Roger Norman’s Crystal Bay Casino #8 Trophy Truck finished in third overall at the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in the Trophy Truck class. After teaming up with long-time Baja racer Larry Roesler in recent years (and Roeseler was offered a great deal to team up with the Herbst team again), Norman decided he would tackle this race alone.

The team released a  half-hour documentary chronicling the preparation and the action during the race.

“Completing the Baja 1000 is always an amazing experience,” Norman said. “We are very proud to be able to share our story with everyone.” The team of Norman and co-driver Lance Clifford completed the 1061 miles in 19:56:27, a very impressive time averaging 53.24 mph.

Gustavo Vildosola Jr. & Sr., Rodrigo AmpudiaIn the first half of the race, it was the father-and-son team of Gustavo Vildosola Jr. and Sr. that led the field for the overall four-wheel racing in the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The team, which also features Rodrigo Ampudia as the third driver, is trying to make history by being the first Mexican nationals to capture the overall title in the 1000 – something that has never been done in the 42-year history of the event.

Oshkosh LCV Baja 1000 Just a few days prior to the start of the 43rd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the Oshkosh Corporation announced it was entering two of its Light Concept Vehicles (LCV) into the race.

Both vehicles, which are pretty massive in size compared to the traditional Trophy Truck, are running in their own M Class.

Rod Hall Racing, which the team notes is the most winning family in Baja, announced the launch of the Hall USA #61 Trophy Truck at Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada just before the start of the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

The family hopes to bring their success in four-wheel drive stock racing into the Trophy Truck realm, as the family says “the Hall rally truck is 4WD and built to compete for overall wins in ANY off-road race in the world.”

Although the racers are making their way down the Baja Peninsula to complete the 1061.69-mile course for the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the finish line in La Paz is still taking shape.

The dirt bikes were the first off the line this morning at 6:30 a.m., and it is expected they will cross the finish line close to 18 hours later. SCORE expects them to come in sometime between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday morning … but the race could slow down considerably once the sun goes down.

Casey Currie Monster Energy BFGoodrich Baja 1000 InterviewThe four-wheeled vehicles are getting ready to head off the line at roughly 11:30 PST this morning, with SCORE telling us that the last count was 301 total entries for the 43rd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The motorcycles went off the line at about 6:30 a.m., so there will be a five-hour gap between the trucks and the ATVs, side-by-sides and bikes.

Just before the start of the trucks this morning, Monster Energy and BFGoodrich released an interview with Monster Energy’s own 2010 TORC Pro Light Champion Casey Currie. Currie is about to compete in the Baja 1000 race on the BFGoodrich Tires/Wide Open Excursions “Baja Challenge” (BC5) race team! For the race, Currie will be joined by Chad Gilsinger, Bud Brutsman, Jason Scherer, Lars Wolfe and Kyle Tucker. Together they will tackle the 1061-mile course that runs down some of the roughest terrain in North America.

Brian DeeganFor those in the automotive industry lucky enough to attend the 2010 SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, those who made it to the Maxxis booth were able to get a sneak peek of short-course racer and freestyle-motocross legend Brian Deegan unveil the new Deegan vs. Deegan video … or, those who ventured out the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Rounds 13 and 14 might’ve caught it over the weekend of racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

BFGoodrich is celebrating its 35-year history racing with SCORE Internional in Baja in 2010, having raced and won a record 69 overall four-wheel victories. They also have won the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 title 23 of the past 24 years, which included a stretch of 20 consecutive victories.

BFG now returns to the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, which leaves Thursday morning from Ensenada and runs down the Baja Peninsula until the finish line in La Paz, looking to earn yet another victory.

Truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer A.R.E. built a unique truck for the 2010 SEMA Show paying tribute to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With its facilities in Massillon, Ohio, being just 10 or so miles away from the Pro Football HOF in Canton, Ohio, A.R.E. decided to customize a 2011 F-150 tying in all of the intricacies of the HOF into the truck. Before the truck was fully built, A.R.E.’s Director of Marketing Bryan Baker explained the idea of the truck.

There are quite a few unique vehicles at the SEMA every year, and we came across quite a few off-road vehicles during the 2010 show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Whether it was for snow, sand, dirt or mud, there was a little bit of everything related to off-road at this year’s show. Check out some of our other coverage of the event in the Off-Road.com Blog or here.

Here are some unique off-road vehicles we saw at the show.

Zero South PHE-PTV


The Zero South Plug-In Hybrid Electric Polar Traverse Vehicle (PHE-PTV) is one of the more unique vehicles we’ve seen over the years. This vehicle can accelerate from 0-50 mph in 9.5 seconds on land with a peak speed of 72 mph (it tops out at 40 mph with tracks on snow), powered by a 200-horsepower electric-drive motor and a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. It is designed to travel in hard-core snowy conditions and offers 20 inches of ground clearance with Mattracks and 16 inches with tires.