A. McMillin leads Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck points,
W. Matlock ahead in Pro UTV FI
in 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
Liebelt team leads overall M/C points, Bailey leading SCORE TT Legend points; other class point leaders include A.J. Jones, Cuevas, K. Matlock, Willert, Coleman, Pavolka, Penner, Herzing, Walsh, Morgan, Pena, Richardson, Spinali, Sanchez;
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Following his tenacious victory in the recent SCORE San Felipe 250, San Diego’s ‘youthful’ veteran desert racer Andy McMillin leads the SCORE Overall and the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck season point standings after the season-opener of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Andy McMillin overcame a field of 239 starters including a SCORE-record 44 in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks to earn his 10th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win. McMillin, who will turn 32 in May, is driving the No. 31 McMillin Motorsports Mason -built Chevy Silverado and has 107 season points after his San Felipe victory. 51st SCORE BAJA 500
Entries from all across the United States and around the world are expected as online registration has officially opened for the upcoming internationally-televised 51st SCORE Baja 500. Round 2 of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held May 29-June 2 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ensenada is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
Most the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on the ABC Network World of X Games programming.
Over 300 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from over 30 U.S. States and as many as 15 countries anticipated. Long-time SCORE sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has also posted a US$25,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel winner to help commemorate this year’s race.
Online registration, by class, for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, is ongoing through the SCORE website. Information on all SCORE races can be found on the home page under the Race Info tab.
For more info, visit http://score-international.com/raceinfo/2019-baja-500/. MATLOCKS DEJA VU
UTV racers Wayne Matlock, 41, and his wife Kristen, 38 of Alpine, Calif., both drove solo and both won their respective classes for the second straight year in the SCORE San Felipe 250. Wayne Matlock, the reigning SCORE Overall season point champion, won his Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class in the No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP Turbo UTV and he was the fastest finisher of 30 Pro UTVs competing in the race. Wayne Matlock is eighth in SCORE Overall points after one of four races with 91 season points.
Kristen Matlock won the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class in her Matlock Racing No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000 to earn 76 season points to lead her class after the season opener. MCMILLIN MASTERY
While Andy McMillin was clearly the Overall winner in San Felipe, his cousins Dan McMillin and Luke McMillin also pulled off impressive top five finishes and are in the top seven in overall points. All third-generation desert racers from San Diego, Dan McMillin, 31, finished third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in San Felipe in his No. 23 Mark Racing Ford F-150 (Racer) while Luke McMillin, 26, finished fifth overall and SCORE Trophy Truck in his No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150 (Racer).
Dan McMillin is fourth in SCORE Overall points after the season-opener with 97 total points and his younger brother Luke McMillin is seventh in the SCORE Overall standings with 92 total points. TOP SEVEN OVERALL LEADERS
While Andy McMillin (first) and his cousins Dan McMillin (fourth) and Luke McMillin (seventh) on the 2019SCORE Overall point leader board, second in overall points and second in SCORE Trophy Truck is veteran second-generation SCORE racer Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., who has 101 points in his No. 32 Ford F-150 (Herbst/Smith).
Currently leading the Trophy Truck Spec class following his first SCORE win ever and third in the SCORE Overall point standings is second-generation SCORE racer Austin A.J. Jones, 23, Litchfield Park, Ariz., who has 99 season points is his No. 279 TSCO-Chevy truck. Jones, son of 2010 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Jesse Jones, defeated a SCORE-record field of 29 starters in his class in San Felipe.
Fifth in SCORE Overall points with 94 and fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck is Zak Langley, Manhattan Beach, Calif., in his No. 50 COPS Racing Ford F-150 (ESM) and sixth in SCORE Overall points and second in Trophy Truck Spec is Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., with 93 points in her No. 204 RPM Racing Geiser-Chevy truck. LIEBELT LEADS M/Cs
Former Pro Moto 30 (riders 30 years and older) season point champion Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif., and his five-rider team not only lead their class points but they are also the SCORE Overall Motorcycle point leader with 78 points on their No. 308x Yamaha WR450F motorcycle following their San Felipe win. MORGAN MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
After earning the 2018 SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class point championship after amazingly winning their class and the overall titles in all four races last year as a new team, Justin Morgan, 29, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, 29, Yucca Valley, Calif. and third rider Justin Jones, 27, Murrieta, Calif., won their fifth straight SCORE race in San Felipe to lead their class with 76 points on their No. 1x Honda CRF450X. SCORE TROPHY TRUCK LEADERS
Lined up behind the three McMillins, Arciero and Zak Langley in the point standings in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division are several more of the world’s top desert racers.
Sixth and seventh respectively in SCORE Trophy Truck season points after San Felipe are Desert Assassins teammates Cameron Steele and Bobby Pecoy.
Tied for eighth in SCORE Overall points with 91 so far is Steele, San Clemente, Calif. in his No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Ford Raptor (Geiser) and 10th in SCORE Overall points with 90 is Pecoy, Yorba Linda, Calif., in the No. 14 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Ford Raptor (Geiser).
Eighth after one race in SCORE Trophy Truck and tied for 11th in SCORE Overall points with 89 is second-generation SCORE racer and former NASCAR racer Justin Lofton, Brawley, Calif., in the No. 41 Ford Raptor (Jimco).
Ninth in SCORE Trophy Truck and 13th in overall points is the team of Chris Miller, La Jolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif. with 89 points in the No. 40 Toyota Tundra built by ID Designs.
And 10th in SCORE Trophy Truck season points and 14th in SCORE Overall points with 87 is former NASCAR team owner/driver and veteran SCORE champion is Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., in his No. 77 Custom-built Chevy Silverado. FIVE CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 26 OVERALL
Including Andy McMillin in SCORE Trophy Truck, A.J. Jones in Trophy Truck Spec and Wayne Matlock in Pro UTV FI, a total of five classes have at least one racer in the top 26 SCORE Overall 4-wheel point standings after Round 1 of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The classes in the top 26 point standings are SCORE Trophy Truck (15 racers), Trophy Truck Spec (7), Pro UTV FI (2) along with one point leader each in Class 1 (1) and Class 10 (1).
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Spec and Pro UTV FI other 2019 class point champions in the top 26 in the 2019 SCORE Overall points are Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. in the No. 100 Jimco-Chevy (Class 1, tied for 15th overall) and Cesar Cuevas, Chula Vista, Calif. in the No. 1011 Alumi Craft Chevy (Class 10, tied for 18th) MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
Among the other 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship class point leaders in Pro car/truck/UTV classes following their class victories in the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250are Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif.(SCORE TT Legend, No. 12L Ford F-150-ID), Michael Coleman, La Jolla, Calif. (Class 7, No. 721 Ford Raptor), Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif.(SCORE Lites, No. 1206 Jimco-VW), Eric Pavolka, Sonoita, Ariz. (Class 1/2-1600, No. 1625 Foddrill-VW), Hector Hurtado, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 5-1600, No. 599 1600cc VW Sedan), Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif. (Class 7F, No. 701 Toyota Tundra) and Art Penner, Canada (Class 11, No. 1156 VW Sedan).
Among the other riders of record class point leaders in Pro motorcycles is Marco Pena, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico (Pro Moto Limited, No. 120x Husqvarna 350FE), Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev. (Pro Moto 40, No. 444x KTM 450XCF), Aaron Richardson, Canada (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 739x KTM 400EXC-F) and Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 500x Yamaha YZ450FX.
Leading the Pro Quad class is the team led by Rider of Record Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad, No. 1a Honda TRX450R. SPORTSMAN LEADERS
The 2019 Sportsman motorcycle point leader with 77 points and one race win so far in 2019 is the team led by Shane Schorno, Discovery Bay, Calif. in the No. 284x KTM 500EXCF. Leading in the Sportsman Quad division with 79 points and one race win in his class is the team led by defending season point champion Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif., on the No. 100a Honda TRX450R.
In SPT Unlimited Truck, William Wolfard, Silverton, Oregon is leading the way with 75 points in the No. 1474 Chevy Silverado (Jefferies) and in SPT Open Wheel, leading with 75 points as well after his San Felipe win is Chris Parks, Knoxvile, Tenn. in the No. 1515 Desert Dynamics-Chevy. SCOREscope 2019 SCHEDULE
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
ABC TV IN 2019
SCORE has confirmed that the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be televised on the ABC TV family of networks, marking the first time back on the ABC network since the 1967 and 1968 coverage of the Baja 1000 on ABC’s old Wide World of Sports show.
The one-hour shows on the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, 51st SCORE Baja 500 and the 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised as part of ABC’s World of X Games year-long programming. Presented by SCORE sponsors Monster Energy and BFGoodrich Tires, the ABC World of X Games series profiles iconic action sports figures and also highlights athletes, artists, event previews and recaps.
SCORE also announced that the inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 next September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN TV.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows will continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, 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.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
2019 SCORE World Desert Championship Point Leaders
(After 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico—April 6-7)
2019 SCORE World Desert Championship Race-by-Race Class Winners
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico April 6-7, 2019
Total Starters: 239 Total Finishers: 164 Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—31 Andy McMillin, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado SCORE TT LEGEND—1L Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif., Ford Raptor CLASS 1—100 Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—279 Austin A.J. Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., TSCO-Chevy CLASS 2—2022 Hammond Meredith, Laramie, Wyo., ID-Chevy HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD—4421 Mike Hales, Rogers, Ark., Jeep Wrangler CLASS 10—1011 Cesar Cuevas, Chula Vista, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy CLASS 7—721 Mike Coleman, La Jolla, Calif., Ford Raptor HEAVY METAL—No Finishers CLASS 5—510 Gerardo Ibarra, Calexico, Calif., unlimited VW Baja Bug PRO UTV FI—2971 Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo SCORE LITES—1206 Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif./Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif., Jimco-VW PRO UTV NA—1954 Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000 CLASS 1/2-1600—1625 Eric Pavolka, Sonoita, Ariz./Andy DeVercelly IV, Jamul, Calif., Foddrill-VW PRO UTV UNLTD—1877 Josh Herzing, Cypress, Texas, Polaris RZR XPT1000 CLASS 8—No Finishers BAJA CHALLENGE—BC3 Don Daley, San Diego, BTC-Subaru STOCK FULL—No Finishers CLASS 5-1600—599 Hector Hurtado, Tijuana, Mexico, VW Baja Bug CLASS 7F—701F Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma CLASS 7SX—751 Mike Lesle, Wildomar, Calif., Jeep Comanche CLASS 4700—4747 Billy Bunch, La Quinta, Calif., Dodge Dakota CLASS 11—1156 Art Penner, Lynden, Wash. (Canada), VW Sedan
SPT UNLTD TRUCK—William Wolfard, Silverton, Ore., Chevy Silverado SPT BUGGY—Chris Parks, Knoxville, Tenn., Desert Dynamics-Chevy Pro Motorcycles PRO MOTO UNLIMITED—1x Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X PRO MOTO LIMITED—120x Marco Pena, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico/Miguel Cordovez, Ecuador/Francisco Teran, Ecuador/Mauri Herrera, Ensenada, Mexico, Husqvarna 350FE PRO MOTO 40—444x Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev./Dennis Belingheri, Reno, Nev./Steve Tichenor, Reno, Nev./Paul Luce, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 450XCF PRO MOTO 30—308x Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif./Greg Bardonnex, Visalia, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Sanger, Calif./Justin Shultz, Lake Forest, Calif./Brandon Wright, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha WR450F PRO MOTO IRONMAN—739x Aaron Richardson, Canada, KTM 400EXC-F PRO MOTO 50—500x Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, Ramona, Calif./John Griffin, Lake Forest, Calif., Yamaha YZ450FX
PRO QUAD—1a Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R
Sportsman M/C & Quad
SPT QUAD—100a Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif., Honda TRX450R SPT M/C—284x Shane Schorno, Discovery Bay, Calif., KTM 500EXCF