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Menzies nips L. McMillin to top qualifying-SCORE Baja 400

September 15, 2021
Presented by VP Racing Fuels

Wednesday for Saturday’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400
Menzies, Luke McMillin, Gordon top qualifiers


Parkhouse tops unlimited class 1, Polvoorde top qualifier in Trophy Truck Spec
270 entries so far from 27 States, 11 Countries; closed Start/Finish;
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Saturday—Motorcycles/quads start at 6 a.m. (PT), cars/trucks/utvs at 10 a.m.(PT)


NOTE: Qualifying Results, SCORE Trophy Truck quotes at bottom of text

     ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies, San Diego’s Luke McMillin and Robby Gordon of Charlotte, N.C., the of the top guns in all of desert racing, were the top three qualifiers Thursday among nearly 200 racers expect to start Saturday’s 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing launches the second half of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. The newest SCORE race is being held in Baja California, just northeast of Ensenada.
     Held on a 5.37-mile course east of Ensenada, Menzies, 34, powered his way in a time of 7 minutes, 52.444 seconds, averaging 40.92 miles per hour in his No. 7 all-wheel drive Mason-built Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck. He was the fastest of 27 SCORE Trophy Trucks out of the 34 entries who attempted to qualify.
     Menzies edged Luke McMillin by just .51 hundredth of a second to earn the top spot.
Luke McMillin, the defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion, will start second in Saturday’s race after completing the qualifying course in 7:52.444 (40.91mph) in his AWD Mason Motorsports built Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck.
    Veteran Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Gordon, 52 of Charlotte, North Carolina, finished third in qualifying, covering the 5.37 miles in 8:00.517 (40.23mph). Gordon is a former Indy Car, NASCAR, Rally and also owns and drives in his own Stadium off-road series.
     Fastest qualifier in Class 1 was Cody Parkhouse, 33, Long Beach, Calif., turning in a hot lap of 8:38.138 while averaging (37.31mph) in the No. 100 Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
     Top qualifier out of 26 entries in the Trophy Truck Spec class was Christopher Polvoorde, 21, Hemet, Calif., with a time of 8:27.415 (38.10mph) in the No. 204 Mason Motorsorts-built Ford Raptor. He was the 22nd racer to qualify in his class.
     SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec were the only four classes required to qualify for starting positions as the other start positions in the various classes were determined by a drawing.
     The youngest race in the long and storied nearly 50-year history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization will be held this week in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The race, produced by BCII TV in association with SCORE International, will air as a one-hour on Sunday, Oct. 31 on the ESPN2 Network.
     Because of the significant health and safety BioSecurity protocols developed by SCORE in conjunction with and the approval of Mexican state and local health authorities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all race-week festivities and the start/finish line compound will once again be restricted access only and closed to the general public.
     The SCORE Baja 400 race start/finish compound is located Northeast of downtown Ensenada.
     Spectators, adhering to the protocols, will be allowed to watch the race from around the 400-mile race course.
     During contingency on Friday and the race on Saturday, until the course closes on Sunday morning, live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews. Popular Rat Sult, who has been the voice of SCORE over the last six seasons, will once again serve as host of the SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be Dave Arnold.
     SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website.
     The SCORE Baja 400 will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6 a.m. (PDT) and approximately 10 a.m. (PDT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around eight and one-half hours, all vehicles will have a 20-hour time limit to become official finishers in the race.
     With competition in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads of the 187 entries entering three days of late, on-site registration in Ensenada, 20 U.S. States are represented plus racers from host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Peru and South Africa.
     Leading the way are SCORE Trophy Truck (including two in SCORE TT Legend) has 34 entries, the Trophy Truck Spec class which has 26 entries to date, the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class with 24, Class 10 (15) and Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) (8) and Pro Moto Unlimited has eight entries. Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT Motorcycle with eight entries.
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     SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has posted a US$5,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel race winner to help commemorate this newest race on the SCORE schedule.
     The SCORE Registration tent at the start of the SCORE compound will be the site of many of the activities surrounding the 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels. Racer registration and media registration will both continue on Thursday and Friday.
     The balance of the SCORE race-week activities are being held in the SCORE Compound, closed to the public, Northeast of downtown Ensenada. Racer registration in the SCORE Registration Tent will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Friday.
     On Thursday after 4 p.m. PDT and on Friday, no new entries will be accepted after 3 p.m. PDT.
     Media registration is continuing in the SCORE Registration tent from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both Thursday and Friday.
     The SCORE Media Center will be in the SCORE Registration tent during the race with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
    The race features a course designed, plotted and marked by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 400 miles of rugged Baja California terrain.
     Running in a clockwise direction, the race will start and finish without spectators in the SCORE compound on the Northeast side of Ensenada.
     The race features an impressive course of 400 miles. It runs west to Ojos Negro then south down the middle and then up the Pacific Coast side of Baja California.
     There are two physical checkpoints, 138 virtual checkpoints including two narrow virtual checkpoints for this race course. It also has 13 speed zones for a total of 64.08 miles.
     The two physical, full-stop checkpoints—Checkpoint 1 will be located at race mile 94.2 at Independencia and Checkpoint 2 will be at rm 228.82 at the end of the crossover road at Llano Colorado.
     The course goes east through Ojos Negros and then begins its Southern journey through Tres Hermanos, east to Highway 3, south through El Alamo, Leyes De Reforma and south through Valle de Trinidad.
     From there it winds its way back towards the Pacific Ocean going over the hill at Mike’s Sky Rancho, and then through a new crossover section to Checkpoint 2 and south to make a loop just in north of Colonet. The course than parallels and draws close to the Pacific Ocean going through San Vicente, Santo Tomas and Uruapan before heading back northeast up to Tres Hermanos, Ojos Negros and back to the finish line.
     The results of the SCORE Baja 400 also will determine the start order within each class for November’s iconic season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.

2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels
Round 3 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship

Sept. 18-19, 2021—400 miles – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Current Total Entries: 186 (as of 9/15/21)
(from 20 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada,
Ecuador, France, New Zealand, Peru, So. Africa)

Qualifying Results (Sept. 15, 5.37-miles)
NOTE: Non-qualifiers will start in the order entered following qualifiers

Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
(Number, driver/rider of record/additional drivers and/or Navigators/riders, vehicle, engine)
  SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited CustomTrucks including Builder)–
TOP QUALIFIER 7 Bryce Menzies, 34, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Mason), 7:52.444 (40.92miles per hour)
2. 1 Luke McMillin, 28, San Diego, Chevy Silverado (Mason), 7:52.495 (40.91mph)
3. 77 Robby Gordon, 52, Charlotte, N.C. (Santa Ana, Calif.), Chevy Silverado (R. Gordon), 8:00.517 (40.23mph)
4. 27 Jonathan Brenthel, 42, La Cresta, Calif./Kyle Jergensen, 26, Phelan, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Brenthel), 8:02.321 (40.08mph)
5. 11 Rob MacCachren, 56, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Geiser), 8:02.653 (40.05mph)
6. 23 Daniel McMillin, 33, San Diego, Chevy 1500 (Mason) , 8:05.855 (39.70mph)
7. 22 Jax Redline, 16, Amarillo, Texas/Apdaly Lopez, 26, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy R-2 (Geiser), 8:09.394 (39.50mph)
8. 12 Gustavo Vildosola Sr, 68, Mexicali, Mexico/Ricky Johnson, 56, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Ford Raptor (Mason), 8:11.122 (39.36mph)
9. 10 Alan Ampudia, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Aaron Ampudia, 28, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (ID), 8:13.201 (39.20mph)
10. 9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 26, Tecate, Mexico/Juan C. Lopez, 46, Tecate, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Custom), 8:14.309 (39.11mph)
11. 21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, 39, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Vildosola), 8:18.226 (38.80mph)
12. 29 Madix Bailey, 17, Riverside, Calif./Brandon Bailey, 39, Riverside, Calif., Ford Raptor (ID), 8:20.400 (38.63mph)
13. 43 Larry Roeseler, 64, Boulevard, Calif., Toyota Tundra (ID), 8:22.092 (38.50mph)
14. 16 Ryan Arciero, 48, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (DOR-Cameron Steele, 53, San Clemente, Calif.), Ford Raptor (Geiser), 8:26.261 (38.19mph)
15. 19 Pat Dean, 51, Las Vegas (DOR-Tim Herbst, 58, Las Vegas Ford F-150) (Herbst/Smith), 8:36.280 (37.44mph)
16. *37L Rolf Helland, 61, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 55, Barstow, Calif., Ford Raptor (Mason), 8:39.477 (37.21mph)
17. 14 Bobby Pecoy, 57, Anaheim, Calif./ Rhys Millen, 48, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand), Ford Raptor (Geiser), 8:41.133 (37.10mph)
18. 85 Mike Lawrence, 33, Banning, Calif./Brad Manka, 45, Yucaipa, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst/Smith), 8:44.763 (36.84mph)
19. 79 AJ Jones, 25, Litchfield Park, Ariz./, Chevy Silverado (Mason), 8:46.306 (36.73mph)
20. 90 Raul Gomez, 42, Placerville, Calif./Darian Gomez, 20, Placerville, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 8:46.597 (36.71mph)
21. 26 Dave Taylor, 47, Page, Ariz./Sara Price, 29, Canyon Country, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Geiser), 8:53.607 (36.23mph)
22. 65 Dan Myers, 43, Newport Beach, Calif./Steve Myers, 55, Newport Beach, Calif., Toyota Tundra (R. Gordon), 8:53.773 (36.22mph)
23. 66 Shane Redline, 45, Amarillo, Texas/Travis Clarke, 41, Encinitas, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Geiser), 9:00.960 (35.74mph)
24. 40 Chris Miller, 47, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Adalberto Cruz, 30, San Diego, Chevy Silverado (Mason), 9:07.493 (35.31mph)
25. 31 Andy McMillin, 33, San Diego, Chevy Silverado (Mason), 9:11.843 (35.03mph)
26. 41 Justin Lofton, 35, Brawley, Calif./Ray Griffith, 31, Downey, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 10:56.575 (29.44mph)
27. 18 JP Gomez, 37, Placerville, Calif./, Ford Raptor (Geiser), 13:27.997 (23.93mph)
Did Not Qualify 35 Carlos Penunuri, 40, La Paz, Mexico/Carlos Ortiz, La Paz, Mexico/Jose Ivan Sanchez, La Paz, Mexico, Chevy 1500 (Chevy)
DNQ 52 Rick Sanchez, 44, San Vicente, Mexico/Enrique Varo, San Vicente, Mexico, Ford F-150 (Padmur)
DNQ 71 Eric Hardin, 39, Orange, Calif., GMC Sierra (ID)
DNQ 96 Enrique Murillo, 51, La Paz, Mexico/German Alvarez, 35, La Paz, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (Baja Shop)
DNQ *53L Wade Porter, 54, Durham, Calif., Ford Raptor (Brenthel)
DNQ 45 Gary Magness, 67, Denver/Devin House, Denver, Ford F-150 (Herbst/Smith)
DNQ 92 Paul Nauleau, 24, France/Joe Desrosiers, 52, San Marcos, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Fusion)
*SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Custom Trucks, including builder, Drivers over 50 years old)–
   CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)—
TOP QUALIFIER:  100 Cody Parkhouse, 33, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Parkhouse, 61, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 8:38.138 (37.31mph)
2. 179 Mario Fuentes, 42, Juarez, Mexico/Ramon Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Eduardo Laguna, Tecate, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 9:03.326 (35.58mph)
3. 162 Brendan Gaughan, 46, Las Vegas/Buddy Feldkamp, 42, Redlands, Calif., HMS-Chevy, 9:14.973 (34.83mph)
Did Not Qualify 105 Mason Cullen, 22, Long Beach, Calif./Matt Cullen, 53, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy
DNQ 168 Shelby Reid, 53, Apple Valley, Calif./Cody Reid, 29, Apple Valle, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy
  TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed engines including builder)–
TOP QUALIFIER: 204 Christopher Polvoorde, 21, Hemet, Calif./Bryce Romine, 21, Hemet, Calif., Mason-Ford, 8:27.415 (38.10mph)
2. 234 Jason McNeil, 43, El Cajon, Calif./Tyler McNeil, 32, Mesa, Ariz./Kyle Dodson, 35, Ramona, Calif./Chad McNeil, 39, El Cajon, Calif./Brandon McNeil, 37, El Cajon, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 8:36.943 (37.40mph)
3. 261 Jeff Bader, 40, Las Vegas/Dan Fresh, 52, Dana Point, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 8:37.113 (37.38mph)
4. 228 Ryan Hancock, 45, Yuma, Ariz./Brock Heger, 21, El Centro, Calif./Jordan Poole, 32, Las Vegas, TSCO-Ford, 8:37.575 (37.35 mph)
5. 285 Clay Lawrence, 59, Banning, Calif./Costa Gialamus, 41, Aguanga, Calif., Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 8:39.826 (37.19mph)
6. 258 Justin Davis, 28 , Chino Hills, Calif./Jeremy Davis, 20, Chino Hills, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy,  8:47.592 (36.64mph)
7. 275 Juan Sanchotena, 51, San Diego/Juan Sanchotena Jr 26, San Diego, SMS-Chevy, 8:52.251 (36.32mph)
8. 200 Jorge Sampietro, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Santiago Creel, 34, Mexico City, Mason-Chevy, 9:01.885 (35.68mph)
9. 264 Pierce Herbst, 19, Las Vegas/Thor Herbst, 20, Las Vegas, Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 9:04.328 (35.52mph)
10. 294 Vincent Munoz, 34, Yucaipa, Calif./Roy Tomkins, 34, Redlands, Calif., ODR-Chevy, 9:05.061 (35.47mph)
11. 242 Bryce Swaim, 34, El Cajon, Calif./Garrett Stone, 27, El Cajon, Calif./Chad Cameron, 34, El Cajon, Calif., TSCO-Ford, 9:05.302 (35.45mph)
12. 296 Andrew Myers, 41, San Marcos, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 9:10.808 (35.10mph)
13. 295 William Hedrick Jr, 25, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/William Hedrick, 54, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, ID-Chevy, 9:17.117 (34.70mph)
14. 278 Carlos Ibarra, 44, Ensenada, Mexico/Moises Marques, 43, Ensenada, Mexico/Alejandro Martin, 50, Tijuana, Mexico/Jason Babcock, 50, San Diego, Ford Raptor (Padmur), 9:26.562 (34.12mph)
15. 299 Charles Dorrance, 46, Austin, Texas/Larry Job, 55, Las Vegas, Geiser-Chevy. 9:28.774 (33.99mph)
16. 211 Tim Wilson, 22, Boulder City, Nev. (DOR-Pat Sims, 54, Eunice, N.M.) /Jeffrey Wilson, 25, Boulder City, Nev., ESM-Chevy, 9:29.865 (33.92mph)
17. 229 Jose Mendez, 33, Guadalajara, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 9:39.623 (33.35mph)
18. 205 Joe Delucie, 42, Las Vegas/Cliff Robinson, 51, Las Vegas/Chuck McRae, 42, Las Vegas, ESM-Chevy, 9:46.607 (32.96mph)
19. 231 Carlos Ramos-Murillo, 34, La Paz, Mexico/Jose Luis 35, La Paz, Mexico/Marco Antonio, 42, La Paz, Mexico/Jesus Nunez, 34, Constitucion, Nexico, Armada-Chevy, 10:03.488 (32.03mph)
20. 213 Karl Ebdrup, 49, Canada/Marc Ebdrup, Canada/Josh Byers, Las Cruces, N.M., Armada-Chevy, 10:13.360 (31.52mph)
21. 214 Valerie Clark, 17, Kansas City, Mo./Ken Thatcher, 43, Las Vegas/Matthew Misso, 22, Las Vegas/Stacy Clark, 44, Kansas City, Mo./Jeanella Clark, 45, Kansas City, Mo., Geiser-Chevy, 10:13.934 (31.49mph)
22. 238 Elijah Kiger, 21, Kirby, Pa./Sean Bogdan, 28, Kirby, Pa./Scott Kiger, 52, Kirby, Pa., TSCO-Chevy, 11:48.591 (27.28mph)
23. Did Not Finish 236 Michael Marsal, 33, Millbrook, New York/Ryan Millen, 36, New Zealand/, Brenthel-Chevy,
Did Not Qualify 227 Kyle Jergensen, 26, Phelan, Calif./Shawn Shanks, Phelan, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy
DNQ 269 Guillermo Zamacona, 41, Los Cabos, Mexico/Israel Mejia, Mexico/Isak Frayle, 29, La Paz, Mexico, Jimco-Ford
DNQ 232 Chelsea Magness, 33, Denver/Matt Robinson, Denver, Herbst/Smith-Chevy

2nd SCORE Baja 400
Presented by VP Racing Fuels

Post-Qualifying Quotes, Sept. 15, 2021
(As interviewed by Paul Hanson, Jose Vazquez; transcribed by Cindy Clark)

BRYCE MENZIES, No. 7 (Menzies qualified first.) – – “It was honestly the gnarliest qualifying course I’ve ever done, as far as pushing the limits and if you do, there are massive cliffs and rocks. I thought it was awesome. It’s cool that we get to show our driving abilities. When you put on a qualifying course like this, if you make one mistake, you are either crashing or getting a flat. So we played it smart and tried not to make any mistakes. At the end I tried to jump a corner at the finish, and clipped a rock and now we have a flat. Man, that was wild. I had a good time.”
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 1 (McMillin qualified second.) – – “It went really well; I’m super excited. Qualifying is nerve-wracking.  We didn’t do anything crazy, but we are out here pushing the limits in these trucks.  This is my second time racing this truck, first time qualifying it.  I think we are in the top three, top five, hopefully, It was a driver’s course, which I like. You had to think, you had to drive, you had to read the terrain and that was really fun.  The real race starts on Saturday though, and we have our eyes on the prize – the SCORE Baja 1000.”
ROBBY GORDON, No. 77 (Gordon qualified third.) – – “Max told me to make a sharp right, but I overdrove the corner anyways, missed a gear, so I probably gave up a couple seconds there. I missed three corners that Max called, but I was pushing, going for a little more. Otherwise, the truck runs good.”
ROB MAC CACHREN, No. 11 (Mac Cachren qualified fifth.) – –  “I think it went pretty well.  I’m happy to hear our time was pretty good.  A very difficult, technical track and we pushed it hard but didn’t want to tear the truck up. We didn’t want to make a mistake.  I’m sure we made little ones, there are so many blind corners and hills so it’s easy to blow a corner, but we had a pretty smooth run. I definitely want to be in the top ten.”
DAN MCMILLIN, No. 23 (McMillin qualified sixth.) – – “We kept it on the course, the most important part.  It was rocky out there, but we got the right tires for the job – BFGoodrich tires. It was a tough qualifier and easy to make a mistake, but we didn’t make any, we did good. With all-wheel drive, that helps.”
JAX REDLINE, No. 22 (Redline qualified seventh.) – – “Compared to previous qualifying courses, I was looking forward to this one, because it’s a little more technical, with my two-wheel drive truck. I felt really good, I was spinning the tires like crazy, trying to not fall off a cliff,  trying to not roll the truck, but overall, it felt really good. I can’t wait to see where we qualified.”
RICKY JOHNSON, No. 12  (DOR Gustavo Vildosola qualified eighth.) – – “This is my first time driving this all-wheel drive truck for Vildosola Racing.  I want to thank the team and Gustavo.  A lot to learn but it was clean and we didn’t take any chances. I’m hoping for a top five in qualifying. I have the most experience with these all-wheel drives, so I feel good about it.  I toned it down a little and tried to be smooth.  With 1,000 HP, it’s a lot to hold onto.”
ALAN AMPUDIA, No. 10 (Ampudia qualified ninth.) – – “It went well. On the practice lap, I wasn’t feeling confident, but once we went green, we went for it. My brother called all the notes perfectly. I think we got a top ten. They are making us work for this one. We are going to give those all-wheel drives a run for their money.”
APDALY LOPEZ, No. 9 (Lopez qualified tenth.) – – “We didn’t make a mistake. I’m hoping for a top ten. The course was really technical and I like that.  It was a rocky course but our tires were good.”
TAVO VILDOSOLA, No. 21 (Vildosola qualified eleventh.) – – “This course is almost impossible to have a completely clean run; a lot of rocks, a lot of ups and downs and trees. We tried to mind our P’s and Q’s.  We tried to be as smooth and precise as possible. We just had a few little mistakes.  Hopefully we are in the top ten and look forward to competing on Saturday.”
MADIX BAILEY, No. 29 (Bailey qualified twelfth.) – – “That was probably the best qualifying run I’ve ever done in the desert. I think we did a stellar job running the course. The course was tight and technical. This is my first SCORE race and I’m stoked to be here racing with these guys.  We want to do the SCORE Baja 1000.”
LARRY ROESELER, No. 43 (Roeseler qualified 13th.) – – “It’s always hard to speculate how we will end up in qualifying. There are a lot of really good drivers out here. Track was good, the truck was good, the suspension was good.  We didn’t push too hard, but hopefully we get to start somewhere near the front. The course was awesome, technical, a really good off-road course. Excellent. Like what we race on.”
RYAN ARCIERO, No. 16 (DOR – Cameron Steele qualified 14th.) – – Said Arciero, “I tell you what – that was a tough qualifying course. Those boys at SCORE pushed us on this one. Almost every corner you could make a big mistake. There were huge rocks and you don’t want to get a flat.  It’s a five-mile course so if you get a flat early on, you are done. For us, it was to keep our nose clean, get ourselves around, make sure we have a good truck for the race. Wherever qualifying falls, it falls. We are ready for the race on Saturday.”
PAT DEAN, No. 19 (DOR – Tim Herbst qualified 15th.) – – Said Dean, “We had a pretty good run, but we made a couple of mistakes and had to back up twice. With this kind of competition, that is not good.”
BOBBY PECOY, No. 14 (Pecoy qualified 16th.) – – “Whew! That was a good time! That was a fire-breathing dragon. This truck is amazing to drive. I love driving this truck. Qualifying is probably my favorite part of the whole race.  We have these BFGoodrich tires that hook up where we need it to hook up. We gave up some spots, so we will see where we finish.”
AJ JONES, No. 79 (Jones qualified 18th.) – – “It was a really technical course, there are a couple tricky areas. I made a big mistake that cost us a bunch of time, but we got it around and nothing is broken, so we are happy about that.”
DAVE TAYLOR, No. 26 (Taylor qualified 20th.) – – “Super difficult, off-camber corners.  We tried to keep our mistakes to a minimum.  We were trying to go easy and stay on top of the rocks.”  Said co-driver Sara Price, “I’m excited to be back in Baja with Dave. He did an amazing qualifying run. We just have to be smart. We aren’t starting in the back, but we didn’t need to be first either. We are in a good position; I’m looking forward to the race on Saturday.”
ANDY MCMILLIN, No. 31 (McMillin qualified 24th.) – – “The course was awesome. I loved the qualifying course. Unfortunately I loved it too much and was sliding around and hit a rock and then got a flat. So we had to stop and change it. Not our best effort, but we will be in the race this Saturday and we are going to give it our all.”
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 41 (Lofton qualified 25th.) – – “Unfortunately we ended up with a flat tire about three-quarters of the way through. Before that we were on the ball and hitting our marks. The truck is comfortable and I really like driving it. There must have been a rock in a silt bed that we didn’t see. We hustled and changed the flat, but it’s not the results we wanted. I’m looking forward to the race on Saturday.”