After 116 miles of brutal racecourse in Johnson Valley, California, Brad Lovell crossed the finish line first in Hammertown to take the unofficial win in the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge today.
With nearly 60 race teams vying for the win in the 2016 Polaris UTV King of the Hammers, it was Blake Van De Loo of Phoenix, Arizona, who came away with the victory, crossing the finish line well ahead of the rest of the field.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Despite the silt beds, dense fog and treacherous terrain that claimed the day for many racers, BFGoodrich Tires claimed is 27th overall SCORE Baja 1000 race win and swept the season of the SCORE International Desert race schedule for the second consecutive year.
BFGoodrich placed the top 11 overall finishers at this iconic off-road race, including the top 10 Trophy Truck finishers, the top seven Class 10 finishers and secured 10 class titles. As the final race of the SCORE season, the Baja 1000 determined many classes’ season championships, including the overall Desert World Championship crown.
In off-road racing, nothing is official until it’s official, but it appears as though Rob MacCachren and teammate Andy McMillin defended their 2014 SCORE Baja 1000 victory with a win this morning in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
That win, however, may not have been exactly how the team drew it up.
Veteran desert racer Cameron Steele has made the move to BFGoodrich Tires for this year’s 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. Steele, an off-road champion and television personality, will enter this year’s race with BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 tires equipped on his No. 16 Desert Assassin Trophy Truck, and he plans to continue running BFGoodrich Tires next season for his desert race schedule.
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.
Colorado Springs – We have had several class wins in the Baja but the race is not something you ever really conquer. No matter how many times I race there, it never fails to drop my jaw. It has little to do with a typical American desert race, it is the Baja 1000. The only thing you can prepare for is for everything to go awry. At times the race is peaceful, other times intense with screaming crowds, often terrifying with unseen hazards hiding in a sinister haze.
WE TAKE AN EARLY LEAD
I had the privilege of driving the start of the race this year for the BFGoodrich Tires BC-1 car. The start definitely falls in the “intense” category and I loved every minute of it. The excitement and hazard of the fans lining the course has no equivalent. Fans try to touch the car as it goes by and dumbest of all – even lie in the road on the far side of jumps. While a wild ride, we made it through with nothing but positive experiences and put 35 miles on the 2nd place car in the first 308 miles.
LA PAZ, MEXICO (Nov. 18, 2014) – Through nearly 24 hours and 1,275 miles of enduring among the most brutal terrain in racing, BFGoodrich Tires proved its toughness and made it a clean sweep of the SCORE desert racing series this season by capturing its 26th overall Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 title.
Thanks to an epic run by BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren and his co-drivers Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, the win marks the 81st overall win in the Baja peninsula for BFGoodrich Tires, by far the most by any tire manufacturer. With the win, racers on BFGoodrich Tires swept the entire 2014 SCORE International desert racing schedule.
Las Vegas, NV – Fast paced roads, deep silt beds and rain-ruts were just a few words used to describe this years Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno race. The other word – domination. Jason Voss, riding on BFGoodrich Baja TAKR2 tires, seized the front starting position in qualifying and never looked back, claiming his second consecutive Vegas to Reno race. This is Voss’ third win of the year.
Now imagine if those athletes were able to have a dedicated crew customizing those tools in real-time and on-site. A baseball bat specifically cut to maximize performance in specific weather. A tennis racquet strung precisely for the changing conditions on a grass or clay court. The benefit of this specialization would be tremendous – and could be the difference in a championship chase.
In short course off road racing, the slightest change of vehicle momentum often makes the difference between a driver standing on the podium and one picking up the pieces of a 900-horsepower machine.