March 9, 2015
SCORE Season Opener
Coverage of more classes highlight broadcast of Rd 1 of five-race SCORE World Desert Championship,
the 259-mile race featured Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads;
promo video of one-hour show available at
RENO, Nev., USA—Earning the overall victory for the third consecutive year in the race, Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr will be spotlighted during next Tuesday’s telecast of the 29th Annual Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 on the CBS Sports Network. The unique double-premier showings of the one-hour special to be run on the CBS Sports Spectacular show will air at 7 p.m. (ET) and 11 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday (March 17). Multiple repeat airings are also scheduled on Wednesday (March 18).
From show producers BCII TV, a video preview of the telecast is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ewGRB-eIgE&list=UUmSTaHlDxvjpXzY4_DFUVog
Announcers for the CBS Sports Network telecast of the 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 are SCORE racers Cameron Steele and Andy Grider.
Vildsola Jr, from Mexicali, rewarded his home country fans with a special treat by capturing the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck win for the third consecutive year at 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race. Round 1 of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship was held on a challenging, technical 259-mile course that started and finished in San Felipe in late January on the northern portion of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula. Vildosola Jr recorded the first three-peat overall victory in the 29-year history of the popular race.
Starting 13th out of 20 vehicles in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks, Vildosola Jr, of Mexicali, powered the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor to a winning time of four hours, six minutes, 27 seconds while averaging a super strong average speed of 63.77 miles per hour.
Entries came from 18 U.S. States and six countries competing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and Quads, the race had 149 starters of which 103 officially finished the 259-mile course. With an extremely high finishing rate of 69.1 percent, the elapsed time race had an 11 hour time limit to become an official finisher.
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
The overall and Open motorcycle winner was the team of Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Justin Jones, Murrieta, Calif., who split riding time on the No. 5x WFOx Motorsports Honda CRF450X. The duo took an early lead and never looked back, finishing in 4:40:59 at an average speed of 55.31 mph. It was the fourth overall motorcycle win in the Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 for Udall and first for Jones, a motocross and endure racing star, was competing in just his second SCORE race. Udall’s WFOx teammate, Mark Samuels, Pioneertown, Calif., finished second in the Open motorcycle class on another Honda CRF450X.
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 telecast-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET)
• SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 2016, 9 p.m. ET)
• Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special-first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 2016, 9 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.
4-WHEEL TOP SIX
Trying to chase down Vildosola Jr all race long in San Felipe, finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck just two minutes, 45.58 seconds behind was Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin in a time of 4:06:27 (63.11mph) in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado while completing the podium was Mexico’s Carlos Lopez, who stayed behind the wheel of driver of record Clyde Stacy’s No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck for the entire race to finish third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in a time of 4:14:01 (61.18mph).
With SCORE Trophy Trucks claiming nine of the top 10 overall four-wheel vehicle positions in this race, fourth overall and in the featured racing class was Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif. with a time of 4:23:37 (58.95mph) in the No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Completing the top five overall and SCORE Trophy Truck finisher’s list was Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif., in the No. 2 Fiberwerx Motorsports Chevy Silverado in 4:23:53 (58.89mph).
Sixth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. with a time of 4:29:12 (57.73mph) in the No. 16 Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado.
Leading the gregarious group of racers with multiple class wins in this race that were entered and won again this year was Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 30) with a SCORE race-high15 class wins (age group motorcycle) wins–all in the last 15 years. O’Neal, 68, has raced in all 29 Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 16 career season class point titles, including last season in Class 30 as a co-rider on the over-30 years-old motorcycle team led by Mark Winkelman with whom he earned another class win in this race this year.
Adding another class win to his racing record, Vildosola Jr (SCORE Trophy Truck) now has five class wins in San Felipe.
CLASS WINNERS DEFEND
Three defending Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 class winners repeated with class victories again this year: James Burman (Class 8), Larry Connor (Trophy Truck Spec) and Tony Gera (SCORE Ironman). Burman won in Class 7SX last year and switched to Class 8 this year.
MORE CLASS SUPERS…
Class 19 had 14 starters, Class 1 and Class 10 each had 13 starters while Class 1/2-1600 saw 12 vehicles leave the start line.
Winning in Class 19 was Scott McFarland, Moab, Utah in a Polaris RZR XP1000, while first in the unlimited Class 1 and finishing 10th overall among 4-wheel vehicles was Rob Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
Topping the field in Class 10 while finishing 15th overall among four-wheel vehicles was Mark Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., in a Lothringer-Chevy and winning in Class 1/2-1600 was Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico in a Romo-VW. The Lawrence family completed a great day of racing with three top five finishes in Class 10. Mark’s son Mike Lawrence finished fourth in Class 10 in a Lawrence-Chevy and Mark’s brother Clay was fifth in class in another Lawrence-Chevy.
Among the other car and truck class winners this year in San Felipe were: Rafael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif. (SCORE LItes, Jimco-VW), Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy Silverado), Carlos Diaz Martinez (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif. (Class 3000, BajaLite-Chevy) and John Gonzales, Edgewater, Md. (Stock Full, Ford F-150).
Navarro III’s son Rafael Navarro IV completed another solid family day of racing with his second-place finish in Class 10 in an Alumi Craft-Chevy just 47 seconds behind the winning time of Mark Lawrence.
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, April 16-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
• 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
• 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
• 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
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.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Volaris Airlines, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
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.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
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