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Creel tops latest new entries for 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

 Pre-running on the official 285.69-mile race course opens Today

SCORE Media Contact: Dominic Clark,

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Launching its sixth decade as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization this year, pre-running opened Saturday at 8 a.m. PT on the unique 285.69-mile race course for this month’s King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, that features two special sections only for motorcycles and quads.

     Attempting to reduce the number of motorcycles and quads that would be passed by the fastest cars and trucks, this is the third time in the history of SCORE International that there will be two sections part of the overall race course just for motorcycles and quads.

     Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 20-24 on a rugged 285.69-mile race course in and around the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.


     Pre-race Contingency and Tech Inspection and the start/finish line compound will be located on the picturesque El Malecon in San Felipe along the inspiring azure waters of the Sea of Cortez.

     San Felipe is 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. on the eastern side of the Baja peninsula. All four 2023 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the eighth consecutive year.

     SCORE, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, is celebrating its 51st season in 2024.


     With over 250 entries anticipated at the start line to launch the sixth decade of SCORE desert racing, 232 total entries have been received so far for the popular ‘Spring Break’ event, with racers representing 27 U.S. States, U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico, and nine countries. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, France, New Zealand, and Peru.

     To date, there are 174 cars/trucks/utvs entered and 58 motorcycles/quads.


     With double-digit entries to date are the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck (high-tech, unlimited, 1000-horsepower, custom trucks) with 38, Trophy Truck Spec (SCORE Trophy Trucks with spec engines) with 45, Class 10 (10), Pro UTV Open (19), Pro UTV FI (16), Pro UTV Stock (13), Pro Moto Unlimited (13) and Pro Moto Ironman (solo riders) with 14.


    With pre-running opening today (Saturday, March 9) for the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE President/Race Director Jose A. Grijalva and Co-Race Director Rodolfo Fernandez have put together another memorable race course to challenge the world’s best desert racers.

     “This year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 race course will be another memorable one that will challenge even the veteran SCORE Baja racers and it will be much faster than most people might think,” commented Grijalva. “There is a little bit of everything including the dry lake beds and tire-crunching, unforgiving metal-bending Baja washes that will help make this year’s race one of the toughest ever. We are very pleased with the two special separate sections we have identified for the motorcycle and quad classes that will give them a beautiful race without having to look behind to see if a car or truck is catching them. This race and this race course will be a wonderful way to launch the 51st year of SCORE International.”

    Starting and finishing back on the picturesque El Malecon, the race is 285.69 miles, running in a counter-clockwise direction and features one physical full stop checkpoint (Borrego Road Crossing at race-mile 201.03).

     For just the third time and for safety reasons, SCORE has developed two separate sections within the overall race course for motorcycles and quads only, but all Pro classes will still cover 285.69 total miles of magnificent Baja terrain. All Sportsman classes will run a course of 284.86

     There are 133 virtual checkpoints for cars/trucks/UTVs, 111 for motos/quads. The course has eight speed zones for a total of 6.90 miles.

     The course heads North to the Zoo Road crossing up to the El Chinero area North for an extended long loop through Laguna Saldana, the Arroyo Grande, through Arroyo Arrajal, South to Borrego, down through Laguna Diablo, South past Morelia Junction, finally heading east gloriously infamous Chanate Wash, before heading north for the final sprint to the finish line.

     The moto/quad first deviation of the course is at RM 90.51 north of El Chinero and rejoins the overall course at RM 178.77. The second deviation starts at RM 270.56, heading south to make a long loop through Chanate Wash, back east through Azufre Wash where those classes will run North parallel to the car/truck/utv course before joining back up at rm 278.62, for the final seven miles to the finish line on El Malecon.

     All Sportsman classes will run a reduced course of 284.79 miles.

     The official course map, GPS files, course notes and Racer’s Information packet are all available on the SCORE website. They are located under race info for the SCORE San Felipe 250.


     Among the newest entries for this year’s race are Santiago Creel, Mexico City, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec), Mike Cafro, Temecula, Calif. (Pro UTV Open), Arturo Salas Jr, Chula Vista, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited), and Armando Duron, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 7SX).


   Celebrating the 37th anniversary of the youngest of the three legendary SCORE Baja races, sometimes referred to as the SCORE ‘Baby Baja’, entries are being accepted on the SCORE website under Race Info at for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.


     Pre-running on the official 285.69-mile race course opened at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday (March 9). Pre-running starts at race-mile .70 and finishes at race-mile 284.38.

     This year’s race course runs in a counter-clockwise direction with one physical checkpoint at the Borrego Road crossing. Motorcycle and quad classes have two deviations to the overall race course, but all vehicles will run the exact same total mileage. Sportsman classes will run 284.86 total miles.

     The official GPS files, course map, Racer’s Brief, and Penalty Bulletin are all available on the SCORE website under Racer Info.


     The deadline to enter online and in time to be included in the SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Day program and the race program was 5 p.m. PT on Friday March 8.

     Starting positions for the classes that aren’t qualifying will be determined by a random drawing after the close of online racer registration. Results of the start draw will be posted on the SCORE website by 6 p.m. PT on Friday, March 15.

     Late entries may register in person at the SCORE Ensenada office will have until 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 14. Those late entries, however, will not be included in the start draw.

     Late, on-site entries will receive the next starting position within the class entered.

     Questions should be directed to Shannon Lund, SCORE Registration and Membership Director at 775.852.8907 or


     For just the fifth time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold the Method Race Wheels SCORE Qualifying session starting at 7 a.m. PT on Thursday, March 21 to determine the starting positions within each class for the SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec classes. The starting order for qualifying in each class will be the order in which they entered the race.

    Entries received in the qualifying classes received after Friday, March 8 will be given then next available starting slot within their respective classes.

     Start order for qualifying will be determined by the date and time that they are received.

     Qualifying will be held on a 5.20-mile course not used before by SCORE. Qualifying is not open to the public.

     Qualifying will be part of the SCORE Live streaming of the event accessed through the SCORE website.


     International Motorcycle Rally Racer and prominent Mexico City entrepreneur Santiago Creel, 37, has entered the 55th SCORE Baja 500 in the Trophy Truck Spec class.

     Creel, who only started SCORE racing in 2017, has compiled an enviable record of five season class point titles including two class wins in the SCORE Baja 500, 2019 in Pro Moto Limited and 2020 in Trophy Truck Spec as the second driver for Jorge Sampietro.

     Creel has won an impressive nine Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, presented by Toyota Escondido, including a SCORE-record three in 2019, when he led teams as the Rider of Record in Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto Limited and Pro Moto 30.

     As DOR in Trophy Truck Spec last year, Creel started his 2023 campaign with a 16th place finish out of a SCORE-record 43 starters in San Felipe. In last year’s SCORE Baja 500, 20th out of 31 starters in his class, he finished 20th out of 37 starters in the SCORE Baja 400. Creel ended the season by finishing ninth out of 34 starters in the SCORE Baja 1000.

     He drives his No. 260 Monkey Business TSCO-Chevy.  In 2023, Creel finished eighth in the season points in his class out of 60 total starters.


     A veteran of nearly 30 years of SCORE racing, champion racer and Polaris Factory racer Mike Cafro, 53, Temecula, Calif. (originally from Fallbrook, Calif.), is entered again in the Pro UTV Open class in his No. 1876 Mike Cafro Racing (MCR) Polaris RZR Pro R.

     In 2023, Cafro finished fourth in points in his ultra-competitive class, finishing all four races with third, sixth, 11th and fifth place results in the four races. He has now won three consecutive SCORE Milestone Awards for racers who complete every required mile of each race.

     His teammate and second driver is Jamie Kirkpatrick, 42, Olympia, Wash. as the duo finished a solid second place on the podium in two races in 2022, won at the SCORE Baja 400 and finished fifth in class in the SCORE Baja 1000 to capture the season point champion in their first season in their new class.

     In 2021, Cafro and Kirkpatrick had an amazing season in the Pro UTV Stock class, going undefeated in all four races, to win the season point title in a Polaris RZR Turbo S.

     Cafro started racing with SCORE with his brother Carmen as his teammate and they had numerous class wins on three-wheel ATVs early in their careers and then Mike’s passion had him winning races and titles in domestic series across the U.S. on a four-wheel quad.

     In addition to his second-place class finish in 2022 and third place last year in the SCORE San Felipe 250, Cafro has four career class wins in this SCORE race (2002, 2007, 2014, 2021).


     Winning the overall motorcycle for the second straight year in the SCORE Baja 500 last year, and the first time as rider of record of his own race team was Arturo Salas Jr, 21, 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 No. 11x 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.

     In 2022, Salas Jr was on the winning motorcycle team led by Bolivia’ Juan Carlos Salvatierra.

     In his first SCORE race as the rider of record with his own team, an emotional Salas Jr, expressed at the finish line at the 2023 SCORE Baja 500, “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.”

     For this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Salas Jr is Rider of Record on the No. 11x Honda CRF450X motorcycle with another young gun, Carter Klein, 19, Agua Dulce, Calif., as his second rider. Klein was a co-rider in last year’s SCORE Baja 1000 for race champion Juan Carlos Salvatierra.


     One of the numerous Mexican racers who star in the SCORE World Desert Championship is Armando Duron, 60, Mexicali, Mexico. He is the Driver of Record in his No. 740 Ford Ranger in Class 7SX.

     Joining Armando Duron for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, will be his three sons Israel, 30, Armando Jr, 36, and Pedro, 44.

     Duron has won three consecutive SCORE season Class 7SX point championships (2021, 2022, 2023). In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Duron has two class wins (2021 and 2023).

     In winning last year’s season class point title, Duron won the SCORE San Felipe 250, had two DNFs (SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 400) and then secured his third season crown by finishing second in the SCORE Baja 1000 out of 10 starters in his class.


     During qualifying on Thursday, contingency on Friday and the race on Saturday until the course closes on Sunday early morning, SCORE Live streaming will be broadcasting race activities and start and finish line interviews as well as live action from Drones, ground cameras and in-car cameras from around the race course. There will also be live Zoom interviews for individuals around the race course as part of SCORE Live for this race.

     Popular Rat Sult, who is starting his ninth season as the voice of SCORE, will once again serve as host and lead ramp announcer of the expansive SCORE Live streaming. Assisting Sult will be Mexico’s Gabriel Garcia.

     Sult and Garcia will be announcing from the SCORE start/finish ramp while the show will also include SCORE studio announcers in El Cajon, Calif., providing live info and updates throughout the race.

     SCORE live is being produced again by SCORE Media House, Bud Brutsman, producer, Alberto Luna, on-site director.

     Coverage will also include hourly updates throughout the race from Austin Farner of Fishgistics.

     SCORE live may be launched from the home page of the SCORE website or from the SCORE App.


    The King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, will be an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday, March 23 will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 6 a.m. (PT) and 9 a.m. (PT) for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in around four and one-half hours, all vehicles will have a 13-hour time limit in the 285.59-mile race to become official finishers in the iconic race.


     Grand Marshal for this year’s King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 is SCORE champion racer Mark Post, a prominent businessman in Southern California and Las Vegas.

     Post, 65, of Las Vegas and Laguna Beach, Calif., has been an active desert racer for nearly 30 years, recorded his most impressive season in 2007 when he won the SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship. In 2007, with the iconic Rob MacCachren as his second driver, Post won the 40th anniversary SCORE Baja 1000, a race of 1296.39 miles from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in his spectacular No. 3 Riviera Racing Black Diamond Ford F-150.

     Post, MacCachren, and third driver Carl Renezeder, covered the distance in 25 hours, 21 minutes, and 25 seconds, averaging 53.43 miles per hour to be the fastest overall four-wheel vehicle finisher in the race.

    In his remarkable 2007 SCORE season Post finished fourth in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, first in the SCORE San Felipe 250, fourth in the SCORE Baja 500, second in the SCORE Terrible’s Las Vegas Primm 300, capped by his massive victory in the season-ending 40th SCORE Baja 1000 from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas.

     Also in 2007, Riviera Racing won the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup short-course event on the dirt track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Rob MacCachren driving.

   In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Post has three career class wins, two with Jerry Whelchel before winning in 2007 in SCORE Trophy Truck with MacCachren. Post and Whelchel won Class 1 in this race in 1998 and again in 2004 in SCORE Trophy Truck.

     Post also earned a prestigious SCORE Milestone Award in 2007.

     In his illustrious SCORE racing career, Post has seven career SCORE Trophy Truck race victories, (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and his three in 2007.



    Here are the dates for the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship which will be held in Baja California, Mexico for the ninth consecutive year:

·       King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250—

March 20-24, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

·       BFGoodrich Tires 56th SCORE Baja 500—

May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       5th SCORE Baja 400, presented by VP Racing Fuels—

September 11-15, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

·       BFGoodrich Tires 57th SCORE Baja 1000—

November 11-17, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico


     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, Optima Batteries-Official Battery, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communication, Sylvania-Official Light, Method Race Wheels-Official Wheel and Race Qualifying sponsor, Lasernut-Official Custom Metal Fabricator, 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

King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250,

Opener of four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

March 20-24 – 285.59 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 232 (as of 3/09/23)

(from 27 U.S. States, U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, host Mexico, Australia,

Bolivia, Canada, Chile, France, New Zealand, Peru)

(Numerical order, by class)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs



1 Bryce Menzies

*1L Gustavo Vildosola Sr

2 Chad Broughton

6 Dan Myers

10 Alan Ampudia

16 Cameron Steele

19 Tim Herbst

21 Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr

23 Dan McMillin

24 Adam Householder

25 Craig Christy

26 Dave Taylor

27 Jonathan Brenthel

34 Broc Dickerson

*37L Rolf Helland

41 Justin Lofton

45 Gary Magness

46 Toby Price

48 Tracy Poole

51 Steve Olliges

*53L Wade Porter

58 Tracy Graf

*61L David Payne

63 Ruben Torres

*65L Greg Adler

66 Chris Hertsch

69 Andrew Myers

70 Kevin Thompson

80 Josh Daniel

82 Sam Baldi

83 Luke McMillin

85 Mikey Lawrence

*85L Clay Lawrence

87 Dallas Lutrell

89 Mike Walser

94 Christopher Polvoorde

97 Gabriel Torres


CLASS 1 (5)

127 Cody Parkhouse

138 Kyle Quinn

153 Brad Wilson

162 Brendan Gaughan

168 Cody Reid


200 Jason McNeil

201 Mitch McNeil

204 Cade Garcia

205 Joe Delucie

207 Mason Cullen

209 J. David Ruvalcaba

211 Tim Wilson

212 Bud Pecoy

213 Josh Beyer

219 Thor Herbst

224 Miles Wyatt

227 Jack Olliges

228 Ryan Hancock

236 Michael Marsal

238 Elijah Kiger

240 Chris Miller

241 Stephen Beal

242 Bryce Swaim

245 Ethan Hagle

246 Ben Hagle

247 Scott Shields

248 Kevin Price

249 Chase Swanson

250 Dustin Swanson

258 Mavrick Gaunt

259 Matt Winslow

260 Santiago Creel

262 Mick Magher

263 EJ Herbst

264 Arnoldo Gutierrez

266 David Ziegler

267 Jose L. Leon

269 Troy Stone

273 Jordan Brenthel

274 Jason Babcock

277 Travis Williams

282 Brent Fox

284 Jose Contreras

285 Justin Davis

289 Tanner Rust

290 Isidro Ochoa

294 Vincent Munoz

297 Jorge Sampietro

299 Charles Dorrance

CLASS 10 (10)

1000 Francisco Vera

1002 Matias Arjona IV

1006 Stan Potter (DOR-Freddie Willert)

1011 Cesar Cuevas

1012 Jake Woodruff

1014 Bruce Yee

1023 Tamara Myers

1044 Jason Shipman

1060 Ted Baker

1077 Dale Ebberts


1821 Cayden MacCachren

1824 Oscar Alvarez

1825 Vito Ranuio

1831 Craig Scanlon

1841 Max Eddy Jr

1842 Gilberto Rodriguez

1850 Paul Barnhart Jr

1854 Kristen Matlock

1860 Ryan Laidlaw

1867 Mike Pratt

1868 Bernie Gomez

1869 Justin Lambert

1870 Brandon Walsh

1871 Wayne Matlock

1872 Justin Smith

1876 Mike Cafro

1880 Gabe Matthews

1886 Branden Sims

1891 Samuel Huesco

1896 Brock Heger


2906 Zach Selby

2908 Valeria Lozano

2909 Carlos Villarino

2914 Esteban Ceja Sr

2915 Rickey Arslanian

2921 John Myerly

2925 Bernardo Perez

2928 Carlos Quezada

2944 Phil Blurton

2948 Matt Burroughs

2955 Miguel Cortez

2956 Bogart Escandon

2960 Miguel Barraza

2973 Jorge Vela

2974 Jorge Cano

2987 Edgar Garcia

CLASS 7 (5)

700 Daniel Chamlee

703 Scott Brady

711 Richard Fant

718 Luis Vazquez Jr

720 Randy Bluth


1201 David Caspino

1238 Robert Illian


1913 Dean Acton

1919 Eva Malabanan

1952 Hector Crespo

1974 Ethan Groom

CLASS 5 (4)

500 Eli Yee

510 Gerardo Ibarra

525 Martin Anguiano

538 Brandon Homme


3907 Jeremy Davis

3915 Javier Lopez

3916 Jeff Embree

3919 Anibal Lopez

3924 Ricardo Zarogoza

3925 Kaden Wells

3926 Yoshua Morquecho

3928 Endy Chavez

3930 Douglas Cornwell

3943 Dennis Romero

3954 Shane Allen

3955 Scott Sappington

3959 Antonio Mendez

CLASS 1/2-1600 (4)

1606 Daniel Goodrich

1643 Daniel Reyes Jr

1656 Raul Ojeda

1662 Julie Boyer

CLASS 8 (1)

809 Josh Klenske

CLASS 5/1600 (1)

561 Zackery Woodruff


BC 1 Joseph Koenig

BC 2 Frank Olagary

CLASS 7F (2)

714F Justin Park

719F Cesar Gutierrez


740 Armando Duron

CLASS 11 (1)

1111 Eric Solorzano



1801 Oscar Indreland

Pro Motorcycles


1x Juan Carlos Salvatierra

7x Justin Morgan

8x Fernando Beltran

9x Austin Eddy

11x Arturo Salas Jr

13x Adrian Ortiz

15x Eric Holt

20x Eric Kirby

21x Justin Kennamer

24x Jacob Robinson

25x Bryce Stavron

92x Tucker Hopkins

99x Samuel Scott

PRO MOTO 30 (3)

311x Juan Valenzuela

317x Ethan Wheeler

354x Felipe Barron


150x Neithan Adams

PRO MOTO 50 (3)

513x Joseph Amey

514x Lawrence Janesky

547x Mike Prunty

PRO MOTO 40 (4)

400x Alirio Amado

407x Luis Esquivel

411x Francisco Esposito

452x Travis Flateau


704x Casey Odonnell

707x Joseph Darminio

716x David Topete

717x Travis Lukens

719x Kadin Guard

722x Daniel Albritton

724x William Gross

745x Patricio Cabrera

756x Francisco Heredia

780x Jeff Miller

781x Miguel Luna

788x Brian Roberts

789x Christian Cuevas

799x Marco Molinar

PRO MOTO 60 (1)

616x Harrold Harris


805x Dustin Davis

827x Gerardo Rubio

834x Scott Purcell


E499 Christian Klein

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (5)

1a Nicolas Velez

10a Dionisio Zavalo

18a Roberto Villalobos

31a Estevan Ramirez

39a Sergio Jimenez

Pro Quad Ironman (1)

91a Jorge Lopez Jr


SPT M/C (5)

205x Francisco Rosas

229x Joel Magallanes

236x Andy Valencia

283x Chad Waite

298x Josh Hess


119a Sebastian Castro

124a Erick Talamentes

138a Gabriel Vazquez

192a Francisco Cuevas