MacCachren leading SCORE Overall & SCORE Trophy Truck
season points in 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
Spinali leads overall m/c point standings, Burnett leading UTV overall points;
others class point leaders include Hanna, Dickerson, Romo, Buelna, Lopez, Ostanik,
Gonzales, Chamlee, Hurtado, D. Whittington, O’Neal, Montoya, Carrasco, Sanchez;
21st Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge next in Baja California, Mexico—Sept. 14-17
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Continuing to add to his legacy nearly every time he hits the desert, legendary Hall of Fame off-road racer Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas continues to lead the 2017 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point standings in the No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 at the midway point of the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship.
With nearly 250 career desert and stadium off-road race wins, including eight SCORE season class point championships and one of just nine winners of the SCORE Baja Triple Crown, MacCachren, 52, tops the standings with 184 points after his impressive season-opening overall victory in the 31st SCORE San Felipe 250 and his rallying third-place podium finish in the recent SCORE Baja 500. Both races were held in Baja California, Mexico.
UP NEXT-ROSARITO BEACH SCORE DESERT CHALLENGE
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship is being held entirely in Baja California and next up on the 2017 schedule is the 21st annual Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge to be held Sept. 14-18 in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico. With nearly 150 entries expected to participate in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, race information is available at http://score-international.com/raceinfo/.
GOLDEN SCORE 2017
The 2017 season also marks the golden 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held November 14-18. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the oldest, longest and most prestigious continuously held desert race in the world.
MacCachren is the all-time leader with 15 career race wins in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks including four in the SCORE San Felipe 250.
MacCachren, backed up his top-qualifying effort to capture his ninth class win and his fifth overall and fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck in the SCORE San Felipe 250.
In the recent SCORE Baja 500, MacCachren stormed back from a disappointing 19th qualifying position to reach the podium with a third place finish, just nine seconds behind second place.
MacCachren has also won the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory at the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 for the last three consecutive years.
TOP THREE OVERALL LEADERS
MacCachren leads the SCORE overall point standings in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck as just 28 points separate the top 10 in the SCORE overall point standings. Second in overall points and leading the Trophy Truck Spec class is Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico with 176 points and two 2017 race winsin the No. 274 Chevy 1500 and third overall and second in SCORE Trophy Truck is Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., with 175 points with a fourth place and a second place in the first two races of the season in the No. 4 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck.
SCORE point regulations for 2017 has all four-races counting for final points, with three minimum, and one of the four races in the SCORE World Desert Championship that is mandatory to qualify for a class season point championship is for the driver/rider of record to start or finish the SCORE Baja 1000.
SCORE points are calculated on a set amount of start points and finish points for a particular race along with a variable amount for placement points for finishers based on the number of starters within the racer’s class.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK LEADERS
Lining up behind MacCachren in the point standings and second place Matney in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division are many of the world’s top desert racers. Third is two-time defending series season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, with 169 points in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck, fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck points is Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas with 162 points in the No. 15 Bevly/Wilson Racing Chevy Silverado and fifth is veteran Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., with 159 points in the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado.
The second five in the SCORE Trophy Truck after the first two rounds of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship is led by the team of Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Ricky Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., in the No. 6 Team C Racing Chevy Silverado. Seventh is Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif. with 152 points in the No. 23 McMillin Racing Ford F-150, tied for eighth with 148 points each are two double-driver teams of Las Vegas’ Tim Herbst/P.J. Jones, Scottsdale, Calif. in the No. 19 Monster Energy Ford F-150 and Mark Post/Ed Herbst, both of Las Vegas, in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150 and 10th is Gary Magness, Denver, with 147 points in the No. 45 Mango Racing Ford F-150.
NINE CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 20 OVERALL
In addition to MacCachren in SCORE Trophy Truck and Hanna in Trophy Truck Spec, four other classes have at least one racer in the top 20 SCORE Overall point standings after the first midway through the 2017 season.
The classes in the top 20 point standings are SCORE Trophy Truck (nine racers), Trophy Truck Spec (four), Pro UTV FI (three), Class 10 (two) along with the class point leaders in the unlimited Class 1 and Class 1/2-1600.
After defeating strong fields to win his class in both of the first two races, leading Class 10 is second-generation desert racer Broc Dickerson, just 16, of Brawley, Calif., with 173 points in a Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car.
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Spec and Class 10, other class leaders also in the top 20 in SCORE Overall points after two of four races include Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., tied for 14th overall and leading the unlimited Class 1 in the No. 138 Wilson Motorsports Jimco-Chevy.
Other class point leaders in the top 20 SCORE overall points halfway through the season are Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, who is tied for eighth overall and leads Class 1/2-1600 in the No. 1601 Romo-VW and Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., who is tied for 14th overall and leads Pro UTV FI in the No. 2905 Can-Am Maverick X3.
PRO MOTORCYCLE LEADER
The 2017 SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto 50 (riders over 50 years old) point leader is the team led by Giovanni Spinali, Lake Forest, Calif., who has won the first two races in his class this season. The team, which includes Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico and Troy Pearce, Ramona, Calif., has 154 points on the No. 510x Honda CRF450X.
PRO UTV LEADER
With a second place and 12th place finishes in his class this year, Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif., is the Pro UTV overall point leader as well as the Pro UTV FI class for forced induction engines. Burnett has 150 points in the Pro UTV FI class in his No. 2905 Can-Am Maverick X3. His point total is also tied him for 14th overall among all 4-wheel vehicle classes.
Besides Hanna (Trophy Truck Spec), Dickerson (Class 10) and Spinali (Pro Moto 50), the other racers who have won their respective classes in both races this year to lead their class point standings are Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Pro Moto Limited, Husqvarna 350), Jose Carrasco, Rosarito Beach, Mexico (Pro Moto Ironman, Yamaha YZ450F) and Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R).
MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
Among the other 2017 SCORE class point leaders in the SCORE World Desert Championship in Pro car/truck/UTV classes are Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (SCORE TT Legend, Diesel-Dodge), Noah Ostanik, Carlsbad, Calif., (Class 8, Ford F-150), Javier Buelna, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE Lites, Chenowth-VW), Dan Chamlee, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Don Whittington, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Pro UTV, Polaris RZR XP1000), Hector Hurtado, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug) and Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11, VW Sedan).
Other class leaders in Pro motorcycle and quad classes include Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala (Pro Moto Unlimited, Honda CRF450X), Luis Gomez, Obegon, Mexico (Pro Moto 30, Honda CRF450X), Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Pro Moto 40, KTM 450XCW) and Donald Lewis, Manchester, Conn. (Pro Moto 60, Honda CRF450X).
The 2017 Sportsman motorcycle point leader is Sidney Marchand, Beaumont, Texas with one win and 98 points on the No. 207x KTM 500EXC. Leading the Sportsman Quad division with two wins and 158 points is the team led by Juan Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz. on the No. 109a Honda TRX450R.
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 29-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico
EL REY NETWORK
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication. The season-ending 50th SCORE Baja 1000 will have a two-hour show produced while the other race shows will each be one-hour telecasts.
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.
Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.
El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.
El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit http://elreynetwork.com.
EL REY AIR DATES
The El Rey Network has announced two one-hour specials to launch its coverage of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship. The first show, aired on May 31, introduced audiences to the sizzling speeds and daring drama that bond the multi-generational families who race in the world’s foremost desert racing organization and the second show on June 18 will spotlight race coverage of the season-opening 31st SCORE San Felipe 250.
The Sunday, June 18th show will be broadcast at 5:30 p.m. (ET).
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, 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, Coca Cola, 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.
Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship atwww.SCOREInternational.com.
2017 SCORE World Desert Championship Point Leaders
(Following 49th SCORE Baja 500, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Remaining races: 21st Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge, Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico ( Sept. 14-17); 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico (Nov. 14-18)
Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck), 148
Mark Post, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck), 148
2017 SCORE World Desert Championship Class Point Leaders
(DOR/ROR must start or finish minimum of three of four races and one must be the SCORE Baja 1000)
(Class, driver/rider of record, hometown, vehicle make/model, points; Class wins in parenthesis)
Pro Cars, Trucks, UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—1. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (1), 184; 2. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck, 175; 3. Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 169; 4. Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado, 162; 5. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 159; 6. Larry Connor, Miamisburg, Ohio/Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 154; 7. Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150, 152; 8. (TIE) Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/P.J. Jones, Scottsdale, Ariz., Ford F-150 and Mark Post, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 148; 10. Gary Magness, Denver, Ford F-150, 147; 11. Luke McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150, 120; 12. Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 116; 13. Andy McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150 (1), 113; 14. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Toyota Tundra, 96; 15. Chris Kemp, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 94; 16. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Brett Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Ford F-150, 93; 17. Jesse Jones, Phoenix, Ford F-150, 92.
CLASS 1— 1. Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Kyle Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 150; 2. Rob Archibald, Lakeside, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 138; 3. Al Torres, El Centro, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 137; 4. Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va./Christyan Samano, Ensenada, Mexico, Tatum-Chevy, 133; 5. Mike Malloy, Murrieta, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 105; 6. Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 104; 7. (TIE) Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Danny Ebberts, Menifee, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, and Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Kory Halopoff, Anaheim, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 98; 9. Ryan Sharman, Phoenix, Tatum-Chevy, 75; 10. Chris Paxson, Redlands, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 61.
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—1. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (2), 176; 2. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz., Geiser-Chevy, 156; 3. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Luke Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 154; 4. Chad Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy, 150; 5. Brian Goldstein, Beverly Hills, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 146; 6. Russell Buehler, Liberty, Missouri, Jimco-Chevy, 139; 7. Chelsea Magness, Denver/Steve Knudson, Denver, Mango-Ford, 135; 8. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 100; 9. Pat Simms, Eunice, N.M., ESM-Chevy, 93; 10. (TIE) Charles Dorrance, Austin, Texas, Ford Raptor and Andrew Myers, San Marcos, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 91.
CLASS 10—1. Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy (2), 173; 2. Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 157; 3. (TIE) Chip Prescott, Fallbrook, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy and Reinaldo Varela, Sao Paolo, Brazil, ESM-Honda, 145; 5. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 107; 6. (TIED) Clay Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., LMS-Chevy AND Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Custom-Chevy, 100; 8. Kevin Price, Fremont, Calif., Tatum-Chevy, 89; 9. Dimas Diaz, Monterrey, Mexico, Curry-Chevy, 88; 10. Steve Baron, Selma, Ore., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 81.
CLASS 8—1. Noah Ostanik, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 145; 2. Rick Sanchez, San Vicente, Mexico, Ford F-150 (1), 85.
CLASS 1/2-1600—1. Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico/Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., Romo-VW (1) 157; 2. Rick Boyer, Bakersfield, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 142; 3. Oscar Alvarez, McAllen, Texas, Romo-VW, 134. ALSO: 7. Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico/Esteban Sampietro, Ensenada/Misael Arambula, Tijuana, Mexico, Romo-V W (1), 74.
SCORE LITES—1. Javier Buelna, Mexicali, Mexico/Luvian Voelker, Mexicali, Mexico, Chenowth-VW, 134; 2. Miguel Bonilla, Hermosilla, Mexico, Jimco-VW, 102; 3. Rafael Aguirre, Monterrey, Mexico, Foddrill-VW, 95; 4. Matt Ferrato, Simi Valley, Calif./Mike Majesky, Newbury Park, Calif., Custom-VW (1), 92; 5. Matias Arjona IV, Ensenada, Mexico/Matias Arjona III, Ensenada, Mexico, Mirage-VW, 91. ALSO: 10. Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif./Ramon Bio, Spring Valley, Calif., Prill-VW (1), 71.
CLASS 5—1. Luis Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico/Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 95.
HEAVY METAL—1. Vincent Munez, Yucaipa, Calif./Roy Tomkins, Redlands, Calif./Steven Yates, Yucaipa, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 65.
CLASS 7—1. Dan Chamlee, Santa Barbara, Calif., Ford Ranger, 140; 2. Daniel Reyes, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger (1), 98; 3. Mark Johnson, Riverside, Calif./Norris Brown, Jackson, Wyo., Honda Rdgeline, 92; 4. Dallas Luttrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Chevy Truck (1), 88.
PRO UTV—1. Don Whittington, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Bill Whittington, Scottsdale, Ariz., Polaris XP1000, 140; 2. J.T. Holmes, Reno, Nev., Polaris XP1000 (1), 111; 3. Paul Champion, Phoenix/Justin Smith, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XP1000 (1), 95; 4. (TIE) Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif./Aaron Reed, El Cajon, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000 AND Adrian Orellana, Jamul, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 85.
PROTRUCK—1. Larry Nash, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 85.
CLASS 5-1600—1. Hector Hurtado, Tijuana, Mexico, VW Baja Bug, 139; 2. Tomas Fernandez, aredo, Texas (Mexico), VW Baja Bug (1), 136; 3. Rodolfo Martinez, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug, 128; 4. Jorge Gutierrez, El Cajon, Calif./Miguel De La Mora, Westminister, Calif., VW Baja Bug (1), 95.
CLASS 3—1. Ken Leavitt, Jerome, Idaho, Ford Bronco (1), 95.
BAJA CHALLENGE—1. Marco Gonzales, Glendale, Calif./Michael Gonzales, Glendora, Calif., BTC-Subaru (1), 144; 2. Bud Pecoy, W. Des Moines, Iowa/Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill., BTC-Subaru (1), 65; 3. Tim Spurgeon, Danville, Calif., BTC-Subaru, 55.
STOCK FULL—1. Justin Gueulette, Canada, Ford F-150 (1), 65.
CLASS 7SX—1. Alonso Gonzalez, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (1), 85; 2. Sean Whalen, Draper, Utah, Ford Ranger, 79.
CLASS 11—1. Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico, VW Sedan (1), 95; 2. Art Penner, Canada, VW Sedan, 89; 3. (TIED) Dennis Hollenbeck, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Sedan and Pancho Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico (1), 85.
PRO MOTOUNLIMITED—1. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Shane Esposito, Temecula, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif./Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 149; 2. Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Daymon Stokie, Australia/Ryan Penhall, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 145; 3. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Austin Miller, Austin, Texas/Grant Statley, La Jolla, Calif./Schuyler Schoonmaker, Alpine, Calif./Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Husqvarna 501, 127; 4. Garrett Poucher, Valencia, Calif./Michel Valenzuela, Tijuana Mexico/Jeremy Newton, Seal Beach, Calif./Troy Vanscourt, Norco, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 123; 5. Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz./Nic Garvin, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 102.
PRO MOTO LIMITED—1. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Fresno, Calif./Justin Morrow, Phelan, Calif., Husqvarna 350 (2), 151; 2. Fernando Beltran, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha YZ250F, 135; 3. Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico, KTM 350EXC, 126.