Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250 presented by City of El Centro, to be held Sept. 24-27 at Coyne Powersports Motorplex in Plaster City, Calif.
RENO, Nev.—Earning his stripes in a most prolific way, Mexico’s marvelous 20-year old Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, the obvious leader of the honorary SCORE Dirty Dozen young gun racers, drives the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck and has quickly climbed to the top of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Following second, fourth and first-place finishes, Lopez, a second generation desert racer, leads the SCORE Trophy Truck season point standings as well as the SCORE overall season point standings after Round 3 of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Winning last month’s 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, after opening the season with a second in 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 and recording a fourth in the inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 in Round 2 has enabled Lopez climb to the SCORE Overall season point lead as well as the top spot in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
Following his first career SCORE Trophy Truck race win on June 6, Lopez has 259 season points as only 71 total points separate the top 21 overall 4-wheel vehicle point leaders after three events in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship and only 13 points separate the top five point leaders.
Round 4 will be the Third annual Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250 presented by the City of El Centro, to be held Sept. 24-27 at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex in Plaster City, Calif., just west of El Centro and East of San Diego.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK LEADERS
Including Lopez, seven SCORE Trophy drivers are among the top 21 in points.
Second in SCORE Overall points and second in SCORE Trophy Truck is Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, winner of the season-opening 28th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, who has 254 points in the No. 21. Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor while fourth in SCORE Overall points and third in SCORE Trophy Truck is Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren who has 246 points in the No. 21 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 and Mexico’s Eduardo Laguna, winner of the Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, who has 238 points in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado and is ninth in SCORE Overall points and fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck.
Tied for 13th in SCORE Overall points and fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck after three races with 234 points is defending SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif. and his new teammate Armin Schwarz, who is from Germany but lives in Austria, in the No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado
Gary Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., is 17th in SCORE Overall points and sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 45 Mango Racing Chevy Silverado with 222 points and 2lst in SCORE Overall points and seventh in SCORE Trophy Truck is Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin with 188 points in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
SCORE point regulations require four-race minimum counting for final points and one of the four races in the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship that is mandatory for the driver/rider of record to start or finish the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 to qualify for a class season point championship.
SCORE points are calculated on a set amount of start points and finish points for a particular race along with a variable amount for placement points based on the number of starters within the racer’s class.
NINE CLASSES LEADERS IN TOP 20 OVERALL
In addition to the seven drivers from the SCORE Trophy Truck division, eight other classes have at least one racer in the top 21 SCORE Overall point standings after Round 3. The other classes in the top 21 are the unlimited Class 1 (two racers), Class 10 (three), Class 19 (four) along with additional class point leaders in Class 1/2-1600, Trophy Truck Spec, Class 3000, Class 5 and Class 5/1600.
Third overall is Trophy Truck Spec class point leader Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio (Chevy Silverado) with 249 points, tied for fourth in SCORE Overall points and leading Class 19 with 246 points is Brandon Schueler, Phoenix (Polaris RZR XP1000), while tied for sixth overall and leading the unlimited Class 1 with 245 points is Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif. (Jimco-Chevy).
Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico (Alumi Craft-VW), is tied for seventh overall and leading Class 1-2-1600 with 242 points.
Class 3000 point leader Chad Broughton, Scots Valley, Calif. (BajaLite-Chevy) is tied for 11th overall with 235 points with Class 5 point leader Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (VW Baja Bug)
Tied for 13th overall and leading Class 10 is Steve Lawler, Upland, Calif. (Lothringer-Chevy) and 15th overall and leading Class 5/1600 (VW Baja Bug) is Armando Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico with 226 points.
Completing the top 21 in SCORE Overall points are: Derek Murray, Eastvale, Calif., seventh overall and second in Class 19 with 242 points (Can Am Maverick Max); Scott McFarland, Moab, Utah, 10th overall and third in Class 19 with 236 points (Polaris RZR XP1000); Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., 16th overall and second in Class 10 with 223 points (Custom-Chevy); Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., 18th overall and third in Class 10 with 212 points (Lawrence-Chevy); 19th overall is Victor Barredo, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico who is second in Class 1 with 195 points (Jimco-Chevy) and John Angal, Mexa, Ariz. who is 20th overall and fourth in Class 19 points (Polaris RZR XP1000).
Opening the season with a second in class and two SCORE Ironman motorcycles class wins is solo rider Kevin Daniels, Bishop, Calif. (KTM 500XCW) with 231 points.
After two consecutive race wins, and a rare DNF in the last round, the SCORE Unlimited Motorcycle class point leader is Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif. (Honda CRF450X) with 182 points.
MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
Among the other class point leaders following Round 3 in Mexico’s Baja California are: Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M. (Class 40, KTM 500XCW), Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas (Class 30, Honda CRF450X), Carlos Diaz, Mexicali, Mexico (Class7, Ford Ranger), Rafael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif. (SCORE Lites, Jimco-VW), James Burman, Heber City, Utah (Class 8, Chevy Silverado), Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico (Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R), Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X) and John Gonzales, Edgewater, Md. (Stock Full, Ford Raptor).
The Sportsman 4-wheel point leader is Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va. with two race wins for RPM Racing (SPT Buggy, RPM-Chevy).
Leading his class after the first three races of 2015, the top Sportsman 2-wheel rider is the team led by Jorge Cordova Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico (SPT M/C, Yamaha YZ450F).
Leading the SPT Quad class is the team led by Juan Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz. (Honda TRX 450R).
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, held June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
Issue No. 5 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital/
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous attached video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., Custom-Chevy (Class 10), 223
Gary Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), 222
Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy (Class 10), 212
Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 195
John Angal, Mesa, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP1000 (Class 19), 189
B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck), 188
2015 SCORE World Desert Championship Class Point Leaders
(thru Bud Light SCORE Baja 500-June 6-7)
(NOTE: With Class wins in parenthesis)
Pro Cars and Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—1. Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck (1), 259; 2. Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor (1), 254; 3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 246; 4. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (1), 238; 5. Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 234; 6. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 222; 7. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 188; 8. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 172; 9. Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford F-150, 158; 10. Kyle Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 148.
CLASS 1—1. Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 245; 2. Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 195; 3. George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Luke Babb, Encinitas, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 174; 4. Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Brian Burgess, Menifee, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 152; 5. Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 144; 6. Jamie Huerta, Ensenada, Mexico, Racer-Chevy, 142.ALSO: 8. Cody Parkhouse/Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 99; 9. Carlos Olmos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jefferies-Chevy (1), 95.
CLASS 1/2-1600—1. Aaron Ampudia/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Alumi Craft-VW (2), 242; 2. Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico/Misael Arambula, Enseneda, Mexico, Romo-VW (1), 160; 3. J. David Ruvalcaba/Leonel Ruvalcaba/Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR-VW, 147; 4. Miguel Cortez, San Diego, Custom-VW, 135; 5. Cesar Fiscal, Tijuana, Mexico, Romo-VW, 134.
CLASS 3—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (1), 85.
CLASS 5—1. Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Gerardo Iribe, Santa Ana, Calif. VW Baja Bug (2), 235; 2. Jose Lopez/Alberto Medina, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug, 134.
CLASS 5-1600—1. Armando Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 226; 2. Enrique Zazueta Jr, La Paz, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 137; 3. Carlos Rivera, Mexicali, Mexico/Gerardo Molles, El Centro, Calif., VW Baja Bug, 89; 4. Salvador Carillo, Woodland, Calif. VW Baja Bug (1), 88.
CLASS 7—1. Carlos Diaz/Manuel Lopez/Victor Martinez, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger (2), 152; 2. Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 139; 3. Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 87.
CLASS 8—1. James Burman, Heber City, Utah/Chris Sayre, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado (2), 150; 2. Tim Gabbert, Carlsbad, Calif./Roland Sarimiento, Fallbrook, Calif., Ford F-150, 89. ALSO: 3. Enemecio Lopez, La Paz, Mexico, Ford F-150 (1), 85;
CLASS 10—1. Steve Lawler, Upland, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif./Ray Griffith, Downey, Calif., Lothringer-Chevy (1), 234; 2. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif., Custom-Chevy (1), 223; 3. Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Joel Liska, Barstow, Calif., Lawrence-Chevy, 212; 4. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 180; 5. Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Kory Halopoff, Orange, Calif., Racer-Honda,175; 6. Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 153. ALSO: 8. Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn. Jake’sFab-Chevy (1), 100.
SCORE LITES—1. Rafael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif./Fernando Mayoral, Temecula, Calif., Jimco (2), 152; 2. Michael Crichton/Eduardo Gurza, Zapopan, Mexico, Dunrite, 133; 3. Matt Ferrato, Custom-VW, 81.
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—1. Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Jason Ruane, Temecula, Calif./Neal Mason, Chevy Silverado (3), 249; 2. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 1180; Jordan Brenthel/Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif./Jamie Galles, Santa Fe, N.M., Chevy S-10, 160; 4. Russell Buehler/Neil Buehler, Independence, Mo., Ford Raptor, 137; 5. Miles Wyatt, Brawley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 134.
STOCK FULL—1. John Gonzales/Augustin Rojas, Edgewater, Md., Ford Raptor (2), 150.
CLASS 3000—1. Chad Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy (3), 235; 2. David Crothers, Colusa, Calif., TrophyLite-Chevy, 79; 3. Dewey Clark, Corpus Christi, Texas/Byron Seed, Mesa, Ariz., BajaLite-Chevy, 59.
HEAVY METAL—1. Jorge Rivera, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 35.
CLASS 19—1. Brandon Schueler/Chad Hammer/Scott Kiger, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XP1000 (1), 246; 2. Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif., Can-Am Maverick Max, 242; 3. Scott McFarland/Joe Owens/Nick Oldham, Moab, Utah, Polaris RZRXP1000 (1), 236; 4. John Angal, Mesa, Ariz./Branden Sims/Eric Ringler, Polaris RZR XP1000, 189; Raul Gonzalez/Daniel Gonzalez, San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP900, 172; 6. Alonzo Lopez/Hector Jimenez, Murrieta, Calif., Polaris RZR 900, 171; 7. Ben Wilson/Kenny Green, Kenwood, Calif., Kenny King, So. Lake Tahoe, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 169; 8. Michael Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Jamie Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Wash., Polaris RZR XP1000, 146; 9. Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif./Richard Morel, Poway, Calif., Polaris RZR900, 142; 10. Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, Polaris RZR XP1000, 126; 9. ALSO: 12. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 100 (1), 103.
UNLIMITED M/C—1. Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Pioneertown, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 182; 2. Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif., Kawasaki KX450F (1), 174; 3. Mark Samuels, Pioneertown, Calif./Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 140;4. Raul Hernandez, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 135.
CLASS 30—1. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Cedar Hill, Texas, Honda CRF450X (2), 189; 2. Christopher Schulz, Kamuela, Hawaii/Geoff Hill, San Diego/John Bach, Brea, Calif./Travis Rock, Hydesville, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 85.