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June 17, 2019
Racing in San Felipe, Mexico
ESPNews airing one-hour special three additional times
from 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250 on World of X Games
in Baja California;
349.91-mile race included 239 Pro, Sportsman cars, trucks,
UTVs, motorcycles & quads
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Coverage of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship continues on ESPNews this Saturday with the first of three repeat airings of the season-opening 33rd annual SCORE San Felipe 250. The show will be rebroadcast on the World of X Games show on ESPNews on Saturday (June 22) at 7 a.m. ET.
Originally broadcast on the ABC Network on June 1, the final two repeat broadcasts of this race will be on Saturday July 20 at 7 a.m. ET and Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. ET. Check local listings to confirm the time in your area.
Hosts of the World of X Games shows from the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship are SCORE champion racers Cameron Steele and Aaron Ampudia.
Co-producing the shows with SCORE is award-winning BCII TV of Los Angeles. Bud Brutsman is the executive producer.
A total of 239 official starters raced in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Entries came from 29 U.S. States along with the additional countries of host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand. The race had 164 official finishers for a finishing rate of 68.62 percent in the extremely challenging elapsed time race that had an 18-hour time limit.
The 239 total starters were the 11th most in the 33-year history of the race and the 164 finishers tied for sixth most finishers in race history.
Helping mark the launch of 46th year of SCORE International, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization was the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division with a SCORE-record total of 44 of these ‘Monsters of the Desert’ officially starting the race, including seven in SCORE TT Legend for SCORE Trophy Truck drivers over 50 years old. Created by SCORE and started in 1994, SCORE Trophy Truck is the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks.
33RD SCORE SAN FELIPE 250
SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva worked diligently with the government officials and ejidos of the Mexicali and San Felipe areas to develop a memorable SCORE San Felipe 250 race course of 349.91 miles, the longest in the history of popular SCORE Baja desert race.
This year’s grueling race course was another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It ran in a 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 three of Baja’s most infamous washes in Azufre, Matomi, and Coabuso.
It featured three physical, full-stop checkpoints and 96 virtual checkpoints.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK WINNER
Prominent San Diego third-generation desert racer Andy McMillin returned to his desert racing roots Saturday, overcame an early rollover and two flat tires to hold on and capture the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race win at the 33rd annual SCORE San Felipe 250. McMillin powered his No. 31 Chevy Silverado to the SCORE Overall and class win with a penalty-free elapsed time of six hours, four minutes and 26 seconds, averaging an impressive 57.61 miles per hour over the rugged course.
MORGAN MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
Reigning SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class season champions, Justin Morgan and Mark Samuels, with some added help from Justin Jones, defending their class win in this race while earning the SCORE Overall Motorcycle victory in 6:50:32 (51.14mph) on their number 1x Honda CRF450X. In addition to being the second straight win in San Felipe for Morgan, 29, El Cajon, Calif., it was the fourth straight for Samuels, 29, Yucca Valley, Calif. and second for Jones, 27, Murrieta, Calif.
The fastest Pro UTV in the race and Pro UTV FI class winner was Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., 41, Alpine, Calif. who won in 8:23:51 in his No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo. Wayne Matlock defeated a total of field of 30 UTVs in San Felipe including 21 starters in the Pro UTV forced induction class.
It was also his seventh class win in San Felipe and third win in a row in this event.
…AND MRS. MATLOCK
Crossing the finish line shortly after her husband Wayne left the finish line ramp, Kristen Matlock, 38, kept things exciting for the Matlock family while winning the Pro UTV (Normally Aspirated) class with a time of 9:12:56 in her No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000.
As added icing on the Matlock victory cake, both Wayne and Kristen drove solo in the race. Kristen also finished fourth overall among the 30 UTVs in three classes that started the race.
It was also the second straight year that the Matlocks both won their respective classes in San Felipe. And for the second consecutive year they both ran penalty-free races.
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
- Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 19-23, Ensenada, Mexico
- 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico
ABC TV IN 2019
The 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship is being televised on the ABC TV family of networks, 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.
The premier showing of the 51st SCORE Baja 500 show will air on Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on ABC’s World of X Games show.
The inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 in September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN TV, also on the World of X Games programming.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia and South America via syndication and ESPN International.
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, 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, The Satellite Phone Store.
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.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.