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    Cameron Steele draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start position for next week’s 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250

    SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark,

    March 29, 2018

    Santiago Creel draws first M/C Start

    Cameron Steele draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start

    position for next week’s 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250


    239 total entries to date from 25 States, nine countries for season opener

    of four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship; start/finish on Malecon

    in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico; race to be televised internationally

        ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – SoCal’s champion desert racer and TV action sports commentator Cameron Steele has drawn the first starting position for the car/truck/UTV classes and Mexico’s international rally racer Santiago Creel has drawn the first start for the motorcycle/quad classes for next week’s 32nd annual SCORE San Felipe 250.

         The season-opener of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next Wednesday through Sunday (April 4-8) in San Felipe, the peaceful fishing village on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

         Featuring the longest course in race history at 319 miles, the race will start and finish for the second straight year and just the second time in race history on the Malecon beach walk along the edge of the water in the heart of town.

         Over 250 entries in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads are expected in the race. Many of the sport’s top stars are among the 239 official entries received in time for this week’s start draw from 25 U.S. States along with the additional countries of host Mexico, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Peru.

         Online racer registration continues through Sunday on the SCORE website and late, on-site racer registration will be held next Thursday and Friday in San Felipe.

         Helping mark the launch of 25th year of the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division, a race-record total of 42 of these ‘Monsters of the Desert’ are officially entered to date in next week’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

    FAB 50

         The year of 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 to be held the end of May and beginning of June.


         Steele, 50 of San Clemente, Calif., is a veteran of nearly 30 years of SCORE desert racing and is coming off of his second-place finish in last year’s iconic season-ending 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 that ran from Ensenada to La Paz. He has drawn the first start in the large field in his No. 16 Monster Energy Chevy Silverado.


         Creel, 31 of Mexico City, has only been racing with SCORE four a couple of years and last year’s Pro Moto Limited class point champion has entered four KTM motorcycles in three classes with a host of seasoned rally racers as teammates.  Having drawn the first start in Pro Moto Limited (No. 100x) as well, Creel will be riding the No. 66 KTM 350EXCF first off the line next Saturday morning in San Felipe.

         Creel also has a second entry in the Pro Moto Unlimited class (No. 4x) and the fourth KTM bike in Pro Moto 30 (No. 360x) for riders over 30 years old.

         Among the classes with double-figure entries, starting on the pole in their respective four-wheel vehicle classes will be Javier Robles Jr (Class 1), Pat Sims (Trophy Truck Spec), Todd Winslow (Class 10) and Aldo Salazar (Pro UTV FI).

         Besides Creel, also drawing first starts in motorcycle classes were Chris Kassity (Pro Moto 30), Jano Montoya (Pro Moto 40) and SCORE rookie Liz Karcz in Pro Moto Ironman for solo riders.


         In the start drawing, the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division had the most entries in the drawing with 42 (including seven SCORE TT Legend trucks for drivers 50 years and older) followed by Pro UTV FI with 23, Trophy Truck Spec with 17 entries, Class 10 with 17 entries and the unlimited Class 1 with 15 entries.

         Leading the motorcycle entries in the drawing was Pro Moto Ironman (solo riders) with 11 entries. The Pro Moto Unlimited has nine entries.

         With the most Sportsman class entries is the SPT Motorcycle class with 19 entries so far.


         SCORE Trophy Truck, the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 900-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, continues to lead the growing entry list for the race with 42 trucks (including seven SCORE TT Legend entries-drivers over 50 years old) in the lineup so far for next week’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

         While picking the winner is tougher than completing an accurate bracket for the NCAA Basketball Champion, there are some serious racers of pedigree in SCORE Trophy Truck entered in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

         Leading the way is Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, last year’s overall and SCORE Trophy Truck winner in San Felipe in the No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Rockstar Ford F-150 who has a race-high five overall and SCORE Trophy Truck wins, including last year, and nine total class wins in San Felipe.

         The ‘Mac Attack’, who won SCORE Trophy Truck season point titles in the inaugural year of 1994 and 2007 (with Mark Post), tops the all-time race victory list in the legendary class with 15 career race wins in his illustrious career.

         In addition to MacCachren, the other seven racers who have won SCORE Trophy Truck season point championships who are racing in San Felipe next week are Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Mark Post, Las Vegas, Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico.

         Menzies was injured this week during a commercial video shoot in Glamis, Calif. and Justin Bean Smith will be his designated substitute driver for this race so he will still receive the points per SCORE rules regarding one substitute driver during the year.


         A total of 19 the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship season class point champions are entered so far in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.  Leading the car, truck and UTV champs already among the field is ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, who has earned three consecutive SCORE Trophy Truck season crowns.

         Also entered already are SCORE TT Legend season champ Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Class 1 champion Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (Class 10), Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600), Dan Chamlee, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Class 7), Rafael Aguirre, Monterrey, Mexico (SCOE Lites), Luis Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5), Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif/Tim Orchard-Sub Driver. (Pro UTV FI), Don Whittington, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Pro UTV), Gerardo Novelo O., Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX) and Dennis Hollenbeck, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11).

         Among the motorcycle and quad classes, reigning season point champions already entered are Shane Esposito, Murrieta, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited), Santiago Creel, Mexico City (Pro Moto Limited), Ryan  Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 30), Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru) (Pro Moto 40), Jose Carrasco, Rosarito Beach, Mexico (Pro Moto Ironman) and Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad).


         Celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Info at


         Pre-race festivities will be held in San Felipe on April 4, 5 and 6 with race days on Saturday, April 7-8 concluding with the post-race awards fiesta at 10 a.m. PDT on Sunday, April 8.

         Racer registration and media registration will both be held on Thursday and Friday (April 5-6) at the Hotel Costa Azul. Racer registration will be held on Thursday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Media registration will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

         The colorful pre-race contingency and vehicle tech inspection will be held on Friday, April 6 starting at 9 a.m., the starting line and the finish line will be on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe for the second straight year.

         The RACELINE Wheels SCORE Kick-Off Beach Party will be held on the Malecon on Friday, April 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. PDT

         Motorcycles and quads will leave the start line first in the elapsed-time race, starting at 6:20 a.m. PDT on Saturday. The car, truck and UTV classes will begin their journey at approximately 9:30 a.m. PDT with a minimum two and one-half hour gap between the last SPT quad and first SCORE Trophy Truck.

         While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the course in just over five hours, all vehicles will have 16 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher.


         SCORE President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose A. Grijalva have worked with the government officials and ejidos of the Mexicali and San Felipe areas to develop a memorable SCORE San Felipe 250 race course of 319 miles, the longest in the history of this popular desert race.

         This year’s grueling race course will be another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It runs in a counter clockwise direction running over high-speed dry lake beds, through low-speed winding, rock-strewn, twisting canyons and trails, along quick-paced dirt roads and through four of Baja’s most infamous washes in Las Cuevitas, Matomi, Huatamote and Amarillo.

         There will be three full stop checkpoints in addition to the start/finish line which will be located for the just the second time in the history of this race on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe. Checkpoint 1 will be located at El Chinero (race mile 74.2), the second at La Providencia (rm 185.5) and the third will be at Old Puertecitos Road (rm 270.33).


         The 32nd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 racer brief, course map and GPS files are available on the SCORE website on the race page under the Race Info tab.


         For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the rugged, rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the SCORE San Felipe 250.


         Following last year’s epic celebration of the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes the special tribute to the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 when it is held this year in Ensenada on May 30-June 3. Like all SCORE races, there will be classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.

         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 invited by the 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.

         The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races that have been held to date.

         Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race. It will start in Ensenada for the 45th time and finish in Ensenada for the 41st time.

         BFGoodrich Tires, the SCORE official tire for over 40 years, has posted a $25,000 contingency bonus for the overall winner of the golden anniversary race.

         The SCORE Baja 500 is considered one of the top 10 motorsports events held annually in the world.


         Below is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule. For the third consecutive year all four races are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

    • 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-April 8, San Felipe, Mexico
    • 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, May 30-June 3, Ensenada Mexico
    • Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 19-23, Tijuana, Mexico
    • 51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico


         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, 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, 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.

         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, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.

         For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at

    32nd SCORE San Felipe 250

    April 4-8, 2018—319 miles –San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

    Total Entries: 239 (as of 3/28/18)

    (from 25 U.S. States, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru)

     (start order, by class)

    Pro Cars & Trucks


    16 Cameron Steele

    7 Justin Bean Smith (DOR-Bryce Menzies)

    24 Adam Householder

    85 Mike Lawrence

    32 Ryan Arciero

    11 Rob MacCachren

    79L Russell Buehler

    13 Damen Jefferies

    10 Alan Ampudia

    6 Ricky Johnson (DOR-Larry Connor)

    31 Andy McMillin

    39 Chas Dana (DOR-Ron Whitton)

    14 Cameron Steele

    77 Robby Gordon

    23 Dan McMillin

    61 Richard Armstrong

    45 Chelsea Magness (DOR-Gary Magness)

    40 Chris Miller

    97 B.J. Baldwin

    96 Larry Roeseler

    19 Tim Herbst

    3 Mark Post

    51 Steve Olliges

    53 Todd Romano

    18 Juan C. Lopez

    *12L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

    15 Billy Wilson

    1 Carlos Lopez

    83 Luke McMillin

    4 Justin Matney

    50 Zak Langley

    60 Cole Potts

    38 Eric Hustead

    *90L Sandy Hall

    11L Rob MacCachren

    *5L Clyde Stacy

    30 Robbie Pierce

    26 Dave Taylor

    27 Jonathan Brenthel

    91 Ed Herbst (DOR-Troy Herbst)

    25L Mark Winkelman-RS

    *72L Rob Reinertson-RS


    CLASS 1 (15)

    143 Javier Robles Jr

    153 Brad Wilson

    150 Morgan Langley

    129 Brandon Bailey

    114 Al Torres

    155 Brad Vicic

    112 Lyle Bask

    106 Derek Fletcher

    145 Mark Workentine

    168 Shelby Reid

    100 Brian Wilson

    118 Ricardo Malo

    188 Sergio Salgado-3rd RS

    138 Ronny Wilson-2nd RS

    185 Justin Davis-1st RS


    211 Pat Sims

    266 Scott Biernot

    297 Bill McBeath

    222 Pete Sohren

    220 Craig Christy

    273 Jordan Brenthel

    252 Gonzalo Pirron

    200 Elias Hanna

    276 Gerardo Iribe

    225 Brian Trotter

    250 John Langley

    204 Sara Price

    295 William Hedrick Jr

    258 Chasen Gaunt

    242 Bryce Swaim

    234 Jason McNeil

    235 Derek Hunter

    CLASS 10 (17)

    1081 Todd Winslow

    1018 Miguel Tornel Z-A

    1008 Chase Warren

    1000 Broc Dickerson

    1049 Ty Godde

    1016 Hiram Duran

    1062 J.J. Schnarr

    1022 Rafael Aguirre

    1068 Cody Reid

    1002 Clay Lawrence

    1048 Kevin Price

    1019 Luis Ritchie

    1011 Cesar Cuevas

    1066 Dave Mason Jr

    1063 Ruben Torres

    1036 Corey Goin

    1044 Miguel Bonilla Valenzuela

    CLASS 8 (4)

    869 Juan Carlos Calderon

    894 Vincent Munoz

    818 Jose Leon

    814 Kelly Ross

    CLASS 1/2-1600 (8)

    1644 Cesar Fiscal

    1625 Eric Pavolka

    1603 Oscar Alvarez

    1623 Mario Estrella

    1614 Bruce Yee

    1613 Dana Jussila

    1604 Rob Archibald-2nd RS

    1609 J. David Ruvalcaba-1st RS


    1210 Luis Barragan

    1255 Darren Walsh

    1240 Miguel Bonilla

    1212 Martin Lazarraga

    1258 Jeremy Davis

    1206 Freddie Willert

    CLASS 7 (6)

    717 Mike Perez

    711 Carlos Diaz

    700 Dan Chamlee

    715 Daniel Reyes Jr-3rd RS

    721 Michael Coleman-2nd RS

    702 Juan Qiroz-1st RS

    CLASS 7F (1)

    701F Brandon Walsh

    CLASS 5 (4)

    501 Mark McNeil

    524 Ben Swift

    500 Jose Luis Lopez

    510 Gerardo Molles-1st RS

    Pro UTV FI (23)

    2922 Aldo Salazar

    2919 Patrick Stone (DOR-Brandon Schueler)

    2989 Wes Miller

    2960 Ryan Laidlaw

    2978 Luis Fortanel

    2966 Rhys Millen

    2946 Jose Juarez

    2910 Scott Trafton

    2937 Alex Nicholas

    2950 Rodrigo Elorduy

    2930 Sean Cook

    2904 Scott Sappington (DOR-Cory Sappington)

    2900 Tim Orchard (DOR-Marc Burnett)

    2949 Alonso Lopez

    2995 Daniel Parker

    2916 Cody Rahders

    2987 Edgar Garcia

    2977 Justin Elenberg

    2975 Mike Cafro

    2940 Erick Kozin

    2983 Nicholas Gurries-3rd RS

    2971 Wayne Matlock-2nd RS

    2903 Juan Martinez-1st RS

    Pro UTV (8)

    1925 Matt Scarpuzzi

    1910 Jose Angulo

    1955 Paul Champion

    1998 Don Whittington

    1915 Thomas Graves

    1954 Kristen Matlock-3rd RS

    1995 Travis Wellis (DOR-Kaden Wells-2nd RS

    1917 Rickey Arslanian-1st RS

    Pro UTV UNL (2)

    1892 Hammond Meredith

    1898 Johnny Estes-1st RS

    CLASS 5-1600 (6)

    552 Jason Ledezma

    577 Luis Herrera

    558 Danny Ledezma

    557 Mario Ledezma

    554 Hector Delgado-2nd RS

    599 Hector Hurtado-1st RS

    CLASS 3000 (0)


    BC 2 Barry Thompson

    BC 3 James Freethy

    BC 1 David Payne

    STOCK FULL (1)

    8125 Marc Stein-1st RS

    CLASS 7SX (1)

    740 Gerardo Novelo-1st RS

    CLASS 11 (5)

    1156 Art Penner

    1111 Eric Solorzano

    1100 Dennis Hollenbeck

    1149 Victor Esparza

    1117 Hector Maymes-1st RS


    SPT BUGGY (1)

    1577 Diane Gianelli


    v800 Mario Alesi-1st RS

    SPT UNL UTV (1)

    1818 Jessalyn Farrington


    3975 Torrey Rush

    Pro Motorcycles


    66x Santiago Creel

    1x Shane Esposito

    4x Santiago Creel

    7x Justin Morgan

    30x Nic Garvin

    33x Garrett Poucher

    22x Hector Cardenas

    11x Travis Gardner

    55x Steve Hatch

    PRO MOTO 40 (3)

    400x Jano Montoya

    405x Jack McCormick

    427x Salvador Sainz

    PRO MOTO 30 (7)

    301x Chris Kassity

    303x Luis M. Gomez

    360x Santiago Creel

    365x Nick Lanning

    333x Chad Thornton

    304x Chris Racan

    300x Ryan Liebelt

    PRO MOTO 50 (2)

    537x Gustavo Levy

    510x Giovanni Spinali


    100x Santiago Creel

    151x Juan Lopez

    114x Rodolfo Patron

    125x Fernando Beltran


    722x Liz Karcz

    725x Kenny Wilson

    752x Hector Gutierrez

    721x Jose Carrasco

    731x Franklin Padilla

    760x Edwin Pena

    714x Lawrence Janesky

    739x Aaron Richardson

    706x Kevin Daniels

    730x Francisco Septien-2nd RS

    741x Carlos Gracida-1st RS

    PRO MOTO 60 (2)

    649x Guy Laycraft

    602x Oscar Ochoa

    Pro Quads

    Pro Quad (2)

    1a Said Sanchez

    5a Jose Enriquez


    SPT M/C (19)

    278x Aki Polvikoski

    213x Bradley Loveday

    256x Derek Miller

    223x Mike Mettler

    212x Carlos Silva

    261x Mark Minney

    293x Gabriel Barrios

    206x Craig Orr

    200x Miguel Pena

    201x R. Hank Salyer

    205x Nick Jimenez

    204x Daniel Rhamy

    215x Michael Rodriguez

    238x Rolando Cabrera

    275x Eric Saltzer

    216x Luke Berlet

    255x Alvaro Bello-3rd RS

    284x Shane Schorno-2nd RS

    247x Michael Boge-1st RS

    SPT QUAD (7)

    110a Danny Magdalena

    112a Juan Sanchez

    104a Jose Contreras

    118a Juan Flores

    132a Jorge Ramirez

    122a Sergio Gutierrez

    129a Israel Jimenez-1st RS