A. McMillin takes second straight SCORE overall victory, Justin Davis repeats in Class 1 at 51st SCORE Baja 500
245 official starters in Rd 2 of four-race
2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
Morgan/Samuels/Morgan earn sixth straight SCORE overall motorcycle win,
Scanlon 1st overall UTV, other class winners include Stacy in SCORE TT Legend, Munoz, Reid, Wells,
Arjona IV, Barajas, Proctor, Heredia, Munoz, Grabowski, Septien, T. Janesky,
Creel, Thomas, Spinali, S. Sanchez
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – For the second straight race, third-generation desert racing champion Andy McMillin roared to Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race victory Saturday by winning the 51st SCORE Baja 500 in dynamic fashion by starting first, never losing the physical lead and finishing first in the elapsed-time race.
Round 2 of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship was held this past week in Mexico’s Baja California, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
The celebratory internationally-televised race on a characteristically challenging, seriously silt-laden 485.02-mile course started and finished at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Stadium at the Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada. The race will be televised as a one-hour special at a date to be announced on ABC’s World of X Games programming. McMILLIN MAGIC
Andy McMillin, 32, of San Diego recorded a penalty-free winning time 9 hours, 49 minutes and 12 seconds while averaging 49.39 miles per hour in his No. 31 Red Bull McMillin Racing Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports.
After starting the season with the overall at the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250 in April, McMillin’s 11th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win moved him into a tie for second with Ed/Tim Herbst, Larry Ragland and Robby Gordon. That group trails Rob MacCachren, the all-time winningest SCORE Trophy Truck racer with 17 career victories.
It was also Andy McMillin’s third overall victory in the SCORE Baja 500, winning in 2010 with his father Scott McMillin along with his solo driving efforts in 2017 and this year. A. McMillin joins his father and uncle Mark McMillin with three overall wins each in this race giving his family a combined 11 overall wins in this race.
Andy McMillin’s grandfather and family patriarch Corky McMillin has two career overall victories in the SCORE Baja 500. FINAL FLAG
When the final checkered flag fell, a total of 245 vehicles left the start line early Saturday morning with racers from 26 U.S. States and 12 countries. When the course closed at 6:05 a.m. on Sunday, there were 144 official finishers for a very high 58.78 finishing percentage, especially considering the difficulty of the race course. The results were made official following complete data tracking review of the devices on each vehicle in the event late Sunday morning. ESTERO BEACH S/F
Start/finish line area for this year’s SCORE Baja 500 was the Lucas Oil Off-Road Stadium on the grounds of the Estero Beach Hotel & Resort, south of downtown Ensenada. It marked the first time the race started or finished at the popular luxury resort. THE PODIUM
Joining Andy McMillin, who won the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 in April, placing on the podium were Andy’s cousin Luke McMillin, also of San Diego and Mexico’s Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez.
Luke McMillin, 26, finished second with a penalty-free time of 9:51:06 (49.23mph) in his No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150 (Racer built) and Lopez, 24, of Tecate, Mexico, with a penalty-free finishing time of 10:12:43 (47.49mph) in his No. 9 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck (Geiser). 11 OF TOP 12 OVERALL SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS
Besides podium finishers A. McMillin, L. McMillin and Apdaly Lopez, 11 of the top 12 overall finishers were SCORE Trophy Trucks. SCORE Trophy Truck has a race-high 38 vehicles start the race.
All among the top 12 overall four-wheel vehicle finishers, third in SCORE Trophy Truck was Mexico’s ‘Apdaly Lopez (No. Chevy Rally Truck-Geiser Built), fourth was brothers Alan, Aaron and Rodrigo Ampudia of Ensenada, Mexico (No. 10 Ford Raptor-ID), fifth was Las Vegas brothers Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst (No. 19 Ford F-150-Herbst/Smith), sixth after penalties were accessed was Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (No. 7 Ford Raptor (Huseman) and seventh in class was Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif. (No. 85 Ford F-150-Herbst/Smith).
Finishing eighth in SCORE Trophy Truck and overall was Andy McMillin’s cousin and Luke McMillin’s brother Dan McMillin, San Diego (Ford F-150-Racer), ninth was Las Vegas’ Rob McCachren (No. 11 Ford F-150), 10th was Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas (No. 15 Ford Raptor-Jimco), and 11th was Gary Magness, Denver (No. 45 Ford F-150-Herbst/Smith) and 12th in SCORE Trophy Truck was Chris Miller, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (No. 40 Toyota Tundra-ID). REPEAT CLASS WINNERS:
Led by Justin Davis and Morgan/Samuels/Jones, several returning 2018 class winners in the SCORE Baja 500 won again this year. Among them were Jeff Proctor, Glendora, Calif. (Class 7, Honda Ridgeline), David Heredia, Hacienda Heights, Calif. (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug), Brad Lovell, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pro UTV Stock FI, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Calif./Shane Esposito, Temecula, Calif. (Pro Moto 30, Honda CRF450X), Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, Honda CRF450X) and Said Sanchez, Tijuana Mexico (Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R). CLASS 1 SUPERLATIVE
Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., captured the unlimited Class 1 while finishing eighth overall among four-wheel vehicles in the No. 185 Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. His winning effort was completed in 10:59:48 (44.10mph). He defeated 13 starters in his class. Starting first he never looked back and finished with a victory margin of 38 minutes, five seconds. MORGAN WINS MOTO OVERALL
Riding the No. 1x Honda CRF450X, Justin Morgan, 26, El Cajon, Calif. and his three-rider team raced to the overall motorcycle victory for his sixth consecutive overall motorcycle win in the SCORE World Desert Championship and his fourth overall win in the last five years in this race. The trio crossed the finish line in 10:50:11 at an average speed of 44.76mph.
Morgan split the riding with Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. who won his third overall moto title in this race in three years and Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif. who won his second consecutive SCORE overall motorcycle title in this race.
Morgan rode from the start to race mile 180, Samuels rode from there to race mile 450, and Jones took it home from that point. OVERALL UTV
Defeating 24 starters in his class and 37 total UTVs to win the overall UTV win title in this year’s race was former Polaris key executive Craig Scanlon, Yorba Linda, Calif., with a winning time of 13:26.41 in his No. 2931 Polaris RZR Turbo. It was his first SCORE race win as a driver of record. McMILLIN COMMENTS
Enjoying his victory celebration at the finish line, McMillin said, “We had clear air all day, just a couple of motorcycles and quads especially there toward the end and then it got silty. We were having a good run all day. Had a couple of mechanicals we had to stop for out there on the track. Other than that, we had three planned pit stops and it went flawless. It was just a great day. My cousin Luke (McMillin) was really pushing out of Mike’s Loop and down the beach, up through Santa Tomas and Uruapan. It was really fun. We were running neck and neck, heading out of Uruapan coming to the finish line and what more could you ask for after close to 500 miles to come down to the wire like that.”
“Great start to the season for us, one at the SCORE San Filipe 250 and the win here at the SCORE Baja 500. Couldn’t really ask for anything more. For the most part, the course was what I was expecting. I was a little nervous about the finish coming back in because we all ran that going out today. It was definitely pretty treacherous, a lot of silt, a lot of blind rises, and with Luke pushing me, we had to go a lot faster through there than I was planning on.” MORGAN REFLECTIONS
Leading his team to its sixth consecutive overall and Pro Moto Unlimited race win in the last SCORE races over two years, Morgan reflected after the race, “I had a fall out there in the desert. I was all by myself and just ran out of talent for a minute. It was right around mile marker 180. We had a great time and are really thankful for everything and it was awesome. There was a lot of silt coming into town, which I think is a lot of fun personally, it is kind of a challenge and makes everything a little slower speed, but it is always annoying if you crash in it for sure. Mark, Justin and I are really working well together and making a pretty good team. Six in a row is pretty amazing, I think.” UNBEATEN
Besides this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 overall winner Andy McMillin (SCORE Trophy Truck), other San Felipe class winners who won their class in this year’s SCORE Baja 500 to give them two straight wins to start the season were SCORE Baja 500 motorcycle winners were Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited—No. 1x Honda CRF450R).
The other San Felipe 2-wheel class winner who won this race was Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50—No. 500x Yamaha YZ450FX). Spinali’s teammates for this race were Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, Ramona, Calif./John Griffin, Lake Forest, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. The veteran O’Neal earned his race-record 21st career class win in the SCORE Baja 500.
Pro Quad San Felipe winner Said Sanchez, Tijuana (No. 1a Honda TRX450R) won again for his second class win in this race to remain unbeaten in the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship. SCORE TT LEGEND
In one of the closest class finishes in this year’s race a battle of veterans saw the team of Clyde Stacy/Nick Vanderwey defeat Mark Post/Larry Roeseler by just 41 seconds in the SCORE TT Legends class for SCORE Trophy Truck drivers over 50 years old. Stacy, 74, Bristol, Va. and Vanderwey, 52, Phoenix, drove the No. 5L Chevy Rally Truck V-16 (Geiser) to top Post, 61, Las Vegas and Roeseler, 62, Imperial, Calif., in their 30-year old No. 3L Ford F-150 (Riviera Racing). FIRST TIMERS
Among the racers winning their respective classes for the first time in 2019 were Charles Dorrance, Austin, Texas (Trophy Truck Spec, No. 299 Geiser-Chevy), Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif. (Class 10, No. 1068 Alumi Craft-Chevy), Dustin Grabowski, Upland, Calif. (Class 5, No. 527 Subaru Crosstrek Desert Racer), Matias Arjona IV, Ensenada, Mexico (SCORE Lites, No. 1202 Mirage-VW), Kaden Wells, St. George, Utah (Pro UTV NA, No. 1995 Polaris RZR XP1000), Angel Barajas, Ensenada, Calif. (Class 1/2-1600, No. 1616 Barajas-VW), Spencer Morgan, Laredo, Texas (Class 8, No. 852 Ford F-150), Edward Muncey, San Diego (Baja Challenge, No. BC4 Subaru BTC), Gerardo Novelo, Ensenada (Class 7SX, No. 740 Nissan Frontier), Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico (Pro Moto Limited, No. 100x KTM 350EXCF), Paul Thomas, Julian, Calif. (Pro Moto 40, 420x Honda CRF450X), Tanner Janesky, Middlebury, Conn. and (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 775x Honda CRF450X). CHALLENGING COURSE
The 51st anniversary SCORE Baja 500 race course, designed and finalized by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva was a rugged, challenging 485.02 miles. The course ran in a clockwise direction starting and finishing for approximately one mile in each direction on the off-road track at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Stadium. The first and last 27.74 miles up to Uruapan and back were shared course outbound and inbound.
The historic race course was another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the Pacific Ocean seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the mesmerizing, stark beauty of Baja California.
This year’s 51st anniversary course had four physical checkpoints, 146 virtual checkpoints and 11 speed zones (total of 41.72 race miles).
The four checkpoints will be located as follows: Checkpoint No. 1-Nuevo Junction (Race Mile 144.50), Checkpoint No. 2-San Matias (RM 256.32), Checkpoint No. 3-Vicente Guerrero (RM 343.47) and Checkpoint No. 4-Santo Tomas (RM 446.08).
Among the other towns, areas and landmarks the course went through or near are San Carlos wash, Uruapan, Santa Catarina, the Summit, Borrego, Mike’s Sky Rancho, Rancho El Coyote, San Telmo, Rancho Montes, Santo Domingo wash, Camalu, Colonet, San Vicente and the wash at Erendira. THE COUNT
The total of 245 starters from 26 U.S. States and 12 total countries–host country Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Peru and Venezuela.
States among the field ranged from California, Washington and Oregon in the Pacific West, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico in the Mountain West, New York and Connecticut in the Northeast, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, and Texas in the Midwest and Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in the South. GRAN HISTORIA
Following the 2018 epic celebration of the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship included another special tribute to the iconic SCORE Baja 500 when it is held this year in Ensenada.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event starting in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races.
Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race started for the 46th time there and finished for the 42nd time there.
In the history of the race, the start and finish line areas have been located in several areas of Ensenada and this year was the first time the race has either started or finished at Estero Beach. 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
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.
The show for the SCORE San Felipe 250 is scheduled to air on ABC on Saturday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET and 1:30 p.m. PT. Check local listings for time in each area of the country.
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, The Satellite Phone Store. 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.
SCORE Baja 500 All-Time Overall Champions (1969 thru 2018)
Year—DRIVERS/RIDERS, VEHICLE 1969—Bud Ekins/Guy Jones, Baja Boot-Olds
Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg, Ducati 1970—Parnelli Jones, Ford
Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty, Husqvarna 1971—Bobby Ferro, Funco-VW
Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts, Husqvarna 1972—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn, Honda 1973—Parnelli Jones, Ford
Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade, Husqvarna 1974—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
Mitch Mayes/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1975—Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Harley-Davidson 1976—Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1977—Ivan Stewart, Chenowth-VW
Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1978—Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith, Funco-VW
Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1979—Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1980—Bob Gordon, Chenowth-Chevy
Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1981—Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury, Chenowth-Chevy
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Yamaha 1982—Larry Ragland, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1983—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-VW
Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1984—Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW
Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1985—Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1986—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1987—Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree, Chenowth-Porsche
Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1988—Mark McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer, Yamaha 1989—Robby Gordon, Ford (no motorcycles) 1990—Robby Gordon, Ford
Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte, Kawasaki 1991—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1992—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1993—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Danny Hamel/Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1994—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Ford
Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1995—Curt LeDuc, Jeep (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Mike Julson/Bob Lofton, Jimco-VW
Paul Krause/Craig Smith, Kawasaki 1996—Rob MacCachren, Ford (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt, Smithbuilt-Porsche
Paul Krause/Ty Davis, Kawasaki 1997—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck)
Mark McMillin, Jimco-Porsche
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1998—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1999—Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom, Honda 2000—Larry Ragland, Chevy
Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2001—Mark McMillin, Jimco-Chevy
Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda 2002—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2003—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2004—Alan Pflueger, Chevy
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2005—Robby Gordon, Chevy
Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy, Honda 2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2008—B.J. Baldwin, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2009—Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Tatum-Chevy
Bill Boyer/Donnie De Arman/Nicholas Blais/Rudy Iribe, Honda 2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford
Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2011—Bryce Menzies, Ford
Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2012—Bryce Menzies, Ford
Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld, Kawasaki 2013—Robby Gordon, Chevy
Timmy Weigand/Colton Udall/David Kamo, Honda 2014—Bryce Menzies, Ford
Ricky Brabec/David Pearson/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki 2015—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Chevy
Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki 2016—Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Ford
Colton Udall, Mark Samuels, Honda 2017—Andy McMillin, Ford
Francisco Arredondo/Shane Esposito/Justin Morgan/Roberto Villalobos, Honda 2018—Rob MacCachren, Ford
Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda 2019—Andy McMillin, Chevy
Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda NOTE: From 1994 through 1997 SCORE Trophy Truck ran as its own series
SCORE Baja 500 Overall Champions
Racers Cars & Trucks 11
*Larry Roeseler 10
Ivan Stewart 5
Larry Ragland 4
**Malcolm Smith 3
Bryce Menzies 2
**Dan Smith 1
Gus Vildosola Jr *9 on motorcycle **1 on motorcycle Motorcycles 7
Steve Hengeveld 5
Kendall Norman 4
Ted Hunnicutt Jr
Justin Morgan 3
Jonah Street 2
Max Eddy Jr
Colton Udall 1
Ian Young Manufacturers Overall 4wheel Vehicle Trucks/SUVs* 13
Jeep *Includes 1994-97 (54 Total) Cars 7
Tatum Overall Engine Winners Cars & Trucks* 15
Oldsmobile *Includes 1994-97 (54 total) Motorcycles 21
Harley-Davidson Tires 4wheel vehicles (missing 4 years) 32
BFGoodrich Tires 5
Western Auto Tires 4
Toyo Tires 2