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Menzies masterful Overall at SCORE Baja 500

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‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’

Salas Jr wins Overall moto

Las Vegas’ Menzies earns Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck win Saturday at BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500

Round 2 of four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship in Ensenada, Baja California-Off-Road Racing Capital of the World, Heger claims Overall UTV victory; more class winners include: Vildosola Sr in SCORE TT Legend, Reid, McNeil, Vera, Blurton, Price, Ebert, Alvarez, Sizelove, Jauregui, E. Yee, Flemate, Novelo, Wright, Montoya, Je. Row, Creemers, Ward, Amado, Valdez, N. Velez, F. Lopez Saturday was inaugural ‘SCORE International Day’ in Ensenada 240 total starters, 175 finishers-26 U.S. States, 11 countries on 473.67-mile course NOTE: Official complete results available at NOTE: All-Time Overall winners at bottom of text
ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – ‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’ this year, Las Vegas’ super star desert racer Bryce Menzies returned to the winner’s circle Saturday-in his favorite desert race, the BFGoodrich Tires 55th SCORE Baja 500 over a field of 240 starters in his Menzies Motorsports All-Wheel Drive No. 7 Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports. Menzies overcame the rugged, dusty, silt-laced, rock-strewn, 473.67-mile race course over part of the Mexican State of Baja California as well as his crusty competitors in a penalty-free time of nine hours, three minutes, and 38 seconds with an average speed of 51.99 miles per hour. DIRT FAX Round 2 of the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship was held on Saturday and Sunday in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Ensenada, ‘The Off-Road Racing Capital of the World,’ is located 80 miles South of the U.S. Border near San Diego. With 240 starters from 26 U.S. States and 11 countries, 45 competition classes were offered for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Most the world’s best desert racers were in action at this year’s celebration of one of the top 10 motorsports events in the entire world. All four 2023 SCORE races are being held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the eighth consecutive year. SCORE, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, is celebrating its 50th anniversary season in 2023. PODIUM FINISHERS Lining up behind the masterful Menzies on the overall podium for this year’s race were Mike Walser, 56, Comfort, Texas with a penalty-free time of 9:13:22 as alternate driver for Dallas Luttrell, Las Vegas in the No. 87 Mason-built Chevy Silverado also in SCORE Trophy Truck while finishing an amazing overall third overall and capturing his Trophy Truck Spec class in the highest overall finish in SCORE history in his class was Jason McNeil, 45, El Cajon, Calif., with a corrected time of 9:33:37. MENZIES MASTERY Starting in third position after SCORE San Felipe 250 winner Luke McMillin and hometown favorite Alan Ampudia. Menzies passed Ampudia who was having issues that eventually put him out of the race, then gradually worked his way around defending SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point champion ‘The Luke’ McMillin. After pushing his truck to catch up with McMillin who appeared to be slowing down, Menzies got by McMillin and had clean air as he ‘cruised’ through the bombastic Baja terrain to earn his ninth career SCORE Trophy race win and his fourth overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the SCORE Baja 500. While Ampudia had an unfortunate DNF in the race, ‘The Luke’ battled back after down time dropped him out of the top 10 and ending finishing sixth overall and fourth in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck. MENZIES' NUMBERS Menzies, 35, first won in the SCORE Baja 500 during his rookie SCORE racing season in 2011, following that up with victories in 2012 and 2014 before his fourth race win in 2023. Menzies ninth career SCORE Trophy Truck race victory ties him with the legendary Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart and the team of David Ashley/Dan Smith in sixth place on the all-time SCORE Trophy Truck race win list. SCORE Trophy Truck is the marquee racing division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower custom trucks. MORE DIRT TRAX The 240 total entries included racers representing 26 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, and 11 countries. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, and Peru. The rugged race course closed in the elapsed-time race early Sunday morning. Following complete data tracking review, later Sunday morning the results were made official by SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva. Of the 240 starters, there were 175 official finishers for a finishing rate on the technically challenging course of a superlative 72.92 percent. The percentage of finishers is a clear example of the tenacity of the racer to make it to the finish line in the grueling challenge as well as a tribute to the remarkable improvement of the vehicles over the years. The 175 finishers are the 10th-most in the history of this race. MENZIES’ MEMO Obviously elated with his journey bouncing around beautiful Baja, Menzies commented in post-race interview before literally hundreds of adoring SCORE Baja racing fans, “The race started out pretty good and then I earned myself a flat. It set ourselves back a little and then we had to put a little charge on, which was fun at the beginning. We caught back up to Alan (Ampudia, No. 10) and he had an issue, he was pulled over, and Luke (McMillin, No. 1) was about two and a half minutes ahead, so I knew I had a long way to catch him. I ran up in his dust up and over the Summit (race mile 100) and then he started to slow down a little bit, I think he had an issue. When I went to go around him, I clipped a rock and bent my steering, so it was off all day.” “Once we got by him, we were very confident and we just put on a good charge and once we got Borrego (race mile 210) we heard we were about ten minutes ahead of everyone else, so I backed it off quite a bit going through San Felipe (race mile 240) because it was brutal there. When we got to Valle de la Trinidad (race mile 280) and made it to beach, it was super smooth. I took my eye off the ball for a second and clipped a massive rock. I thought I had broken something on the right rear, but fortunately it was just a rim and a tire. We got that back on and just cruised to the finish.” “The coast section on the race course, I hadn’t done it since 2015, and it was one of the coolest sections in my life. We had some close calls here and there, but overall, it was an awesome day. Coming to the finish to win my fourth SCORE Baja 500 was really special. I was looking for redemption and I redeemed myself today. The SCORE Baja 500 is my favorite race.” SALAS JR AGAIN Winning the overall motorcycle for the second straight year and the first time as rider of record of his own race team was Arturo Salas Jr, 20, Chula Vista, Calif. (Tecate, Mexico) with another young gun Clayton Roberts, 21, Hesperia, Calif.  The talented new duo covered the blistering course in a penalty-free 10:29:59, averaging 45.11 miles per hour on their hard-charging KTM 450XCF. In one of the most competitive motorcycle battles in recent SCORE history, Salas Jr battled three other teams for the majority of the race, exchanging leads physically several times. Another young gun racing for the first time in a SCORE race as ROR, finishing second was second-generation desert racer Connor Eddy, 17, Barstow, Calif., in a time of 10:38:13 on his Honda CRF450X. Third place among the motorcycle competitors Ciaran Naran, 23, Huntington Beach, Calif., who won this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250. In this race he and his four-rider team finished 10:41:38. Last year, Salas Jr was on the winning motorcycle team led by Bolivia’ Juan Carlos Salvatierra. Salvatierra and his five-rider team finished fourth on corrected time this year in 10:47:51 on his KTM 450SX-F. MOTO CHAMPS REMARKS In his first SCORE race as the rider of record with his own team, an emotional Salas Jr, expressed at the finish line, “It was a very good race. It took us a lot of time and effort to make it possible and this would never have been such a good race without the support of our incredible team and our amazing families. The race was awesome, full of competition.” “We battled the 9x (Connor Eddy), 3x (Ciaran Naran) and 1x (Juan Carlos Salvatierra) until the very last mile and I want to give them props for a great race and for keeping it fun. We had a perfect bike the entire race, I bet it could still run another 500 miles if we had to. I have no complaints at all and am very happy about how it turned out.” Another happy racer, Salas’ co-rider Clayton Roberts said at the finish, “It was a great day. Arturo and I did this race with just the two of us, so it was a lot of miles today. We rode hard, rode strong and it definitely felt good on the bike. Everything went as planned and it was a great day overall. We didn’t have any issues with the bike and we burned up that last tire pretty good, so we finished with not much of a real tire left, but it held strong for at least 300 miles.” OVERALL TOTALS SCORE Trophy Trucks have now won 26 overalls in the SCORE Baja 500 in the 30 years that the premier racing class has been part of this race. In this year’s race, SCORE Trophy Trucks captured the five of top 10 overall finishing positions. KTM earned its second overall motorcycle win and second straight in this race. Among the tire manufacturers, Toyo Tires has now won their fifth overall victory. In the overall pro 4wheel vehicles, Ford has now earned 15 Overall wins and in overall engine wins, Ford now has 17 wins. OVERALL UTV WINNER Defeating 61 UTVs in five different classes and 20 in his own class alone, Brock Heger, 23, El Centro, Calif., was the Overall UTV and Pro UTV Open winner with a corrected time of 10:35:28 in his No. 1896 Polaris RZR Pro R. He averaged 44.03 mph and won the UTV Overall by nearly 15 minutes. Heger finished 10th in class in the SCORE San Felipe 250 in his first race with the new Polaris Factory Team. The class win gives the new Polaris Factory Team two straight wins in the Pro UTV Open as team principal Craig Scanlon won the class in San Felipe. MORE UTV RESULTS Winning the other Pro UTV classes were Phil Blurton, 36, Auburn, Calif. (Pro UTV FI-Forced Induction, No. 2944 Can-Am X3), Zach Sizelove, 29, Hesperia, Calif. (Pro UTV NA-Naturally Aspirated, No. 1925 Honda Talon 1000R) and Sara Price, 30, Mohave Valley, Ariz. (Pro UTV Stock, No. 3938 Can-Am X3 Turbo. TOP 10 FINISHERS Besides Menzies, Wasler, McNeil and Luke McMillin, the top 10 overall finishers in the race included three more racers from SCORE Trophy Truck, three more from Trophy Truck Spec and one from SCORE TT Legend. Fourth overall and an impressive third in SCORE Trophy Truck was ageless warrior Larry ‘Mr. Baja’ Roeseler, 66, Imperial, Calif., with a time of 9:38:16 in his Baja Jerky No. 43 Toyota Tundra while fifth overall and second in Trophy Truck Spec as the alternative driver for EJ Herbst was Ryan Millen, 37, Huntington Beach, Calif. (New Zealand) with a time of 9:49:37 in the No. 263 Herbst/Smith-Chevy. Another of the numerous budding stars in this race, Mexico’s second-gen SCORE racer 17-year-old Roberto Romo Jr, Mexico, finished seventh overall and fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck in the No. 33 Coast Aluminum Ford Raptor in 9:50:44. Eighth overall and third in Trophy Truck Spec was Ryan Hancock, 47, Yuma, Ariz., in the No. 228 TSCO-Chevy with a finishing time of 9:52:48. Gustavo Vildosola Sr, 69, Mexicali, Mexico, was ninth overall and won his SCORE TT Legend class for SCORE Trophy Truck drivers over 50 years old in his No. 1L Vildosola Racing Ford Raptor. His second driver was AMA Hall of Famer Ricky Johnson, 58, El Cajon, Calif. Completing the top 10 Overall finishers and fourth in Trophy Truck Spec were Las Vegas brothers Thor Herbst, 23 and Pierce Herbst, 20, in their No. 219 Herbst/Smith-Chevy. DOUBLE-TIME Mexico’s popular businessman Oliver Flemate, of Ensenada, succeeded in finishing in two of three classes that he entered including one class victory. Flemate, who won Class 11 at the season-opener in San Felipe, entered Trophy Truck Spec, SCORE Lite, and Class 11. He had second thoughts after all of his pre-running of the race course and had Patricio Flores, 42, Ensenada, Mexico, drive his SCORE Lite vehicle which finished second in that class. Flemate finished 12th out of 31 starters driving solo in Trophy Truck Spec in his No. 244 TSCO-Chevy. He then went back and finished in Class 11 and won Class 11 again in 2023 in his No. 1105 Stock VW Sedan. BODACIOUS BAJA SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers. It started and finished again on fan-friendly Blvd. Costero adjacent to the iconic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada. The course ran in a clockwise direction out of and back to the start/finish line compound in Ensenada, traveling through such noted areas as Ojos Negros, Santa Catarina, the Summit, Cohabuzo Junction, Saldana, La Ventana access, Las Cuevitas Wash, San Matias Pass, Valle de Trinidad, Llano Colorado, Cerro Solo, San Vicente Wash, Erendira, Santo Tomas, Uruapan, Los Encinitos, Rancho El Mezcal and Ojos Negros. The course had two complete stop physical checkpoints, 188 total virtual checkpoints and 13 speed zones for a total of 58.27 miles. All Sportsman classes, Class 11 and Class 7SX a reduced course of a total of 440.72 miles. This was the first time since the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000 that a SCORE race course has gone over the Summit (around race mile 108.23) and was the first time since the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000 that the course went through Ejido Nativos between Erendira and Santo Tomas. SCOREscope 2023 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE Here are the dates for the remaining two races in the four-race 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Golden Anniversary season, ‘Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence’, which are being held totally in Baja California, Mexico for the eighth consecutive year:
  • 4th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—
September 12-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
  • BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 1000—
November 13-18, La Paz, Baja California Sur to 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, Baja Vida-Official Snacks and race presenting sponsor, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communications, 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

Celebrating 50 Years of SCORE Desert Racing Excellence' SCORE Baja 500– Ensenada, Baja California Mexico All-Time Overall Champions (1969 thru 2023)

Year—DRIVERS/RIDERS, VEHICLE 1969—Bud Ekins/Guy Jones, Baja Boot-Olds Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg, Ducati 1970—Parnelli Jones, Ford Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty, Husqvarna 1971—Bobby Ferro, Funco-VW Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts, Husqvarna 1972—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn, Honda 1973—Parnelli Jones, Ford Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade, Husqvarna 1974—Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW Mitch Mayes/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1975—Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Harley-Davidson 1976—Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna 1977—Ivan Stewart, Chenowth-VW Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1978—Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith, Funco-VW Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1979—Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW Jack Johnson, Husqvarna 1980—Bob Gordon, Chenowth-Chevy Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1981—Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury, Chenowth-Chevy Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Yamaha 1982—Larry Ragland, Funco-VW Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller, Yamaha 1983—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-VW Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1984—Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna 1985—Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1986—Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden, Husqvarna 1987—Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree, Chenowth-Porsche Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1988—Mark McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer, Yamaha 1989—Robby Gordon, Ford (no motorcycles) 1990—Robby Gordon, Ford Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte, Kawasaki 1991—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1992—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr/Paul Krause, Kawasaki 1993—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Danny Hamel/Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1994—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck) Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Ford Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr, Kawasaki 1995—Curt LeDuc, Jeep (SCORE Trophy Truck) Mike Julson/Bob Lofton, Jimco-VW Paul Krause/Craig Smith, Kawasaki 1996—Rob MacCachren, Ford (SCORE Trophy Truck) Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt, Smithbuilt-Porsche Paul Krause/Ty Davis, Kawasaki 1997—Ivan Stewart, Toyota (SCORE Trophy Truck) Mark McMillin, Jimco-Porsche Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1998—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda 1999—Ivan Stewart, Toyota Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom, Honda 2000—Larry Ragland, Chevy Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2001—Mark McMillin, Jimco-Chevy Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda 2002—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2003—Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2004—Alan Pflueger, Chevy Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda 2005—Robby Gordon, Chevy Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy, Honda 2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, Chevy Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, Chevy Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld, Honda 2008—B.J. Baldwin, Chevy Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda 2009—Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Tatum-Chevy Bill Boyer/Donnie De Arman/Nicholas Blais/Rudy Iribe, Honda 2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2011—Bryce Menzies, Ford Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody, Honda 2012—Bryce Menzies, Ford Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld, Kawasaki 2013—Robby Gordon, Chevy Timmy Weigand/Colton Udall/David Kamo, Honda 2014—Bryce Menzies, Ford Ricky Brabec/David Pearson/Max Eddy Jr, Kawasaki 2015—Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Chevy Ricky Brabec/Max Eddy Jr/Justin Morgan/Ian Young, Kawasaki 2016—Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, Ford Colton Udall, Mark Samuels, Honda 2017—Andy McMillin, Ford Francisco Arredondo/Shane Esposito/Justin Morgan/Roberto Villalobos, Honda 2018—Rob MacCachren, Ford Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda 2019—Andy McMillinChevy Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Max Eddy Jr, Honda 2020—Daniel McMillin/Justin B. SmithChevy Justin Morgan/Mark Samuels/Justin Jones, Honda 2021—Larry RoeselerToyota Jason Alosi/Wyatt Brittner/Ross Neely, Husqvarna 2022—Rob MacCachrenFord Juan Carlos Salvatierra/Arturo Salas Jr/Shane Logan/Diego Llanos, KTM 2023—Bryce MenziesFord Arturo Salas Jr/Clayton Roberts, KTM      NOTE: From 1994 through 1997 SCORE Trophy Truck ran as its own series

SCORE Baja 500 Overall Champions Racers

Cars & Trucks 12 *Larry Roeseler 10 Ivan Stewart 5 Larry Ragland 4 Bobby Ferro Robby Gordon Bryce Menzies **Malcolm Smith 3 Bud Feldkamp Troy Herbst Rob MacCachren Andy McMillin Mark McMillin Scott McMillin 2 Brian Collins Bob Gordon Parnelli Jones Corky McMillin **Dan Smith 1 Dave Ashley B.J. Baldwin Bud Ekins Ron Gardner Kory Halopoff Guy Jones Mike Julson Curt LeDuc Harley Letner Bob Lofton Carlos Lopez Daniel McMillin Alan Pflueger Justin B. Smith Gus Vildosola Jr *9 on motorcycle **1 on motorcycle Motorcycles 7 Steve Hengeveld 5 Johnny Campbell Paul Krause Justin Morgan Bruce Ogilvie Kendall Norman 4 Robby Bell Ted Hunnicutt Jr Mark Samuels 3 Scot Harden Jonah Street 2 Dan Ashcraft A.C. Bakken Ricky Brabec Quinn Cody Max Eddy Jr Gene Fetty Jack Johnson Justin Jones Chuck Miller David Pearson Kurt Pfeiffer Bill Silverthorn Arturo Salas Jr Craig Smith Colton Udall 1 Jason Alosi Francisco Arredondo Torsten Borstrom Mike Childress Cameron Corfman Ty Davis Doug Douglas Shane Esposito Danny Hamel David Kamo Danny LaPorte Diego Llanos Shane Logan Mitch Mayes Mouse McCoy Jim McClurg Mickey Quade J.N. Roberts Juan Carlos Salvatierra Garth Sweetland Howard Utsey Roberto Villalobos Brent Wallingsford Tim Weigand Ian Young


Overall 4wheel Vehicle Trucks/SUVs* 15 Ford 9 Chevy 8 Toyota 1 Jeep Cars 7 Funco Chenowth 3 Jimco Smithbuilt 2 Sandmaster 1 Baja Boot Chaparral Tatum *Includes 1994-97 (57 Total) Overall Engine Winners Cars & Trucks* 18 Ford 14 Chevy Volkswagen 8 Toyota 5 Porsche 1 Jeep Oldsmobile *Includes 1994-97 (57 total) Motorcycles 22 Honda 13 Husqvarna 11 Kawasaki 4 Yamaha 2 KTM 1 Beta Ducati Harley-Davidson Tires 4wheel vehicles (missing 4 early years) 35 BFGoodrich Tires 5 Western Auto Tires Toyo Tires 2 Firestone Tires Goodyear Tires Yokohama Tires