Baja Fireworks–SCORE World Desert Championship, Part 3 –

Baja Fireworks–SCORE World Desert Championship, Part 3


February 15, 2021


Herbst brothers capture third consecutive SF250 overall,
Hengeveld and Street ride Honda to Moto win in 2001 race


2021 SCORE World Desert Championship set to open April 14-18 in San Felipe
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ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – (While the world continues its ferocious fight against the vicious virus called COVID-19, SCORE continues its preparation to launch its four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship. Included in the advance is a special series of feature flashbacks on this year’s first race which is called SCORE Baja Fireworks—SCORE San Felipe 250, Part Three).
While SCORE International is launching its 48th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, its shortest race is also its ‘newest’ race as SCORE prepares to launch the season with the 34th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford.
The youngest of the SCORE Triple Crown of Baja behind its older siblings the SCORE Baja 1000 (started in 1967) and the SCORE Baja 500 (started in 1969), ‘Baby Baja’ is held along the shores of the Sea of Cortez on the east side of the Baja Peninsula, the SCORE San Felipe 250 was held for the first time in 1982.
The season-opening event of the four-race internationally-televised 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held April 14-18 in San Felipe, the serene village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. All four 2021 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the sixth consecutive year.
Las Vegas desert racing brothers Tim and Ed Herbst returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in the 2001 season, capturing the 15th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 on Saturday, March 17.
In winning this popular Baja California race for the third straight year, the Herbst brothers powered their four-wheel-drive Ford F-150 to victory in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division in Round 2 of the 2001 Duralast SCORE Desert Series. With a time of 3 hours, 39 minutes, 20 seconds, the Herbst brothers averaged an impressive 57.12 mph over the rugged, rocky, and dusty 208.8-mile course.
Splitting the driving time in their 750 horsepower SCORE Trophy Truck, the Herbst brothers battled from behind to overcome the Chevy C1500 SCORE Trophy Truck of Las Vegas’ Brian Collins, the Duralast Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck of Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, California, along with the unlimited Class 1 Chevy-powered Jimco of Doug Fortin, Jr. of La Mesa, California, as well as their younger brother Troy Herbst’s Class 1 Ford-powered Smithbuilt to post a time just 4 seconds slower than their winning time over virtually the same course as in 2000.
“Troy really should have won this race – he was just smokin’ from the start, but were happy to keep it all in the Terrible Herbst Motorsports family,” said Ed Herbst, 39, who drove the second half of the race, taking over for his brother Tim, 37, who drove the first 95 miles of the race.
“You couldn’t run consistently hard because the course was so full of rocks and silt. We had two flat tires and lost the power steering after Troy had his problem, but our Ford F-150 was tougher than Baja once again.”
Troy Herbst led on adjusted time for more than 170 miles until he lost the right rear wheel when the stud bolts broke off, sending the entire wheel flying down the road. “We were really fortunate we didn’t roll, but there was an embankment on our right side that the car fell into and we were able to make the repairs in about 15 minutes and get going again,” said Troy Herbst, 34, who still managed to finish fifth in Class 1 and seventh overall.
Surviving intense wheel-to-wheel racing through four treacherous Baja washes to finish second overall and win Class 1 was Doug Fortin, Jr. of La Mesa, California, in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. Fortin finished in 3:40:20, exactly 1 minute behind the Herbst brothers.
With a talented field of 24 starters, Class 1 racers claimed seven of the top 10 overall finishing positions behind the Herbst Trophy-Truck.
Third place overall, second in Class 1, was Jeff Quinn of Irvine, California, with a time of 3:43:15 in a Jimco, while fourth overall, third in Class 1, was Randy Wilson, Long Beach, California, finishing in 3:44:40 in another Jimco.
Fifth overall and second in SCORE Trophy-Truck was Las Vegas’ Brian Collins, who diced with the Herbst brothers throughout the race, ending up with a time of 3:47:25 in the Collins Motorsports Chevy C1500.
Adding another exciting chapter to the American Honda desert racing history, the factory B Team of Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Jonah Street, Ellensburg, Wash., got some racing breaks to defeat Honda stars Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif./Tim Staab, San Diego.
Stopping a three-race San Felipe winning streak for Campbell, Hengeveld slipped past Staab just seven miles from the finish line when the clutch broke on his Honda XR650. The Hengeveld/Street Honda XR650 was the fastest vehicle in the race, completing the course in 3:33:22, averaging 57.12 mph, seven minutes faster than Campbell/Staab won on the same course in 2000.
Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, the 1994 SCORE Trophy-Truck Champion, won for the second straight race in Class 1-2/1600, winning a 19-car class by a margin of more than 10 minutes in a VW-powered Fraley 1600cc race car.
Riding a Yamaha Raptor to first overall ATV while winning Class 25 was the team of Las Vegas’ Jimmy Stephensen/Tim Neidhardt, Santee, California/Eric Dollente, Holtville, California, in a time of 4:41:45 (44.64 mph).
Among the other class winners March 17, 2001 were: Craig Turner, Yorba Linda, California (Class 7, Ford Ranger); Cory Susag, Dana Point, California (Class 7S, Chevy S-10); Chris Harrold, Chula Vista, California (Class 10, Jimco); Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, California (SCORE Lite, Jimco); Clive Skilton, Orange, California (Class 3, Jeep Grand Cherokee); Pete Sohren, Glendale, Arizona (Class 5, VW Sedan); Dr. Macrae Glass, Kingman, Arizona (Stock Mini, Ford Ranger); and the team of Bob Shepard/Dan Ragland, Phoenix (Protruck/SS/Truck).
It was the second win of the year in two races for Glass, the defending Stock Mini Champion in the Duralast SCORE Desert Series. Eric Solorzano of Tijuana led a large contingent of 36 Mexican entries, winning Class 11 in his stock VW Sedan.
While a total of 215 vehicles entered the race, 208 officially started, and 135 made it back to the finish line within the 10-hour elapsed time limit.
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 45 years, received two awards for the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. BFGoodrich Tires was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 30th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 32nd time.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 32 of the 52 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 31 of the 53 overall winners of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor of both of the iconic races again in 2021.
BFGoodrich Tires also has been the choice of 28 of the 33 overall winners of the SCORE San Felipe 2000, all three SCORE Desert Challenge races, the SCORE Challenge of Champions in San Felipe, the one SCORE Baja Sur 500 and the inaugural SCORE Baja 400.
BFGoodrich Tires is also the title sponsor for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.
Presenting sponsor for this year’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250 is Ford, the official vehicle and SUV of SCORE and the SCORE World Desert Championship.

Here are the dates for the four-race 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship which will all be held in Baja California, Mexico for the sixth consecutive year:

  • BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford—

April 14-18, San Felipe, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

June 9-13, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • 2nd SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 14-19, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

  • BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts—

November 15-20, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
For the third straight year, the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship races are airing on the ESPN family of networks. The four-races will air as specials on the World of X Games program on ESPN2.
ABC first covered the 1967 and 1968 Baja 1000 races on the old ABC Wide World of Sports show with Jim McKay and again in the late 1980s with veteran motorsports journalist Sam Posey.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows also continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. The shows are co-produced by SCORE International and SoCal’s award-winning BCII TV.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, 4 Wheel Parts-Official Off-Road Retailer and Race Presenting Partner, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Lucerna Hotel.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, XXIII Ensenada Municipal Government, XXIII Mexicali Municipal Government, Mexicali and San Felipe COTUCO, Cruz Roja Mexicana.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at