SAN DIEGO — Third-generation SCORE Trophy Truck desert racing brothers Dan and Luke McMillin along with the new motorcycle team of Colton Udall and Mark Samuels will be under the SCORE spotlight tonight during the fourth episode of the 2014 SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show season at 7 p.m. (PST).
Champion SCORE desert racers Dan McMillin, 26, of La Mesa, Calif. and Luke McMillin, 21, of El Cajon, Calif., and reigning SCORE Overall motorcycle champs Udall, 27, San Clemente, Calif., and Samuels, 24, Yucca Valley, Calif., will all be top racers in the approaching six-race SCORE World Desert Championship season.
With several million viewers in nearly 150 countries in 2013, Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD one-hour show will again be broadcast live weekly and the show will be anchored in 2014 around Norman’s new SCORE World Desert Championship series which has combined his two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association. All live events, this is the fourth weekly Dirt LiveHD episode of 2014.
In addition to 48 shows in 2013 Dirt LiveHD provided live coverage from the three SCORE Baja race weeks, the massive SCORE exhibit at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo, the 2013 SCORE Awards Night and the three HDRA race weeks.
The 2014 season of Dirt LiveHD will include numerous on-site interviews in addition to the shows that like tonight will be broadcast from the SCORE broadcast studios in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Grandsons of the late great SCORE racer and San Diego legend Corky McMillin and sons of multi-time SCORE champion racer and prominent San Diego developer Mark McMillin, Dan and Luke McMillin have richly carried on the McMillin family racing tradition and both already have SCORE class season point championships on their racing resumes.
Dan McMillin won the SCORE Class1/2-1600 season point championship in 2007 after finishing second in the class in the 2006 season. He was 10th in Class 1/2-1600 points in 2009 before moving up to the unlimited Class 1 for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2010 he finished second in points and was sixth in 2011. Moving up to the No. 23 Mark Racing Ford F-150 the last two seasons, Dan McMillin was 10th in points in 2012 and eighth in the featured SCORE racing division in 2013.
Luke McMillin launched his official SCORE racing career in 2010 by winning SCORE Rookie of the Year honors on the way to the SCORE Class 1/2-1600 season point title. He repeated as SCORE Class 1/2-1600 point champ in 2011 before moving up to the unlimited Class 1 in 2012, finishing fourth in points while earning three Class 1 wins along the way.
After starting 2013 in Class 1 with a third place finish in the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, Luke McMillin got the opportunity to race for Mark Weyhrich in SCORE Trophy Truck at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and finished a very respectable 13th out of 37 starters in the race. In last year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 where he raced with his older brother Dan, finishing an even more impressive fifth out of 31 starters.
To start the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship season, both Dan and Luke will be drivers of record in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. Dan will pilot the No. 23 Mark Racing Ford F-150 while Luke will debut the No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150. Dan’s SCORE Trophy Truck was built by Geiser Brothers with a Patton racing engine while Luke’s new truck was built by Racer Engineering with a Kroyer racing engine.
Among the motorcycle competitors in SCORE desert racing, Udall is recognized as one of the very top riders having won the No. 1X plate for the last three consecutive years as part of the factory-supported Honda team of Johnny Campbell Racing.
Samuels is still relatively new to SCORE desert racing and finished fifth and sixth on his own team in the first two SCORE races of 2013 in Class 22 for open pro motorcycles. For the season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Samuels joined Udall, Tim Weigand and David Kamo to give Honda it’s 17th consecutive victory and 24th overall in the legendary race.
With the JCR team moving to an exclusive US race schedule for the 2014 season, Udall and Samuels have announced plans to form their own team and carry the 1X plate into the six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship season.
The high definition shows also includes numerous award-winning video highlight packages, most produced by Mexico’s Cactus Films or San Diego’s Tempt Media.
Dirt LiveHD also goes on-site live with expanded event coverage during SCORE events. Live event coverage in 2014 will include the entire six-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series of three races in the United States and three in Baja California, Mexico. The first event of the inaugural SCORE World Desert Championship series will be the 28th annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 to be held Feb. 27 to March 2 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
DIRT LIVEHD CREW
Desert racing public address announcer and former racer George Antill is the executive producer and co-host of all Dirt LiveHD programming along with co-host Dianna Dahlgren, a Monster Energy Supercross TV commentator, fitness competitor, body builder and Ms. Monster Energy Supercross. One of the regular elements of the show on a SCORE social media interchange, allowing fans and racers to comment and ask questions through the SCORE Facebook and SCORE Twitter platforms. Another special segment most weeks is SCORE Tech Tips with SCORE Tech co-directors Jake Velasco or Art Savedra or SCORE Trophy Truck racer and prep-shop owner T.J. Flores.
Andrew Grimshaw, SCORE Media Production Manager, is the coordinating producer of the show. The program is hosted on ustream.com, the world’s largest streaming internet site.
DIRT LIVEHD GUESTS…
With the 48 original shows airing in 2013 and three so far in 2014, in addition to extensive live event coverage, special racer guests have included Jim Anderson, R.J. Anderson, Ryan Arciero, B.J. Baldwin, Robby Bell, Jonathan Brenthal, Johnny Buss, Johnny Campbell, Kurt Caselli, Dan Chamlee, Martin Christensen, Sean Cook, Justin Davis, Pat Dean, Colin Edwards, Shane Esposito, Steven Eugenio, T.J. Flores, Doug Fortin, Robby Gordon, Peter Hajas, Rod Hall, Shelby Hall, Nick Hamm, Elias Hanna, Steve Hengeveld, Ed Herbst, Jerry Herbst, Tim Herbst, Troy Herbst, Jesse Jones, Mike Julson, David Kamo, Lucas Knecht, Erek Kudla, Eduardo Laguna, John Langley, Morgan Langley, Zak Langley, Mike Lawrence, Harley Letner, Matt Loiodice, Brad Lovell, Rob MacCachren, Wayne Matlock, Daniel McMillin, Jessica McMillin, Luke McMillin, Mark McMillin, Derek Murray, Jason Murray, Andrew Myers, Steve Olliges, Matt Parks, Adam Pfankuch, Mark Post, Kyle Quinn, Josh Quintero, Ivan Ramirez, Joe Ramirez, Jay Reichert, Brett Robinson, Larry Roeseler, Kirk Russell, Mark Samuels, Cory Sappington, Ross Savage, Armin Schwarz, Brian Shaleen, Justin Smith, Fred Sobke, Pete Sohren, Cameron Steele, Craig Stewart, Ivan Stewart, Colton Udall, Gus Vildosola Sr, Gus Vildosola Jr, Jason Voss, Kellon Walch, Brandon Walsh, Tim Weigand, Jessie Williamson, Brad Wilson, Brian Wilson, Randy Wilson, Rick Wilson, and Ronny Wilson.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship series at www.score-international.com.