SAN DIEGO — Las Vegas second generation racing brothers Ed and Tim Herbst along with second-gen SoCal racer Mark Post will grab some more airtime during SCORE Throwback Thursday, one of Roger Norman’s new Internet creations,and the presentation of another memorable race this week—the 1997 SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge. Norman’s latest program showcases classic SCORE race footage primarily produced as television shows.
Thursday’s night’s episode at 7 p.m. (PT) will be the telecast of the 3rd annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, a very popular season-opening race that SCORE produced from 1995 through 2012.
Norman’s new Internet show is another part of the inventory of his new Dirt Live productions which produces the weekly Dirt LiveHD studio show each Tuesday as well as the expanded race-week coverage for his SCORE and HDRA racing organizations.
“A key part of SCORE is its history and we are very happy to be able to make these historic programs available like this worldwide through our Dirt Live platform,” commented Norman, in his first year as CEO/President of the legendary SCORE International desert racing organization. “We are really moving at warp speed in so many different directions and SCORE Throwback Thursday not only helps us veterans of the sport sit back and remember the rich history of SCORE, but it also helps introduce an entire new audience to the magnificent legacy of SCORE.”
“These shows will also remind some and introduce others to the legends of SCORE racing like Ivan Stewart, Walker Evans, Roger Mears, Larry Ragland, Johnny Campbell, the Herbst Brothers, Steve Hengeveld and Mark McMillin. We like remembering our past as we sustain our legacy as the world’s foremost desert racing organization. We are really pleased to be able to preserve the rich history that his made SCORE the iconic international symbol that it has been for 40 years.”
With plans to create an internet video library of SCORE’s iconic history, much of the inventory of shows and footage for SCORE Throwback Thursday is material originally produced by award-winning motorsports videographer Don Shoemaker.
SCORE production manager Andrew Grimshaw helped conceive the idea for this new programming platform as SCORE continues to develop increasing ways to expand the reach of not only SCORE but the entire sport of desert racing.
This week’s show will highlight the sterling accomplishments of overall winners of the 1997 SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst along with SoCal’s Mark Post who won the regular portion of the race in the unlimited Class 1. From 1994 through 1997, SCORE Trophy Trucks ran as their own race series in conjunction with the remainder of the classes in the SCORE Desert Series. The Herbst brothers won the race in their No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck. For the Herbst Brothers, it was second of four class wins in Laughlin. They won Class 1 in 1995 and also won in SCORE Trophy Truck in 1999 and 2000.
Post won his only overall and Class 1 in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in 1997 and he also won SCORE Trophy Truck in 2003.
This year in the SCORE Desert Series, Tim Herbst shares driving duties with Larry Roeseler in the No. 19 Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck while Post is driver of record in his No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy Truck. This season, the Tim Herbst/Larry Roeseler duo are fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck points and lead their class in the new World Championship of Desert Racing points program that combines season points from SCORE and HDRA races.
Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. All live events, this week was the 33rd consecutive weekly Dirt LiveHD episode to air.
Dirt LiveHD also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE and HDRA race weekends and will next be covering the Mirage HDRA Las Vegas 300, Sept. 27-29, hosted by the Moapa Band of Paiutes on the Moapa Indian Reservation north of Las Vegas.
Here is the list of class winners from that vintage race, many of whom are still racing today:
4th annual SCORE Laughlin
September 27-28, 1997
Total Starters: 141, Total Finishers: 42
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK-Ed Hebst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
CLASS 1-Mark Post, Laguna Hills, California, Riviera-VW
CLASS 1/2-1600-Frank Rusich, Fontana, California, Jimco-VW
CLASS 3-Darren Skilton, Bellflower, California, Kia Sportage
CLASS 5-George Seeley Jr., Glendale, California, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 5-1600-Carlos and Gerardo Iribe, San Ysidro, California, VW Baja Bug
CLASS 7-Damien Mavis, San Luis Obispo, California, Chevrolet S-10
CLASS 7S-Don McCarthy, Corona, California, Toyota SR5
CLASS 8-Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calf. Ford F-150
CLASS 9-Brian Jeffrey, Acton, California, Raceco-VW
CLASS 10-Andrew Wehe, Fallbrook, California, Jimco-VW
SCORE LITES-David Callaway, Menifee, Calif./John Holmes, Riverside, Calif., Dunco-VW
CLASS 11-Victor Barajas, San Diego, VW Sedan
STOCK MINI-Dep. Steve Williams, Carson, California, Ford Ranger
STOCK FULL-Manny Esquerra, Parker, Arizona, Ford F-150
PROTRUCK-Ryan Thomas, El Cajon, California, Dodge Ram
For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.