be held in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
While the 277.00-mile race course has been designed and plotted, health protocol updates that will be announced later this week  by Mexican Health Officials will identify where the actual start/finish line compound will be located in San Felipe for the popular ‘Spring Break’ desert race.
With four weeks remaining until race week, entries to date (140) represent 21 U.S. States and four countries. In addition to the USA and host country Mexico, entries so far have also come from Canada and France.
With double figure entries so far are SCORE Trophy Truck (35), Trophy Truck Spec (31) and Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 14.
San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2022 SCORE races will be 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.
RACER REG
Sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘Baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at www.SCOREInternational.com for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Questions should be directed to Eduardo Kawanishi, SCORE Registration and Membership Director at 775.852.8907.
LR ‘MR BAJA’
A racing legend on both sides of the Border, Hall of Famer Larry Roeseler simply goes by Mr. Baja in Mexico. Living in Boulevard, Calif., Roeseler, 65, has been racing in SCORE Baja races since the early 1970s with an unrivaled record of excellence both on two wheels as well as four wheels.
In the SCORE Baja 1000, LR, as he is also known by friends and competitors, has a race-record 14 overalls (including 10 on motorcycles) among his 18 career class wins. In the SCORE Baja 500, Roeseler has 11 overall wins (nine on motorcycles) among his 17 career class wins in this race.
Roeseler enters this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 with two overalls (both on motorcycles) and six class wins in four different classes. In motorcycles, Roeseler has a win in both the old Class 21 (Under 250cc) and Class 22 (unlimited), two Class 7 race wins (stock mini trucks) and two in the unlimited Class 1 (open wheel cars).
This year Roeseler will again be the solo driver in SCORE Trophy Truck for the No. 43 Cantina Racing Baja Jerky Toyota Tundra built by ID Designs. Last year, Roeseler won the SCORE Baja 500 overall and drove solo to a strong finish in the SCORE Baja 1000 peninsula run. The SCORE Baja 500 victory gave him five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
In the 2020 season finale at the SCORE Baja 1000, Roeseler drove the first half of the race for the overall winning Luke McMillin.
The popular Roeseler is an inductee into both the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) (2012) and the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Hall of Fame (1999).
2 MORE HERBST RACERS
Bringing the total to five Herbst family racers competing in this year’s race will be Las Vegas’ EJ Herbst, 21, teamed with his champion father Ed Herbst, 60, also of Las Vegas in the ultra-competitive Trophy Truck Spec class.
All part of the desert racing legacy of the late family patriarch Jerry Herbst, third-generation desert racer EJ Herbst and his father will race together for the first time in a SCORE race under the prominent banner of Terrible Herbst Motorsports.
EJ’s cousins Pierce Herbst and Thor Herbst are entered in Trophy Truck Spec as a tandem and their father Tim Herbst (Ed’s younger brother) is entered in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck.
EJ Herbst is following in some might big tracks that include his other uncle Troy Herbst (multi-time SCORE champion) and Troy’s son Riley Herbst who current races in the NASCAR Infinity Series.
The senior statesman of the second-generation Herbst family racers, Ed Herbst has earned 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins with his brother Tim Herbst and the two oldest Herbst brothers have also won a SCORE record-tying four season SCORE Trophy Truck point championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003).
In San Felipe, EJ and his father will split the driving in their No. 263 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Monster Energy Herbst/Smith-Chevy.
BG IS BACK
Prominent Las Vegas businessman, former NASCAR star 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 affable and very likeable 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 vehicles, Gaughan had 67 starts over nine seasons in the Cup series, 219 starters over 10 season 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 Michael Gaughan.
In San Felipe, 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.
ALL 11s
Mexico’s Eric Solorzano, may not win as much as he used to, but he is still in the hunt in every race he enters in the venerable SCORE Class 11 for stock VW Sedans.
From Tijuana, Solorzano, 62, is all 11s as he enters this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. The ‘little matador’ is racing in Class 11 where he has 11 SCORE Class 11 season point champions as well as 11 Class 11 class wins in this San Felipe race.
And, yes, he will be the driver of record in the No. 1111 in this year’s race.
Viva Baja!
ANOTHER JONES
Son of a legend, PJ Jones has carved his own niche as a race-car driver while racing in the shadow of his very famous father Parnelli Jones, a former Indy 500 and SCORE Baja 1000 winner. The younger Jones will race in San Felipe in the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class.
PJ Jones, 52, lives in Cave Creek, Arizona and his driving career includes multiple disciplines of motorsports including NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA, American Le Mans Series, USAC, the Chili Bowl and Robby  Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks.
A regular in SCORE Baja racing, he owns PJ’s Performance in Scottsdale, Ariz. In San Felipe PJ Jones will be the driver of record in the No. 2998 Can-Am X3.
MOTHER AND SON REUNION
After racing in separate classes for a several years, Shelby Reid is again reunited 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 San Felipe 250, they will again split the driving in their all-wheel drive No. 168 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car.
Both former SCORE class point champs, the Reid tandem return to a San Felipe as the defending Class 1 race winners.
McNEIL DEFENDS
With back-to-back class wins sandwiched between a sixth place to start the 2021 season and another sixth place to cap the season, SoCal’s veteran Jason McNeil won not only his Trophy Truck Spec class, but also captured the SCORE Overall Truck point title of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.
McNeil, 43, of El Cajon, Calif., is a veteran SCORE racer, and his FiberwerX team saw McNeil drive his No. 234 Geiser-Chevy solo to victory in both the SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Baja 400 in 2021.
For the 2022 season McNeil’s truck will have the champion’s No. 200 on the vehicle instead of his normal No. 234.
QUALIFYING
For just the third time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, March 31 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec classes. Entries in these four classes must also be fully registered by Friday, March 26 to be eligible to qualify. The starting order for qualifying in each class will be the order in which they entered the race.
Entries received in the qualifying classes received after March 26 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.
Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that the entries are received.
START DRAW
The deadline to enter online in time to be in the drawing for starting positions within each class is 5 p.m. PT on Friday, March 11. Starting positions for the other classes (that aren’t qualifying) will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration. Results of the start draw will be posted on the SCORE website at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, March 18.
Late entries may register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 24. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.
Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.
NEW—SAN FELIPE MUNICIPALITY
Reflecting the growth and impact of the area, effective Jan. 1, 2022, San Felipe became the newest Municipality in the state of Baja California, joining Tijuana, Playas de Rosarito, Ensenada, Tecate, Mexicali and San Quintin. For the next three years, the new Municipality will be governed by a Foundational Municipal Council of San Felipe.
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 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 33 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 34 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 2000, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and one out of the two SCORE Baja 400 races.
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2022 SCHEDULE
Here are the dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:

  • 35th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 30-April 3, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

  • 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, 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.

35th SCORE San Felipe 250
Round 1 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship

March 30-April 3, 2022 – 277.00 miles — San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 140 (as of 3/1/22)
(from 21 U.S. States, host Mexico, Canada, France)
(Numerical order, by class)
Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (35*)
4 Justin Matney
*5L Clyde Stacy
7 Bryce Menzies
10 Alan Ampudia
11 Rob MacCachren
16 Cameron Steele
17 Josh De Jong
18 JP Gomez
19 Tim Herbst
21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola
*21L Gustavo Vildosola Sr
23 Daniel McMillin
24 Adam Householder
26 Dave Taylor
*29L Jim Anderson
31 Andy McMillin
34 Broc Dickerson
*39L Bud Pecoy
42 Juan Guillen
43 Larry Roeseler
45 Gary Magness
51 Steve Olliges
58 Tracy Graf
65 Dan Myers
69 Andrew Myers
70 Kevin Thompson
82 Sam Baldi
83 Luke McMillin
85 Mike Lawrence
87 Dallas Luttrell
89 Mike Walser
90 Raul Gomez
92 Paul Nauleau
94 Steve Strobel
98 Jose Mendez
*SCORE TT LEGEND
CLASS 1 (4)
100 Brian Parkhouse (DOR Cody Parkhouse)
110 Jeff Blanchard
162 Brendan Gaughan
168 Shelby Reid
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (31)
200 Jason McNeil
204 Christopher Polvoorde
207 Mason Cullen
213 Karl Ebdrup
217 Joe Belt
219 Christian Sourapas
221 Conner Pyle
223 Tony Murray
225 John McNeil
228 Ryan Hancock
229 Danny Lopez
232 Chelsea Magness
236 Michael Marsal
238 Elijah Kiger
240 Chris Miller
242 Bryce Swaim
249 Dustin Swanson
253 Ray Griffith
255 Brad Vicic
258 Justin Davis
263 EJ Herbst
264 Pierce Herbst
272 Dustin Grabowski
275 Juan Sanchotena
277 Travis Williams
278 Carlos Ibarra
285 Clay Lawrence
292 Jason Coleman
294 Vincent Munoz
297 Jorge Sampietro
299 Charles Dorrance
CLASS 10 (5)
1000 Ben Hagle
1001 Oliver Flemate
1016 Hiram Duran
1023 Britney Myers
1087 Ivan Tagle
CLASS 7 (2)
703 Scott Brady
711 Carlos B. Mares
PRO UTV FI (14)
2903 Adrian Escandon
2918 Justin Lambert
2925 Billy Gereghty
2941 Steven Poole
2943 Steve Allen
2945 Oscar Arambula
2946 Jose Juarez
2951 Herman Johnson
2954 Austin Weiland
2974 Jorge Cano
2978 Jose Juarez
2988 Juan Coto Moya
2998 P.J. Jones
2999 Bob Jablonski
PRO UTV NA (3)
1905 Jesse Lopez
1912 Ricky Arslanian
1995 Corbin Wells
PRO UTV OPEN (6)
1831 Craig Scanlon
1871 Wayne Matlock
1880 Paul Munoz
1895 Kaden Wells
1898 Cameron Ornelas
1854 Kristen Matlock-1st RS
CLASS 1/2-1600 (1)
1600 Eli Yee
PRO UTV STOCK (3)
3910 Brent Stowell
3933 Randy Emberton
3953 Nick Bruce
CLASS 8 (1)
818 Jessalyn Sells
HEAVY METAL (1)
8044 Brett Maister
CLASS 5 (5)
510 Gerardo Ibarra
527 Jack Grabowski
539 Jason Andrew
525 Martin Anguiano-2nd RS
508 Greg Sullivan-1st RS
CLASS 5-1600 (1)
561 Jake Woodruff
CLASS 7F (2)
702F Gerardo Novelo
714F Justin Park
CLASS 7SX (1)
744 Dario Serrano
CLASS 11 (4)
1111 Eric Solorzano
1188 Mike Kay
1155 Fernando Prado
1156 Arthur Penner
Sportsman
SPT UNLTD TRUCK (1)
1468 Troy Stone
SPT UTV UNLIMITED (1)
1809 Jim Borden
Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (2)
19x Drew Watson
69x Oliver Gamez
PRO MOTO 30 (1)
377x Joseph Putrino
PRO MOTO 40 (3)
415x Quinn Cody
419x Jacob Nieder
432x Brad White
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (5)
711x Peter Eiland
714x Lawrence Janesky
733x Paul Hart
742x John Meek
750x Brandon Wright

Pro Quads

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

Sportsman

SPT M/C (5)
203x Giovanni Aviles
212x Eduardo Larios
223x Chad Breedlove
245x Filiberto Garcia
277x Louis Isabelle
SPT QUAD (1)
122a Samir Garciayala Coy