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Method Wheels & SCORE International ink extensive Marketing Partnership

Method Race Wheels now Official Wheel partner and Title Sponsor for four-race SCORE World Desert Championship Qualifiers.

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

Industry leading Method Race Wheels® has become an official partner of SCORE International and the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship. The World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, in operation for over 50 years, produces the globally known race brands, SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 400 and SCORE San Felipe 250, which all are held in Baja California, Mexico.

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Method Wheels & SCORE International ink extensive Marketing Partnership

Method Race Wheels now Official Wheel partner and Title Sponsor for four-race SCORE World Desert Championship Qualifiers.

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

Industry leading Method Race Wheels® has become an official partner of SCORE International and the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship. The World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, in operation for over 50 years, produces the globally known race brands, SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 400 and SCORE San Felipe 250, which all are held in Baja California, Mexico.

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Method Wheels & SCORE International ink extensive Marketing Partnership

Method Race Wheels now Official Wheel partner and Title Sponsor for four-race SCORE World Desert Championship Qualifiers.

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Industry leading Method Race Wheels® has become an official partner of SCORE International and the four-race SCORE World Desert Championship. The World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, in operation for over 50 years, produces the globally known race brands, SCORE Baja 1000, SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 400 and SCORE San Felipe 250, which all are held in Baja California, Mexico.

     Method Race Wheels is now partnering with SCORE International as the Official Wheel of SCORE as well as the Title partner of SCORE Qualifying for each of the four races on the SCORE schedule.

     “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Method Race Wheels as the newest partner of the SCORE World Desert Championship!” said Jim Ryan, SCORE Vice-President of Marketing & Sales.  “Having an Industry leading brand like Method Race Wheels bringing their aggressive marketing and social media expertise to our desert racing market is a great asset for our brand and our racers.  Method Race Wheels has also committed the additional title sponsorship of all the new for 2024 season Qualifying events for all four SCORE races, which will add a new level of marketing and audience content programming that will make these one-day event activities a must watch and increased important factor for all SCORE races for the 2024 season”.

     Method Race Wheels is not just aiming to position its brand within the purview of SCORE's fanbase, but it is also dedicated to bolstering the success of its racers. Boasting over a decade of race victories, championships, and memorable moments, Method Race Wheels takes pride in delivering the highest caliber wheels to the competition. The company offers an exceptional support program for teams competing at any level or in any class. This includes significantly discounted race products, direct factory support, and a no minimum races requirement. A program crafted by racers, for racers.

     Learn more about Method Race Wheels Racer Program at: methodracewheels.com/racerprogram.

     Details regarding the SCORE World Desert Championship schedule, and more are available on SCORE-International.com.

About Method Race Wheels

     With corporate headquarters in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., Method Race Wheels designs, develops and distributes high performance wheels and accessories for race and street applications.

     Our commitment to quality is reflected in every product we offer, as we hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance. At Method Race Wheels, we are not content with conventional ideas of industry standards.

     As passionate racing enthusiasts and participants, we are driven to explore higher levels of performance for our products. Through rigorous engineering, testing and data collection, we constantly redefine what is possible in our designs. What truly sets us apart from other wheel companies is the application of our extensive race knowledge, which enables us to create products that are truly exceptional.

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RACE RUMORS | February 2024 Issue

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READY TO RACE | February 2024 Issue

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The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

The Rugged Radio Showroom is an open area with products and cool vehicles on display

Communication support and race support vehicles are ready to help racers and enthusiasts at every SCORE race

Rugged Radios is the Official Communications of SCORE International

In his personal shop and collection, Cottrell has an area replicating his dad’s original motorcycle repair shop

RUGGED RADIOS

A NEW COMPLEX SHOWCASES A PASSION FOR COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

By Dan Sanchez

After starting out in a small garage, Rugged Radios founder and president Greg Cottrell grew his radio and communication equipment business into a giant in the industry. We recently visited the company’s latest complex in Arroyo Grande, California, a small town neighboring Pismo Beach, which showcases the company’s passion for communication technology as well as vintage cars, motorcycles, race vehicles, and more.

“Our home is here in Arroyo Grande,” said Cottrell. “My dad had a motorcycle repair shop in Covina, California, and I began getting involved in it with him when he began racing in SCORE in the 70s.” Cottrell learned early on that communication is critical for safety during racing or other off-road adventures. Cottrell later moved to Arroyo Grande and began working on improving the communication systems that were available at the time, and he soon became a leader in the marketplace.

“I’ve been in the business of communication technology for 32 years and started Rugged Radios over 18 years ago,” said Cottrell. “I started out in my garage, and now we have a state-of-the-art complex designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.” 

The Rugged Radios facility isn’t just a large, bland building in the middle of town. The beautiful exterior and interior are inviting to everyone interested in cars, motorcycles, off-road, Overlanding, and anything else on two or four wheels. “For us, it’s all about energy,” said Cottrell. “When you walk in, you feel the company– who we are– become immersed in the activity here, and you begin to realize you’re in the communications superstore.”

With more than 50 employees, the showroom is open and allows customers to see everything from order-taking, R&D, production, shipping, and more. You will also be surrounded by multiple vintage motorcycles, buggies, race vehicles, and hot-rods, all on display with the company’s products in them. From headsets for helmets to the latest GMRS communication units, samples are available for customers to pick up, feel, and ask questions.

The employees also show pride in working there, and although the main building and showroom are impressive, there’s much more to the Rugged Radios complex. Alongside the main building is the company’s new taco stand, a small building with a full kitchen that is still being prepared to make, sell, and distribute Baja-style tacos. 

“The taco stand is being set up for when we have events such as car shows here at Rugged,” said Steve Gonzalez, Rugged warehouse manager. “We have events here that bring in hundreds of vehicles, and people want to eat, so we took our love of tacos from Baja and brought it to our facility.”

The Rugged complex also houses the company’s “garage,” where new products are prototyped and tested and where team members can work on their vehicles. Everything from welding tools to a CNC laser cutter is in this area to maximize creativity and design. Behind the Garage is another building where all of Cottrell’s personal toys are housed and showcased. Vintage motorcycles, Baja Bugs, Jeeps, a vintage trailer, collectible bicycles, and a replica of his dad’s motorcycle repair shop are all displayed in a tribute to the passions Cottrell shares.

Between the main building and the Garage are numerous Rugged Radio vehicles, including show support and product trailers, along with four-wheel show and pre-runner trucks. 

“This year, we partnered with SCORE International as the Official Radio Communications company,” said Cottrell. “It’s been a dream of mine to become involved with SCORE in an official capacity, as we support SCORE and SCORE supports us. Most importantly, we support the racers at every event and teach them how to install, check, and recheck their equipment before a race. This partnership with SCORE is only the beginning, and I can’t wait for the many more years to come.”

For more information on the Rugged Radios location or any of the Rugged Radio products, visit them at www.ruggedradios.com.

Olliges father & son entered for SCORE San Felipe 250

Salvatierra, 2Olliges, SCI Racing, Beltran, Price, Stavron, Helland, 3-1/2 Amigos, newest entries

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the latest new entries for the next month’s season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Steve Olliges and his son Jack Olliges, SCI Racing’s Broc Heger, Cayden MacCachren, Max Eddy Jr, and Craig Scanlon, Fernando Beltran, Kevin Price, Bryce Stavron, Rolf Helland, and the team of Stan Potter/Freddie Willert/Dan Worley.

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Olliges father & son entered for SCORE San Felipe 250

Salvatierra, 2Olliges, SCI Racing, Beltran, Price, Stavron, Helland, 3-1/2 Amigos, newest entries

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the latest new entries for the next month’s season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Steve Olliges and his son Jack Olliges, SCI Racing’s Broc Heger, Cayden MacCachren, Max Eddy Jr, and Craig Scanlon, Fernando Beltran, Kevin Price, Bryce Stavron, Rolf Helland, and the team of Stan Potter/Freddie Willert/Dan Worley.

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Olliges father & son entered for SCORE San Felipe 250

Salvatierra, 2Olliges, SCI Racing, Beltran, Price, Stavron, Helland, 3-1/2 Amigos, newest entries

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the latest new entries for the next month’s season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Steve Olliges and his son Jack Olliges, SCI Racing’s Broc Heger, Cayden MacCachren, Max Eddy Jr, and Craig Scanlon, Fernando Beltran, Kevin Price, Bryce Stavron, Rolf Helland, and the team of Stan Potter/Freddie Willert/Dan Worley.

     Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 20-24 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

     Pre-race Contingency, 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 along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2024 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the ninth consecutive year.

EARLY ENTRIES

     With over 250 entries anticipated at the start line to launch the 51st season of SCORE desert racing, 162 total early entries have been received so far for the popular ‘Spring Break’ event, with racers representing 22 U.S. States, and six 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.

DOUBLE DIGITS

     With double-digit entries to date are the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck (high-tech, unlimited, 1000-horsepower, custom trucks) with 36, Trophy Truck Spec, (SCORE Trophy Trucks with spec engines) with 39 and Pro UTV Open with 16.

LATEST BIRDS

     Among the latest early entries for this year’s race are SCORE stars Bolivia’s Juan Carlos Salvatierra, (Pro Moto Unlimited), Steve Olliges, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck), and his son Jack Olliges (Trophy Truck Spec), PCI Racing’s Pro UTV Open teams of Broc Heger, Brawley, Calif., Cayden MacCachren, Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif. Las Vegas, Fernando Beltran, Tijuana, Mexico (Pro Moto Unlimited), Kevin Price, Fremont, Calif. (Trophy Truck Spec), Bryce Stavron, San Clemente, Calif. (Pro Moto Unlimited), Rolf Helland, Morris, Ill. (SCORE TT Legend), and Tres Amigos Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif/Freddie Willert, El Cajon, Calif./Dan Worley, Encinitas, Calif. (Class 10).

THREE DECADES-PLUS

     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 https://score-raceinfo.com/37th-san-felipe-250-march-20-24-2024/ for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.

BOLIVIAN AMBASSADOR

    After winning the season point championship for two consecutive years (2020, 2021) in the brutally tough Pro Moto Ironman class for solo riders, Bolivia’s acclaimed international rally racer Juan Carlos Salvatierra moved to the Pro Moto Unlimited class in 2022 and 2023 and has won the season point title in fastest class on two wheels for two more consecutive year.

     In winning the 2023 Pro Moto Unlimited season point championship, Salvatierra and his team finished the season with victories in the SCORE Baja 400 and the SCORE Baja 1000 peninsula run from La Paz to Ensenada on his No. 1x KTM 450SX-F motorcycle.

     Salvatierra has announced his co-riders for this year’s King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 as Shane Logan, 22, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Justin Carnes, 25, El Centro, Calif.

    He opened the 2023 season with a sixth-place finish in Pro Moto Unlimited at the SCORE San Felipe 250, and a fourth-place in the SCORE Baja 500 before winning the last two races of the season.

     In addition to winning four consecutive season SCORE class season point championships, ‘Chavo’, as he is known, has also won four consecutive SCORE Milestone Awards as the Rider of Rider riding solo in 2020, 2021, and Rider of Record with additional riders the last two years. The SCORE Milestone Awards are presented annually to drivers or riders of record who complete every required race mile of every season.

     Salvatierra, 42, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, raced nine years in the Dakar Rally, also mountain biking and triathlons. Considered the most important athlete in the history of Bolivia, in 2011, Salvatierra became the first athlete from Bolivia to race in the Dakar Rally. He is also a nine-time Bolivian National Motocross champion.

FATHER & SON OLLIGES

     Prominent Las Vegas car dealer Steve Olliges is returning to this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 once again.

     Olliges, 60, and his talented 16-year-old son Jack Olliges will both be racing. While young Jack has been racing in Nevada deserts since he was 10 years old, he has graduated to SCORE Baja racing where he finished 26th in last year’s San Felipe race out of a SCORE-record 43 starters and 10th out of 31 starters in last year’s SCORE Baja 500 in the Trophy Truck Spec class.

    Steve Olliges, of the prominent Team Ford dealership in Las Vegas, races in SCORE Trophy Truck while the developing Jack will be behind the wheel of another Ford truck in the ever-expanding Trophy Truck Spec class in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

     While father Steve is a veteran SCORE racing champion, young Jack made his SCORE debut at last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

     In San Felipe last year, Steve Olliges had a strong sixth-place finish out of 39 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck and he came back with another sixth-place finish out of 33 starters om SCORE Trophy Truck in last year’s SCORE Baja 500.

     Steve Olliges is the Driver of Record in his No. 51 Olliges Racing Ford Raptor (Geiser) with SCORE champion and former NASCAR divisional racer Justin Lofton, 37, Brawley, Calif., as his second driver.

     Jack Olliges will be looking to add to his growing SCORE resume as the Driver of Record in the No. 227 Geiser-Ford.

     In addition to multiple class race wins, Steve Olliges won the SCORE season point championship in the Stock Full class in both 1994 and 1996.

SCI’s FACTORY POLARIS RACING

     Returning as the super-UTV team on the block again this year is the Polaris Factory Racing team and the sport’s first purpose-built race ready UTV. Driving three all-new Polaris-engineered race machines all in the Pro UTV Open class are Cayden MacCachren, Max Eddy Jr, Brock Heger, and Craig Scanlon.

    Team principal is Craig Scanlon, a key K&N Engineering executive who continues to race in the Pro UTV Open class, former SCORE champion racer Ryan Thomas is the general manager and Adam Arsenault is operations director at the team’s 10,000 sq. ft. race shop in San Diego. Crew Chief is Johnny Nelson, a two-time winner of the SCORE Mechanic of the Year Award (2013, 2019).

     The team made an auspicious debut during the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship, with a team member winning each of the four races during the season. At the end of SCORE’s 50th season as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, Heger finished as the class champion, MacCachren was third in the final points, and Scanlon was ninth at the end of the season. The fourth team vehicle was drive by two different drivers, it still managed a 10th place finish for year.

     In the 2023 King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250 the team debuted by all finishing in the top 10 in their class—first, fourth, sixth and 10th. In the 2023 BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500, PFR finished first, ninth, 14th and one DNF out of 20 starters in their Pro UTV Open class. In the SCORE Baja 400, PFR finished first, sixth, seventh, and 14th, out of 16 starters. And in the epic SCORE Baja 1000, PFR racers finished first, third, eighth, and one DNF.

    The team shares the same sponsors and vehicle livery supported by a team of Polaris off-road engineers.

     The entire team is expected to be solo drivers for the upcoming SCORE San Felipe 250.

--SCANLON

     Team principal of SCI Motorsports, Craig Scanlon, 50, Orange, Calif. (Helena, Mont.) drives the No. 1831 Polaris RZR Pro R where he started the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship by winning the Pro UTV Open class as well as recording the fastest time of a SCORE-record 64 total UTVs competing in the SCORE San Felipe 250 in five different classes. He endured an unfortunate DNF in the SCORE Baja 500 in June, came back with a sixth in the SCORE Baja 400 in September and suffered another DNF in the SCORE Baja 1000 in November. He finished ninth in season points in his class.

--MINI-MAC

     Being son of the G.O.A.T. of off-road racing (Rob MacCachren), Las Vegas’ third-generation desert racer Cayden ‘Mini-Mac’ MacCachren, 22, has clearly stepped away from his famous father’s tracks and is forming his own talented trail in desert racing.

     In just a few short seasons, Cayden MacCachren has raced in multiple SCORE classes

    Cayden MacCachren finished his ‘rookie’ season by finishing third in the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship point standings in the Pro UTV FI class as the second driver for Brandon Schueler. Cayden MacCachren was voted as the 2021 SCORE Rookie of the Year for his exemplary efforts. During the 2022 season, he raced part of the season in Pro UTV FI and part in the Trophy Truck Spec class.

     Cayden MacCachren has spent several years in Baja prior to the last three-plus seasons. Mini-Mac has driven for pre-running with his famous father while dad Rob records all the course notes for both.

     He opened the 2023 season with a fourth-place finish in Pro UTV Open in San Felipe. He finished 14th in class in the SCORE Baja 500 and finished seventh in the SCORE Baja 400 this year and ended the year in spectacular fashion by winning the epic SCORE Baja 1000 starting for the first time La Paz and finishing once again in Ensenada, Mexico. He ended up third in season points in Pro UTV Open.

     With the SCI Polaris Factory Racing team, Cayden MacCachren is the driver of the No. 1821 SCI Motorsports Polaris RZR Pro-R.

     Cayden’s winning ‘super-team’ of additional drivers for last year’s SCORE Baja 1000 were SCORE motorcycle champion Justin Morgan, 33, El Cajon, Calif., and International Drifting champion and SCORE champion Rhys Millen, 51, Huntington Beach, Calif. (New Zealand).

     MacCachren will drive solo in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

--MAX EDDY Jr

     Max Eddy Jr, 41, Barstow, Calif., is the new DOR for the SCI Polaris Factory Race Team for 2024.

     A veteran SCORE Motorcycle champion, Eddy Jr has been a second driver for Craig Scanlon and many other racers during his career.

    Eddy Jr is driver of record the No. 1841 SCI Motorsports Polaris Pro-R.

     In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Eddy Jr has won his motorcycle class twice, once in 2013 and once in 2014. He also has three motorcycle wins in the legendary SCORE Baja 1000, 2014, 2017 and 2019.

--HEGER

    Brock Heger, 24, El Centro, Calif., has excelled in every discipline of racing and has over 100 wins and 200 podiums on his resume so far. Most recently, Heger has raced in Pro-Lite short course trucks and Production UTVs in the Champ Off Road Series, earning championships in both classes as well as most recently as the second driver in the Trophy Truck Spec class in SCORE races.

     Heger drives the No. 1896 SCI Motorsports Polaris RZR Pro-R. He opened the 2023 season with a 10th place finish. He won his class in the SCORE Baja 500, and the SCORE Baja 400 and capped the season with a third-place podium finish to claim the 2023 SCORE Pro UTV Open class championship.

     While he will drive solo in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, Heger’s additional drivers for last year’s podium finish in the epic SCORE Baja 1000 were champion short-course racer Ronnie Anderson, 23, Riverside, Calif., and veteran domestic racer JD Marsh, 39, Star, Idaho.

TEAM BELTRAN TO UNLIMITED

     Mexico’s SCORE veteran motorcycle champion Fernando Beltran, 47, of Ensenada, has decided to move up to the Pro Moto Unlimited class for the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

     Beltran has won his Pro Moto Limited class nine times since 2021, including all four in 2022 and two wins with two second-place finishes in 2023. Bertrand has now won four career SCORE season point championships (2014, 2020, 2022, and 2023).

     Beltran leads his talented team on his No. 8x Honda CRF450x motorcycle into their new racing class.

     Co-riders for this year’s King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 for Beltran will be Luis Flores, 22, Mexicali, Mexico, Mauri Herrera, 25, Ensenada, Mexico, Chad Goodsell, 19, Holtville, Calif., and Dilan Avalos, 17, N. Palm Springs, Calif.

PRICE FATHER/DAUGHTER

     Having raced separately and together in SCORE, a father/daughter team have entered this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

     Both from Fremont, Calif., Kevin Price, 55, and his daughter Jordan Souza Price, 20, have moved up in class for San Felipe and have entered the massive Trophy Truck Spec division.

     The talented tandem will drive the No. 248 TSCO-Chevy with Dad as the driver of record for this race.

     Individually, they have raced in Class 10 and Class 1/2-1600, where they both have been extremely competitive separately as well as together on the starting grid.

     In San Felipe, Jordan had a best finish of fourth in Class 1/2-1600 in 2021.

STAVRON TO UNLIMITED

     With over 20 years riding as a co-rider for SCORE class-winning age-group motorcycle teams, Bryce Stavron is moving up to the featured Pro Moto Unlimited Class for the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250.

     Stavron, 35, San Clemente, Calif., will be the rider of record on the No. 25x KTM 450XC-F in San Felipe after being a co-rider in Pro Moto 30 for multi-time SCORE champion Jano Montoya, 52, Winter Park, Fla. (Peru). Stavron was a co-rider for Montoya’s 2023 championship team in Pro Moto 30.

     For this year’s San Felipe race, Stavron’s Co-rider will be David Zarate, 34, Los Cabos, Mexico. Zarate was also part of Montoya’s Pro Moto 30 championship team in 2023.

     Stavron has been racing on motorcycles since he was five years old. In SCORE Baja racing he has almost always been a co-rider.  He did however finish second in Pro Moto 30 as the Rider of Record in the 2021 SCORE Baja 500.

NORSEMAN RACING

     Leading one of the top teams in the SCORE TT Legend class for SCORE Trophy Truck drivers over 50 years old is Rolf Helland, 64, a prominent businessman in the trucking industry from Morris, Ill.

     Somewhat of a late bloomer in starting to compete in SCORE Baja racing the last several years, Helland and his driving teammate veteran champion SCORE racer Rick D. Johnson, 57, Barstow, Calif., were the 2021 SCORE TT Legend class point champions after a brilliant undefeated four-race season in the 2021 SCORE World Desert Championship.

     Helland and Johnson, who has one career SCORE Trophy Truck class win (2009 SCORE Baja 500), split the driving in Helland’s No. 37L Norseman Racing Ford Raptor built by Mason Motorsports.

     In last year’s SCORE Baja 500, Helland finished second in SCORE TT Legend, and the team had an unfortunate DNF in last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

3½ AMIGOS

     A trio with a multitude of years of SCORE Baja racing experience with a combined 178 years in age between them, ‘Tres Amigos’ Freddie Willert, 55, El Cajon, Calif., is driver of record this year and his additional compadres San Potter, 61, San Marcos, Calif., and Dan Worley, 62, Encinitas, Calif. moved up to Class 10 in 2020 after winning the SCORE Lites season point title in 2019.

     After several years away from the sport, the trio returned full-time in 2017 and finished seventh in the SCORE Lite points with one race win. In 2018, the talented trio finished fourth in the SCORE Lites points before the 2021 championship season in SCORE Lite where they won the SCORE San Felipe 250, the SCORE Baja 400 and the SCORE Baja 1000.

     With the team’s Jimco-VW race car sitting quietly for nearly a decade, the team won their class (SCORE Lites) in the 50th SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.

    All three of them have raced in several different SCORE classes over the years and Worley won the 1992 Pro Moto 30 season points.

     ‘Tres Amigos’ moved up to Class 10 where they split the driving in their No. 1006 Alumi Craft-Chevy, which is shod with BFGoodrich Tires and King Shocks.

     Last year, they had class results of 10th (SCORE San Felipe 250), fifth (SCORE Baja 500), DNF (SCORE Baja 400) and fifth (SCORE Baja 1000). They trio finished fifth in their season points in Class 10 with Potter as the DOR.

     The ‘½ Amigo’ is Matt Willert, El Cajon, Calif., the 17-year-old son of Freddie Willert, made his SCORE racing debut in 2022, driving the No. 1606 Bunderson-VW in Class 1/2-1600. He finished third in his class points in 2023. This year, Matt will be an additional driver for his teammates Daniel Goodrich, 28, Chula Vista, Calif., and Daniel’s older brother Michael Goodrich, 33, Chula Vista, Calif.

     The Goodrich brothers are the sons of former SCORE champion racer Brian Goodrich.

ENTRY DEADLINES

     The deadline to enter in time to be included in the SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Day program and the race program is 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 registration@SCORE-International.com.

METHOD RACE WHEELS QUALIFYING

     For just the fifth time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold the Method Race Wheels SCORE San Felipe 250 Qualifying 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 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.

     The first-time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.

    In 2021, Bryce Menzies was the fastest qualifier followed by Andy McMillin and his cousin Luke McMillin. At the finish of the race Menzies was the winner, L. McMillin was second and A. McMillin finished in third place.

     In 2022, Menzies was the fastest qualifier again followed by Justin Lofton and L. McMillin. At the finish, L. McMillin was the winner, Menzies was second at the team of Mike Walser/Jax Redline finished in third place.

     In 2023, Australia’s Toby Price was fastest qualifier followed by Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, and Menzies. At the finish, Luke McMillin was the winner, Mexico’s Alan Ampudia was second, and Las Vegas’ Menzies finished in third place.

     Qualifying is not open to the public and will be held on a five-mile course that is not part of the official race course.

GRAND MARSHAL

     Grand Marshal for this year’s King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 will be 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 Black Diamond Riviera Racing Ford F-150.

     That 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 is the third longest in race history and it had the second-most official starters (424) and the most finishers (237).

     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 SCORE Baja 1000.

     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.

     After his big 2007 SCORE Baja 1000 win, "This was the big one for me and Riviera Racing," said Post at the finish line in Cabo San Lucas. "We planned carefully for this one, as we knew it was going to be the toughest and longest 1000 we'd ever run. My co-drivers Carl Renezeder and Rob MacCachren are both short course stars so each could push extremely hard on the sections they drove. It was a good strategy that allowed us to stay up front against one of the best fields we've seen all year."

     In the SCORE Trophy Truck class, Post finished in third place in season points both in 2005 and 2008.

   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.

     Considered one of the top SCORE Trophy racers in history, SCORE is honored to have him as the Grand Marshal for the King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250 next month.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

    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

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, Optima Batteries-Official Battery, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communication, Sylvania-Official Light, Method Race Wheels-Official Wheel and 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 www.SCORE-International.com.

King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

Season-opener of four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

March 20-24 – 285.69 miles – San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico

Total Entries: 162 (as of 2/25/24)

(from 22 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, France, New Zealand, Peru)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

(Numerical order, by class)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (36*)

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

51 Steve Olliges

58 Tracy Graf

*61L David Payne

63 Ruben Torres

*65L Greg Adler

66 Chris Hertsch

69 Andrew Myers

70 Kevin Thompson

72 Aaron Celiceo

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

*SCORE TT LEGEND

CLASS 1 (5)

127 Cody Parkhouse

138 Kyle Quinn

153 Brad Wilson

162 Brendan Gaughan

168 Cody Reid

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (39)

200 Jason McNeil

201 Mitch McNeil

204 Cade Garcia

205 Joe Delucie

207 Mason Cullen

209 J. David Ruvalcaba

211 Tim Wilson

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

246 Ben Hagle

247 Scott Shields

248 Kevin Price

249 Chase Swanson

258 Mavrick Gaunt

259 Matt Winslow

260 Santiago Creel

262 Mick Magher

263 EJ Herbst

266 David Ziegler

269 Troy Stone

270 Jimmy Diaz

273 Jordan Brenthel

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 Dorance

CLASS 10 (7)

1000 Francisco Vera

1006 Stan Potter (DOR-Freddie Willert)

1012 Jake Woodruff

1023 Tamara Myers

1044 Jason Shipman

1060 Ted Baker

1077 Dale Ebberts

PRO UTV OPEN (16)

1821 Cayden MacCachren

1825 Vito Ranuio

1831 Craig Scanlon

1841 Max Eddy Jr

1842 Gilberto Rodriguez

1854 Kristen Matlock

1867 Mike Pratt

1868 Bernie Gomez

1869 Justin Lambert

1871 Wayne Matlock

1872 Justin Smith

1880 Gabe Matthews

1885 Trent Backus

1886 Branden Sims

1891 Samuel Huesco

1896 Brock Heger

PRO UTV FI (10)

2906 Zach Selby

2908 Valeria Lozano

2914 Esteban Ceja Sr

2915 Rickey Arslanian

2921 John Myerly

2925 Bernardo Perez

2955 Miguel Cortez

2974 Jorge Cano

2987 Edgar Garcia

2988 Jorge Vela

CLASS 7 (1)

700 Daniel Chamlee

SCORE LITES (1)

1238 Robert Illian

PRO UTV NA (2)

1919 Eva Malabanan

1974 Ethan Groom

CLASS 5 (1)

538 Brandon Homme

PRO UTV STOCK (6)

3916 Jeff Embree

3919 Anibal Lopez

3924 Ricardo Zarogoza

3930 Douglas Cornwell

3943 Dennis Romero

3959 Antonio Mendez

CLASS 1/2-1600 (1)

1606 Daniel Goodrich

CLASS 7F (1)

714F Justin Park

CLASS 11 (1)

1111 Eric Solorzano

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (7)

1x Juan Carlos Salvatierra

8x Fernando Beltran

13x Adrian Ortiz

20x Eric Kirby

24x Jacob Robinson

25x Bryce Stavron

92x Tucker Hopkins

PRO MOTO 30 (2)

317x Ethan Wheeler

354x Felipe Barron

PRO MOTO 50 (2)

5XXx Mike Prunty

513x Joseph Amey

PRO MOTO 40 (4)

400x Alirio Amado

407x Luis Esquivel

411x Francisco Esposito

452x Travis Flateau

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (8)

704x Casey Odonnell

707x Joseph Darminio

724x William Gross

745x Patricio Cabrera

753x Carlos Hannan

780x Jeff Miller

781x Miguel Luna

789x Christian Cuevas

PRO MOTO ADVENTURE (2)

805x Dustin Davis

827x Gerardo Rubio

PRO MOTO BAJA-e (1)

E499 Christian Klein

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (2)

10a Dionisio Zavalo

18a Roberto Villalobos

Sportsman

SPT M/C (4)

205x Francisco Rosas

236x Andy Valencia

283x Chad Waite

298x Josh Hess

SPT QUAD (3)

119a Sebastian Castro

124a Erick Talamentes

138a Gabriel Vazquez

2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Points Leaders

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1. Jason McNeil

551 Points
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2. Bryce Menzies

538 Points
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3. Luke McMillin

523 Points
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4. E. J. Herbst

513 Points
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5. Travis Williams

511 Points
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6. Mason Cullen

509 Points

Introducing SCORE Baja 1000 Tequila

As a homage to Mexican culture and the vibrant tradition of BAJA 1000 racing celebrations, SCORE International takes pride in crafting a tequila that embodies its rich history and cultural heritage. Here's to raising a glass to one of the world's premier motorsports events.

SCORE BAJA 1000 Tequila is more than just a beverage; it's a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence and the celebration of adventure. Our premium Tequila celebrates 50 years off-road racing in Baja and delivers a unique and memorable drinking experience. Proudly distilled in Tequila, Mexico, we invite you to enjoy on the rocks, or in cocktails with friends and share the adventure!

Big News for 2024

Just Announced – SCORE will hold qualifications for select classes at ALL 2024 races! Beginning at the San Felipe 250, Race Director Jose G. has announced SCORE will conduct qualifications for Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Legends and Trophy Truck Spec classes at all SCORE 2024 race events.

Big News for 2024

By SCORE 2024 Updates

SCORE will hold qualifications for select classes at ALL 2024 races! Beginning at the San Felipe 250, Race Director Jose G. has announced SCORE will conduct qualifications for Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Legends and Trophy Truck Spec classes at all SCORE 2024 race events.

Each class will qualify individually, and Trophy Truck and TT Legends will start the race inter-mixed based on qualifying times.

SCORE would like to thank all racers who responded to our recent survey…  The TT classes will remain as they have been in the past.

Make sure your read the entire policy at In-Class Start Order Policy – SCORE Race Info (score-raceinfo.com)You must race SF to Qualify at the Baja 500 and so on for the balance of the year.

Other News…

●  2024 Start Order for all classes is now updated and posted under the SCORE Rulebook > Policies.

●  2024 General Regulations for participants has been updated and posted under the SCORE Rulebook > General Regulations.

●  2024 Minor policy has been updated and posted under the SCORE Rulebook > Policies > Minor Policy.

San Felipe Reminders

●  Pre-running is scheduled to officially begin at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 9th. San Felipe 250 GPS course files and related information will post on our website at approximately 6:00pm on Thursday, March 7th.

CAUTION – Highways, roads and on the racecourse – you must expect the unexpected at all times when both pre-running and racing!

●  Mark your Calendars for approaching deadlines:

March 1 - To submit notarized waivers to have your wristbands bands mailed to you.

March 8 – To register to be listed on entry list and in race program, and register on-line.

 

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Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the latest early entries for the next month’s season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Cameron Steele, Wayne Matlock, Kristen Matlock, Cody Reid, Franciso Vera, Daniel Chamlee, Brendan Gaughan, Brad Wilson, Kyle Quinn, Eric Solorzano, and J. David Ruvalcaba.

New Entries for King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark, Dominic@SCORE-International.com

ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico – Launching its sixth decade this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the latest early entries for the next month’s season-opening King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250, include Cameron Steele, Wayne Matlock, Kristen Matlock, Cody Reid, Franciso Vera, Daniel Chamlee, Brendan Gaughan, Brad Wilson, Kyle Quinn, Eric Solorzano, and J. David Ruvalcaba.

     Round 1 of the four-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 20-24 in the quaint, peaceful village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

     Pre-race Contingency, 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 along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. All four 2023 SCORE races will be held on Mexico’s magnificent Baja California peninsula for the ninth consecutive year.

EARLY ENTRIES

     With over 250 entries anticipated at the start line to launch the 51st season of SCORE desert racing, 120 total early entries have been received so far for the popular ‘Spring Break’ event, with racers representing 20 U.S. States, and six countries. The countries with at least one racer so far are United States, host country Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile, and New Zealand.

DOUBLE DIGITS

     With double-digit entries to date are the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck (high-tech, unlimited, 1000-horsepower, custom trucks) with 32 and Trophy Truck Spec, (SCORE Trophy Trucks with spec engines) with 33.

EARLY BIRDS

     Among the latest early entries for this year’s race are SCORE stars Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV Open) and his wife Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV Open), Cody Reid, Franciso Vera, El Rosario, Mexico (Class 10), Daniel Chamlee, San Felipe, Mexico (Montecito, Calif.), (Class 7), Brendan Gaughan, Las Vegas (Class 1), Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1), Kyle Quinn, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 1), Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11), and J. David Ruvalcaba, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec).

THREE DECADES-PLUS

     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 https://score-raceinfo.com/37th-san-felipe-250-march-20-24-2024/ for Pro and Sportsman entries for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.

ENTRY DEADLINES

     The deadline to enter in time to be included in the SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Day program and the race program is 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 registration@SCORE-International.com.

METHOD RACE WHEELS QUALIFYING

     For just the fifth time in the history of this popular ‘Spring Break’ race, SCORE will hold the Method Race Wheels SCORE San Felipe 250 Qualifying 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 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.

     The first-time qualifying was held for this race was in 2017 when Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele and Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez were the top three qualifiers in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 1000-horsepower, unlimited custom trucks.

    In 2021, Bryce Menzies was the fastest qualifier followed by Andy McMillin and his cousin Luke McMillin. At the finish of the race Menzies was the winner, L. McMillin was second and A. McMillin finished in third place.

     In 2022, Menzies was the fastest qualifier again followed by Justin Lofton and L. McMillin. At the finish, L. McMillin was the winner, Menzies was second at the team of Mike Walser/Jax Redline finished in third place.

     In 2023, Australia’s Toby Price was fastest qualifier followed by Gustavo ‘Tavo’ Vildosola Jr, and Menzies. At the finish, Luke McMillin was the winner, Mexico’s Alan Ampudia was second, and Las Vegas’ Menzies finished in third place.

     Qualifying is not open to the public and will be held on a five-mile course that is not part of the official race course.

DA-STEELE

     Cameron ‘Steely Cam’ Steele is not only a two-time SCORE Trophy Truck race winner he is also the affable leader of the Desert Assassins race team.

     He also finds time to help operate his SoCal Baja HQ aftermarket company, lead both an annual motorcycle and his annual ‘Trail of Missions’ truck tour down the Baja peninsula, emcee numerous events, host live stream internet shows, and is an action sport TV commentator who has announced a variety of competitions from IndyCar to the SCORE race coverage TV shows.

     As far as racing is concerned, Steele, 56, of San Clemente, Calif., loves to stay busy and in years past has competed and had podium finishes in multiple classes in the same race, but now focuses on his No. 16 Desert Assassins Ford Raptor, built by Geiser Bros, in SCORE Trophy Truck.

     Steele won the last two SCORE Trophy Truck races of the 2018 season after finishing second in the iconic 50th anniversary of the legendary SCORE Baja 1000 in 2017.

     Steele will be searching for his class win in the SCORE San Felipe 250. He finished 17th out of 39 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck in the 2023 race.

MR & MRS MATLOCK

     After many championship seasons and race wins driving in separate classes, Wayne Matlock and his wife Kristen Matlock, of Alpine, Calif. are entered in the same class for the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship for the third straight year.

     Both are racing in the Pro UTV Open class in separate (but equal) new Polaris RZR Pro R UTVs. Each vehicle has a chassis built by TSCO in El Cajon, Calif.

     Wayne pilots the No. 1871 Polaris RZR Pro R UTV and Kristen is behind the wheel of the No. 1854 Polaris RZR Pro R UTV. Both will be solo drivers in San Felipe.

     In the SCORE San Felipe 250, Wayne Matlock, 46, has eight career class wins (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022) including several in quads before moving to UTV classes.

     Kristen Matlock, 43, who has been racing many far less years than her husband, has earned three UTV class wins in this race (2018, 2019, 2021) in the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class.

     In their simultaneous debut in the Pro UTV Open class in the 2022 SCORE San Felipe 250, Wayne Matlock was the fastest of all the UTVs in four classes including winning his class while Kristen Matlock finished in seventh place out of 10 starters in their class.

     In last year’s SCORE San Felipe 250, Wayne finished second in Pro UTV Open while Kristen suffered a rare DNF.

     In the 2023 Pro UTV Open season points, Kristen Matlock finished in sevemtj place while Wayne Matlock finished in eighth. In season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 Kristen Matlock finished sixth in class while her husband Wayne endured a DNF.

REID READY

     A second-generation SCORE desert racer, Cody Reid returns to this year’s King Shocks SCORE San Felipe 250, after winning the unlimited Class 1 in both the 2022 and the 2023 SCORE Baja 500 and winning the 2023 SCORE Class 1 season point championship with four podium finishes in his class.

     After racing in separate classes for a several years, Cody Reid, 32, Apple Valley, Calif., was reunited in 2021 with his mother Shelby Reid to form a very formidable unlimited Class 1 team. The Reids debuted their No. 168 Chevy-powered Alumi Craft AWD open-wheel desert race car by winning their class in the 2021 SCORE San Felipe 250.

     Shelby Reid, 56, is also a former SCORE class point champion and has retired from behind the wheel. However, she returned to action to help her son finished third in the epic 2023 SCORE Baja 1000.

     In his solid career, Cody Reid has won three SCORE season class point crowns, two in Class 10 (2014, 2015) and one in Class 1 in 2023.

     In the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship, Reid finished third in Class 1 in the SCORE San Felipe 250, won Class 1 in the SCORE Baja 500, finished second in the SCORE Baja 400, and third in the season finale at the SCORE San Felipe 250.

SCORE OVERALL OPEN-WHEEL

          Bursting on the scene rapidly in Class 10 in 2023, Francisco Vera, 32, El Rosario, Mexico, won the 2023 Class 10 season point championship in his No. 1091 Alumi-Craft Chevy.

     The first racer from El Rosario to win a season point title in the 50-year history of SCORE, Vera was fourth in a field of 19 Class 10 starters in his class in the SCORE San Felipe 250, first in his class out of 16 starters in the SCORE Baja 500, first again out of 12 starters in the SCORE Baja 400, and finished third out of 17 starters in the SCORE Baja 1000. Vera also ended up 11th in overall points in 2023.

     Younger brother of Francisco Vera, Alexis Vera, 27, El Rosario, Mexico was Francisco Vera’s second driver all season and that duo was joined by Arturo Gaza, Monterrey, Mexico, Mexico, as the team’s third driver in their podium finish in the SCORE Baja 1000.

    In addition to winning the 2023 SCORE Class 10 crown, Francisco Vera was also the 2023 SCORE Open-Wheel point champion as well.

CLASS 7 MASTER

      Veteran SCORE champion Daniel Chamlee, 61, of Montecito, Calif., who now lives mostly in San Felipe, races in Class 7 in his No. 700 The Factory Racing Ford Ranger.

     Chamlee has driven consistently to earn 19 SCORE Class 7 season point championships in the last 20 years.

     In last year’s season-opener in San Felipe, Chamlee finished on top of the podium, again, winning Class 7. In June’s SCORE Baja 500, Chamlee suffered a DNF, and in September he earned his fourth consecutive victory in the four-year old SCORE Baja 400. He capped his 2023 championship season with another podium finish, second place, in the spectacular SCORE Baja 1000.

     In his career Chamlee has also earned eight Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, for racers who complete every required mile for that season.

     In the SCORE San Felipe 250, the ultra-dedicated Chamlee, who drives mostly solo, has won Class 7 a total of three times (2010, 2011, 2023).

CITY LIGHT SHINE

     Prominent Las Vegas businessman, former NASCAR star and second-generation desert racer Brendan Gaughan is back his desert racing roots again as he has entered the unlimited Class 1 for this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250.

     The gregarious and very personable Gaughan, 48, is a veteran of 23 years of driving in NASCAR’s three elite division including the top tier Cup Series along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Truck Series.

     In 2019 Gaughan returned to his roots for an emotional Class 1 victory in the 2019 SCORE Baja 1000. Also driving that race with Gaughan were R.J. Anderson, Buddy Feldkamp and Billy Goerke.

     Driving South Point Hotel/Casino (Las Vegas) vehicles, Gaughan had 67 starts over nine seasons in the Cup series, 219 starts over 10 seasons in the Xfinity series and 217 in the Truck series over 14 seasons. He retired from NASCAR racing officially after the 2020 season.

    Gaughan, who also is a part of numerous national radio programs, is the son of legendary Las Vegas hotel/casino magnate and former SCORE champion and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Michael Gaughan.

     Owner of City Light Shine (17A distillery) in Las Vegas, Gaughan is the driver of record in the No. 162 South Point Hotel HMS-Chevy. Gaughan is also an administrative executive at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

     CLS (produced by 17A Stillery) is the first and only legal distillery in the history of Las Vegas.

     Gaughan was plagued with issues in 2022 and the first half of the 2023 SCORE season of various kinds and had six very unfortunate DNFs. He regrouped and rebuilt his race car, missing the SCORE Baja 400 and came back with an impressive second place in the SCORE Baja 1000 last November. Gaughan’s co-drivers in last year’s season-finale were Casey Mears, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Buddy Feldkamp, Riverside, Calif.

WILSON MOTORSPORTS

    One of numerous prolific third-generation desert racing teams competing with SCORE, Wilson Motorsports has once again entered two race cars in the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars. Both race cars are Chevy-powered Jimco vehicles.

     Brad Wilson, 34, of Long Beach, Calif., is the driver of record for the No. 153 race car while long-time additional driver Kyle Quinn, 36, Lakewood, Calif. is the driver of record again this year with SCORE in the No. 138 Wilson Motorsports race car.

     For many years a second driver for the wonderful Wilson Motorsports team, Kyle Quinn, 34, Long Beach, Calif., stepped into the lead driver position in one of the team’s entries this year and won the unlimited Class 1 at the SCORE San Felipe 250 in the No. 138 Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.

     With regular DOR Brian Wilson not available for all races in 2022, Quinn took the lead and shared driving duties in San Felipe with Brian Wilson’s uncle Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. At the SCORE Baja 400, with Brian Wilson’s cousin Brad Wilson as the second driver, Quinn finished on the podium in third place again and took the lead in Class 1. At the season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, Quinn won Class 1 with Ronny Wilson and Greg DiStefano as his driving mates to earn the season point title and finish 22nd in the SCORE Overall Season points.

     In the 2023 King Shocks 36th SCORE San Felipe 250, Wilson Motorsports claimed one podium position in the unlimited Class 1. Brad Wilson finished second in Class 1 over nine starters in the class for unlimited open-wheel cars and Quinn suffered a DNF.

     Brad Wilson endured DNFs the remaining three 2023 races while had DNFs in the SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 40 before bouncing back and winning Class 1 in the unbelievable SCORE Baja 1000 over 11 starters. Quinn’s additional drivers in the season finale were John Herder, Tucson, and Greg DiStefano, San Diego.

     In the final 2023 season point standings, Quinn finished seventh in points and Brad Wilson ended up eighth.

YO 11-11

     Eric Solorzano is a legendary Mexican racer who has risen from humble beginnings as an orphan in Tijuana to becoming the winningest Mexican national in SCORE racing history.

     Solorzano, 63, was also part of the Class of 2022 to be inducted into the prestigious Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

     He started racing off-road on motorcycles in local races around Tijuana in 1974 and continued until 1988 when he decided to trade two wheels for four after an injury so he could continue racing.

     He bought his first VW Bug in 1989. His first race was in 1991. He still owns, and races, the same car, more than 30 years later. 

     Solorzano competes in Class 11, the stock VW class. He first competed in the Mexican Record Series and later SCORE. In SCORE racing, Solorzano has won 11 SCORE season point championships in his No. 1111 VW Sedan and still competes to this day.

     A husband and father of eight, Solorzano also has 11 class wins in the SCORE San Felipe 250, nine in the SCORE Baja 1000 and seven in the SCORE Baja 500.

     His thousands of fans in Mexico view him as an inspiration for what hard work and preparation can do for a person.

     Solorzano has won Class 11 in the SCORE San Felipe 250 a total of 11 times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017)

J. DAVID RUVALCABA

     Mexico’s SCORE champion racer J. David Ruvalcaba, 51, of Ensenada, has moved up to the Trophy Truck Spec class for the 2024 season. His primary second driver continues to be Esteban Cruz, also of Ensenada as the drive for the prominent The Lomitas Racing Team.

     Ruvalcaba, won Class 10 in 2022, and was also the 2022 SCORE Overall Open-Wheel point champion and was eighth in overall points.

     A former SCORE motorcycle champion racer, Ruvalcaba was sixth place in 2022 in his class of 19 starters in San Felipe and 11th place out of 26 starters in Ensenada in June, won Class 10 out of 18 starters in Ensenada in September and was third in Ensenada in November out of 23 starters in his No. 1009 Alumi Craft-Honda open-wheel desert race car.

     Ruvalcaba and The Lomitas Racing Team have won four SCORE season class point crowns (2000, 2001, 2019, 2022).

     They won on motorcycles the first two times, in Class 1/2-1600 in 2019 and Class 10 in 2022.

     For the 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship, Ruvalcaba will be driving The Lomitas Racing Team’s No. 209 TSCO-Chevy.

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2024 SCORE SCHEDULE

    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

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, Optima Batteries-Official Batteries, Rugged Radios-Official Radio Communications, Sylvania-Official Lights, 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 www.SCORE-International.com.

King Shocks 37th SCORE San Felipe 250

Round 1 of 4-race 2024 SCORE World Desert Championship

March 20-24 - San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico - 283.58-miles

Total Entries: 120 (as of 2/19/24)

(from 20 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand)

(Numerical order, by class)

Pro Cars/Trucks/UTVs

(Numerical order, by class)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (32*)

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

26 Dave Taylor

34 Broc Dickerson

41 Justin Lofton

45 Gary Magness

46 Toby Price

58 Tracy Graf

*61L David Payne

63 Ruben Torres

*65L Greg Adler

66 Chris Hertsch

69 Andrew Myers

70 Kevin Thompson

72 Aaron Celiceo

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

*SCORE TT LEGEND

CLASS 1 (5)

127 Cody Parkhouse

138 Kyle Quinn

153 Brad Wilson

162 Brendan Gaughan

168 Cody Reid

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (33)

200 Jason McNeil

201 Mitch McNeil

204 Cade Garcia

205 Joe Delucie

207 Mason Cullen

209 J. David Ruvalcaba

211 Tim Wilson

213 Josh Beyer

219 Thor Herbst

224 Miles Wyatt

228 Ryan Hancock

236 Michael Marsal

238 Elijah Kiger

240 Chris Miller

241 Stephen Beal

242 Bryce Swaim

246 Ben Hagle

247 Scott Shields

249 Chase Swanson

258 Mavrick Gaunt

259 Matt Winslow

260 Santiago Creel

263 EJ Herbst

266 David Ziegler

270 Jimmy Diaz

277 Travis Williams

282 Brent Fox

285 Justin Davis

289 Tanner Rust

290 Isidro Ochoa

294 Vincent Munoz

297 Jorge Sampietro

299 Charles Dorance

CLASS 10 (6)

1000 Francisco Vera

1012 Jake Woodruff

1023 Tamara Myers

1044 Jason Shipman

1060 Ted Baker

1077 Dale Ebberts

PRO UTV OPEN (8)

1825 Vito Ranuio

1854 Kristen Matlock

1867 Mike Pratt

1868 Bernie Gomez

1871 Wayne Matlock

1872 Justin Smith

1880 Gabe Matthews

1891 Samuel Huesco

PRO UTV FI (4)

2908 Valeria Lozano

2915 Rickey Arslanian

2987 Edgar Garcia

2988 Jorge Vela

CLASS 7 (1)

700 Daniel Chamlee

SCORE LITES (1)

1238 Robert Illian

PRO UTV NA (2)

1919 Eva Malaban

1974 Ethan Groom

CLASS 5 (1)

538 Brandon Homme

PRO UTV STOCK (4)

3916 Jeff Embree

3924 Ricardo Zarogoza

3930 Douglas Cornwell

3943 Dennis Romero

CLASS 11 (1)

1111 Eric Solorzano

Pro Motorcycles

PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (3)

13x Adrian Ortiz

24x Jacob Robinson

92x Tucker Hopkins

PRO MOTO 30 (2)

317x Ethan Wheeler

354x Felipe Barron

PRO MOTO 50 (1)

513x Joseph Amey

PRO MOTO 40 (4)

400x Alirio Amado

407x Luis Esquivel

411x Francisco Esposito

452x Travis Flateau

PRO MOTO IRONMAN (4)

707x Joseph Darminio

724x William Gross

745x Patricio Cabrera

780x Jeff Miller

PRO MOTO ADVENTURE (2)

805x Dustin Davis

827x Gerardo Rubio

PRO MOTO BAJA-e (1)

E499 Christian Klein

Pro Quads

Pro Quad (1)

18a Roberto Villalobos

Sportsman

SPT M/C (3)

205x Francisco Rosas

283x Chad Waite

298x Josh Hess

SPT QUAD (1)

138a Gabriel Vazquez