RENO, Nev. — Way out west they have a name for rain (Tess), wind (Mariah) and fire and the fire is the SCORE Dirty Dozen–the ‘Young Guns’ of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship. All less than 30 years old, the SCORE Dirty Dozen represents a cross section of the next generation of SCORE desert racers that have made and continue to emblazon the world of desert racing with their flamboyant skill and dynamic persona.
SCORE, the world’s foremost desert racing organization, features 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.
The SCORE Dirty Dozen represents each of the categories of classes with five who race in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horesepower unlimited production trucks.
Carrying big sticks but not talking softly through the tortuous deserts of Southern California and the foreboding and mysterious badlands of Mexico’s mysterious Baja California peninsula, the first SCORE Dirty Dozen lineup consists of SCORE Trophy Truck dead-eyes Bryce Menzies, Carlos “Apdaly” Lopez, Luke McMillin, Jessica McMillin and Justin Davis, Class 10 bandits Cody Robinson and Rafael Navarro IV, Class 1 hombres Justin Matney and Cody Parkhouse, SCORE Ironman motorcycle freestyler Tony Gera, Pro ATV bronc-buster Javier Robles Jr, and Class 19 UTV jockey Branden Sims.
“The SCORE Dirty Dozen might sound cute, but from our perspective these youthful competitors are the future of SCORE International desert racing,” commented Roger Norman, SCORE CEO/President who himself is a former SCORE Trophy Truck champion racer. “The ‘Young Guns’ are pushing SCORE desert racing to exciting new levels of achievement as well as developing the foundation for fulfilling the vision we have for SCORE and the world of desert racing motorsports.”
The growing youth ranks in the SCORE World Desert Championship are creating expanded opportunities for SCORE’s sponsors, its broadcasters and its licensees. From apparel to energy drinks, SCORE’s youth movement is a powerful platform for marketers worldwide. SCORE will have a large presence at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week to reinforce its growing youth demographic to an international contingent of licensees. In the coming weeks, SCORE will also announce its largest media event in history in advance of the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
With their stars lighting up the desert sky, the inaugural SCORE Dirty Dozen—Young Guns of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship were selected by a special committee of SCORE race officials and motorsports news media.
While veteran SCORE ‘gunslingers’ continue to hold multiple places in the overall results of races, the SCORE Young Guns certainly make their presence felt. In last weekend’s 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico, nine of the top 20 overall 4-wheel vehicle finishers were SCORE Young Guns.
Second and now even third-generation desert racers become more and more prominent in the lineups at SCORE World Desert Championship events and the SCORE Dirty Dozen are prime examples of all the myriad next gen of SCORE desert racing hot-shots.
To date, none of this year’s SCORE Dirty Dozen have yet to capture the ultimate victory – an overall win at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Perhaps 2014 will be the year for the Young Guns to break through in the toughest point-to-point desert race on Earth.
Pulled off their ‘Wanted’ posters, here’s a brief rundown on the SCORE Dirty Dozen—Young Guns of the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship.
SCORE Trophy Truck (Unlimited Production Trucks)
-Bryce Menzies, 26, Las Vegas, No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150
Won the 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship, won the SCORE Trophy Truck class in three of the last four years at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Voted 2011 SCORE Rookie of the Year. Has four career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins
-Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 19, Mexicali, Mexico, co-driver, No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck
Budding young star from Mexico, co-driver for the powerful RPM Racing team of Bristol, Tenn. and winner of the 2014 X-Games gold medal in the Formula Off-Road truck event that featured six SCORE drivers.
-Luke McMillin, 21, El Cajon, Calif., No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150
Third-generation desert racer, in first season in SCORE Trophy Truck, won the SCORE Class 1/2-1600 season point title in both 2010 and 2011. Voted 2010 SCORE Rookie of the Year. Has two Class 1/2-1600 wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
-Jessica McMillin, 28, National City, Calif., No. 82 McMillin Racing Ford F-150/No. 14 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado
Third-generation desert racer, won the 2011 SCORE Protruck season point title. Started racing on all-women SCORE Trophy Truck team last year as co-driver with Heidi Steele, ran and finished in top 10 this year in first two races running her brother Andy’s Ford F-150 as driver of record. She has one class win in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
-Justin Davis, 21, Chino Hills, Calif., No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Ford F-150
Won the SCORE Class 10 point crown in 2010 and the SCORE Class 1 season point title before moving up to SCORE Trophy Truck last year. He also has two class wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Class 1 (Unlimited single or two-seat open-wheelers)
-Justin Matney, 28, Bristol, Tenn., No. 101 RPM Racing Geiser-Chevy
Co-owner of the powerful RPM Racing team from Tennessee that fields six vehicles in car and truck classes in the SCORE World Championship, won an unprecedented three (3) SCORE season class point titles as driver of record in 2011 (Class 8, Class 11, Stock Mini), won the SCORE Stock Full season crown in 2012 and was second in SCORE Class 1 season points in 2013. He won SCORE Class 1 in the first two 2014 races. He has three class wins in three different classes in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
-Cody Parkhouse, 26, Long Beach, Calif., No. 100 Parkhouse Motorsports Jimco-Chevy
Cody Parkhouse has won the unlimited Class 1 SCORE season point championship in both 2012 and 2013 and has made himself a contender again this year by winning Class 1 at the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
Class 10 (Single or two-seat open-wheelers to 1650cc)
-Cody Robinson, 22, El Centro, Calif., No. 1016 Alumi Craft-Chevy
Won the SCORE Class 1/2-1600 season point champinship in 2012 and has moved up to Class 10 where he has won his class in one of the three races so far in 2014.
-Rafael Navarro IV, 21, Temecula, Calif., No. 1009 Alumi Craft-Chevy
Moved to Class 10 this year after winning the SCORE Lites season point championship last year and he has one class win in the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Class 19 (Stock UTVs)
-Branden Sims, 24, Prescott Valley, Ariz., No. 1913 Polaris RZR1000
New to SCORE desert racing, he did finish sixth in Pro ATV in the 2006 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and is part of the Lone Star Racing team and drives a new Polaris RZR1000 UTV. Sims and his team of young guns finished second out of 17 starters in Class 19 at the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
SCORE Ironman (Solo Motorcycle Riders)
-Tony Gera, 19, Santa Cruz, Calif., No. 702x Honda XR650R
Racing this year in the new class for solo motorcycle riders, Gera is undefeated having won his SCORE Ironman class in all three SCORE World Desert Championship races this season.
-Javier Robles Jr, 24, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico, No. 10a Honda TRX450R
Finished second in 2013 season SCORE ATV points with one race win and this year he and his team won the first two races of the year and finished second in the third to currently lead the Pro ATV standings
ON CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
This week’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be televised on a delayed basis in the USA, Canada and U.S. Territories as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The show, being produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, will air for one week on the CBS Sports Spectacular show with the initial airing at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Following a week of airing the CBS Sports Network telecasts, the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 show will air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.
SCORE’s next international broadcast will be the show from April’s Inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 which will air first Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.score-international.com.