ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Online voting has begun for the 2018 SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards and will continue until midnight next Friday, December 28, 2018, officials of the SCORE World Desert Championship announced today.
Having completed 45 years as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, SCORE International has eight annual SCORE Off-Roadsman Award winners selected by online voting on the home page of the SCORE website at www.score-international.com which opened today and will close at midnight next Thursday. Five additional SCORE Off-Roadsman categories, including Original Chassis Builder and Engine Builder are determined by a special points system. The SCORE Person of the Year Award is selected by a SCORE committee.
Winners of the public voting will be honored in January during the SCORE Awards Night which celebrates the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship. This is the eighth year that SCORE has used online voting to determine the award winners. Prior to that, the winners were selected by way of a vote conducted with SCORE members.
Here are the official voting lists of finalists for the 2018 SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards…
2018 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Finalists
SCORE Contingency Company of the Year
SCORE Contingency Company of the Year
SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year
SCORE Mechanic of the Year
Rene Brugger, Desert Assassins
Andreas ‘Lechero’ Rodriguez, MacCachren Motorsports
Daniel Felix, Matlock Racing
Bobby Youngs, SLR Honda
Mike Stapleton, Wilson Motorsports
SCORE Journalist of the Year
Dan Sanchez, SCORE Journal
David Chick, Offroadextreme.com
Gabriel Garcia, El Vigia Newspaper
Daniel Antuna, La Cronica/Frontera Newspapers
SCORE Photographer of the Year
Brian Bink, Bink Designs
Art Eugenio, GetSomePhoto
Alex Ponce, MyBajaPhoto
Jack Wright, NMedia3
SCORE Videographer of the Year
BCII TV, Bud Brutsman (El Rey Network/SCORE videos)
Cactus Films, Esteban Flores
Tempt Media, Bryan Moore
SCORE Team Manager of the Year
Mike Stapleton, Wilson Motorsports
Kristen Matlock, Matlock Racing
Mark Samuels, SLR Honda
SCORE Rookie of the Year
Brandon Bailey, Class 1
Jeremy Davis, SCORE Lites
Liz Karcz, Pro Moto Ironman
Jesus Mendez Jr, Pro UTV Unlimited
Kaden Wells, Pro UTV NA
Bruce Yee, Class 1/2-1600
SCORE AWARDS NIGHT
SCORE International will celebrate on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at the popular San Diego Air & Space Museum at the historic Balboa Park, during the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship Awards Night. The popular museum is located in the heart of San Diego.
At the San Diego Air & Space Museum, nearly 500 SCORE racers, family, friends, crews, sponsors and media will bask in the Southern California sunshine as the SCORE Awards Night will honor the history and fame of the name which is the standard for desert racing worldwide while celebrating the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
This will be the second time and second straight year that the annual SCORE Awards Night will be held at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the 10th time the historic evening will be held in Southern California since 2000, when it was held at Joe’s Garage automotive museum in Tustin, Calif. It will also be the eighth consecutive year in SoCal for the popular event.
“These evenings are always very special,” said Roger Norman, completing his sixth year as the SCORE CEO/President. “It is a great time of tribute and reflection for racers, families and crews to get together and celebrate another amazing SCORE racing season. This was the sixh year for my wife Elise and I to be overseeing this international treasure we call SCORE and the San Diego Air & Space Museum will again provide a very memorable environment to honor the achievements of the world’s greatest desert racers.”
Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 SCORE Awards Night will again be Rat Sult, host of the SCORE Live streaming at SCORE races.
Tickets priced at $89 per adult and $69 per child 12 and under, are being sold online at
Payment may also be made by check sent to the SCORE International Reno, Nevada, USA office. Options are also available online to reserve tables that will seat up to 10 guests.
Ticket sales will close for the popular evening at 8 p.m. PT on Thursday, Jan. 3. There will be no ticket sales at the door.
A pre-awards reception will start the festivities at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. and presentations starting at 7:30 p.m.
Guests at the event will be allowed to enter the museum at 5:30 p.m. to view the numerous historical displays at the popular facility prior to the start of the reception at 6 p.m.
In addition to the special SCORE Achievement Awards and the Pro and Sportsman classes that qualified racers for class season championships along with five overall point champions who will be honored. Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards.
Individuals as well as manufacturers and organizations are honored through nine distinct SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards, whose winners are decided by several thousand SCORE fans through online voting including the entire SCORE membership of more than 2,500. Among the awards to be presented are SCORE Rookie of the year, SCORE Contingency Company of the year, SCORE Pit Support Team of the year, SCORE Mechanic of the year and SCORE Person of the year.
The 2018 Manufacturer point champions to be honored as well are Alumi Craft (Original Buggy Chassis), Kroyer Racing Engines (Engine Builder), Geiser Brothers (Original Truck Chassis), Polaris (UTV) and KTM (Motorcycle).
Another element of the diverse program for the evening will be the presentation of the 2018 SCORE Milestone Awards. As it has for 33 years, the coveted SCORE Milestone Awards are presented to those racers who finish every required mile of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship. A total of 43 racers completed all 1,802.68 required miles in the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The evening will include a colorful video/photographic tribute to the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship produced by BCII TV, SCORE Live and GetSomePhoto.
25 Years of SCORE Trophy Truck
Another showcase element of the evening will be a salute to the first 25 years of the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks. The featured racing division in the sport was created by then SCORE owner Sal Fish and launched in 1994. A total of 16 different racers have combined to earn the season point championship of the class in its first 25 years.
Las Vegas Hall of Fame racer Rob MacCachren won the first season title in 1994 persevered to win it again in 2018 and also was the second driver for Mark Post in their 2007 championship season. MacCachren also is the winningest all-time SCORE Trophy Truck driver with a SCORE-record 17 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE races in 2018 are airing on the El Rey Network domestically and around the globe on ESPN International and syndication. The season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 will air as a two-hour race coverage special.
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.
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, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, 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.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd 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, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship atwww.SCOREInternational.com.