Golden anniversary of SCORE BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 May 29-June 3 in Ensenada, Mexico
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Following yet another impressive race victory, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas has assumed the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck lead in the season point standings after Round 1 of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Increasing his overall lead in career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins to 16, the masterful MacCachren opened the 2018 campaign with his 10th class win and sixth SCORE Trophy Truck victory at the recent 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250.
MacCachren, 53, overcame a race-record 36 starters in the class for high-tech, 900 horsepower unlimited custom trucks for the victory in his No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-250 SCORE Trophy Truck built by Geiser Bros. of Phoenix.
Starting the 45th-year in the history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, MacCachren earned 102 season points with his San Felipe win to lead the 2018 SCORE Overall point standings in addition to topping the chart in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division.
ANOTHER GOLDEN YEAR
Following last year’s epic celebration of the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000, this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship includes the special tribute to the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 when it is held this year in Ensenada on May 30-June 3. Like all SCORE races, there will be classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top 10 motorsports events held annually in the world. It was started originally in 1969 and ran by the NORRA organization through 1972. In 1973 the Baja Sports Committee of local tourism officials produced the race.
Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were invited by the Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger and Elise Norman in December of 2012.
The first Baja 500 organized and produced by SCORE was held on July 26, 1974 as the first of over 150 SCORE Baja races that have been held to date.
Ensenada is the heart and soul of the SCORE Baja 500 as the popular summertime race. It will start in Ensenada for the 45th time and finish in Ensenada for the 41st time.
BFGoodrich Tires, the SCORE official tire for over 40 years, has posted a $25,000 contingency bonus for the overall winner of the golden anniversary race.
TOP THREE OVERALL LEADERS
While MacCachren is at the top of the SCORE leader board, second in overall points and second in SCORE Trophy Truck standings after his runner-up finish in San Felipe with 96 points in the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Geiser-built Chevy Silverado of action sports TV commentator and SCORE racing veteran Cameron Steele, 50, of San Clemente, Calif.
Third overall and leading the Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class after his second straight victory in the SCORE San Felipe 250 is veteran Wayne Matlock, 40, of Alpine, Calif., with 93 points in his No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo vehicle.
SCORE point regulations for 2018 once again 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 season-ending SCORE Baja 1000.
SCORE points are calculated on a set amount of start points and finish points for each 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 and Steele in the point standings in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division are more of the world’s top desert racers.
Three of the top six point leaders in SCORE Trophy Truck are three third-generation racers from San Diego’s McMillin family racing.
Third is SCORE Trophy Truck and fourth in overall points with 92 is Luke McMillin, 25, in the No. 83 Mark Racing Racer-built Ford F-150, fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck and tied for fifth overall is Luke’s cousin Andy McMillin, 30, with 89 points in his No. 31 McMillin Racing Mason-built Chevy Silverado and sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck and ninth overall is Luke’s older brother Dan, 30, who has 86 points in his No. 23 Mark Racing Racer-built Ford F-150.
Fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck points and tied for eighth in the overall point standings with 87 points is Ryan Arciero, 44, of Lake Forest, Calif., in the No. 32 Herbst/Smith-built Ford F-150.
Back racing with SCORE after an absence of several years, Adam Householder, 33, Yorba Linda, Calif., is seventh with 85 points in SCORE Trophy Truck and 11th overall in the No. 24 Herbst/Smith-Built Ford F-150.
Brothers Alan Ampudia, 27 and Aaron Ampudia, 25, of Ensenada, Mexico, are eighth in SCORE Trophy Trucks and 12th overall with 84 points in their No. 10 Papa’s Y Beer ID-built Ford Raptor.
SIX CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 22 OVERALL
Including MacCachren in SCORE Trophy Truck and Wayne Matlock in Pro UTV FI, a total of six classes have at least one racer in the top 22 SCORE Overall 4-wheel point standings after Round 1 in the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The classes in the top 22 point standings are SCORE Trophy Truck (12 racers), Pro UTV FI (four), Trophy Truck Spec (two), Class 10 (two), along with one each class point leader in the unlimited Class 1 and Class 1/2-1600.
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck and Pro UTV FI, other 2018 class point leaders also in the top 22 in the 2018 SCORE Overall points are Chase Warren, Phoenix, tied for fifth overall and Class 10 leader in the No. 1008 Alumi Craft-Chevy with 89 points, William Hedrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico who is seventh overall and Trophy Truck Spec class leader with 88 points in the No. 295 ID-Chevy, Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., who is tied for 13th overall and leads the unlimited Class 1 with 83 points in his No. 185 Jimco-Chevy and third-generation racer Bruce Yee, Chula Vista, Calif. who is tied for 19th overall and leads Class 1/2-1600 in the No. 1614 Barajas-VW with 81 points.
OVERALL PRO MOTORCYCLE LEADER
The 2018 SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Ironman class point leader after San Felipe is Mexican motorcycle racing legend Francisco Septien, 42, of Ensenada with 82 points as he defeated a race-high moto class field of 12 starters in the solo rider class on his No. 730x Honda CRF450X.
There are many who say, “The family that races together, stays together.” A very credible example of that philosophy is the Matlock family who won two Pro UTV classes in San Felipe as well as finishing close enough that they both ended up together spraying each other with champagne while standing on top of their Polaris vehicles on the finish line ramp in San Felipe.
In a photo op for the ages, Wayne Matlock won his Pro UTV FI class and his wife Kristen Matlock drove solo as did her husband while she won Pro UTV NA (Normally Aspirated) to take the class point lead in her No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP 1000 earning 78 season points.
International motorcycle rally racer Santiago Creel, 31 of Mexico City, was rider of record on four KTM motorcycles, an all-time SCORE record for a single race. Using a host of talented teammates from Italy, Mexico and the U.S.A., Creel won both the Pro Moto 30 and the Pro Moto Limited classes in San Felipe to lead the points in each after one race.
Creel, in just his sophomore season racing with SCORE (he was the Pro Moto Limited class point champion in 2017), also finish second and third in the Pro Moto Unlimited class.
MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
All class winners in San Felipe, among the other SCORE class point leaders in the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship in Pro car/truck/UTV classes were Jeff Buehler, Liberty, Mo., who leads the SCORE TT Legend class in the No. 79L Ford Raptor-Jimco, Luis Barragan, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE Lites, Seagrove-VW), Michael Coleman, LaJolla, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Raptor), Art Penner, Linden, Wash. (Canada), (Class 11, VW Sedan), Mark McNeil, El Cajon, Calif. (Class 5, VW Baja Bug) and Cesar Iniguez, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug).
Other rider of record class point leaders in Pro motorcycle and quad classes are Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited, Honda CRF450X), Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Pro Moto 40, KTM 450XCW) and Juan Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif. (Pro Quad, Honda TRX450R).
The 2018 Sportsman motorcycle point leader is the team led by Alvaro Bello, Spring Valley, Calif. (SPT M/C, Kawasaki KXF450) who has 90 season points so far. Leading the Sportsman Quad division after his San Felipe win with 77 points is the team led by Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif., on the No. 115a Honda TRX450R.
Below is the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule. For the third consecutive year all four races are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
32nd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 4-April 8, San Felipe, Mexico
Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire and official race title sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Tijuana SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Asociacion de Hoteles del Noroeste.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
2018 SCORE World Desert Championship Point Leaders
40 Chris Miller, LaJolla, Calif., Toyota Tundra-ID (SCORE Trophy Truck), 82
1614 Bruce Yee, Chula Vista, Calif., Barajas-VW (Class 1/2-1600), 81
19 Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150-Herbst/Smith (SCORE Trophy Truck), 81
2960 Ryan Laidlaw, Saratoga Springs, Utah, Polaris RZR XP1000 Turbo (Pro UTV FI), 80
51 Steve Olliges, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor-Geiser (SCORE Trophy Truck), 80
2018 SCORE World Desert Championship Class Point Leaders
(following all 4 races. DOR/ROR must have started or finished minimum of three races; one must have been SCORE Baja 1000)
(Class, Pos., Vehicle No., Driver/Rider of record, Hometown, Vehicle make/model, Points; Class wins in parenthesis)
Pro Cars, Trucks, UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—1. 11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-250 (Builder-Geiser) (1), 102; 2. 16 Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Geiser), 96; 3. 83 Luke McMillin, San Diego, Ford F-150 (Racer), 92; 4. 31 Andy McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado (Mason), 89; 5. 32 Ryan Arciero, Lake Forest, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 87; 6. 23 Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150 (Racer), 86; 7. 24 Adam Householder, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 85; 8. 10. Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico/Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Raptor (ID), 84; 9. 7 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas/Justin ‘Bean’ Smith, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Geiser), 83; 10. 40 Chris Miller, LaJolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra (ID), 83; 11. 19 Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (Herbst-Smith), 81; 12. 51 Steve Olliges, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor (Geiser), 80; 13. 2 Tony Smiley, Buckeye, Ariz./Carrie Smiley, Buckeye, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (Geiser), 79; 14. 18 Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford Raptor (Racer), 78; 15. 26 Dave Taylor, Page, Ariz., Ford F-150 (Geiser), 77. ALSO: 21. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck (Geiser), 71.
SCORE LITES—1.1210 Luis Barragan, Mexicali, Mexico, Seagrove-VW (1), 79; 2. 1258 Jeremy Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Porter-VW, 73; 3. 1240 Miguel Bonilla, Hermosilla, Mexico, Jimco-VW, 69.
CLASS 7—1. 721 Michael Coleman, La Jolla, Calif., Ford Raptor (1), 76; 2. 711 Carlos Diaz, Calexico, Calif., Ford Raptor, 70; 3. Daniel Reyes, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 66; 4. 700 Dan Chamlee, Montecito, Calif., Ford Ranger, 63.
CLASS 7F—1. 701F Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 25.
CLASS 5—1. 501 Mark McNeil, El Cajon, Calif./Perry McNeil, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (1), 75; 2. 524 Ben Swift, Newport Beach, Calif./Pete Swift, Newport Beach, Calif., JFW-Chevy, 69.
PRO MOTO 30—360x Santiago Creel, Mexico City/Massimo Mangini, Italy/Kevin Murphy, Camarillo, Calif./Abel Burgeno, Mazatlan, Mexico/Jim O’Neal, Smi Valley, Calif./Enrique Fuhrken, Mexico City, KTM EXCF500
PRO MOTO 50—510x Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, Ramona, Calif./John Griffin, Lake Forest, Calif., Honda CRF450X
PRO MOTO LIMITED—100x Santiago Creel, Mexico City/Alberto Heredia, Ensenada, Mexico/Larry Serna, Tijuana, Mexico/Ricardo de la Pena, Los Angeles/Massimo Mangini, Italy/Austin Miller, Austin, Texas, KTM 350XCF
PRO MOTO IRONMAN—730x Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450EXCF
PRO MOTO 60—649x Guy Laycraft, Canada/Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Dave Potts/Steve Williams/Bob Johnson, Honda CRF450X
PRO QUAD—15a Juan Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R
Sportsman M/C & Quad
SPT M/C—255x Alvaro Bello, Spring Valley, Calif., Kawasaki KXF450
SPT QUAD—110a Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif., Honda TRX450R