Geiser takes Original Truck Chassis points, KTM Motorcycle point champion, Polaris Industries UTV point champ,
Jerry Herbst presented SCORE Legacy Award posthumously; 43 SCORE Milestone Award winners also honored
SAN DIEGO, California, USA—BFGoodrich Tires, Wayne Matlock, Nico Saad, Rob MacCachren and MacCachren Motorsports were among the major winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2018 SCORE World Desert Champioship with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala held for the second straight year at the popular San Diego Air & Space Museum at historic Balboa Park.
SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 14 categories along with the 43 winners of the SCORE Milestone Awards as well as the overall and class point champions of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 600 racers, crews, families, sponsors, VIPs and news media, the evening was also a celebration of 45 years of SCORE championship desert racing.
“We want to sincerely acknowledge the support, assistance and sacrifices made by family members, friends and sponsors–because without their support, the accomplishments of our racers in the series would not have been possible,” commented Jim Ryan, SCORE Marketing and Sales Director. “Becoming a SCORE overall or class point champion, winning a coveted SCORE Off-Roadsman Award or a SCORE Milestone Award is an achievement of the highest degree in our beloved sport.”
The evening included a colorful video tribute to the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship produced by SCORE’s award-winning television producer BCII TV as well as inspiring still photography from SCORE Official photographer GetSome Photo.
INAUGURAL SCORE LEGACY AWARD
Jerry E. Herbst, the family patriarch of Terrible Herbst Motorsports and founder of the prominent Terrible Herbst Inc. in Las Vegas was honored posthumously with the inaugural SCORE Legacy Award presented by SCORE.
Jerry Herbst, who passed away on Nov. 27, 2018 at the age of 80, was not only one of the pillars in the foundation of the growing of Las Vegas he was also one of the pioneers of desert racing, especially in Southern Nevada.
His impact as a philanthropist, as a businessman and as a sportsman has left an indelible mark on Southern Nevada and all of desert racing. But most of all, his lasting legacy will be the eternal mark he has left as a husband, father and grandfather as the family patriarch of the Herbst family.
A racer himself for many years both in the desert and on the water, Jerry Herbst won his class with another Las Vegas business pioneer and good friend Mart Collins in the 1970 Baja 500 desert race in Ensenada.
As a mentor for his three sons—Ed, Tim and Troy, Jerry Herbst taught them the principals of strong business as well as the intricacies of desert racing and high-speed water skiing. Ed Herbst and Tim Herbst accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Herbst and their family.
A member of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, Jerry Herbst put his name on three SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup races held in the 2000s (2005-07) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He also posted bonus purses for several SCORE races over the years as well as sponsored the SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 desert race for four years (2007-10).
SCORE PERSON OF THE YEAR
Mexico’s popular hotelier and renowned Ensenada tourism official Nico Saad was selected as the 2018 SCORE Person of the Year for his entire lifetime of work for 51 years since introducing the late Mickey Thompson to the then Baja California governor to name SCORE as the official US desert-racing promoter for Baja California.
The owner of the prominent San Nicolas Hotel in Ensenada, Saad, a member of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame who was the Grand Marshal for this year’s epic 51st SCORE Baja 1000, is also in his second tenure as the President of ProTurismo de Ensenada.
BFGOODRICH TIRES ROLLS
BFGoodrich Tires, the official tire of SCORE for 43 years, received two awards. BFGoodrich Tires was honored as the SCORE Contingency Company of the year for the 27th time as well as being voted the SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year for the 29th time.
BFGOODRICH TIRES BONUSES
Helping SCORE celebrate the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship including the 50th anniversary year of the legendary SCORE Baja 500 in June, BFGoodrich Tires presented special contingency bonus prizes for two SCORE races in 2018. In addition to the normal contingency prizes, Rob MacCachren received a BFGoodrich Tires $25,000 bonus purse for winning the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 and Cameron Steele received a $25,000 bonus purse for winning the 51st SCORE Baja 1000.
BFGoodrich Tires has been the choice of 32 of the 50 overall winners of the popular SCORE Baja 500 and 30 of the overall winners of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000.
SCORE OFF-ROADSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The SCORE Off-Roadsman awards were determined by online vote of SCORE members as well as the general public. Among the other honorees were the class point champions and top class point leaders from the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
Liz Karcz, aka Iron(wo)man, was voted as the 2018 SCORE Rookie of the Year after finishing third in season points in her Pro Moto class for motorcycle racers competing solo.
Karcz joins Bekki Freeman Wik (1998) as the only female racers to receive this prestigious award in the 45-year history of SCORE.
Karcz, 34, a New Jersey transplant, is an ICU nurse in the Trauma department at the University of New Mexico Medical Center in Albuquerque.
She competed relentlessly with sheer dedication, determination, perseverance and an indefatigable spirit to survive for a podium finish for the year on her No. 722x Monkey Business Racing Honda CRF450X. She finished the year with a fifth-place finish out of 10 starters in her solo-rider class in the grueling SCORE Baja 1000.
Karcz was also riding as a charitable fund-raiser, raising funds for the DA8 Strong Foundation. DA8 Strong, founded by former SCORE champion racer Destry Abbott, raises funds to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
Karcz now joins previous winners of the SCORE top rookie award like Freeman-Wik, Frank Vessels, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Johnson, Robby Gordon, John Herder, Andy McMillin, Brian Wilson, Luke McMillin, Bryce Menzies, Tony Gera, Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Broc Dickerson and Chad Broughton.
MACCACHREN HAT TRICK
Las Vegas’ Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren and his MacCachren Motorsports team pulled off a rare hat-trick in the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship. MacCachren has nearly 315 career desert, stadium and short-course off-road race wins in his sterling career.
In 2018, MacCachren was the SCORE Overall Truck and the SCORE Trophy Truck point champion as he won two races, finished second and third in the other two while increasing his SCORE-record SCORE Trophy Truck race wins to 17.
Two of his MacCachren Motorsports teammates won a pair of SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards. Andreas ‘Lechero’ Rodriguez was voted the 2018 SCORE Mechanic of the Year and Jim Blackmore was voted the 2018 SCORE Team Manager of the Year.
It was the first SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year award for Rodriguez and the second for Blackmore who was voted the 2007 SCORE Mechanic of the Year.
The year of 2018 was another landmark year in the history of SCORE International. A total of nearly 7,000 different drivers/co-drivers, riders/co-riders and from 41 U.S. States and 22 countries participated in the four spectacular races in SCORE World Desert Championship highlighted by the absolutely amazing celebration of the 50 years of the legendary SCORE Baja 500.”
SCORE OVERALL POINT CHAMPS
Leading the parade of 2018 SCORE Desert Series point champions were the four overall titlists—Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (SCORE Overall, SCORE Overall UTV and Pro UTV FI in the No. 2971 Matlock Racing Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo), Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (SCORE Overall Truck and SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150), Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif. (SCORE Overall Open Wheel and Class 10 in the No. 1081 559 Racing Alumi Craft-Chevy) and Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif. (SCORE Overall motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited in the No. 7x Monster Energy Honda CRF450X).
It was the first SCORE Overall point championship and sixth class title for Matlock, the ninth season class point win for MacCachren including three SCORE Trophy Truck class titles, the second overall category title and second class title for Morgan and first time for Winslow to capture an overall category title and a season class title.
SCORE MANUFACTURER POINTS
Manufacturer point titles won were led Alumi Craft Race Cars, winners of the 2018 SCORE Original Open-Wheel Chassis Manufacturer point championship. Based in Santee, Calif., Alumi Craft vehicles were among the top finishers in several SCORE classes in 2018 including the top spot in Class 10. It was the second manufacturer’s point title for the company that opened in 2004.
Geiser Brothers of Phoenix won the SCORE Original Truck Chassis Manufacturer season point title for the fourth straight year.
After another banner year in the SCORE World Desert Championship in 2018, Kevin Kroyer’s Kroyer Race Engines of Las Vegas captured the 2018 SCORE Engine Builder point championship for the sixith time.
KTM won the SCORE Motorcyle Manufacturer of the Year point title for the third time.
In the fourth year decided by points, Polaris Industries won the 2018 SCORE UTV Manufacturer of the Year points for the fourth straight year.
SCORE MILESTONE AWARDS
Another element of the diverse awards program was the presentation of the 2018 SCORE Milestone Awards. As it has for 33 years, the coveted SCORE Milestone Awards were presented to those drivers in who finished all required miles of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship. A record total of 43 racers completed all 1,802.68 required miles in the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Since 2014 motorcycle and quad classes were eligible for the award along with the pro car, truck and UTV classes.
25 YEARS—SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
Another showcase element of the evening was a special salute to the first 25 years of the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks. The featured racing division in the sport was created by then SCORE owner Sal Fish and launched in 1994. A total of 16 different racers have combined to earn the season point championship of the class in its first 25 years. A total of 45 racers have combined to win the 131 total SCORE Trophy Truck racers from 1994-2018 and 22 of them are active today.
A special commemorative poster of SCORE Trophy Truck individual race winners over 25 years was also produced by SCORE and distributed at the event.
Las Vegas Hall of Fame racer Rob MacCachren won the first season title in 1994 persevered to win it again in 2018 and also was the second driver for Mark Post in their 2007 championship season. MacCachren also is the winningest all-time SCORE Trophy Truck driver with a SCORE-record 17 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.
Besides MacCachren, other active SCORE Trophy Truck race wins who enjoyed the special tribute in person were Ed Herbst, Tim Herbst, Jesse Jones, Roger Norman, Cameron Steele and Gustavo Vildosola Sr.
SCORE MEDIA AWARDS
Dan Sanchez, Editor of the popular SCORE Journal digital magazine during its four-year existence and SCORE race programs for the last four years, was voted for the second time as the SCORE Journalist of the Year, while My Baja Photo (Alex Ponce) earned the SCORE Photographer of the Year honors for the third time.
Winning the SCORE Videographer of the Year award for the second time was Cactus Films (Esteban Flores).
Emcees for the evening and hosts of the live streaming of the celebration were SCORE Live announcer Rat Sult and SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer and TV action sports announcer Cameron Steele.
ABC TV IN 2019
SCORE also confirmed that the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be televised on the ABC TV family of network, marking the first time back on the ABC network since the 1967 and 1968 coverage of the Baja 1000 on ABC’s old Wide World of Sports show.
The one-hour shows on the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, 51st SCORE Baja 500 and the 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised as part of ABC’s World of X Games year-long programming. Presented by SCORE sponsors Monster Energy and BFGoodrich Tires, the ABC World of X Games series profiles iconic action sports figures and also highlights athletes, artists, event previews and recaps.
SCORE also announced that the inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 next September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN TV.
Hall of Fame racer Cameron Steele’s popular ‘Trail of Missions’ show has been shown as part of ABC’s World of X Games series for the past several years.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows will continue to air internationally in over 20 countries in Europe, Asia and South America via syndication and ESPN International.
The original SCORE International was founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish from 1974 until Fish sold SCORE International to Roger and Elise Norman on Dec. 20, 2012. SCORE continues as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads competing in the internationally-televised four-race SCORE World Desert Championship.
Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE races in 2018 are airing on the El Rey Network domestically and around the globe on ESPN International and syndication. The season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 will air as a two-hour race coverage special currently scheduled to air on Feb. 24, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET.
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and 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.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Lucerna Hotels & Resorts 22nd Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Lucerna Hotels and Resorts, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship atwww.SCOREInternational.com.
2018 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Award Winners
2018 SCORE Mechanic of the Year—Andreas ‘Lechero’ Rodriguez, MacCachren Motorsports
2018 SCORE Contingency Company of the Year—BFGoodrich Tires
2018 SCORE Journalist of the Year—Dan Sanchez, SCORE Journal
2018 SCORE Photographer of the Year—Alex Ponce, My Baja Photo
2018 SCORE Videographer of the Year—Esteban Flores, Cactus Films
*2018 SCORE Original Open-Wheel Chassis Manufacturer of the Year—Alumi Craft Race Cars (John Cooley)
*2018 SCORE Engine Builder of the Year—Kroyer Racing Engines (Kevin Kroyer)
*2018 SCORE Original Truck Chassis Manufacturer of the Year—Geiser Bros (Jeff and Rick Geiser)
*2018 SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year—KTM Motorcycles
*2018 SCORE UTV Manufacturer of the Year—Polaris Industries
2018 SCORE Team Manager of the Year—Jim Blackmore, MacCachren Motorsports
2018 SCORE Pit Support Team of the Year—BFGoodrich Tires
2018 SCORE Rookie of the Year—Liz Karcz, Pro Moto Ironman
2018 SCORE Person of the Year—Nico Saad, ProTurismo de Ensenada