after Golden tribute of SCORE BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 held May 29-June 3 in Ensenada, Mexico
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Following yet another impressive international race victory, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas continues as the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck leader in the season point standings after Round 2 of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Increasing his overall lead in career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins to 17, the masterful MacCachren opened the 2018 campaign by winning both the 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250 and backed that up by winning the recent 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500. MacCachren, 53, overcame a race-record 36 starters in San Felipe and 33 more starters in the SCORE Baja 500 in the class for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited custom trucks for the victories in his race-proven No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck built by Geiser Bros. of Phoenix.
In the 45th-year in the history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, MacCachren has now earned 211 season points with his two opening race wins to lead the 2018 SCORE Overall point standings in addition to topping the chart in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division.
The featured SCORE Trophy Truck division is celebrating its 25th season of competition since former SCORE owner Sal Fish introduced the unique class to the motorsports world in 1994.
TOP THREE OVERALL LEADERS
While MacCachren is at the top of the SCORE leader board, second in overall points and leading the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class after his second straight victory 2018 SCORE win in Ensenada is veteran Wayne Matlock, 40, of Alpine, Calif., with 202 points in his No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo vehicle.
Third overall and second in SCORE Trophy Truck standings after his third-place finish in San Felipe and second in Ensenada with 195 points in the No. 83 Mark Racing Racer-built Ford F-150 is San Diego’s Luke McMillin, 25.
SCORE point regulations for 2018 once again has all four-races counting for final points, with three minimum, and one of the four races in the SCORE World Desert Championship that is mandatory to qualify for a class season point championship is for the driver/rider of record to start or finish the season-ending SCORE Baja 1000.
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 the racer’s class.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK LEADERS
Lining up behind Rob MacCachren and Luke McMillin in the point standings in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division are more of the world’s top desert racers.
Three of the top five point leaders in SCORE Trophy Truck after two 2018 races are three third-generation racers from San Diego’s McMillin family racing.
While Luke McMillin is second in SCORE Trophy Truck and third in overall points, fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck and tied for sixth overall is Luke’s cousin Andy McMillin, 30, with 183 points in his No. 31 McMillin Racing Mason-built Chevy Silverado and fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck and seventh overall is Luke’s older brother Dan, 30, who has 182 points in his No. 23 Mark Racing Racer-built Ford F-150.
Third in SCORE Trophy Truck points and fifth in the overall point standings with 186 points is Ryan Arciero, 44, of Lake Forest, Calif., in the No. 32 Herbst/Smith-built Ford F-150.
Sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck points and tied for ninth in overall points is TV action sports commentator and veteran desert racer Cameron Steele, 50 of San Clemente, Calif. Steele has175 points in his No. 16 Desert Assassins Monster Energy Geiser-built Chevy Silverado.
Brothers Alan Ampudia, 27 and Aaron Ampudia, 25, of Ensenada, Mexico, are seventh in SCORE Trophy Trucks and 13th overall with 172 points in their No. 10 Papa’s Y Beer ID-built Ford Raptor.
Las Vegas brothers Tim Herbst and Ed Herbst are eighth in SCORE Trophy Truck points and tied for 14th in overall points with 171 in their No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150, built by Herbst/Smith.
Ninth in SCORE Trophy Truck points is the team of Chris Miller, La Jolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif. with 166 points.
Currently 10th in SCORE Trophy Truck points with 164 is three-time defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 23 of Tecate, Mexico, in the No. 1 RPM Racing Geiser-built Chevy Rally Truck.
SEVEN CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 20 OVERALL
Including Rob MacCachren in SCORE Trophy Truck and Wayne Matlock in Pro UTV FI, a total of seven classes have at least one racer in the top 20 SCORE Overall 4-wheel point standings after Round 2 in the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The classes in the top 20 point standings are SCORE Trophy Truck (8 racers), Pro UTV FI (3), Trophy Truck Spec (3), Class 10 (2), Class 1/2-1600 (2) along with one each class point leader in the unlimited Class 1 and Pro UTV.
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck and Pro UTV FI, other 2018 class point leaders also in the top 20 in the 2018 SCORE Overall points are Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif., 16th overall and Class 10 leader in the No. 1023 Alumi Craft-Chevy with 170 points, Bryce Swaim, El Cajon, Calif. who is fourth overall and Trophy Truck Spec class leader with 187 points in the No. 42 TSCO-Chevy, Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., who is tied for ninth overall and leads the unlimited Class 1 with 175 points in his No. 185 Jimco-Chevy, third-generation racer Bruce Yee, Chula Vista, Calif. who is tied for 17th overall and co-leads Class 1/2-1600 in the No. 1614 Barajas-VW with 167 points as does Oscar Alvarez, McAllen, Texas in the No. 1603 Romo-VW and Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. who leads the Pro UTV class and is tied for 14th overall with 171 points in her No. 1954 Polaris XP4 1000.
OVERALL PRO MOTORCYCLE LEADER
The 2018 SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Ironman class point leader after the first two rounds is Mexican motorcycle racing legend Francisco Septien, 42, of Ensenada with 169 points as he has won both races this year in the solo rider class on his No. 730x Honda CRF450X.
Two Pro classes have tied co-leaders after Round 2 of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship. The two classes are Class 1/2-1600 and Pro Quad.
Each with one win and one third place finish, tied with 167 points each to co-lead Class 1/2-1600 third generation desert racer Bruce Yee of Chula Vista, Calif. who leads a team in a Barajas-VW and Oscar Alvarez, McAllen, Texas who leads a team in a Romo-VW. The pair are also tied for 17th in the SCORE Overall point standings.
With one win and one second-place finish each tied for first with 154 points and both riding on Honda TRX450R quads are teams led by Juan Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif. and Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico. Sanchez was the Pro Quad season point champion in 2017.
Led by MacCachren, Davis, K. Matlock and Septien a total of 11 racers have won their class in each of the two grueling races held so far in 2l018. And both were run over race-record long courses for each event.
Also 2-0 to lead their class point standings in the 4-wheel vehicle classes are Vincent Munoz, Yucaipa, Calif. (Class 8, No. 894 Ford Ranger), Mark McNeil, El Cajon, Calif. (Class 5, No. 501 VW Baja Bug) and Jesus Mendez Jr, Mexicali, Mexico (Pro UTV UNLTD, No. 1872 Can-Am X3 XRS).
Besides Septien, the other motorcycle class winners who are undefeated in 2018 with identical 2-0 records, the other four Pro moto racers who are undefeated so far this year are teams led by Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited, No. 7x Honda CRF450X; Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru), (Pro Moto 40, No. 400x KTM 450EXCF, Giovanni Spinaly, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 510x Yamaha YZ450FX) and Guy Laycraft, Canada (Pro Moto 60, No. 649x Honda CRF450X.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Following her second straight solo drive to victory in 2018, Kristen Matlock, joins her husband Wayne as a class point leader. Leading the Pro UTV NA (Normally Aspirated) class, Kristen Matlock in her No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP 1000 has earned 171 season points. In the recent SCORE Baja 500 Kristen Matlock had the fastest overall time of all 53 Pro UTVs that started the race.
International motorcycle rally racer Santiago Creel, 31 of Mexico City, was rider of record on four KTM motorcycles, an all-time SCORE record for a single race in San Felipe. He upped his record by one in the SCORE Baja 500 as an additional driver in the Trophy Truck Spec class. Using a host of talented teammates from Italy, Mexico and the U.S.A., Creel leads the Pro Moto Limited class, is second in Pro Moto 30 and third and fifth in Pro Moto Unlimited after the first two 2018 races.
Creel, in just his sophomore season racing with SCORE, was the Pro Moto Limited class point champion in 2017. The vehicle in the Trophy Truck Spec class where he was an additional driver in Ensenada, was a did-not-finish in its first race.
MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
Among the other SCORE class point leaders after two rounds of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship in Pro car/truck/UTV classes are Gustavo Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico/Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif., who lead the SCORE TT Legend class in the No. 12L Ford Raptor-ID, Luis Barragan, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE Lites, No. 1210 Seagrove-VW, 1 race win), Carlos Diaz, Calexico, Calif. (Class 7, No. 711 Ford Raptor), Dennis Hollenbeck, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11, No. 1100 VW Sedan), and Cesar Iniguez, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5-1600, No. 553 VW Baja Bug).
Other rider of record class point leader in Pro motorcycle and quad classes is Ryan Liegelt,Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 30, No. 300x Yamaha WR450F).
The 2018 Sportsman motorcycle point co-leaders with 175 points each so far are the team led by Shane Schorno, Discovery Bay, Calif. (SPT M/C, No. 284x KTM 500EXCF) and the team led by Rolando Cabrera, Ramona, Calif. (SPT M/C, No. 238x Honda CRF450X. Leading the Sportsman Quad division after two races with 163 points is the team led by Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif., on the No. 110a Honda TRX450R.
Below is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule. For the third consecutive year all four races are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-April 8, San Felipe, Mexico
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 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, 4 Wheel Parts, 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.
Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
2018 SCORE World Desert Championship Point Leaders
BAJA CHALLENGE—1. BC1 Eric Tedder, New York, N.Y., BTC-Subaru (1), 85; 2. BC1 David Payne, St. Louis, Mo., BTC-Subaru (1), 75.
PROTRUCK—1. 1377 Jason Vandenborn, Canada, Ford F-150 (1), 75;
STOCK FULL—1. 8125 Marc Stein, Hemet, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 105.
CLASS 7SX—1. 740 Gerardo Novelo O., Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 55.
VINTAGE TRAILBLAZER—1. V129 Peter Alesi Jr, Alpine, Calif./Peter Alesi III, Phoenix, Chenowth-VW (1), 85.
CLASS 11—1. 1100 Dennis Hollenbeck, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Sedan, 99; 2. Viry Felix, Ensenada, Mexico/Cisco Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Ramon Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Pancho Bio, Spring Valley, Calif. (1), 92; 3. 1156 Art Penner, Lynden, Wash. (Canada), VW Sedan (1), 75.
SPT UNLTD TRUCK—1. 1492 Mark Stevens, Lexington, Ohio, Ford Raptor, 30.
SPT BUGGY—1. Juan Naranjo, Rowland Heights, Calif., Custom-VW (1), 85.
PRO MOTO 30—360x Santiago Creel, Mexico City/Massimo Mangini, Italy/Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Abel Burgeno, Mazatlan, Mexico/Jim O’Neal, Smi Valley, Calif./Enrique Fuhrken, Mexico City, KTM EXCF500
PRO MOTO 50—510x Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, Ramona, Calif./John Griffin, Lake Forest, Calif., Honda CRF450X
PRO MOTO LIMITED—100x Santiago Creel, Mexico City/Alberto Heredia, Ensenada, Mexico/Larry Serna, Tijuana, Mexico/Ricardo de la Pena, Los Angeles/Massimo Mangini, Italy/Austin Miller, Austin, Texas, KTM 350XCF
PRO MOTO IRONMAN—730x Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450EXCF
PRO MOTO 60—649x Guy Laycraft, Canada/Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Dave Potts/Steve Williams/Bob Johnson, Honda CRF450X
PRO QUAD—15a Juan Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R
Sportsman M/C & Quad
SPT M/C—255x Alvaro Bello, Spring Valley, Calif., Kawasaki KXF450
SPT QUAD—110a Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif., Honda TRX450R
50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico June 2-3, 2018
Total Starters: 321 Total Finishers: 187
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150