Season finale—51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov. 12-18 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Both leading their respective class point standings, Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., are tied in the SCORE overall season points after the third round of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
Tied in the SCORE overall point’s race for 2018 with 285 points each, MacCachren is leading the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division and Matlock is at the top of the leader board in the extremely popular Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class.
Next up will be the season-ending 51st SCORE Baja 1000 to be held Nov. 12-18 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. This year’s Granddaddy of all Desert Races will be run over another classically brutal SCORE Baja course of 806.76 miles. With over 300 entries expected in classes for cars, trucks, utvs, motorcycles and quads, early entries have come 25 U.S. States, the U.S. Territory of Guam and 11 total countries including the host nation of Mexico.
With 310 career desert, short-course and off-road stadium victories, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer MacCachren has increased his overall lead in career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins to 17.
The masterful MacCachren opened the 2018 campaign by winning both the 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250 and backed that up by winning the recent 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500. MacCachren, 53, overcame a race-record 36 starters in San Felipe and 33 more starters in the SCORE Baja 500 in the class for high-tech, 950 horsepower unlimited custom trucks for the victories in his race-proven No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck built by Geiser Bros. of Phoenix. Using his one substitute driver for the SCORE Desert Challenge in Tijuana, MacCachren was credited with a second-place finish courtesy of his sub Justin B. Smith, also of Las Vegas.
In the 45th-year in the history of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division is celebrating its 25th season of competition since former SCORE owner Sal Fish introduced the unique class to the motorsports world in 1994. SCORE Trophy Truck is the featured racing division in the sport for high-tech, 950-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.
Matlock, 40, whose wife Kristen is third in points with two race wins this season in the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class, won the first two races of the year as well and finished second in the recent SCORE Desert Challenge to earn his 285 points to date to move into a tie with MacCachren in the hunt for the coveted SCORE Overall season point champion.
A champion SCORE quad racer earlier in his career, Matlock drives the No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP Turbo UTV.
TOP SIX OVERALL LEADERS
While MacCachren and Matlock are at the top of the SCORE leader board, third in overall points and leading the Trophy Truck Spec class after his second 2018 SCORE win in Tijuana is William Hedrick Jr, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, with 261 points in his No. 295 ID Designs Chevy Truck.
Three racers are tied for fourth in the overall point standings with 255 points each. Leading Class 10 following his second straight win in his class, Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif., is one of the three tied racers. Dickerson drives the No. 1023 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft open-wheel desert race car.
Second in SCORE Trophy Truck and tied for third overall is veteran Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. Steele, an action sports TV announcer, drives the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Geiser-built Chevy Silverado. Racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division since 2005, Steele earned his first career win in the featured division at the recent SCORE Desert Challenge in Tijuana.
Also tied for third in SCORE Overall points and second in the Trophy Truck Spec division is Bryce Swaim. Swaim won his class in this year’s 50th SCORE Baja 500 over 25 starters in his No. 242 TSCO-Chevy truck. He was also second in class in the season opener in San Felipe and sixth in Tijuana.
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 Rob MacCachren and Cameron Steele in the point standings in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division are more of the world’s top desert racers.
Tied for third in SCORE Trophy Truck season points and tied of ninth overall with 236 points are the teams of Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst Las Vegas in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 built by Herbst/Smith Fab and Chris Miller, La Jolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif. in the No. 40 Toyota Tundra built by ID Designs.
Fifth, ninth and 10th in SCORE Trophy Truck points are three third-generation McMillin family racers of San Diego.
Luke McMillin, 25, is fifth in class with 222 points in his No. 83 Mark Racing Racer-built Ford F-150. Luke’s cousin Andy McMillin, 31, with 183 points in his No. 31 McMillin Racing Mason-built Chevy Silverado is ninth in SCORE Trophy Truck and 10th In SCORE Trophy Truck is Luke’s older brother Dan McMillin, 30, who has 182 points in his No. 23 Mark Racing Racer-built Ford F-150.
Sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck points with 2214 points is Ryan Arciero, 44, of Lake Forest, Calif., in the No. 32 Herbst/Smith-built Ford F-150.
Brothers Alan Ampudia, 27 and Aaron Ampudia, 25, of Ensenada, Mexico, are seventh in SCORE Trophy Trucks with 200 points in their No. 10 Papa’s Y Beer ID-built Ford Raptor.
Currently eighth in SCORE Trophy Truck points with 193 is three-time defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 23 of Tecate, Mexico, in the No. 1 RPM Racing Geiser-built Chevy Rally Truck.
11 CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 26 OVERALL
Including Rob MacCachren in SCORE Trophy Truck, Wayne Matlock in Pro UTV FI, William Hedrick Jr in Trophy Truck Spec and Broc Dickerson in Class 10, a total of 11 classes have at least one racer in the top 26 SCORE Overall 4-wheel point standings after Round 3 in the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The classes in the top 26 point standings are SCORE Trophy Truck (4 racers), Pro UTV FI (6), Trophy Truck Spec (5), Class 10 (3), Class 1/2-1600 (2), SCORE Lites (2) along with one each class point leader in the SCORE TT Legend, unlimited Class 1, Heavy Metal and Pro UTV Unlimited.
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck, Pro UTV FI, Trophy Truck Spec and Class 10 other 2018 class point leaders also in the top 26 in the 2018 SCORE Overall points are Oscar Alvarez, McAllen, Texas in the No. 1603 Romo-VW (Class 1/2-1600, tied ninth overall), Vincent Munoz, Yucaipa, Calif. in the No. 894 Ford Ranger (Heavy Metal, tied for ninth overall), Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1, tied for 15th overall), Jesus Mendez Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, Can-Am XRS (Pro UTV Unlimited, tied for 15th overall), Gustavo Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico/Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE TT Legend, tied for 22nd overall) along with SCORE Lites co-leaders who are also tied for 22nd overall in Jeremy Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Porter-VW and Luis Barragan, Mexicali, Mexico, Seagrove-VW.
OVERALL PRO MOTORCYCLE LEADER
The 2018 SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class point leader after winning their class and the overall titles in all three races this year is the team of Justin Morgan, 28, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, 28, Yucca Valley, Calif., with 247 points on their No. 7x Honda CRF450X.
SCORE LITES TIE
While just three points separate the top two racers in Class 7, and six points separate the top duos in Trophy Truck Spec, Class 1/2-1600 and Pro Quad, the SCORE Lites class has two racers tied at the top of the point standings in that class.
Each with one win this season, tied for first in SCORE Lites and tied for 22nd in 2018 SCORE Overall points heading to the season finale in November are veteran SCORE racer Luis Barragan, 54, Mexicali, Mexico and SCORE rookie racer Jeremy Davis, 17, Chino Hills, Calif.
Barragan won his class in San Felipe, finished fifth in the SCORE Baja 500 and third in the Tijuana race in his No. 1210 Seagrove-VW. Davis, whose older brother Justin Davis is third in points in Class 1, was second in San Felipe, ninth at the SCORE Baja 500 and won the SCORE Lites class inthe SCORE Desert Challenge in Tijuana in his No. 1258 Green Army Porter-VW.
Six racers have won their class in each of the three grueling races held so far in 2018. And all three were run over race-record long courses for each event.
With perfect 3-0 records to lead their class point standings in the 4-wheel vehicle classes are Vincent Munoz, Yucaipa, Calif. (Heavy Metal, No. 894 Ford Ranger) and Jesus Mendez Jr, Mexicali, Mexico (Pro UTV Unlimited, No. 1872 Can-Am X3 XRS).
Besides Morgan/Samuels, the other motorcycle class winners who are undefeated in 2018 with identical 3-0 records, the other three Pro moto racers are Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla. (Peru), (Pro Moto 40, No. 400x KTM 450EXCF, Giovanni Spinaly, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 510x Yamaha YZ450FX) and Guy Laycraft, Canada (Pro Moto 60, No. 649x Honda CRF450X.
MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
Among the other SCORE class point leaders after three rounds of the 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship in Pro car/truck/UTV classes are Gustavo Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico/Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif., who lead the SCORE TT Legend class in the No. 12L Chevy Silverado-ID, Dan Chamlee, Montecito, Calif. (Class 7, No. 700 Ford Raptor), Viry Felix, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11, No. 1104 VW Sedan), and Cesar Iniguez, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5-1600, No. 553 VW Baja Bug).
Other riders of record class point leaders in Pro motorcycle and quad classes are Ryan Liebelt,Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 30, No. 300x Yamaha WR450F), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 730x Honda CRF450X) and Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad, No. 1a Honda TRX450R).
The 2018 Sportsman motorcycle point leaders with 250 points is the team led by Shane Schorno, Discovery Bay, Calif. in the No. 284x KTM 500EXCF. Leading the Sportsman Quad division after three races with 241 points is the team led by Danny Magdalena, Acton, Calif., on the No. 110a Honda TRX450R.
2018 REMAINING SCHEDULE
51st SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.12-18, Ensenada, Mexico
Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the fourth consecutive year all races are being held in Baja California, Mexico:
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE races are airing domestically on the El Rey Network and outside of the U.S. on ESPN International as well as syndication. The SCORE Baja 1000 race coverage show will be a two-hour special.
El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network and 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.
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, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte.
Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Hotel LucernaTijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: XXII Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California State Secretary of Tourism, Comite de Turismo and Convenciones, Comite de Marcadotecnia Turistica, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts, 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
BAJA CHALLENGE—1. BC1 Eric Tedder, New York, N.Y., BTC-Subaru (1), 85; 2. BC1 David Payne, St. Louis, Mo., BTC-Subaru (1), 75.
PROTRUCK—1. 1377 Jason Vandenborn, Canada, Ford F-150 (1), 75;
STOCK FULL—1. 8125 Marc Stein, Hemet, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 105.
CLASS 7SX—1. 748 Johanna Rodriguez, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 70; 2. 740 Gerardo Novelo O., Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 55.
VINTAGE TRAILBLAZER—1. V129 Peter Alesi Jr, Alpine, Calif./Peter Alesi III, Phoenix, Chenowth-VW (1), 85.
CLASS 11—1. 1104 Viry Felix, Ensenada, Mexico/Cisco Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Ramon Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Pancho Bio, Spring Valley, Calif. (2), 167; 2. 1100 Dennis Hollenbeck, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Sedan, 126. ALSO: 4. 1156 Art Penner, Lynden, Wash. (Canada), VW Sedan (1), 75.
SPT UNLTD TRUCK—1. 1492 Mark Stevens, Lexington, Ohio, Ford Raptor, 30.
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
50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico June 2-3, 2018
Total Starters: 321 Total Finishers: 187
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150