VP-Fuels-Logo-8-17-12SAN ANTONIO, TX – As announced today by VP Racing Fuels, Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Desert Fuels is the newest distributor to partner with VP in its retail branding program.   With operations in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado and Michigan, Desert Fuels services more than 60 retail sites including 11 that it owns and operates, of which six are to be converted to the VP Racing Fuels brand during the program’s initial phase.

A key factor that drew Desert to VP’s program was the brand’s ability to reach new markets, according to Jay Kennedy, Vice President of Asset Management for Desert Fuels.  “In evaluating brands that could help us achieve our objectives, it was clear they can all capture traditional commuters and soccer moms, but only VP reaches the race fans and performance enthusiasts that we’ve never successfully reached before.  Albuquerque in particular has a strong racing community with the influence of the Unser family, the Unser Museum and lots of racing at local tracks.”

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Editor’s Note: Racer Wayne Matlock provided this first-hand account of the team’s race for this year’s 2015 SCORE Baja 500.

Well that was fun! I have been dreaming of racing Baja in a car for a long time. I know some of you are thinking, you dreamed of racing a UTV and not a class 1 car or a trophy truck? But yeah I actually love driving the UTV and have been working hard to make it happen for some time now. In order to keep this somewhat short enough to keep the attention span of most of my friends (myself included) I will leave out my pre-running story and go straight to the race.

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Phoenix, Arizona – Banning Motorsports did their homework in the form of pre-running for this years SCORE-International Baja 500. It did more than paid off for the entire team as they finished the 500+mile race with a podium finish.

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Apdaly Lopez earned his first career win in the SCORE-International Series and the elite Trophy Truck class this weekend at the 2015 SCORE-International Baja 500. Powered by Dougans Racing Engines, Lopez averaged a blistering speed of 57.95 mph to take the overall win amongst a field of thirty Trophy Trucks. Lopez’ win marks the second consecutive win and third straight race with a podium for Dougans Racing Engines in the SCORE-International Series. The 20-year old arrived in Ensenada third in points behind 2015 Baja Sur 500 winner Eduardo Laguna and 2015 San Felipe 250 winner Tavo Vildosola. All ten vehicles outfitted with Dougans Racing Engines finished the grueling 510 mile course, with six finishing in the top eleven. Dougans racers now own five of the top six spots in the 2015 overall SCORE points standings.

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Cody Parkhouse went to Ensenada with one goal in mind – to defend his 2014 Class 1 Baja 500 victory.  Having spent many days pre-running and preparing for the grueling race, the #127 JIMCO buggy proved most prepared for the Baja 500 course that went to areas untouched in many years, winning 2015 SCORE-International Baja 500 in Class 1.  Nineteen Class 1 vehicles took the green flag but only ten finished.  The top four spots belonged to JIMCO, with #160 Victor Barreda, #128 Brent Parkhouse and #104 Rob Archibald all finishing over an hour after the father/son duo of Brian/Cody Parkhouse.  The win marks their second consecutive Baja 500 win in dominating fashion.

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BJ Baldwin poses with his new Can-Am Maverick X ds Turbo side-by-side.

Valcourt, Québec, Canada, June 15, 2015 – BRP reinforces its performance leadership in the off-road powersports industry by collaborating with off-road racer, YouTube sensation and Recoil video series icon “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin.

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Casey Currie knew that committing to running the Baja 500 was going to be more than a challenging race, it was going to be an experience of a lifetime. He and his co-driver, his uncle, John Currie, had set a goal to finish the race and did coming across the line 18th in the Trophy Truck class. Ultimately, Casey, and his crew accomplished what they set out to accomplish and created one of the best memories in his racing career.

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– King Shocks takes the overall win in the 47th SCORE Baja 500 with Apdaly Lopez. The win earns King Shocks its third straight overall victory in the SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series. The SCORE season kicked off with Tavo Vildosola taking the overall win at the San Felipe 250. The Baja Sur 500 saw Apdaly’s RPM Racing and King Shocks teammate Lalo Laguna as the fastest overall driver on the 500-mile course. At the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, it was Apdaly’s turn to outrun the field in a 500-mile Baja torture test. You might have seen the young Lopez taking a gold medal at the X-games behind the wheel of his Formula Off-Road Stadium Super Truck in 2014.
His X-games gold medal performance made him the youngest driver in X Games history to win a gold medal in a car or truck. He also became the first Mexican National to earn an X Games gold medal. Now he has a prestigious Baja 500 victory to add to his credentials.

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Ensenada, Mexico – In one of the closest finishes in recent memory, Mexican native Carlos Apdaly Lopez claimed the overall win at the 47th running of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 by just 50 seconds over BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren.

The win marks the 31st overall SCORE Baja 500 win and the 84th overall win on the Baja peninsula for BFGoodrich Tires. BFGoodrich Tires not only took the overall win, but its race tires ran on the top 11 overall finishers and included 11 class wins.

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Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers earned numerous wins and podiums this past weekend during national and regional races across North America. Kyle Chaney won the XC1 Pro UTV class with Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle at the John Penton Grand National Cross Country race in Ohio. Can-Am Maverick racers also scored wins in the Texas Off-Road Nationals, Louisiana Cross Country Series and a solid second-place finish at the SCORE International Baja 500.