SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com
March 31, 2022
2022 SCORE World Desert Championship Opener
Menzies, Lofton, L. McMillin, top qualifiers Thursday for Saturday’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250
C. McMullen tops unlimited class 1 qualifying, Hancock tops in Trophy Truck Spec; Vildosola top qualifier in SCORE TT Legend class. 263 entries to date from 29 States, 8 Countries; Start/Finish on El Malecon; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; #SCORESanFelipe250
SCORE Live –Contingency, S/F Line–Rat Sult host, assisted by Dave Arnold Vehicle Tracking throughout the race atwww.score-international.com Saturday—Motorcycles/quads start at 6 a.m. (PT), cars/trucks/utvs at 10 a.m.(PT)
NOTE: NOTE: Qualifying Results, SCORE Trophy Truck quotes at bottom of text
SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies, Justin Lofton, Brawley, Calif. and San Diego’s Luke McMillin three of the top guns in all of desert racing, were the top three qualifiers Thursday among nearly 270 racers expected to start Saturday’s King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250.
Held over a 5.00-mile course south of downtown Menzies, 34, powered his way in a time of six minutes, 10.408 seconds in his No. 7 all-wheel drive Mason-built Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck. He was fastest of the 36 SCORE Trophy Trucks out of 44 entries in the class that attempted to qualify.
Justin Lofton, 36, Brawley, Calif., qualified second in his No. 41 AWD Mason-built Chevy Silverado in 6:15.001.
Luke McMillin, 29, whose cousin Andy McMillin, 34, finished fourth and whose older brother Dan McMillin, 34, finished fifth in qualifying, completed the qualifying course in 6:15.302 in his No. 83 Mark Racing AWD Mason-Built Chevy 1500.
Fastest qualifier in Class 1 was Conner McMullen, 21, Phoenix, turning in a hot lap of 6:49.219 in the No. 140 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car.
Top qualifier out of a SCORE record 37-tieing entries in the Trophy Truck Spec class was Ryan Hancock, 46, Yuma, Ariz./Brock Heger, 21, El Centro, Calif., in the No. 228 TSCO-Ford in a time 6:24.825.
Fastest in the SCORE TT Legend class for SCORE Trophy Truck racers over 50 years old was Ricky Johnson, 57 Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (Driver Of Record–Gustavo Vildosola Sr, 68, Mexicali, Mexico), in a time of 6:38.655 in the Vildosola Racing No. 21L Mason-built AWD Ford Raptor.
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. WHAT’S UP
The colorfully challenging 277.00-mile race course will start and finish and pre-race contingency will be held on El Malecon in the SCORE start/finish line compound alongside of the picturesque Sea of Cortez.
Entering Friday’s final day of late, on-site race week registration, 264 official entries to date 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.
With double figure entries so far are SCORE Trophy Truck (44), Trophy Truck Spec (37), Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) with 27 and Class 10 with 20.
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.
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 will again pull double-duty as the intro announcer for the telecast.
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. SCORE LIVE
Accessed through the SCORE website at www.score-international.com, SCORE Live will be streaming starting with contingency on Friday and going through the close of the race course on Sunday morning. Colorful and gregarious Rat Sult has returned for his seventh season as the voice of SCORE as the host and emcee of SCORE Live. Assisting him for the first time at this race is veteran announcer Dave Arnold. GREEN FLAG SATURDAY
The motorcycle and quad classes will start at 6 a.m. PT Saturday while the car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey starting at 10 a.m. PT. SCORE Trophy Truck and the Pro Moto Unlimited classes will start one vehicle every 60 seconds race while all other classes will start one every 30 seconds.
While the fastest vehicles in the elapsed-time race are expected to finish in approximately four and on-half hours, all vehicles will have 15 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race. ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the Centro Comercial Plaza Armex No. 1 (39 Avenida Mar de Cortez Sur), regular on-site and late racer registration will be held on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. No new entries will be accepted after 3 p.m. PT on Friday.
King Shocks 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 Current Total Entries: 264 (as of 3/31/22) (from 28 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host Mexico, Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Peru)
(March 31, 5.00-mile desert course) (determined start order for qualifying classes)
(Pos., Number, driver/rider of record/additional drivers and/or Navigators, vehicle, engine)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited CustomTrucks including Builder)– TOP QUALIFIER: 7 Bryce Menzies, 34, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Mason) 6 minutes, 10.408 seconds 2. 41 Justin Lofton, 36, Brawley, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason) 6:15.001 3. 83 Luke McMillin, 29, San Diego, Chevy 1500 (Mason) 6:15.302 4. 31 Andy McMillin, 34, San Diego, Chevy Silverado (Mason) 6:15.652 5. 23 Dan McMillin, 34, San Diego, Chevy 1500 (Mason) 6:29.799 6. 60 Cole Potts, 23, Scottsdale, Ariz./Caleb Derby, 31, Parker, Ariz./Hunter Ingram, 26, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (Potts) 6:31.589 7. 44 Kyle Jergensen, 26, Phelan, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Brenthel) 6:36.917 8. 16 Ryan Arciero, 48, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (DOR–Cameron Steele, 54, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser) 6:38.487 9. 89 Mike Walser, 55, Comfort, Texas/Jax Redline, 22, Amarillo, Texas, Chevy Silverado (Mason) 6:39.003 10. 19 Pat Dean, 51, Las Vegas (DOR-Tim Herbst, 58, Las Vegas), Ford F-150 (Herbst/Smith) 6:39.459 11. 70 Kevin Thompson, 48, New Braunfels, Texas/Harley Letner, 39, Corona, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Herbst/Smith) 6:39.734 12. 1 Rob MacCachren, 57, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Geiser) 6:39.901 13. 34 Broc Dickerson, 20, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, 46, Brawley, Calif., Ford Raptor (TSCO) 6:46.147 14. 38 Eric Husted, 51, St. George, Utah, Ford F-150 (Custom) 6:46.939 15. 17 Josh De Jong, 33, San Jacinto, Calif./Louis Zavas, 35, Hemet, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Zavas) 6:51.678 16. 85 Mike Lawrence, 34, Banning, Calif./, Ford Raptor (Herbst/Smith) 6:54.752 17. 82 Sam Baldi, 57, Beaumont, Calif./Jake Johnson, 44, Yucaipa, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Baldi) 6:56.870 18. 24 Adam Householder, 37, Anaheim, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst/Smith) 6:58.794 19. 43 Larry Roeseler, 65, Boulevard, Calif., Toyota Tundra (ID) 7:05.584 20. 65 Dan Myers, 43, Newport Beach, Calif./Steve Myers, 55, Newport Beach, Calif., Toyota Tundra (R. Gordon) 7:12.992 21. 90 Raul Gomez, 42, Placerville, Calif./, Ford Raptor (Geiser) 7:20.161 22. 21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, 40, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Vildosola) 7:23.365 23. 94 Steve Strobel, 58, Clarks, Neb./Christian Strobel, 16, Clarks, Neb., Ford Raptor (Strobel) 7:25.043 24. 87 Dallas Luttrell, 40, Las Vegas/Billy Goerke, 47, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram (Collins) 7:28.987 25. 26 Dave Taylor, 48, Page, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (Geiser) 7:32.285 26. 92 Paul Nauleau, 25, Los Gatos, Calif. (France)/Joe Desrosiers, 52, San Marcos, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Custom) 7:36.340 27. 42 Juan Guillen, 34, San Diego/Alonso Carrasco, 44, San Diego, Chevy Silverado (Racer) 7:46.881 28. 58 Tracy Graf, 58, Canada/Justin B. Smith, 38, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (Racer) 7:54.746 DID NOT FINISH- 10 Alan Ampudia, 31, Ensenada, Mexico/Aaron Ampudia, 29, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (ID) DNF-27 Jonathan Brenthel, 42, La Cresta, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 35. Temecula, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Brenthel) DNF-18 JP Gomez, 37, Placerville, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser) DID NOT QUALIFY-2 Chad Broughton, 26, Lompico, Calif./Paul Broughton, 54, Scotts Valley, Calif., Ford F-150 (Custom) DNQ-45 Gary Magness, 68, Denver/Jett Blackwell, Oklahoma City, Ford Raptor (Herbst/Smith) DNQ-67 Jose L. Leon, 45, Calexico, Calif./Miguel Castelan, 31, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (Castelan) DNQ-69 Andrew Myers, 42, San Marcos, Calif., Toyota Tundra (Herbst/Smith)
Dodge Ram (Collins) DNQ-98 Jose Mendez, 34, Guadalajara, Mexico/Robbie Pierce, 60, Santee, Calif./Barry Karakas, Oak Hills, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser) SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Custom Trucks, including builder, Drivers over 50 years old)– TOP QUALIFIER: 21L Ricky Johnson, 57 Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (DOR–Gustavo Vildosola Sr, 68, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Mason) 6:38.655 2. 37L Rolf Helland, 62, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 56, Barstow, Calif., Ford Raptor (Mason) 6:56.614 3. 85L Clay Lawrence, 59, Banning, Calif./Steve Lawler, 62, Upland, Calif./Louis Mayer, 35, Perris, Calif./Costa Gialamus, 41, Aguanga, Calif., Herbst/Smith-Chevy 8:25.554 4. 61L David Payne, 61, St. Louis, Mo./Ryan Williams, Peoria, Arz., Chevy Silverado (Brenthel) 8:41.486 5. 29L Jim Anderson, 60, Reno, Nev./Sandy Hall, 55, Culpeper, Va., Ford F-150 (Racer) 40:29.492 DNQ-25L Mark Winkelman, 63, Cedar Hill, Texas/Rudy Iribe, 54, Ensenada, Mexico/Ted Moncure, 53, Long Beach, Calif./Charles Manchester, 59, Lake Tahoe, Nev., Ford F-150 (Custom) DNQ-39L Bud Pecoy, 55, W. Des Moines, Iowa, Chevy Silverado (Brenthel) DNQ-55L Jose de Jesus Flores, 58, Culiacan, Mexico/Eduardo Perez, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (Jimco) CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)— TOP QUALIFIER: 140 Conner McMullen, 21, Phoenix/Kevin McMullen, 49, Phoenix, Alumi Craft-Chevy 6:49.219 2. 162 Brendan Gaughan, 46, Las Vegas/Mike Montes, 52, Las Vegas, HMS-Chevy 7:22.643 3. 110 Jeff Blanchard, 48, San Jose, Calif./Byron Kuhn, Perris, Calif., Dezert Dynamics-Chevy, 9:53.632 DNQ-100 Brian Parkhouse, 63, Long Beach, Calif. (DOR-Cody Parkhouse, 34, Long Beach, Calif.), Jimco-Chevy DNQ-101 Al Torres, 37, Imperial Valley, Calif./Alfredo Torres, 54, Calexico, Calif., Jimco-Chevy DNQ-121 Damen Jefferies, 49, Poolville, Texas/Stephen Jangaard, Torrance, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy DNQ-138 Kyle Quinn, 34, Lakewood, Calif./Ronny Wilson, 60, Long Beach, Calif.Brian Wilson, 37, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy DNQ-153 Brad Wilson, 32, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, 35, San Clemente, Calif., Jimco-Chevy DNQ-168 Shelby Reid, 54, Apple Valley, Calif./Cody Reid, 29, Apple Valle, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed engines)– TOP QUALIFIER: 228 Ryan Hancock, 46, Yuma, Ariz./Brock Heger, 21, El Centro, Calif./Jordan Poole, 32, Las Vegas, TSCO-Ford, 6:24.825 2. 200 Jason McNeil, 44, El Cajon, Calif./Tyler McNeil, 32, Mesa, Ariz./Kyle Dodson, 35, Ramona, Calif./Chad McNeil, 39, El Cajon, Calif./Brandon McNeil, 37, Mesa, Ariz.., Custom-Chevy, 6:34.047 3. 272 Dustin Grabowski, 25, Upland, Calif., Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 6:39.86 4. 204 Christopher Polvoorde, 21, Hemet, Calif., Mason-Ford, 6:43.852 5. 258 Justin Davis, 28, Chino Hills, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 6:48.844 6. 253 Ray Griffith, 34, Downey, Calif./Adam Carpenter, 43, Laguna Hills, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 6:49.523 7. 238 Elijah Kiger, 22, Kirby, Pa./Sean Bogdan, 28, Kirby, Pa./Christopher King, 26, Kirby, Pa., TSCO-Chevy, 6:50.676 8. 292 Jason Coleman, 37, Huntington Beach, Calif./Brady Melin, 30, Huntington Beach, Calif., 6:52.018 9. 219 Christian Sourapas, 25, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Brett Sourapas, 25, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.,
Herbst/Smith-Ford, 6:54.839 10. 282 Brent Fox, 53, Highland, Utah, Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 7:00.355 11. 263 EJ Herbst, 21, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, 60, Las Vegas, Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 7:01.357 12. 297 Jorge Sampietro, 31, Ensenada, Mexico/Santiago Creel, 34, Mexico City, Mason-Chevy, 7:07.840 13. 221 Conner Pyle, 26, Draper, Utah/Carson Pyle, 18, Draper, Utah/Michael Pyle, 50, Draper, Utah, TrophyLite-Chevy, 7:07.968 14. 294 Vincent Munoz, 35, Yucaipa, Calif./Roy Tomkins, 34, Redlands, Calif., ODR-Chevy, 7:11.116 15. 223 Tony Murray, 57, Villa Park, Calif./Kyle Murray, 26, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 7:14.977 16. 277 Travis Williams, 47, Avondale, Ariz./Pete Tolar, 45, Phoenix, Geiser-Chevy, 7:18.571 17. 209 Rafael Navarro IV, 28, Temecula, Calif./Rafael Navarro III, 53, Temecula, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 7:21.044 18. 249 Dustin Swanson, 43, Honolulu, TSCO-Chevy, 7:21.244 19. 207 Mason Cullen, 22, Long Beach, Calif./Matt Cullen, 54, Long Beach, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 7:21.246 20. 247 Scott Shields, 45, San Diego/Kevin Shields, San Diego, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 7:22.330 21. 261 Dan Fresh, 54, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Dan Fresh Jr, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 7:29.863 22. 217 Joe Belt, 35, Bonita, Calif./Juan Apalategui, 49, Chula Vista, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 7:30.743 23. 273 Jordan Brenthel, 35, Temecula, Calif./Jonathan Brenthel, 42, La Cresta, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 7:31.970 24. 240 Chris Miller, 48, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Chasen Gaunt, 27, Torrance, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 7:32.276 25. 299 Charles Dorrance, 46, Austin, Texas/Larry Job, 55, Las Vegas, Geiser-Chevy, 7:32.956 26. 229 Danny Lopez, 32, Guadalajara, Mexico/Jorge Lopez, Guadalajara, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 7:34.855 27. 275 Juan Sanchotena, 51, San Diego/Jan Sanchotena Jr, 27, San Diego, SMS-Chevy, 7:37.444 28. 278 Carlos Ibarra, 44, Ensenada, Mexico/Moises Murqus, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/Gabriel Rosas, 50, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Padmur), 7:54.493 29. 213 Karl Ebdrup, 50, Canada/Marc Ebdrup, 47, Canada, Brenthel-Chevy, 7:59.339 30. 284 Jose Contreras, 37, Tecate, Mexico/Eduardo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico, Berman-Chevy, 8:02.061 31. 269 Guillermo Zamacona, 41, Los Cabos, Mexico/Isak Frayle, 30, La Paz, Mexico/Israel Mejia, 39, Mexico City/Cariasnoe Sandoval, 29, La Paz, Mexico/Jose Alberoa VI, 45, La Paz, Mexico/Rafael Navarro, IV, 29, Temecula, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 8:10.559 32. 266 David Ziegler, 46, Reno, Nev./Paul Ziegler, 51, Reno, Nev., Brenthel-Chevy, 8:12.354 33. 236 Michael Marsal, 33, Millbrook, N.Y./Hudson Hall, 29, New Braunfels, Texas, Brenthel-Chevy, 8:14.727 34. 254 Mike Perez, 39, Houston/Jose David Castelan, 31, Ensenada, Mexico, Brenthel-Chevy, 8:43.305 35. 225 John McNeil, 31, Mesa, Ariz./Scott McNeil, 32, Mesa, Ariz., Geiser-Ford, 11:11.366 DNF-264 Pierce Herbst, 19, Las Vegas/Thor Herbst, 20, Las Vegas, Herbst/Smith-Chevy DNQ-242 Bryce Swaim, 34, El Cajon, Calif., TSCO-Ford
King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250 Post-Qualifying Quotes, March 31, 2022
(As interviewed by Paul Hanson, Jose Vazquez; transcribed by Guilherme Torres)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK BRYCE MENZIES, No. 7 (Menzies qualified first) – – That was the wildest driving I’ve ever done in my whole career. I think the course saw 120 laps before we went in but this SCORE Trophy Truck field is getting so intense and so fast that you have to go full ‘kill mode’ and I did. We almost had a big crash. It was a crazy run and what a blast. The truck feels really good and we’ll make sure it’s ready for the race.
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 41(Lofton qualified second) – It was one of the most challenging courses I’ve done in qualifying. The silt was unbelievable and in the side lap I thought it was going to be a lot worse than it was. It was a lot of fun, it was cool.
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 83(McMillin qualified third) – We had a really good lap. It wasn’t the wildest and it wasn’t the fastest we could have gone, but it was the smoothest and smooth is fast. I think we’ll be on the top five, but you never know with qualifying. It doesn’t matter where we qualify. The top guys always shake up to the top and the slower guys will fall back with a few exceptions. The key is to really have a good truck and team and a clean run.
ANDREW McMILLIN, No. 31(McMillin qualified fourth) – The truck did amazing. There’s a lot of new components and parts on it. We basically rebuilt it after we crashed it on the SCORE Baja 400 and it’s running flawless. I’m excited for the race on Saturday.
DAN McMILLIN, No. 23(McMillin qualified fifth) – It was brutal out there and super soft. We got a new power plant this race and it pulled really well, I used first gear just a couple of times. The tires hooked up great. We had a good run. I can’t wait to go racing.
KYLE JORGENSEN, No. 44(McMillin qualified seventh) – The course was really sandy. We have a two-wheel drive so we knew we had a disadvantage to the four all-wheel drivers, but the truck hooked up well. It was a pretty clean run, with just one big hit. We’ll have the truck ready for Saturday.
RYAN ARCIERO, No. 16(DOR – Cameron Steele, qualified eighth) – We screwed up the third corner, hit one of the big ditches and that moved the truck far right. We lost some time there, but everywhere else, it went fine. The truck did what it was supposed to do but it was a handful. I’m just glad we have the truck in one piece to race on Saturday. It’s going to be a fast race course. Jose G. and the people at SCORE did a great job in laying this course out. We’re ready to kick this 2022 season off.
PAT DEAN, No. 19(DOR – Tim Herbst, qualified tenth) – We really had a great, smooth run. It was super silty and really rough, but we had a great run and we’re super happy with it.
ROB MacCACHREN, No. 1(MacCachren qualified 12th) – It was really dusty, soft and slow. That’s totally different from the race course, which is really fast.
LARRY ROESELER, No. 43 (Roeseler qualified 19th) – Wow. We’re happy that we didn’t hurt the truck or crash. We ran well, there weren’t a lot of options out there as far as lines and it was super soft. The truck worked really well and we had fun on the course. We’ve been down here pre-running for a week and San Felipe is always brutal, a true desert race. There’s a lot of lane options on the washes and there’s a lot of homework that needs to be done from our side.
DAN MYERS, No. 65 (Myers qualified 20th) – That was probably one of the toughest qualifying courses I’ve ever seen. It was pretty sandy and pretty rough. Overall, the truck ran well. I drove it as hard as I could.
GUSTAVO ‘TAVO’ VILDOSOLA, No. 21 (Vildosola qualified 22nd) – The course was soft, but a good one. I had issues with the truck, it was super low in power. It’s really disappointing but it happens. We’ll start in the back and it just makes Saturday much more difficult. We’ve won from the back in different circumstances and maybe we can do it again.
SCORE TT LEGEND RICKY JOHNSON, No. 21L (DOR – Gustavo Vildosola Sr qualified first on SCORE TT Legend) – It was rough, to say the least. The course was really beat up when we went out. It’s very action-packed, it’s very intense and you don’t know what you’re going to get. We had a clean run which will put us in a good spot and we’re ready for 300 brutal miles coming up on Saturday.