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SCORE Journal  | Issue 1 2024

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SLOWING DOWN FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP | January 2024 Issue

By no means was the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship a sure thing for Bryce Menzies, even though he was leading the points chase going into the 56th SCORE Baja 1000. A few other drivers, such as Rob MacCachren or Luke McMillin, could have earned the champ title if the results of that last race of the season had been different. Read More


QUEST FOR THE CROWN | January 2024 Issue

Jason McNeil was in a prime position to capture the 2023 SCORE Trophy Truck Spec Class Championship going into the SCORE Baja 1000 race last November, and he was hoping for a good run to clinch the title. Hard luck hit early on in the race, however, which ultimately led to an 18th-place finish. Despite the setback, the points he earned by finishing the race were enough for him to take home the season championship. Read More


FINDING A BALANCE | January 2024 Issue

Jano Montoya’s first-place finishes in every SCORE race in 2023 netted him both the Pro Moto 30 and overall Moto championships. While his record might lead you to believe he had a trouble-free racing season, that wasn’t quite the case. In both the SCORE San Felipe 250 and the SCORE Baja 500, fuel injector problems plagued him. “In the San Felipe 250, we actually ended up burning two injectors,” he says. “But we were able to fix them just in time to keep going.” The issues in both races led the team to trace the problem to fuel filters that weren’t up to the task and caused the fuel pump to work too hard. Read More



Big News for 2024

Racer Bulletin #1

Just Announced – SCORE will hold qualifications for select classes at ALL 2024 races! Beginning at the San Felipe 250, Race Director Jose G. has announced SCORE will conduct qualifications for Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Legends and Trophy Truck Spec classes at all SCORE 2024 race events.

Big News for 2024

By SCORE 2024 Updates

SCORE will hold qualifications for select classes at ALL 2024 races! Beginning at the San Felipe 250, Race Director Jose G. has announced SCORE will conduct qualifications for Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Legends and Trophy Truck Spec classes at all SCORE 2024 race events.

Each class will qualify individually, and Trophy Truck and TT Legends will start the race inter-mixed based on qualifying times.

SCORE would like to thank all racers who responded to our recent survey…  The TT classes will remain as they have been in the past.

Make sure your read the entire policy at In-Class Start Order Policy – SCORE Race Info (score-raceinfo.com)You must race SF to Qualify at the Baja 500 and so on for the balance of the year.

Other News…

●  2024 Start Order for all classes is now updated and posted under the SCORE Rulebook > Policies.

●  2024 General Regulations for participants has been updated and posted under the SCORE Rulebook > General Regulations.

●  2024 Minor policy has been updated and posted under the SCORE Rulebook > Policies > Minor Policy.

San Felipe Reminders

●  Pre-running is scheduled to officially begin at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 9th. San Felipe 250 GPS course files and related information will post on our website at approximately 6:00pm on Thursday, March 7th.

CAUTION – Highways, roads and on the racecourse – you must expect the unexpected at all times when both pre-running and racing!

●  Mark your Calendars for approaching deadlines:

March 1 - To submit notarized waivers to have your wristbands bands mailed to you.

March 8 – To register to be listed on entry list and in race program, and register on-line.

 

The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

Communication support and race support vehicles are ready to help racers and enthusiasts at every SCORE race

Rugged Radios is the Official Communications of SCORE International

In his personal shop and collection, Cottrell has an area replicating his dad’s original motorcycle repair shop

RUGGED RADIOS

A NEW COMPLEX SHOWCASES A PASSION FOR COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

By Dan Sanchez

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

“Our home is here in Arroyo Grande,” said Cottrell. “My dad had a motorcycle repair shop in Covina, California, and I began getting involved in it with him when he began racing in SCORE in the 70s.” Cottrell learned early on that communication is critical for safety during racing or other off-road adventures. Cottrell later moved to Arroyo Grande and began working on improving the communication systems that were available at the time, and he soon became a leader in the marketplace.

“I’ve been in the business of communication technology for 32 years and started Rugged Radios over 18 years ago,” said Cottrell. “I started out in my garage, and now we have a state-of-the-art complex designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.” 

The Rugged Radios facility isn’t just a large, bland building in the middle of town. The beautiful exterior and interior are inviting to everyone interested in cars, motorcycles, off-road, Overlanding, and anything else on two or four wheels. “For us, it’s all about energy,” said Cottrell. “When you walk in, you feel the company– who we are– become immersed in the activity here, and you begin to realize you’re in the communications superstore.”

With more than 50 employees, the showroom is open and allows customers to see everything from order-taking, R&D, production, shipping, and more. You will also be surrounded by multiple vintage motorcycles, buggies, race vehicles, and hot-rods, all on display with the company’s products in them. From headsets for helmets to the latest GMRS communication units, samples are available for customers to pick up, feel, and ask questions.

The employees also show pride in working there, and although the main building and showroom are impressive, there’s much more to the Rugged Radios complex. Alongside the main building is the company’s new taco stand, a small building with a full kitchen that is still being prepared to make, sell, and distribute Baja-style tacos. 

“The taco stand is being set up for when we have events such as car shows here at Rugged,” said Steve Gonzalez, Rugged warehouse manager. “We have events here that bring in hundreds of vehicles, and people want to eat, so we took our love of tacos from Baja and brought it to our facility.”

The Rugged complex also houses the company’s “garage,” where new products are prototyped and tested and where team members can work on their vehicles. Everything from welding tools to a CNC laser cutter is in this area to maximize creativity and design. Behind the Garage is another building where all of Cottrell’s personal toys are housed and showcased. Vintage motorcycles, Baja Bugs, Jeeps, a vintage trailer, collectible bicycles, and a replica of his dad’s motorcycle repair shop are all displayed in a tribute to the passions Cottrell shares.

Between the main building and the Garage are numerous Rugged Radio vehicles, including show support and product trailers, along with four-wheel show and pre-runner trucks. 

“This year, we partnered with SCORE International as the Official Radio Communications company,” said Cottrell. “It’s been a dream of mine to become involved with SCORE in an official capacity, as we support SCORE and SCORE supports us. Most importantly, we support the racers at every event and teach them how to install, check, and recheck their equipment before a race. This partnership with SCORE is only the beginning, and I can’t wait for the many more years to come.”

For more information on the Rugged Radios location or any of the Rugged Radio products, visit them at www.ruggedradios.com.

2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Points Leaders

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1. Jason McNeil

551 Points
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2. Bryce Menzies

538 Points
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3. Luke McMillin

523 Points
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4. E. J. Herbst

513 Points
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5. Travis Williams

511 Points
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6. Mason Cullen

509 Points

Introducing SCORE Baja 1000 Tequila

As a homage to Mexican culture and the vibrant tradition of BAJA 1000 racing celebrations, SCORE International takes pride in crafting a tequila that embodies its rich history and cultural heritage. Here's to raising a glass to one of the world's premier motorsports events.

SCORE BAJA 1000 Tequila is more than just a beverage; it's a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence and the celebration of adventure. Our premium Tequila celebrates 50 years off-road racing in Baja and delivers a unique and memorable drinking experience. Proudly distilled in Tequila, Mexico, we invite you to enjoy on the rocks, or in cocktails with friends and share the adventure!

New Entries for King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the latest early entries for the next month’s season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Cameron Steele, Wayne Matlock, Kristen Matlock, Cody Reid, Franciso Vera, Daniel Chamlee, Brendan Gaughan, Brad Wilson, Kyle Quinn, Eric Solorzano, and J. David Ruvalcaba.

New Entries for King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the latest early entries for the next month’s season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Cameron Steele, Wayne Matlock, Kristen Matlock, Cody Reid, Franciso Vera, Daniel Chamlee, Brendan Gaughan, Brad Wilson, Kyle Quinn, Eric Solorzano, and J. David Ruvalcaba.

     Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 20-24 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

     Pre-race Contingency, Tech Inspection and the start/finish line compound will be located on the picturesque El Malecon in San Felipe along the inspiring azure waters of the Sea of Cortez.

     San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2023 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the ninth consecutive year.

EARLY ENTRIES

     With over 250 entries anticipated at the start line to launch the 51st season of SCORE desert racing, 120 total early entries have been received so far for the popular ‘Spring Break’ event, with racers representing 20 U.S. States, and six countries. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile, and New Zealand.

DOUBLE DIGITS

     With double-digit entries to date are the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck (high-tech, unlimited, 1000-horsepower, custom trucks) with 32 and Trophy Truck Spec, (SCORE Trophy Trucks with spec engines) with 33.

EARLY BIRDS

     Among the latest early entries for this year’s race are SCORE stars Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV Open) and his wife Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV Open), Cody Reid, Franciso Vera, El Rosario, Mexico (Class 10), Daniel Chamlee, San Felipe, Mexico (Montecito, Calif.), (Class 7), Brendan Gaughan, Las Vegas (Class 1), Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1), Kyle Quinn, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1), Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11), and J. David Ruvalcaba, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec).

THREE DECADES-PLUS

     Celebrating the 37th 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 Race Info at https://score-raceinfo.com/37th-san-felipe-250-march-20-24-2024/ for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.

ENTRY DEADLINES

     The deadline to enter in time to be included in the SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Day program and the race program is 5 p.m. PT on Friday March 8.

     Starting positions for the classes that aren’t qualifying will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration. Results of the start draw will be posted on the SCORE website by 6 p.m. PT on Friday, March 15.

     Late entries may register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 14. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.

     Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.

     Questions should be directed to Shannon Lund, SCORE Registration and Membership Director at 775.852.8907 or registration@SCORE-International.com.

METHOD RACE WHEELS QUALIFYING

     For just the fifth time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold the Method Race Wheels SCORE San Felipe 250 Qualifying starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, March 21 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes. The starting order for qualifying in each class will be the order in which they entered the race.

    Entries received in the qualifying classes after Friday, March 8 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.

     Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.

     The first-time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.

    In 2021, Bryce Menzies was the fastest qualifier followed by Andy McMillin and his cousin Luke McMillin. At the finish of the race Menzies was the winner, L. McMillin was second and A. McMillin finished in third place.

     In 2022, Menzies was the fastest qualifier again followed by Justin Lofton and L. McMillin. At the finish, L. McMillin was the winner, Menzies was second at the team of Mike Walser/Jax Redline finished in third place.

     In 2023, Australia’s Toby Price was fastest qualifier followed by Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, and Menzies. At the finish, Luke McMillin was the winner, Mexico’s Alan Ampudia was second, and Las Vegas’ Menzies finished in third place.

     Qualifying is not open to the public and will be held on a five-mile course that is not part of the official race course.

DA-STEELE

     Cameron ‘Steely Cam’ Steele is not only a two-time SCORE Trophy Truck race winner he is also the affable leader of the Desert Assassins race team.

     He also finds time to help operate his SoCal Baja HQ aftermarket company, lead both an annual motorcycle and his annual ‘Trail of Missions’ truck tour down the Baja peninsula, emcee numerous events, host live stream internet shows, and is an action sport TV commentator who has announced a variety of competitions from IndyCar to the SCORE race coverage TV shows.

     As far as racing is concerned, Steele, 56, of San Clemente, Calif., loves to stay busy and in years past has competed and had podium finishes in multiple classes in the same race, but now focuses on his No. 16 Desert Assassins Ford Raptor, built by Geiser Bros, in SCORE Trophy Truck.

     Steele won the last two SCORE Trophy Truck races of the 2018 season after finishing second in the iconic 50th anniversary of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.

     Steele will be searching for his class win in the SCORE San Felipe 250. He finished 17th out of 39 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck in the 2023 race.

MR & MRS MATLOCK

     After many championship seasons and race wins driving in separate classes, Wayne Matlock and his wife Kristen Matlock, of Alpine, Calif. are entered in the same class for the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship for the third straight year.

     Both are racing in the Pro UTV Open class in separate (but equal) new Polaris RZR Pro R UTVs. Each vehicle has a chassis built by TSCO in El Cajon, Calif.

     Wayne pilots the No. 1871 Polaris RZR Pro R UTV and Kristen is behind the wheel of the No. 1854 Polaris RZR Pro R UTV. Both will be solo drivers in San Felipe.

     In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Wayne Matlock, 46, has eight career class wins (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022) including several in quads before moving to UTV classes.

     Kristen Matlock, 43, who has been racing many far less years than her husband, has earned three UTV class wins in this race (2018, 2019, 2021) in the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class.

     In their simultaneous debut in the Pro UTV Open class in the 2022 SCORE San Felipe 250, Wayne Matlock was the fastest of all the UTVs in four classes including winning his class while Kristen Matlock finished in seventh place out of 10 starters in their class.

     In last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Wayne finished second in Pro UTV Open while Kristen suffered a rare DNF.

     In the 2023 Pro UTV Open season points, Kristen Matlock finished in sevemtj place while Wayne Matlock finished in eighth. In season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 Kristen Matlock finished sixth in class while her husband Wayne endured a DNF.

REID READY

     A second-generation SCORE desert racer, Cody Reid returns to this year’s King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250, after winning the unlimited Class 1 in both the 2022 and the 2023 SCORE Baja 500 and winning the 2023 SCORE Class 1 season point championship with four podium finishes in his class.

     After racing in separate classes for a several years, Cody Reid, 32, Apple Valley, Calif., was reunited in 2021 with his mother Shelby Reid to form a very formidable unlimited Class 1 team. The Reids debuted their No. 168 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft AWD open-wheel desert race car by winning their class in the 2021 SCORE San Felipe 250.

     Shelby Reid, 56, is also a former SCORE class point champion and has retired from behind the wheel. However, she returned to action to help her son finished third in the epic 2023 SCORE Baja 1000.

     In his solid career, Cody Reid has won three SCORE season class point crowns, two in Class 10 (2014, 2015) and one in Class 1 in 2023.

     In the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship, Reid finished third in Class 1 in the SCORE San Felipe 250, won Class 1 in the SCORE Baja 500, finished second in the SCORE Baja 400, and third in the season finale at the SCORE San Felipe 250.

SCORE OVERALL OPEN-WHEEL

          Bursting on the scene rapidly in Class 10 in 2023, Francisco Vera, 32, El Rosario, Mexico, won the 2023 Class 10 season point championship in his No. 1091 Alumi-Craft Chevy.

     The first racer from El Rosario to win a season point title in the 50-year history of SCORE, Vera was fourth in a field of 19 Class 10 starters in his class in the SCORE San Felipe 250, first in his class out of 16 starters in the SCORE Baja 500, first again out of 12 starters in the SCORE Baja 400, and finished third out of 17 starters in the SCORE Baja 1000. Vera also ended up 11th in overall points in 2023.

     Younger brother of Francisco Vera, Alexis Vera, 27, El Rosario, Mexico was Francisco Vera’s second driver all season and that duo was joined by Arturo Gaza, Monterrey, Mexico, Mexico, as the team’s third driver in their podium finish in the SCORE Baja 1000.

    In addition to winning the 2023 SCORE Class 10 crown, Francisco Vera was also the 2023 SCORE Open-Wheel point champion as well.

CLASS 7 MASTER

      Veteran SCORE champion Daniel Chamlee, 61, of Montecito, Calif., who now lives mostly in San Felipe, races in Class 7 in his No. 700 The Factory Racing Ford Ranger.

     Chamlee has driven consistently to earn 19 SCORE Class 7 season point championships in the last 20 years.

     In last year’s season-opener in San Felipe, Chamlee finished on top of the podium, again, winning Class 7. In June’s SCORE Baja 500, Chamlee suffered a DNF, and in September he earned his fourth consecutive victory in the four-year old SCORE Baja 400. He capped his 2023 championship season with another podium finish, second place, in the spectacular SCORE Baja 1000.

     In his career Chamlee has also earned eight Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, for racers who complete every required mile for that season.

     In the SCORE San Felipe 250, the ultra-dedicated Chamlee, who drives mostly solo, has won Class 7 a total of three times (2010, 2011, 2023).

CITY LIGHT SHINE

     Prominent Las Vegas businessman, former NASCAR star and second-generation desert racer Brendan Gaughan is back his desert racing roots again as he has entered the unlimited Class 1 for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

     The gregarious and very personable Gaughan, 48, is a veteran of 23 years of driving in NASCAR’s three elite division including the top tier Cup Series along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Truck Series.

     In 2019 Gaughan returned to his roots for an emotional Class 1 victory in the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000. Also driving that race with Gaughan were R.J. Anderson, Buddy Feldkamp and Billy Goerke.

     Driving South Point Hotel/Casino (Las Vegas) vehicles, Gaughan had 67 starts over nine seasons in the Cup series, 219 starts over 10 seasons in the Xfinity series and 217 in the Truck series over 14 seasons. He retired from NASCAR racing officially after the 2020 season.

    Gaughan, who also is a part of numerous national radio programs, is the son of legendary Las Vegas hotel/casino magnate and former SCORE champion and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Michael Gaughan.

     Owner of City Light Shine (17A distillery) in Las Vegas, Gaughan is the driver of record in the No. 162 South Point Hotel HMS-Chevy. Gaughan is also an administrative executive at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

     CLS (produced by 17A Stillery) is the first and only legal distillery in the history of Las Vegas.

     Gaughan was plagued with issues in 2022 and the first half of the 2023 SCORE season of various kinds and had six very unfortunate DNFs. He regrouped and rebuilt his race car, missing the SCORE Baja 400 and came back with an impressive second place in the SCORE Baja 1000 last November. Gaughan’s co-drivers in last year’s season-finale were Casey Mears, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Buddy Feldkamp, Riverside, Calif.

WILSON MOTORSPORTS

    One of numerous prolific third-generation desert racing teams competing with SCORE, Wilson Motorsports has once again entered two race cars in the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars. Both race cars are Chevy-powered Jimco vehicles.

     Brad Wilson, 34, of Long Beach, Calif., is the driver of record for the No. 153 race car while long-time additional driver Kyle Quinn, 36, Lakewood, Calif. is the driver of record again this year with SCORE in the No. 138 Wilson Motorsports race car.

     For many years a second driver for the wonderful Wilson Motorsports team, Kyle Quinn, 34, Long Beach, Calif., stepped into the lead driver position in one of the team’s entries this year and won the unlimited Class 1 at the SCORE San Felipe 250 in the No. 138 Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.

     With regular DOR Brian Wilson not available for all races in 2022, Quinn took the lead and shared driving duties in San Felipe with Brian Wilson’s uncle Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. At the SCORE Baja 400, with Brian Wilson’s cousin Brad Wilson as the second driver, Quinn finished on the podium in third place again and took the lead in Class 1. At the season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, Quinn won Class 1 with Ronny Wilson and Greg DiStefano as his driving mates to earn the season point title and finish 22nd in the SCORE Overall Season points.

     In the 2023 King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, Wilson Motorsports claimed one podium position in the unlimited Class 1. Brad Wilson finished second in Class 1 over nine starters in the class for unlimited open-wheel cars and Quinn suffered a DNF.

     Brad Wilson endured DNFs the remaining three 2023 races while had DNFs in the SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 40 before bouncing back and winning Class 1 in the unbelievable SCORE Baja 1000 over 11 starters. Quinn’s additional drivers in the season finale were John Herder, Tucson, and Greg DiStefano, San Diego.

     In the final 2023 season point standings, Quinn finished seventh in points and Brad Wilson ended up eighth.

YO 11-11

     Eric Solorzano is a legendary Mexican racer who has risen from humble beginnings as an orphan in Tijuana to becoming the winningest Mexican national in SCORE racing history.

     Solorzano, 63, was also part of the Class of 2022 to be inducted into the prestigious Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

     He started racing off-road on motorcycles in local races around Tijuana in 1974 and continued until 1988 when he decided to trade two wheels for four after an injury so he could continue racing.

     He bought his first VW Bug in 1989. His first race was in 1991. He still owns, and races, the same car, more than 30 years later. 

     Solorzano competes in Class 11, the stock VW class. He first competed in the Mexican Record Series and later SCORE. In SCORE racing, Solorzano has won 11 SCORE season point championships in his No. 1111 VW Sedan and still competes to this day.

     A husband and father of eight, Solorzano also has 11 class wins in the SCORE San Felipe 250, nine in the SCORE Baja 1000 and seven in the SCORE Baja 500.

     His thousands of fans in Mexico view him as an inspiration for what hard work and preparation can do for a person.

     Solorzano has won Class 11 in the SCORE San Felipe 250 a total of 11 times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017)

J. DAVID RUVALCABA

     Mexico’s SCORE champion racer J. David Ruvalcaba, 51, of Ensenada, has moved up to the Trophy Truck Spec class for the 2024 season. His primary second driver continues to be Esteban Cruz, also of Ensenada as the drive for the prominent The Lomitas Racing Team.

     Ruvalcaba, won Class 10 in 2022, and was also the 2022 SCORE Overall Open-Wheel point champion and was eighth in overall points.

     A former SCORE motorcycle champion racer, Ruvalcaba was sixth place in 2022 in his class of 19 starters in San Felipe and 11th place out of 26 starters in Ensenada in June, won Class 10 out of 18 starters in Ensenada in September and was third in Ensenada in November out of 23 starters in his No. 1009 Alumi Craft-Honda open-wheel desert race car.

     Ruvalcaba and The Lomitas Racing Team have won four SCORE season class point crowns (2000, 2001, 2019, 2022).

     They won on motorcycles the first two times, in Class 1/2-1600 in 2019 and Class 10 in 2022.

     For the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship, Ruvalcaba will be driving The Lomitas Racing Team’s No. 209 TSCO-Chevy.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

    Here are the dates for the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive year:

·       King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 20-24, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

·       BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500—

May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       5th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 11-15, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       BFGoodrich Tires 57th SCORE Baja 1000—

November 11-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

     Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communications, Sylvania-Official Lights, Lasernut-Official Custom Metal Fabricator, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

   SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.

  Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada, and Cruz Roja Mexicana.

    For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

Round 1 of 4-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

March 20-24 - San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico - 283.58-miles

Total Entries: 120 (as of 2/19/24)

(from 20 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand)

(Numerical order, by class)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

(Numerical order, by class)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (32*)

1 Bryce Menzies

*1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

2 Chad Broughton

6 Dan Myers

10 Alan Ampudia

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr

23 Dan McMillin

24 Adam Householder

26 Dave Taylor

34 Broc Dickerson

41 Justin Lofton

45 Gary Magness

46 Toby Price

58 Tracy Graf

*61L David Payne

63 Ruben Torres

*65L Greg Adler

66 Chris Hertsch

69 Andrew Myers

70 Kevin Thompson

72 Aaron Celiceo

80 Josh Daniel

82 Sam Baldi

83 Luke McMillin

85 Mikey Lawrence

*85L Clay Lawrence

87 Dallas Lutrell

89 Mike Walser

94 Christopher Polvoorde

97 Gabriel Torres

*SCORE TT LEGEND

CLASS 1 (5)

127 Cody Parkhouse

138 Kyle Quinn

153 Brad Wilson

162 Brendan Gaughan

168 Cody Reid

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (33)

200 Jason McNeil

201 Mitch McNeil

204 Cade Garcia

205 Joe Delucie

207 Mason Cullen

209 J. David Ruvalcaba

211 Tim Wilson

213 Josh Beyer

219 Thor Herbst

224 Miles Wyatt

228 Ryan Hancock

236 Michael Marsal

238 Elijah Kiger

240 Chris Miller

241 Stephen Beal

242 Bryce Swaim

246 Ben Hagle

247 Scott Shields

249 Chase Swanson

258 Mavrick Gaunt

259 Matt Winslow

260 Santiago Creel

263 EJ Herbst

266 David Ziegler

270 Jimmy Diaz

277 Travis Williams

282 Brent Fox

285 Justin Davis

289 Tanner Rust

290 Isidro Ochoa

294 Vincent Munoz

297 Jorge Sampietro

299 Charles Dorance

CLASS 10 (6)

1000 Francisco Vera

1012 Jake Woodruff

1023 Tamara Myers

1044 Jason Shipman

1060 Ted Baker

1077 Dale Ebberts

PRO UTV OPEN (8)

1825 Vito Ranuio

1854 Kristen Matlock

1867 Mike Pratt

1868 Bernie Gomez

1871 Wayne Matlock

1872 Justin Smith

1880 Gabe Matthews

1891 Samuel Huesco

PRO UTV FI (4)

2908 Valeria Lozano

2915 Rickey Arslanian

2987 Edgar Garcia

2988 Jorge Vela

CLASS 7 (1)

700 Daniel Chamlee

SCORE LITES (1)

1238 Robert Illian

PRO UTV NA (2)

1919 Eva Malaban

1974 Ethan Groom

CLASS 5 (1)

538 Brandon Homme

PRO UTV STOCK (4)

3916 Jeff Embree

3924 Ricardo Zarogoza

3930 Douglas Cornwell

3943 Dennis Romero

CLASS 11 (1)

1111 Eric Solorzano

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)

13x Adrian Ortiz

24x Jacob Robinson

92x Tucker Hopkins

PRO MOTO 30 (2)

317x Ethan Wheeler

354x Felipe Barron

PRO MOTO 50 (1)

513x Joseph Amey

PRO MOTO 40 (4)

400x Alirio Amado

407x Luis Esquivel

411x Francisco Esposito

452x Travis Flateau

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (4)

707x Joseph Darminio

724x William Gross

745x Patricio Cabrera

780x Jeff Miller

PRO MOTO ADVENTURE (2)

805x Dustin Davis

827x Gerardo Rubio

PRO MOTO BAJA-e (1)

E499 Christian Klein

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (1)

18a Roberto Villalobos

Sportsman

SPT M/C (3)

205x Francisco Rosas

283x Chad Waite

298x Josh Hess

SPT QUAD (1)

138a Gabriel Vazquez

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King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, earliest entries for the upcoming season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Bryce Menzies, Jason McMillin, Tim Herbst, Thor Herbst, EJ Herbst, Luke McMillin, Dan McMillin/Andy McMillin, Gustavo Vildosola Sr, Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Clay Lawrence, Mikey Lawrence, Andrew Myers, Dan Myers, Tamara Myers/Brittney Myers/Steve Myers, Alan Ampudia, Christopher Polvoorde, Paul Weel/Toby Price, Santiago Creel, Dale Ebberts, Broc Dickerson, and Tucker Hopkins.

     Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 28-April 2 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

     Pre-race Contingency, Tech Inspection and the start/finish line compound will be located on the picturesque El Malecon in San Felipe along the inspiring azure waters of the Sea of Cortez.

     San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2023 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the ninth consecutive year.

EARLY ENTRIES

     With over 250 entries anticipated at the start line to launch the 51st season of SCORE desert racing, 95 total early entries have been received so far for the popular ‘Spring Break’ event, with racers representing 18 U.S. States, and six countries. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile, and New Zealand.

DOUBLE DIGITS

     With double-digit entries to date are the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck (high-tech, unlimited, 1000-horsepower, custom trucks) with 29 and Trophy Truck Spec, (SCORE Trophy Trucks with spec engines) with 30.

EARLIEST BIRDS

     Among the earliest entries for this year’s race are super-stallions Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck, Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif. (Trophy Truck Spec), Tim Herbst, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck), EJ Herbst, Las Vegas (Trophy Truck Spec), Thor Herbst (Trophy Truck Spec), San Diego’s Luke McMillin, San Diego’s Dan McMillin/Andy McMillin, Mexico’s Gustavo Vildosola Sr, Mexicali (SCORE TT Legend), Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Mexicali (SCORE Trophy Truck), Mikey Lawrence, Banning, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Clay Lawrence, Banning, Calif. (SCORE TT Legend), Dan Myers, Newport Beach, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Andrew Myers, San Marcos, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Tamara Myers/Brittney Myers/Steve Myers, Newport Beach, Calif. (Class 10), Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico (SCORE Trophy Truck), Christopher Polvoorde, Hemet, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Australian international star Toby Price (SCORE Trophy Truck), Santiago Creel, Mexico City (Trophy Truck Spec), Dale Ebberts, Wilton, Calif. (Class 10), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), and Tucker Hopkins, Venice Beach, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited).

THREE DECADES-PLUS

     Celebrating the 37th 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 Race Info at https://score-raceinfo.com/37th-san-felipe-250-march-20-24-2024/ for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.

ENTRY DEADLINES

     The deadline to enter in time to be included in the SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Day program and the race program is 5 p.m. PT on Friday March 8.

     Starting positions for the classes that aren’t qualifying will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration. Results of the start draw will be posted on the SCORE website by 6 p.m. PT on Friday, March 15.

     Late entries may register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 14. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.

     Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.

     Questions should be directed to Shannon Lund, SCORE Registration and Membership Director at 775.852.8907 or registration@SCORE-International.com.

QUALIFYING

     For just the fifth time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold a qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, March 21 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes. The starting order for qualifying in each class will be the order in which they entered the race.

    Entries received in the qualifying classes received after Friday, March 8 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.

     Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.

     The first-time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.

    In 2021, Bryce Menzies was the fastest qualifier followed by Andy McMillin and his cousin Luke McMillin. At the finish of the race Menzies was the winner, L. McMillin was second and A. McMillin finished in third place.

     In 2022, Menzies was the fastest qualifier again followed by Justin Lofton and L. McMillin. At the finish, L. McMillin was the winner, Menzies was second at the team of Mike Walser/Jax Redline finished in third place.

     In 2023, Australia’s Toby Price was fastest qualifier followed by Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, and Menzies. At the finish, Luke McMillin was the winner, Mexico’s Alan Ampudia was second, and Las Vegas’ Menzies finished in third place.

     Qualifying is not open to the public and will be held on a five-mile course that is not part of the official race course.

AWD MENZIES

     A one-time protégé of Rob ‘The G.O.A.T.’ MacCachren, Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies has molded his own enviable career in desert racing and rally racing out of the Menzies Motorsports race shop in his hometown.

     Menzies, 36, literally exploded onto the SCORE desert racing scene in 2011 winning the SCORE Overall point championship, the SCORE Trophy Truck season point crown, two individual race wins and was voted as the 2011 SCORE Rookie of the Year.

     Menzies has 10 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, including three straight to finish his 2023 championship season at the SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 400, and SCORE Baja 1000. It was his third consecutive win in the SCORE Baja 400 and his first in the SCORE Baja 1000.

     Menzies’ victory in the epic 2023 SCORE Baja 1000 (for the first time run from La Paz to Ensenada) earned him the 10th spot in the winner’s list of the SCORE Baja Triple Crown Award for racers who have won all three of the traditional SCORE Baja races—SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500, and SCORE Baja 1000.

     A great start to his SCORE career in 2011 that evolved quickly as Menzies branched out into short-course racing, rally race, long-jump record feats and rock-crawling victories.

    In 2016 Menzies made history by jumping his off-road truck 115.6m (379.4ft) over buildings in a New Mexico ghost town to set a new truck distance record.

    With 10 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, Menzies is obviously among the favorites in his No. 7 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor all-wheel drive SCORE Trophy Truck built by Mason Motorsports.

     He won the 2021 SCORE San Felipe 250 and finished second in this race to Luke McMillin in both 2022 and 2023.

McNEIL TOPS 2023

     Jason McNeil, 45, El Cajon, Calif., was honored as the 2023 SCORE Overall point champion, SCORE Overall Truck champion as well as winning the title in the Trophy Truck Spec class.

     After his victory in the 2023 SCORE Baja 400, McNeil, who drove solo for the first three races of the season, said, “It was a pretty ridiculous day just with everything. We got hung up on a rock and damaged the drive shaft, so we could only go up to 80 miles/hour, it was vibrating pretty bad. We got passed during a bottleneck, but ended getting back around them and just kept going after that. It was a great race. SCORE did a good job and I’ll remember this one for a while. The entire team helped me out so much, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

     The victory was his second straight 2023 win in the behemoth Trophy Truck Spec class. In the SCORE Baja 400, McNeil covered the grueling course in 8:28:57 while averaging 45.35 mph in his No. 234 Fiberwerx TSCO-Chevy. He defeated a race-high 37 starters in his class and finished 14th overall in the September race.

     After finishing second in the SCORE San Felipe 250 in his class, and then winning his class in both the SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Baja 400, McNeil put him at the head of the class. He held on through several mechanical issues in the SCORE Baja 1000 for an 18th-place finish in the season finale.

     In the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship, McNeil won two races and finished sixth in class twice to win the Trophy Truck Spec season point championship.

TRES ‘LOS TERRIBLES’

     One of the most legendary families in all of desert racing, the Herbst family now has part of its third generation as racers on the Terrible Herbst Motorsports Monster Energy team from Las Vegas.

     Started by family patriarch the late Jerry Herbst back in the 1970s and carrying through until the 2010s with brothers Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst, part of the third generation of the Herbst boys has taken to desert racing.

     For this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Terrible Herbst Motorsports will have three of their Herbst-Smith Fab custom trucks in the starting grid, one in SCORE Trophy Truck and two in Trophy Truck Spec.

     Driver of record in the No. 19 Monster Energy Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy Truck will be Tim Herbst, 60, who will share driving duties with another celebrated second-gen desert racer from Las Vegas, Pat Dean, 55.

     Driver of record in the No. 219 Monster Energy Chevy Silverado in Trophy Truck Spec will be Tim Herbst’s son Thor Herbst, 24.

     The third Terrible Herbst Motorsports entry will be the No. 263, with EJ Herbst (son of Ed Herbst), 23, with New Zealand rally racer Ryan Millen, 38, as his second driver.

     Historically in San Felipe, Tim Herbst teamed with his older brother Ed Herbst to win the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck class four times, 1995 and then three consecutive years (1999, 2000, 2001).

     In last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Tim Herbst finished 13th out of 39 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck while Thor Herbst earned his first SCORE race win over a SCORE-record 43 starters in the Trophy Truck Spec class where EJ Herbst finished seventh. For the grueling season, Tim finished ninth in SCORE Trophy Truck and in Trophy Truck Spec, EJ finished second in points and Thor was 10th.

BIG BLUE M RACING

…‘THE LUKE’

    Emerging as the ‘Face of SCORE’ with a look of a movie star and the heart of a lion, San Diego’s third-generation desert racer Luke ‘The Luke’ McMillin, 31, roared his way to the top of the point leaderboard in the SCORE Trophy Truck division and eventually the top of the SCORE Overall point leaderboard as well in 2022.

    Driving solo the first three races of the year, Luke McMillin finished first in the SCORE San Felipe 250, sixth place in the SCORE Baja 500, second-place in the SCORE Baja 400 and capped the season with the help of the G.O.A.T. (Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren who drove the first 394 miles) by winning the season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 to complete his championship 2022 season in the SCORE World Desert Championship.

     The youngest of the current active McMillin racers, Luke McMillin won the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division and the SCORE Overall and SCORE Truck title in his McMillin Racing No. 83 AWD Chevy 1500 built by Mason Motorsports.

     In the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship, ‘The Luke’ won the SCORE San Felipe 250, finished fourth in the SCORE Baja 500, and second in both the SCORE Baja 500, and the SCORE Baja 1000 to finish a close second to Menzies in the season point championship battle.

     Luke McMillin now has five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins and earned a threepeat in in the 2022 BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, splitting the driving with Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren as his second driver. McMillin won the 2021 SCORE Baja 1000 as the second driver for MacCachren and in 2020 he won the iconic race with Larry Roeseler as his additional driver.

     In the SCORE San Felipe 250, “The Luke” won Class 1 in 2012 before the 2022 and 2023 SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE Overall race victories.

…DAN McMILLIN & ANDY McMILLIN

    One the third-generation of McMillin family racers from the Big Blue Machine, San Diego’s Dan McMillin, 35, returns to race in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division against his younger brother Luke McMillin and as many as 40 expected SCORE Trophy Truck entries.

     Dan McMillin won the 2020 SCORE Baja 500 which was held in San Felipe because of the pandemic and he drives the No. 23 4 Wheel Parts AWD Chevy 1500 built by Mason Motorsports.

     In 2022, Dan McMillin finished 22nd in the season-opening SCORE San Felipe 250, 10th in the SCORE Baja 500 and third place in the SCORE Baja 400 and capped the year by finishing second behind his brother in the SCORE Baja 1000.

     For the year, Dan McMillin finished second (behind his brother Luke McMillin) in the 2022 SCORE Trophy Truck season point standings, his best finish in the featured racing division and the SCORE Overall point standings.

     In 2023, Dan McMillin finished seventh in the season points.

     For the 2024 season, Dan McMillin will have his cousin Andy McMillin, 36, of San Diego, as his second driver. This will mark the first time in the history of the Big Blue M Racing Machine that these two cousins have raced together in a SCORE race.

     Andy McMillin, who has 12 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, sold his truck after the 2022 season and came back last year to win the SCORE Baja 1000 as the second of three drivers for Bryce Menzies and the third driver was Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola.

MEXICANA LOGISTICS

     Considered the first family of Mexican desert racers, Gustavo Vildosola Sr and his son Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr are both entered in the SCORE Baja 1000.

     From Mexicali, Gustavo, 70, and Tavo, 42, are both veteran SCORE racers with numerous race wins and season point titles on their impressive resumes.

     For this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, they will be in different trucks, one in SCORE TT Legend (SCORE Trophy Truck drivers over 50 years old and the other in SCORE Trophy Truck.

     Gustavo Vildosola Sr will drive the No. 1L all-wheel drive Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports in SCORE TT Legend.

     Vildosola Sr won the 2022 and 2023 SCORE TT Legend (drivers over 50 years old) season point titles following undefeated seasons with four straight victories each year in the SCORE San Felipe 250, the SCORE Baja 500, the SCORE Baja 400 and the SCORE Baja 1000. Vildosola Sr, also won the SCORE TT Legend season point championship in 2018 with Scott Bailey as a second driver.

     He won in all four races in 2022 and 2023 with help from legendary Hall of Fame racer Ricky Johnson, 58, El Cajon, Calif. who drove the first half of each race.

     Vildosola Sr also has three career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins in his illustrious career in SCORE desert racing.

     Vildosola Sr, who has raced in many classes in his illustrious career, has five career class wins in the SCORE San Felipe 250, two in SCORE Trophy Truck (2003, 2013) and in SCORE TT Legend in 2017, 2022 and 2023.

     Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr will drive the No. 21 all-wheel drive Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports in SCORE Trophy Truck.

     Tavo has seven career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins including three straight in the SCORE San Felipe 250 (2013, 2014, 2015).

     In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Tavo has six career class wins, three each in Pro Truck (1996, 2005, 2006) and SCORE Trophy Truck. He finished fifth in last year’s race in SCORE Trophy Truck

     Tavo was also one of three drivers on the winning team in the 2023 SCORE Baja 1000 with driver of record Bryce Menzies and Andy McMillin.

MYERS FAMILY

     Another second and third generation SCORE race team, Myers racing returned to SCORE in 2021 after an absence for several years.

     The famous SoCal racing family is back in a major way with four family members in three family entries, two in SCORE Trophy Truck and one in Class 10. All three are part of the Toyota Escondido TE Motorsports Team.

     Dan Myers, 45, Newport Beach, Calif., will be driver of record in SCORE Trophy Truck while his younger brother Andrew Myers, 44 of San Marcos will be in another SCORE Trophy Truck and their nieces Tamara Myers, 29, and Brittney Myers, 27, of Newport Beach, Calif., are racing together.

     Dan and Andrew’s older brother Steve Myers, 57, of Newport Beach, is listed as an additional driver for his daughters Tamara and Britney.

     Dan Myers will be racing in SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 6 TE Motorsports Toyota Tundra built by Brenthel Industries while Andrew Myers will drive in SCORE Trophy Truck in his No. 69 Toyota Tundra built by Herbst-Smith Fab and the Myers Girls (with possible help from Dad Steve), will split the driving in their No. 1023 ChespyKraft-Honda.

     A second-generation SCORE race team, Dan and Andrew have all had their share of race wins in SCORE racing over the years as they prepare to continue this new Myers family adventure.

     Dan Myers was sixth in points out of 44 racers in SCORE Trophy Truck in 2022, finishing all four races with a season-high 10th place finish in the SCORE Baja 1000. Andrew Myers only raced in last year’s SCORE Baja 400 where he was a DNF.

    The biggest Myers family SCORE class win was in 2000 when Steve Myers was the driver of record and split the driving with his brothers Dan and Andrew to win Class 10 in the epic new millennium race of nearly 1,700 miles that started in Ensenada and finished in Cabo San Lucas.

     Andrew was away from desert racing for the most part for nearly a decade as he pursued a NASCAR stock car racing career. During his NASCAR years he competed in the Truck Series, the ARCA Series as well as both the NASCAR Pro Series West and the NASCAR Pro Series East.

     In 2023, Andrew finished in third place on the podium in the final points after finishing all four races, while Dan had two unfortunate DNFs and finished 15th in the final SCORE Trophy Truck points and the Myers sisters finished seventh in Class 10 points.

     In last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Andrew finished in fourth, while Dan and the Myers Girls both had DNFs.

AMPUDIA-PAPAS Y BEER

     Alan Ampudia, 33, of Ensenada, Mexico, is a major part of the second-generation of Mexican SCORE desert racers from the well-known Ampudia family, who own Papas Y Beer night clubs in Ensenada, Mexico and Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

     Alan Ampudia drives the AWD No. 10 Papas Y Beer Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports.

     Ampudia and his younger brother Aaron Ampudia drove to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000. Alan Ampudia was as high as third in the 2022 SCORE Trophy Truck season points, but a DNF in the SCORE Baja 1000 dropped down to 10th in points for the 2022 season.

     In 2023, Alan Ampudia opened the season with a second-place finish in SCORE Trophy Truck in the SCORE San Felipe 250. He averaged 61.63 miles per hour over the 263.50-mile race course, finishing second overall as well, seven minutes, 16 seconds behind the race winner Luke McMillin. For the 2023 season, Ampudia finished fifth in the points in SCORE Trophy Truck, including a 10th place finish in the SCORE Baja 1000.

CPR

     Building experience and some years under his belt along the trail upwards, SoCal’s youthful dynamo Christopher Polvoorde led the SCORE Overall point standings for three races in 2022 and the massive Trophy Truck Spec class as well until an untimely DNF in the SCORE Baja 1000 stopped his championship run.

     After gaining more experience last season racing in two classes, the young buck is back!

     He started the 2022 with a season-opening Trophy Truck Spec class victory at the King Shocks 35th SCORE San Felipe 250 that saw a race-high 36 starters in his class.

     Polvoorde may be just 23 years old, but he has already been racing for over 10 years and has evolved quickly into a SCORE Baja racing season point championship contender.

     Polvoorde has raced in many different disciplines including Short Course, Desert Racing, Rally Racing, Midget Racing, Robby Gordon’s Stadium Trucks, Kart Racing and the King of the Hammers where he won his class in 2022.

     When he isn’t driving four-wheel race vehicles, he also is an avid mountain bike enthusiast in his limited spare time.

     In this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Polvoorde will debut his Optima Batteries AWD No. 94 Mason Motorsports-built Ford Raptor.

DUO FROM DOWN UNDER

     Returning to race again in SCORE Trophy Truck will be the Australian duo Toby Price, 36, multi-time Dakar Rally motorcycle champion, and Paul Weel, 44, in their AWD No. 46 Chevy Silverado-Mason.

     Price finished second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000 as the second driver for Qatar’s Nasser Al-Atiyah, also a multi-time Dakar 4-wheel vehicle champion.

     Weel is a veteran Australian off-road racer and former supercar driver.

     Price is a nine-time KTM factory racer in the Dakar Rally race having won the motorcycle division in both 2016 and 2019 and finishing on the podium in second place this in 2023 and in third place in 2015, 2018 and 2020. This year, Price finished in fifth place in Dakar.

SANTIAGO CREEL

     International Motorcycle Rally Racer and prominent Mexico City entrepreneur Santiago Creel, 37, has entered the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 in the Trophy Truck Spec class.

     Creel, who only started SCORE racing in 2017, has compiled an enviable record of six season class point titles including two class wins in the SCORE Baja 500, 2019 in Pro Moto Limited and 2020 in Trophy Truck Spec as the second driver for Jorge Sampietro.

     Creel has won an impressive nine Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, presented by Toyota Escondido, including a SCORE-record three in 2019, when he led teams as the Rider of Record in Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto Limited and Pro Moto 30.

     As DOR in Trophy Truck Spec this year, Creel’s 2023 campaign saw him finish all four races in the top 20 in the class with the most entries, topped by a ninth place out of 34 starters in the SCORE Baja 1000. He drives his No. 260 Monkey Business TSCO-Chevy.

CHAMP RETURNS

     After nearly two decades as an occasional second driver for several teams, SCORE champion racer Dale Ebberts is back again with his own team with a special family twist.

     Racing in his No. 1077 ESM-Toyota in Class 10, Ebberts, 53, Wilton, Calif., will be joined in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 by his daughter Madison Ebberts, 24, Alpharetta, Ga., and his son Ezra Ebberts, 20, Wilton, Calif.

     Both with their own desert racing driving experience, Madison Ebberts is on the PR staff for American Honda while Ezra Ebberts is a student at the University of Nevada in Reno. Ezra Ebberts just won Class 10 in the recent King of the Hammers in the same Class 10 car that the Ebberts will race in San Felipe.

     With multiple SCORE race wins in Class 1 in his career, Ebberts was the 2003 SCORE Overall Point Champion, including winning his class in the 2003 SCORE San Felipe 250.

     Prior to last year, he has raced with several race teams including Shelby Reid (Class 1) where they finished second in class in San Felipe in 2022 and in the 2022 SCORE Baja 1000 where he finished eighth in Class 10 as the second driver for Ivan Tagle.

     In last year’s epic SCORE Baja 1000 from La Paz to Ensenada, Dale finished fifth in Class 10 as an additional driver for Stan Potter.

BROC DICKERSON

    One of the young guns who has been racing with SCORE for seven years, second-generation SCORE racer Broc Dickerson, 22, Brawley, Calif., has raced in several classes in his short career and has moved up to the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck class for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

     Dickerson, who took most of last year off because a death in his family, has entered his No. 34 Chevy Silverado built by veteran champion vehicle builder Alumi Craft Race Cars.

     His father Jeff Dickerson, 49, of Brawley, Calif., also a SCORE champion racer, is listed as a co-driver for the team.

     Dickerson won Class 10 in the 2017 SCORE San Felipe 250 on his way to winning the 2017 SCORE Class 10 season point championship.

     In last year’s once-in-a-lifetime SCORE Baja 1000, Dickerson was the third driver for the son/father duo of Mason and Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif. as the trio finished fifth out of 34 starters in the massive Trophy Truck Spec class.

TUCKER HOPKINS

    Tucker Hopkins, 30, Venice, Calif., has entered this year as a Rider of Record.  Last year Hopkins was a Co-Rider on the team led by Ciaran Naran, Huntington Beach, Calif. in the Pro Moto Unlimited class where they finished second by just three points to Bolivia’s Juan Carlos Salvatierra.

     For this year’s SCORE San Felipe, Hopkins has entered as a solo rider in the Pro Moto Unlimited Class where he will ride the No. 92x Husqvarna 450FE.

    In last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Hopkins and Naran split the riding and were the overall motorcycle winners in the race.

   After his 2023 SCORE San Felipe victory in Pro Moto Unlimited, Hopkins said, “The race was alright. I had some arm pump in the first 20 or 30 miles, then stopped at Baja Pits and was able to shake it out a little bit and get a drink of water. It went smooth from there. Had a couple small tip-overs. The brake has a little zip tie here from a crash or something and it kept pulling my brake lever so I kind of wheelied off a couple G-outs and my front end tucked and tossed me over the bars pretty good a couple of times. But I got back up and it was pretty good. This is awesome. Ciarnan got us in a good spot this morning and we just decided to go for a trail ride and click off the miles. This is great to do this on a Husqvarna. We get a little bit of help from them. It’s awesome”.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

    Here are the dates for the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive year:

·       King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 20-24, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

·       BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500—

May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       5th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 11-15, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       BFGoodrich Tires 57th SCORE Baja 1000—

November 12-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

SCORE SPONSORS…

     Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and Race Title Sponsor, Ford-Official Truck and SUV, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber and Race Title Sponsor, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communications, Sylvania-Official Lights, Lasernut-Official Custom Metal Fabricator, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

   SCORE Official Partners: The Satellite Phone Store, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance.

  Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Baja California Secretary of Tourism, MEXICO Secretary of Tourism, San Felipe Foundational Municipal Council, Ensenada Municipal Government, San Felipe Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Marketing Tourism Committee, Ensenada Hotel and Motel Association, Proturismo Ensenada, and Cruz Roja Mexicana.

    For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

 

King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

Season-opener of four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

March 20-24 – 283.58 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 95 (as of 2/12/24)

(from 18 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

(Numerical order, by class)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (29*)

1 Bryce Menzies

*1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

2 Chad Broughton

6 Dan Myers

10 Alan Ampudia

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr

23 Dan McMillin

24 Adam Householder

25 Gabriel Torres

26 Dave Taylor

34 Broc Dickerson

41 Justin Lofton

45 Gary Magness

46 Toby Price

58 Tracy Graf

*61L David Payne

66 Chris Hertsch

69 Andrew Myers

70 Kevin Thompson

72 Aaron Celiceo

80 Josh Daniel

82 Sam Baldi

83 Luke McMillin

85 Mikey Lawrence

*85L Clay Lawrence

89 Mike Walser

94 Christopher Polvoorde

*SCORE TT LEGEND

CLASS 1 (2)

127 Cody Parkhouse

168 Cody Reid

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (30)
 

2XX Isidro Ochoa

200 Jason McNeil

201 Mitch McNeil

204 Cade Garcia

205 Joe Delucie

207 Mason Cullen

211 Tim Wilson

213 Josh Beyer

219 Thor Herbst

228 Ryan Hancock

240 Chris Miller

241 Stephen Beal

242 Bryce Swaim

246 Ben Hagle

247 Scott Shields

249 Chase Swanson

263 EJ Herbst

258 Mavrick Gaunt

259 Matt Winslow

260 Santiago Creel

266 David Ziegler

270 Jimmy Diaz

277 Travis Williams

282 Brent Fox

285 Justin Davis

289 Tanner Rust

294 Vincent Munoz

297 Jorge Sampietro

299 Charles Dorance

CLASS 10 (5)

1000 Francisco Vera

1012 Jake Woodruff

1023 Tamara Myers

1060 Ted Baker

1077 Dale Ebberts

PRO UTV OPEN (6)

1854 Kristen Matlock

1867 Mike Pratt

1868 Bernie Gomez

1871 Wayne Matlock

1880 Gabe Matthews

1891 Samuel Huesco

PRO UTV FI (2)

2915 Rickey Arslanian

2987 Edgar Garcia

SCORE LITES (1)

1238 Robert Illian

PRO UTV NA (1)

1919 Eva Malaban

CLASS 5 (1)

538 Brandon Homme

PRO UTV STOCK (3)

3916 Jeff Embree

3933 Randy Emberton

3943 Dennis Romero

CLASS 11 (1)

1111 Eric Solorzano

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)

13x Adrian Ortiz

24x Jacob Robinson

92x Tucker Hopkins

PRO MOTO 30 (1)

354x Felipe Barron

PRO MOTO 40 (1)

407x Luis Esquivel

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (4)

707x Joseph Darminio

724x William Gross

745x Patricio Cabrera

780x Jeff Miller

PRO MOTO ADVENTURE (1)

827x Gerardo Rubio

PRO MOTO BAJA-e (1)

E499 Christian Klein

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (1)

18a Roberto Villalobos

Sportsman

SPT M/C (2)

283x Chad Waite

298x Josh Hess