A. McMillin leads Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck points,
W. Matlock ahead in Pro UTV FI, Overall UTV points
in 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship
Morgan team leads overall m/c points, Bailey leading SCORE TT Legend points; other class point leaders include S. Price, C. Reid, K. Matlock & K. Wells tied, Willert, Chamlee, Ruvalcaba, J. Morgan, Creel, Liebalt, Skurkis, Spinali, Sanchez;
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico—Following his tenacious victories in the first two races of the year, San Diego’s ‘youthful’ veteran desert racer Andy McMillin continues to leads the SCORE Overall and the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck season point standings after the season-opener of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship.
For his latest win, Andy McMillin overcame a field of 245 starters including 38 in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower unlimited custom trucks to earn his 11th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win. McMillin, 32, drives the No. 31 McMillin Motorsports Mason-built Chevy Silverado and has 227 season points after his victories at the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250 and the 51st SCORE Baja 500. INAUGURAL LUCERNA SCORE BAJA 400
Entries from across the United States and several countries from around the world are expected for the upcoming internationally-televised Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400. Round 3 of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Sept. 18-22 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ensenada is a coastal city on the Bahia de Todos Santos area of the Pacific Ocean, 80 miles south of the U.S. border at San Diego.
Many of the world’s best desert racers will be in action at this newest SCORE Baja event. The race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour special on ESPN World of X Games programming.
Over 200 vehicles are expected at the start line with racers from over 20 U.S. States and as many as 10 countries anticipated. Long-time SCORE sponsor BFGoodrich Tires has also posted a US$5,000 contingency bonus for the overall 4-wheel winner to help commemorate the start of the newest SCORE race. MCMILLIN TRIO AWESOME!
While Andy McMillin was clearly the Overall winner in both of the first two races of the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship, his cousins Luke McMillin and Dan McMillin have also pulled off impressive top five finishes and are in the top six in overall points. The McMillin trio are also first, second and third in the SCORE Trophy Truck season point standings midway through the season.
All third-generation desert racers from San Diego, Luke McMillin, 26, has finished fifth and second in SCORE Trophy Truck this year in his No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150 (Racer) while Dan McMillin, 31, has third and eighth-place finishes in SCORE Trophy Truck in his No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150 (Racer).
Luke McMillin is tied for second in SCORE Overall points after two of four SCORE Baja races with 206 total points and his older brother Dan McMillin is sixth in the SCORE Overall standings with 199 total points. MATLOCK H&W RACERS
UTV racers Wayne Matlock, 41, and his wife Kristen, 38 of Alpine, Calif., both drive solo and both lead the point standings in their respective classes and Wayne Matlock is also the SCORE Overall UTV point leader. Wayne Matlock, the reigning SCORE Overall season point champion, won his Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class in the No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP Turbo UTV in San Felipe and he was fourth in his class in the SCORE Baja 500. Wayne Matlock is seventh in SCORE Overall points after two of four races with 192 season points.
Kristen Matlock won the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class in her Matlock Racing No. 1954 Polaris RZR XP4 1000 and was second in Round 2 to earn 168 season points which ties her for the season point lead in her class with Kaden Wills, St. George, Utah who was second and first in the two rounds to date in another Polaris RZR XP1000. TOP SEVEN IN OVERALL POINTS
While Andy McMillin (first) and his cousins Luke McMillin (second), Dan McMillin (sixth) and Wayne Matlock seventh are on the 2019 SCORE Overall point leader board, tied for second in SCORE overall points with Luke and leading the Trophy Truck Spec class is Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., with 206 points in her No. 204 RPM Racing Geiser-Chevy truck. Price has two solid second place finishes in her class this season which gives her the season point lead in her class.
Currently tied for second in the Trophy Truck Spec class following his first SCORE win ever in San Felipe and tied for fourth in the SCORE Overall point standings is second-generation SCORE racer Austin A.J. Jones, 23, Litchfield Park, Ariz., who has 205 season points is his No. 279 TSCO-Chevy truck. Jones, son of 2010 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Jesse Jones, defeated a SCORE-record field of 29 starters in his class in San Felipe.
Tied for fourth in overall points and third in Trophy Truck Spec is Charles Dorrance, Austin, Texas, with 205 points in his No. 299 Geiser-Chevy. Dorrance was fourth in his class in San Felipe before earning his first SCORE class race win at the SCORE Baja 500. MORGAN LEADS M/Cs
After earning the 2018 SCORE Overall Motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited class point championship after amazingly winning their class and the overall titles in all four races last year as a new team, Justin Morgan, 29, El Cajon, Calif./Mark Samuels, 29, Yucca Valley, Calif. and third rider Justin Jones, 27, Murrieta, Calif., won their have opened their 2019 campaign with their fifth and sixth straight SCORE wins to lead their class and the SCORE Overall Motorcycle points with 175 points on their No. 1x Honda CRF450X. SCORE TROPHY TRUCK LEADERS
Lined up behind the three McMillins in the point standings in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 950-horsepower custom trucks are several more of the world’s finest desert racers.
In a three-way tie for fourth place in SCORE Trophy Trucks with 190 points each are Las Vegas brothers Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst (No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150-Herbst/Smith), Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies (No. 7 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford Raptor-Huseman) and Ensenada brothers Alan Ampudia/Aaron Ampudia (No. 10 Papas Y Beer Ford Raptor-ID).
Seventh and ninth respectively in SCORE Trophy Truck season points after Round 2 are Desert Assassins teammates Cameron Steele and Bobby Pecoy.
Twelfth in SCORE Overall points with 185 so far is Steele, San Clemente, Calif. in his No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Ford Raptor (Geiser) and tied for 14th in SCORE Overall points with 185 is Pecoy, Yorba Linda, Calif., in the No. 14 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Ford Raptor (Geiser).
Eighth after two races in SCORE Trophy Truck and 13th in SCORE Overall points with 186 is the team of Chris Miller, La Jolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, Brawley, Calif. in the No. 40 Toyota Tundra built by ID Designs.
Tied for ninth in SCORE Trophy Truck and tied for 14th in SCORE Overall points with 185 is Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif., in his No. 85 Lawrence Equipment Herbst/Smith-built Ford F-150.
And 11th in SCORE Trophy Truck season points and 17th in SCORE Overall points with 184 is former NASCAR team owner/driver and veteran SCORE champion Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., in his No. 77 Speed Energy Custom-built Chevy Silverado. FIVE CLASS LEADERS IN TOP 25 OVERALL
Including Andy McMillin in SCORE Trophy Truck, Sara Price in Trophy Truck Spec and Wayne Matlock in Pro UTV FI, a total of five classes have at least one racer in the top 25 SCORE Overall 4-wheel point standings after Round 1 of the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship.
The classes among the top 25 point leaders are SCORE Trophy Truck (14 racers), Trophy Truck Spec (6), Pro UTV FI (2) and Class 1 (2) along with one point leader from Class 10 (1).
Besides SCORE Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Spec and Pro UTV FI the other two 2019 class point leaders in the top 25 in the 2019 SCORE Overall points are Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. in the No. 100 Jimco-Chevy (Class 1, tied for 23rd overall) who is tied for the Class 1 point lead with 179 points along with Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., in the No. 185 Jimco-Chevy and Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif. in the No. 1068 Alumi Craft Chevy (Class 10, tied for 23rd overall with Wilson and Davis). MORE PRO CLASS POINT LEADERS
Among the other 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship class point leaders in Pro car/truck/UTV classes midway through the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship season are Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif./Gustavo Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE TT Legend, No. 1L Ford Raptor-ID), Dan Chamlee, Montecito, Calif. (Class 7, No. 700 Ford Raptor), Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif.(SCORE Lites, No. 1206 Jimco-VW), J. David Ruvalcaba, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600, No. 1609 VBR-VW), Hector Hurtado, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 5-1600, No. 599 1600cc VW Sedan), Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif. (Class 7F, No. 701 Toyota Tundra), Mike Leslie, Wildomar, Calif. (No. 751 Class 7SX, Jeep Comanche) and Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11, No. 1111 VW Sedan).
Besides the Justin Morgan team, among the other riders of record class point leaders in Pro motorcycles are Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico (Pro Moto Limited, No. 100x KTM EXC350F), Ryan Liebelt, Reedley, Calif. (Pro Moto 30, No. 308x Yamaha WR450F), Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev. (Pro Moto 40, No. 444x Husqvarna FE501), Michael Skurkis, Henderson, Nev. (Pro Moto Ironman, No. 729x Husqvarna FE501) and Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, No. 500x Yamaha YZ450FX).
Leading the Pro Quad class is the team led by Rider of Record Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Quad, No. 1a Honda TRX450R. SPORTSMAN LEADERS
The 2019 Sportsman motorcycle point leader with 177 points and two race wins so far in 2019 is the team led by Shane Schorno, Discovery Bay, Calif. in the No. 284x KTM 500EXCF. Leading in the Sportsman Quad division with 150 points after a pair of fifth-place finishes in his class is the team led by Jovani Marquez, Los Cabos, Mexico, on the No. 145a Honda TRX450R. THE UNDEFEATED
Besides Andy McMillin and the Justin Morgan 1x Motorcycle team, the only other class point leaders who have won both races to start the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship season are Giovanni Spinali (Pro Moto 50), Said Sanchez (Pro Quad) and Schane Schorno (SPT M/C). SCOREscope 2019 SCHEDULE
Here is the four-race 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule of races 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 28-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
ABC TV IN 2019
SCORE has confirmed that the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship will be televised on the ABC TV family of networks, marking the first time back on the ABC network since the 1967 and 1968 coverage of the Baja 1000 on ABC’s old Wide World of Sports show.
The one-hour shows on the 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, 51st SCORE Baja 500 and the 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 will be televised as part of ABC’s World of X Games year-long programming. Presented by SCORE sponsors Monster Energy and BFGoodrich Tires, the ABC World of X Games series profiles iconic action sports figures and also highlights athletes, artists, event previews and recaps.
SCORE also announced that the inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400 next September will air as a one-hour special on ESPN TV.
All of the SCORE race coverage shows will continue to air internationally in nearly 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and South America via syndication and ESPN International. SCORE SPONSORS… Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris RZR-Official UTV, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, VP Racing Fuels-Official Fuel, Lucerna Hotels & Resorts-Official Hotel and official race title sponsor, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino. SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, The Satellite Phone Store. Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters.
For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCOREInternational.com.
2019 SCORE World Desert Championship Point Leaders
2019 SCORE World Desert Championship Race-by-Race Class Winners
33rd SCORE San Felipe 250
San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico April 6-7, 2019
Total Starters: 239 Total Finishers: 164 Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—31 Andy McMillin, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado SCORE TT LEGEND—1L Scott Bailey, Riverside, Calif., Ford Raptor CLASS 1—100 Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy TROPHY TRUCK SPEC—279 Austin A.J. Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., TSCO-Chevy CLASS 2—2022 Hammond Meredith, Laramie, Wyo., ID-Chevy HAMMER TRUCK UNLTD—4421 Mike Hales, Rogers, Ark., Jeep Wrangler CLASS 10—1011 Cesar Cuevas, Chula Vista, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy CLASS 7—721 Mike Coleman, La Jolla, Calif., Ford Raptor HEAVY METAL—No Finishers CLASS 5—510 Gerardo Ibarra, Calexico, Calif., unlimited VW Baja Bug PRO UTV FI—2971 Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo SCORE LITES—1206 Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif./Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif., Jimco-VW PRO UTV NA—1954 Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000 CLASS 1/2-1600—1625 Eric Pavolka, Sonoita, Ariz./Andy DeVercelly IV, Jamul, Calif., Foddrill-VW PRO UTV UNLTD—1877 Josh Herzing, Cypress, Texas, Polaris RZR XPT1000 CLASS 8—No Finishers BAJA CHALLENGE—BC3 Don Daley, San Diego, BTC-Subaru STOCK FULL—No Finishers CLASS 5-1600—599 Hector Hurtado, Tijuana, Mexico, VW Baja Bug CLASS 7F—701F Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma CLASS 7SX—751 Mike Lesle, Wildomar, Calif., Jeep Comanche CLASS 4700—4747 Billy Bunch, La Quinta, Calif., Dodge Dakota CLASS 11—1156 Art Penner, Lynden, Wash. (Canada), VW Sedan