L. McMillin captures King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250 – SCORE-International.com

L. McMillin captures King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250

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

April 3, 2022

To air on ESPN2

Luke McMillin roars way to Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck
win Saturday at King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250

Round 1 of four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California
Salvatierra takes Overall motorcyle title, W. Matlock claims Overall UTV,
Other class winners include Vildosola Sr, Quinn, Polvoorde, Warren, Brady, Bolton,
Lambert, Rangel, Stowell, Brady, J. Grabowski, Prado, Wright, Montoya, Liebelt, Gil;
BFGoodrich Tires earns its 100th all-time Overall SCORE Baja race victory

273 starters, 199 finishers-29 States, 8 countries on 277.00-mile course

NOTE: Official complete results available at www.score-international.com

SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – 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 Saturday’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.
Under sunny skies, light winds and mild temperatures in the mid-70s Farenheit, McMillin had plenty of competition behind him in the superb field of 42 of the marquee SCORE Trophy Trucks and 269 starters, third-most in the 35-year history of the race. Ahead of him were fast qualifier Menzies, second-qualifier Justin Lofton and 273 total starters. Finishers called it “one of the most beautifully brutal courses ever” in the history of this race.
The popular ‘Spring Break’ season-opener of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship was held in San Felipe, the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
The race will be televised as a one-hour special on the World of X Games program on ESPN2. The first air date is scheduled for Sunday, May 15. Champion SCORE Trophy Truck racer Cameron Steele again pulled double-duty as the intro announcer for the telecast.
Menzies, 34, was fast qualifier for the second straight year in San Felipe 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.
Following in the dusty tracks of his grandfather Corky McMillin and his father Mark McMillin in desert racing, Luke McMillin, who qualified third behind Menzies and Lofton closed in on Menzies after getting by Lofton fairly early in the race. The battled raged for well over 100 miles as McMillin got by Menzies when the later had stopped to change a flat and then Menzies got by McMillin when the No. 83 had an issue while pitting and McMillin passed Menzies for the last time when the No. 7 had another flat.
After losing by just 15.54 seconds to Menzies last year, McMillin won this year with a victory margin of two minutes, nine seconds. It was McMillin’s first SCORE San Felipe 250 race with his AWD Mason SCORE Trophy Truck which debuted at last year’s SCORE Baja 500.
After winning the SCORE Baja 1000 in both 2020 (splitting driving with Larry Roeseler) and 2022 (splitting the driving with Rob MacCachren), McMillin drove solo to earn his first SCORE Trophy Truck win in San Felipe. He also won in the unlimited Class 1 10 years ago when he was just 19 years old.
McMillin has now earned three career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins and he also has four career SCORE season point championships include 2020 in SCORE Trophy Truck.
The victory also was the 100th SCORE Baja race win for his tire sponsor-BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 46 years.
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 represent 29 U.S. States, one U.S. Territory and eight countries. In addition to the USA, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host country Mexico, entries so far have also come from Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France and Peru. Competition was held in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads in 51 different classes.
The rugged course closed in the elapsed-time race early Sunday morning. Following complete data tracking review, later Sunday morning the results were made official by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva.
Besides the momentous 273 starters, there were and amazing 199 official finishers for an astonishing finishing rate of 72.9 percent.
All four 2022 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the seventh consecutive year.
Helping mark the launch of the 49th year of SCORE International, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization with the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division with a total of 42 of these ‘Monsters of the Desert’ (including eight in SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old) starting the race. Created by SCORE and started in 1994 by then SCORE-owner Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy Truck is the featured division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
Luke finally relaxed during finish line interviews, saying, “It feels really, really good, we ran clean today, and had no issues at all. We just kept moving all day. We picked off Lofton (Justin, No. 41) going up north and then there was some back and forth with Bryce (Menzies, No. 7) on a couple of occasions. We passed them on the lake bed when they were changing a tire. We had a little hiccup on our pit and they got by us. We were 30 seconds behind him and we passed them as they pulled over. It was just cat and mouse. I want to give a big shoutout to BFGoodrich Tires.”
“This is their 100th SCORE Baja race win and that’s amazing. BFGoodrich Tires really helped us win this race today along with the rest of our sponsor partners. BFGoodrich Tires are a key ingredient to racing success in the desert. It was rocky and rough. This is a heavy truck and our BFGs held on and now we’re here in first place. What a spectacular way to start the season.”
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.
With Salas starting, Logan, of San Diego, taking the second section, Salvatierra, 40, finished up for the impressive victory on his KTM 450SX-F.
After Logan crashed, Salvatierra rode the final section of the race course with no seat.
The Salvatierra team finished the challenging course in a time of 6:01:34 with an average speed on his motorcycle of 45.97 mph.
Salvatierra commented afterwards, “San Felipe is always extremely demanding because of all the whoops and the rocks. It’s a course that always demands riders to be physically fit and extremely aware of everything. We prepared really well and I’m very thankful for my mechanics that prepared the bike and my co-riders. They all did a fantastic job.”
“Arturo started really well and built a good gap for us. Shane had a crash and lost the seat and some other parts and handed me a half-bike, but we made it. The final section was really fun and enjoyable. It wasn’t that fast, but it was very technical.
SCORE Trophy Trucks have now won 25 overalls in San Felipe in the 27 years that the premier racing class has been part of this race. In this year’s race, SCORE Trophy Trucks captured the top XX overall finishing positions.
KTM earned its fourth overall motorcycle win in this race and first since 2012 when the late Kurt Caselli teamed with Ivan Ramirez teamed up for the win on a KTM 450SX-F.
Among the tire manufacturers, BFGoodrich Tires has now won the overall victory for the 29th time in 35 years.
In the overall pro 4wheel vehicles, Chevy has now earned five Overall wins and in overall engine wins, Chevy now has seven wins.
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. He also have seven career SCORE season class point titles, including five on quads and two in UTVs.
Racing against her husband in the same class for the first time, SCORE champion racer Kristin Matlock, 41, finished eighth in her Polaris RZR Pro R. It was her first race in Pro UTV Open class. The three previous San Felipe races (2018, 2019, 2021), she won the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class.
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.
Besides Luke McMillin, Menzies and Walser/Redline the rest of the top 14 SCORE Trophy Truck finishers, ncluding two SCORE TT Legends (drivers over 50 years old) started with fourth place finisher Rob MacCachren, 57, of Las Vegas who had a time of 4:31:00 in his MacCachren Motorsports No. 1 Ford F-150. The reigning SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion, desert racing G.O.A.T. has six career overall wins in the SCORE San Felipe 250.
Fifth was Las Vegas’ Tim Herbst, 59/Pat Dean, 51, with a time of 4:40:25 in the Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 in 4:40:25 and sixth was Eric Hustead, 51, St. George, Utah, in 4:40:57 in his No. 38 Ford F-150.
Mexico brothers Alan Ampudia, 31, and Aaron Ampudia, 29, of Ensenada, were seventh in 4:42:04 in their No. 10 Papas Y Beer Ford Raptor and eighth in 4:47:20 was Sam Baldi, 57, Beaumont, Calif. in his No. 82 Chevy Silverado.
Ninth overall and winning the SCORE TT Legend class was veteran SCORE champion racer Gustavo Vildosola Sr, 68, Mexicali along with second driver Ricky Johnson, 57, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. They finished in 4:46:43 in the No. 21 Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor.
Another SCORE TT Legend class team, Rolf Helland, 62, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 56, Barstow, Calif., was second in class and 10th overall in 4:48:03.
Finishing 11th was Mikey Lawrence, 34, Banning, Calif., in a time of 4:56:09 in his Lawrence Equipment Ford Raptor.
In 12th overall was veteran SCORE racer Gary Magness, 68, Denver, with a finishing time of 4:59:38 in his Mango Racing No. 45, Ford Raptor.
With a time of 5:07:20, finishing 13th was Las Vegas’ Dallas Luttrell, 40, with a time of 5:07:20 in his Dodge Ram and 14th in SCORE Trophy Truck and overall was Kyle Jergensen, 26, Phelan, Calif. in a time of 5:08:55.
In all, 12 of the top 14 overall finishers completed the grueling race route in under five hours.
Leading the gregarious group of 84 racers who entered with at least two class wins in this race with eight class wins in San Felipe is Wayne Matlock (Pro UTV Open).
With four SCORE San Felipe class wins is Mexico’s Gustavo Vildosola Sr who won the SCORE TT Legend class for drivers over 50 years old.
Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev. picked up his fifth class win here this year as a co-rider for Ryan Liebelt, 42, Reedley, Calif. riding in Pro Motor 40 and Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., earned his fourth
Ronny Wilson as the second driver for Kyle Quinn, 34, Lakewood, Calif. who was the winner in the unlimited Class 1.
A trio of motorcycle winners each earned their third career class wins in San Felipe—Fernando Beltran, 45, Ensenada, Mexico, (Pro Moto Limited, No. 180x Honda CRF450X), Ryan Liebelt, 42, Reedley, Calif.  (Pro Moto 40, No. 400x Yamaha WR450F and Jano Montoya, 50, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru) (Pro Moto 30, No. 325x KTM 450EXCF.
Among the other class winners in this year’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250 included Christopher Polvoorde, 21, Hemet, Calif. (Trophy Truck Spec, No. 204 Mason-Ford), Chase Warren, 32, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Class 10, No. 1088 Alumi Craft-Chevy), Scott Brady, 55, Gerber, Calif. (Class 7, No. 703 Ford Ranger), Matt Ferrato, 51, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. (SCORE Lites, No. 1216 Custom-VW), Jack Grabowski, 23, Upland, Calif. (Class 5, No. 527 Custom-Subaru), Martin Rangel, 41, Surprise, Ariz. (Class 1/2-1600, No. 1626 Romo-VW), Barry Thompson, 64, Martinez, Calif. (Baja Challenge, No. BC1 BTC-Subaru and Fernando Prado, 36, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 11, No. 1155, VW Sedan).
Among the other two-wheel class winners were Brandon Wright, 45, Oak Hills, Calif. (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 750x Husqvarna FE501), Vance Kennedy, 52, Peoria, Ariz. (Pro Moto 50, No. 522x Husqvarna FX450) and Scott McIntosh, 61, Davie, Fla. (Pro Moto 60, No. 600x Honda CRF450X).
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.
Starting and finishing back on El Malecon for the first time in three years, the race route was 277.00 miles, running in a counter-clockwise direction and features one physical full stop checkpoint (Morelia Road Crossing).
For the first time and for safety reasons, SCORE has developed two separate sections within the overall race course for motorcycles and quads only, but all classes still covered 277.00 total miles of magnificent Baja terrain.
There were 108 virtual checkpoints for cars/trucks/UTVs, 142 for motorcycles/quads and just three speed zones for all classes for a total of just 3.7 miles of the total course.
For cars/trucks/UTVs the one physical checkpoint with be at race-mile 126.9 and for motos/quads it will be at race-mile 109.77.
The course heads North to the Zoo Road crossing up to the El Chinero area, West to Borrego, South through Laguna Diablo to Morelia Junction before winding West and South through four of the gloriously infamous Baja washes in this order: Amarillas Wash, Chanate Wash, Azufre Wash and Matomi Wash before heading North to the finish line.
New title sponsor for this year’s race was long-time SCORE official sponsor King Shocks. King Shocks is in their 10th year as the SCORE official shock absorber. This year is the first of a three-year agreement for King Shocks to be the title sponsor of the SCORE San Felipe 250, a race that is part of the SCORE Triple Crown of Baja along with the other legacy races SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Baja 1000.
King Shock Technology Inc., based in Garden Grove, Calif., is a manufacturer and servicer of custom made adjustable and rebuildable automotive shock absorbers and performance racing products for utility vehicles, OEM replacement and professional racing use.
Here are the remaining dates for the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship which are being held exclusively in Baja California, Mexico for the seventh consecutive year:

  • 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
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.
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 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.

SCORE San Felipe 250 All-Time Overall Champions
(1982 through 2022)

NOTE: This race was not held during the first five years of the
combined HDRA/SCORE Desert Series (1985-1989).

Pro Cars, Trucks, UTVs

Year–Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)
1982–Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1983–Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1984–Scott McMillin/Corky McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1990–Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1991–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class 8)
1992–Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)
1993–Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)
1994–Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1995–Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1996–Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1997–Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1998–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)
1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2000–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2001–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2002–Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2003–Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE T-Truck)
2004–Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2005–Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
2006–Garron Cadiente, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2007–Mark Post/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE T-Truck)
2008–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2009–Brian Collins, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2010—Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Jimco-BMW (Class 1)
2011—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2012—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2013—Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2014—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2015—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2016—Billy Wilson, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2017—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2018—Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2019—Andy McMillin, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2020—No race because of health pandemic
2021—Bryce Menzies, Ford Raptor (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2022—Luke McMillin, Chevy 1500 (SCORE Trophy Truck)

Pro Motorcycles

Year–Rider(s), Vehicle
1982–Bob Balentine, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1983–Jack Johnson, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1984–Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna CR500 (Class 22)
1990–Dan Smith/Danny Hamel, KTM (Class 22)
1991–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1992–Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1993–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500(Class 22)
1994–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1995–Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1996–Paul Krause, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1997–Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1998–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1999–Johnny Campbell/Cole Marshall, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2000–Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2001–Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2002–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2003–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2004–Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2005–Chris Blais/Andy Grider/Quinn Cody, KTM MXC525 (Class 22)
2006–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2007–Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2008–Robby Bell/Johnny Campbell, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2009–Kendall Norman/Tim Weigand, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2010—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2011—Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2012—Kurt Caselli/Ivan Ramirez, KTM 450SX-F (Class 22)
2013—Tim Weigand/Colton Udall, Honda CRF450X (Class 22)
2014–Ricky Brabec/Shane Esposito/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki KX450F (Class 22)
2015—Colton Udall/Justin Jones, Honda CRF450X (Open)
2016—Colton Udall/Mark Samuels, Honda CRF450X (Unlimited)
2017—Mark Samuels/Daymon Stokie/Ryan Penhall, Honda CRF450X (Unlimited)
2018—Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels, Honda CRF450X (Unlimited)
2019—Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda CRF450X (Unlimited)
2020—No race because of global health pandemic
2021—Derek Ausserbauer, Honda CRF450X (Unlimited)
2022—Juan Carlos Salvatierra/Arturo Salas Jr/Shane Logan, KTM 450SX-F (Unlimited)