SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, dominic@SCORE-International.com
April 15, 2021
Race presented by Ford
Menzies, A. McMillin and L. McMillin, top qualifiers Thursday for Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250
Dickerson tops class 1 qualifying, Jergensen top qualifier in Trophy Truck Spec 273 entries so far from 27 States, 11 Countries; Start/Finish at El Dorado Ranch; Airing on ESPN2 World of X Games; #SCORESanFelipe250SCORE Live –Contingency, Start Line, Finish Line–Rat Sult host; Vehicle Tracking throughout the race atwww.score-international.com Saturday—Motorcycles/quads start at 6 a.m. (PT), cars/trucks/utvs at 9 a.m.(PT)
NOTE: Qualifying Results, SCORE Trophy Truck quotes at bottom of text
SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies, San Diego’s Andy McMillin and his cousin Luke McMillin, three of the top guns in all of desert racing, were the top three qualifiers Thursday among nearly 280 racers expected to start Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford.
Held over a 4.77-mile course south of downtown Menzies, 33, powered his way in a time of six minutes, 5.746 seconds averaging 46.95 miles per hour in his No. 7 all-wheel drive Mason-built Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck. He was fastest of the 26 SCORE Trophy Trucks out of 35 entries in the class that attempted to qualify.
Andy McMillin, 33, finished second in qualifying, completing the qualifying course in 6:10.226 (46.38mph) in his No. 31 Mason-built Chevy Silverado. Andy McMillin won the last SCORE San Felipe 250 in 2019 as the 2020 was cancelled because of the health pandemic.
Andy’s cousin Luke McMillin, 28, whose older brother Dan McMillin, 33, finished 11th in qualifying, completed the qualifying course in 6:16.041 (45.67mph) in his No. 83 Mark Racing Racer-Built Ford F-150.
Fastest qualifier in Class 1 was Broc Dickerson, 19, Brawley, Calif., turning in a hot lap of 6:52:607 while averaging 41.62 mph in the No. 123 Ford-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
Top qualifier out of a SCORE-record 36 entries in the Trophy Truck Spec class was Kyle Jergensen, 25, Phelan, Calif., with a time of 6:19.836 (45.21mph) in the No. 227 Brenthel-built Ford Raptor.
Fastest in the SCORE TT Legend class for SCORE Trophy Truck racers over 50 years old was Nick Vanderwey, 57 of Phoenix, subbing for regular driver Clyde Stacy, in a time of 7:12.974 (39.66mph).
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 popular ‘Spring Break’ season-opener of the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held through Sunday in San Felipe, the peaceful village on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.
This season-opening race will be held under the same Bio-Security protocols as last year’s abbreviated season of two races that includes no spectators at contingency, the start or the finish but fans will be allowed again to watch out around the race course, following normal health and safety protocols.
Contingency, and the start/finish compound, with no spectators allowed, are located on the secured grounds of the luxurious El Dorado Ranch just north of town. 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 9 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 five hours, all vehicles will have 14 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher in the historic race. ON-SITE RACER REGISTRATION
Being held in the Pavilion at Eldorado Ranch, regular on-site and late racer registration will finish on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. No new entries will be accepted after 3 p.m. PT on Friday. DETAILS
Returning after a one-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 51 classes are offered for Pro and Sportsman Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads. A total 270 entries to date have come from 27 U.S. States, along with host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Peru.
Helping mark the launch of 48th year of SCORE International, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, will be the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division with a total of 35 of these ‘Monsters of the Desert’ officially entered. Created by SCORE and started in 1994 by then SCORE-owner Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy Truck is the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
Domestically, the race will be televised on a delayed basis on the World of X Games show on the ESPN2 as co-produced by SCORE International and award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles.
All four 2021 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
SCORE Live will be streaming throughout race week on the SCORE website. Colorful Rat Sult is returning for his sixth season as the host of SCORE Live. DOUBLE DIGITS
With 270 entries to date entering Friday’s late on-site racer registration, the race includes 35 entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division (Including four SCORE TT Legend vehicles for SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers over 50 years old). Created in 1994 by then SCORE owner Sal Fish, SCORE Trophy Truck is starting its 28th season as the marquee racing division in the sport for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class which has a SCORE-record 36 entries for the class. Trophy Truck Spec has as SCORE-record 36 entries and the other classes with double figure entries so far are Class 10 with 21, Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) with 10 entries and Pro Moto Ironman with a race-record 10. Among the Sportsman classes SPT Motorcycle has 11 entries and SPT Quad has 10.
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford Round 1 of four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship
April 14-18, 2021—280.2 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico Current Total Entries: 273 (as of 4/15/21) (from 27 U.S. States, host Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica,
Ireland, Finland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru)Qualifying Results (April 15) NOTE: Non-qualifiers will start in the order entered following qualifiers Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
(Number, driver/rider of record/additional drivers and/or Navigators/riders, vehicle, engine) SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited CustomTrucks including Builder)– TOP QUALIFIER: 7 Bryce Menzies, 33, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Mason), six minutes, 5.746 seconds (46.95 miles per hour) 2. 31 Andy McMillin, 33, San Diego, Chevy Silverado (Mason), 6:10.226 (46.38mph) 3. 1 Luke McMillin, 28, San Diego, Ford F-150 (Racer), 6:16:041 (45.67mph) 4. 21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, 39, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Vildosola), 6:16.686 (45.59mph) 5. 10 Alan Ampudia, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Aaron Ampudia, 28, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (ID), 6:17.221 (45.54mph) 6. 77 Robby Gordon, 52, Charlotte, N.C. (Santa Ana, Calif.), Chevy Silverado (R. Gordon), 6:18.180 (45.41mph) 7. 89 Mike Walser, 54, Comfort, Texas/Ryan Arciero, 47, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 6:23.247 (44.81mph) 8. 38 Eric Hustead, 50, St. George, Utah, Ford F-150 (Custom), 6:23.277 (44.80mph) 9. 79 Eric Hardin, 38, Orange, Calif./Joey Black, 28, Laguna Beach, Calif., GMC Sierra (ID), 6:25.184 (44.58mph) 10. 22 Jax Redline, 16, Amarillo, Texas, Chevy R-2 (Geiser), 6:26.079 (44.48mph) 11. 23 Dan McMillin, 33, San Diego, Chevy 1500 (Mason), 6:28.851 (44.16mph) 12. 19 Tim Herbst, 57, Las Vegas/ Las Vegas/Pat Dean, 51, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Herbst/Smith), 6:30.671 (43.96mph) 13. 41 Justin Lofton, 35, Brawley, Calif., Ford Raptor (Jimco), 6:35.589 (43.41mph) 14. 73 John T. Lennon, 60, Cleveland/A.J. Jones, 25, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 6:37.850 (43.16mph) 15. 9 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 26, Tecate, Mexico/Juan C. Lopez, 46, Tecate, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Custom), 6:38.023 (43.14mph) 16. 17 Josh De Jong, 32, San Jacinto, Calif./Louis Zavas, 35, Hemet, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Zavas), 6:43.569 (42.55mph) 17. 85 Michael Lawrence, 33, Banning, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst/Smith), 6:52.191 (41.66mph) 18. 24 Adam Householder, 36, Anaheim, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 6:54.382 (41.44mph) 19. 82 Sam Baldi, 56, Beaumont, Calif./Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna, 31, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Baldi), 6:58.661 (41.02mph) 20. 11 Rob MacCachren, 56, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Geiser), 6:59.143 (40.97mph) 21. 51 Steve Olliges, 57, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Geiser), 7:00.989 (40.79mph) 22. 43 Larry Roeseler, 64, Boulevard, Calif., Toyota Tundra (ID), 7:02.678 (40.63mph) 23. 26 Dave Taylor, 47, Page, Ariz., Ford Raptor (Geiser), 7:24.981 (39.59mph) 24. 27 Jonathan Brenthel, 41, La Cresta, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 33, Temecula, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Brenthel), 7:27.005 (38.42mph) 25. 40 Chris Miller, 47, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Mason), 7:36.404 (37.62mph) 26. 65 Dan Myers, 43, Newport Beach, Calif./Steve Myers, 55, Newport Beach, Calif., Toyota Tundra (R. Gordon), 7:38.904 (37.42mph) Did Not Qualify 2 Cameron Steele, 53, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Raptor (Geiser) DNQ 35 Carlos Penunuri, 39, La Paz, Mexico/, Chevy 1500 (Custom) DNQ 67 Jose L. Leon, 43, Calexico, Calif./Adan Beltran, 42, Mexicali, Mexico/Gustavo Villasenor, 38, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (Leon Racing) DNQ 92 Paul Nauleau, 24, San Francisco/Joe Desrosiers, 51, San Marcos, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Fushion) DNQ 96 Enrique Murillo, 50, La Paz, Mexico/Guillermo Vizcaino, 63, La Paz, Mexico, Ford F-150 SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Custom Trucks, including builder, Drivers over 50 years old)– TOP QUALIFIER: 5L Nick Vanderwey, 54, Litchfield Park, Ariz. (DOR–Clyde Stacy, 76, Bristol, Va.), Chevy V-16 (Geiser), 7:12.974 (39.66mph) 2. 37L Rolf Helland, 61, Morris, Ill./Rick D. Johnson, 55, Barstow, Calif., Ford Raptor (Mason), 7:50.714 (36.48mph) DNQ 55L Jose de Jesus Flores, 57, Culiacan, Mexico/Oskar Slingerland, 55, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Netherlands)/Eduardo Perez, 50, Chevy Silverado (Jimco) DNQ 79L Russell Buehler, 62, Independence, Mo./Neil Buehler, 57, Kansas City, Mo., Ford Raptor (Jimco) CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)— TOP QUALIFIER: 123 Broc Dickerson, 19, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, 45, Brawley, Calif., Jimco-Ford, 6:52.607 (41.62mph) 2. 105 Mason Cullen, 21, Long Beach, Calif./Matt Cullen, 53, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 7:23.530 (38.72mph) 3. 100 Cody Parkhouse, 33, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Parkhouse, 61, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 7:29.686 (38.19mph) 4. 151 Brandon Dawson, 47, Salt Lake City, Utah/, MD-Chevy, 7:47.873 (36.70mph) 5. 179 Mario Fuentes, 42, Juarez, Mexico/Armandino H. Fierro, 47, El Paso, Texas, Jimco-Chevy, 7:54.146mph (36.22mph) DNQ 132 Alberto Varela, 50, Tijuana, Mexico/Roberto Romo Jr, Mexicali, Mexico/Abel Atayde, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy DNQ 143 Javier Robles Jr, 31, Mexicali, Mexico/Javier Robles, 60, Mexicali, Mexico/Jesus Marten, 43, San Luis, Mexico, Curry-Chevy DNQ 168 Shelby Reid, 53, Apple Valley, Calif./Cody Reid, 28, Apple Valle, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed engines)– TOP QUALIFIER: 227 Kyle Jergensen, 25, Phelan, Calif., Ford Raptor (Brenthel), 6:19.836 (45.21mph) 2. 264 Pierce Herbst, 18, Las Vegas/Ryan Millen, 36, New Zealand/Thor Herbst, 20, Las Vegas, Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 6:20.919 (45.08mph) 3. 234 Jason McNeil, 43, El Cajon, Calif./Tyler McNeil, 32, Mesa, Ariz./Kyle Dodson, 35, Ramona, Calif./Chad McNeil, 39, El Cajon, Calif., Geiser-Chevy, 6:20.956 (45.08mph) 4. 228 Ryan Hancock, 45, Yuma, Ariz./Brock Heger, 21, El Centro, Calif./Jordan Poole, 32, Las Vegas, TSCO-Ford, 6:23.990 (44.72mph) 5. 285 Clay Lawrence, 58, Banning, Calif./, Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 6:34.598 (43.52mph) 6. 296 Andrew Myers, 41, San Marcos, Calif./Julio Quintero, 40, Escondido, Calif., Toyota Tundra (Herbst-Smith), 6:38.872 (43.05mph) 7. 261 Jeff Bader, 40, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Dan Fresh, 52, Dana Point, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 6:39.382 (43.00mph) 8. 226 Alexis Lopez, 21, Tecate, Mexico/Reynaldo Zavala, 47, Tecate, Mexico, Curry-Chevy, 6:39.819 (42.95mph) 9. 258 Justin Davis, 27, Chino Hills, Calif./Jeremy Davis, 21, Chino Hills, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 6:41.076 (42.82mph) 10. 292 Jason Coleman, 36, Huntington Beach, Calif./Brady Melin, 29, Huntington Beach, Calif., Herbst/Smith-Chevy, 6:44.767 (42.42mph) 11. 238 Elijah Kiger, 21, Kirby, Pa./Sean Bogdan, 28, Kirby, Pa./Scott Kiger, 52, Kirby, Pa., TSCO-Chevy, 6:48.855 (42.00mph) 12. 294 Vincent Munoz, 34, Yucaipa, Calif./Roy Tomkins, 34, Redlands, Calif., ODR-Chevy, 6:53.687 (41.51mph) 13. 211 Pat Sims, 54, Eunice, N.M./ Tim Wilson, 22, Boulder City, Nev./Jeffrey Wilson, 25, Boulder City, Nev., ESM-Chevy, 6:56.724 (41.21mph) 14. 200 Jorge Sampietro, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Santiago Creel, 34, Mexico City, Mason-Chevy, 7:01.089 (40.78mph) 15. 246 James Scully, 40, Long Beach, N.Y. (Ireland)/Keith Smith, 41, California, Brenthel-Chevy, 7:05.188 (40.39mph) 16. 221 Michael Pyle, 49, Draper, Utah/Connor Pyle, 25, Draper, Utah/Carson Pyle, 18, Draper, Utah, Trophy Lite-Chevy, 7:08.774 (40.05mph) 17. 213 Josh Beyers, 43, Las Cruces, N.M. (DOR-Karl Ebdrup, 44, Canada), Chevy Armada, 7:10.759 (39.87mph) 18. 265 Cristian Baumgart, 46, Brazil/Beco Andreoti, 44, Brazil, Brenthel-Chevy, 7:10.872 (39.85mph) 19. 247 Scott Shields, 44, San Diego, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 7:12.538 (39.70mph) 20. 214 Valerie Clark, 17, Kansas City, Mo./Ken Thatcher, 43, Las Vegas/Matthew Misso, 22, Las Vegas, Geiser-Chevy, 7:13.954 (39.57mph) 21. 218 Chad Dohrman, 38, Murrieta, Calif./Jeff Dohrman, 64, Murrieta, Calif., Get-Ford, 7:18.588 (39.15mph) 22. 295 William Hedrick Jr, 25, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/William Hedrick, 54, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, ID-Chevy, 7:20.183 (39.01mph) 23. 278 Carlos Ibarra, 48, Ensenada, Mexico/Moises Murquos, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/Alejandro Mutiin, 52, Tijuana, Mexico, Padmur-Chevy, 7:22.466 (38.81mph) 24. 225 John W. McNeil, 55, Mesa, Ariz./Mitchell McNeil, 30, Mesa, Ariz./Scott McNeil, 32, Mesa, Ariz./Kelly McNeil, 58, Mesa, Ariz., BMS-Ford, 7:22.956 (38.77mph) 25. 205 Joe DeLucie, 42, Las Vegas/Jose Azrate, 50, Ensenada, Mexico, ESM-Chevy, 7:36.499 (37.62mph) 26. 215 Marcelo Gastaldi, 39, Temecula, Calif./Cadu Sachs, 24, Brenthel-Chevy, 7:43.035 (37.09mph) 27. 284 Jose Contreras, 35, Tecate, Mexico/Carlos Ramoneti, 33, Tecate, Mexico/Steven Tucker, 45, San Diego, BRP-Chevy, 7:50.571 (36.49mph) 28. 281 Carlinhos Ambrosio, 55, Brazil/Sylvio De Barros, Brazil/Gustavo Gugelmin, Brazil, Brenthel-Chevy, 7:51.632 (36.41mph) 29. 206 Julio Copua, 52, Brazil/Kevin Pelcros, 38, Brazil, Brenthel-Chevy, 8:12.583 (34.86mph) 30. 212 Marcos Baumgart, 43, Brazil/Kleber Cuncece, 40, Brazil/Beco Andreoti, 44, Brazil, Brenthel-Chevy, 9:26.020 (30.34mph) Did Not Finish 202 Chad Broughton, 25, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, 54, Scotts Valley, Calif., Custom-Chevy DNF 244 Brad Lovell, 44, Colorado Springs, Colo./Jason Hutter, 45, Snowmass, Colo., Ford Raptor (Geiser) DNF 293 Ryan Peacock, 35, San Martin, Calif., RWA-Chevy DNQ 233 Thomas Degen, 63, Garden Grove, Calif./Brad Degen, 18, Garden Grove, Calif./Kyle Degen, 22, Garden Grove, Colo., Chevy Colorado (Wright) DNQ 255 Brad Vicic, 51, Littleton, Colo./Jeff Blais, 45, Castle Rock, Colo./Jay Vicic, 52, Sedalia, Colo., Chevy Armada DNQ 275 Juan Sanchotena Jr, 26, San Diego/Jauan Sanchotena 50, San Diego, SMS-Chevy
BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 Presented by Ford Post-Qualifying Quotes, April 15, 2021
(As interviewed by Paul Hanson, Jose Vazquez; transcribed by Cindy Clark)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK BRYCE MENZIES, No. 7 (Menzies qualified first.) – – It was good. The course is super chewed up, really sandy, big bumps, lots of places to make mistakes, so my plan was to just be smart but be fast. We pushed a little bit but wanted to be safe. We feel confident in where we ran today. This is probably the gnarliest qualifying course I’ve even been on in my life. It made it interesting; I don’t think I’ve ever breathed that hard turning back and forth at the wheel. Good time. Great way to kick off the SCORE San Felipe 250.
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 1 (McMillin qualified third.) – – That was a peak of adrenaline right there. We got out of shape a couple of times; I think probably everyone did. The course is rough. SCORE throws a little bit of everything at us. We tried to keep up our momentum, but there is a square that sent us out of shape, but it was fun.
TAVO VILDOSOLA, No. 21 (Vildosola qualified fourth.) – – Oh man, this is probably the roughest qualifying course we have for sure done in SCORE, probably ever done in my career, and I’ve been racing for about 20 years now. It was nasty, it was square, it was soft, and I think the all-wheel drives are going to have an advantage but we ran clean. That is what we wanted to do for qualifying and that is what we want to do on Saturday.
ALAN AMPUDIA, No. 10 (Ampudia qualified fifth.) – – The course this year is brutal. A lot of wash, silt, soft sand. We just tried to keep it straight. It was good. I think we put in a solid run. We put it to the ground.
ROBBY GORDON, No. 77 (Gordon qualified sixth.) – – The course was horrible. Going as late as we did I think will definitely hurt us. I did what I could. I gave up a couple seconds in one corner because I couldn’t get it down-shifted so it didn’t pull off the corner. I wasn’t brave enough down through the fast whoops at the end. I could have done a lot better through there.
MIKE WALSER, No. 89 (Walser qualified seventh.) – -That was one of the toughest qualifying I have ever had to do. The course was so chewed up. There was probably 50 ways to screw up on that loop, but we need a truck that can race on Saturday, but we still wanted to get up front. I’m hoping I did that today. The bumper fell off so and so my visor was getting steamed up so half the time I couldn’t see and it was so dusty. We survived and I am here.
ERIC HARDIN, No. 79 (Hardin qualified ninth.) – – We are still shiny side up so that’s good. Still has all the fenders on it so I’m happy. It’s rough out there. The sand is super deep. I’m not sure where we are starting but we are starting so we are happy about that. This is our first time racing the SCORE San Felipe 250 in a SCORE Trophy Truck and we are thrilled to be here.
JAX REDLINE, No. 22 (Redline qualified tenth.) – – That was the roughest qualifying course I have ever done. This is my first time qualifying for a SCORE race. I did what I could, stayed in the ruts, tried to stay smooth. It was definitely a four-wheel drive course.
DAN MCMILLIN, No. 23 (McMillin qualified eleventh.) – – I kept it as clean as I could. The holes were really big today. We just wanted to keep it in the groove in our four-wheel drive. It was a lot of soft sand; perfect for these four-wheel drives.
PAT DEAN, No. 19 (DOR – Tim Herbst qualified twelvth.) – – It went pretty well. It is a very difficult track so we were just trying to be safe. It is really silty and the holes are deep. We took it easy and hopefully we had a decent qualifying run. The straightaways have five-foot whoops. It was a very difficult track.
JUSTIN LOFTON, No. 41 (Lofton qualified thirteenth.) – – The qualifying run was qualifying. A lot of silt, a lot of sand. I was a little skeptical going in, but our Jimco handled it great, our Yokohama tires hooked up and our Fox shocks we put down a pretty good lap. I feel confident and looking forward to the race. It was challenging but these vehicles are amazing in what they can do, especially up to speed. It is so deceiving when we are cruising around at 25mph; they like to work at 60-70mph. We are happy to back at the SCORE San Felipe 250.
APDALY LOPEZ, No. 9 (Lopez qualified fifteenth.) – – This qualifying course was really sandy. I think it was an advantage for the all-wheel drive trucks. But we did what we could do. We hopefully will be a top ten. This will be a fast race so starting position will be important. The course was fun. I’m still learning the new truck, so looking forward to the new season.
JOSH DE JONG, No. 17 (De Jong qualified sixteenth.) – – It was pretty deep, with a lot of silt. It was a tough track; nothing like the actual race course. I think we might have done all right.
SAM BALDI, No. 82 (Baldi qualified nineteenth.) – – This is our first time in Baja. We have been very excited for several years, pre-running down here. I don’t even have words; we are so excited to be here. The course…whew.. just stay alive without putting it on its top. We plan on running the entire SCORE series this year, if we can keep our truck running.
ROB MAC CACHREN, No. 11 (Mac Cachren qualified twentieth.) – – We did everything we could. The track has a lot of soft sand and gnarly whoops. Around the corners it was hard to get up to speed. We tried to keep up our momentum. Once you drop in it was hard to get back up on top of the whoops. The course definitely favors the all-wheel drives more than anything I’ve seen before. Really not a test of what these SCORE Trophy Trucks are capable of doing. This race course doesn’t have sand whoops like that. It is a long race. The track has gotten rougher over the last week pre-running; it is really torn up with a lot of rocks. Everyone can have problems. We just hope to put this BFGoodrich truck back on the top spot. We have won the SCORE San Felipe 250 a few times over all and want nothing more than to do it again.
STEVE OLLIGES, No. 51 (Olliges qualified twenty-first.) – – It was probably the gnarliest track I’ve ever seen but I will also say it was really fun. It was definitely a drivers and suspension track. A lot of fun. We got this FOX Ford all tuned up. We put a new tune on this engine so it has lots of power and you have to to run with these guys. We are exited about that. We have a new BFGoodrich compound tire in the rear that we are trying out. Hopefully it helps us.
LARRY ROESELER, No. 43 (Roeseler qualified twenty-second.) – – It was pretty exciting. I’ve seen a lot of bumps in my days and some rough courses. For a time-trial course, that was one heck of a rough track; soft sand and some big bumps. I don’t know if my time was any good, but we had fun. I made a couple of mistakes, made some good moves, but we had fun. The race course this year is fantastic. It is going to be a great race.