‘SCORE Saturday’—nationally Dec. 24 on CBS Sports Network
to air first 3 rounds of 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
Bonus repeat of SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and Qualifying from Las Vegas…
Coverage of multiple classes with repeats of first three rounds of SCORE World Desert Championship—
SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge—
featuring classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
ENSENADA, Mexico—Christmas comes early for SCORE International during a very special ‘SCORE Saturday’ as all three of the opening rounds of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship and last Sunday’s SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will have twin repeat airings as one-hour specials on the same day as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular show.
Following the initial early evening airing of the first three races of the season, plus the SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, all four shows will all be aired again in a time block of eight consecutive hours.
As an added bonus on Christmas night (Sunday), the CBS Sports Network will air the premier broadcast of the two-hour 49th SCORE Baja 1000 results show at 6 p.m. PT.
All three races held in Mexico and the SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying will be running in an eight-hour time block in chronological order will start at 6 p.m. PT with the 30th annual SCORE San Felipe 250 followed by the 48th annual SCORE Baja 500, the Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge and the SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying.
Round 1 was held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico in late February, Round 2 was held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the first weekend of June, Round 3 was held in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico in mid-September and the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying was held in Las Vegas the first week of November.
From award-winning show producers BCII TV of Southern California, announcers for the SCORE shows have been Jared D’Anda, SCORE racer/TV action Sports Announcer and Casey Currie.
‘SCORE Saturday’ on CBS Sports Network – December 24, 2016
First three rounds of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will have
repeat airings on the same day on Saturday, Dec. 24 on the CBS Sports Network.
Plus repeat of Sunday’s SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience & Qualifying
The three race shows highlight multiple classes in each race with special coverage of the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race winners in the first three rounds of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. The SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and SCORE Baja 1000, both presented by BFGoodrich Tires, spotlight the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec classes.
Earning the surprise overall victory in the season-opening 30th SCORE San Felipe 250 on the 259-mile course was class rookie Billy Wilson, 30, of Corpus Christi, Texas, driving the No. 15 Bevly Wilson Racing Chevy Silverado in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr, 33, of Mexicali, roared to the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the 48th SCORE Baja 500 in early June, driving the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor on the 477.52-mile race course.
In mid-September, Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez, 42, of Tecate won over his talented son Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez to capture the special-formatted, history-making Rosarito Beach 20th SCORE Desert Challenge. Marking the first SCORE race ever held in the Rosarito Beach area, the elder Lopez drove the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado to win the 128.4-mile race that was held over two days with each vehicle running two laps per day over the 32.1-mile race course.
In the special qualifying session for the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 on Nov. 1 at the LVMS Off-Road Track, helped by a huge assist from short-course racing champion co-driver Kyle LeDuc, Riviera Racing’s Mark Post earned the first starting position in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for the 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000. LeDuc was the fastest qualifier with the quickest time over three laps of the .7-mile LVMS Off-Road Track in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150.
Fastest qualifier in the Trophy Truck Spec class was Costa Rica’s Javier Quiros in the No. 244 Toyota Tacoma.
The trio of racer winners and LeDuc will be spotlighted during Saturday’s repeat telecasts of their respective races and the qualifying event on the CBS Sports Network.
2016 SCORE WORLD DESERT CHAMPIONSHIP PODIUMS…
ROUND 1—30th SCORE SAN FELIPE 250
While Billy Wilson drove patiently and capitalized on pre-race favorites Vildosola Jr and B.J. Baldwin, Wilson won in the first race in his new class. Second was Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo., just under two minutes behind Wilson in the No. 98 Ford F-150 and completing the podium was Mexico’s ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck to finish third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck.
ROUND 2—48th SCORE BAJA 500
Running his race with a different strategy after opening the season with a DNF, Mexico’s Gus ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr won the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Branix Ford Raptor by almost three minutes over Las Vegas’ Hall of Fame desert racer Rob MacCachren in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports F-150.
Third in SCORE Trophy Truck and overall was Mexico’s ‘Apdaly’ Lopez for the second straight race in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck.
Vildosola Jr made history by becoming just the ninth racer in SCORE history to win the SCORE Baja Racing Triple Crown. He has now won the overall in the SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000.
Racing for the first-time in the Rosarito Beach area in, the special format, two-days of racing event turned into a father/son battle at the end. Winning was Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico overcoming his son Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez who finished third while finishing second in between the two was Billy Wilson in the No. 15 Bevly Wilson Racing Chevy Silverado.
QUALIFYING—49th SCORE BAJA 1000
While co-driver Leduc earned the top qualifying spot for Riviera Racing’s Mark Post, second fastest was last year’s top qualifier Ricky Johnson, co-driver for RPM Racing Justin Matney and their quickest was Robby Gordon in the No. 200 Chevy Silverado, using the vehicle number of his late father ‘Baja’ Bob Gordon who died tragically in September of this year.
Their third overall victory of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship at the Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge also represented the 86th overall win in SCORE Baja racing for long-time SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires which celebrated its 41st season in SCORE Baja racing in 2016.
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
On the way to keeping the No. 1x plate for 2017, Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif., won all three of the first rounds of the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship on the No. 1x Ox Motorsports Honda CRF450X. Udall and teammate Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., split the seat time in the SCORE San Felipe 250 and the SCORE Baja 500 while Udall rode solo to victory in the Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway have once again been airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. The spectacular shows have featured not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue as part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2016 broadcast season, the SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will air as a full two-hour special for the second straight year.
ON THE AIR
2016 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory has chronicled each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. D2G, which began shooting at last year’s SCORE Baja 1000, and continued up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races.
The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 30-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico
Official SCORE Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, Muck Daddy-Official Hand Cleaner, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Official SCORE Partners: 4 Wheel Parts, Coca Cola, The Satellite Phone Store, PCI Race Radios.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
Rosarito Beach SCORE Desert Challenge Special Partners: Vi Ayuntamiento de Playas de Rosarito, Cotuco de Playas de Rosarito, Comite de Mercadatecnia Playas de Rosarito, Baja California Secretary of Tourism.