43 desert racers earn in 2018 SCORE Milestone Awards after
1,802.68 miles of 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship
For Pro and Sportsman racers in cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads completing every required race mile;
SCORE Awards Night to honor winners on Sat. Jan. 12, 2018 at San Diego Air & Space Museum at Balboa Park
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—After bulldogging their way through 1,802.68 dusty, crusty, challenging, grueling and unforgiving SCORE Baja desert racing miles, 43 of the world’s best desert racers have survived the challenge of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship and emerged to earn coveted 2018 SCORE Milestone Awards.
The 43 racers, competing in 22 different classes in the series for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, earned their prestigious honors by finishing every required mile in the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
The 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship ended in mid-November with the 806.76-mile 51st Annual SCORE Baja 1000 that started and finished in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
SCORE MILESTONE AWARDS
SCORE is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 33rd consecutive year. The SCORE Milestone awards are presented to the car, truck, UTV drivers and motorcycle, quad riders who finish every required mile in the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. The 43 total winners is the all-time record for the award, breaking the mark set in 2016 (31) and tied last year in the 33-year history of the award.
SCORE AWARDS NIGHT
A night of champions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2018 at the San Diego Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park.
The evening will salute the champions of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship as well as honoring the 2018 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year award winners and recognizing the 43 winners of the 2018 SCORE Milestone awards.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. PT with a cocktail reception followed by dinner at 7 p.m. PT and the awards at 7:30 p.m. PT. The awards will be streamed live around the world on the Internet through the SCORE Live platform at www.score-international.com.
Leading the way in the chase for 2018 SCORE Milestone Awards were four superlative stallions in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, two in the unlimited Class 1, four in Trophy Truck Spec, three in Class 10, six in Pro UTV FI (Forced Injection), three in Pro Moto Unlimited, two in Pro Moto 30 (riders over 30 years old), two in Pro Moto 40 (riders over 40 years old) and two in Pro Moto Ironman (solo riders).
“SCORE is privileged to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers and riders,” said Roger Norman, SCORE CEO/President. “For over three decades, SCORE has been very humbled to honor racers with the SCORE Milestone Awards. SCORE racers are the toughest, most rugged racers on the planet. This most prestigious award has become iconic in our sport.”
Among the four SCORE Trophy Truck thoroughbreds who galloped through every challenging race mile this season were: Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado), Las Vegas brothers Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst (No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150) and Chris Miller, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (No. 40 Toyota Tundra).
Celebrating its 25th year since it was introduced by SCORE’s then-owner Sal Fish in 1994, SCORE Trophy Truck is the sport’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
The racers who earned the coveted awards from Class 1 for unlimited open-wheel desert race cars were Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (No. 153, Jimco-Chevy) and Brandon Bailey, Riverside, Calif. (No. 129, PPI/Jefferies-Chevy).
Leading the four racers in Trophy Truck Spec were Bryce Swaim, El Cajon, Calif. (No. 242, TSCO-Chevy),William Hedrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico (No. 295, ID-Chevy) and Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (No. 200, Chevy Silverado).
The three drivers who won these prestigious awards from the super-competitive Class 10 for single or two-seat open wheel desert race cars with limited engines were Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif. (No. 1081, Alumi Craft-Chevy), Ty Godde, Palmdale, Calif. (No. 1049 Eversen-Chevy) and Kevin Price, Fremont, Calif. (No. 1048 Tatum-Chevy).
Leading the six racers in the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class who earned 2018 SCORE Milestone Awards were Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (No. 2971, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo), Tony Riggs, Newhall, Calif. (No. 2912, Polaris RZR Turbo) and Brandon Schueler, Phoenix (No. 2919, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo).
Leading the motorcycle classes, Pro Moto Unlimited had three racers win 2018 SCORE Milestone Awards. These sturdy groups of riders were led by the teams headed by riders of records Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. (No. 7x Honda CRF450X), Santiago Creel, Mexico City (No. 66x KTM 450EXCF) and Dakar Rally racer Garrett Poucher, Valencia, Calif. (No. 3x Honda CRF450X).
Led by Rob MacCachren, 15 of this year’s SCORE Milestone Award winners have now earned this award more than once. It was the eighth SCORE Milestone Award for Las Vegas’ MacCachren including four in SCORE Trophy Truck (2011, 2012, 2013, 2018).
Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, in Trophy Truck Spec has now earned five SCORE Milestone Awards as had Dan Chamlee, Montecito, Calif., in Class 7.
Capturing their fourth SCORE Milestone Awards in 2018 were Tim Herbst, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck), Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1) and Brandon Schueler, Phoenix (Pro UTV FI).
Earning their third SCORE Milestone Awards in 2018 were Cameron Steele (SCORE Trophy Truck), Santiago Creel (Pro Moto Unlimited and Pro Moto Limited), Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru) (Pro Moto 40), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50) and Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad).
The racers who picked up their second SCORE Milestone Award in 2018 were Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif. (Class 10), Ty Godde, Palmdale, Calif. (Class 10), Oscar Alvarez, McAllen, Texas (Class 1/2-1600) and Garrett Poucher, Valencia, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited).
The remaining 27 racers each earned their first SCORE Milestone Award in 2018.
The 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship was comprised of the four SCORE Baja races—the 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, the Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge and the 51st SCORE Baja 1000.
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 SCORE Baja 1000 will air as a two-hour special for race coverage.
Airing on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. PT and 10 p.m. PT will be the Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge on ERN. Check local listings for the broadcast time in specific areas.
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, 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 at www.SCOREInternational.com.
2018 SCORE Milestone Awards
(43 car, truck, UTV, M/C and quad racers completed all 1,802.68 required miles of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship)
SCORE Trophy Truck (4)
Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas
Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif.
Tim Herbst, Las Vegas
Chris Miller, La Jolla, Calif.
Class 1 (2)
Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif.
Brandon Bailey, Riverside, Calif.
Trophy Truck Spec (4)
William Hedrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico
Bryce Swaim, El Cajon, Calif.
Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico
Brian Trotter, Hardtner, Kansas
Class 10 (3)
Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif.
Ty Godde, Palmdale, Calif.
Kevin Price, Fremont, Calif.
Heavy Metal (1)
Vincent Munoz, Yucaipa, Calif.
Class 1/2-1600 (2)
Oscar Alvarez, McAllen, Texas
Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE Lites (1)
Jeremy Davis, Chino Hills, Calif.
CLASS 7 (2)
Dan Chamlee, Montecito, Calif.
Carlos Diaz, Calexico, Calif.
Pro UTV FI (6)
Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif.
Tony Riggs, Newhall, Calif.
Brandon Schueler, Phoenix
Scott Trafton, Alpine, Calif.
Luis Fortanel, Mexicali, Mexico
Jose Juarez, Chula Vista, Calif.
Pro UTV NA (2)
Kaden Wells, St. George, Utah
Paul Champion, Phoenix
Pro Moto Unlimited (3)
Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif.
(66x) Santiago Creel, Mexico City
Garrett Poucher, Valencia, Calif.
Pro Moto Limited (1)
Santiago Creel, Mexico City
Pro Moto 30 (2)
Luis M. Gomez, Obregon, Mexico
Chris Racan, Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.
Pro Moto 40 (2)
Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla.
Salvador Sainz, Tijuana, Mexico
Pro Moto 50 (1)
Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif.
Pro Moto Ironman (2)
Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico
Lawrence Janesky, Middlebury, Conn.
Pro Moto 60 (1)
Guy Laycraft, Canada
Pro Quad (1)
Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico
SPT Quad (1)
Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif.
SPT M/C (2)
Miguel Pena, Tijuana, Mexico
Hank Salyer, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
All-Time SCORE Milestone Winners
SCORE racers who completed every required race mile in the season listed.
(SCORE began including motorcycles, quads and Sportsman racers with the Pro Cars/Pro Trucks/Pro UTVs in 2014)
2018 (43) – 1,802.68 miles
Rob MacCachren, SCORE Trophy Truck
Cameron Steele, SCORE Trophy Truck
Tim Herbst, SCORE Trophy Truck
Chris Miller, SCORE Trophy Truck
Brad Wilson, Class 1
Brandon Bailey, Class 1
William Hedrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, Trophy Truck Spec