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June 4, 2017
To air on El Rey Network
A. McMillin takes Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck win, Brian Wilson captures Class 1 at 49th SCORE Baja 500
233 starters in Rd 2 of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Ensenada, Mexico
Guatemala’s Arredondo first overall motorcycle, Lambert first overall UTV,
other class winners include Roeseler, Hanna, Dickerson, Ferrato, Romo, Holmes,
Fernandez, Bio, O’Neal, Montoya, Wenck, Gates, Carrasco, Hawley, R. Sanchez
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Adding to the McMillin family legacy, San Diego’s third-generation desert racer Andy McMillin drove hard enough and consistent enough to earn the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck class victory Saturday at the 49th SCORE Baja 500.
Round 2 of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship was held in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of San Diego.
Defeating a field of 233 starters including 33 in the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, McMillin, 30, drove to victory over a tremendously tough 513.76-mile race course, finishing in the No. 31 McMillin Ford F-150 in 10 hours, three minutes, four seconds, averaging 51.12 miles per hour.
After qualifying fifth on Thursday, McMillin quickly drove to the front of the voracious pack of world class drivers, earning a victory margin of three minutes, 26 seconds over Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., who finished second overall in 10:06:36 at 50.83 mph in the No. 4 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck.
For McMillin, whose cousins Dan McMillin and Luke McMillin were also racing in their own SCORE Trophy Trucks, it was his third class win and second overall triumph in the SCORE Baja 500 and his ninth career SCORE Trophy Truck race win. Luke finished fourth overall and in class while Dan finished 15th overall 13th in SCORE Trophy Truck.
Storming back from a 19th qualifying run, Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, who won the season-opening 31st SCORE San Felipe 250 in April, deftly drove himself up to the final spot on the podium with a third-place overall and SCORE Trophy Truck finish in the No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150, just 15 seconds behind Matney in 10:06:45 while averaging 50.81 mph.
In addition to 28 U.S. States, racers came from 13 total countries. In addition to the USA, racers from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain were part of the field.
9 OF 10 FOR BFGOODRICH
Following complete data tracking review of the vehicles, BFGoodrich Tires, major SCORE sponsor for 41 years, were the tires of choice for nine of the top 10 overall finishers in the race.
When the race course officially closed on Sunday morning at 8:06 a.m., 149 of 233 starters (63.9 percent) completed the radically rugged course within the 20-hour time limit to earn their coveted official finisher medals and status. Both the start and finish line were located once again in the heart of Ensenada on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center.
CLASS 1 SUPERLATIVE
For the second straight race, the Wilson family race team of Long Beach, Calif., led by Brian Wilson defeated a talented group of 11 starters to win the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars in their Chevy-powered Jimco driven on BFGoodrich Tires, finishing 18th overall in the grueling race in 11:43:32. His cousin Brad Wilson won Class 1 in the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250.
ARREDONDO WINS MOTO OVERALL
Riding the No. 45x Chris Haines Adventure Co. Honda CRF450X, Guatemala’s international rally racer Francisco Arredondo and his four-rider team raced to the overall motorcycle victory. A multi-time age-group class winner, Arredondo earned his first SCORE overall motorcycle title as well as his first win in the Pro Moto Unlimited class.
His teammates were Shane Esposito, Temecula, Calif./Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. and Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif. The talented quartet finished the grueling race in 11:04.52, averaging 47.09 mph. The team finished second at the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250 in early April. It was also Esposito’s 5th class win in the SCORE Baja 500.
The win was also the 19th overall motorcycle victory for Honda in the SCORE Baja 500.
Winning over a SCORE-record field of 25 starters in Pro UTV FI and 11 starters in Pro UTV, Justin Lambert was the overall UTV winner and Pro UTV FI class winner in the race. Lambert, Bakersfield, Calif., led his team to a winning time of 13:17:01 in a Polaris XP1000 for a victory margin of 49 minutes over the second place finisher among all 36 of the Pro UTVs that started the race.
Enjoying his victory celebration at the finish line, Andy McMillin commented, “The hardest part of this race was the distance and the different types of terrain. It was really gnarly. Getting over to the beach it was super mountainous and rocky. It was wide-open along the beach, then up over the mountains to Valle Trinidad. The deserts in San Felipe and the whoops are so gnarly. The truck drives differently in different types of terrain so adjusting your driving style is tough. Keeping the truck on the course is important. We had one flat tire in San Felipe when we took a line and punctured the right rear. Luckily we had a pit a couple of miles up and we nursed it in.”
“The heat today wasn’t too bad but nothing like last year. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been coming down here to Baja with my family that has been SCORE racing for 40 years and being the first vehicle to finish is something not a lot of people get to experience. When you are the first one coming through like I was today and all the fans are screaming it is a lot of fun.”
“The team was great and the pits were flawless. Everyone was right where they needed to be. To win is really a team effort and I just drive. I’ve got my co-driver Brady (Thompson) who calls all of the corners and all the dangers and keeps me in check.”
NINE OF TOP 10 OVERALL SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS
Nine of the top 10 overall finishers in the race were from the SCORE Trophy Truck class. The one that wasn’t came from the new SCORE TT Legend class for drivers over 50 years old.
Finishing fourth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was San Diego’s Luke McMillin, Andy McMillin’s cousin, with a time of 10:21:04 in the No. 83 McMillin Racing Ford F-150 and fifth overall was Mexico’s Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez (Tecate) with a time of 10:28:20 in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck.
Finishing sixth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was the team of Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio and Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif. in 10:28:59 in the No. 6 Chevy Silverado and seventh was Germany’s Armin Schwarz in 10:29:32 in the No. 9 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado.
Ninth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., in 10:33:07 in the No. 16 Monster Energy Chevy Silverado and 10th was Chris Kemp, San Clemente, Calif. with a time of 10:49:58 in the No. 93 Chevy Silverado.
SCORE LEGEND 8TH OVERALL
Cracking the top 10 overall at eighth and winning the new SCORE TT Legend class was the iconic Larry Roeseler in the No. 96 Safecraft Chevy Silverado in 10:33:07. One of the winningest racers in SCORE history, Roeseler, 60, of Martinez, Calif., drove solo to his 17 class win in the SCORE Baja 500 which includes 11 overall victories in this race.
20 FOR O’NEAL
Three racers in the prestigious group of returning multiple class winners in the SCORE Baja 500 added to their respective trophy cases with class wins again in the SCORE Baja 500. Elias Hanna won the Trophy Truck Spec class for his fourth class win in this race.
Veteran age-group motorcycle racer Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. earned his race-record 20th class win (all on motorcycles) by leading a team in the Pro Moto Limited class.
The third racer adding to his winning legacy in the SCORE Baja 500 was Pancho Bio, Spring Valley, Calif. (Class 11, Stock VW Sedan) for his sixth class win in this race.
In addition to O’Neal, four other racers remain undefeated after winning here at the SCORE Baja 500 following their class wins at the season-opener in San Felipe. Broc Dickerson, the 16-year old rookie phenom who is a second-generation desert racer won for the second straight race over 17 starters in the competitive Class 10 in his Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car.
Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico won on his home desert over a field of 17 starters in Trophy Truck Spec in his Chevy 1500 for his second win of 2017.
Also winning for the second time were Jose Carassco, Rosarito Beach, Mexico in the Pro Ironman motorcycle class on a Suzuki RMZ450X and Juan Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz. won Sportsman Quad on a Honda TRX450R.
Among the racers earning their first class wins in 2017 at the SCORE Baja 500 were Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600, Romo-VW), Rick Sanchez, San Vicente, Mexico (Class 8, Ford F-150), Matt Ferrato, Simi Valley, Calif. (SCORE Lites, Custom-VW), J.T. Holmes, Reno, Nev. (Pro UTV, Polaris XP1000), Dallas Lutrell, Salt Lake City, Utah (Class 7, Chevy Truck), Tomas Fernandez, Laredo, Texas (Mexico) (Class 5/1600, 1600 VW Baja Bug) and Marco Gonzalez, Glendale, Calif. (Baja Challenge, BTC-Subaru).
Among the other motorcycle class winners were Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Pro Moto 40, KTM 450XCW), Tony Wenck, Winerset, Iowa (Pro Moto 30, Yamaha 450YZFX) and Robert Gates, Victorville, Calif. (Class 50, Kawasaki KX450F).
The race featured a course, developed by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman along with Race Director Jose A. Grijalva, of 513.67 miles. It ran in a counter clockwise direction. The first and last 19.5 miles was shared course outbound and inbound.
Starting and finishing once again in the heart of Ensenada, it quickly left the pavement and headed up the spectator-friendly Ensenada Arroyo for two miles as it headed out of town.
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 seashore with elevations from sea level to over 3,000 feet. The course was another jewel reflecting the stark beauty of Baja California.
This year’s course had five physical checkpoints—North of Johnson’s Ranch, Morellia Junction, North of San Felipe on Highway 5, Nuevo Junction and El Mezcal before Ojos Negros. It also has approximately 95 virtual checkpoints. There were also 14 speed zones (37 miles per hour or 60 miles per hour) for a total of 55.53 total miles of the 513.67-mile race course.
This course was different than last year’s course. Last year it had much more desert, it went up the Summit and this year it went to the coast. There were also sections that haven’t been raced on for a number of years and a few sections that SCORE has never race on before.
Other towns and landmarks the course went through or near were Ensenada Arroyo, Piedras Gordas, Ojos Negros, Uruapan, Santo Tomás, Erendira, Johnson’s Ranch, Colonet, Jaramillo, Hacienda Sinaloa on San Telmo Rd., Rancho El Coyote, Mike’s Sky Rancho, San Matias, the Diablo Dry Lake bed, San Felipe, Valle de Trinidad, The Goat Trail, Nuevo Junction and Santa Catarina.
Most the world’s best desert racers were in action at this year’s 49th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
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 asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger and Elise Norman in December of 2012.
Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race has now started 44 times and finished 40 times in Ensenada.
Two legends in their respective sports, SCORE’s Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart and Mexican-American champion Pro Wrestler/El Rey Network TV star Rey Mysterio Jr were the Grand Marshals for the race.
The race will be televised as a one-hour special on the El Rey Network domestically and syndicated internationally. The show is produced by the El Rey Network in association with SCORE by award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Announcers will be Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Mike Escamilla and Cherry Martini.
GOLDEN SCORE 2017
The 2017 season also marks the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held November 14-18. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the oldest, longest and most prestigious continuously held desert race in the world.
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 29-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
· 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
· Rosarito Beach 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 14-17, Rosarito Beach, Mexico
· 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico
EL REY NETWORK
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. The season-ending 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will have a two-hour show produced while the other race shows will each be one-hour telecasts.
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.
Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.
El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
El Rey Network 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.
EL REY AIR DATES
The El Rey Network has announced two one-hour specials to launch its coverage of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. The first show, aired on May 31, introduced audiences to the sizzling speeds and daring drama that bond the multi-generational families who race in the world’s foremost desert racing organization and the second show on June 18 will spotlight race coverage of the season-opening 31st SCORE San Felipe 250.
The Sunday, June 18th show will be broadcast at 5:30 p.m. (ET).
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
All-Time Overall 4wheel & 2wheel champions (1969 through 2017)
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
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/Johnny Campbell, 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 Lopez, Chevy
Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki
2016—Gus Vildosola Jr, Ford
Colton Udall/Mark Samuels, Honda
2017—Andy McMillin, Ford
Francisco Arredondo/Shane Esposito/Justin Morgan/Roberto Villalobos, Honda
49th SCORE Baja 500
Round 2 of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
June 3-4, 2017—513.67 miles—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
TOTAL STARTERS: 233 TOTAL FINISHERS: 149 (63.9 Percent)
(from 28 U.S. States, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador,
Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain)
(following complete data tracking review)
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)–1. 31 Andy McMillin, 30, San Diego, Ford F-150, 10:03:04 (51.11 miles per hour); 2. 4 Justin Matney, 31, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck, 10:06:36; 3. 11 Rob MacCachren, 52, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 10:06:45; 4. 83 Luke McMillin, 24, San Diego, Ford F-150, 10:21:04; 5. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 10:28:19; 6. 6 Larry Connor, 67, Miamisburg, Ohio/Ricky Johnson, 52, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:28:59; 7. 9 Armin Schwarz, 53, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 10:29:32; 8. 16 Cameron Steele, 48, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:36:54; 9. 93 Chris Kemp, 53, San Clemente, Calif, Chevy Silverado, 10:49:58; 10. 91 Troy Herbst, 51, Las Vegas/Brett Sourapas, 20, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Ford F-150, 10:53:02; 11. 3 Mark Post, 59, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, 55, Las Vegas/Kyle LeDuc, 34, Temecula, Calif., Ford F-150, 10:56:55; 12. 58 Tracy Graf, 53, Canada/Justin Smith, 33, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 11:16:37; 13. 94 Steve Strobel, 53, Clarks, Neb./Marc Starostka, 52, Grand Island, Neb., Ford F-150, 11:18:32; 14. 23 Dan McMillin, 29, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150, 11:18:53; 15. 60 Cole Potts, 18, Scottsdale, Ariz./Craig Potts, 45, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford Raptor, 11:31:27; 16. 15 Billy Wilson, 31, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford Raptor, 11:49:57; 17. 45 Gary Magness, 63, Denver/Devin Housh, 36, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 11:52:39; 18. 33 Todd Tuls, 48, Bennington, Neb./ Rogelio Pereira, Jr., 42, Winchester, Calif./Max Eddy, 34, Barstow, Calif., Ford Raptor, 11:57:18; 19. 77 Robby Gordon, 48, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy Silverado, 12:01:15; 20. 19 Tim Herbst, 54, Las Vegas/P.J. Jones, 47, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford F-150, 12:28:05; 21. 22 Casey Currie, 33, Corona, Calif., Jeep Wrangler, 12:34:22; 22. 30 Robbie Pierce, 58, Santee, Calif./Barry Karakas, 47, Oak Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 13:19:42. (33 Starters, 22 Finishers)
SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old)–1. 96L Larry Roeseler, 60, Martinez, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:33:07 (48.68 mph); 2. 84L Nick Vanderwey, 50, Phoenix/Curt LeDuc, 62, Cherry Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 11:24:57; 3. 5L Clyde Stacy, 72, Bristol, Va./Dakota Hopkins, 26, Bristol, Va., Rally Diesel, 14:24:29. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)–1. 138 Brian Wilson, 31, Lakewood, Calif./Kyle Quinn, 29, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 11:43:32 (43.81 mph); 2. 111 Mike Malloy, 59, Murrieta, Calif., Carlos Randolph, La Jolla, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 12:38:01; 3. 114 Al Torres, 32, Imperial Valley, Calif./Rogelio Ruiz, Mexicali, Mexico/Guillermo Vizcaino, La Paz, Jimco-Chevy, 13:02:19; 4. 168 Shelby Reid, 49, Apple Valley, Calif./Danny Ebberts, 35, Menifee, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 13:13:53; 5. 106 Derek Fletcher, 32, Abingdon, Va./Christyan Samano, 28, Ensenada, Mexico, Tatum-Chevy, 13:40:03; 6. 187 Ryan Sharman, 28, Phoenix/Paul Sharman, 64, Carefree, Ariz., Tatum-Chevy, 14:55:51; 7. 104 Rob Archibald, 44, Lakeside, Calif./Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Judyta Katona, 37, San Diego, Jimco-Chevy, 16:48:37. (11 Starters, 7 Finishers)
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimited Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)–1. 274 Elias Hanna, 34, Ensenada, Mexico/Omar Hanna, 30, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy 1500, 11:41:51 (43.91 mph); 2. 280 Andrew Myers, 37, San Marcos, Calif./Steve Myers, 51, Newport Beach, Calif./Dan Myers, 39, Newport Beach, Calif. Scott Whitehead, Escondido, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 11:48:26; 3. 255 Lee Banning, 64, Laveen, Ariz./Chris Godfrey, 42, Phoenix/Steve Melton, 48, Buckeye, Ariz., Lee Banning Jr, 42, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Geiser-Chevy, 14:16:02; 4. 200 Chad Broughton, 21, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, 50, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy, 14:36:18; 5. 229 Brian Goldstein, 29, Beverly Hills, Calif./Matt McBride/Max McBride, Mason-Chevy, 15:15:09; 6. 250 John Langley, 73, Santa Monica, Calif./Luke Johnson, 25, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 15:19:36; 7. 220 Craig Christy, 43, Burbank, Calif./Ricardo Salatino, Whittier, Calif., Neal Manion, El Cajon, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 16:18:53; 8. 222 Pete Sohren, 52, Glendale, Ariz./Jason McNeil, San Diego, BajaLite-Chevy, 16:24:59; 9. 232 Chelsea Magness, 29, Denver/Steve Knudson, 64, Denver, Mango-Ford, 16:58:02; 10. 201 Russell Buehler, 58, Liberty, Mo./Neil Buehler, 54, Kansas City, Mo., Jimco-Ford, 17:40:40; 11. 224 Paul Nauleau, 20, Los Gatos, Calif./Sydney Schwab, 21, Indianapolis/Charles Schwab, 53, San Francisco, Brenthel-Chevy, 20:05:43. (17 Starters, 11 Finishers)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLIMITED (Unlimited Rock Crawler/Hammer Truck)– (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)–1. 1023 Broc Dickerson, 16, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, 42, Brawley, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 11:44:15 (43.76 mph); 2. 1068 Cody Reid, 24, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif./Rick St. John, Carlsbad, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 12:04:28; 3. 1000 Rafael Navarro IV, 24, Temecula, Calif./Rafael Navarro III, 48, Temecula, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 12:16:14; 4. 1032 Chip Prescott, 52, Fallbrook, Calif./Troy Van Houten, Escondido, Calif./Ryan Frisby, 36, Menifee, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 12:21:52; 5. 1092 Reinaldo Varela, 58, Sao Paolo, Brazil/Gustavo Gugelmin, 35 Brazil/Gerardo Iribe, Santa Ana, Calif., ESM-Honda 12:51:17; 6. 1096 Steve Baron, 51, Selma, Ore./Zebulun Baron, 18, Selma, Ore., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 14:53:33; 7. 1002 Clay Lawrence, 55, Sunset Beach, Calif./Mark Dobson, 46, Los Angeles, LMS-Chevy, 16:39:01; 8. 1043 Scott Youngren, 47, Fallbrook, Calif./Jacob Andrew, 33, Oceanside, Calif./DeeWayne Harris, 34, Valley Center, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 17:14:46. (17 Starters, 8 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)–1. 808 Rick Sanchez, 42, San Vicente, Mexico/Miguel Padilla, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford F-150, 12:59:08 (39.56 mph); 2. 844 Noah Ostanik, 44, Carlsbad, Calif./Steve Susral, Escondido, Calif./Dave Dinsmore/Todd Sanderson, Ford F-150,18:56:15. (5 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)–1. 1601 Roberto Romo, 35, Mexicali, Mexico/Fernie Padilla, 30, Las Vegas/Ramon Perez, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo, 14:28:03 (35.51 mph); 2. 1603 Oscar Alvarez, 40, McAllen, Texas/Fernando Alvarez, 36, San Antonio, Texas/Ruly Palacios, Monterrey, Mexico, Romo, 17:01:20; 3. 1623 Mario Estrella, 24, Caborca, Mexico/Martin Gonzales, 65, Mexicali, Mexico/Franciso Ritz, 28, Caborca, Mexico, Romo, 17:06:41; 4. 1619 Victor Celis, 33, Ensenada, Mexico/Carlos Celis, 29, Ensenada, Mexico/ Manuel Ornelas, 33, Ensenada, Mexico/Ernestro Castro, 31, Ensenada, Mexico, Custom, 17:17:00. (9 Starters, 4 Finishers)
SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)–1. 1216 Matt Ferrato, 46, Simi Valley, Calif./Mike Majesky, 45, Newbury Park, Calif./Mike Kuligowski, 33, Simi Valley, Calif., Custom, 14:28:05 (35.50 mph); 2. 1203 Oliver Flemate, 39, Ensenada, Mexico/Mario Nunez, 43, Ensenada, Mexico/Manuel Barrera, 44, Ensenada, Mexico, Custom, 14:34:22; 3. 1240 Miguel Bonilla, 46, Hermosillo, Mexico/Miguel Bonilla Valenzuela, 22, Hermosillo, Mexico/Fernando Mayoral, 34, Mexicali, Mexico/Mario Vargas, 31, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco, 15:57:02; 4. 1200 Cesar Vela, 36, Guadalajara, Mexico/Pieiugi Perraza, Guadalajara, Mexico/Jorge Vela, Guadalajara, Mexico, Porter, 16:19:42; 5. 1208 Kirk Kontilis, 67, Blythe, Calif. (DOR-Rich Roberts, Prescott, Ariz./Rob Martensen, 44, Phoenix, Foddrill, 16:34:28; 6. 1205 Javier Buelna, 32, Mexicali, Mexico/Isaac Gastelum, 43, Mexicali, Mexico/Erick Galindo, 31, Ensenada, Mexico, Chenowth, 18:33:11. (12 Starters, 6 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)– (2 Starters, 0 Finishers)
HEAVY METAL (Open Production Trucks, V-8 engines)– (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)–1. 737 Dallas Luttrell, 36, Salt Lake City, Utah/Billy Goerke, 43, Las Vegas, Chevy Truck, 14:56:38 (34.37 mph); 2. 700 Dan Chamlee, 54, Santa Barbara, Calif./Kirk Kimball, Santa Barbara, Calif., Ford Ranger, 17:55:40; 3. 709 Jeff Proctor, 38, Glendora, Calif/Eric Hardin, 34, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Ridgeline, 18:07:00. (8 Starters, 3 Finishers)
PRO UTV FI (Forced Induction, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)–1. 2918 Justin Lambert, 41, Bakersfield, Calif./Mitchell Alsup, 26/Eric Sheetz, 33, Polaris RZR XP1000, 13:17:01 (38.67 mph); 2. 2913 Branden Sims, 31, Prescott Valley, Ariz./Justin Krause, 32, Prescott, Ariz., Polaris XP4 Turbo, 14:06:23; 3. 2975 Mike Cafro, 47, Fallbrook, Calif./Jamie Kirkpatrick, 36, Olympia, Wash., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 14:18:14; 4. 2948 Zachary Burroughs, 19, Norco, Calif./Cain Smead, 45, Leona Valley, Calif./Dan Lewis, 52, Jurupa Valley, Calif./Brad Howe, 30, Elizabeth Lake, Calif., Can-Am Maverick X3, 14:43:47; 5. 2990 Steve Smith, 59, Escondido, Calif./Larry Ragland, 73, Cave Creek, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP1000 Turbo, 15:10:12; 6. 2917 Derek Murray, 36/Jason Murray, 34, Eastvale, Calif./Monty Aldrich, 49, Las Vegas, Can-Am Maverick X3, 15:24:58; 7. 2916 Cody Rahders, 22, Alpine, Calif./Kevin Sullivan, 31, Campo, Calif./James Hill, 32, Canyon Lake, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 15:38:00; 8. 2912 Tony Riggs, 49, Santa Clarita, Calif./Kyle Melville, 26, Lancaster, Calif./Ryan Edwards, 30, Lancaster, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 15:40:39; 9. 2910 Scott Trafton, 35, Santee, Calif./Marc Behnke, 69, El Cajon, Calif./Dave Price, 55, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XPT1000, 15:40:44; 10. 2904 Cory Sappington, 51, Peoria, Ariz./Scott Sappington, 53, Glendale, Ariz./Jason Flanders, 38, Peoria, Ariz./Darren Sappington, 50, Phoenix, Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo, 15:41:56; 11. 2944 Shane Redline, 41, Amarillo, Texas/Jax Redline, 16, Amarillo, Texas/Jonathan McVay, 41, San Tan Valley, Ariz., Can-Am Maverick X3, 16:15:428; 12. 2905 Marc Burnett, 46, Lakeside, Calif., Can-Am Maverick X3, 16:33:49; 13. 2946 Jose Juarez, 33, Lemon Grove, Calif./Rodolfo Rivera, 30, Chula Vista, Calif./Alex Zuniga, 36, Chula Vista, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 16:41:00; 14. 2930 Sean Cook, 51, Citrus Heights, Calif./Hans Luenger, Cleveland, Ohio/Jesus Leon, Merida, Mexico/David Jackson, Las Vegas, Can-Am Maverick X3, 17:00:23; 15. 2977 Justin Elenburg, 39, Mesa, Ariz./Ernesto Taylor, 36, Mesa, Ariz./Bryan McBride, 35, Rocky Point, MexicoCan-Am Maverick X3, 17:07:19; 16. 2936 Jacob Carver, 26, Phoenix, Polaris XP4 Turbo, 17:09:01; 17. 2931 Craig Scanlon, 43, Maple Grove, Minn./Keith Redstrom, 49, Glendale, Ariz., Robbie Tiffany, 35, Glendale, Ariz./R.J. Anderson, 24, Riverside, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 17:13:42; 18. 2919 Brandon Schueler, 28, Phoenix/Justin Schekley, Phoenix/Pat Stone 48, Payson, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 17:19:14; 19. 2989 Wes Miller, 47, Carlsbad, Calif./Jason Luburgh, 33, Zanesville, Ohio, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 17:42:27; 20. 2949 Alonzo Lopez, 43, Murrieta, Calif./Francisco Rodriguez, 45, Chula Vista, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 18:51:05; 21. 2967 Anthony Perez, 31, California City, Calif./Jason Farrell, 35, Las Vegas/Jeremiah Smith, 33, Palmdale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick X3, 19:02:55; 22. 2929 Paul Wadlington, 51, Colorado Springs, Colo./Chris Barnett, 36, Foxfield, Colo., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 19:04:58. (25 Starters, 22 Finishers)
PRO UTV (Naturally Aspirated, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)–1. 1950 JT Holmes, 36, Reno, Nev./Eric Clay, Reno, Nev., Polaris XP1000, 16:10:32 (31.76 mph); 2. 1985 Adrian Orellana, 32, Jamul, Calif./Daniel Gonzales, 25, Menifee, Calif./Victor Orellana, 60, San Diego, Polaris RZR XP1000, 16:20:26; 3. 1998 Don Whittington, 71, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Angel Marquez, 34, Ensenada, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP1000, 17:44:20; 4. 1925 Matt Scarpuzzi, 36, Alpine, Calif./Mark Reece, 40, San Diego/Jeff Ring, 40, San Diego, Polaris XP1000, 19:50:40. (11 Starters, 4 Finishers)
PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)–1. 1351 Larry Nash, 48, San Luis Obispo, Calif./John Ramsden, 53, Canada/George McDougall, 60, Canada, Ford F-150, 17:37:10 (29.15 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)–1. 555 Tomas A. Fernandez, 45, Laredo, Texas (Mexico)/Adrian Saucedo, 26, Monterrey, Mexico/Alejandro Guevara, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Joaquin Fernandez, 34, Chihuahua, Mexico, 18:41:17 (27.49 mph); 2. 550 Hector Hurtado, 38, Tijuana, Mexico/Sergio Lopez/Fernando Flores/Oscar Shacon, 18:55:13; 3. 582 Rodolfo Martinez, 42, Spring Valley, Calif./Miguel Camarena, 43, San Diego/ Gliserio Hernandez, 46, Ensenada, 19:43:59. (6 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 3 (short wheelbase 4X4)– (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
BAJA CHALLENGE (Spec, Subaru-powered Baja Touring Cars)–1. BC1 Marco Gonzales, 54, Glendora, Calif./Michael Gonzales, 21, Glendora, Calif., 18:12:26 (28.21 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized Trucks)– (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 7SX (Open, production mini trucks)–1. 742 Alonso Gonzalez, 35, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 19:49:05 (25.92 mph); 2. 750 Sean Whalen, 38, Draper, Utah/D.J. Osborne, Saratoga Springs, Utah/David Morris, 39, San Francisco, Calif., Ford Ranger, 19:56:24; (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 11 (stock VW sedan)–1. 1118 Pancho Bio, 58, Spring Valley, Calif./Hector Sarabia, 60, Ensenada, Mexico/Cisco Bio, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Ramon Bio, 18, Ensenada, Mexico/Viry Felix, 44, Ensenada, Mexico/Adrian Guerrero, 30, Ensenada, Mexico, 19:02:54 (26.97 mph). (4 Starters, 1 Finisher)
SPT BUGGY–1. 1504 Ricardo Rodriguez, 61, Ensenada, Mexico/Manuel Ruiz, Ensenada, Mexico/Rogelio Roble, Ensenada, Mexico, Custom-VW, 19:59:21 (25.70 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (450cc or more)–1. 45x Francisco Arredondo, 39, Guatemala/Shane Esposito, 43, Temecula, Calif./Justin Morgan, 28, El Cajon, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, 28, Dulzura, Calif./, Honda CRF450X, 11:04:53 (46.35 mph); 2. 3x Ray Dal Soglio, 26, Scottsdale, Ariz./Nic Garvin, 23, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Derek Ausserbauer, 24, Santa Ynez, Calif, Honda CRF450X, 11:30:26; 3. 1x Mark Samuels, 27, Yucca Valley, Calif./Jason Potter, 30, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Ryan Penhall, 30, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:35:29; 4. 10x Skyler Howes, 25, St. George, Utah/Kadin Guard, 21, St. George, Utah, Tommy Harrison, St. George, Utah, Honda CRF450X, 11:36:33; 5. 23x Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Austin Miller, 28, Austin, Texas/Grant Statley, 22, La Jolla, Calif./Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif./Brent Fanninz, Austin, Texas, Husqvarna 501, 12:43:21; 6. 66x Santiago Creel, 30, Mexico City, Mexico/Eric Yorba/Raul Hernandez/Brandon Prieto/Didier Goirand/Ricardo Munoz, KTM 450EXC, 13:18:17; 7. 33x Garrett Poucher, 34, Valencia, Calif./Michel Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico/Jeremy Newton, Seal Beach, Calif./Troy Vanscourt, Norco, Calif./Braxton Gallian, Cave Creek, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 15:39:24. (8 Starters, 7 Finishers)
PRO MOTO LIMITED (449cc or less)–1. 100x Jim O’Neal, 70, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, 42, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, 34, Fresno, Calif./Justin Morrow, Phelan, Calif., Husqvarna 350, 12:08:26 (42.31 mph); 2. 107x Ulises Fierro, 24, Tijuana, Mexico/Marco Higuera, 28, Ensenada, Mexico/Arnulfo Verdugo, 24, San Felipe, Mexico/Taylor Stevens, 23, Lander, Wyo./Jared Schlapia, 24, Melba, Idaho, KTM 350EXC-F, 12:19:49; 3. 125x Fernando Beltran, 40, Ensenada, Mexico/Emanuel Verdugo, 33, Ensenada, Mexico/David Zarate, 27, Los Cabos, Mexico/Carlos Miranda, 24, Ensenada, Mexico/Rigoberto Gomez, 28, Ensenada, Yamaha YZ250F, 12:49:40; 4. 114x Rodolfo Patron, 37, Tijuana, Mexico/Philip Herrera, 19, Tijuana, Mexico/Willy Gaxiola, 25, Tecate, Mexico/Fernando Cardenas, 26, Mexicali, Mexico/Juan Marquez, 19, Chula Vista, Calif., KTM 350EXC, 13:28:25; 5. 160x Santiago Creel, 30, Mexico City, Mexico/Larry Serna/Rene Magana/Ricardo de la Pena/Alberto Heredia, KTM 350EXC, 17:55:47. (6 Starters, 5 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 30 (Riders over 30 years old)–1. 307x Tony Wenck, 39, Winterset, Iowa/Ryan Senacal, 32, Valencia, Calif./Jason Thomas, 31, Great Britain/Kenjiro Tsuji, 40, Japan/Jim Holley, Hollywood, Calif., Yamaha 450YZFX, 12:50:12 (40.02 mph); 2. 328x Glen Scherer, 56, Asbury, N.J./Aaron Sanders, 50, Nashville, Tenn./Nick Saia, 30, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 13:05:46; 3. 300x Ryan Liebelt, 37, Reedley, Calif./Brandon Wright, 40/Justin Schultz, 36, Lake Forest, Calif./Greg Bardonnex, 42, Visalia, Calif., Yamaha WR450, 13:12:59; 4. 360x Santiago Creel, 30, Mexico City, Mexico/Enrique Fuhrken/Ricardo de la Pena /Rene Magana/Patrick Reyes/Jesus Zavala, KTM 500EXC-F, 13:28:55; 5. 311x Rodrigo Alvarez, 35, Tepatitlan, Mexico/Octavio Valle, 47, Ensenada, Mexico/Ivan De Alba, 39, Guadalajara, Mexico/Abel Burgeuno, 46, Mazatlan, Mexico, Yamaha YZF450, 13:48:09; 6. 303x Luis Gomez, 36, Obregon, Mexico/Mario Valenzuela, 38, Obregon, Mexico/Jorge Tamaura, 30, Obregon, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 14:23:23; 7. 371x Roy Buelna, 49, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Buelna, 43, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Hale, 55, Ensenada, Mexico/Julio Gasper, 45, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha WR450, 14:46:29. (8 Starters, 7 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 40 (Riders over 40 years old)–1. 400x Jano Montoya, 45, Winter Garden, Fla./Alberto Ruiz, Ensenada, Mexico/Francisco Septien, 41, Ensenada, Mexico/Jeff Kawell, Riverside, Calif./Cesar Lopez, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 12:22:47 (41.49 mph); 2. 411x Colie Potter, 48, Las Vegas/Steve Herstad, 44, Bakersfield, Calif./Paul Luce, 43, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 13:22:47; 3. 401x Kevin Johnson, 40, Boulder City, Nev./Ryan Gustine, 43, San Diego, Husqvarna 501, 13:33:17. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 years old)–1. 549x Robert Gates, 75, Victorville, Calif./Doug Smith, 61, Upland, Calif./Steve Williams, 58, California City/Dave Potts, 58, Hollywood, Calif./Bob Johnson, 61, San Diego/Chris Goolsby, 55, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 13:12:36 (38.88 mph); 2. 510x Giovanni Spinali, 50, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, Ramona, Calif./John Griffen Honda CRF450X, 13:14:57; 3. 500x Marty Gomez, 56, Randsburg, Calif./Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Flipper Manchester, 54, Reno, Nev./George Pennington, 50, Denver/Tim Gomez, 60, Long Beach, Calif./Lance Schoonmaker/Larrry Barbella, San Jose, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 15:11:33; 4. 506x Mark Adams, 56, Crockett, Texas/Chris Smith, 52, Lufkin, Texas/Derrick Paiement, 52, Ridgecrest, Calif./John Connolly, 52, Ridgecrest, Calif./Kevin Griffith, 56, Carlsbad, N.M./Todd Binns, 53, Death Valley, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F, 15:22:53; 5. 550x Bill Sekeres, 56, Santa Clarita, Calif./Mike Prunty, 55, Temecula, Calif./Michael Garvin, 52, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Harold Harris, 54, Sanger, Calif./Craig Wear, 58, Carson City, Nev./ Lester Lehigh, 52, Bishop, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 15.36.57; 6. 509x Seiji Kubota, 58, Japan/Eizaburo Karasawa, 64, Japan, Honda CRF450X, 15:39:16; 7. 512x Akhiro Saito, 55, Japan/Tsyoshi Nameki, 50, Japan, Honda CRF450X17:04:43; 8. 507x Salvador Sainz, 51, Chula Vista, Calif./Carlos Valdez, 54, Chula Vista, Calif./Leonardo De La Rocha, 54, Chula Vista, Calif./Jose Gonzalez, 49, Chula Vista, Calif./Miguel Rodriguez, 54, Chula Vista, Calif., KTM 450XCW, 18:01:57. (8 Starters, 8 Finishers)
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (Solo Riders)–1. 721x Jose Armando Carrasco, 27, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, Suzuki RMZ450X, 15:14:57 (33.69 mph); 2. 713x Francisco Teran, 50, Glendale, Ariz. (Ecuador), Husqvarna FE501, 19:08:59. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 60 (Riders over 60 years old)–1. 600x Mark Hawley, 66, Anaheim, Calif./Andy Kirker, 60, Lake Forest, Calif./Dennis Greene, 61, Desert Hot Springs, Calif./Dennis McLaughlin, 63, Reno, Nev./Bill Tarling, 64, Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:10:49 (31.75 mph); 2. 609x Donald Lewis, 73, Manchester, Conn./Ron Dugan, 75, Upland, Calif./Kirk Heintz, Tulare, Calif./Robert Koch, 63, Leona Valley, Calif./George Yates, Irvine, Calif./Mike Castro/Greg Hawk, Honda CRF450X, 16:59:38. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
PRO QUAD (450cc or more)–1. 13a Said Sanchez, 30, Tijuana, Mexico/Adolfo Arellano, 33, Tijuana, Mexico/Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Francisco Vera, Ensenada, Mexico/Jose Luis Meza, San Felipe, Mexico/Honda TRX450R, 12:57:24 (39.65 mph); 2. 2a Donald Higbee, 49, Casper, Wyo./Bryan Buckhanon, 39, Beckley, W.V./Cody Mitchell, Henderson, Nev./Rick Cecco, 43, Elysburg, Pa., Can-Am Outlander, 15:10:17. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
SPT M/C–1. 229x Adan Garcia, 19, Ensenada, Mexico/Cornelio Garcia, 41, Ensenada, Mexico/Fermin Vargas, 22, Ensenada, Mexico/Jose Galvan, 24, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha WR450F, 13:40:43 (37.55 mph); 2. 212x Carlos Silva, 40, Mexicali, Mexico/Oswaldo Moncada, 27, Ensenada, Mexico/Sano Espinoza, 43, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodrigo Gollaz, 43, Tijuana, Mexico/Alejandro Gutierrez, 27, Mexicali, Mexico/Juan Ochoa, 18 Mexicali, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 13:52:39; 3. 225x Alberto Morales, 42, Guadalajara, Mexico/Wencesloa Silva/Jose Mendez/Giovani Solorio/Carlos Camacho, Honda CRF450X, 14:10:46; 4. 283x Miguel Pena, 41, Tijuana, Mexico/Alexis Velarde, 18, Tijuana, Mexico/Jorge Carvajal, 42, Tijuana, Mexico/ Luis Carvajal, 19, Tijuana, Mexico/Erik Vazquez, 38, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 16:42:58; 5. 253x Oscar Garcia, 43, Tijuana, Mexico/Hector Garcia, 48, Tijuana, Mexico/Hector Garcia Jr, 21, San Diego/Esteban Garcia, 39, Tijuana, Mexico, Husaberg 501FE, 19:01:22. (10 Starters, 5 Finishers)
SPT QUAD–1. 109a Juan Dominguez, 26, Yuma, Ariz./Javier Robles, 27, Ensenada, Mexico/Marcos Couisino, 21, Ensenada, Mexico/Jose Contreras, 33, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 12:48:53 (40.08 mph); 2. 117a Erik Ruiz, 27, Tijuana, Mexico/Ramon Torres, 23, Valle de Trinidad, Mexico/Jesus Sainz, 32, Tijuana, Mexico/Samuel Garcia, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R; 13:37:28; 3. 129a Israel Jimenez, 37, Tijuana, Mexico/Miguel Olivas, 25/ Moreadero, Mexico/Luis Gutierrez, 29, Chula Vista, Calif./Jesus Mungulo, 37, Chula Vista, Calif./Omar Alvarado, 26, Tecate, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 14:13:03; 4. 108a Eduardo Palacios, Ensenada, Mexico/Fabian Velazquez, Ensenada, Mexico/Rodrigo Mora, Ensenada, Mexico/Edgardo Palacios, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 14:47:32; 5. 133a David Rodriguez, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Cristian Medina, 25, Erendira, Mexico/Jose Pedio Rios, 21, Erendira, Mexico/Juan Hurtado, 17, Erendiro, Mexico/Abrahan Tambo Nunes, 17, Rosario, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 14:50:44; 6. 110a Danny Magdaleno, 19, Acton, Calif./Jorge Lopez, 24, San Felipe, Mexico/Ralph Serrano, 30, El Centro, Calif./Miguel Lopez, Spain/Carlos Servando, 45, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 16:43:12; 7. 107a Bennie Beltran, 29, Yuma, Ariz./Francisco Duarte, 29, Yuma, Ariz./Ivan Perez, 19, Yuma, Ariz./Gildardo Quidera, 26, Erindera, Mexico/David Villa, 50, Yuma, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 19:13:15. (8 Starters, 7 Finishers)
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49th SCORE Baja 500
Round 2 of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
June 3-4, 2017—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (513.67 miles)
TOP OVERALL FINISHERS
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
1. 31 Andy McMillin, 30, San Diego, Ford F-150, 10:03:04 (51.11 miles per hour) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2. 4 Justin Matney, 31, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck, 10:06:36 (50.81 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
3. 11 Rob MacCachren, 52, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 10:06:45 (50.80 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
4. 83 Luke McMillin, 24, San Diego, Ford F-150, 10:21:04 (49.62 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
5. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 10:28:19 (49.05 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
6. 6 Larry Connor, 67, Miamisburg, Ohio/Ricky Johnson, 52, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:28:59 (49.00 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
7. 9 Armin Schwarz, 53, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 10:29:32 (48.96 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
8. 96L Larry Roeseler, 60, Martinez, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:33:07 (48.68 mph) (SCORE TT Legends)
9. 16 Cameron Steele, 48, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:36:54 (48.39 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
10. 93 Chris Kemp, 53, San Clemente, Calif, Chevy Silverado, 10:49:58 (47.42 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
11. 91 Troy Herbst, 51, Las Vegas/Brett Sourapas, 20, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Ford F-150, 10:53:02 (47.20 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
12. 3 Mark Post, 59, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, 55, Las Vegas/Kyle LeDuc, 34, Temecula, Calif., Ford F-150, 10:56:55 (46.92 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
13. 58 Tracy Graf, 53, Canada/Justin Smith, 33, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 11:16:37 (45.55 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
14. 94 Steve Strobel, 53, Clarks, Neb./Marc Starostka, 52, Grand Island, Neb., Ford F-150, 11:18:32 (45.42 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
15. 23 Dan McMillin, 29, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150, 11:18:53 (45.40 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
1. 45x Francisco Arredondo, 39, Guatemala/Shane Esposito, 43, Temecula, Calif./Justin Morgan, 28, El Cajon, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, 28, Dulzura, Calif./, Honda CRF450X, 11:04:53 (46.35 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
2. 3x Ray Dal Soglio, 26, Scottsdale, Ariz./Nic Garvin, 23, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Derek Ausserbauer, 24, Santa Ynez, Calif, Honda CRF450X, 11:30:26 (44.64 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
3. 1x Mark Samuels, 27, Yucca Valley, Calif./Jason Potter, 30, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Ryan Penhall, 30, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:35:29 (44.31 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
4. 10x Skyler Howes, 25, St. George, Utah/Kadin Guard, 21, St. George, Utah, Honda CRF450X, 11:36:33 (44.25 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
5. 100x Jim O’Neal, 70, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, 42, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, 34, Fresno, Calif./Justin Morrow, Phelan, Calif., Husqvarna 350, 12:08:26 (42.31 mph) (Pro Moto Limited)
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June 4, 2017
49th SCORE Baja 500
June 3-4, 2017 – Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
PRO CARS & TRUCKS
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
ANDY McMILLIN, No. 31, (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. McMillin drove the entire race.) — The hardest part of this race was the distance and the different types of terrain. It was really gnarly. Getting over to the beach it was super mountainous and rocky. It was wide-open along the beach, then up over the mountains to Valle Trinidad. The deserts in San Felipe and the whoops are so gnarly. The truck drives differently in different types of terrain so adjusting your driving style is tough. Keeping the truck on the course is important. We had one flat tire in San Felipe when we took a line and punctured the right rear. Luckily we had a pit a couple of miles up and we nursed it in. The heat today wasn’t bad but nothing like last year. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been coming down here to Baja with my family that has been racing for 40 years and being the first vehicle to finish is something not a lot of people get to experience. When you are the first one coming through, and all the fans are screaming, it is a lot of fun. My right ear has been clogged most of the day because I had a sinus infection coming into the race. I’ve been trying to kick it since last Saturday but maybe it was a good luck charm. The team was great and the pits were flawless. Everyone was right where they needed to be. To win is really a team effort and I just drive. I’ve got my co-driver Brady who calls all of the corners and all of the dangers and keeps me in check.
JUSTIN MATNEY, No. 4 (Second in class and second overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Matney drove the entire race.) — It was a rough course out there but the truck ran great so I don’t have any complaints. We had a problem with the coolant and front differential overheating so we had to back it down through San Felipe.
ROB MacCACHREN, No. 11 (Third in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. MacCachren drove the entire race.) — We started in 19th and didn’t qualify good. We just tried to work our way through. The beginning of this race is tight and twisty from here to mile 80. When we got to mile 80 there were two or three trucks in front of me but in front of them was an eight minute gap to the rest of the guys. That kind of killed us at the beginning. We tried to get past them along the ocean. We went through our fuel stops and were still following one of them. We got Luke (McMillin #83) while he was fueling near El Coyote. We were trying to make time and stay with Apdaly (Lopez #1) and ended up clipping a rock. Wayne got out and changed the flat pretty quickly but three trucks got by us, so all the way up to Mike’s we were dealing with their dust. When we got down to the San Felipe loop things widened up a bit and we passed Dan McMillin (#23) going across Diablo and we just hammered down the whole loop and made up a lot of time. We were probably eight to nine minutes down to Andy then and just on that loop we picked it all back up. The dust was hanging really bad between mile 450 and 480 while the sun was going down and I felt like we lost a lot of time there. The SCORE Baja 500 has eluded us the last two years. This truck has been very reliable and it got the last three SCORE Baja 1000 wins and the San Felipe win. This truck has been very, very good and it is a workhorse. This year is the 50th anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000 and BFGoodrich has put up $50,000 to the overall winner on BFGoodrich tires. We want nothing more than to go after that and win four in a row. It is tough out here and there are a lot of great competitors in the SCORE Trophy Truck class. You’ve really got to push hard. I saw Bryce Menzies (#7) out there on the side of the road at mile 220 and B.J. Baldwin (#97) upside down just after Mike’s and Robby Gordon (#77) broken down on the highway. It is just one after another and it was a brutal course. This is the first time in a long time that the leaders have finished in the dark and that just goes to show you how rough it is down here.
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 83, (Fourth in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. McMillin drove the entire race.) — We didn’t qualify quite as well as we wanted to and we started 16th. I’m always kind of conservative off the start and when we got into our first speed zone I got a cheater-and-a-half come up behind me. I’m going 37 down the highway and he’s about 10 yards behind me and decides it is a good strategy to do about 45 and pass me. We ended up getting stuck behind him and by the time we got to Uruapan everybody in front of him was seven minutes gone. We were screwed right then and there. We had a clean day after that. The last half was really bad with dust and motorcycles.
CARLOS LOPEZ, No. 1 (Fifth in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Lopez drove the entire race.) — It was a very difficult course with a lot of rocks and rough stuff. We made it to the finish and I’m happy with that. The guys in front of me, my teammate Justin Matney (#4), Rob MacCachren (#11), Andy McMillin (#31) and Luke McMillin (#83) were behind me sometimes and in front of me sometimes so it was very good competition. I got four flats and we stopped for about 20 minutes because something on the truck was loose. The course was a big challenge from Colonet to San Matias.
LARRY CONNOR, No. 6 (Sixth in class and sixth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Ricky Johnson drove the start to race mile 300. Connor drove to the finish.) – Ricky did a great job and all of the guys were fabulous with the pre-running and preparation. The truck ran flawlessly. Ricky was unbelievable because he started 12th and was third or fourth on the road when we got in. We had a really good run for about 100 miles and then we had a couple of minor problems and then (Apdaly) Lopez (#1) and a couple of other guys got past me.
ARMIN SCHWARZ, No. 9 (Seventh in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Schwarz drove the entire race.) — It was really tough and we got held up a long time by slower trucks that we couldn’t get by. The last two hours were difficult because the sun was low and there was a lot of dust from the motorcycles and quads. It means a lot to me to finish without problems. We had fantastic preparation and we didn’t have any issues.
CAMERON STEELE, No. 16 (Eighth in class and ninth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Steele drove the entire race.) — I’m pretty sure we were either leading or right there for a while but we had a power steering line come off. We hit something pretty hard while driving pretty aggressively while trying to move to the front and popped a line off. Johnny (Campbell) was with me all day and we just had fun. A couple of cowboys yee-hawing along the way. NAVIGATOR JOHNNY CAMPBELL said: It’s a brutal course out there and going as hard as these guys go I am really impressed by how hard the trucks go through all that stuff. I have a bike perspective and I was holding on for dear life a couple times.
CHRIS KEMP, No. 93 (Ninth in class and 10th overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — We were picking off people throughout the race and then we got into the San Felipe whoops and our shocks faded so we had to roll the whoops or we were going to break. We finished and we are happy.
MARK POST, No. 3 (Kyle LeDuc started to race mile 240. Mark Post drove to race mile 400. Ed Herbst drove to the finish.) — CO-DRIVER KYLE LEDUC said: We had a good run going and I got Apdaly (Lopez #1) on the coast when he had some issues. Robby (Gordon #77) was stacking us up and we got tied up in the battle. We were doing good for a minute and then going up to Mike’s the throttle cable started to stick. I had to push it down and then lift it up with my toe for about 50 miles and that’s not fun. We lost some time there but when I got out we were third on the road. Then poor Mark got in and had a troublesome day with throttle cable and power steering issues. Ed (Herbst) got in and we cleaned it up a little bit and fixed the throttle cable issue and he brought it home. He was pinning it and passed a couple of trucks. We are going to throw down and throw a bunch of stuff at this truck and bring it back as an updated hot rod for the SCORE Baja 1000.
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LARRY ROESELER, No. 96L (First in class and eighth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Roeseler drove the entire race.) — I’ve been truly blessed and Ensenada is like home for me. The fans are great and the city is great and this was a really good race. With about 10 trucks that are capable of winning this race somebody is going to have a really good day. We ran good the first half and then things started to unravel. That is just off-road racing. You’ve got to keep it together mentally and physically. A few flats and trees and no brakes and some shifting issues and oil pressure issues so you just have to keep some perseverance to the finish line. I hit a tree that was the size of a house trying to get by a car in the San Felipe area. I came here to win overall and we were on track to bring it up on the podium but you’ve got to have a perfect day. I did about 100 miles without brakes.
BRIAN WILSON, No. 138 (First in class. Kyle Quinn started to San Matias. Wilson drove to the finish.) — Me and Ronny (Wilson) actually did this last year and won it in Class 1. Now this year me and Kyle Quinn are bringing it home. It means a lot. It was a fantastic day. The dust and the fog coming back in gave us the most trouble. It was tough coming back in.
MIKE MALLOY, No. 111 (Second in class.) — In the fog on the way back in we were trying to keep the visors clear and keep going. It was definitely a challenge but it was fun.
SHELBY REID, No. 168 (Fourth in class. Danny Eberts drove to race mile 258. Reid drove to the finish.) — I started out really good. I lost a rotor on one side and when I got the car I didn’t have good brakes. We lost a water line around mile 300. We used our water bags and some duct tape to stop the leak a little bit. We made it to a pit and then they went into San Felipe to get some parts to fix it. We lost some positions during that whole debacle. It was rough and I was getting really sick after we crossed over KM 77 because I was in the dust and it was like bouncing around with your eyes closed. It was a tough race and I’m sort of smiling because we needed a finish. We had a really tough year last year and San Felipe wasn’t great for us. Everything in the car ran great but just stupid things happened.
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ELIAS HANNA, No. 274 (First in class. Hannah drove the entire race.) — We work so hard to get this truck to the podium and getting a win is more than enough. Me and my team deserve this win. It was hot in San Felipe so we had to back it up a little bit. We are pretty happy and we battled the entire day.
ANDREW MYERS, No. 280 (Second in class. Myers drove to race mile 170. Steve Myers drove to San Felipe. Scott Whitehead drove to race mile 404 and Dan Myers drove to the finish.) — CO-DRIVER DAN MYERS said: I had to tape up the GPS because after the water crossings early in the morning it kept flashing on and off. We were back and forth with Elias Hanna (#274) all day long.
LEE BANNING, No. 255 (Third in class. Lee Banning shared driving duties with Steve Melton and Lee Banning Jr.) — CO-DRIVER LEE BANNING JR. said: Our plan wasn’t to point race but to win. We’ve being going for about 400 miles with a blown front shock. It’s like we’ve been out fishing in the ocean for the last couple of hundred miles. Other than that, we had a pretty good run today.
BROC DICKERSON, No. 1023 (First in class. Dickerson drove the entire race.) — There were a lot of people that were hard to get around. It was probably mile marker 20 when I rolled the car so I was back with the Class 1/2-1600 cars and had to get through all them. It was interesting but it all worked out. The San Felipe section from mile 325 to 350 was super rough and I just wanted to stop because it hurt. We got through it.
CODY REID, No. 1068 (Second in class. Adam Pfankuch started to race mile 257. Cody Reid drove to the finish.) — We had a really flawless run going until San Matias wash when we lost a fuel pump which cost us a couple of minutes of time. I knew how close Broc Dickerson (#1023) was getting so I started pushing a little bit harder, the brakes got a little bit touchy and I locked all four wheels up coming into a corner and put us up on a boulder. We were stuck there until Dickerson was nice enough to pull us out. We cruised it back to the finish. The San Felipe section was tough and it tired me out pretty bad with 100 plus miles to go. It was like driving up stairs. It was all square-edged.
RAFAEL NAVARRO IV, No. 1000 (Third in class. Navarro started to race mile 250. Rafael Navarro III drove to race mile 393. Navarro drove to the finish.) — We had to work hard just to get to this point. It was a great race. Third is kind of where we ran all day so I’m just happy to be here. We had a great run and my dad killed it in San Felipe. I had a lot of fun with the family and that’s what it’s all about. The whole day was difficult managing the dust. Santo Tomas to San Matias was just brutal. Going in reverse on a race course that we’ve gone out toward the Pacific on is rough because a lot of big rocks came up. Silt beds went from two feet long to 15 feet long. It was just a long day trying to manage the dust and Baja didn’t want to help us out by giving us some wind.
RICK SANCHEZ, No. 808 (First in class. Sanchez started to race mile 245. Miguel Padilla drove to race mile 440, Sanchez drove to the finish.) — We didn’t have any flats or mechanical problems. We took care of the truck and we had a great day. We worked so hard and we have a lot of guys at the shop prepping this truck for every race and when we win it is a great feeling not just for me but also for all of my family and friends that are here.
ROBERTO ROMO, No. 1601 (First in class.) — CO-DRIVER FERNIE PADILLA said: I’ve got to thank the crew for pulling the entire motor and transmission right before the goat trail and they did it in about 45 minutes. Awesome guys.
MATT FERRATO, No. 1216 (First in class. Mike Majesky started and drove to San Felipe. Ferrato drove to the finish.) — We had a rough day. We had a pretty good lead by over an hour and then we lost an alternator in San Felipe. We replaced that and it took us over an hour. I kind of lost my energy fixing that. We powered through it and got here. The fog was brutal which made me car sick because I couldn’t see where I was going. CO-DRIVER MIKE MAJESKY said: There was a lot of traffic in the beginning and a lot of cars to pass. I was just trying to get through the dust but the new system for passing was great. Everybody seemed to abide by it which was great.
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BRANDEN SIMS, No. 2913 (Second in class.) — We had some really good battles between all of the top guys. There were a lot of times when we would pass back and forth and then somebody would find a better line. I didn’t change one tire or wheel today.
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FRANCISCO ARREDONDO, No. 45x — (First in class and first overall motorcycle to finish. Francisco rolled the start and gave the bike to Shane Esposito. Esposito rode to race mile 92. Roberto Villalobos rode to race mile 200. Esposito rode to race mile 240. Arredondo rode to race mile 278. Justin Morgan rode to Ojos Negros and Esposito rode to the finish.) CO-RIDER SHANE ESPOSITO said: We had one guy go down but for the most part everything was good. We got into the physical lead around race mile 60 and stayed there all day. Supposedly in San Felipe we were only up by about 30 seconds on the 1x. It was a rough course. It wasn’t rain-rutted but all the dirt was washed away so there was a lot of rock. It was a slower course than normal and the heat down in San Felipe was pretty good again this year. We were prepared for it and took a guy off that was supposed to be on longer. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Put a guy on that didn’t want to get on.
RAY DAL SOGLIO, No. 3x (Second in class and second overall motorcycle to finish. Dal Soglio shared riding duties with Nic Garvin and Derek Ausserbauer.) — We kept it moving and I’m really proud of all of my teammates. We had a nice consistent, clean run and that’s why we are here. The difficult part for me was dealing with all of the traffic on the race course. Luckily the helicopter was clearing it but we had a lot of traffic on the course coming in and out. I’ve had a really tough month with losing my sister and she was always here.
MARK SAMUELS, No. 1x (Third in class and third overall motorcycle to finish. Samuels rode the start to Ojos Negros. Jason Potter rode to race mile 140. Ryan Penhall rode over Mike’s to highway 3. Samuels rode the San Felipe loop. Penhall rode from Valle Trinidad to the finish.) — I took a pretty big hit. I clipped a rock in San Felipe and went down hard. I got my hip really hard, hit my head and knocked my vision kind of funny for a little bit. About ten minutes later when the helicopter was done fueling and came back they helped me with the bike and I got back on and kept riding until the next guy. It was a big bummer and a big-time loss. I was riding really well and went from 11 minutes back to two and a half minutes back and then that happened. CO-RIDER JASON POTTER said: It was pretty fun and this was my first time ever doing it. It was exciting. The fog kind of sucked with the mist on my goggles. It was hard to see and I was constantly wiping them. I had a little digger at the beginning but I only wrecked a handguard so that was about it.
SKYLER HOWES, No. 10x (Fourth in class and fourth overall motorcycle to finish. Howes shared riding duties with Kadin Guard and Tommy Harris.) — What a great race. It was brutal out there and the course was rough. It was so fun with a lot of close calls. It was a long day but sure worth it. I love being down here because the people are awesome. It was a great day for sure. We had a few unscheduled pit stops out there but it all worked out in the end.
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JIM O’NEAL, No. 100x (First in class and fifth overall motorcycle to finish. Morgan Crawford rode to race mile 170. Justin Morrow rode to race mile 240. O’Neal rode to race mile 280. Kevin Murphy rode to San Felipe. Morrow rode to Valle Trinidad. Murphy rode to race mile 480. Crawford rode to the finish.) — CO-RIDER MORGAN CRAWFORD said: Everything was good but we had a little injector issue toward the end. We had to stop and go and stop and go, but that was about it.
ULISES FIERRO, No. 107x (Second in class. Taylor Stevens rode from the start to race mile 120. Fierro rode from race mile 120 to Colonet. Marco Higuera rode to San Matias. Arnulfo Verdugo rode to San Felipe. Jared Schlapia rode to San Matias. Verdugo rode to KM 77. Stevens rode to Ojos Negros. Higuera rode to the finish.) — There was a lot of dust but that’s part of it and it was fine. There was a period of about two hours when our GPS stopped working and wouldn’t display miles per hour. It started working again but limited us on the highway. We didn’t know what speed we were going so it was kind of sketchy.
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TONY WENCK, No. 307x (First in class. Wenck shared riding duties with Ryan Senacal, Jason Thomas, Kenjiro Tsuji and Jim Holley.) — Our tire came apart on us which was exciting.
GLEN SCHERER, No. 328x (Second in class. Scherer started and rode to race mile 150. Sanders rode to race mile 240, Nick Saia rode to race mile 395. Sanders rode to the finish.) — CO-RIDER AARON SANDERS said: I don’t think the bike touched the ground all day and we didn’t make any adjustments. We didn’t put a tire on it. We lubed the chain and put gas in it and went.
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JANO MONTOYA, No. 400x (First in class. Montoya shared riding duties with Alberto Ruiz, Francisco Septien and Jeff Kawell.) — It was a great team effort and everybody did their part. The bike was just incredible. It was a really good race and we kept it on two wheels. We had a plan and we executed the plan. We were able to make it to the finish line without issues.
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GIOVANNI SPINALI, No. 510x (Second in class. Troy Pearce rode to race mile 90. Spinali rode to race mile 240. Earl Roberts and John Griffin rode portions of the San Felipe loop. Spinali finished.) — We had a good battle with the 549x (Robert Gates) up until Valle Trinidad and I think they had trouble. Our tire was totally wasted so we had to take it easy the last 100 miles but other than that we had a smooth race.
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MARK HAWLEY, No. 600x (First in class. Hawley shared riding duties with Andy Kirker, Dennis Greene, Dennis McLaughlin and Bill Tarling.) — CO-RIDER ANDY KIRKER said: One of our guys got lost so our lead was big, then shortened, then big again and then shortened again. Hopefully it is still big now. The bike was great all day long. CO-RIDER BILL TARLING said: I came back to race this after 35 years to see what it was like. It is quite a bit rougher than my first one in 1976.
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JOSE CARRASCO, No. 721x (First in class.) — The race was awesome. I’m happy to be in the top spot and hope to keep the points lead. It was a clean race, fun track but tough conditions. Overall it was a great race. I had problems with the light and ended up taping on a flashlight which didn’t help much but I made it to the finish line. I had a slight crash at race mile 40 and I broke my Stella base so I couldn’t go faster than 15 or 20 miles per hour until about mile 80. We used duct tape and zip ties to hold it on.
SAID SANCHEZ, No. 13a (First in class. Sanchez shared riding duties with Francisco Vera, Adolfo Arellano, Felipe Velez and Jose Luis Meza.) — We had a broken rear shock and had to replace it. We lost about 30 minutes.