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May 13, 2022
Racing in San Felipe, Mexico
King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250 will now air June 19th at 7pm pst; 10 pm est on ESPN 2 on King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250
Opener of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California; 277.00-mile race had 273 Pro, SPT cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Coverage of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship begins on ESPN2 this Sunday with the premier of multiple airings of the recent King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250.
The one-hour special of the popular SCORE ‘spring break’ race will be broadcast on the World of X Games show on ESPN2. It is scheduled to air June 19th at 7pm pst; 10 pm est on ESPN 2.
Host of the World of X Games show for this 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship season-opener is action sports TV announcer/Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee/SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer Cameron Steele.
Co-producing the show with SCORE is award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Bud Brutsman is the executive producer. 35th SCORE SAN FELIPE 250
San Felipe is the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico.
Starting in 1982, the SCORE San Felipe 250 is the youngest of the three traditional SCORE Baja races, the sibling of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 and the legendary SCORE Baja 500.
The 2020 San Felipe race was cancelled because of the international health-crisis as the series was reduced to the two-race pandemic-abbreviated 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. FINAL FLAG
The colorfully challenging 277.00-mile race course started and finished and pre-race contingency was held on El Malecon in the SCORE start/finish line compound alongside of the picturesque Sea of Cortez.
The 273 starters represented 29 U.S. States, one U.S. Territory and nine countries. In addition to the USA, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host country Mexico, entries came from Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, New Zealand and Peru. Competition was held in 45 Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
Besides the momentous 273 starters, there were and amazing 199 official finishers for an astonishing finishing rate of 72.9 percent. LUKE TIME
Turning the tables on last year’s results, San Diego’s third-generation desert racer Luke McMillin topped Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies this year as he roared through the Baja desert to defeat a voluminous 273 starters in last month’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250.
Luke McMillin, 29, drove solo to power his stunning No. 83 Mason-built all-wheel drive Chevy 1500 to lead the third-largest number of starters in race history to an inspiring error-free, penalty-free winning time of four hours, 25 minutes and 21 seconds over the sun-drenched, rock-filled, silt-strewn 277.00 miles for a remarkable average speed of 62.63 miles per hour. PODIUM FINISHERS
Menzies, 34, was fast qualifier and ended up finishing second in the race, driving his No. 7 Menzies Motorsports AWD Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports in 4:27:30, with an average speed of 62.13mph.
Round out the podium in third place was the team of Mike Walser, 55, Comfort, Texas/Jax Redline, 17, Amarillo, Texas in a time of 4:29:19 in their AWD Mason-built No. 89 Chevy Silverado with an average speed of 61.71mph.
The first four SCORE Trophy Trucks all had average speeds of over 60mph. UTV OVERALL WINNER
Veteran SoCal SCORE champion racer Wayne Matlock beat 55 UTVs competing in five different classes including 10 in his Pro UTV Open class.
Matlock, 44, of Alpine, Calif., drove solo in his No. 1871 Matlock Racing Polaris RZR Pro R to the UTV Overall title in a time of 6:08:50 while averaging 45.06 mph.
This was his eighth career SCORE San Felipe 250 class victory. OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNER
Switching from the unique Pro Moto Ironman class for solo riders after winning two straight season class point championships, Bolivia’s legendary athlete and Dakar Rally veteran Juan Carlos Salvatierra teamed up with Mexico’s Arturo Salas and USA’s Shane Logan and the three-nation team was the Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited Class winner in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. MORE UTV RESULTS
Winning the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class that had 29 starters was Justin Lambert, 46, Bakersfield, Calif. in his No. 2918 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo S.
Atop the Pro UTV NA class was SCORE veteran motorcycle champion Joe Bolton, 64, Corona, Calif. in his No. 1957 Polaris RZR XP1000.
Capturing the checkered flag in the Pro UTV Stock class was Brent Stowell, 60, Gilbert, Ariz. in his No. 3910 Can-Am X3. 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:
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
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.